The defensive tackle says his position coach, Tracy Rocker, was upset at what happened in Fayetteville on Saturday as Auburn suffered its first loss of the season after opening the Gene Chizik Era with five straight victories.
"Coach Rocker was kind of upset," Ricks points out. "He said he didn't feel like we came to play and from watching film we didn't come ready to play.
"I am going to have to step up and show leadership, along with Antonio (senior defensive end Antonio Coleman) and make sure the guys are ready to play," Ricks declares." I feel like it was partly our fault the guys weren't ready to play. I guarantee that won't happen again."
Auburn and Kentucky will meet for the first time in football since 2005 as the Tigers look to win for a 16th consecutive time in the series. The Wildcats come ito Jordan-Hare with a 2-3 record after suffering a tough road loss, 28-26, last Saturday against a nationally-ranked South Carolina team.
"I have watched them a couple of times and they look like a big-time running team," Ricks says of the Wildcats. "It is going to be a dogfight."
Commenting on the Auburn defense, Ricks says, "We have to get back out there and execute better and I believe that starts with practice. I don't think we had a good week of practice before the Arkansas game. They say that you play like you practice and that is what ended up happening."
Kickoff time for the Kentucky at Auburn matchup is 6:30 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium.