Eltoro Plays Well In Tiger Loss

Linebacker Eltoro Freeman talks about his play and about Auburn's loss to LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--There were few bright spots on the night for the Auburn Tigers, but one of those was the play of sophomore linebacker Eltoro Freeman. Seeing only special teams duty last week after missing the Arkansas game because of personal issues, Freeman was all over the field Saturday night as he finished with 12 tackles and a sack in the loss.

"It felt great," Freeman said. "I just want to thank God for allowing me to play the way I played tonight. It was an awesome feeling. It's kind of sweet and sour, more sour, because of the loss. It's all about the team, not about me."

A fearsome competitor that plays full speed on every snap, Freeman has been subject to be the victim of his speed in the 2009 season by overrunning plays, but on Saturday night he had a good flow to the football while also showing his speed when necessary.

"When I first started playing (this season) I was so uptight," he said. "I was so scared to make a mistake. I just relaxed and played the way I played to earn a scholarship. That's how I played tonight."

Despite Freeman's solid play at linebacker, Auburn didn't fare very well on defense as a whole against an LSU team struggling to get things going in 2009. Giving up 376 yards of total offense, including 242 and two touchdowns to quarterback Jordan Jefferson through the air, the Tigers have plenty of work left to do on defense to get the ship righted this season.

That's not to mention an offense that managed just 193 yards for the game and tacked on a last second touchdown for its only six-pointer of the night. Freeman said although the team is struggling on both sides of the ball, he's got faith they will get things turned around.

"We just need to come together as a team more and get things better on offense and defense," Freeman said. "We're going to get it right. We'll get it right tomorrow and get ready for Ole Miss.

"Everybody in the locker room was saying to keep your head up and stay together," he added. "We're going to get this thing right."


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