Auburn vs. Arkansas State Game Notes, Quotes

News, notes and quotes are featured from Auburn's 2010 season football opener, a 52-26 victory over Arkansas State.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn struggled with its punt returns last year, but in the Tigers' 52-26 opening night football victory over Arkansas State the Tigers were steady in that aspect of the game with junior Quindarius Carr handling the assignment.

"It worked pretty well for my first time out there," he said. "It takes some getting used to do it well."

Carr netted 47 yards on five punt returns and did a good job of fielding punts, head coach Gene Chizik said.

The junior also caught two passes for 87 yards including a 48-yard touchdown pass. "They are routine catches during practices," he said. "As I said before when the opportunity presents itself, you have to make the play."

Carr, who was named MVP of Auburn's spring football game, is still a work in progress, Chizik said after the game, but the coach said the little-used wide receiver is making progress.

"I am really proud of him tonight," Chizik said. "I have not bought stock in him yet. I have not bought stock in him yet, but I am going to tell you it has gone up. It has gone up as a punt returner right now.

"We have worked so hard on trying to have a punt returner," Chizik said. "This is the first game that he has done it. I thought he did a great job. He got us positive yards when he could. He saved a ball from potentially getting inside the 10 yard line a couple of times which we had trouble making decisions with that last year. Of course, with what he did on offense. I think he is growing up, and I think he is becoming a better football player."

Carry, who scored his first Auburn touchdown in the bowl game last season, said, "It felt great out there with my teammates, having fun and getting the victory," Carr said. "It was awesome."

In other news and notes from opening night:

Quarterback Cameron Newton gives wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor quite a jolt as they celebrate one of Newton's five touchdowns.

A couple of Auburn standouts continue to hold Southeastern Conference records for opening game performances. Unless there are some remarkable efforts, there's a good chance those records will stand for some time.

Bo Jackson's 290 yards rushing against Southwestern Louisiana to kick off his 1985 Heisman Trophy season and wide receiver Alexander Wright's 263 yards receiving against Pacific in 1989 remain the standards for opening day among SEC players after more than 20 years.

*The Tigers improved to 91-25-2 in season opening games with Saturday's win over Arkansas State. Auburn has a current streak of five straight wins in openers.

*Auburn's 91 opening game wins trails Alabama by only one for the most among 12 Southeastern Conference schools.

*With its No. 22 ranking in the Associated Press poll and 23rd spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Tigers have been nationally ranked entering the season for the seventh time in eight years; with 2009 the latest year the Tigers weren't in the Top 25 to open the season.

*Auburn improved to 20-4 in night home games since the 2000 season, including a 4-1 mark against ranked teams.

*The Tigers have enjoyed 10 straight winning seasons at Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 58-15 record at home during that span.

*Lee Ziemba continues his quest to establish the Auburn career starts mark. The senior left tackle has started every game of his Auburn career with 39 times in the opening lineup, Fellow seniors Byron Isom and Mike Berry at guards and Ryan Pugh at center have a combined 113 career starts after the Arkansas State game.

*Auburn has 11 players on its squad with undergraduate degrees. That is the second most in the nation for FBS institutions. The Auburn senior class made up of 24 players represents the largest senior class in school history.

*Freshman receiver Trovon Reed, a standout in preseason, was held out of action in the opener. He hurt his knee diving for a pass in practice. Reed could see action in game two vs. Mississippi State.

*The Tigers have won 57 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points, dating back to a 56-49 four overtime loss to Georgia in 1996.


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