2008 Media Days: Legge's Look at Auburn

BIRMINGHAM – Here's a look at the day Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and the Tigers had at the SEC's annual Media Day event. Auburn finished second in the SEC West and went to the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season.

Last season: 9-4
Last game vs. Georgia: 45-20 win
Series Record: Auburn leads 53-50-8

Most memorable Georgia win: 2007 – The Blackout – anything more need to be said?
Most painful Georgia loss: 1983 – Georgia falls to Auburn as the Tigers snap Georgia's run of three SEC titles. Starters returning: 13

Best player: Sen'Derrick Marks
Biggest Weakness: Making the move to a totally new offense
2008's big question: Is this offense going to work?

Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the Dawg Post Season Preview):
Auburn allowed less than 300 yards per game – good for sixth best in the NCAA last season. That's not really a surprise – after all the Tigers have been known for their outstanding defense for some time. Their 173 passing yards per game average allowed was also good for sixth best in the country. Those statistics went out the window, however, the last two times these teams have collided. Georgia is the only team to score more than 35 points on the Tigers the last two years.

Recruiting Implications:
Major. Auburn may not be on the recruiting roll the Bulldogs have been on in the last two seasons, but they are the most notable challenger for talent in-state for the Dawgs. Look at the Auburn roster – it's flush with Georgians. Many of those Georgians picked the Tigers over the Bulldogs after lengthy recruiting battles. Major skirmish areas for these two include Columbus, West Georgia and Atlanta. The Tigers have hit LaGrange, inner-city Atlanta and the Columbus area with good success over the last few years. They get their fair share out of the suburbs in Atlanta, too. Notable Georgians on the Auburn Roster: Brad Lester, Tray Blackmon and Rodriquez Smith. 20 scholarship Tigers are from the Peach State. Notable West Georgians on the Georgia Roster: Dontavius Jackson, Demiko Goodman, Brandon Wood and Bruce Figgins.

Last year's prediction: Georgia must force Brandon Cox, a quarterback limited in what he can do, to beat them in the air – he probably can't do that without tons of help on the ground. For the second year in a row Cox was unable to beat the Bulldogs when it was all up to him. At some point Willie Martinez needs to be given some respect for his game planning, but Georgia fans can be very wishy washy at times – they shouldn't be that way about Martinez, and the Auburn game plan proves it.

SEC Media Day's quote to note:
"I looked at recruiting and the change in football. I was looking for a way for this team to score more points. We are going to still be physical. It's not been tried in the SEC, so it's going to be different." – Head Coach Tommy Tuberville on the switch to offense.

Legge's must-win game for Auburn: September 20th vs LSU
Legge's projected SEC finish: 2nd in SEC West
Legge's All-SEC Tigers: Ryan Shoemaker

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