Week 6: Kentucky at Auburn

The SEC provides a look at the Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers as they prepare to battle on the Plains tonight.

KENTUCKY at AUBURN
6 p.m. CT
Auburn, Ala.
Pat Dye Field/ Jordan-Hare
Stadium (87,451)
LIVE TV: ESPNU
[Eric Collins, play-by-play;
Brock Huard , color analyst]

Kentucky
THE COACHES
Rich Brooks is in his seventh season at Kentucky with a record of 34-44 (.436) and 19th overall with a record of 125-153-4 (.450). The Wildcats' offensive coordinator is Randy Sanders and Steve Brown serves as the defensive coordinator.
Gene Chizik is in his first season at Auburn and third overall with a record of 10-20 (.333). The Tigers' offensive coordinator is Gus Malzahn and the defensive coordinator is Ted Roof.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN KENTUCKY HAS THE BALL
Junior quarterback Mike Hartline will be out at least three-to-four weeks after the results of an MRI test were evaluated, Coach Rich Brooks announced Monday. WR Randall Cobb also is a proven all-purpose threat for the Wildcats this season. The sophomore ranks in the SEC's top 10 in receptions per game (2nd - 4.6), punt return average (2nd - 10.5), all-purpose yards (5th - 130.8 per game), receiving yards per game (6th - 62.0) and scoring (7th - 7.2 ppg).

Craig Stevens leads the team and ranks third in the SEC with 55 tackles, while Josh Bynes is fifth with 51. Last year Stevens had 54 tackles all season, and Bynes had 53. Both players have also recorded interceptions, while Stevens leads the team with 5.0 tackles for loss and Bynes recorded a safety against Ball State. Stevens has recorded double-digit tackles in three of his last four games, including a career high 12 at Arkansas. Antonio Coleman, a first-team preseason All-SEC selection, has 19 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, an interception which he returned for a touch- down against Mississippi State and a fumble recovery. Coleman ranks tied for sixth in school history with 17.0 career sacks.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN AUBURN HAS THE BALL
All-America cornerback Trevard Lindley will miss the Auburn game as he continues to heal from a high-ankle sprain. Senior tackle Corey Peters led the Wildcat defense last week, posting seven tackles and a career-high 2.5 quarterback sacks. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for that performance. Linebacker Sam Maxwell also made seven stops against the Gamecocks and charted his third career interception. Senior linebacker Sam Maxwell currently leads the SEC and ranks tied for 13th nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.4 per game. He has five pass breakups and two interceptions this season.

Running back Ben Tate is having a stellar senior season, leading the SEC and ranking eighth nationally averaging 120.7 yards per game. Tate has four 100-yard rushing games this season, which is the most by an Auburn player since Kenny Irons had eight in 2005. Tate has also added 11 catches for 66 yards and four kick returns for 121 yards (30.2 yards per return). His average of 151.8 all-purpose yards per game ranks 21st nationally. Onterio McCalebb is sixth in the SEC averaging 73.2 yards rushing per game. Chris Todd ranks 11th in the nation in yards per completion (14.20) and 20th nationally in passing efficiency (149.45). His 12 touchdown passes are tied for 14th most in the NCAA.

SPECIAL TEAMS
RB Derrick Locke leads the SEC and ranks 12th nationally in all-purpose yards. He averages 169.6 all-purpose yards per game. He also ranks third in the league and eighth nationally in kickoff returns with an average of 32.1 per runback. Senior Lones Seiber is UK's all-time leading scorer with 262 career points. The old career scoring record was 246 by Joey Worley.

Junior Wes Byrum has excelled during his junior season, connecting on 11-of-12 field goals and all 27 extra point attempts. Among kickers who have attempted at least eight field goals, Byrum's percentage of .917 ranks tied for second nationally. Byrum, who ranks fifth in school history with 39 career made field goals, is second in the SEC with 12 field goals and tied for second in scoring with 60 points.
SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: AU, 24-5-1 • Last: Auburn, 49-27 (2005 at Lexington)


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