Against the Bulldogs,
The Tigers would get it rolling
from there, however, compiling 111 rushing yards and 277 passing yards on 32
attempts, to run away with the victory. The defense all looked strong against
When LSU and
LSU leads the series with
Through two games this year, he has run for 252 yards and one touchdown, while his running back counterpart, Brad Lester, has accumulated 77 yards and three touchdowns, proving to be a scoring threat when defenses key in on Irons.
On the passing end of the offensive attack, junior quarterback Brandon Cox will be calling the shots from behind center. Cox, who started in 11 games as a sophomore, has thrown for 2,765 yards and 18 touchdowns since the start of last season, including 440 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games of this year.
In his first meeting against LSU, he completed 16 of 40 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown.
Aiding Cox in the air attack will
be the receiving corps of Courtney Taylor, Rodgeriqus Smith, Lee Guess and
Also contributing to the receiving
game this season have been senior Cole Bennett and redshirt freshman Gabe
McKenzie, who have hauled in a total of five catches for 60 yards and one score
so far this year. Bennett has gotten the nod to start thus far this year, though
McKenzie's 42-yard performance against
Paving the way for the offensive attack are Ben Grubbs and Tim Duckworth, a second-team All-SEC selection last season, at guard, King Dunlap and Jonathan Palmer at the tackles, and Joe Cope at center. Duckworth, Grubbs and Cope were all starters last season, while Palmer and Dunlap were both lettermen, though they were not regular starters.
On the other side of the line,
Also starting on the defensive front are Sen'Derrick Marks and Chris Browder at tackle and Josh Thompson at nose guard. Marks has led the line through the early season with six tackles and 2.5 sacks, while Thompson has added four tackles and one sack.
Herring led the team with 69 tackles last year from his free safety position before making the switch to linebacker prior to this season. His performance at safety also earned him a spot on the All-Conference team in 2005.
Through two games, Dede has a team-best 14 tackles, while Herring has accumulated seven tackles and one interception.
The greatest amount of experience on the Tiger defense in 2006 is found in the secondary, which features cornerbacks David Irons and Jonathan Wilhite and strong safety Eric Brock. Aaron Savage and Zach Gilbert have also started in the defensive backfield in both games this season.
Last year's strong safety, Steve Gandy, also returns to the squad, but he has played behind Brock thus far.
Irons, a starter and second-team All-SEC selection last year, led the Tigers with 11 pass deflections. Through two games, he has picked up the secondary's lone interception.
The special teams features Auburn's only first-team All-SEC player other than Kenny Irons in punter Kody Bliss, who averaged 44.9 yards per punt last season and put 14 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
Bliss has punted six times this season and is averaging 48 yards per punt with three ending up inside the 20.
John Vaughn serves as the Tiger place-kicker again this season, making all 50 extra point attempts and connecting with 12 of 20 field goal attempts last season.
Vaughn's distance was in question
last year as he was 0-6 beyond 40 yards, though he has already been successful
beyond that mark three times this season, including a 55-yard kick against
Matt Clark has handled kickoff responsibilities, with 13 of his 16 attempts resulting in touchbacks.