Smith Always Believed

Earlier this week, senior defensive end Preston said the name of the game when it came to beating Auburn was to contain Tiger quarterback Nick Marshall. The Bulldogs did just enough to bottle up the Auburn signal caller and even when the Mississippi State defense was handed the short end of the field to work with.

In between the third and fourth quarters, the Davis Wade Stadium P.A. blared Journey's inspirational hit "Don't Stop Believing."

Due to an extended television timeout, Steve Perry was able to blast out the entire song much to the delight of some 62,000 Bulldog fans, though drenched with an afternoon shower, who happily sung along.

Future NFLer Preston Smith admitted he enjoyed the musical intermission.

"It was a really funny, because I was out there playing the drums, while they were all singing," said Smith. "They played that song so many times during camp, that it's hard not to know that song."

The Stone Mountain, Georgia native says the stirring rendition of the 80s classic gave the team a bit of a lift.

On what would turn out to be Auburn's final drive of the day, the Tigers had advanced to the Bulldog 34 yard line. On a 1st and 10 play, Smith was able to finally get to Marshall and record perhaps the Bulldogs' biggest sack of the day.

The play put the Tigers behind the chains and forced a time out.

"I was just trying to contain Nick Marshall," said Smith. "If he gets outside, then he can make plays with his feet.

"I stabbed at the tackle and I just keep moving my feet. Marshall stepped up right into me."

A few plays later, Justin Cox was able to get underneath a Marshall offering and recorded another Bulldog interception.

The Bulldogs seemed intent on making Marshall win the game through the air.

"You have to contain a quarterback like him who can make plays with his feet," said Smith of Marshall. "We wanted to keep him in the pocket and bring pressure to his face and force him into bad throws."

Marshall completed the day 17 of 35 with a pair of interceptions.

Smith reports that Marshall brings a lot of versatility to the Tiger offense, but the Bulldogs appeared to be well practiced.

"We see guys like Nick Marshall every day in practice," said Smith. "We were prepared for this, because of what we see in practice.

"We got some tipped balls today too.

"Coach (David) Turner is always telling us when we can't get there, to just get our hands up."

The Bulldogs will enjoy a bye week next week and enjoy a chance to get some valuable rest.

Now undefeated at the half way point of the season, Smith continues to be confident about his team and taking care of Bulldog fans and family.

"I always knew this was possible," said Smith of the Bulldogs' 6-0 start," explained Smith. "That's about committing to your team and the future of your program.

"I feel juiced up. The fans that come out here for us are really our family around here.

"They come out here and give us so much support that we have to give them that same support by winning.

"And we plan to keep on winning."


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