Nov. 1, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
A day after a 33-20 upset victory over No. 24 Ole Miss, the Auburn football team returned to the Athletics Complex Sunday, forgoing practice for a second straight week in favor of holding team and position meetings.
The Tigers, who will play for the 10th consecutive weekend this Saturday, elected to focus on the mental aspect of the game while giving their bodies a chance to rest and recover physically.
Following the meetings, defensive coordinator Ted Roof met with the media, and discussed the Tigers' defensive performance in the win over Ole Miss. In particular, Roof noted that the defensive line's ability to put pressure on Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead was a key component of the victory.
"I thought that was a big factor in the football game," said Roof. "We were able to get pressure with four (players) on a pretty consistent basis, and that helps a lot of things. It allows you to get extra people in coverage and not feel like you have to blitz to get pressure on the quarterback. That was an area where we really improved. Coach (Tracy) Rocker and his group did a great job."
Auburn will host Homecoming this weekend, entertaining Furman (4-4, 3-3 Southern Conference) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers have won their last 17 Homecoming contests, matching the longest streak in school history.
Saturday's game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. CT. The game will be available on a pay-per-view basis.