Things to Know About Auburn

Oct. 4, 2007

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Vanderbilt will look to improve its current win streak to three games when the Commodores head to Auburn Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CST. The game will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports.

Get to Know Auburn:

Head Coach Tommy Tuberville:
Tuberville is in his ninth season as the head coach at Auburn. In the last three seasons, he has directed AU to 33 wins and a .868 winning percentage. Before Auburn, he coached Ole Miss from 1995-98 and posted a 25-20 record.

CB #8 Jerraud Powers (5'9" 183 lbs. So.):
Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after he tallied a career-high nine tackles and a pass deflection in Auburn's 20-17 win over Florida. Powers has a team-high 29 tackles, 18 solos (two for losses) and four pass deflections.

QB #12 Brandon Cox (6'2 207 lbs Sr.):
Last week vs. Auburn, Cox went 17-26 for 227 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He averages 159 yards passing per game and is the winningest active QB in the SEC with 21 victories.

QB #18 Kodi Burns (6'1 191 lbs. Fr.):
Burns rushed for 87 yards on 22 carries in his first game vs. Miss. State. He is more of a scrambling QB than Cox and presents a change of pace for opponents. Expect to see a lot of option, read-option, and draw plays.

TB #44 Ben Tate (5'11" 211 lbs. So.):
In his first season as a starter, Tate is averaging 100.8 total yards per game, including 82 yards per game on the ground. Against New Mexico St., he rushed 21 times for 111 yards and one touchdown.

TB #27 Mario Fannin (5'11" 219 lbs. Fr.):
Fannin has been an all-purpose force for the Tigers in 2007. After five games, he leads the team with 105.8 total yards per game, with 53.4 of that via the rush. He also leads the team in touchdowns with four.

Talking Points:

Auburn has won nine of its last 10 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 10, including a 20-17 win last Saturday against No. 4 Florida, and wins last season against then-No. 2 Florida and then-No. 6 LSU.

Tigers head coach Tommy Tuberville needs just one more victory to become the fifth active coach in the SEC with 100 career coaching victories.

Defensive End Quentin Groves is one of the top defensive ends in the nation. He has 25 career sacks, two shy of breaking the all-time Auburn career record. Groves is the NCAA leader among active players in career sacks. He was a member of preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy, and the Hendricks Award. Arguably the team's best player, he is questionable to play against the Commodores because of a foot injury sustained in the Tigers win over Florida.

Junior running back Brad Lester has been cleared by the NCAA to play for the first time in 2007 beginning with Saturday's contest with the Commodores. A 5-11, 194-pound native of Lilburn, Ga., Lester has rushed for 869 yards and 14 touchdowns in his Auburn career, including 510 yards and nine touchdowns in 104 carries in 2006.

Auburn will honor its 1957 national championship team Saturday, and wear white uniforms plus helmets with no AU logos and gray facemasks, similar to the look of the `57 team.

Four of Auburn's five games this season have been decided in the last two minutes. 

The Tigers have a turnover ratio of +7 in its three victories and -9 in its two losses.

AU averages 27 points per game while giving up 19 points per game.

The Tiger offense averages 330.4 total yards per game: 184.2 via the pass, 146.2 on the ground.

Auburn has outscored its opponents 48-16 in the 2nd quarter.

The Auburn defense concedes 307.8 total yards per game: 194.8 through the air, 113 on the ground.



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