In Auburn’s 27-3 victory over the Rebels, Gunn led a stingy defense with six solo tackles, including three for losses with one quarterback sack. Gunn also had two other quarterback pressures as the Tigers became the first team this year to keep the Rebels from scoring a touchdown.
The only Ole Miss points came after a three-play possession that covered just two yards after the Tigers fumbled a punt in the second quarter.
“I was pleased with the way I played,” says Gunn, who is fifth on the team with 30 tackles. “After our loss last week, we came out and did what we should have done.”
Junior defensive end Marquies Gunn makes a sack vs. the Rebels.
Gunn and the Tigers improved their record to 4-1 in the SEC and 6-2 overall as they prepare for a road game on Saturday in Lexington vs. the Kentucky Wildcats, who are 1-3 in the league and 2-5 overall following last Saturday’s 13-7 victory over Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for noon CST and there will be no television coverage of the contest.
Gunn’s honor is the seventh for an AU player this season from the Southeastern Conference. Others honored include safety Will Herring (defensive player of the week Sept. 10), tailback Brad Lester (freshman of the week Sept. 17 and Oct. 1), quarterback Blake Field (freshman of the week Sept. 24), linebacker Travis Williams (defensive player of the week Oct. 1) and tailback Kenny Irons (offensive player of the week Oct. 15).
Gunn says Auburn’s success against the Rebels was partly due to a good game plan from first-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs and the rest of the defensive coaching staff. “We were prepared for everything they did,” Gunn notes. “Coach Gibbs’ game plan showed us everything we needed to get prepared.”
Auburn held the Rebels to just 23 rushing yards and 186 passing. Gunn says that a goal line stand in the first quarter set the tone for the day defensively. “That was big,” Gunn says. “T.J. (noseguard Tommy Jackson) made a big play that made it happen.”