Lineman of the Week Excited About Facing LSU

Lineman of the Week Excited About Facing LSU

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Ben Grubbs, who has been honored this week by the Southeastern Conference, says he is eager for Saturday's showdown of nationally ranked teams as LSU visits Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It is my last game against LSU," the offensive guard says. "It is going to be exciting. I am going to be pumped up."

Auburn, ranked third and fourth in the major polls, will take on LSU, which is ranked sixth and seventh, at 2:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday in what is expected to be the game of the year in the SEC West. The showdown will be televised nationally by CBS.

Both teams are 2-0 with lopsided wins to start the season. LSU pounded Louisiana-LaFayette 45-3 and beat Arizona last Saturday by the same score after Auburn blanked Mississippi State 34-0 in Starkville earlier the day following a season-opening 40-14 victory at home over Washington State. Grubbs is the fifth Auburn offensive lineman to win the award since it was instituted in 2004.

The senior, who is in his third year as a starter, helped Brandon Cox throw for 249 yards and two touchdowns while completing 18-27 passes.

"I thought the pass protection was pretty good," Grubbs says. "Their front four was explosive. We knew we had to get up under them to get leverage. They bull rush and are pretty big. They have some strength to them. It was a good defense.

Auburn did most of its damage offensively in game one with the running attack, but Mississippi State set up its defense to stop that and held the Tigers to 111 yards on 36 rushes. "That is when the wide receivers and quarterbacks have to step up," Grubbs says. "They did a great job."

Grubbs and the Tigers are off on Monday following their first practice of LSU week on Sunday. Auburn will return to the practice field on Tuesday.

Tennessee QB Erik Aigne was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week while Georgia defensive end Charles Johnson won the defensive award. Glenn Dorsey of LSU is the defensive lineman of the week.

LSU won last year's meeting in Baton Rouge, 20-17, in overtime. That was Auburn's only conference loss in its last 19 games. Auburn won the last meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium, taking a 10-9 victory in 2004. On Saturday, AU will be looking for its fourth straight home victory over LSU, which has a 13-2 record since Les Miles took over as head coach to start the 2005 season.


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