November 22, 2007

Bama Preview: Can AU stop big-play WR's?

When Auburn's defense steps onto the field in Saturday's Iron Bowl they'll be especially wary of a talented Alabama receiving corps led by senior D.J. Hall.

Hall is having an outstanding season with 60 receptions for 918 yards and six touchdowns. Combine Hall with senior Keith Brown, senior Matt Caddell and sophomore [db]Mike McCoy and the Tide has one of the SEC's most dangerous units.

It's definitely a concern for Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville.

"The strength of Alabama's team is probably their receivers," said Tuberville. "They've got a lot of good ones who can catch the ball, who have made a lot of big plays.

"You don't have to look very far back on our season where we didn't defend the pass very well, whether it was coaching, or how we played the ball, or how Georgia played."

Auburn sophomore Jerraud Powers is one of several cornerbacks who will go head-to-head with Hall and Bama's receivers.

"(Hall) is a great receiver," said Powers. "He has great hands. He runs good routes. He reads defenses well. He's got the speed. He's got everything. He's just another great receiver on Alabama's team. All of them are pretty good, if you ask me. Their receiving corps is probably the most explosive in the SEC."

Auburn leads the SEC in scoring defense but has giving up several long passes, especially in recent losses to LSU and Georgia. Safety Eric Brock said that's been a point of emphasis in practices the last two weeks.

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