November 24, 2008

Powers ready to get it on

Growing up in the state of Alabama, Jerraud Powers has a pretty good idea what the Iron Bowl means to this state and fans on both sides of the Auburn-Alabama rivalry.

But he had to put it into terms that his roommate, Walter McFadden, could understand. Both arrived in Auburn together with the class of 2005 -- Powers from Decatur, Ala., and McFadden from Pompano Beach, Fla.

"We try to tell him people are going to get divorced because of this game, they're going to lose their job because of this game, people are going to get beat up and everything, he doesn't believe me," Powers said. "He thought Florida-Miami or Florida-Florida State, that rivalry was bigger.

"But I think he understands now."

McFadden said he got the message loud and clear a couple of years ago. He'll be playing in his third Iron Bowl this Saturday, but it will be his first time as a starter.

"I used to think this rivalry was just another game, but as the years went on, it got so big that I felt like I was from Alabama," McFadden said. "They used to get mad at me because I'd be like, 'It's just another game.' They swore me up and down, ready to fight me, talking about, 'It's just a game?!'

"It's big and it grew on me a lot."

While McFadden said he's excited about the opportunity of playing No. 1 and undefeated Alabama in Bryant-Denny Saturday, it doesn't compare to what Powers is feeling five days before kickoff.

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