September 30, 2009

Coleman pushing D to get better

Auburn's defense has given up 30 points in each of the last two games against West Virginia and an out-matched Ball State team.

While Antonio Coleman and most of the starters where on the bench for Ball State's 13-point fourth quarter, it still doesn't sit well with the senior defensive end.

Not well at all.

"We're a much better defense than that. To give up 30 points to Ball State? That's just bad," Coleman said. "Like I said before, we can't do that. We're a much better defense than that -- much better unit than that.

"We're making a lot of small mistakes. Guys not fitting like they're supposed to and leaving guys wide open. You get in the SEC and you can get blown out just like that. We can't go down to Tennessee with that or any of these other games we've got left. It doesn't sit well with me at all. I don't like it."

Auburn's defense currently ranks 10th in the SEC and 69th nationally giving up 24.2 points per game. The ranks in total defense are a little better with the Tigers 8th in the SEC and 41st nationally allowing 327.8 points per game.

Those numbers will have to improve for Auburn to survive a brutal October that includes three SEC road games starting this Saturday in Knoxville against a Volunteer offense that averages 31.2 points and 368.5 yards per game.

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