UK FOOTBALL | Cats not taking Auburn's lackluster defense lightly
10/13/2015 05:44 PM
LEXINGTON — Auburn football (3-2, 0-2 SEC) marches on Lexington Thursday night for a primetime showdown with Kentucky (4-1, 2-1), and from what we’ve seen so far this season, the Tigers will be packing a defense lacking bite.
Through the first five games of the 2015, Auburn ranks in the bottom half of all FBS teams in points allowed, total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and forced turnovers — even surrendering a combined 884 yards and 48 points to lowly FCS foe Jacksonville State and Mountain West cellar dweller San Jose State.
But despite the unimpressive stat lines, Kentucky isn’t taking the Auburn defense for granted:
- “I think no one gives them the credit they deserve,” said offensive lineman Jordan Swindle after Monday night’s practice. “I think their defense is better than the credit they’ve gotten from people. On film, they all play really hard, have good pad level, and play with great hands. They’re explosive, and we’re definitely prepared for a great defense this week.”
- “They’re athletic — super, super athletic,” said Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles. “They’re really good up front … but I like our plan, and we just have to go execute it.”
Click below to watch complete comments from Towles, Swindle, and wide receiver Dorian Baker on why the Cats will remain on their toes against the Tigers and why Kentucky must strike quick and often to secure another victory: