September 15, 2012

DEFENSE: Third-down problems coalescing

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AUBURN -- Jermaine Whitehead was tired after walking off the field Saturday afternoon.


"That felt like 100 snaps to me," the sophomore safety asked a reporter. "Did we go 100?"


No, just 89.


"We have to start cutting that down," Whitehead added.
It's been that kind of season for Auburn's defense, which has been required to defend an unusually high number of plays this season. The problem? Third downs - and specifically the Tigers' inability to get stops on third down.


Louisiana-Monroe faced 21 third-down situations Saturday.


It converted nine of them.


"That's too many," Whitehead said.

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