September 9, 2008

Croom's Tuesday Press Conference

Saturday will mark the fifth time Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom has squared off against Auburn.

Croom sports a 1-3 record in his previous meetings with the Tigers and already knows what to expect from them on game day.

"Auburn is a good football team like they usually are," Croom said. "They are very talented, very tough, very fast and well coached in all three segments of the game. It will be a great challenge for us but also a great opportunity."

Croom is especially aware of how dominating Auburn's defense can be. The Tigers have only allowed three third down conversions in 32 attempts.

"Auburn's defense is what you are used to seeing in an Auburn defense," Croom said. "The speed is the first thing you recognize in their front. Their secondary and their linebackers are fast but their big guys run extremely well. They are a fast defense, one of the fastest we've played in quite some time. Our entire offensive unit is really going to have to play well in order to be able to move the ball with any degree of consistency against this bunch."

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