Of Auburn’s 12 sacks, only 6.5 have come from defensive linemen, and 3.5 of those have come from defensive end DaVonte Lambert, a hustling player who has done a good job getting sacks on second effort but isn’t the kind of pocket-collapsing presence Ford or Lawson provided last season. “We don’t have a waiver wire, we can’t trade anybody, but guys have to start getting some production on the field.”
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Malzahn has repeated his concerns about ball security often this week. Ole Miss’ “landshark” defense has allowed only eight touchdowns and has forced an eye-popping 24 turnovers, the second-best total in the country.
With the Tigers’ passing game focused on D’haquille Williams, Sammie Coates, Quan Bray and Ricardo Louis, Ray and Davis haven’t seen a whole lot of the ball this season, but they have to take pride in a very different kind of role.
The third-ranked Tigers have settled with a different lineup over their last four games with Avery Young starting at right tackle, a similar position switch as last season, when Miller lost his starting job and was relegated to playing in only two of the final nine games.
Patrick Miller is heading back toward full health, and that gives the Tigers more options on the depth chart heading to Ole Miss
The once-suspended Auburn safety continues to work with Auburn’s scout team defense, too, as the Tigers prepare to face No. 4 Ole Miss, coach Gus Malzahn said.
Selection committee chairman Jeff Long said Oregon left tackle Jake Fisher’s injury was taken into account when ranking the Ducks.