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A few thoughts from Tubs

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

AUBURN, Ala. -- After hitting Toomer's Corner and guzzling down some world-famous lemonade, I spent some time with Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville in his office on Monday. Tuberville is consistently one of the most accessible coaches in the SEC.

I'll have a Q&A with Tuberville up in a little bit, but here are a few tidbits from one of the best big-game coaches in the business. Tuberville has won nine of his last 12 games against Top 10 opponents:

  • Tuberville thinks this defense will compare very favorably speed-wise with the 2004 defense. But, then, when doesn't Auburn have a surplus of speed on defense?

  • With all the talk about how good Auburn's defensive line will be this season, Tuberville would put the left side of his offensive line (guard Tyronne Green and tackle Lee Ziemba) up against anybody else's in the SEC. Green is a former defensive lineman who's blossomed on offense.

  • The Tigers already have 22 commitments for next year, and for the first time, Tuberville said they're having to notify prospects that they can't take anymore players in certain spots. "If all the guys who're committed to us sign with us, it would be a great year," Tuberville said.

  • Tuberville said the Tigers would have to rely on one or more true freshmen at cornerback now that junior Aairon Savage is out for the season with a knee injury. Neiko Thorpe, Harry Adams and D'Antoine Hood may all have to play at some point. The only healthy veterans at cornerback are Jerraud Powers and Walter McFadden.