Q&A with Auburn's Whitaker


Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.

Five questions with Auburn junior defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker

Q: This game means a lot to Georgia. How nice would it be to prevent those guys from winning the East?

A: This game means a lot to us too! This is an important opportunity for us in what has been a disappointing season, and we want to go and compete as hard as we can. But at the same time, we know the significance being in a position to win the division means to Georgia.

Q: This rivalry is one of the oldest around, but how would you respond to those that say it’s lost its luster?

A: Just look at the overall record, over all the games that span more than 100 years, and the series is still just one game apart. It hasn’t lost any luster. I think you will see that Saturday, and I think the game will come down to the fourth quarter as it usually does.

Q: Aaron Murray seems to be playing at his best right now. What makes him such a dangerous quarterback?

A: He’s nice, and he has a lot of dangerous tools around him. When you take his development as a quarterback and add the deep ball threats and running threats they have, you can see why their offense is productive.

Q: A lot was made about Georgia safety Shawn Williams when he criticized his own defense. Was he wrong to do that?

A: I think it shows the respect his teammates have for him as a leader; sometimes a leader has to speak up, but it seems like they responded in the way they needed to.

Q: It’s been a rough season for Auburn, but what’s the mood of the team at this point?

A: We’re not excited about where we’re at, but we have hopes for where we can go from here, and that continues this weekend. We love each other and are going to keep fighting for each other.

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