December 3, 2007

Groves, Auburn 'D' face big challenge

Almost forgotten among all the rumors surrounding Tommy Tuberville's contract negotiations is that Auburn has another game to play against a talented Clemson squad.

No. 15 Clemson (9-3) finished tied for second in the ACC's Atlantic Division, missing an opportunity to play for the Championship after a 20-17 loss at home to Boston College.

The CU Tigers feature a potent offense that led the ACC with 34.2 points per game and was second in the conference with 412.4 yards per game.

Quarterback Cullen Harper engineers Rob Spence's spread offense for the CU Tigers. The junior has completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,887 yards with 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions in his first year as the starter.

Clemson features a dynamic duo at tailback in James Davis and C.J. Spiller who have combined for 1,648 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Harper also has a big-play receiver to work with in Aaron Kelly who has 84 receptions for 1,045 yards and 11 touchdowns.

It's enough to make any Auburn defender a little nervous.

"You get a chance to see what your defense is about when you play a team like Clemson," said AU defensive end Quentin Groves. "They have a great running attack and great passing attack as well. Their receiver, Aaron Kelly, is a great vertical threat and he poses a lot of problems for us. Their quarterback, Cullen Harper, is probably the ACC Player of the Year. He's done a great job for them.

"They have a lot of weapons."

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