August 31, 2007

Borges, Muschamp analyze KSU game

When Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges watches Kansas State's defense on film, he's certain of two things.

"They are a fast defense and they've got a lot of guys back," said Borges.

Borges sees a K-State defense led by outside linebacker Ian Campbell that's very similar to the one he goes against in practice every day.

"They've got what I would call a Quentin Groves type in Ian Campbell who is a really, really great pass rusher," said Borges. "They're probably doing some of the same things that we do with Quentin. With regards to schemes and stuff we should have half a clue as to how to handle that."

But there's still a lot about K-State's defense that Borges doesn't know.

With the Wildcats adding new defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar and switching from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense, Borges is expecting the unexpected in AU's season-opening showdown against KSU.

"They're going to have some stuff that we haven't seen," said Borges. "There's a little bit more unknown in this game from a Kansas State defensive perspective than there are in most games. It's a little bit like facing a staff that it's their first year on the job."

Fortunately, Borges has fifth-year senior quarterback Brandon Cox back to run AU's offense. He's hoping Cox can handle any surprises the Wildcats throw at them Saturday night.

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