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Auburn turns focus to Texas A&M

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 No. 24 Auburn climbed into the national rankings and practice mode for SEC play  as the Tigers worked out for an hour in shorts at the Auburn Athletics Complex practice fields on Sunday in preparation for Saturday's game at No. 7 Texas A&M.

"We got to play a lot of players, and I think that helped our younger players some," said Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "We were on cue, and the players looked like they were focused during the game."

The Tigers are back in the Associated Press poll for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011, prior to a loss at No. 14 Georgia. Auburn played 75 players, 12 of them playing in their first game, in the 62-3 win over Western Carolina on Saturday.

"I was proud of Jeremy (Johnson)," said Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. "You have to think it's been well over a year since he's played in a real football game, going back to high school. He's played in scrimmages, and we've had him go live, which I think is a good thing. I thought he did well.

"He didn't seem too nervous or anxious before the game. I'm sure he had the normal butterflies that anybody would have before their first start. He was calm, and I thought the guys around him really helped him and showed a lot of confidence in him after he threw that first ball. I felt like he played well, and he played calm."

The Top 25 matchup features teams with identical records, 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

The Auburn-Texas A&M game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central and will be televised by CBS. It will be Tigers' first-ever game in College Station, Texas, and only the fourth in the series with the Aggies.

Auburn will take Monday off before returning to the practice field on Tuesday.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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