AUBURN - Quotes of interest from Auburn's football team as preparations continued Wednesday for Saturday's Iron Bowl against Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Linebacker Daren Bates
RB Mike Dyer on the keys for Auburn's offense
"First downs. Keep our heads up even after negative plays. Try to fight and make sure we get a hat on a hat. Make sure we give Clint (Moseley) time to read. Play solid offense, run the ball. We just have to be smart in some of the things we do and make first downs. We have to give 100 percent every play. We can't take one play off."
Dyer on not getting heavy attention nationally
"I just play football and do what I can for Auburn with a good attitude. What the world thinks, that's up to them."
LB Daren Bates on taking on Alabama's running game
"It's the type of game we like to play - physical, hard, in the box. You play downhill, be ready to tackle, ready to take on some of the biggest guys they've got. You play with an edge."
OL coach Jeff Grimes on Alabama's defense
"They look like an NFL defense. They're certainly as good as any college defense I've ever seen, maybe the best, especially at stopping the run. They're one of those few defenses where you can say there really aren't any weaknesses."
Grimes on the importance of RT Brandon Mosley returning from injury
"That would be huge. He's not only a guy we rely on physically, but he also adds a level of confidence and leadership. We're hoping for the best."
Grimes on Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw
"He's a guy that can do it all well. He can really just overwhelm people with his strength, but at the same time, he has the speed and agility."
ST coordinator Jay Boulware on punter Steven Clark being a Ray Guy Award finalist
"I'm proud of him. It's a tremendous honor, an individual achievement like that, but it really is a team award. It's a tremendous honor as a sophomore to be in that position. It makes all those recruiting trips I took to Kansas City three years back worth it."
Dyer on playing in the Iron Bowl
"This is one of those games you are supposed to play until there's nothing left. That's how we are going to play Saturday."