November 11, 2008

Auburn looking to crank it up

Watch me crank it, watch me roll
Watch me crank dat, Soulja Boy

Auburn's players have been getting an extra dose of those lyrics from Crank That by Soulja Boy in the training room this week.

It's just a special reminder and motivation for the AU players that were in Athens for last year's 45-20 loss to Georgia.

Starting in the fourth quarter after UGA took a 31-20 lead, Crank That was blared over the Sanford Stadium loudspeakers as the UGA players on the sidelines and on the field broke out in a frenzy of dancing.

Even CBS announcers Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson took part with some "dancing" in the booth.

"That's been on my mind for the whole year," AU senior receiver Rod Smith said. "They even had whoever was calling the game -- those guys were up in press box doing that. That got to me. It's just another opportunity to try to get them back for what they did to us last year.

"I've definitely been looking forward to this game. This is the game that's been marked on my calendar since last year."

Georgia's antics were especially stinging to Smith, who is a native of Snellville, Ga.

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