By Parrish Alford | NEMS Daily Journal
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn became the sixth team to rush for more than 200 yards against Ole Miss this season, but the Rebels had a bright spot on defense in senior end Kentrell Lockett.
Lockett posted All-SEC caliber numbers in 2009 when he had five sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 13 pressures.
He tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament last year and was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA in the spring. But he’s struggled to regain his 2009 form.
He began the Auburn game with just seven tackles, a spot-duty player who had drawn just three starts this season.
Against the Tigers he posted a season-best six tackles, a tackle for loss and two fumble recoveries.
“All I wanted to do was get on the field and play,” Lockett said. “Me and coach been talking about it all week, get on the field, get a couple of plays and get in a groove. I’ve just not been able to get in a groove. I think it’s all going to change now.”
Late in the first quarter Lockett picked up a bobble from Auburn tailback Michael Dyer, and the Rebels turned it into points with a 39-yard field goal from Bryson Rose.
They were unable to score with Lockett’s second turnover, a recovery with less than 3 minutes to play in the second quarter.
“Kentrell had his best performance of the year. We’re proud of him for the way he’s responded. He’s been through so much,” defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix said. “Tonight was a coming out party for him.”