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December 3, 2013

Tall task: Auburn defense set to tangle with towering Missouri receivers

AUBURN, Ala. — It was only a quick look back. But the moment Jermaine Whitehead bit on the play-action fake last Saturday, he knew he was in trouble. It was spot-on foreshadowing. Seconds later, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron hit sophomore receiver Amari Cooper 40 yards downfield, lofting the ball just over the top of cornerback Jonathon Mincy.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.