Quoting Gene Chizik: AU vs. ULM Game

Comments from Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Comments from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik are featured from his postgame press conference following Auburn's 52-3 victory over ULM.

"It is great to be 5-0 and it is great to have another win and with us trying to stay on track of just taking everything one game at a time.

"Our goal this week was really about Auburn. It was trying to get better in some little things as a whole football team. That was what we set our minds on today. I think we got better in some areas. We started fast, and I thought we lost some focus there later in the game, later in the second half and then a little bit later in the game, but they kept playing.

"I think we did improve on some things. I thought our discipline this week with the penalties. I think that showed up. That was a positive. Our goal was to get better as a football team, and I feel like we will look at it tomorrow, and there will be some places that I think we did improve. We have to continue on that track with a tough month of October left."

Did you go into this game not wanting Cam Newton to run the ball?

"Every game week to week, we are going to sit down and figure out what we feel like we have to do to win the game. If that includes him running the ball several times, then that is what we'll do. If we feel like because of what they are doing defensively that is not the best thing to do, then we won't. It is just going to be week to week. It really is. We are going to do and call and run what we feel like we have to run to win the game. Today was just one of those days where we felt like we could do some other things and take advantage of some things that they were doing defensively without running the quarterback as much."

Did you know what to do with yourself in the fourth quarter not having to sweat out a win?

"Yes, it was a very bizarre feeling, very bizarre, but I will take it every time. It was unchartered waters for us up to this point. It was a fun. A lot of kids got to play."

On the differences of being 5-0 this year to being 5-0 last year?

"I don't know. I don't know. I think it is hard to compare teams. It is different guys. It is different dynamics. It is just different. We will know more as we play game six. Obviously, again as I have stated earlier, we have to get better as a football team. One of the things I think our team does understand is that we have so much room for improvement still. Our best game is still lurking out there. It's going to have to come in the month of October, that's for sure. I don't know what the differences in the two are. I just know that we have to get better to have a chance to win next week."

On playing so many different young guys in the second half and not giving up a touchdown.

"It was really good. I think at one time you could look out there and it was basically all freshmen and sophomores defensively. They played hard. They had fun. I think we had a good mix of young guys in the game early as well. That was good to see. It was just good to see them step up and guys making some plays. We have a guy like Anthony Morgan that has gone both ways. He played offense. He played defense. It is just good to see those guys out there having fun. They played hard, and it was good to see they didn't give a touchdown up."

On Mario Fannin's play.

"I was very proud of Mario. What we decide to do with each one of these guys every week, certainly with him it has been some health issues and he is getting better. We just felt like we could get him more involved in some of the perimeter game. He also ran a little bit inside today, too. I think his confidence is getting back up there with just being nicked up and beat up, so it was good to see him run the ball like he did today."

On starting Dee Ford at defensive end and was it because you wanted to give Antoine Carter rest?

"It is good again to see some young guys being able to step up to the plate when we have to have them. Dee played a lot today. Corey Lemonier played a lot today. There are guys who we felt like are bumped and bruised up. We have to watch out. It is a long road here before we get any week off. We are just trying to be very prudent on how we proceed."

How important was a game like today to get into the upcoming four game stretch?

"This four game stretch is brutal. A game like today, like I told the team, we did what we were supposed to do. We will go back tomorrow and see what we have to improve on. It is good to have a game like this under your belt where you can have some confidence. You had some experience with some of your twos and threes in there. We are just still not a deep team. Those young guys can*t get enough reps. It is obviously good to always have an opportunity to get guys into the game."

On Jake Holland playing linebacker.

"I thought Jake did well. I thought he was very confident out there and very poised. We have really been repping him to the point where we feel like there is a great comfort level there. You just talk about this next month stretch. We have to be able to count on some young guys to go in there early in the game and play. He was in there in the third series and a lot of plays after that. We won't know how he did until we really look at the film. It seemed to me that he did what we asked him to do."

Was it encouraging that Cam Newton didn't have to be Cam Newton today with the other guys making the plays?

"I just want to be real clear. There are 10 other guys out there. Of course, the quarterback is going to get the blame and the credit, but there are 10 other guys out there who play their rear end off every snap, every game. He does not have to win the games for us. We have a lot of good players out there, and he needs to do what we ask him to do within the offense to help us win the game, but he does not need to win the games. We have other good players out there, and they all just need to play within the structure of the offense, and we have some guys who can be productive."

How well did Cam Newton do as a drop back passer today? <0> "There was one errant pass in there that we wish we could have had back. I thought we got careless with the ball in that particular instance, but we won't know exactly again until we see it tomorrow, but it looked like there were some passes that were thrown well. There is a lot of room for improvement in there for everybody, receivers protection, quarterbacks, everybody."

On Auburn's defense stepping up today.

"I was proud of our defense. They threw the ball (41) times, and there were times where we obviously could have played better. There were times where we didn't tackle well, but they stood up, particularly in the second half and got off the field a good bit, which was good to see with a lot of young guys. I am proud of our defense. They have a ton of room for improvement, and they are going to have to improve for us in this next month. Today, I was proud of them. I thought they played hard."


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