Quoting AU Coach Gene Chizik

Comments from Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik are featured after Auburn's 62-24 victory over Chattanooga.

Auburn, Ala.--Comments from Auburn's coach Gene Chizik are featured following his team's 62-24 victory over Chattanooga:

"Another great win. We look at every week and wins are hard to come by so we just feel very lucky. We did about what we needed to do today. Sometimes in the game we got a little bit sloppy I thought, certainly off some special teams units, but a lot of different mixture of young guys in there and not a lot of continuity there in certain parts of the game.

"We came out fast. We did what we needed to do both offensively and defensively I felt like. It was another great win. We are very fortunate that we got out of the game very healthy it seems like. We will know more tomorrow with that. Again, just a great win, and we are happy to be 10-0."

What did you think of Cam Newton's performance considering what went on this past week?

"I think he had another great game. He threw for over 300 yards (317). He was responsible for four touchdowns. He was just very Cameron-like if you will. He performed very well. I was very proud of him."

It seemed the story that came out this week didn't seem to affect Cam Newton at all?

"Like I said, I just think he played like he's played in just about all the other games. I thought he had a really nice game and had great leadership on the field and did all the things we ask our quarterback to do."

Did you feel Cam Newton*s teammates rallied around him because of that distraction?

"I just feel like every Saturday we just try to do what we do. I just feel like our team played as a team today. We did like I said. We did some nice things, but I think our team was focused. It really goes back to that. We try to get that done every week. We've talked about week in and week out. I think our team was focused and again, we were a little sloppy at times, but for the most part, they played well."

Is the pressure building with the Georgia and Alabama games coming up?

"No, it's just kind of the next thing. Next week should be an exciting week for our players and our fans. It is the kind of game that you get into this business. It is the kind of games that you really look forward to playing. I know our players will be extremely excited about playing their last home game. For our seniors, it will be the last home game they ever play at Jordan-Hare. I just think all the way around it is going to be an exciting week for all of our players. They will be into it."

With this upcoming stretch, how big was it to be able to get your starters out and get a rest?

"It was big. You never know how games are going to unfold, but we felt like at some point, if that was the case that we would certainly benefit from getting the guys out, not from just the health standpoint-wise, but also getting some younger guys experience. I think we got a lot of guys into the game today that are really are some backup and third team guys, but we also got some depth on some of our special teams units which was big."

How did the young guys play on defense?

"They had their moments. There were some moments they played okay. There were some moments they didn*t play very well when we got hit with the deep pass in there at some point in the third quarter. We were in position to make plays at times when we didn*t, but then there are other times where Dee Ford comes up with a sack on third down. There were a lot of good things that I think we saw, but the main thing is that they all got in there and got a chance to play on game day."

When you put the young guys in during the last drive of the second quarter, did you make your mind up that they were going to play the rest of the game?

"We had made up our mind that at that point, I don't remember exactly what the score was at that time, but we felt like we were in a position where we really needed to be smart and very prudent about how we handle our guys and who we put in there."

With a nonconference game, did you re-emphasize to the team how they needed to come out with intensity?

"What we emphasized all week was that we have to be a better football team at the end of the day. When we started last Sunday and last Tuesday, we have to be a better football team at the end of the day today than we were at the beginning. That was our main goal. I don't know what that equates to. I don't know how many points that equals. I don't know any of that. I just know that when we look at the film tomorrow, hopefully we are a better team than we were before we played."

Is it a concern playing non-conference games in this point of the season and the intensity may not be where it needs to be?

"I think there is always that possibility, but for us again, with our focus and our mindset that hopefully they have bought into enough now after 10 weeks that we are not good enough to not go out there and play with the right mindset. We are just not, and if we don't, we can get beat so I am very proud of our team because I feel like they have really taken that to heart. There are not many cases I can cite all year where I felt like our team wasn't going out there and wasn't focusing and trying to be a better team."

Were you or the school aware of the allegations back in July when they were reported to the SEC?

"Here is the situation. I will make it real clear like I did the other night. Unfortunately, I can't talk about the incident. Cameron Newton is eligible here at Auburn. He played today, and he played great. That's where we are going to let it lie."

Cam has taken some character hits and knowing Cam like you do, would you like to defend his character?

"Let me tell you something. This is a great kid. I can speak intelligently on that one. This is a great kid. You can go back and you can talk to elementary coaches, high school (coaches). This is a great kid, and he has been a great kid at Auburn University every day that he has been around me, this staff and his teammates, and you bet. So, I don't know what is out there, and I don*t know what hits you are talking about, but I can assure you this--this is a phenomenal young man. Make no mistake about that."

Will you be disappointed if Cam doesn't win the Heisman?

"I am not that far ahead right now. We are going to take every game at a time. Cameron needs to continue to improve as a football player to help our team win, and if we continue to do those things and he continues to do those things, then all that takes care of itself."

Do you think the perception of your program changed this week?

"That's for you guys to make that call. It hasn't in terms with the way I see it and the way our players see it and certainly not the way our fans see it in my opinion."

When some teams are about to accomplish something special, sometimes they embrace the us against the world mentality or everybody is trying to knock us down. Is your team turning all of this this week into a positive by just trying to prove the naysayers wrong and use it as a positive?

"That's not how we live our life. That's not who we are. Here is who we are--every day as a football team as a team as a family, we try to improve. Whatever is out there is out there. We are going to stay focused and we are going to do what we are supposed to do to become a better football team. That is all that matters so we are going to live our life that way one day at a time as a family, and we are going to continue to try to be a better football team. That is as clear as I can make it and really maybe it is over-simplified, but that is it. That's not complicated."

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