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Quoting Auburn Football Coach Gus Malzahn: Idaho Game

Comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured after his Tigers improved their record to 6-5.

Auburn, Ala.--Comments from  Gus Malzahn are featured after the Auburn Tigers defeated Idaho 56-34 on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“I am happy for our team to get our sixth win and get bowl eligible. We talked about getting off to a fast start. We got the chance to play a lot of guys that deserved to play late. It is always good to see those guys out there that do a good job on scout teams and as back-ups. I am very happy with that. The things that stood out to me defensively are getting the three turnovers. We got the fumble and Rudy Ford got the pick six, and I thought that was a big play in the game. We also got some good fourth down stops.

"Offensively, the thing that really stood out to me is that we didn’t have any turnovers. That was really a focus, protecting the football. We had a lot of different guys handle the ball, and that is really something that stood out to me. Overall, I am pleased to get the sixth win and I think the team came out of that one fairly healthy.”

 On Jeremy Johnson’s performance…

“I thought Jeremy (Johnson) did a good job. I thought he did a very good job in the air and I thought he did a very good job on the ground. He managed the offense very well. He made a couple of really good decisions on his own read.”

 On Jovon Robinson’s performance…

“I think he did very well.”

On the mindset before facing Alabama…

“There is a fine line. I think the best thing is we got the victory, and we got the chance to play a lot of guys late in the game. It got a little sloppy, but it’s a win. We wanted to get our main guys out of there early in the fourth quarter. We are happy that we came out of this one pretty healthy and we got the chance to play a lot of different guys.”

 Did you see something on video vs. Idaho that made you think that play would work?

“We have had that up for a long time, and haven’t had the right opportunity to call it. I thought that was a big play in the game too. It was a pretty close game at the time. It was like fourth and seven. I don’t think we have faked a punt in three years around here. So it caught them off guard.”

 On if it takes pressure off being bowl eligible…

“It’s always good to get bowl eligible. That means 15 more practices and one more game for your seniors, so that’s big. Of course we are playing our rival next week and that’s something that both teams look forward to every year.”

 On if the players will be looser after today’s win…

“I’m not for sure about that. We are playing Alabama. They are going to be ready and we are going to be ready and we will see what happens.”

 On being physical with two offensive linemen down…

“We tried to be. We thought we had some depth at the first of the year. Devonte Danzey came in and got his first start at center. I thought he did a very solid job. Shon Coleman, we held out and I thought Robert Leff did a very good job in his absence. We were just hoping that we didn’t have any more injuries up front and thankfully we didn’t. That will be very important moving forward.”

 On Sean White's and Austin Golson's health…

“I will probably know more tomorrow or Monday, as far as that goes. I think everyone will work their hardest to get ready. Austin Golson will be a bit of a challenge.”

 On the importance of taking passing shots down field…

“We talked about running the football and throwing the ball vertically down the field. We felt like they would load up against the run and the times they did we were able to hit a couple of shots down field. We were close on the one that got overturned, but we wanted to start making Jeremy (Johnson) start throwing the ball vertically down the field.”

 On playing walk-on quarterback Tucker Tuberville…

“Tucker (Tuberville) is an outstanding young man. He has been a blessing for us as coaches and one of those bright spots. He is going to be a great coach too. We were happy for him to get out there and do his thing.

On why they didn't call a pass play for Tucker…

“We will have to ask Rhett (Lashlee) that.”

 On when preparation for Alabama begins…

“Here in about 30 minutes. As soon as I get done with the TV I will head to the office.”

 On the importance of taking those shots down field…

“It was big. I thought Jeremy managed the game and didn’t put the ball in jeopardy and did a very solid job. They mix up their looks. They gave us some different looks and we felt like they would. The thing that stands out to me is no turnovers. That was big.”

 On what happened on Idaho’s first play:

“I think they had an over route. I am not sure exactly, that would be a good question for him (Will Muschamp). They adjusted after that.”

 On focusing on the Iron Bowl from two years ago…

“Every year is different. I think the best thing for us is that we are playing at home and we know our crowd, our coaches and our players will be ready. We are glad to be playing at home.”

 On the importance of getting Tony Stevens going…

“Tony (Stevens) had been one of those guys you have seen in the last three or four weeks that has really started to take that next step. He made a couple of good blocks too. I think on the two runs by Roc Thomas, he was at the point of attack. The two H-Backs also made some good blocks on those two plays as well. We are very happy for Tony.”


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