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September 27, 2011

Recapping Gene Chizik’s press conference

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has come and gone for his weekly press conference. Here’s what he had to say:

  • “A great challenge for us this week. An SEC road trip. We’re looking forward to the challenge and getting back out there today and getting better as a football team.”
  • On RB Marcus Lattimore: “He’s everything that we saw he was coming out of high school. He’s explosive, he’s fast, he’s got great vision. And he can get there in a hurry.” Also a threat as a receiver. “He brings pretty much everything to the table.”
  • Why was Auburn so good at slowing him down last year? “Really, it was a numbers game.” Said Tigers will need to be physical up front, get off blocks with the front four and get their LBs to fit gap.
  • WR Trovon Reed is out with a shoulder injury. Chizik said they’ll evaluate him on a weekly basis from here on out. His injury doesn’t sound good.
  • Quan Bray is going to be the one who gets more playing time in Bray’s spot. He’ll return punts.
  • On the offensive line: “We’ve got to continue to improve up front. … It’s not schematically. We’ve got to produce better.”
  • On how good South Carolina is passing it: “I think it’s pretty well-documented.” Praised Steve Spurrier‘s history of throwing the ball. “The big plays are really going to be the emphasis to us.” Also said USC has a good screen game.
  • On not getting Lattimore in recruiting: “I don’t worry about the ones we don’t get. I worry about the one we do get. He’s a great young man.”
  • On Kiehl Frazier: “I think he’s been growing as far as knowledge of the game. He’s been getting interaction on the field. The experience, as we all know, there’s no substitute for it.”
  • No change in quarterback pecking order.
  • On getting Mike Dyer involved more: “We’ve got to run what the defense is allowing us to run.” Said you can’t run into a 9-man front.
  • “We still have a long season. We’re only a third of the way through it. And you’ll see young guys grow as different circumstances unfold.”
  • John Sullen and Jonathan Evans both have a chance to play this week. Onterio McCalebb is OK too.
  • CB Chris Davis doesn’t sound like he’s in that boat. “He’s day-by-day,” Chizik said.


  1. Hate that about Trovon. Hope he can turn into a wide receiver who runs the ball occasionally instead of running back out at receiver.

    We win this week.

    Comment by el carg — September 27, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

  2. I am a big fan of the Tigers, even when we do not win. The mistakes I see at this point is our players not being able to hold on to the ball from a pass & hold on to the ball carrier for the tackle. In time I feel we will be National Champs again. Play hard Tigers your fans are with you….

    Comment by J Hancock — September 27, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

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