Clint Moseley was named the 2012 recipient of the ‘Good Guy Award’, annually handed out to the Auburn player who best handles his interviews with the media.
Moseley, the sophomore quarterback who took over at halftime of the Florida game and has thrown for 794 yards and five touchdown passes this season, was singled out for his willingness to come to interviews, ability to give honest answers and a solid sense of humor.
For instance, at one point in the season, Moseley’s car broke down, so he walked the rest of the way to the Auburn athletic complex to fulfill his interview obligations for the day.
“It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I was humbled earlier in the year, and I still think it’s kind of cool to go to the interview room,” Moseley said.
Moseley also endured one of Auburn’s most public disappointments this season. After losing the battle for the starting quarterback job in the fall to Barrett Trotter, Moseley came out and handled interviews about the coach’s decision.
Moseley follows Walt McFadden in 2009 and Josh Bynes in 2010 as Good Guy recipients.
“I appreciate it,” Moseley said. “I’m honored to be in their company.”
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- Freshman Tre Mason said he weighs 198 pounds now and wants to get up to 205.
- Mason likes the Georgia Dome for more than just the fast track. “I’m a Florida boy, so I like the warm weather,” Mason said. “And this is keeping me pretty warm.”
- Mason also said he never wanted to redshirt this season. He was willing to do whatever it took to get on the field. ““I’m willing to play any position,” Mason said. “If it had to be just special teams, I was willing to do that. I love kick return. I did kick return in high school and also did punt return. I know that I wanted to play this year, and I felt like I could fight for my position.”
- Asked if playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl is any harder to get up for, Mason turned the question away. ““We treat every game like a really big game,” Mason said. “Even if it’s a rivalry: We treat every game as if it’s the national championship because we want to play with everything we have.”
- Running backs coach Curtis Luper said Onterrio McCalebb likes to mix it up in the middle of the field. “McCalebb wants to run between the tackles every chance he can get,” Luper said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t run the ball between the tackles really well.”
- The run game probably won’t look much different this week, just have a different body back there taking snaps. “It’ll probably look the same,” Luper said. “But Michael was a force. He could carry it 30 times week in and week out. We only need one week here.”
- Emory Blake has been held out of a few drills this week to keep his injured high ankle sprain from getting any worse before the bowl game begins. “ I’ve held him out of a few drills, and if you know Emory, he hates that, because he thinks people think he’s not working,” wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said. “But I have to have him fresh.”
- Taylor believes that Blake is coming back for his senior season at Auburn. “No doubt in my mind,” Taylor said. “He’ll get to make that decision, but for me, he’s family.”
- Wide receiver DeAngelo Benton has struggled to get off of the sideline in his time at Auburn, but Taylor said that’s partly been a product of the people Benton has played behind. “It’s hard to break out when you’re behind Darvin Adams and you’re behind Emory Blake. But when he’s been called on, he’s made the plays. Against South Carolina, if you don’t make the play that he made, we’re going to be in worlds of trouble. Has he dropped some? Yeah, but that’s going to happen.”
- Taylor said Gus Malzahn hasn’t changed a bit since getting the head coaching job at Arkansas State. ““If you know Gus he’s going to be competitive regardless,” Taylor said. “The thing about him and what makes him a good person and a good coach is that he doesn’t change.”
- Cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley said Chizik took the team back to basics for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “You can tell that we started from ground level with our teaching methods,” Lolley said. “That’s what we wanted to accomplish going into this bowl game – get the ground work again knowing that we’ve got a lot of young players. We’ve done a lot of teaching, a lot of drills, a lot of fundamentals.”
- Lolley also said the defensive coordinator version of Chizik is the one he remembers best. “He’s always been the same guy,” Lolley said. “When he was coordinator before, he was always highly motivated and stressed fundamentals. He’s the same Chiz I remember. Being in a head coach was new to me.”
- Quindarius Carr said he’s been slowly realizing his last game is upon him. “A little bit,” Carr said. “I try not to think about it too much. But it’s a special moment for me, my last game.”
- Carr is starting to go over all the “lasts” that are happening while he’s preparing for his final game. “Last time I’m going to work out with coach Yox, that hit me,” Carr said. “Last time going full pads in practice. That hit me. A lot of little things have hit me. I’m just kind of sitting back, I guess it will all hit me when the game is over.”