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July 19, 2013

Auburn notes: Rhett Lashlee Quotes

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

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Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee spoke with reporters for over 20 minutes on Friday at the Auburn Athletic Complex.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee spoke with reporters for over 20 minutes on Friday at the Auburn Athletic Complex.

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee met with media members on Friday morning in the Rane Room of the Auburn Athletic Complex. He spent six minutes (out of what amounted to a nearly 22-minute interview) discussing the team’s quarterback situation. Since all of those comments on the quarterbacks couldn’t (reasonably) be fit in today’s notebook, why not include them elsewhere?

The following is a roundup of some Lashlee’s other quotes, of the quarterback and non-quarterback variety.

On the start of the season:

“I know I’m excited. The coaches are excited. We’re starting to get into the football meetings as a staff — talk more ball, talk more install, talk more fall camp, which, when you get to that point, you know it’s close. I know our players are ready, just talking with (strength and conditioning) Coach (Ryan) Russell. They’ve worked extremely hard this summer from what he’s told us, but they’re even getting to the point, ‘All right, we’re ready to put the helmet on, put the pads on and be out there and start getting ready to play somebody.’ But we’re excited. The guys have worked hard and we’ve had great participation from what we’ve been told. We’re just ready to get started.”

On giving more reps to Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson since they’re the newcomers in the quarterback race:

“I don’t know if it’ll necessarily be more reps, but like I said, I’m going to have to get creative in maybe the way we put them in certain situations, just to make sure. At the same time, in fairness to Kiehl (Frazier) and Jonathan (Wallace), from what I hear they worked extremely hard this summer. I would think they’ve made great strides since the spring. So all four guys are going to get a fair and equal shot. That’s just the way it is.”

On Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s remarks at SEC Media Days, where he reiterated his view that up-tempo offenses like Auburn runs lead to more injuries for defensive players:

“I don’t have a reaction to his remarks. Coach (Gus) Malzahn addressed that. As far as I’m concerned, pace and tempo, that’s our philosophy, that’s who we are and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re never going to do anything to put our men in physical jeopardy. Coach addressed that. That’s our philosophy and that’s the kind of team we’re going to be.”

On whether the up-tempo offense is safe

“Oh, there’s no question. As I said, we’re not going to do anything to put anybody in harm’s way and we’ve not had a history of any issues with injuries. Every coach has their philosophy of playing. That’s our jobs. We’re committed to the tempo and to the pace, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

On whether he had ever heard complaints about the up-tempo offense before:

“Never really did. A lot of the teams in the state I grew up playing in (Arkansas), a lot of people run that system, largely because of Coach Malzahn. But no, I’ve never heard that argument much, and never have really had any issues with it.”

On whether critics have much of an argument regarding why the offense is a safety hazard:

“We all play within the rules. You know what the rules are. We know, hey, if we substitute a guy, that they’re going to stop it and hold the ball, and we understand that, too. That’s another thing that you’ve got to factor into it that keeps us from probably going too fast.”

On fullback Jay Prosch:

“The thing about Jay when I first came here, I remember thinking, ‘That’s good. We’ve got a guy who can block.’ Because you’ve got to have that guy in nearly any offense that runs the football, but in what we do in a two-back scheme (it’s even more important). But what I was really pleasantly surprised that when I got here was that he’s extremely intelligent, which helps at that position for us. But he’s a pretty good athlete. He runs well, believe it or not. He’s got that short, stubby arms (but) he catches the ball well.”

5 Comments

  1. Just another lame writer diossing Auburn at the Ledger ….again.

    Nothing changes. Get rid of two sorry writers and replaced with one even sorrier.

    Comment by wt — July 19, 2013 @ 11:47 pm

  2. Get players in shape. Years ago players played both ways and in some high schools they still do.

    Comment by wt — July 19, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

  3. WT: Always appreciate your uplifting comments and sterling grammar when discussing the Ledger-Enquirer. Please, care to enlighten me how I “dissed” the team in a roundup of quotes from the team’s offensive coordinator? –RB

    Comment by Ryan Black — July 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  4. Ryan– friendly tip– don’t take the bait. You can only diminish yourself .

    Comment by Tex — July 20, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

  5. The “lame writer diossing Auburn at the Ledger… again” comment is one of the most moronic statements I’ve ever read. I didn’t see anything in Ryan’s article that was derogatory toward Auburn.

    Personally I enjoyed the read particularly regarding the summer workouts. After seeing the intensity of Ryan Russell’s workouts in video from his days at Arkansas State I became a big fan. That intensity seems to have carried over to his conditioning program at Auburn.

    Hearing about how enthusiastically the players have been working out since January makes me think that Ryan Russell was one of Gus Malzahn’s best hires. Hopefully all the attention paid to off season conditioning this year will help Auburn out last opponents through the 4th quarter in Gus’s HUNH system and pull off several upsets.

    Thanks Ryan (Russell & Black)

    Comment by RM — July 21, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

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