After giving up 45 points and 485 yards to LSU this past Saturday, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was candid Wednesday in criticizing his defense.
“There will be personnel changes,” Muschamp told reporters. “When you play as abysmal as we did, you have to make changes.”
Muschamp specifically mentioned that communication issues at linebacker and safety have plagued the defense early on.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette did what he wanted Saturday, collecting 228 of LSU’s 411 rushing yards. At times it looked like Auburn defenders did not want to tackle Fournette.
“That team out-physicaled us,” Muschamp told reporters.
Going back to last season, Auburn has allowed 10 of its last 11 opponents to amass 400 yards of offense or more in a game. Muschamp was brought in to change that, but so far he is getting similar results.
“Quite frankly, we’re changing the culture around here,” Muschamp said. “It falls on my shoulders and nobody else. We just got to prepare the guys better.”
Auburn will get a boost with the return of linebacker Justin Garrett, who missed the LSU game with a quad injury. The team announced Tuesday that starting defensive end Carl Lawson would be out for an “extended” time with a hip injury.
“We’ve just got to find our best 11 right now,” Muschamp said.
We’ll see if the changes Muschamp makes pay off Saturday against Mississippi State.
Muschamp: There will be personnel changes. "When you play as abysmal as we did, you have to make changes." … Will see them Saturday
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) September 23, 2015
Muschamp: "That team out-physicaled us. Disappointing, frustrating, embarrassing, whatever you want to call it."
— Nathan Deal (@NateDawgAU) September 23, 2015