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Jason Campbell’s six thoughts on the 2016 Tigers
There will be an awesome “I Remember” featuring former Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell posted on Friday. The quarterback talked about what it was like to play in the Auburn-LSU game in 2004, and you don’t want to miss a word.
As a preview, Campbell, who lives in Atlanta and still comes back to the Plains for games, gave us six thoughts on the current Tigers team.
1. He feels for Auburn’s QBs
“You know they want to be successful and they’re trying their best, and for whatever reason, things aren’t just clicking just yet,” Campbell said.
From Campbell’s experience, it’s easy to feel like you have to try to take over and make lots of big plays. But that’s a dangerous road to travel.
“That’s when you start forcing things and doing things out of character and not being yourself. If you’re in that spot you have to keep sawing wood and have confidence and play with confidence.”
Still, Campbell believes the Tigers can pull it together soon.
“So, hopefully, they can just settle down, relax a little bit and understand they don’t have to do everything,” he said. “Do what you can do and do it to the best of your abilities.”
2. D is Key
“Now, whoever plays the best defense in the SEC is going to win. That’s been the case over the last few years because of the type of offense that people are running. Defense wins championships and offense wins tickets,” Campbell said.
3. Battling the social media monster
“As a team and a player playing the game, you have to do your best to stay away from social media. I was the type of guy that didn’t do social media during the season,” Campbell said. “As a quarterback, I don’t care what you say. If you have a great game, your head can get too big, and when you don’t have a great game, if you read some of the stuff people say, it can make you not feel confident in yourself or make you so frustrated that you just want to try to prove people wrong and then you’re just getting out of character.”
4. Understanding the position Gus Malzahn is in
“In high school, college or the pros when you’re involved with a big program people have high expectations,” he said. ‘When things are not looking the way people think they should look, and then you start to see those things and hear those things (about job security).”
5. But he says things could change quickly
“You can’t get so caught up in it because the season can turn in an instant,” Campbell said. “Some teams that are undefeated right now could still have a losing season because things can go south quickly. At the same time, things can go north. You have to keep a positive mindset and block out the noise and keep your team together. You can’t let your guys start going against each other; they have to stick together. No matter what the outcome or situation is, you have to know your brothers have your back in the locker room.”
6. LSU is always a big game
“If you look at the teams this year, both teams are kind of struggling offensively but both teams are dynamic on defense,” Campbell said. “The kicking game, I’ll give that edge to Auburn. So, I just expect it to be the same thing on Saturday. I’m not expecting a high-scoring game; I’m expecting a knock-down, drag-out defensive battle. It’s not going to be a dirty game, but there are going to be some hits going on. I just expect Auburn to show up and really try to put some hits on them because last year, I was at that game when they played at LSU — it was hot as all get out — LSU thumped us pretty good. So, I’m sure those guys are hungry to get back out and get another chance at them.
- Gary Laney of Saturday Down South wrote about new faces and old ties in this week’s Auburn-LSU matchup.
- The Warblogle examined some of Auburn and LSU’s craziest games.
- Auburn’s Jeff Shearer wrote about how ESPN’s Tom Luginbill likes Auburn’s game-day atmosphere.
- Rivals writers Mike Farrell and Adam Gorney discuss if Les Miles or Gus Malzahn is on the hotter seat.
- Tiger Rag columnist Glenn Guilbeau wrote about the continuation of the undefeated curse at Auburn.
Carlson can do it all
Daniel Carlson is a very talented person. The Colorado native can kick a football really well, execute trick plays and — while he doesn’t do much hitting on the field — he tackles school with ease.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) September 20, 2016
Happening on the Plains
Carlson isn’t the only impressive student-athlete on the Plains, of course.
Big Friday: The women’s tennis team’s season opener is Friday and the volleyball team begins SEC play.
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) September 21, 2016
— Auburn Volleyball (@AuburnVB) September 21, 2016
Oh, how times have changed
Just three weeks into the 2016 season, there are a lot of people with strong opinions about Auburn coach Malzahn and what should or should not happen after the season.
Emily Shoffit of the The Auburn Plainsman tweeted out this article from 1922. It demonstrates just how much times have changed when it comes to college football and head coaches.
Back when Auburn really loved it's coaches. (Issue of The Plainsman circa 1922). pic.twitter.com/vOS78py6e1
— Emily Shoffit (@emmmilliaa) September 21, 2016
Coach Talk (aka where we stand today)
Here are just a few of the many, many tweets about the coaching situation at Auburn.
Twitter fired Les Miles, Gus Malzahn, Clay Helton, Brian Kelly and Bob Stoops tonight. Tom Herman is replacing ALL OF THEM
— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) September 18, 2016
"I think if Gus Malzahn gets them to a bowl and finishes at 6-6 that he'll stay" –@KevinScarbinsky
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 21, 2016
$13.795 million is what Auburn could be on the hook for if they fire Gus Malzahn and staff after the season: https://t.co/cPKwudYa3n
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 19, 2016
Let's talk about despicable people as coaching candidates for a job that is not and likely will not be open at the end of the season. YAY!!!
— WarBlogle.com (@WarBlogle) September 21, 2016
Oh hey Gus Malzahn vs. Les Miles next week. Nobody will be angry after that game.
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) September 18, 2016
If Art Briles ends up at Auburn, it would guarantee the CFB world a Briles-Saban matchup EVERY SINGLE YEAR. They'd be in the same state!
— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) September 21, 2016
Could totally see Auburn do it. https://t.co/gfhkO4FnNk
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) September 21, 2016
.@tyduffy Petrino trying to ditch Louisville for Auburn for a 2ND time would be Petrino's Sistine Chapel.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) September 19, 2016
The Auburn-LSU game has historically been a physical, tough game. This weekend shouldn’t be any different. Here are a few more select highlights to show just how crazy these games have been.
— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) September 21, 2016
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) September 21, 2016
Since 2000, the home team in the LSU-Auburn series has won 14 of the last 16 games with exceptions in 2008 and 2012, both LSU wins at Auburn
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) September 21, 2016
In case you didn’t eat enough breakfast …
Brace yourselves, Auburn… pic.twitter.com/6yzuRPJzjq
— WarBlogle.com (@WarBlogle) September 21, 2016
Of course, this is in reference to the long-running joke that LSU fans smell like corn dogs. If you’re really hungry this morning:
— AL.com (@aldotcom) September 21, 2016