HOOVER, Ala. — Carl Lawson is not buying what some people are selling.
Talk of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn being on the hot seat entering his fourth season is not on his mind. In fact, the defensive end is not sure why it’s being discussed at all.
“What do I think about it?” he said. “I think the media put that up there.”
Malzahn didn’t answer questions about his job security Monday at SEC Media Days, but he was certainly open about past struggles and the need to correct course on the Plains. Auburn has lost nine of its last 11 SEC games, including an 0-4 mark at Jordan-Hare Stadium last season. The Tigers’ record has also fallen in each of the two seasons following the improbable run to the SEC title in 2013.
“That’s what comes with [the job],” receiver Marcus Davis said. “I know there were three-plus games we lost by one possession. And if we win those games, these questions wouldn’t be brought up. It’s things of that nature where, as players, we have to take advantage of those opportunities when we’re put in those situations.”
Davis later added he doesn’t “really buy into” talk of the hot seat.
“Any coach can call any play, anybody can do anything, but if the players are not executing, it’s not gonna work, no matter what system you’re in,” Davis said. “So as leaders, as seniors, as guys that have been in the system, it’s more about players doing what we need to do to get things right and execute the plays because, you know, his resumé speaks for itself. He’s a guy that can win games. So it’s all about everybody buying into what he’s got planned for us. I feel like we’re on pace to do that.”
Defensive tackle Montravius Adams agreed with the assessment.
“As players we know that coaches come and go either for good or bad things,” Adams said. “At the end of the day the player has to be the best player to keep that coach if they want him. At the end of the day, the players have to go out there and execute.”