AUBURN, Ala. — Facing a matchup with SEC West rival LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will conduct his weekly press conference Tuesday morning. The Tigers (1-2, 0-1 SEC) are looking to avoid their seventh straight home SEC loss when Les Miles’ team comes to the Plains.
Follow along here for live updates from Malzahn’s press conference, which starts at 11:15 a.m. CT.
- Malzahn said the last two losses have “hurt him worse than any others” he’s had at Auburn. He says he understands the fan base’s frustrations and says Auburn has to do a better job of coaching.
- Malzahn calls LSU running back Leonard Fournette one of the best players in America. That’s where LSU’s offense starts.
- Sean White remains Auburn’s starting quarterback. “We feel like he gives us the best chance to win.”
- Malzahn is asked about making changes on the offensive line. He said Texas A&M made good adjustments — specifically at the defensive ends — that the offensive line didn’t change with in time.
- Malzahn says Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis hadn’t done anything like that in his SEC tenure. He takes the blame for missed calls on negative plays.
- What stands out most about LSU’s defense? “Their team speed. They all can really run, and they have eight starters coming back.”
- Malzahn: “Stopping the run will be the key to the game.” He says limiting Fournette’s chances in the second level of the defense.
- Auburn has the most negative plays of any team in college football this season. “We’ve got to do a better job of adjusting quicker. But our offensive line, just looking at it from Saturday, we’re improving. I’m not going to blame all that on the offensive line.”
- Malzahn on using John Franklin III more after his fourth-quarter surge vs. A&M: “Each game unfolds a little bit different. But, at the same time, your offensive personnel, you’ve got to play to your strengths. Three weeks into the season, we know what our strengths are.”
- Malzahn: “I really think explosive plays have more to do with opportunities. We’ve got to give our guys more opportunities for more explosive plays.”
- Is this Malzahn’s biggest game of his career? “I always look at the next game as the biggest game. We’ve got to get the drive to get over the hump. So this is a big game, there’s no doubt.”
- Malzahn on Franklin running out of bounds on the final offensive play of the game: “He’s learned from it, and he won’t do it again… We won’t be running out of bounds on fourth down anymore.”
- Malzahn on Sean White: “When he gets in the rhythm, he’s a very good quarterback.”
- He said Auburn should be LSU CB Tre’Davious White is one of the best in the country. “You’ve got to be aware of where he is at all times. And they do a good job of moving him around.”
- Malzahn said he doesn’t “read social media,” but he hears the frustrations of Auburn fans after starting 1-2.
- True freshman quarterback Woody Barrett is “a talented young man, but he needs more work.” He’s getting reps in practice. Malzahn makes the point that Barrett didn’t arrive on campus until late in the summer.
- Malzahn on his play-calling through the first three games: “It just hasn’t been good enough.”