AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s win over Louisiana-Monroe was exactly what it needed to be: big.
For the second-straight week offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was in charge of play calling, which again led to a few more tries through the air. The Tigers spent the week focusing on red zone offense and executed as planned, scoring seven touchdowns. Until the very last seconds of the 58-7 win, when the Tigers recorded a safety, Auburn dominated.
Auburn’s big cushion in the second half also gave several new Tigers a chance to get game experience, which was another goal heading into the weekend.
Here’s what Malzahn said after the win:
- Malzahn opens by thanking fans for their support during Auburn’s five game home stretch to start the season.
- Malzahn says he’s impressed by all three groups today.
- On Kerryon Johnson: “He’s starting to come into his own, running extremely hard.”
- “We need to give our guys more chances down the field, we talked about that. It’s good, I think we had two of our freshman catch deep balls. That was good.”
- On red zone: “Primarily it’s about running the football in…today we were able to do that. We’ve got to keep that up.”
- Malzahn says Xavier Dampeer was ‘on one leg’ during the second half of LSU game. Rotation was different today, but Malzahn thought the offensive line did a good job adjusting to the changes.
- On Malik Miller: “I’m not sure exactly. It was a pretty goo lick, but I’m not sure of his status right now.”
- “Gary Walker is one of the favorites on the team…You could see how our guys reacted, it was great to see a guy like that make a play.”
- On Sean White: “Overall I think he had a good day.”
- On freshman wide receivers: “Those guys are very talented and it’s just a matter of them getting out there.”
- Malzahn said senior Tony Stevens has started to gain confidence and is playing better without the ball.
- “I think our defense really responded well. Coach Steele challenged our guys to have their best play today and they responded well.”
- On playing non-starters: “In this league you have to have depth.”
- On Montravius Adams: “He’s playing his best football right now.”
- “He’s (John Franklin) our No. 2 quarterback…the more he can get out there and play today, that’s going to help him.”