AUBURN, Ala. — After overseeing an Auburn defense that held an SEC opponent without a touchdown for the first time in five years, Kevin Steele is set to take the podium Sunday evening.
The Auburn defensive coordinator coached a dominant game from the box Saturday night as the Tigers throttled Arkansas 56-3. Arkansas had more rushing attempts than yards, with the Auburn defensive front forcing a load of negative plays.
Steele is scheduled to talk to the media shortly, when he’ll review the Arkansas game and look ahead to the upcoming matchup at Ole Miss.
Follow along for live updates from Steele’s press conference right here:
- Auburn’s two goals for this game were to stop the run and affect the passer. “The front did that exceptionally well.”
- “On every single play of the game, we had guys knocking people back or affecting who had the ball. It started up front and ended up front.”
- Steele said Arkansas called 38 passes, and Auburn knocked down Austin Allen 14 times with 4 sacks.
- “(The players) have been told not to talk any more about Arkansas. It’s a great game, but it’s in the past.”
- Steele notes that Ole Miss has been a high-scoring team in its four losses. “Their record doesn’t indicate how good they are.”
- Steele said he considers Jeff Holland a “starter” because of his work on the Rabbits third-down package opposite Carl Lawson.
- On freshman defensive end Marlon Davidson: “It’s like he’s been here for two or three years.”
- On Carl Lawson: “He was highly productive in the amount of snaps he had. In totality, I think it was his most productive game.”
- Steele said Ole Miss is “more RPO (run-pass option)” than it has been in years past. He says that’s due to the strengths of quarterback Chad Kelly.
- On Byron Cowart: “The productivity was there. They had a little more runs and activity to him. The thing is, when you turn the corner in the SEC West, it’s like going around the block. There’s always another corner there. You never arrive.”
- “The defense is pretty mature thanks to our leadership on our team. I think that came out more in the off week.”
- On Ole Miss’ height at receiver: “They throw a lot of deep shot balls. They throw a lot of ‘you go get it, and if you don’t, it’s going to be interference.'”
- Steele thought the team tackled well Saturday night against Arkansas.