AUBURN, Ala. — The Tigers were just two points from moving into the AP Top 10 after defeating Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday.
Now sitting at No. 11, Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC) is preparing for Vanderbilt, who visits Jordan-Hare on Saturday afternoon. The Commodores lead the all-time series 21-20-1 and have won the last two meetings (2012, 2008).
Here’s what Malzahn said at his weekly press conference:
- “Coming off a major road win where we faced some major adversity, very happy with how our coaches and players responded,” Malzahn says.
- On Vanderbilt: “They play extremely hard, extremely physical. They don’t give up very many big plays.”
- Malzahn says the Commodores offense starts with their running back, Ralph Webb.
- On the early game time Saturday: “We’re going to have to be awake and ready to go.”
- On Kamryn Pettway: “He’s a real weapon right now…he’s getting more comfortable as he goes.”
- Malzahn says Auburn’s win over LSU was a turning point in the season.
- “Good offenses do have tendencies, that’s a good thing, but you’ve also got to use the tendencies against the defense.”
- On Sean White: “He played an outstanding game. The third an thirteen was unbelievably huge, the way he sacrificed his body…he’s starting to establish himself as a very good quarterback in this league.”
- “His (Sean’s) teammates and coaches have respect for him. He played last year when he probably shouldn’t have.”
- On Kamryn Pettway saying he likes to run tacklers over: “We need to get him some media training.”
- “He (Pettway) likes looking ’em up and hitting people.”
- On focusing: “The only thing we’re focusing on is Vanderbilt. If you look ahead in this league you get burned. And we’ve got our hands full.”
- “(Vanderbilt) they play team defense, that’s what really stands out to me…they’re a real defense.”
- On OL Robert Leff: “Robert’s playing very physical. He came on last year…he’s really emerged as one of our top guys. He’s been one of those consistent guys, he’s playing his best football. He’s really established himself as one of our better offensive players.”
- On RB Malik Miller: “He’s jogging now and he’s trying to get healthy. We’ll put it this way, it’s going really well, his progression.”
- Malzahn says DL Paul James is also rehabbing and the team hopes to have him back for spring practice.
- WR Tony Stevens tried to practice last week and the coaching staff pulled him out of practice, Malzahn says. “It’d be nice to have him back, we’ll know more after today.”
- “Everyone is going to practice today. If everyone practices today, it’s a good sign.”
- On WR Jason Smith: “He started to get back in the groove. You’ll see him on the field more in the rest of the season.”