AUBURN, Ala. — Since offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee took over play calling duties, the Auburn offense has been on a roll.
On Saturday Auburn finished a four-game win streak by bulldozing Arkansas 56-3, rushing for 543 total yards (second-highest total in school history) and adding seven touchdowns on the ground. After jumping to No. 15 in the polls, the Tigers will head back to Mississippi to take on Ole Miss in their second SEC road game of the season.
Here’s what Lashlee said at his weekly presser:
- Auburn went through situational drills in practice on Wednesday.
- Lashlee said sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson was available last week, but he was by no means healthy. Says it was “helpful” to give Johnson extra time to rest.
- On Stanton Truitt: “You can see the added dimension he brings…he’s a huge added weapon for us on offense.”
- On the offensive line: “We feel like there are six starters up there. We have all the faith in the world in Xavier (Dampeer), but right now we’re sticking with where we’re at.”
- Lashlee says the improvements by the offensive line has been evident in the Tiger’s last five wins.
- On running backs coach Tim Horton: “Tim is not a guy that seeks a lot of praise or attention, but he puts running backs in the NFL and puts out 1,000-yard backs…I’ve learned a lot from him, just how meticulous he is.”
- Lashlee says Saturday’s game was kind of unusual and doesn’t expect another game like that through the rest of the season.
- “Every game has its own personality and we were rolling,” Lashlee said.
- On Sean White: “I thought when he threw the ball he was very accurate minus two throws. One of those I put him in a bad spot.”
- On negative plays: “We’ve tried as a staff to do a better job of putting them in a better position. We’ve simplified things and played faster.”
- Lashlee says the offense is trying to substitute less, which has allowed for more confidence, consistency and tempo.
- “I thought Mississippi State was kind of his (Chandler Cox’s) biggest improvement game, and he’s kept that going.”
- On Kam Martin: “He caught the big pass at Mississippi State and had the run the other night. We’re going to lean on our starters, but he and Stanton are change of pace guys that compliment Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway.”
- On Eli Stove: “His confidence is really high, but Eli’s a guy who’s been trending in our eyes really since the Monroe week…Every freshman is different, like we’ve said before.”
- “The thing that’s incredible about Pettway is that when he gets to the second level, guys are really getting out of the way…he’s got big, quick, shifty feet.”
- On the Ole Miss defense: “They’ve been pretty good on third downs…they’ve given up some big plays. They’re a lot different than Arkansas and Mississippi State…they’re very athletic, they move a lot.”