AUBURN, Ala. — When Rhett Lashlee meets with the media Wednesday evening for his weekly press conference, he’ll do it for the first time under his new role.
The Auburn offensive coordinator was named Auburn’s offensive play-caller for the rest of the 2016 season after the Tigers defeated LSU 18-13 last Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Lashlee was the primary play-caller in the victory as head coach Gus Malzahn took more of a big-picture role with the team.
Lashlee is scheduled to speak to reporters for the first time since the role change. He’ll undoubtedly talk about his new responsibilities and preview Auburn’s Week 5 homecoming game against Louisiana-Monroe.
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- “Right now, the biggest concern is we’re struggling to score touchdowns in the red zone.” Mentioned that Auburn should’ve given its defense some more breathing room against LSU.
- “Last week, it was the little things.” Lashlee mentioned how Sean White and Tony Stevens could’ve done more on the third-down miss in the end zone.
- Lashlee said “not a lot” changes with the sideline operations with him calling plays instead of Malzahn. He wants to simplify that process more.
- “I think for (Malzahn) as our leader to make a shift with our team speaks volumes. He thinks it’ll make him a better head coach. If he’s a better head coach, we’ll be a better team.”
- Lashlee confirmed he called most of the plays against Texas A&M in 2015.
- Lashlee on Herb Hand: “For an offensive line coach, he’s got a coordinator mindset. Most guys like that are locked into coaching offensive line, because it’s tough coaching five guys.”
- “A lot gets made of play calls, and rightfully so. But it’s more about execution, teaching the guys the right way to execute. That’s what brings (all the coaches) together throughout the week with the process.”
- On ULM’s defense: “They pressure the quarterback a lot, more than most teams. They’ve already played at OU and had Georgia Southern on the ropes. They won’t get rattled.”
- Lashlee said the message for practice this week is “let’s build momentum.” “Hey, we had a big win, but we’ve got to build off of this.”
- Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway has a “bruised quad,” according to Lashlee. His status is day-to-day, but he’s practiced both days this week.
- Lashlee noted Auburn didn’t have any offensive penalties against LSU.