AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee accomplished his main goal Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe — find a way to get the Tigers to convert red-zone trips into touchdowns.
Lashlee, who called plays for Auburn’s offense for the second straight game, saw his first-team offense score 4 touchdowns on 4 red-zone possessions in the 58-3 homecoming rout of ULM.
Now Lashlee’s focus will be getting his red-zone offense to execute at a high level this upcoming Saturday against Mississippi State, which will be Auburn’s first game away from Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 2016 season.
Lashlee is set to talk to the media at the Auburn Athletics Complex after practice Sunday evening. Follow along here for live updates from his weekly press conference:
- “I thought our guys settled down and played pretty well. We had a lot fewer missed assignments. We improved.”
- Lashlee notes this was Auburn’s straight week without penalties on offense.
- “Sean played very solid. He ran the ball well, made some good decisions there. There were just a couple of throws, again, that we’d like to have back. I thought he handled the offense really well.”
- Lashlee on using John Franklin III more: “John is an explosive player for us. We’ll handle that week-to-week.”
- Lashlee on the quarterbacks being close: “I’ve been blessed. The guys in my room have always genuinely pulled for each other. There’s times where they might not agree or be disappointed, but they’re all about the team first.”
- “Darius James did really well. Really, he did a good job. He was physical at times. Didn’t have a lot of mental busts.”
- Lashlee said he anticipates going back to the original offensive line in the starting lineup this week with Xavier Dampeer back at center.
- Auburn RB Malik Miller was at practice today but didn’t participate. Lashlee said he was in “good spirits.” Should know more about him later in the week.
- Lashlee on Mississippi State: “They’re very sound. They’ve got a solid scheme. They make it so their players can play hard and extremely fast. Traditionally, they’re very good against the run up front.”
- Lashlee on the cow bells in Starkville: “Loud is loud. I don’t know if it’s any different than 100,000 screaming people.” He notes the quarterbacks usually go with silent counts away from home.
- Kyle Davis wore No. 86 yesterday because of special teams. “I think we should keep him with that so he can score.”