Well that was fast.
It did not take long for the trash talk to begin between Alabama and Auburn heading into this weekend’s Iron Bowl. When asked about facing Auburn’s receivers, Alabama senior defensive back Cyrus Jones did not seem particularly worried.
“I don’t think they’re (Auburn’s receivers) nothing special honestly,” Jones said, according to the TimesDaily’s Alex Byington. “But we still can’t overlook them.”
Shortly after Jones’ comments, Auburn senior wide receiver Ricardo Louis tweeted what could be a response:
— Ricardo Louis (@GuttaManRick) November 23, 2015
Crimson Tide starting center Ryan Kelly also made some interesting comments about Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson.
The Alabama offensive line and Kelly will have the task Saturday of blocking Lawson, the Tigers’ best pass rusher. But Kelly said he was not familiar with Lawson.
“I honestly don’t know who that is,” Kelly said, according to The Tuscaloosa News’ Aaron Suttles.
Lawson missed six games this season with a hip injury, but he returned for Auburn’s game against Ole Miss on Oct. 31. Although the Tigers rank 12th in the SEC in total defense, they have improved with Lawson back in the fold. Kelly may not know much about Lawson yet, but Alabama running back Derrick Henry was complimentary of the pass rusher.
“Carl’s going to make his plays,” Henry said. “He’s a great player.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban also praised Lawson, calling him “a really good player.”
It’s not all hard feelings between these programs, but some of these comments will only add to the anticipation for this weekend’s Iron Bowl.