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Post-Game Quotes: Auburn 45, La Tech 17
 
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Auburn Tigers
Head Coach Gus Malzahn
Opening Statement...
"We had some big plays in the passing game, the one right before halftime. That was one of the things that gave us a little bit of breathing room. Overall, I am extremely happy that we won. We are 4-0. We played some good teams, and I think we are in a good spot."

On third downs...
"I think up until this point we were doing real well on third downs. We are one of the best in the country until this game. We didn't do a very good job. I really felt like in the first half that was really negative. It got a little bit better, but obviously it needs to be a point of emphasis."

On execution of offensive line:

"We rushed for quite a few yards and we'll see on the film."

On missing guys...
"Anytime you lose guys and move people around... The good thing is we have guys that have experience. In practice we mix and match so it shouldn't be too much of a shock for our system."

On Quan Bray...
"We talked before the season about the seniors and how this is their year. We ask our seniors to play the best they've ever played and he has really been raising his level. In a game like this he really makes impact plays to help us win. Very happy for him and he's definitely raising his level."

On Patrick Miller, Kris Frost, and Cassanova McKinzy injuries...

"I'm not real sure... well get them checked out and well know a little bit more.

On the first half...

"We've been pretty fortunate at this point. There was a stretch where we had quite a few guys go into the locker room. The season is a grind so hopefully those guys will do okay."

On improving...
"Improving is a critical component. That's our goal each week, to improve. We don't want to peak yet. Obviously we have a tough game next week at home so we just need to keep improving. We are 4-0 though so that's a good thing."

On 300th win at Jordan-Hare...

"That is definitely big. And with it being Homecoming it's another big thing. It's a big deal. Our players appreciate that and so do coaches."

On Nick Marshall...

"I thought he did a good job. He ran the football, he ran the offense, made some good throws and he bought some time. There were a couple times when things broke down, he bought himself some time and made a play. One of them was a big scramble play in the first half."

On passing game...

"We didn't turn the ball over and that was the big thing. He (Nick) threw a couple touchdown passes."

On backup players...
"They got a lot of playing time, there's no doubt. That's a positive. A lot of young guys out there got a chance to play and do their thing."

On defensive line...

"We were playing our back field. We batted a couple of balls down so that was big. Montravius Adams made a big impact play when he caught it and almost took it to the house. You can see he can really run, he's a good athlete. Our defensive line really set the tone playing the back field early."

On Montravius Adams...
"He's an impact player, there's no doubt. He's athletic and made a great catch and run."

On execution...
"Overall you beat a team like that and you're pleased. I'll go back to this, were 4-0. If you look at our schedule, we play some pretty good teams so I think we're in a good spot, we just have to keep improving. We did it last year but it's hard to do. There are few teams that can do that, and that's our challenge. We have to figure out how to get better each week."

On Duke Williams...

"He just has a special gift. He knows how to catch the ball, so it doesn't surprise me."
 
Ricardo Louis, WR

On Quan Bray's big plays...
"On that last one, he was just keeping the play alive. Nick (Marshall) is all over the field and you don't know if he will see you. Quan kept running his route and kept his eyes open and was alert."

On LA Tech playing them close early on...
"Sometimes that's just how it is. It goes by fast and it is all about how you finish."

On his performance...
"I think I did well blocking on the edge for the running backs and getting a little extra yardage."

On how offense can improve...
"We have to come to come together on offense as a whole and get better. It's the same for any team. You have to come together and play as one."

Montravius Adams, DL
On his interception...
"I was just very happy. I was in the moment. I wish I would have scored, though. I am glad that my teammates helped and blocked for me. I am just very happy."

On defensive performance...
"Lately, Coach Johnson has been talking about turnovers. This game I thought we did well with that. That's what we came in to do, to capitalize on mistakes."

On facing LSU next week...
"I'm just ready to go to practice tomorrow and see how the team reacts. I think we should be very focused getting ready for this week."

Wide Receiver Quan Bray
On potential nicknames...
"Just `Quan' right now. `Rich Homie Quan' is already taken. I'll just be regular `Quan.'"

On the QB scramble touchdown...
"I took off and for some reason I felt like Nick (Marshall) was going to be scrambling. Once I looked back I saw him going in circles. Once I saw that, my eyes lit up. Once he threw the ball I just went up for it. You have to high-point the ball. Shoutout to Coach (Dameyune) Craig for that."

On punt return touchdown...
"On punt return, the guys up front hold their own. I saw a couple guys blocking in there towards the sideline. I know I've got teammates that will give it their all for me out there and all I have to do is try to get outside."

Tre' Williams, LB
On coming in to play....
"It came faster than I expected. I had to step up and play in their shoes. A lot of the (starting) defensive players helped me out, and without them I wouldn't have had the choice."

On how the defense played today....
"Coach said if we came to play, it's our time to make a statement. Nobody really talks about the defense in the last few years. It's about that time for people to start saying that defense is a prime thing for Auburn."

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB
On the running game today....
"We felt good today. Nick (Marshall) really showed up in a big way today with running the ball. This is the first game that he's had that he's resembled last year. It was good for us, and he made a lot of plays for us."

On running with different offensive linemen....
"There's no drop-off. The back-ups, coach preaches to them and works them with the blue (first) group knowing that they might have to step up in a game."

On quarterback Nick Marshall and Auburn's receivers...
"It helps us a lot. He's a dynamic player, and our receivers are playing excellent right now. Duke (Williams) making one-handed catches, Quan Bray making plays. The return game is doing its thing as well. The explosive plays that we can produce at the receiver corps and quarterback spot, that's going to help our run game."

Jonathon Mincy, DB
On Montravis Adams...
"He's a big skilled player. He brings a lot of energy to the team."

On injured players and substitutions...
"We have a balanced rotation at practice. Everybody knows what they are doing. Everyone is keyed into their assignment, whether they are a starter or not. Everyone takes part of their assignments and just goes out there and plays."

On LSU next week...
"It's time to step it up. This is what we came to Auburn to do. We want to compete with the best and we pride ourselves with going out there and staying consistent."

Ladarius Owens, DL
On LSU next week...
"We are going to prepare just like we prepare for every other team. We're going to play hard."

On consistency with the defensive line...
"It's a great feeling, knowing that you can depend on the next guy coming in and help you. We had some great substitutions coming in and they will play hard, just like the number one guy. You've just got to be ready whenever your number is called."

On earning a starting position...
"It means a lot, knowing that I worked my way up the depth chart. I'm feeling good about it and I am loving it. I didn't know when I was going to start. I just knew I had to come in and work like everyone else."

Johnathan Ford, DB

On defensive improvements...
"As a defense, we need to work on getting in line faster. We need to be prepared for the pace. To just be better formation-wise, those are some things we really want to focus on."

On Quan Bray...
"He performed excellently. He was perfect. He was the MVP of the offense tonight."

Corey Grant, RB
On tonight's performance...
"I think we started off slow but as the game went on, we picked it up as an offense and defense. We came together and played as a team.

On LSU last year...
"It was wet and rainy. It started off slow but we came back the second half and made some adjustments and got back on track but it was a little bit too late. Last year, that game really turned out heads though. It made us realize what we were capable of."

On LSU next week...
"We're going to really be focused on that game. With it being LSU and an SEC game, everybody is going to be fighting for that win."

On progression of the team since game 1...
"I think we did pretty well. There's a lot of areas to improve in. I think we did okay but we've got to pick it up. We start SEC play and we've got to really pick it up for that."
 
Louisiana Tech
Head Coach Skip Holtz
On the game...
"I thought our players competed and I thought they played hard. We are not walking out of here to say we are excited about a moral victory. We came to compete and I thought our players did that. I thought they belonged out there. It is unfortunate that we make some of the mistakes that we do. I thought our players played well and even though the score was very lop-sided on the score board I thought on the field it was a very competitive football game."

On the defensive...
I thought our defense played a great game. Manny Diaz did a phenomenal job defensively. I feel like our defense deserved better."

On quarterback Cody Sokol...
"Cody has a great vision of the field and he is playing really well. He played smart tonight. I thought he did a really great job. He competes, he plays really hard and smart. I am certainly glad he is on our team and I think he is getting better every week."

On running back Kenneth Dixon...
"I thought he ran hard tonight. We need to try to get him the ball as many different ways as we can and then throw him the ball. I do not know of anybody who plays as hard as Kenneth Dixon when you look at the way he plays and the way he competes because he loves to play the game."
 
Trent Taylor, WR
Thoughts on the game...
"I think we fought pretty hard. We were still neck and neck with Auburn in the first half. Our team made a couple mistakes here and there. Auburn took advantage of it, so credit to them. We need to limit our mistakes."

Impressions of playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium...
"It was a great experience. Playing in front of 90,000 fans was fun and we do not get that opportunity too many times."

Hunter Lee, WR

Thoughts on game...
"At the beginning I thought defensively, and actually throughout the whole game, the defense played their heads off. Offensively, same mistakes, we shot ourselves in the foot there, and it's just frustrating because we have the talent to do amazing things, and we just have to keep at it and learn from our mistakes. Come out next week and give it everything we got."

On playing two top 5 teams in Auburn and Oklahoma...

"It's really encouraging, just the things we've been able to do against these top teams, really encourages me that we can go far in this conference, and really play well throughout."

On playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium...

"I love it. The more fans the better. You know, 90,000 fans, I couldn't complain. I don't want to be able to hear anything when I'm out there. So, it was a great experience and I love playing in this stadium. It was awesome."
 
 
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