Auburn Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 7, 2009

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Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

Opening Statements...
"It was great to go out there and get a win. We played a lot of young guys today which we did. We played every senior who we have on our squad which is really important for us to be able to do that. We just played a bunch of guys. We played some guys both ways that we kind of threw in there and let them play and have fun. It was just good to see that. It was great for our team morale and it was great to get everybody out of the game relatively healthy. It was a good team win."

On Chris Todd...
"It was really good to see Chris. He was on the run for a lot of his throws, and he was very efficient in what he did. Again, we ran the ball some and play action it. We had a lot of receivers who were very productive in the first half I thought. Chris did a really nice job. It is hard to complete that many in a row. It was good to see him come out and fire on all cylinders."

On Anthony Gulley playing in the secondary, is that an experimental deal?
"That was just us trying to get some guys out of the game and throw some guys in the game just because depth-wise that is where we are. We just threw him out there. We just threw him out there. We worked him a little bit there this week just to make sure they've done some. Not a great deal but enough to get them in the game and survive with them out there. Again, it was just one of those matter of circumstances."

On Anthony Gulley playing at tailback...
"To my knowledge at this point, never. Now, we will all look like what are we thinking about since he ran a 50-yard touchdown. Really and truly, we just are trying to survive to the end of the game. It was great to see him do that. He's a good football player."

On Coach Curtis Luper carrying the American flag...
"He carried the American flag. We brought the Armed Forces into our practice this week just as a recognition and celebration for what those guys do for our country. We just thought it was appropriate today for Curtis, who was in the Army, to lead the team out carrying the American flag."

Were players asking to play other positions?
"You get a little of that going on. He was actually one who didn't ask. We just threw him out there. It was fun. It was fun to have those guys get out there. Again, we were trying to run the ball and run the clock out some. He did a great job on that. Of course, he had some really good blocks thrown out there by some guys as well."

When Furman scored twice like that right after the half, did you think about putting the starters back in?
"I was committed to going with young guys and letting them play. That was really indicative of how football games go. They have to play through those times. You have to keep them out there and let them play."

After getting a big first half lead, what were some of your goals for the rest of the game?
"When it comes to the offense right now, you are trying to do some things with your younger guys, who are imperative for down the road. Timing throws. You don't really want to throw the football. You really like to run it and run the clock out. You got some on first downs so it is a little bit of a catch 22. Timing of the throws with the quarterbacks and receivers is important. Deangelo Benton today got some timing in there with him and Neil. Things of that nature. The offensive line being able to run block and being able to protect. Those are the things that they have to when they are ahead they have to get better at. Defensively, the same thing. They just basically execute on base defense with very little blitzing. We have a lot of guys in there who have never played defense before. We are just trying to really survive the game and get out healthy while still giving everybody experience."

On the Auburn team wearing white wrist bands with #4 on them...
"Our football team and coaching staff and players really felt like we needed to do something in recognition of the fact that Zac (Etheridge) wasn't playing out there on the field with us today. This is what we came up with. We got it cleared by the SEC Office. We appreciate that very much by the SEC. It meant a lot to our football team. He is a huge part of what we do and who we are. This is just a great way to recognize him."

On Demond Washington...
"Demond is a very good football player. I thought he did some really good things. He played mainly the first half. He played some nickel and he played some safety. For his first game at that position, I really thought he did a lot of nice things. He closed on the ball well and made some really nice open field tackles. He has a lot of speed and he is a good football player all the way around. I am very proud of him."

On coaching in the Auburn-Georgia game as a head coach...
"We are looking forward to it. It is going to be a great game. The Auburn-Georgia game is the oldest rivalry in the South and is just as good as it gets. We are going to really, really be looking forward to it. It is going to be a great venue. It is always a great game between the two teams. We are excited about it. It will be fun."

Chris Todd, QB

Overall thoughts...
"I think we did some good things today. We wanted to come out and have some players step up and keep the momentum going from last week. We had some guys really come out and play well."

On throwing 17-for-18 and four touchdowns...
"The big thing was the offensive line. They stepped up and had a really great game today and we had some receivers do a really good job. They ran some good routes and got themselves open and did some good things. Obviously, Neil (Caudle) came in and played well and threw some great passes."

On offensive line...
"It all really starts with the offensive line. They start the running game, the passing game and the tempo of the game. We feed off of them and they really stepped up and did a great job today."

Antonio Coleman, DE

On younger guys getting second half experience...
"It was good. Those guys have been working hard all year. The guys on scout team have given us great looks all year. They deserve that opportunity. It's also important in that our second string guys get that experience going into the end of the season."

On winning two games in a row...
"It feels great to get these wins. We've got our swag back and it's good timing, too. We've got some big games coming down the stretch. We're going back to work tomorrow."

Anthony Gulley, WR

On scoring two touchdowns...
"I did not play with the offense all week, I played with the defense. Coach told me after the half that he was going to put me on offense, so I ran a little reverse and then he put me in the backfield. It was great to score a touchdown, especially since it was the first of my career."

On playing offense and defense...
"Since Zac (Etheridge) got hurt, Coach Chizik told me he was going to move me over to defense and put me at cornerback with Walt (McFadden). I had not been playing offense too much this week, so I was just glad to get in."

On looking ahead to Georgia...
"I think they are going to keep me on the defensive side of the ball because I feel like I am effective there."

Neil Caudle, QB

Overall thoughts...
"The offense played real well all game. We came out and did what we had to do. The first team guys went out there and did not struggle at all. I was really proud of how our second-team guys came out there and picked up where the first team left off."

On going 10-for-12 passing...
"Everything was working. I wish I hadn't had more incompletions than Chris (Todd). But, everything was working really well. Our receivers ran some great routes today and our offensive line blocked well."

On gaining momentum going into Georgia...
"We are playing real well right now and picking up some good momentum at the right point of the season. Hopefully we can carry this into Georgia next week, play well and come out with a win."

Ben Tate, RB

Overall thoughts...
"It was a great day. We came out and did what we were supposed to do. We really played well as a team. Everybody had their head in the game and there's nothing else to say. We did what we had to do."

On scoring two touchdowns...
"It was good, but I think I could have done some things better. But, I'm not worrying about anything. We came out here and got the win and that's what we wanted to do."

On next week's Georgia game...
"We have got to get back to work this week. Georgia is going to be a tough game. They always play us tough and you can see that in the records. I'm always ready when it comes to Georgia so this one is going to be big for me and hopefully we can come out of there with a win."

Darvin Adams, WR

Overall thoughts...
"We played real well on offense and the offensive line had a great game. The coaches did a great job today, calling all the right plays and knowing when we needed to throw the ball and run the ball."

On another three-touchdown game...
"Chris (Todd) was doing a great job of throwing me the ball. The offensive line did a great job blocking and I felt good catching the ball."

On effectiveness of the offensive line...
"They did what they have been doing every game. I think that we have the best five front men in the nation and we, as a team, believe that to be true. They are always giving Chris time to throw the ball and also helping us to run the ball."

Daren Bates, DB
On getting younger players some experience in second half... "It's big for us. We need everyone to step up for Zac (Etheridge). People are going to have to fill in some places. It's good to be able to have some more people with that experience with the two games left on our schedule. They will be tough matchups for us."

On the upcoming Georgia game...
"We'll start watching film tomorrow. I saw them play on TV once this year. It will be a challenge. All the seniors will tell you that Athens is a tough place to play."

On securing second win since three straight losses...
"It's always better to get back on the winning track. This will help our bowl situation out as well. You're always happy to win. The first half today showed that our confidence level is back to where it needs to be."

Demond Washington, DB

On second team gaining experience in the second half...
"For them to get out there was important. Next time they get out there, it won't be such a shock for them. When you get out there for the first time in a while, the game is fast. Next time, it won't be like that."

On upcoming Georgia game...
"It will be a big game. We are going to go out and have a great week of practice. There are no off weeks in the SEC. This is another huge test for us."

Deangelo Benton, WR

On six catches against Furman...
"It feels great. I just had to get the feel back. All I had to do was catch that first pass. I just went out there and played to my ability."

On team morale with two games remaining...
"We've got our confidence back. We've got to just take it game by game and not look ahead."


Furman Post-Game Quotes

Bobby Lamb, Furman Head Coach

On comparisons to the Missouri game earlier this season...
"They are very similar games. We obviously could not stop Auburn in the first half, their pace of the offense gave us trouble even though we worked on it all week in practice. They were hitting on all cylinders and they were very difficult to defend. Chris Todd was making so many great decisions, getting the ball spread around and going 17-for-18 with only one incomplete pass. They made some big plays, so we just challenged our young men to come out and fight until the very end. We were going to execute exactly what we put in on Monday. We went out there and had a positive second half, so we had some positive vibes that will carry over to next week."

On tackling issues...
"We struggled in space, whether it is athletic ability or not making the play, I don't know. They have good athletes over there and then they put the fire plug in. We have to do a better job on our tackling, we had some blown things in the first half."

On quarterback Jordan Sorrells breaking the Furman career passing yards record...
"At one point, I thought he did not make it. He did not have a great day for a lot of reasons, Auburn's pass rush was very difficult to protect and he did not throw the ball as crisply as he normally does. But, what a great record. We have had a lot of great quarterbacks come through here and for him to be the all-time leading passer, it is a great achievement for him."

On Sorrells being a steady quarterback...
"When we play schools like this, we are a dink-and-dunk type team. He had a lot of success that first drive, drove it all the way to the 5-yard-line. We kept using our short passing game and then they made some adjustments and it made us throw farther down the field and we could not get it off. So, they did a nice job, but it is a great honor for Jordan and it is very special with his dad being the offensive coordinator."

Jordan Sorrels, QB

Overall thoughts on the game...
"We played a good team today. We didn't execute the way we needed to. We had a good first drive, but we just went downhill from there. I think we had about five three-and-outs after that. I didn't play great. The ball just didn't come out of my hand as good as it should have today. We just have to get back to the drawing board."

Thoughts on Auburn's defense...
"Auburn's defense did exactly what we practiced for. They played a lot of man coverage, they did what they thought what we were going to do. We just didn't execute well enough."

Thoughts on Auburn's pass rush...
"Those guys were good. We had a plan in place to double team some of those guys with our running backs, and chip blocks. Those guys are really good and will be really successful in their league."

Adam Mims, LB

On being from Alabama (Birmingham, Ala.) and playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium...
"It's a terrific feeling. Coming from Alabama all you hear about is Auburn and Alabama, so you always dream of playing in one of those places. Coming out here and being able to just step on the field is a blessing."

On how important the last two games of the season will be...
"If we win it will not only give us a winning record, but we will be able to keep our heads up going into next season. Also we will be able to send our seniors off in a good way. These seniors have done so much for this team over the years. They have fought all year long and we want to be able to send them off on a good note."

Jerry Williams, TB

On being from Alabama (Prattville, Ala.) and playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium...
"It feels really good because I always wanted to play here, not against them, but either way it worked out. It was a good experience playing in front of all the people. A lot of friends and family came to watch from back home, it was really nice."

On what Coach Lamb said to the team at halftime...
"He said that we have to come out and execute like we were supposed to, like we had all week in practice. If we would have executed the way we did in the second half in the first half, it would have been a lot closer."

Max Lerner, Rover

Thoughts on today's game...
"I am pretty disappointed about how it went. Offensively, they ran what we thought they were going to run. They just wore us down up front, and we didn't tackle well. You can't win games doing that."

Thoughts on Auburn's offense...
"Auburn's offense ran what we practiced all week, they out-physicaled us all game."

Thoughts on getting to play an SEC team...
"For me personally, I am always excited about that. I always want to showcase my talent and our program. It didn't work out today but I am still glad even though we lost we came here and competed."

Thoughts on Auburn's tailbacks...
"Ben Tate is a great running back but it was mostly their offensive line, a lot of their holes were big. Ben Tate, Mario Fannin, all of those guys are NFL-style backs, and all of them are talented."

 

 

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