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Quotes - Auburn at Alabama
Nov. 26, 2016

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Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn

Opening Statement:
"Obviously, it was a tough loss for our team. I am proud of our guys, the way they competed. Our defense played extremely well until they got worn down. It really stands out to me that the time of possession is doubled. They just got worn down. Offensively, just didn't get first downs. Really just didn't get it done. You know, (we were) 2-of-12 on third downs, I really think that really caused the problem. Twenty plays in the first half. And really, if you look at it, 20 plays in the first half; even with 20 plays we had a chance. I mean we were right there in the game, we went three-and-out, I think they scored, and then it was kind of an uphill battle from there on. But third downs, we didn't hit explosive plays, defense was on the field too long. That was really the story of the day. Obviously, we've got players in there that are hurting, coaches are hurting. This is a tough one. We didn't play well. Give them credit. They're a good team. We really expected to play better, and we didn't."

On putting quarterback Jeremy Johnson in a position to be successful:
"We had some opportunities, but we just didn't execute. I am not going to blame Jeremy or anybody else, because anytime you go 2-of-12 on third down then it becomes a collective group effort. We had a couple good opportunities, but we just didn't seize the moment. This is not one person's fault in that regard."

On being in a passing situation and dealing with the Alabama defense:
"Our goal was to try and put ourselves in third down situations where it was six yards or less to go, and we just did not get that done. We had the 20 plays in the first half, and I think that three or four of those were negative plays. Alabama's defense is the best in the country on third down with seven plus yards to go. That was tough sledding to face. We had a couple opportunities but it didn't work out the way we wanted."

On when the decision was to not play quarterback Sean White:
"He practiced this week, but he wasn't 100%. We had to make a decision, and we just felt that he was not healthy enough to play. Jeremy had a good week of practice last week, and the plan was to play him (Jeremy) and John Franklin III a little bit more. Towards the end of the game we just felt we needed a spark, and John did a good job of that. John moved us down the field a couple times, as he got a first down with his legs on third and 10. He also aired the ball down field to get some pace and tempo going for us."

#55 Carl Lawson, Defensive Lineman

On freshman defensive back Daniel Thomas coming in and making impact:
"Daniel really stepped up big and made big plays for us. He's going to be a big time player."

On Alabama's use of different formations:
"(Alabama offensive coordinator) Lane Kiffin is a really good at what he does. He does a lot of good stuff like that."

#38 Daniel Carlson, Kicker

On the frustration of seeing the offense struggling:
"It's obviously real tough. Whenever I do get called upon, I got to do my job. It's tough on this team because we didn't come out with a win. It's frustrating because we had opportunities. At the end of the day, it's a team game."

On his missed kick:
"I think I just pulled it to the left. Besides that, I hit them pretty well. I think I just pulled that one a little left."


 

 

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