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Auburn gets the message, has 'two of best practice days'
Sept. 24, 2014

Good practice, says Gus Malzahn after Wednesday's work

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.   Coach Gus Malzahn left Kansas State saying Auburn's offense didn't play up to par. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee came home and pressed the issue, too.

The players got the message.
Malzahn says the Tigers have had two of the best practices of the season this week, including Wednesday's outing in preparation for Saturday's 3 p.m. homecoming game against Louisiana Tech. 

"We’ve challenged our players and they responded," Malzahn said.
Malzahn said the offense's showing at K-State, a 20-14 win, opened some eyes.
"Any time you can get the attention of a group to improve, it's a positive thing," he said. "Our players know we didn't play our best, and they know we didn't execute our best. 
"I'm pleased with the fact they came out and did that. It wasn't just offense. Our defense also came out and practiced well, too.
"The last two days, if you could combine those, are probably two of the better, if not two of the best practice days we’ve had. We’ve challenged our players and they responded. I think that’s a real positive as far as that goes. We had some physical practices and like I have said all along, just kind of get back to the basics offensively, defensively, and special teams." 
Malzahn also said… 
• Some of the freshmen are doing well. "We feel good about it. We think the guys who have played will all have a chance to really help us. We think they'll get nothing but better. And not just offense and defense, but I'm always thinking special teams. That's when you can really step up. 
"We feel good about the guys who have played, and really how they've played."
• Jeremy Johnson's only appearance at Kansas State was for two plays at wide receiver… and none at quarterback.
"The way it unfolded, we didn't get him on the field a lot. But we have confidence in him, and he'll play more and more as the season goes on."
• Receiver Sammie Coates, who missed the second game with an injury, was still not at full strength at Kansas State. 
"He wasn’t quite 100 percent, but he was out there and he was playing hard and all that. He’s had a solid week of practice and he has gotten better. I think each day he gets better. Hopefully, we’ll have him close to 100 percent, or 100 percent, by Saturday."

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