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Auburn notes: Carl Lawson, Gus Malzahn and the 'big 5-0'
Oct. 28, 2015

Gus Malzahn acknowledges his birthday... not so much into Halloween

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Gus Malzahn says defensive standout Carl Lawson made an impact on his teammates on his return to practice Tuesday. Now, Auburn's football coach hopes Lawson will be able to carry that over to Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

Malzahn didn't say whether Lawson, who missed the last seven games with a hip injury, will get the go-ahead to play in the 11 a.m. home game, but he did says his defensive standout has already contributed to the cause by practicing.

"He did have limited practice yesterday. When he was out there, he did fine," Malzahn said.

Lawson is a pass rusher who has a history of tackles for a loss. Malzahn also said Lawson is important for his "leadership alone."

"Having his presence, once he gets back, will be huge," Malzahn said on the SEC teleconference Wednesday. "He's our defensive leader, and one of our team leaders. So when we get him back, it will be a lift for our defense."

Lawson has been deemed so valuable that Auburn has taken him to road games and, though not dressed out, sent him to midfield with other captains for the coin toss. He has encouraged his teammates along the sidelines as well.

Other news and notes from the teleconference…

• Malzahn received several "happy birthdays" on the teleconference, noting it was his "big 5-0."

"This is a tough one here," Malzahn offered.

• Malzahn chuckled when he was asked if he remembered the last time he dressed up for Halloween.

"My mind is on third-and-short right now. I can't remember," he said.

• He again spoke highly of quarterback Sean White.

"Each game, he's been more comfortable," Malzahn said. "Last week they presented a couple of different looks. He really went through his progressions. He got the ball to the right people. He's got very good vision and sees the field well. So far, so good."

• Malzahn said Ole Miss is "one of the better teams in college football."

"They have a very explosive offense and a very attacking defense. They played one of their best games of the year last week against a very good Texas A&M team (in a game the Rebels won 23-3.)

"We know we're going to get their best."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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