Auburn's Gus Malzahn has the call for action against Ole Miss
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Coach Gus Malzahn is looking for that game where Auburn puts everything together. Saturday at Texas A&M must seem like a good place to start.
"I told our team, our staff the other day we haven't played good on offense and good on defense at the same time all year," Malzahn said on the university's Tiger Talk radio show Monday. "That's our challenge. We've got to figure out a way to put a complete game together… play good on offense, play good on defense, special teams. That's what we're striving to do."
Auburn is 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC, mainly because the Tigers have three 8-point losses in conference play in games in which they were making last-minute bids to score. Texas A&M is 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the league. The Tigers' latest setback was a 27-19 loss to Ole Miss in Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday when, for the second straight week, Auburn was throwing into the end zone on the last play.
"Our guys fought, they competed. They played extremely hard," Malzahn said. "Hat's off to our crowd. 11 o'clock. That place was rocking. It was a great atmosphere."
Malzahn also said on Tiger Talk that…
• He was impressed by running back Jovon Robinson, who ran for a career-high 91 yards.
"He protected the ball. That's why I was most proud of him for. He ran hard. He's got a fresh body. I think this is a good time for him to finish the season. Now, he's got some experience. I think he'll get nothing but better."
• He was happy to welcome back defensive end Carl Lawson after a six-game absence because of a hip injury.
"He's one of our team leaders and he's our defensive leader. When he talks, our guys listen. They respond to him. His energy level is extremely high. He disrupts things. He helps other guys make plays. He's raised that level. Those special players have that ability."
Malzahn said Lawson "wasn't in great shape" after missing so much time.
"We knew that going in. We tried to monitor his snaps. I think every week you'll be able to see him play more snaps."
• Receiver Ricardo Louis looked good with four catches.
"He's in the midst of establishing himself as our go-to guy" via Tiger Talk
• Quarterback Sean White, he of a swollen left knee, is "feeling better. He's a tough guy. He got hit a couple of times, too (against Ole Miss). He's just got a great attitude."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine