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It's time to move forward, says Auburn's Rhett Lashlee
Nov. 10, 2014

Nick Marshall has been on target for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Rhett Lashlee wasn't on the field, didn't fumble the ball. But Auburn's offensive coordinator was a standup guy talking about two miscues at the end of Saturday's 41-38 loss to Texas A&M, saying he'd take responsibility for the last fumble and that nobody should blame the players for either mistake.

"I think a lot of the responsibility falls on me, not on the kids. They played their butts off. They got us back down there with a chance to win," Lashlee said Sunday.

Besides, Lashlee said, it's time to move on, and that means it's time to prepare for this Saturday night's game at Georgia.

"It’s kind of like I would tell Nick if he throws an interception in the second quarter: There's nothing you can do about that play anymore. The only thing that matters is what you do moving forward," Lashlee said.

Nick Marshall had a good game against A&M, though a bad handoff exchange with Cameron Artis-Payne at the 3-yard line, and an early snap that went array with less than a minute remaining, proved costly.

"I’m not here to assess blame like some people. It doesn’t always have to be somebody’s fault," Lashlee said.

Lashlee knows stats: "Six turnovers in seven wins, six turnovers in two losses. The fastest way to get beat is to hurt yourself, and that’s what we did."
The play at the 3 that led to the first late fumble had already worked. "We’d already scored two touchdowns on exactly the same play. I think that’s really the only major exchange we’ve had this year."

The Tigers also lost leading receiver Duke Williams in the second quarter to a knee injury, and Lashlee said his return is uncertain.

"We are still unsure and hopeful for the best," Lashlee said.

Auburn had a typical light workout Sunday.

"We are all disappointed in the result. It’s like you’d expect on a Sunday after we didn’t get it done, but they know what’s ahead," Lashlee said. "We can’t do anything about the game that happened last night. All we can do is move forward and get ready to play a really good Georgia team on the road and play our best game."

Lashlee is buoyed by the fact Marshall's passing percentage has improved. Marshall is 42-of-52 for 612 yards and four touchdowns in the last three games.

"I think you can see our efficiency has gone up. Completion percentage has gone up. We are making plays down the field. We are getting there," Lashlee said. "Our guys are making some strides and we are starting to show some signs of what we expected. We still have room to improve. There are still some things out there we missed. I thought we had good balance."

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