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Gus Malzahn asking veterans to lead Auburn back
Nov. 11, 2014

Gus Malzahn looking for veterans to lead Auburn back against Georgia

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Gus Malzahn says he isn't thinking about last year's Prayer in Jordan-Hare that beat Georgia, or dwelling on last week's loss to Texas A&M.

He's thinking about Saturday's game in Athens, and he says he's relying on his veterans to lead the Tigers against Georgia.

"We have a lot of veteran guys and a lot of seniors that have been through a lot of good and a lot of bad. It is their leadership that makes it easier to put that loss behind you," Malzahn said Tuesday. "We are playing a huge game this week against a very talented team. I feel certain that our team will handle that the right way."

That's what the coaches have to do, too.

"As a coach you have to take the losses very hard. Obviously, Saturday night was not a great feeling, but you have to put it behind you and move on," Malzahn said. "Our staff has done that. We need to do everything we can to get our guys prepared for this week."

Malzahn said getting off to better starts defensively would help. Auburn trailed Mississippi State 21-0 before losing 38-23, and trailed Texas A&M 35-17 at half before losing 41-38.

"Not getting off to a good start has been the thing that we’ve got to fix," he said. "Once we get into the game, especially in the second half, our guys are playing better. They’re settling down, but we’ve got to get off to a better start defensively earlier in the game."

Fixing the pass rush would help, he said.

"A big factor on our defense is being able to put pressure on the quarterback with just four guys. At times we’ve not gotten that done, so what we’ve got to do is figure out ways to disrupt things and put pressure on the quarterback."  


• Malzahn said he'd like to say Duke Williams overcome his knee injury and play against Georgia, "but it is probably unlikely."

Williams was hurt in last Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

"He is week to week right now, but we will see how he progresses," Malzahn said.

• On former Georgia Bulldog Nick Marshall playing his former team for the second time.

"Last year there was no doubt that it was definitely different for him," Malzahn said. "Any time you have that experience one time, it’s not as big of a deal the second time. He's going to prepare like he normally would and there’s not going to be any more to it than that."

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