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Nov. 16, 2014

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By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

ATHENS, Ga.  Auburn defensive back Jonathan Jones has seen the highs, like playing for a national championship last season, and the lows, like the struggles of 2012.

He speaks with experience when he says Auburn can rebound from Saturday's 34-7 loss to Georgia.

"We've been in worse places than this. We have great leaders and great coaches, so we'll block it out and keep moving forward," Jones said.

Auburn slipped to 7-3 overall, and now, Jones said, "we just have to make plays." Coach Gus Malzahn said Auburn didn't, though the game did start with promise.

Auburn led 7-0 in the very early going. But Georgia led 17-7 at the half and a comeback never happened. The players, however, were resolute in their belief that Auburn can bounce back.

"We're Auburn University. We're the Auburn Tigers. We always feel we can compete with the best," said offensive lineman Avery Young. "We've just got to minimize the mistakes."

Auburn's run to the BCS title game took off last year when the Tigers beat Georgia late with the Prayer in Jordan-Hare, a late Nick Marshall pass to Ricardo Louis that shocked the Bulldogs. The Tigers weren't close enough for any late big plays Saturday.

Now? 

"You start over," Jones said. "You have to block it out of your mind and come back with a new start.

"It's not coaches. It's not players. We've got to find ways to win."

Defensive lineman Gabe Wright said the Tigers "know what it takes" to win. "But at the same time, you have to get that much better each year."

It wasn't a good homecoming for Marshall, who started his college career as a defensive back at Georgia and will end it as a quarterback at Auburn. The Tigers' offense didn't catch fire in Sanford Stadium.

"They made adjustments, but we've got to execute better," Marshall said. "I didn't get frustrated. We've just got to come together as a team. 

"The mindset of our team is to finish out 2-0. 

"Everyone is still together. We don't have anyone pointing fingers at each other.

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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer on AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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