AUBURN — We’ll have live updates of tonight’s Tiger Talk radio show with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. The program is in studio tonight and will be the final time we hear from Malzahn before Saturday afternoon’s game at No. 7 Texas A&M.
7:58 – On the keys to victory this weekend. “I think keys to the game this week is we got to get first downs on offense, we got to keep them off the field.” Says defense needs to be fresh for the fourth quarter.
7:52 – Regarding Johnathan Ford getting in at running back and scoring a TD. “We recruited him to be a tailback and he’s an outstanding tailback. We’re keeping him a couple of periods during the week to keep him ready to go.” Malzahn has said the move to cornerback was made for the season, first admission Ford has been working at running back at all.
7:47 – Malzahn says incoming recruits did not factor into decision to play Jeremy Johnson and burn his redshirt. “You will see his role and it’ll make a lot more sense as we move forward.”
7:44 – On Tony Stevens catching his first TD last week. “When you have that first touchdown catch, you explode from there.”
7:40 – Asked about trying to spy Manziel, Malzahn brings up teams trying to spy Cam Newton, says great ones play through it. “Nobody’s stopped the guy, he’s done a great job.”
7:35 – On Corey Grant being back, Malzahn said “it’s good to have him back 100 percent.”
7:28 – Asked about using a slower tempo to try and contain Manziel a bit, Malzahn said “we feel very good, strategically, about our plan.” Gus talks about how Manziel wears down teams by the fourth quarter. “Hopefully we wear them down instead of them wearing us down.”
7:19 – A second caller asks if there will be a rotation at QB, Malzahn said Nick Marshall is the starter.
7:16 – After a failed connection the first time, caller named Bubba calls in to ask about what the plan is for Jeremy Johnson. Malzahn said he’ll meet with Rhett Lashlee each week and “we’ll have a plan.” Got all that?
7:15 – Few details in the first segment. Malzahn was happy with the way the team prepared for Western Carolina. Some “nicks and bruises” are all coach mentions about injuries.