AUBURN — We’re listening live to Tiger Talk tonight. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is out recruiting so offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will be on tonight. The focus will likely be dominated by last week’s 45-41 upset of Texas A&M.
The No. 11 Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) host Florida Atlantic at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
7:57: Johnson goes over how Ryan White had to fill in for Josh Holsey without any practice.
7:50: Johnson says the middle linebacker role is “linebacker by committee right now” between Jake Holland and Kris Frost. They’re listed as co-starters this week. Frost started last week and came up with a pivotal tackle of Johnny Manziel on the final drive.
7:48: Johnson said he was “nervous” per se on the final drice. “It was more focus and intensity and communication. You don’t really have time to get nervous.”
7:43: Johnson says Nick Marshall’s improvement is clear in practice. “I can tell it gets better and better each week.”
7:40: Johnson on facing Texas A&M, “we talked about our ‘rebound plays’ how are we going to rebound from good plays and bad plays.”
7:33: Lashlee says C.J. Uzomah was hampered with injuries. Lashlee says he was targeted four times last week, twice he was covered and twice he was missed.
7:30: Fan asks about the improvement of the wide receivers. Lashlee credits Dameyune Craig with changing the mindset of the wide outs. “From the first day he got here, you can see he changed the confidence in that room.”
7:18: Asked about the chances of going 10-1 into the Iron Bowl, Lashlee said “I hope we get (the victory formation) five or six more times.” But it’s one game at a time.
7:17: Asked about how the win benefits recruiting, Lashlee said “It doesn’t take much for a kid to be interested in Auburn.” But recruits answered the phone pretty enthused this week.
7:09 – Lashlee: “We really ehjoyed Saturday night … but it doesn’t matter anymore.”
The first live audience question is not question, some things never change, fan says how happy he was about the physical play of Sammie Coates and others. “We challenged those guys at every position to be physical.”