Auburn Looking to ‘Earn It’ This Fall After Disappointing 7-6 Season
Auburn helped kick off SEC media days Monday afternoon in Hoover, Alabama.
The Tigers won the conference title two years ago, but they’ve been in a tailspin ever since, winning just nine of their last eleven SEC games.
War Eagle is Auburn’s battle cry, but don’t be surprised to hear the coaches and players with a new rally cry.
Said head coach Malzahn-“Like I said, our theme is going to be earn it. We’re going to take it one game at a time. We’re going to try to improve each game. We’re going to see what happens. I’m not going to sit here and make predictions other than the fact that I really like our team.”
Auburn finished 7-6 last season.
Said Malzahn-“We didn’t get it done. We lost close games. In this league, you’ve got to win the close games. The two previous years, we were one of the best teams in the country at winning close games. Last year we didn’t.”
Added defensive lineman Carl Lawson-“Every game next year is one game at a time with the same mentality, but last year is the motivating factor for this team to not repeat what happened last year.”
Perhaps the low light of last season was LSU’s Leonard Fornette running for 228-yards against Auburn.
Said defensive lineman Montavius Adams-“We actually don’t really talk about it. We really don’t want to hear about that. We feel like that wasn’t the coaches or the scheme. It was all of us as players.”
The Tigers could use some better execution on offense.
The key will be settling on a starting quarterback.
Said Malzahn-“Our quarterback spot. We have three guys competing for the job. I really have an open mind about that. Hopefully we can name a guy earlier in fall camp rather than later.”
Auburn will need solid quarterback play from the start.
They open the season against Clemson.
Said Malzahn-“They’ll be one of the better teams in the country. They have one of the better players in the country in their quarterback DeShaun Watson, if not the best player.”