Transcript of Guz Malzahn's Oct. 5 press conference

Transcript of Guz Malzahn's Oct. 5 press conference

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Source: Auburn Athletics

Auburn vs. Ole Miss

October 5, 2013

Postgame Quotes – Gus Malzahn

Opening Statement

"Obviously this was a very big win against a good team on our home field. I am very proud of our defense, especially in the fourth quarter. We had a long run. We turned the ball over. They held them, and got the ball back for us. I thought that was a huge key. Also punting the ball on the one yard line, I thought was a big key to the game. The crowd was unbelievable. The crowd really helped us win this game. There were some mistakes made during the game, but also we're happy to have the victory. The big sacks were critical, getting back there and putting pressure on the quarterback. And we beat a good team.

 

On Nick Marshall…

"I thought he helped us win the game, and helped us win the game with his feet. He showed a lot of toughness, and made a big throw to Tre Mason down there in the third quarter. That play led to a touchdown, and he did what it took to help us win."

 

On Nick Marshall's running ability…

"I think he is really talented with the read-option. There's a lot of pressure on defenses when we can execute it. There was some pretty good blocking at the point of attack, and on a lot of those runs too."

 

On Carl Lawson's play…

"Carl is starting to grow up, and really put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. They have a lot of weapons offensively and their quarterback is a veteran guy. They have a lot of skill guys who can run, and I'm very happy with our defense."

 

On the defensive lineman…

"I think it's very important. I think it's one of our strengths. We play a lot of guys, and there were some big plays when we needed it in the fourth quarter. Putting pressure on the quarterback, that was huge."

 

On Cassanova McKinzy's injury…

"He was on the sideline afterwards. I'll find out a little bit more, but it's a good sign that he was up walking around and cheering. It was scary when you go out there and a player's having trouble moving. That's a scary deal."

 

On Anthony Swain…

"He did a good job, he stepped up when Cassanova went down, and did a very good job, played with a lot of confidence and made some good open-field tackles."

 

On the team's progression and Nick Marshall's running…

"We knew we had very good running skills. It's just a matter of him feeling more comfortable. He made some very good decisions today on the zone reads. I don't think there was a whole lot of bad decisions, and I think that week off helped him too."

 

On Robenson Therezie interception…

"It was really huge. That was a momentum play, put us up by another score and it kind of gave us a chance to catch our breath and they were playing catch-up."

 

On Ole Miss going for it on the fourth down and Auburn slowing down the offense in the fourth quarter…

"Coach Freeze is a very good coach and he is very aggressive, and that's the way he does things. He's been very successful. We had the lead and our defense was playing well. We didn't want to take a chance and turn the ball over. "

 

On the defense improving…

"There's no doubt that they improved from LSU to here, against an explosive offense and I'm very proud of them."

 

On friendship with Hugh Freeze…

"I have a lot of respect for Hugh. He's one of the best in the business. His team is one of the up and coming teams. He's done a great job with the program. I just told him good luck and he's a good friend of mine, and I'm glad that game is over."

 

On beating a ranked team…

"We talked about getting better each week. We knew we were going to have to play better than we did against LSU to have a chance to beat them, and we did. There were some mistakes that we can still improve, a few turnovers we have to correct. Our defense picked us up right there, and we beat a good team."

 

On Montravius Adams and Jeff Whitaker's injuries…

"Adams could have had a chance to come back in, but other guys were playing well. There's not a whole lot to it. Hopefully we'll know something more this week."

 

On the passing game…

"Tonight when we were playing with tempo, we were playing better. When we got the lead, we kind of slowed things down, and we're not at our best when we're slowing things down. But it was the right thing to do. We'll continue to work on that."

 

On Nick Marshall's efficiency…

"I think on those three drives, we actually got some first downs. We were playing fast, and that's who we are. We have to do a better job of that, we've got to be more consistent getting first downs. Especially in that third and fourth quarter. "

 

On the future and bowl games…

"We're taking it one game at a time. This was a huge win for us, against a top-25 team, at home. We're not looking ahead. We're going to the next game, and I'm just proud of our guys. We're going to get better each week, and I think we have a chance to continue that."

 

On Tre Mason…

"Tre had a good night for us, very big kickoff return in the fourth quarter. That kind of flipped the field, and it was a momentum play."

 

On Tre Mason being the feature back…

"We have a lot of trust in him and of course we like our other two backs too. Corey did a solid job tonight, and Cameron did okay. Obviously the one fumble, we have to correct that."

 

On Jonathan Jones…

"Jonathan Jones is a very talented player and defensive back. Chris Davis, we weren't for sure he was even going to play, and he played very well. He's one of our leaders when he is on the field, and it helps."

 

On Chris Davis in the third and fourth quarter…

"You know he hasn't played the last three weeks. They were throwing the ball and guys were running deep. We were playing a lot of man right there, and it's just a matter of making sure that he's fresh."

 

Source: Auburn Athletics

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