AUBURN, Ala. It's Friday. With a little more time until Auburn and Ole Miss square off at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, let's take a look back at the best Tigers'-related content to be had earlier in the week.
This cites the best quotes, stories and videos from Sunday-Thursday. With that in mind, this is supposed to be a short and breezy read, hitting on (what I consider) the highlights.
BEST QUOTESOffensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on what the team did to make sure players understand the importance of protecting the football:
Just because a guy doesn't fumble a ball in practice, if you notice that ball's loose, or being a little careless with it, you've got to address it right then. Not just to make a guy go do up-downs or punish him. What you're doing is emphasizing. You're making it every play. Every day, it's on his mind: 'I've got to protect that football.' Because if you don't do that, when they get in the game, it's not going to be second nature. It's got to become something that's a habit, that's ingrained.
Gus Malzahn's thoughts on being at the helm of a Division I program in the most competitive conference in college football after beginning his career as a high school coach, the same path Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has traversed:
I feel very blessed to be doing what I'm doing just for the fact that I was given the opportunity. There's a lot of great high school coaches out there that could be very successful in college that just haven't had the opportunity. Me and Hugh have talked about that numerous times.
BEST STORIESAuburn has struggled to hold on to the football this season, putting the ball on the ground 12 times in four games. That's why the coaching staff placed a renewed emphasis on ball security during the team's bye week.
Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze have a lot in common. Their paths have nearly mirrored each other, from beginning their coaching careers in the high school ranks, moving up to become assistants at SEC programs, serving as Arkansas State's head coach and then taking over at SEC West schools, it's eerie how similar their stories are. During that time, the two have struck up a close friendship, forged through the bond of being part of a select group of former high school coaches now at the Division I level. But their friendship is on hold for now and that won't change until Saturday's game is over.
Kris Frost (Tuesday afternoon)
Josh Holsey- Part I (Tuesday afternoon)