Auburn football: Tigers speak after lopsided victory over Western Carolina

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 13, 2013 

Auburn Football

Auburn's Ricardo Louis gets past Western Carolina's Christon Gill to catch a 46-yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday's game. The Tigers went on to win 62-3.

ANTHONY HALL — Anthony Hall

AUBURN, Ala. — The following are postgame quotes from Auburn players after the team beat eased past Western Carolina 62-3 during its annual homecoming contest on Saturday.

(Note: These quotes were compiled by Auburn's media relation department.)

FB Jay Prosch

On younger players getting playing time:

“It was really good to actually see some of those guys get on the field and get some action. You never know when someone is going to get hurt, so you need to prepare for something like that.”

On Jeremy Johnson:

“I thought he did great. Sometimes it is hard to hear out there, and he was really loud. He was really prepared. He did a very accomplished and awesome job.”

On his touchdown catch:

“I wasn’t really expecting to receive the ball on that play. It kind of caught me off guard. It was really surprising and awesome. It was my first receiving touchdown.”

WR Ricardo Louis

On his performance:

“I thought my performance was good. I lived up to the standards that Coach Malzahn wanted me to. I glad we made history today with 712 total offensive yards. It’s a big deal.”

On his first collegiate touchdown:

“It was a great feeling to finally score a touchdown. I work really hard on running routes. Hopefully I can do it again next week and the rest of the season.”

On Jeremy Johnson:

“He did really well. He is living up to the standards. We talked about making plays since Nick Marshall was out today, and he did.”

WR Tony Stevens

On Jeremy Johnson:

“He was taking control like it wasn’t his first time out there. He was still motivated to go out there and keep scoring.”

On his touchdown reception:

“Jeremy threw a perfect pass, and I just did the rest. We just ran the route just like we do at practice”

On Texas A&M:

“It’s going to be a good game, but I think we can handle it.”

QB Jeremy Johnson

On his first start:

“It was great and enjoyed every bit of it. You never know when the opportunity comes and I just prayed overnight and stayed focused. I want to give all the praise to my teammates and God.”

On when he knew he was starting:

“Actually on the bus on the way to the hotel. Coach Lashlee called me up to the front and asked me if I was ready and I told him yes. He told me we were going to start me and from that point I stayed focused and prayed.”

On having an increased role the rest of the season:

“I take all the reps at No. 2 and I just practice hard. Actually, I’ve improved over the year and I’m looking to do whatever I have to do to help the team.”

On thinking he was redshirting this year:

“I just stayed ready. If I was redshirted or not, I was still going to be happy and still improve at practice and be a player for the team.”

RB Chandler Shakespeare

On his play:

“It was a pretty good day. I need to keep working on my moves, my cuts, ball security, and keep working with my teammates as a whole and keep improving every week.”

RB/DB Johnathan Ford

On spending time on offense this week:

“I spent a little time on offense.”

On the second-team offensive line:

“They opened up big holes for me and I want to thank all those guys for that.”

On getting his first touchdown:

“I felt awesome. It was a feeling like no other, I was so happy, excited and overwhelmed. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity.”

On an increased role at running back:

“It could, but I’m looking forward on the defensive side and help out wherever coach tells me to go.”

RB Cameron Artis-Payne

On the team’s performance:

“I feel like we are getting better every week. We can do some things better and I think we are learning our assignments better. We are running in form right now and I think we can beat anybody.”

On what he can do better:

“Execution and just little things of that nature, but all-in-all we’re playing pretty good. I think we are getting better every week.”

On the offensive line and the run game:

“We definitely are improving on that. Our offensive line is great. They open up holes in the second level, helping us running backs out.”

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