AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn talked with media members following Saturday night's game against Florida Atlantic, which the Tigers won going away, 45-10
See the transcript of his postgame interview session below, as well as a checking out a portion of it on a video embedded at the bottom of this post.
"Very happy to get win No. 7. I really felt like our guys were ready to play. There were a lot of questions of how we would respond after a big win and I thought our guys answered that by jumping on them early and taking care of business."
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On whether he had an update on Nick Marshall's injury:
"No, not at this time."
On when he knew Marshall got hurt:
"I guess the play he went down that we had to go get him."
On the confidence he has in backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson:
"We’re confident in Jeremy and Jeremy’s a very good quarterback. He’s got some good experience now, but we’ll see."
On what Marshall said when he returned to the sideline:
"He was just encouraging Jeremy. He was excited for Jeremy making plays, and had a smile on his face."
On the play of the defense:
"The defense did a good job. That group had two weeks to prepare for us and to come up with a plan and I really felt like our defense played solid, especially after they figured out kind of what their scheme was going to be."
On the play of the running game:
Any time you can spread the ball around (it's a good thing. Our offensive line came out and played well again. Our running backs did a good job and any time you can run the football, usually good things happen."
On Auburn's offense in the first half:
"They do have a good defense. They can really run. They’ve got 11 guys they can put out there that can flat out play and of course our plan was to try to wear them down. We didn’t feel like they had the depth, but their first 11 is very, very solid."
On running the ball 14 straight times to begin the game:
"That’s what they were really giving us. Early on you’re kind of in a “feel-out” time.” We knew they had two weeks to prepare and we were trying to gather information that they were giving out to us."
On Johnson's first play, which saw him throw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates:
"I think it was a third-down play and it just happened to be one of our third-down plays, and Jeremy gets a lot of reps in practice, anyway and Coach Lashlee has done a good job of distributing the reps. That just happened to be the play call for that situation."
On whether he had to make changes to the offense once Johnson entered the game:
"Jeremy can do it. He’s a very good runner in his own right. He’s got long arms and does a good job, and it really doesn’t change that much from a play caller’s standpoint. Obviously Nick is electric with the ball, but Jeremy is not too far behind.
On Johnson's touch on deep passes:
"Yeah, he throws the deep ball very well. There’s that great trajectory and he can really throw it."
On Sammie Coates:
"Sammie can really run. He’s starting to establish himself as our deep threat and when you have a deep threat, that opens other things up."
On being the favorite going forward:
"It sounds like I’m saying the same thing every week, but it’s about Arkansas and it’s about going on the road and trying to play our best football. We’re not worried about all the ‘underdogs’ or ‘favorites.’ That’s our mind-set."
On the team's confidence:
"I think anytime you’re winning and playing pretty good football, you have some things you can build upon. But yeah, every week’s different."
On Chris Davis' 70-yard punt return:
"Yeah, that was really nice. I think he caught the ball near the goal line there and came back out, (got) a couple good blocks and he almost took that the distance there. That was a big shot in the arm."
On whether Davis was too aggressive on the next two returns:
"I’d just have to look at it on film. He got hit pretty good on that one — we didn’t do a very good job blocking. That usually has an effect."
On five players taking snaps:
"I think any time you get to the second half of a game, you’re wanting to play some people and you’re wanting to run the clock out and get out with a victory. That was kind of what happened."
On going back to Arkansas:
"To be honest with you, it’s just another game for us. I’ve been back before and played before. We’re just focused on doing everything in our power to play good football and try to come out with a victory."
On Auburn's first three drives:
"Any time we get our pace going, that’s a good thing and we were able to do that. Of course, once we got a lead, it was a little bit different. We were trying to run the clock out.