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Auburn's Gene Chizik Quotes -- Miss. State game

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik
On the game-saving defensive stop at the goal line by Ryan Smith

"I couldn't be more proud of a guy like Ryan. I'm not going to go into any details, but he has had some tough things happen in his life. He was able to stand up and make a play at the end and for me as the head coach, it makes me like a proud father. It is just awesome to see a young guy come through at the end of the game ultimately for the win. So, I am very proud of Ryan."

On Auburn playing more physical

"I think we got better. We didn't change anything. I think we got better today. I think Michael ran for 150 yards. We got our running game going, and we needed to do that. I think the offensive line took it personal that this (Mississippi State) is a very good defensive front. This (Mississippi State) is a very good defensive football team. I think they took it personal. I think that what we did in practice this week resonated with our whole team, and the part of the physicality of the game, I think our offensive line took it personal. I think our perimeter blockers took it personal. I think our running backs took it personal so we ran the football better today, still not good enough, still not where we need to be, but I think that again you are going to see the fruits of your labor if you work really hard at what you are trying to get accomplished. That's what we got."

 

On Auburn's offensive line

"Well, the bottom line was there are some times when you are nicked up and you're beat up, and you have to figure out who your next best guy is. If you have to play six or seven guys, what's that rotation going to look like? So, we were beat up and dinged up a little bit at the beginning of the week. So, we started working some different guys in there. We started working some different combinations with guards and tackles, and we were able to do that today. So, we will continue to look at that and try to get the best combination out there again. There are so many young guys out there that every week is a work in progress, and we are really trying to figure out what the final destination of some of these guys is. The bottom line is we would like to say we know exactly where they are, but we are so young right now. So, we are going to continue to work that until we find the right combinations everywhere."

 

On what was said in the time out on the last drive

"We just needed to regroup, and we needed to remind them of the plays that we were fairly certain they were going to run. So, we just needed to regroup. So, you call time out there at the end and tell them what is going to happen in the next two plays. If you stop them on third down, here is what is coming on fourth down. So, we pretty much had a good idea of what it was, and the guys stepped up to the plate and made the play."

 

Can you speak to the identity of this football team?

"I think that we are still trying to figure out really as a whole what the identity of our team is, and I think that as the season unfolds you figure it out game by game. I think these two certainly took it down to a place where we know that they will fight. They are a young team. They want to be good. Are we a great football team right now? No. Not even close. But the identity of the team is starting to form week by week because they will fight. They will not look at the scoreboard, and that's been one of the trademarks that we've really tried to instill in these guys that we are not looking for the scoreboard until it says 0:00 because everything else in-between does not matter. I think they are buying into that. I think they understand that and half of our young guys were around last year where they understand that. Again, we prefer to win football games a lot differently than we are, but I am going to tell you, there is something to be said for knowing that you can fight down to the end when it doesn't look good and still be able to win a game. Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how you do it. It just matters that you do it. Again with that being said, that we are at all satisfied by the way that we are playing on any side of the ball, but the identity of our team, I think week by week is coming together, and I think that we will know more as these next two or three weeks unfold."

 

On Tre Mason

"I just think that Tre Mason has a knack for the kickoff return game. I think our guys do a phenomenal job blocking it. I think Coach (Jay) Boulware and the staff do a good job of coaching it up and trying to take advantage of different kickoff units, but Tre has a knack, and he did it again today. The field position issues for us are so critical just with some of the struggles that we have on both sides of the ball so those are the hidden yards that people forget about, but we don't."

 

On how hard it is to tackle MSU QB Chris Relf

"He is 6-foot-4, 245 pounds or something of that nature. He is just a big man. He is able to fall forward for two or three yards. He is a big man. I'm going to tell you, I was extremely impressed with that young man because I don't know how many times (27) he carried the ball but at halftime I think it was 15. That is an extremely tough day taking that many hits and still being able to throw the ball like he does. He's an impressive young man."

 

On the goal line stand

"Again, just coming down to the last play and fighting, scratching and clawing for every inch you have a heavyweight fight, 15 rounds, last man standing, that's what you have to do to be able to win these games."

 

On what went into the decision to allow Jay Wisner back on the team

"Jay got into school, and we decided to let him back on the team."

 

Was he eligible last week?

"He was, but again, we had to work him back into playing shape and things of that nature."

 

On what you saw during the last play

"I thought he did not get in. That's what I thought, but from my angle, it's really hard to see. I wasn't aware initially that it was under review initially. I knew it was close, but I wasn't sure that it was under review. I thought it was a definitive stop, but it ended up being what it was."

 

On Emory Blake

"I tell you what, he's a special player. Emory is a special player. He's a tough guy. Don't lose sight of the fact that he covers kickoffs. He covers punts. He took a hit on the sideline today that may have knocked the other guy out, and he popped right back up. So, he is just a football player, and he's tough, and he loves the game, and he's a huge part of what we do."

 

On Auburn's struggles with third down defense

"Different things. I think that we had the quarterback on the run a couple of times. I think that he made some good throws. I think coverage-wise right now we are a little bit out of place meaning not a busted coverage, but a step or two behind or whatnot. We weren't good on third downs all day in anything no matter what they did. So, our third down defense right now is very raw and not very good, but we are going to work on that. Again, I fully expect our defense to play better next week."

 

 

 

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik
On the game-saving defensive stop at the goal line by Ryan Smith

"I couldn't be more proud of a guy like Ryan. I'm not going to go into any details, but he has had some tough things happen in his life. He was able to stand up and make a play at the end and for me as the head coach, it makes me like a proud father. It is just awesome to see a young guy come through at the end of the game ultimately for the win. So, I am very proud of Ryan."

On Auburn playing more physical

"I think we got better. We didn't change anything. I think we got better today. I think Michael ran for 150 yards. We got our running game going, and we needed to do that. I think the offensive line took it personal that this (Mississippi State) is a very good defensive front. This (Mississippi State) is a very good defensive football team. I think they took it personal. I think that what we did in practice this week resonated with our whole team, and the part of the physicality of the game, I think our offensive line took it personal. I think our perimeter blockers took it personal. I think our running backs took it personal so we ran the football better today, still not good enough, still not where we need to be, but I think that again you are going to see the fruits of your labor if you work really hard at what you are trying to get accomplished. That's what we got."

 

On Auburn's offensive line

"Well, the bottom line was there are some times when you are nicked up and you're beat up, and you have to figure out who your next best guy is. If you have to play six or seven guys, what's that rotation going to look like? So, we were beat up and dinged up a little bit at the beginning of the week. So, we started working some different guys in there. We started working some different combinations with guards and tackles, and we were able to do that today. So, we will continue to look at that and try to get the best combination out there again. There are so many young guys out there that every week is a work in progress, and we are really trying to figure out what the final destination of some of these guys is. The bottom line is we would like to say we know exactly where they are, but we are so young right now. So, we are going to continue to work that until we find the right combinations everywhere."

 

On what was said in the time out on the last drive

"We just needed to regroup, and we needed to remind them of the plays that we were fairly certain they were going to run. So, we just needed to regroup. So, you call time out there at the end and tell them what is going to happen in the next two plays. If you stop them on third down, here is what is coming on fourth down. So, we pretty much had a good idea of what it was, and the guys stepped up to the plate and made the play."

 

Can you speak to the identity of this football team?

"I think that we are still trying to figure out really as a whole what the identity of our team is, and I think that as the season unfolds you figure it out game by game. I think these two certainly took it down to a place where we know that they will fight. They are a young team. They want to be good. Are we a great football team right now? No. Not even close. But the identity of the team is starting to form week by week because they will fight. They will not look at the scoreboard, and that's been one of the trademarks that we've really tried to instill in these guys that we are not looking for the scoreboard until it says 0:00 because everything else in-between does not matter. I think they are buying into that. I think they understand that and half of our young guys were around last year where they understand that. Again, we prefer to win football games a lot differently than we are, but I am going to tell you, there is something to be said for knowing that you can fight down to the end when it doesn't look good and still be able to win a game. Because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how you do it. It just matters that you do it. Again with that being said, that we are at all satisfied by the way that we are playing on any side of the ball, but the identity of our team, I think week by week is coming together, and I think that we will know more as these next two or three weeks unfold."

 

On Tre Mason

"I just think that Tre Mason has a knack for the kickoff return game. I think our guys do a phenomenal job blocking it. I think Coach (Jay) Boulware and the staff do a good job of coaching it up and trying to take advantage of different kickoff units, but Tre has a knack, and he did it again today. The field position issues for us are so critical just with some of the struggles that we have on both sides of the ball so those are the hidden yards that people forget about, but we don't."

 

On how hard it is to tackle MSU QB Chris Relf

"He is 6-foot-4, 245 pounds or something of that nature. He is just a big man. He is able to fall forward for two or three yards. He is a big man. I'm going to tell you, I was extremely impressed with that young man because I don't know how many times (27) he carried the ball but at halftime I think it was 15. That is an extremely tough day taking that many hits and still being able to throw the ball like he does. He's an impressive young man."

 

On the goal line stand

"Again, just coming down to the last play and fighting, scratching and clawing for every inch you have a heavyweight fight, 15 rounds, last man standing, that's what you have to do to be able to win these games."

 

On what went into the decision to allow Jay Wisner back on the team

"Jay got into school, and we decided to let him back on the team."

 

Was he eligible last week?

"He was, but again, we had to work him back into playing shape and things of that nature."

 

On what you saw during the last play

"I thought he did not get in. That's what I thought, but from my angle, it's really hard to see. I wasn't aware initially that it was under review initially. I knew it was close, but I wasn't sure that it was under review. I thought it was a definitive stop, but it ended up being what it was."

 

On Emory Blake

"I tell you what, he's a special player. Emory is a special player. He's a tough guy. Don't lose sight of the fact that he covers kickoffs. He covers punts. He took a hit on the sideline today that may have knocked the other guy out, and he popped right back up. So, he is just a football player, and he's tough, and he loves the game, and he's a huge part of what we do."

 

On Auburn's struggles with third down defense

"Different things. I think that we had the quarterback on the run a couple of times. I think that he made some good throws. I think coverage-wise right now we are a little bit out of place meaning not a busted coverage, but a step or two behind or whatnot. We weren't good on third downs all day in anything no matter what they did. So, our third down defense right now is very raw and not very good, but we are going to work on that. Again, I fully expect our defense to play better next week."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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