Gus Malzahn Talks Georgia, Rematch

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Gus Malzahn Talks Georgia, Rematch

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Gus Malzahn Talks Georgia, Rematch

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Malzahn talks Georgia and facing the Dawgs again in the SEC Championship Game.

  • Malzahn began by saying Auburn enjoyed its victory over Alabama, but quickly moved on to prepare for Georgia
  • “Looking forward to going to Atlanta and playing against one of the most talented teams in the country.”
  • “We know each other pretty well just from the standpoint of playing so recently.”
  • “He was better yesterday than he was the day before.” Malzahn said of Kerryon Johnson. “we’ll see” if Johnson will practice on Tuesday.
  • Malzahn on the range of motion in Johnson’s arm: “I’m not going to get into being a doctor right now. That’s something I’d probably ask Dr. Andrews right now.”
  • Malzahn on getting after the quarterback: “Anytime you can get pressure on a quarterback only rushing four, it changes everything. That’s usually a good sign of a very good defense.”
  • Georgia is still “one of the better rushing teams in all of college football.” – Malzahn said when asked about Auburn’s front seven success.
  • Is this Malzahn’s best front seven ever? “Right now, I would have to say yes with the way they’re playing.”
  • Auburn is expecting a “big crowd” in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • On getting the ball to the perimeter: “To be a good offense you have to be good between the tackles, good on the perimeter and be able to throw the ball down the field…Chip’s built it that way. We’ve got to continue to be good in all three areas.”
  • Malzahn acknowledges difficulty of schedule over past three weeks.
  • The main goal is to play “better than we did Saturday.”
  • “It’s going to be a dog fight Saturday,” Malzahn says. “There’s no doubt.”
  • Georgia is “one of the best teams in college football,” Malzahn says. “They’re talented, they’re well-coached.”
  • Malzahn on being emotionally drained: “I don’t think that’ll happen. There was great energy at practice on Sunday, he says. Describes his team as “mature” and “hungry.”

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