Auburn Players Discuss SEC Championship Loss To Georgia: "It Simply Wasn't Us" Auburn Discusses SEC Championship Loss To UGA: “It Simply Wasn’t Us”

Auburn Players Discuss SEC Championship Loss To Georgia: "It Simply Wasn't Us"

Auburn Players Discuss SEC Championship Loss To Georgia: "It Simply Wasn't Us"

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Auburn Players Discuss SEC Championship Loss To Georgia: "It Simply Wasn't Us"


On Thursday, Auburn took its turn at the podium in Atlanta for the last day of SEC Media Days. A few of the Tigers’ players spoke about last years SEC Championship game and explained their thoughts on the loss, including head coach Gus Malzahn.

“It simply wasn’t us”

Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis admitted that the Bulldogs deserved to win the game, but added the team Georgia beat “simply wasn’t us.”

“I don’t think we played our best the second game, and I don’t know if it was because they made us not play our best, or if we weren’t locked in or focused,” said Davis. The Auburn linebacker told reporters at the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday that “If you watch the tape from the first game to the second game, it was two different teams, and not just because we won the first time.”

“You pop in any other time we actually played Auburn football, and you match it with the SEC Championship Game, it simply wasn’t us,” he continued.

On December 2nd in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia avenged a 40-17 loss to the Tigers with a 28-7 beatdown, securing the Dawgs a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Tough November schedule…

Malzahn partially credited the SEC Championship loss to a tough November schedule.

“The regular season, we played extremely well at home,” Malzahn said. “You know, then the next, I guess, two weeks later we had to play Alabama, another No. 1 team at home, and then a week later we had to turn around and play Georgia again. So I believe we played champions and defending champions three out of four weeks. That’s a tough challenge, there’s no doubt.”

And in Malzahn’s defense, he’s not wrong.

Auburn was riding a hot streak into Atlanta after beating No. 2 ranked Georgia and top ranked Alabama in two of three weeks, but simply did not have enough left in the tank to handle a hungry Kirby Smart-led team.

Facing adversity

Auburn defensive lineman Dontavious Russell, once a 2013 Georgia commit from Carrollton who then flipped to Auburn, mentioned the adversity his team was facing, referencing star running back Kerryon Johnson’s rib injury suffered against Alabama.

“Toward the end of the Georgia game, we faced adverse situations, being that Kerryon was out, it was something we didn’t respond as well to.”

Johnson clearly was ailing in the second meeting between the historic rivals. After putting up 233 total yards in November in the first meeting, Johnson was only able to muster up 44 yards on 13 carries in the rematch.

The two teams will meet again in their annual edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry when Auburn visits Athens on November 10th.

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