ATLANTA (WIAT) — The final day of SEC Media Days 2018 is upon us, and it began with Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn taking the podium at the College Football Hall of Fame.
The coach of the defending SEC West Champions opened with a recap of last season.
” I thought we were very close,” Malzahn said. “We won the SEC West, which I believe is the toughest division in college football. One game away from the College Football Playoff, which you know is everybody’s goal.”
Coach Malzahn talked about the Tiger’s schedule.
“Once again, I feel like we have the toughest schedule in all of college football, just like we did last year. We open up the season against Washington, a top 10 team, a lot of people are picking to make the College Football Playoff, in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic,” he said.
Malzahn was accompanied to SEC Media Days by QB Jarrett Stidham, defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, and linebacker Deshaun Davis.
On the topic of Stidham and the Tiger’s offense, Malzahn said he thinks their offense is in very good hands.
“Offensively, the big thing that stands out to me is our quarterback’s back, and this is only the second time since I’ve been at Auburn in nine years that our quarterback’s back, so I think that’s a–very positive,” Malzahn. “[Stidham is] very talented. You know, we — the way he was playing, middle part of the year, end of the year was really phenomenal. I said this before, but from a quarterback standpoint, in this league, experience, there’s nothing like it. Because the defenses are different than other leagues, and I just really like the way he handled himself. He’s a very tough young man, mentally and physically. And I think our offense is in very good hands going into this second year.”
Malzahn was asked about what takeaways he and the team have from being “very close” last year, including the bowl loss.
“The bowl loss was obviously–we didn’t get it done,” he said. “We laid an egg that day. That’s not taking anything away from our opponent, excellent team, but we weren’t happy with the way that season ended. That’s something that our team has really used to motivate them over the summer. I know our coaches feel the same way as far as that goes.”
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