Gus Malzahn Press Conference Review: The Alabama A&M Game
Head Coach Gus Malzahn (Photo: Matt Gaught)
Head Coach Gus Malzahn was pleased with his team’s performance during Saturday’s 55-0 win over Alabama A&M. The highlight of the game, was senior Jeremy Johnson getting the start for his final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He ended the night with 147 passing yards and a touchdown through the air, while rushing for two more. Rudy Ford, who transitioned from running back to defensive back during his Auburn career, carried the football two times for six yards. Those were just a few of the solid, all-around performance that Auburn had on Saturday. Malzahn says that he is happy that the seniors went out on top, with a 55-0 win. He was also pleased that the defense picked up the shutout. Jeremy Johnson got the start at quarterback on senior night, Malzahn said that he felt that Johnson was prepared for this moment. “He was ready to play and he played well. He hadn’t played a lot this year, and I think it was good for him to experience that.” Malzahn says that he was proud of him and that he felt that he was efficient in throwing the football. “Everyone is happy for him. It’s a good night.” However, Malzahn was not quite ready to say if Johnson would start next Saturday against Alabama. “We will see where we are on either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday to determine whether Sean (White) or whoever will start.” On the injury front, senior Josh Holsey, as well as linebacker Darrell Williams went down with injuries during the game. Malzahn feels that both players will be healthy enough to play next week at Alabama. Though not a senior, running back Kam Martin had a breakout game. The freshman, who transferred to Auburn from Baylor, rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the absence of Kamryn Pettway and a few other running backs who were banged up. Malzahn was grateful that he had the opportunity to showcase Martin’s talent to the Auburn Family. “We were planning on getting Kam some touches. I think you can see he’s got some talent. It is good for him to get out there and show what he can do. He is really quick. He has got good vision. He really protected the football.” Kerryon Johnson was second on the list with 112 yards and a score, Malzahn feels that Johnson is very close to 100% as far as his injury status is concerned. Another freshman, Kyle Davis, got his first start of his career. Although he only had one catch, that catch was a 14-yard touchdown. “You can see that those young guys keep playing more and more, and we’re trying to get those guys some real time experience.” Malzahn has plenty on his plate to worry about before next Saturday’s Iron Bowl, which is why it was no surprise when he offered very little when asked about his initial thoughts on Alabama. He simply said ““Obviously they are undefeated. They are very talented.” Auburn will begin preparations for the Alabama game, which kicks off next Saturday at 2:30 P.M. inside Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.