“Jeremy’s a competitor”, Malzahn said. As the season progresses it’s likely more and more players will rotate in. Irvin started at the nickel position in Auburn’s season opener against Louisville in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where he recorded four tackles and a pass breakup in the Tigers’ 31-24 win. De’Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross have combined for 311 receiving yards and one touchdown while Donald Gray has four receptions.
“We’re going to have to be balanced”, Mullen said.
The Bulldogs have closed games strong so far, outscoring opponents 34-3 in the fourth quarter. Watch the tape of what LSU did against MSU and see how different blitzes confused MSU’s offensive line.
Dak Prescott looks to lead his team to victory on the plains for the first time in eight years. Prescott is 33 of 43 for 474 and three touchdowns during that time. Junior running back Brandon Holloway has 92 yards rushing, but he hasn’t rushed for a score. Johnson was billed in the preseason as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate but has thrown six interceptions in three games.
“You have to do what you feel is best for your team and your offense each week”, Malzahn said. “I feel like now that we are getting more specific with our personnel and getting our roles defined, we are now in a spot where we can move forward with some rhythm”. It’s the same reason why, MSU hasn’t run the ball well as a team. “In my opinion that shows a lack of confidence in the quarterback’s ability to run Gus’ offense”. The narrative could flip right back if Sean White has a spectacular day on the order of Cincinnati’s freshman QB last night.
Malzahn would only commit to White being the start for the Mississippi State game.
“Looking back to 2013, there are some similarities”. “We’re on pace right now where we need to be”. Diaz was coordinating the defense for Louisiana Tech previous year when they faced Auburn and had solid results when he faced a Cam Newton-led offense in his first tour of duty at MSU. The effort against LSU last week was pathetic at times. He started twice, including last season’s opening win over Arkansas.
In last year’s Orange Bowl, the Bulldogs had 605 yards of offense. Mississippi State’s defense faces an inconsistent running game after Peyton Barber had only seven carries against LSU. Quarterback is only one of several areas of concern for them, but Johnson only made matters worse by turning the ball over every single game. He also fumbled a snap for a huge loss on Auburn’s opening drive against LSU. He only has 81 yards through three games.
“Any time you change a quarterback, it isn’t an easy decision”, Malzahn said in a press conference Tuesday.
Calhoun graduated this past spring with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, earning a 3.51 GPA in the process. I hope we can see him on the field again soon. In addition to a great deal of community service, Calhoun is serving as a team captain for the Bulldogs this season.
“I don’t know when Gus named the starter in camp sometime but certainly there was competition going on from my perspective”, Muschamp said.