Daily Archive for October 15th, 2007

Muschamp = Krunk

Against Arkansas, Auburn DL Sen’Derrick Marks and his fellow Tiger defenders thought defensive coordinator Will Muschamp wanted to talk.

On the sidelines, the second-year coordinator called up his defenders and huddled them together. Marks thought he had something important to say.

But he didn’t. Muschamp wasn’t looking for words. He was looking for someone to hit.

AP: Todd J. Van Emst
Muschamp doesn’t settle for high-fives.

“He just started hitting everybody, pushing everybody,” said Marks.

Marks, the sophomore, one of the last ones to circle up around the coach, said the players did the only thing they knew to do.

“They started pushing him around,” Marks said. “I wanted to get in and get me a shove, but my shove would have been a little bit too hard.”

That wasn’t the first time Marks has seen Muschamp in fiery form. There was the time against Ole Miss last year when the coach broke a dry-erase board on the sidelines out of frustration. Muschamp cut his fingers on the jagged-edged board.

“He told someone what was going to happen and it happened, but they didn’t do what he told them to do and he hit the board and broke it,” remembered Marks. “He was bleeding. He just started writing and bleeding, wiping blood and writing.”

Just three weeks ago, when Marks blocked a field goal against then-No. 4 Florida, Muschamp didn’t go for a high-five or even a chest bump.

“He (el)bowed me in my chest or my head,” said Marks. “He was bleeding.”

It’s that attitude, that in-your-face, smash-mouth football mentality, that Marks has come to love under the former Georgia defensive back.

“It’s real fun. I don’t think I’ve ever been around a coach like that,” said Marks. “He’s always crunk and that just gives the team more boost.”

Safety Eric Brock agreed with Marks. The fiery Muschamp is a bit different than what the senior saw from former coordinators David Gibbs and Gene Chizik.

“By far I think he’s head-over-heels over those other two (coordinators),” said Brock. “Not saying they weren’t good coordinators, but you get something different out of each coordinator and he brings that energy and that intensity week-in and week-out, even in practice.

“That’s what you want out of your coordinator on defense. You have to have somebody to fire you up, get up under you. He does a great job of that.”

Brock said the passion Muschamp shows on the sidelines carries over to the players on the field.

“It’s good to see emotion out of your coach. Anytime you see emotion out of them, you know it means a lot to them so it means a lot to us as well, and we want to play hard for him,” said Brock.

Even if it means taking a harder hit from the coach after making the play.

Lucky Jerseys will not be worn

Auburn has won 15 consecutive games when wearing all-white uniforms, but it won’t get that chance this weekend. LSU chooses to wear white at home, so Auburn will wear blue. The Last road Loss…LSU 05′ Baton Rouge.

“Now, the home teams gets to pick whatever,” Tuberville said. “They picked white at the beginning of the year.”

It was all planned…

I think auburn played this way against arkansas to save alot of the playbook for this week against LSU. How many times did we run it up the middle? We looked very “vanilla” as tuberville likes to say. I bet we see some crazy ass formations saturday. Look for kodi and even Fannin @ wide reciever, reverses, and one half back pass. There is nothing else left to save in the play book. If we can make good blocks and tackle well, we should do alright. Florida Brandon & recievers need to show up…our running game will be fine. Also Look for a similar game plan from the USF game using numerous half backs and tight ends to help block #72 Glenn DorseyGo ahead and realize now that brandon will be sacked numerous times this game. We have to convert more on 1st and 2nd down. We can keep getting into these third and long situations. Guys are gonna be beat up pretty good –its always a battle with LSU. These are my predictions.  -nate

full article 

It is likely that Auburn will need to bring a better offense into LSU’s Tiger Stadium this week than it showed in Fayetteville. Although the Tigers moved the ball Saturday night, they failed to get into the end zone , settling for five field-goal attempts and turning the ball over inside the 10-yard line.

But Tuberville said that was all game-planning. The coach said he went into the game with “several game plans.” When he realized early that Auburn’s defense could stop the Hogs, Tuberville elected to play conservatively.

“If (Arkansas was) moving it up and down the field, we were going to have to spread it out and throw a little bit more,” he said.

“Once we saw we could play defense against them and they were going to struggle, you shift gears and you do some different things.”

He said, though, a modest offense will go nowhere against LSU’s defense, which is ranked second in the nation.

“We’re going to need to take a better game than we took to Arkansas,” Tuberville said. “We know that. It’s going to have to be an overall team effort because we know what we’re getting into.”