Not a whole lot of new information in this one. There are some statements on Kerryon Johnson's status and the status of the starting offensive line, but nothing definitive. I doubt we know anything for certain until the starting lineups are read by Ric Smith in Jordan-Hare Saturday night.
Gus let the 13 seconds from beating FSU eat at him for a while, so I'm not shocked losing in 4 overtimes to Arkansas last year still bothers him. It's especially frustrating when Auburn had 4th downs and chances to beat the Hawgs multiple times.
This is definitely a much better team than the one that started the season against Clemson. It's better on and off the field. A relaxed Gus is a much better Gus. I think Rhett Lashlee has adjusted very well to calling plays. Sean White continues to look better and better, and Rhett continues to find ways to make sure White is in the best situation.
Sean White is a much different QB than he was against Arkansas last season. He now has somewhere around a full season's worth of games under his belt. I'd like to think Arkansas' defense will approach him as if he's the same QB he was, but I know they won't.
Gus Malzahn starts his weekly press conference sharing his thoughts and prayers with friends/family of Quentin Groves.— Brian Stultz (@brianjstultz) October 18, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Arkansas defense "makes you earn it" not a lot of big play potential— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) October 18, 2016
Gus says Kerryon Johnson will practice today, and they'll have a better idea of his status for Saturday following that.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) October 18, 2016
Gus: "Our leadership is very strong...They have a good pulse of the team."— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) October 18, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: "We were still learning about Sean" during last year's visit to Arkansas, showed a lot of toughness— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) October 18, 2016
Malzahn on last year's 4-OT loss to Arkansas: When you think about it, it still makes me mad. That's history.— John Zenor (@jzenor) October 18, 2016
Malzahn says they are taking it one game at a time and trying to improve "you've got to improve"— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) October 18, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Feels more calm on sidelines without play calling responsibilities— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) October 18, 2016
Gus, 1 month after giving up playcalling duties: "I see things differently. It's been refreshing from my standpoint...I feel more calm."— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) October 18, 2016
How much better is Auburn now compared to the Clemson game?— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) October 18, 2016
"Quite a bit."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: No update on starting offensive line, "will get that figured out this week" make the call later this week— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) October 18, 2016
LIVE BLOG: Malzahn says OT Darius James "has tried to be physical" in last two games he's played - https://t.co/PvlsdTkkRA— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) October 18, 2016