Auburn (7-3, 4-3 SEC) returns to the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium to face Samford on Senior Day.

Head coach Gus Malzahn had his weekly meeting with the media Tuesday afternoon. Here’s a quick recap:

  • “Loss to Georgia takes us out of the chance to repeat as SEC champions”
  • Said Tigers will finish strong after two-game skid
  • Asked about Samford head coach, and former Auburn quarterback, Pat Sullivan. Malzahn reiterates the level of respect he holds for Sullivan
  • Said team is disappointed, but stresses importance of moving on
  • Questioned about confidence in defensive staff, said it’s the same staff that took Auburn to national championship in 2013
  • Malzahn asks Sullivan for advice at certain times
  • Sullivan served as honorary coach during last season’s SEC Championship Game
  • Asked about Florida coaching vacancy, said he’s committed to his job at Auburn, calls it “one of the best jobs in college football”
  • DE Carl Lawson not likely to play this season
  • Status of WR Duke Williams still uncertain, hasn’t returned to practice
  • Asked about toughness of schedule down the stretch, Malzahn says he doesn’t look for excuses
  • Said he has to find a way to “push the right buttons” over next two weeks
  • Notes longevity of Ellis Johnson’s career, success he’s had over a long period of time