AUBURN – As the college football world buzzed about quarterback Cam Newton, about accusations real and imagined, Auburn’s football team’s eyes are on a big prize.
The Tigers finished up heavy work Wednesday for Saturday’s game against Georgia, when they will try to claim the Southeastern Conference West Division at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said it was inspiring to watch.
“It’s amazing how this team responds,” Taylor said. “They were focused and at the same time they were having fun. They enjoy being around each other, which makes it fun for a coach. We actually look forward to getting out to the practice field and spending time with each other.”
If players were distracted, Taylor said, he saw no sign of it.
“I’m going to be real honest,” Taylor said. “I can’t tell a difference. If it’s a distraction, it hasn’t showed up out there. … It really hasn’t changed. Guys were cutting up and, once that whistle blew, they went to work. We had fun. I don’t want to act like we are living under a rock, but I haven’t seen a distraction in the way guys work or guys coming up and asking me questions. Like Coach Rock (Tracy Rocker) said, they’ve just been forging ahead.”
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik quickly made it clear he would not talk about anything involving the Newton controversy.
“I know you have a job to do, and I respect that,” Chizik told reporters after practice. “My job right now is Georgia and this weekend. Really and truly, I’ll entertain questions that have to do with that, because that’s really where my focus is.”