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What They Said: Defense


Auburn pass rush swarms quarterback Jordan Jefferson/ photo

Noteworthy: Defense held LSU to 243 yards offense.

On overall performance

“I was really proud of our players. They played very hard. We tackled well today. I was proud of them, proud of the way they went back to work this week and played with more confidence. We just have to keep working to get better. That was a big win.”

On Jonathan Evans replacing injured LB Daren Bates

“That’s kind of where we are. That’s football. That’s team. It’s the next man up. He stepped right up. He’s been getting better and better each week. You always tell these guys ‘you are one ankle away or one shoulder away or whatever from playing the rest of the ball game. It keeps coming true. I thought he did a good job. He’ll work to get better this week.”


Noteworthy: Had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

On getting to the quarterbacks: “We went in at halftime and said we have to get to the quarterback to win the game.”


Noteworthy: Had seven tackles, one tackle for loss and broke up a pass.

On Auburn’s team chemistry

“I think a lot chemistry stems from we have 20-something seniors. A lot of us came In together and basically grew into men together. We are together so much, especially since our new coaches came in. We believe in each other.”


Noteworthy: Led team with 11 tackles, eight of them solo.

On defense’s performance

“It was a great game, and we put together four quarters on offense and defense. It was a great game for us defensively. We are grateful we came away with the victory.”

On holding LSU to 243 yards

“We played like every down was our last. We kept thinking about three-and-outs. We figured out there gameplan and got to it. We went out there and didn’t make any mistakes.”


Noteworthy: Intercepted a pass to stop LSU’s first drive

On his interception

“It was a tipped ball that I just happened to break on. I was in the right place at the right time. The defensive line forced LSU’s quarterback to throw high and I made a play on the ball.”

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