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***Gus Malzahn opened the press conference introducing Rodney Garner...
“We hired one of the best in the business. He’s an Auburn man. A lot of his former teammates are here. This is an exciting moment,” Malzahn said.
*** Rodney Garner opens with a, “Thank you and War Eagle.”
***Garner said it was a surreal moment to be back at a place that has meant so much to his career and life. He said Auburn was very dear and special to me.
“It’s a humbling experience,” he said.
***Garner said today would be a very proud moment for his dad, who recently passed away.
***Garner said it’s been 17 years since he stepped into this building.
***Garner said he and his wife tried to bring their girls back to Auburn once a year and it’s been a goal of theirs to make sure they go to school at Auburn. He said they’ve been a UGA so long, they’ll have to transition them to Auburn. He said he has six daughters including a 10th-grader.
***Garner said Coach Pat Dye is a guy that he’s always looked to as a second father. He said Dye’s picture was next to Jesus and MLK in his grandmother’s house.
***Garner said being at Auburn is a chance to give back to a place that has given him so much. He said he’s excited to be back at Auburn with an opportunity to teach these young men what it is to be an Auburn man.
“It’s just an honor,” he said.
***Garner said he will be Coach Malzahn’s most loyal coach and work hard every day. He said he’s looking forward to working together with the whole staff.
***Garner said Auburn is an elite institution and they’re going to get it back where it belongs.
***Garner said he’s never worked with Coach Ellis Johnson but has a lot of respect for him. Garner said his cousin played for Ellis at Southern Miss.
***Garner said he’s never worked with Harbison but has run into him on the road recruiting and admires his work.
***Garner thanked Coach Mark Richt and said he left on great terms with Richt and DC Todd Grantham. He said they had great chemistry. He said he addressed his players at a team meeting this morning.
“It was difficult to tell these kids I was leaving but at the same time it felt god that I was coming home,” he said. “...I want to finish my career here.”
***Garner said he wants to compete and win SEC and NCAA championships on a consistent basis at Auburn.
***Garner said they are going to recruit student athletes that give them the best chance to win championships. He said they are going to work hard at Auburn.
***Garner said in 15 years at UGA they were a 4-3 for 12 of those years. He said you have to be multiple now with the offenses you see.
***Malzan said they have one more staff position to fill on defense. And presumably three more on offense/special teams. He said they have flexibility on what position the last defensive coach will be.
***Malzahn said they released Christian Westerman and we wish him the best. He said he’s had conversations with Corey Lemonier and will have more once they receive more feedback on his NFL opportunities.
***Malzahn said they’re still in the relationship-building mode with recruits.
Thanks Bryan, the obvious question is do you have any info on what position in the draft will Lemoinier give up his senior year to go pro?
Remember: If The Jury Box Is Stacked With Foxes...The Chicken Is Always Guilty
I hate to say it- But I Would -if I were him. That is a lot of money if he projects in the 1st round, which I believe he will.
I think it would increase our chances with Carl Lawson if Corey went to the NFL but I would love to have another year with Corey Lemonier under Coach Garner.It would be really great to have both. WDE !!
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