The Monday presser was moved back a day as has become a custom with Houston Nutt.
Here are some topics Nutt touched on today.
Penalties: “Two of them were retaliation. I know the guy kicked you in the head, so what? I don’t care if he kicks you in the head twice and talks about your mother, get back to the huddle. It’s a selfish act. It’s a me world out there now, it’s all about me. One thing we can teach them is it’s not about you, it’s about our team.”
The Rebels were penalized six times for 70 yards. They had 25 yards in penalties after reaching the Auburn 6 late in the third quarter. They were averaging 49.7 penalty yards going into the game.
The secondary: “We’ve got to do much better with the deep ball. That’s no secret. We’ve been saying that since Day 1. It’s been a weakness. Cassius (Vaughn, on the play that wasn’t reversed) thought the guy went out of bounds, and he lt up. You can’t let up. If you don’t you’ve got a chance to tip it or knock it, and he may miss it. To me, that’s effort.
“The positive thing is we got the three interceptions. Tyrone (Nix) did a good job of mixing zone and blitz. Now we get three turnovers and don’t turn it over ourselves.”
Defense overall: “I thought we had a very solid game. Our front, led by Peria Jerry, has been outstanding. He’s been a leader. He chases the ball and goes hard every snap. The linebackers … Palmer, Walker, Brumfield, Cornell … are all improved. That was one of the questions when we got here. Dustin Mouzon came in at corner and gave us a little bit. That mix will keep creating competition, and we will need all of them.”
Defensive end Greg Hardy: “We’ve got two good weeks, and maybe we can get him ready to play.” It’s unclear whether Hardy’s biggest obstacle right now is his surgically repaired right foot or his attitude. Probably a mixture of both.