Tony Franklin had some fairly revealing stuff to say recently that didn't make today's editions of the Advertiser. Here are some nuggets:
- On how players are reacting to the struggles: "I think it's always the same. I saw the same look in their eyes that I saw at Troy. I saw a look of frustration and I saw a look of they want you to figure it out. We take great pride in figuring it out. We just didn't get it figured out. They're looking to us to fix it and we're looking for them to help us fix it. I think, together, we can get it done and I feel certain that we will."
- On improving Auburn's practice habits: "That's just the growing progress. We went through the same growing process at Troy. It was ugly there. I didn't expect it to be this ugly here. The bottom line is that, as ugly as it was, we won. If we can be ugly and win or be pretty and lose, I'll take ugly and win every time.
- On Chris Todd being a better runner: "Yeah, he can be. He's not going to be like Kodi. It's just not there, so it's not going to happen that way, but he can be effective in that he makes people pay a price if they don't honor him. He's got to do that."
- On playing Kodi Burns more: "It's going to be a feel thing. I think Kodi needs to play. We need to find a way to do that, whether it's this week or next week or every week."
- On why the team seems to change plays so often at the line of scrimmage: "Every time is different. Sometimes, (the play call) is original. They'll get to the line and they already have it and they're running it. Sometimes, they don't have one and it's a fake deal and we call one after that. Probably 75 to 80 percent of the time when they get to the line, they already have a play. It may be higher than that."