Tuberville speaks, 9/30
- On his role with the offense: "Every week, I play some role. I give my 2 cents worth. With you, (Tony Franklin) is pretty blunt. He gives you the coaches' perspective. I'm a little more political. Sometimes, you can't handle the truth."
- On which offense Auburn is running: "We don't run Tony Franklin's Spread Offense. We run Auburn's offense. You can't put a square peg in a round hole. Why would you do that? I'm here to win games. I’m
not here to win friends and run for public office. I like (the spread). I think it's good. It's certainly helped us in recruiting. It's been tremendous."
- On Tray Blackmon, who has a right wrist fracture: "He's going to have a club on his hand for a while. It's just unfortunate. He'll just have to play with it."
- On Blackmon's backup, Joshua Bynes: "He took command of the defense. He was a little apprehensive at simes -- that's just from not playing. He played with a lot of enthusiasm; he had a lot of fun."
- On why Bynes and Blackmon can't play concurrently: "Moving (Blackmon) to a new position ... It would be detrimental to Tray."
(**Note: Though the question provided no inference about which player would be forced to change positions, Tuberville concluded immediately that Blackmon would be the one moving in that scenario.)
- On the "War Eagle Formation" that features Wario Fannin: "You can't do a whole lot with it. If we add something to it, we probably dump something we had in last week. I like it. It gives you a couple of options."
- On the situation at placekicker: "Wesley will be our kicker. The big thing is fundamentals. He just lost his technique. You have to go back to Square One. We've been doing that."
- On Vanderbilt: "They're not going to do anything fancy in terms of making mistakes."
- On recruiting Vandy quarterback Chris Nickson, a 2004 Pike County High graduate: "We weren't in this type of offense. We knew about him. We looked at him. We didn't need that type of quarterback atr that time. We knew he was competitive."
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University
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