What They Said, 11/20
- Said former offensive coordinator Tony Franklin made it clear that McKenzie would not be welcome at tight end. That's why he moved to defensive end during the pre-season. McKenzie now is back on offense.
"He said: All right, we're pretty much going to speed guys. I think I did a pretty good job, but I thought I could do a better job on the other side of the ball under the circumstances."
- McKenzie said he gained a better appreciation for how defenders work and think, though: "Sometimes you can't tell – if you pass rush it could be a draw or something like that. When the game's going, you can't just guess. If you guess wrong, you might be out here and he might go in the hole and gash you. It's harder than it looks."
- On thinking about what might have been this season: "It's definitely frustrating -- always going back and thinking what could have happened. That's been on my mind a lot just to think about all the things that could have happened. When you start dwelling on that stuff, it gets worse. You just have to keep moving forward and getting better as the week goes on. It hurts. We've been in situations like this since I've been here. If you think back to 2006 season when we were ranked No. 2 and we had control of our destiny, we gave it away. It's crazy how things work."
- On becoming a No. 1 receiver after beginning his career as a walk-on: "I think about that every day. I've been truly bless. God really blessed me. I couldn't have gotten anywhere without him. I always thought I had it in me to be a top player in the SEC, come to Auburn and do well. I had a pretty successful career at Auburn. I just want to go out in the right way -- with a win against Alabama."
- On Sen'Derrick Marks: "He's always hyped. He's always making noise. He's just hyped. He's just always into it, and he brings it to practice, especially when we have some days when you won't be into it, he brings his hyperactive things to him, he brings this enthusiasm. And he'll wake us up and we'll just have a good day of practice."
- On if rivalry-game wins matter in recruiting: "Florida probably is the best team in the whole country -- or USC. It doesn't matter. It's how you fit into that system and how you feel when you go there. Because you can go to a lot of schools and they might be the best school, always undefeated, but it's all about that feeling when you go there. If you don't feel comfortable with the players or anybody else, you're not going to want to be there. And that's how I feel. But I went to a lot of other places, and that's why I came here.
Photo credits: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University
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