Auburn Tigers won't overlook Alabama State

Auburn Tigers won't overlook Alabama State

Auburn and Alabama State are set to meet for the first time ever Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Auburn and Alabama State are set to meet for the first time ever Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Climbing two spots in the AP Poll, the Auburn Tigers now sit at No. 7. It's a comfortable spot to be in after taking down Washington in Atlanta last Saturday.

A nail biter in Mercedes-Benz as the Tigers pushed through adversity to score a late touchdown pushing them into the victory column.

"I really like the way that we won the game. In the 4th quarter the offense made plays to help us win and the defense made plays to help us win." said Auburn head football coach Gus Malzhan.

Malzahn was pleased with where the team started off, but made it clear there are plenty of things to correct moving forward into the Alabama State game.

"What stood out to me is we have to run the football better. Give Washington credit because they have a  good run defense, but we need to improve in that area and the penalties. The penalties we had are completely unacceptable. We take great pride in not beating ourselves so we are focused on that and that will be corrected."

This week the Tigers take on a team that lives right up I-65 in Montgomery, Alabama State. The Hornets are fresh off a big opening weekend win of their own over rival Tuskegee. What Auburn aims to not do is have what happened in the Mercer game last season repeat this year.

"We don't take anything for granted.The good teams that have a chance to win championships don't, so this week is about us getting better." said Malzahn.

Running back Kam Martin agreed with coach Malzahn saying, "You have to treat everybody the same. It doesn't matter who we play we just have to go out there and play with that same energy we played with last year and get better."

"Get better" was a consistent theme in Tuesday's press conference. Coach Malzahn making it a big emphasis this week as they welcome a smaller opponent. He said, "The message this week is simple. Improve from game one. Usually the better teams they find a way to improve from game one to game two more than any other time in the season."

For roster updates, former Central Phenix standout and Auburn defense back John Broussard is leaving the team to "pursue other things." Wide receivers Eli Stove and Will Hastings are cleared for full practice with the team this week. Their time table for game-time action is still to be determined.

Kickoff for Saturday is at 6:30 p.m. inside Jordan-Hare stadium. It's the first ever meeting between Auburn and Alabama State, with the Tigers being 2-0 in former meetings with other SWAC opponents.

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