Auburn might be 0-2 for the first time since 2003, and the mood on the Plains might not be the best right now, but coach Gene Chizik hasn’t seen any quit in his players this week in practice.
“You are who you are by the way you respond to adversity,” Chizik said. “We’ve had a great week, and our team has responded really, really well.”
Auburn, coming off losses to Mississippi State last week and Clemson in the opener, plays its first home game of the season on Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Senior cornerback T'Sharvan Bell was outspoken earlier this week and said the coaches were having to do too much cheerleading and that the players weren’t generating enough energy and also weren’t giving “championship effort.”
Chizik said he was glad to see some of his veterans stepping up and vowed that the Tigers would continue pressing forward and would not get down on themselves.
“That’s how men respond, and they’ll respond like that the rest of their lives,” Chizik said. “Any other response is not acceptable.”
Auburn has now lost four of its past five SEC games dating back to last season, and those four losses have all been by at least 18 points.
As Louisiana-Monroe proved last week in Little Rock, the Warhawks are plenty capable of pulling the upset. It doesn’t get any easier the next week with No. 3 LSU coming to town.