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Gene Chizik - Alabama Week

Iron Bowl


Chizik said offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn -- despite reports to the contrary -- is "as sharp as ever": "We felt like there would be some challenges this year, and we've certainly faced those. Gus has handled them well. The goal is setting a foundation for a long time to come, and I think we've done that...It comes with the territory: one minute you're brilliant, the next minute you're not so smart. That's kind of how it goes."


On teams from the SEC West being ranked Nos. 1-3 nationally: "We live it. We've said it before, it's the best in the country, and I think that just solidifies that. There's really nothing else you can say: one, two and three."


On stopping downhill running teams: "Any team that's good at running usually has the identity where there's not a lot of trickery. They just run the ball at you. It means a lot to us to be able to line up against those teams and play well."
On the team's progress stalling out: "It's very apparent the progress we were hoping to have over the last few weeks certainly wasn't what we had liked."


On needing more leadership on the team: "It has to come first from our coaching staff. We can't have the sideline panicking when things don't go well. There's still a lot of room for improvement...(Young players) have got that potential to lead, but they don't feel comfortable with that yet because they don't feel like their production level's where it needs to be to do that."


 "It's a huge week, a great opportunity for us. We're going to have to play our best game of the year to have a chance to win the game."

On the rivalry being bigger than ever: "From a national spectrum, maybe so. In-state, I think it's always been as big as you can get. For people on the outside looking in, the fact we've each won a national championship the last two years, it makes it bigger."


On having the type of running success Georgia Southern had against Alabama: "Not unless I find an option quarterback in the next 24 hours. We're going to do what we do...We need to execute well and stay within the realm of what we do. We'll have little things in there that are changeups, maybe some thing they haven't seen, but no wholesale changes. It's too late in the year for that."


This year's Alabama team is "maybe the best out of all three (Chizik has faced). They're similar to the 2009 team, if not better."


"The Iron Bowl is the Iron Bowl, kind of like entertaining the same questions at this point last year. Is there an added flair to that? Certainly. But the nature of the rivalry itself is plenty."


On them young ones: "We're going to make them aware of every aspect that goes with this rivalry. Educate them the best you can with history, talking to players, guys who've been in it. The main thins is how we prepare in practice. They have to understand the level of intensity they'll face on gameday."
"Everybody's rivalry is important and everybody's going to say their rivalry's the biggest. But the level of intensity, passion, pageantry and the level of national attention being so big as well, that makes it more special than most."



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