Memorable Chizik Quotes
Auburn Coach Gene Chizik
Auburn Coach Gene Chizik
Southeast Field Reporter
Posted Jul 19, 2012
Kristen Ledlow

Southeastern Conference coaches and players are gathered in Birmingham, Alabama for SEC Media Days. Coach Gene Chizik discussed his upcoming season and the strength of the SEC West.

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Coach Gene Chizik of Auburn University...

On the level of competition at running back:

"It's going to be a very interesting competition. We've got several guys bundled up together. There's not a lot separating them in any category. They've got size, speed, running ability and good vision. It's going to be a great competition. It's going to come down to who's the most productive in camp. Two-a-days will tell a lot."

On DE Corey Lemonier:

"Corey has a chance to be a very good football player. He's got some work cut out for himself, but he's willing to do it. That's what I love about Corey. We told him when he was a freshman that he'd play, as long as he didn't do anything to really go south. He really can do it, but more importantly he's willing to do it."

On transition to Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder:

"I think our new defensive coordinator coaches with an edge and I like that. It [is reflected] in your defense. We grew a lot in the spring, but we have a lot of growth left."

On Steve Spurrier's 200th win:

That's a phenomenal number. To be in this profession that long and be successful is amazing. I know Coach Spurrier very well off the field; and on the field, he's a great coach. His body of work says that without me saying it. Everybody knows that. He's great at what he does; he knows the game and he's got South Carolina in a position right now to do [great things]."

On the strengths of the SEC West this year:

"It's the same strength that everybody sees week in and week out. We see great defenses. We see very potent offenses. The SEC West separates itself from a lot of different conferences because of the offensive and defensive lines. Just look at the [defensive lines] that have come out of the SEC West. It's amazing. The SEC West is very physical every week. It's physical from running backs to wide receivers to defensive backs to the lines. Four or five of the last national champions have come from this division - that's unheard of."

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