Auburn players talk big plays, impact players ahead of Jacksonville State

Auburn linebacker Justin Garrett returns Louisville fumble for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — A few members of the Auburn Tigers football team met with the media Tuesday morning to look back at the game against Louisville and look ahead to Jacksonville State.

Jeremy Johnson still managed to lead Auburn to victory Saturday despite three interceptions. His teammates say he has put that behind him and has already moved ahead to this week.

“I think he stayed positive,” Ricardo Louis said. “He knows that he has to look ahead and not worry about the past. You know, playing quarterback, that’s one of the things you have to work on is having short term memory.”

Johnson was aided by Peyton Barber’s 100-yard game. Barber wasn’t listed as the starter, but after an injury to Roc Thomas, he became the go-to guy on the ground.

“He fit in very well. He’s been working really hard, learning the plays and just fitting into our offense really well,” Louis said. “You know, we need him, and he came through.”

Louis had a big game of his own, scoring twice and leading the team in receiving.

“One of my best games,” he said.  “It’d be ranked pretty high.”

Auburn’s defensive effort was highlighted by their first half big plays: an interception to begin the game and Justin Garrett’s 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

I was just striding my way to the end zone. I looked and seen there was nobody there. I was just talking to Tray (Matthews) the whole time,” Garrett said. ” He was saying a bunch of stuff: telling me to high step and do a bunch of different dances.”

As the game wore on, Auburn’s defensive line stole the show, sacking Louisville’s quarterbacks four times during the game.

“We have great defensive linemen: Montravius, Dontavius, Devaroe, Swain,” Garrett said. “All those defensive linemen, they make it so easy for the linebackers so all we have to do really is make tackles. It’s great having such a great defensive line in front of us.”

Auburn’s opponent this week is Jacksonville State. The home opener for the Tigers kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

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