Auburn not only came away with a win last Saturday, but found mistakes in their game that head coach Gus Malzahn said are "correctable".
"We definitely have room for improvement, but it was great just to get that win," Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae said. "I felt last year at times we were caught up in similar situation and we lost games. This year we were able to go out and get a 'W'."
With each victory, players confidence in the new coaching staff grows.
"Everybody trusts Coach Malzahn and Coach [Ellis] Johnson on defense, after this game our trust stock went up in our coaches," Auburn running back Corey Grant said.
"It was a first game for everybody, not just for us, for the coaches," Eguae added. "I feel like weekly we're going to get more and more comfortable in the things we do offensively and defensively. We're going to keep growing together and growing that bond."
The Auburn coaching staff has a unique perspective on this week's opponent. Less than a year ago, Malzahn was the head coach, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee the quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State. The players look at this as a slight advantage when game-planning.
"You get better personnel watch on them," Eguae said. "You know exactly who you are going up against, you get some feedback as far as that is concerned. It comes back to little things, football I.Q., different formations, we're doing the same thing we always do."
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