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Auburn football coaches from left to right:  Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Head Coach Gus Malzahn and Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson shown at a news conference, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Todd Van Emst) Auburn football coaches from left to right: Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Head Coach Gus Malzahn and Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson shown at a news conference, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Todd Van Emst)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. — It's almost here. 

Auburn will make its appearance at SEC football media days in Hoover in just 12 days. Players will officially report, maybe even practice, likely Aug. 1. The talk will intensify, that's for sure, but there have already been some comments from the Auburn camp. 

Here's a review of some of the best summer-time talk from Auburn coaches.

Defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner on his return to Auburn:

"Coming here, there weren't any hidden agendas. It wasn't about 'this' ego or 'that' ego. It was going to be all about Auburn. As long as Auburn stayed at the core, we'd all have a chance."

Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on Auburn's tough 2012 season:

"Gus addressed it real quick, and made sure they understood that in our eyes it was unacceptable, but it was over. Whatever caused it was not going to be made their fault unless it continued. Those weren't his words, but that's how I took it. The point we took to them was: 'We're not going to talk about it, but we won't accept it.'"

Running backs coach Tim Horton on tailbacks Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant:

"At this point, it's really going to be fun and interesting. We've got three guys who went through spring practice that, to me, none of them really separated themselves from each other."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on junior college quarterback Nick Marshall: 

"I think Nick just wants that fresh start. I think he knows second chances are sometimes hard to come by. He's excited he's got one. He wants to play and win."

Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes:

"When push comes to shove, we want to be able to hit you in the mouth with the running game. I always tell people: Football is a tough game played by tough people."

Tight end/special teams coach Scott Fountain on his move from the administrative side for Gene Chizik to coaching for Gus Malzahn:

"You have to understand there were reasons people got fired. I felt like I had an opportunity to be very helpful with this staff and explain the ropes and how things were."

Head coach Gus Malzahn:

"There's no doubt there are some challenges. But the good thing is Auburn is a great place. Four years ago we were in a similar situation the first time. We have a plan in place in the best conference in college football."

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