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‘I am a very emotional coach’

AUBURN, Ala. -- Fist pumps on the sidelines. Slapping helmets or high-fiving players after big plays or getting on them when they make mistakes.

Even chewing 40 pieces of Double-Bubble.

Gus Malzahn is animated and emotional on the sidelines during a game and that was more than evident when quarterback Nick Marshall connected with C.J. Uzomah for the game-winning touchdown against Mississippi State with 10 seconds left last Saturday.

Video of Malzahn’s subsequent fist pump and “Boom!” yell have made the rounds of social media and college sports message boards producing some very creative GIF’s (from The War Eagle Reader).

“One of the most excited I've seen him since I've been here,” Uzomah said. “...After we scored, I saw that fist-pump. That just shows that he has confidence in us and we have confidence in him. When push comes to shove, we'll find a way to win.”

Malzahn’s emotion on the sidelines is in sharp contrast to his off-the-field demeanor, always coming off as professional and straight-to-the-point in interviews like he’s in a hurry to get back to diagramming plays or breaking down a defense.

Perhaps it’s the calm before the storm because Malzahn said being emotional, especially during a game, is a big part of his makeup and something that’s not going to change.

“I am a very emotional coach. That is the way I coach and it is who I am,” Malzahn said. “I was very proud of our team, very proud. It was big what they did.”

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