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COACHSPEAK is a regular feature after each practice. Today, it features comments from head coach Gus Malzahn.
On Monday's practice
"The practice setup was very similar to Saturday with the exception we did not tackle at the end. We did go against offense and defense for about 20-25 minutes with some situational work."
On reviewing Saturday's full-contact work in pads
"It was pretty much what we thought. We were going at a very fast pace and there were some mistakes. It was pretty much, offensively and defensively, what we thought. The great thing is we have a lot of room for improvement, and we felt like our guys were trying to do what we asked. It was just a matter of fighting through fatigue and trying to be more disciplined with our assignments."
On whether he saw improvement in Monday's practice
"I believe so. Just big picturing it, it looked like we improved. I told our guys we should improve more today than any time throughout the spring. It was a similar practice setup and guys should what to expect."
On progress on the offensive line
"It takes a little time with the offensive line working together. We’re mixing and matching. That’s natural. It does take time with the guys up front. They are learning Coach (J.B.) Grimes and his expectations.
On the wide receivers
"The young guys, obviously, especially guys that haven’t been in this offense before, it takes a while. A lot of times it’s alignment and assignment. Once you get that down, you can actually play football. I think those young guys are still in the mode of learning where to line up and what to do. It’s not natural yet. We are counting on Practice 6 or 7 for the light to click on."
On development of WR Melvin Ray
"He’s a big, athletic guy. He is one of those guys in that same mode. I think if you ask him he’d say he’s thinking about where to line up and his assignment instead of just playing football. At times, he’s made some plays."
On OG Jordan Diamond
"He has a lot of ability. He’s a big guy and he’s athletic. He has a long way to go as far as the execution and the steps, but it seems like he catches on pretty quickly and seems like he’s eager to learn."
On developing leadership
"Our quarterbacks are definitely spending some extra time. That’s to be expected. Overall, I think our seniors are the group that is really trying to lead this team. That is encouraging to me. They want it to be a new day."
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn 4-1-13
This post was edited by PhillipMarshall 12 months ago
Coach Gus is not effusive with praise. I like that he is so demanding. Our players are learning a new system and communication signals. Expectations seem appropriate. After last year all I expect is... well really we have the talent for a successful season and nice bowl game.
H: Having A: Anger T: Towards E: Everyone R: Reaching S: Success
Yeah, the days of every practice being a great one are clearly over.
I like what I hear. Thanks Phillip.
Once these young men learn the "expectations" of the coaches, and that the" coaching will not change, the players will have to.", they are bound to get it if they want to play and do well.
So proud of Shon Coleman and wishing him the best on his efforts. He was a stud at one point, and he can be again with time and effort. He can't do much about the time but I'm sure he putting in the effort.
And I'm also pruoud of all the players back from last year , and the ones with dissapointing injuries. This is the chance that was stolen from you last year guys. Here's your chance to show what you knew you could do coming in. Not many second chances in life, make the best of every one that comes your way.
Here's to all of you! War Eagle and play like there's no tomorrow!
It's great to see that we have a head coach who seems to understand leadership. No blanket praise for the men because they show up and work hard. Not this coach. He expects them to work hard and perform. Give them time to learn, but tell them straight we expect more every day. Can't wait to see them grow into a solid football team. Keep up the great work coach!! And thanks for the updates PM.
Thanks Phillip. How refreshing to hear a coach really respond to questions and give real answers rather than the standard, non-commital generic response...... It IS a new day and I am so looking forward to all of the new days to come! WDE
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