It’s a new day for Auburn football, and this year – with a lot of momentum heading into the 2014 season. The Tigers are coming off arguably the most historic season in school history – a trip to the BCS National Championship game, an SEC Championship, and some miracle wins – including the Iron Bowl.
However, head coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers will have quite the task trying to replicate the 2013-14 season. The team lost running back, Tre Mason to the NFL Draft; standout offensive tackle, Greg Robinson; as well as defensive end, Dee Ford – some of the best from the past season.
Malzahn spoke Tuesday about the start of spring practice:
“First of all, our players and coaches are extremely excited to start spring ball tomorrow. We will practice Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — a little different than last year – but it will allow us to better coach and spend more time in the film room,” said Malzahn.
“Our goals for our spring: One: improve our base offense and defense with fundamentals. Focus on what we want to be good at, really our foundation offense and defense. Second: keep our edge. This time last year we were talking about getting it back. We felt like we got that mental and physical toughness that Auburn is known for. Look for a very physical spring, just like we did last spring. Third: play faster, both offensively and defensively, and be able to communicate. The last goal is to acquire and develop quality depth at every position. We know a little more about our team now than we did last year,” said Malzahn.