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Auburn, AL (WIAT)-It’s a new day for Auburn. The Gus Malzahn era has begun.
Saturday’s matchup against Washington State will be the first test for a team that has worked hard to establish a new identity.
“We have had a lot of time to prepare for Washington State so I feel like I am ready and I feel like the team is ready,” said Auburn Linebacker Jake Holland.
Auburn comes into their opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium as the favorite but just how confident is this offense after taking a year off from the Malzahn way of life?
“Coach Malzahn is a very detailed coach and he notices things that most coaches don’t even see,” says offensive lineman Alex Kozan. “He’s been working with us and trying to get this offensive unit to gel all fall and all spring.
Perhaps an even bigger concern is how well Auburn’s defense will match up against Washington State’s air raid offense that ranked 9th in the country last season in passing yards per game.
Jonathon Mincy says “any opportunity that we have as far as going against a team that passes first, that’s just something you just have to take and you have to be willing to go out there and make a play. That is something we definitely know the task at hand and we are going to be ready for it.”
Gus Malzahn says he hopes to release a depth chart sometime Wednesday.
In the meantime, the Tigers will continue to rehearse their game plan and anxiously await the unveiling of their new identity to the Auburn nation.