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Auburn Players Excited About Up-Tempo Offense

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AUBURN, AL -- Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn's fast-paced offense will force both sides of the ball to practice faster.

That's something that the players said they'll have to get used to, but they like it.

"It was a lot of fun, just to get back out there," defensive back Robenson Therezie said of the team's first spring practice Wednesday.  "The smell of the grass, the look of the weather, it's spring football."

Not to get too poetic, but Auburn practice could also be descirbed with words such as, up-tempo, fast, and no-huddle.

"Last year we're just learning, trying base offense, base defense.   Slow offense, slow defense," defensive back Demetruce McNeal said.  "Now, it's just hit the ground running.   Get out there, get the play call in.   Hurry up, get set.   That's how Malzahn he works. That's all he knows."

The caffinated offense that Malzahn installs will also make the defense better.

"We got that a lot last year," McNeal said.  "We were so used to it in practice, the slow tempo.   Even when Georgia, who even huddles up, they even tempo'ed us.  

"We weren't ready for it last year.  Now we'll be ready for anything this year."

That new team identity has trickled down from the new coaching staff all the way to the players.   Afterall, last year's (3-9) record left a scar and that's something nobody wants to repeat.

"We try to keep what happened last year to last year," wide receiver Quan Bray said.  "We make that the motivation to always grind harder than what we did last year."

Auburn will keep working on it's new offense with 13 more practices, including three scrimmages, all leading up to the annual spring game, A-Day on April 20th.

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