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ESPN's Dari Nowkhah thinks Auburn has a chance in 2013

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We are now less than 50 days away from the start of the college football season.

Alabama's 13 Sports recently had the chance to talk to ESPN anchor Dari Nowkhah about the upcoming season down on the plains.

Last season was disappointing to say the least for Auburn players and its fans. No one could have predicted this fast of a downfall just two years removed from a BCS National Championship. Now it's a new day at Auburn, and the Tiger faithful have put that season behind them and jumped on the Gus-Bus.

The biggest question mark in year one under Gus Malzahn is who will be the Tigers quarterback?

Both Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace have experience, but how much does experience matter after last season's poor quarterback play?   Perhaps junior college transfer Nick Marshall or incoming freshman or Jeremy Johnson will push for the starting job once camp starts.

One thing Auburn fans remember from Gus Malzahn's stint as offensive coordinator is his ability to work with quarterbacks. Former Auburn quarterback Chris Todd didn't look anything like an SEC quarterback in 2008, but one year under Malzahn and Todd was transformed. Cam Newton was a very raw talent when he came to Auburn, but under the direction of Malzahn, Newton won the Heisman.

Malzahn's ability to work with quarterbacks along with his up-tempo offensive schemes leads ESPN's Dari Nowkhah to think Auburn has a chance.

"I think because of the drastic offensive changes, I would expect him to bring. I know that he was there before, but I think if he can find a solid play at quarterback, Auburn has a chance", Nowkhah said.

Auburn's quarterback play will remain in question until the season starts. The Tigers kick off the season versus Washington State.    

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