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    Gus Malzahn Says He'll Push The Tigers in Spring

    March 26, 2013

    By Charles Goldberg

    AUBURN -- Auburn is moving to the field for spring practice Wednesday after an offseason with new strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell.  

    He, apparently, put them to the test. 

    "It was new to a lot of them. A lot of them were very uncomfortable, but that's a good thing, and I think we are in a good spot right now as we move forward to spring," coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. "We are going to strain them again, and they will be uncomfortable again during spring, but the goal is when we get out of spring, we get our edge back."  

    Malzahn said it was important to set the tone in the weight room.  

    "We felt like we needed to physically stronger in the weight room, and Coach Russell has assured that me we have," he said. "I really felt like we needed to get mentally tougher, and we worked hard with the 6 a.m. workouts, really strained our guys. We really feel like we have a good foundation going into spring practice."  

    And he plans to test them there, too.  

    "Our standards are going to be extremely high," he said.  

    "We actually have some depth up front on both sides of the football going into spring, so that is going to allow us to be a lot more physical, and it will help us evaluate our guys by being physical," Malzahn said.  

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