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    Auburn Report: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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    Head Coach Gus Malzahn

    "Everything that happened last year is behind us. I feel good about where we're at going into the spring. Our whole goal is to get our edge back, back to playing good hard-nosed Auburn football. It's getting back to what Auburn is all about, and that's on the field and off the field, the community. It's everything."

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    Jr. DB Jermaine Whitehead

    "I think the game is starting to make a whole lot more sense after the move to safety. I've got a year under my belt, I'm feeling better, feeling more comfortable every day. It's a new day and things are starting to turn around for me."

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    Sr. FS Demetruce McNeal

    "So for my senior year, I'm trying to get us back towards that -- more physicality, moving faster, getting more turnovers and takeaways. That's really what this year's going to be about -- motivation and just ending better. It's been a process, though. Just like installing a new offense and defense, changing the attitude and culture can't be done overnight."

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    Sophomore LB Kris Frost

    "Being a student of the game is really being willing to learn - being open to different things, and being willing to sit down and be coachable, listen and work to get yourself better."

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    Junior WR Quan Bray

    "It's hectic at first. You're just a little tired here and there, but once you catch your second wind it feels pretty good. But you still get tired because that tempo, they always want us going fast in whatever we just did. We need to be faster."
     
     
     
     

     
     
    Wednesday, March 27

    The first spring practice of 2013 is in the books for the Auburn Tigers. Working out two hours on a crisp spring morning Wednesday at the Auburn Athletics Practice Fields, the Tigers went through a number of non-contact drills in shorts for their first team practice of the Coach Gus Malzahn era.
     
    "First of all, it's great to be back on the practice field with our team and our new coaches out there," said Malzahn after practice. "A lot of excitement, a lot of flying around -- I told our team at the very end the main thing is we just have to learn how to practice at the pace, the intensity, the tempo both offensively and defensively.
     


     
    "The Xs and Os will come, but our main focus now is to learn how to practice and being able to process things by practicing fast.
     
    "It's about learning how to line up correctly, learning how to process information, having great body language and hustling - it's all of that. We will get better each day at that. When it's an individual drill, we're going to slow down, but when we're in a team setting, we're going to be flying around."
     
    Auburn returns to the practice field Friday morning for its second of 14 practices before A-Day on Saturday, April 20. A-Day will kick off at 1 p.m. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium. View complete information for all the events surrounding A-Day and purchase tickets at AuburnTigers.com/Aday.
     

    Defense Faster on Day 1

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    Coaches Wasting No Time

    Kiehl Frazier, Johnathan Wallace and Gus Malzahn didn't waste time setting the tone at Auburn's first spring practice on a chilly Wednesday morning. The quarterbacks took turns racing to the ball, clicking off snaps in quick order...

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