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    Learning Mode: Auburn's Young Players Picking Up Offense

    April 1, 2013

    By Charles Goldberg

    AUBURN — There are some offensive players who knew Gus Malzahn during his first go-around with Auburn. Not everybody, though. 

    Those guys were learning on the go during Monday's spring practice. 

    "The young guys, especially guys who have not been in this offense before, it takes awhile," Malzahn said. "I think those young guys are still in the mode of worrying about where to line up and what to do. It's not quite natural yet. We're really counting on practice six or seven for the light to click on and actually play football." 

    Malzahn said Monday's practice followed the same path as Saturday's workout in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

    "I told our guys that we should improve more today than any time throughout the spring," Malzahn said. 

    Malzahn said he liked the off-the-field work by his players. 

    "Our quarterbacks are spending extra time, and that's to be expected," he said. "Overall, I think the seniors are the group that is really trying to lead this team, and that's very encouraging to me. We've had quite a few meetings with our seniors. They're gradually taking charge of this team." 

    The practice featured the offense squaring off against the defense for situational work over the final 20 minutes. 

    Before that, Malzahn reviewed Saturday's practice. 

    "Pretty much offensive and defensively what we thought. The great thing is we've got a lot of room for improvement," he said. "We felt like our guys were trying to do what we asked, it's just a matter of fighting through fatigue and being more disciplined in their assignments." 

    Malzahn said he was "mixing and matching and moving some guys around" in the offensive line.



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