MOBILE, Ala (WALA) - With a new coach in town – there are high expectations for the Auburn Tigers. Head coach Gus Malzahn worked most of fall camp trying to find the right fit for quarterback. He did – Nick Marshall.
“We named Nick Marshall our starting QB yesterday and really there was a couple of factors that lead to it – it was a close battle but the bottom line it, when Nick knew what to do, he outperformed the others,” said Malzahn.
“I just came in and do what I did and let whatever happens take control of it – it’s a good fit because I’ve been running these types of offenses since I left HS and I did some of that in ju-co too, so I’m well fit for it,” said Marshall
Another important part of the tiger offense – running back Tre Mason – who rushed for more than one thousand yards last season and will be a go-to guy this fall. He’s the project starter but enjoys working with his teammates to get better.
“I love the competition, it’s like a friendly, brother competition we all are looking for each other to do great and do great things and you know we love the competition, it makes each of us work harder everyday … everybody is ready, we’re ready for Aug 31, everybody’s anxious,” said Mason.
UMS Wright HS grad Jay Prosch will also play a large role on offense, particularly in the pass game.
“We’re making incredible progress, at the beginning we were getting back into the plays back into what guys were doing and it’s starting to flow, it’s really starting to flow now so it’s starting to look like an offense and starting to come together so it’s exciting,” said Prosch.
Keeping teams out of the end zone will be a key factor in auburn’s success – especially giving up more than 5 thousand total yards last season to opponents.
“Older guys came back and at least as well prepared if not better, a could of them lost some weight, because we felt like it would help them and it did. I think from a stand point of mental assignments, they’ve been really good,” said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.
Just over a week out – Malzahn and the tigers are focused on one goal – beating Washington State.
“I’m impressed, they’re a team that beat Washington last year, they’ve got the majority of their guys coming back, so we’re expecting a good team coming in here and we’ll have to play well,” said Malzahn.
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