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Malzahn leads first spring practice at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Auburn fans have rallied behind the "Gus Bus," and, Wednesday morning, Coach Malzahn led their first spring practice.

Gus Malzahn made sure the first Auburn spring practice of his era as coach was reflective of his style: fast.

"The main thing is, we just have to learn how to practice at the pace, intensity, and tempo both offensively and defensively," Malzahn said. "The x's and o's will come. Our main focus right now is learning how to practice and being able to process things by practicing fast."

The Tigers are having to get used to a faster pace in practice. They say it is a change from last year.

 "Oh it was a lot different," said running back Corey Grant. "The speed today was a lot different than last year. Even today, that is not where we want to be. We've got a ways to go."

 "Very fast actually," said wide receiver Quan Bray. "First day, we have our little mishaps here and there. Hopefully, we'll come out Thursday and it will be much better."

But, Malzahn is trying to bring more than just speed to Auburn.

Since his first day on the job, Coach Malzahn said he wants to get Auburn back to hard-nosed football and it shows in practice.

Players say they didn't want practice to end because they were having so much fun. The running backs were even joking about the old Looney Tunes movie Space Jam.

And if they want to keep having fun, they won't even mention last season.

"When we are in meetings and things like that, they don't even want us to talk about last year," said defensive back Demetruce McNeal. "They get mad if we talk about last year. They see things you did on film last year and are like, that is last year, that is in the past. Let's move forward."

"Like I said, our expectations are high," Malzahn said. "We didn't play fast enough today, not even close. But, we'll get there."

The Gus Malzahn era has arrived.

The Tigers will practice four days a week leading up to the A-day game on April 20th.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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