Right about 6:00 p.m. CT Saturday night, it will truly, finally be "A New Day" at Auburn University.
The marketing campaign dually centered around Gus Malzahn coming to campus and moving on from an ugly 2012 has been impossible to miss on campus since early December, and it's all been leading to this day.
"Just in practice, I see the enthusiasm," said senior linebacker Jake Holland. "Everybody is ready to not only put [last year] behind us, but get better now and move forward for the future."
With Malzahn making his coaching debut the same time as Nick Marshall, it marks the first time in decades the Tigers will start a season with a new coach and a new quarterback. Malzahn admitted to being unsure of what Marshall will do, and has said he will do what he can to protect the signal caller.
Starting a quarterback that did not go through spring is another example of a Tiger coming a long way in a short time, something of which Malzahn has seen a lot.
"I think back to when I first got hired and I see where we're at now, I'm very proud of the guys buying in," Malzahn said. "The stuff they did in the spring, fall camp, really has improved all the way around, and I'm really looking forward to personally watching our guys play."
Malzahn also stopped short of ruling anyone other than senior defensive end Dee Ford "out" for Saturday's game against Washington State. Ford suffered a knee injury during the Tigers' first scrimmage.