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Grant shines amid "below average" offensive performance

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AUBURN, Ala. -

While meeting with the media Tuesday afternoon before practice, Gus Malzahn called an audible.

After calling the offense "average at best" after the Tigers' 31-24 win over Washington State Saturday night, Malzahn changed that to "below average" after reviewing film of the game.

"[The mistakes] are correctable, and we have to execute," Malzahn said. "We have to do what we're supposed to do. It takes all 11. That's not easy, but it's not easy to win, either."

Malzahn also described quarterback Nick Marshall's performance as "pretty average." Marshall completed 10 of 19 passes for 99 yards, but did not turn the ball over, something Malzahn said "can't go overlooked."

One decidedly bright spot Saturday night was the play of former Opelika Bulldog Corey Grant, who ran for a team-high 146 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish.

"Corey has real speed," Malzahn said. "I think that is evident. He's very strong. He can break a tackle, too. He's really impressed me. I was here before and I knew what he could do, but he wasn't eligible that year and I saw him on the scout team. He has a chance to really help us."

After graduating from Opelika, Grant spent one year at Alabama, then transferred to Auburn, spending the next season as a walk-on until he became eligible. He got just nine carries in 2012 for 29 yards.

"That was a good feeling," Grant said, of his performance Saturday night. Coming out of high school with the expectations, it was a good feeling to actually come out and play, and to have a good night and show everybody what I can actually do."

Auburn will host Arkansas State Saturday night at 7:30 p.m./6:30 p.m. CT.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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