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13 seconds still stick in Auburn's mind

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 Auburn realizes how close they were to a national championship last year. It’s a motto that leads them this offseason.

“We were 13 seconds away,” said Auburn Tight End CJ Uzomah.

“Falling 13 seconds short,” said Auburn Center Reese Dismukes.

“We came 13 seconds away from winning the national championship,” said head coach Gus Malzahn.

That is the number that continues to motivate Auburn. It is the basis for their motto: tough and together. They know what 13 seconds meant last season.

 “You weren't able to complete the ultimate task and goal that is at the end of the tunnel,” Dismukes said.

And they are not just using it as fuel on the football field it is a part of the players’ lives.

We are going to be 13 seconds better at everything that we do. Coach Malzahn pulled us together and said we are going to brush our teeth 13 seconds better. We are going to sleep 13 seconds longer. Do whatever it takes to win each game,” said Uzomah.

Coach Gus Malzahn says last year was full of great memories and moments. But, the 13 seconds still left Auburn with a sour taste in their mouth.

That was a tough pill to swallow. Our players and our coach, we are extremely motivated. That has definitely helped us. I'm really looking forward to this year,” said Malzahn.

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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