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Gus Malzahn Looking for Leadership After Tough Practice
Gus Malzahn: Message sent (Todd Van Emst)

April 10, 2013

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN — Coach Gus Malzahn sent a message to his Auburn players after a sluggish spring practice Wednesday. Bull's-eye. The message found its mark.

"We've got to pick the tempo up," said safety Trent Fisher. "We've got to get after it on Friday."

Malzahn will be watching how his players respond from Wednesday's effort.

"That’s when you find out about leadership," he said. 

"You always start with your seniors from a coaching standpoint. It’s good to go through some of these ups and downs and tough days. As a coach, you see how your guys respond. So I’m looking forward to that."

Overall, Fisher said, "I think we're making some progress. I feel like we've got most of our stuff installed, we've just got to polish it up."

Wednesday, Malzahn said, the players didn't.

"This was probably the first time that I wasn’t pleased overall with attitude, effort, our approach to practice. And I told the guys afterwards, we’ve got to do better," he said.

Auburn returned to practice after a three-day break, a time in which the coaches used for a spring halftime analysis.

•Auburn ran team drills, but there was no tackling Wednesday.

•Running back Tre Mason was on the field, but didn't participate as he nurses an injury.

“Nothing serious," Malzahn said. "At the same time, a little banged up, there’s no doubt. We just want to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy before we put him back in there. At the same time, he’s a little bit ahead of the others as far as knowing the offense, so it’s probably not a bad thing that the guys are getting the majority of the reps right now."

•Robenson Therezie is working some at the "star," or new hybrid safety position.

"He’s a very good athlete. We're just trying to find ways to get our athletes on the field," Malzahn said.

•Malzahn said quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace had their moments in Saturday' scrimmage.

"When everybody was doing what they should around them, I thought they did a very solid job," he said. "The big thing for us is protecting the football, and doing the little things right. It’s going to be easier to evaluate our quarterbacks the second part of this spring, because we should have more people executing around them, so we can properly evaluate them."

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