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Pat Sullivan Impressed with Gus Malzahn, Auburn Practice
Pat Sullivan watches practice

April 17, 2013

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN — Pat Sullivan, a member of a very select committee charged with hiring Auburn's football coach in December, dropped in Wednesday to see how the man the committee selected was doing.

Auburn's first Heisman Trophy winner was happy to endorse Gus Malzahn again.

"Being involved with selecting the new coach, it was very exciting to see what he's doing," Sullivan said. "All the coaches, and everything they did, were very impressive."

Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy in 1971 as Auburn's hot-shot quarterback. Fans haven't forgotten, and his perspective now is that of a former player, former Auburn assistant and current head coach at Samford.

"It was good to see how the coaches coached at their individual positions, the tempo and how the kids reacted, and the enthusiasm and discipline," Sullivan said. "It was a good atmosphere."

Malzahn said he was happy that the Heisman winner watched the practice.

"That's a pretty big deal. I'm a big fan of his," Malzahn said. "Any time you can get a guy come back and watch practice and be around, it's not only big for me, it was big for our coaches and players. He's a true class individual."

Sullivan said he's heard good things about the search that found Malzahn.

"People seem very appreciative of the committee," Sullivan said. "I was very honored."

Sullivan is the second Auburn Heisman winner to visit practice this spring. Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman winner and current Auburn student, has visited spring practice, too.

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