Auburn's Gus Malzahn making the rounds at SEC Media Days
By Charles Goldberg
HOOVER, Ala. ― Auburn's Gus Malzahn says he's pleased with what he's hearing about summer workouts.
"The seniors have really stepped us. That's always our formula for success," Malzahn said Monday before taking center stage at SEC Media Days.
"I think we have some very good leaders on this team."
Malzahn presented a positive tone speaking to the media that regularly covers Auburn, saying "we should have all hands on deck" for the start of fall practice. That's after the departure of five defensive backs in the early part of the year. But everybody else is on board. Malzahn said that could include defensive back T.J. Davis, who is coming back from a knee injury. Malzahn said a Davis return by week three or four "would be a blessing."
Other quick notes:
• Malzahn said he likes the mix of experienced players and "talented young guys."
• He said quarterback Jeremy Johnson "is in a good spot."
"His teammates believe in him."
• He said offensive lineman Alex Kozan, who missed last season with a back injury, has been "cleared 100 percent" to play.
• Malzahn said his offense "probably has more quality depth than any time since I've been at Auburn."
• The running back race remains open between Roc Thomas, Peyton Barber and Jovon Robinson.
"We have confidence in in all three of them," Malzahn said. "In our system, we're going to have a 1,000-yard rusher just about every year."
• On opening against Louisville in Atlanta:
"We like playing in the Dome."
• On recent tougher domestic violence guidelines adopted by the SEC:
"Zero tolerance" is Auburn's policy, said Malzahn.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine