Gus Malzahn is ready for his third fall as Auburn's head coach
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Attention veterans, and maybe you freshmen, too.
Auburn will begin fall football practice Aug. 4 — one week from today — trying to live up the considerable preseason hype that has the Tigers going as far as winning the Southeastern Conference championship and making the playoffs for a shot at the national title.
Players will officially report next Monday, though they've been here all summer, and will begin practice the next day. Auburn's first day in pads will be Aug. 8 as the Tigers move toward their season-opener against Louisville on Sept. 5 in Atlanta.
New starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson, a junior, will be asked to settle into a role as a team leader. He knows Gus Malzahn's system better than most.
He's the first college quarterback Malzahn has had for three seasons.
New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be closer to coaching his first Auburn season since 2007. He'll be looking for depth from newcomers, especially in the secondary, if not across the board.
Malzahn says all the newcomers, defense and offense, will have a chance to impress early.
"We've had a history of freshman players coming in, and not just playing, but being impact players," Malzahn said at ESPN last week. "Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, Alex Kozan, were all freshman All-Americans, which is very rare. We're a program that believes that if they're ready physically, we can get them ready mentally. We've had great success with that."
Lots of established Auburn players are on preseason watch lists for national awards. Their story is here.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine
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