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Fall camp ends on good note for Auburn's Gus Malzahn

Aug 20, 2013


Fall camp is done, it's on to a game-week routine for Gus Malzahn and Auburn (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. — It was, officially, the last day of fall football camp, and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn liked what he saw. 

"I told our offense at the end of the practice that it was the best rhythm that we've had since I've been back," Malzahn said after Tuesday's practice. "It looked like we knew what we were doing today, and the timing was very good." 

It was the end of a phase of fall practice. The Tigers will take Wednesday off for the first day of fall classes and return Thursday ready to settle into an early game-week routine as they build toward their Aug. 31 season-opener against Washington State in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

"When I look back on the whole camp, I felt we did improve," Malzahn said. "I felt like we were able to cover all of our situations. I felt like we were able to put our guys into situations to evaluate." 

 Malzahn said he got a bit of jump on the game-week routine by working on Washington State early. 

"We're pretty much all full force into Washington State," he said. "The good thing is we have some extra time to prepare, and I think that's very good with a starting quarterback who didn't go through spring. We need the extra time." 

The starting quarterback is Nick Marshall, who was declared the starter last Saturday. 

"Since we've named him the starter he's been a lot more urgent," Malzahn said. "He's taken more of a lead, and the offensive guys are listening to him. That's very important." 

Who will he throwing to? Everybody would be a good guess. 

"We always look to have two-deep at wide receiver because we run a lot," Malzahn said. "You've got to have two guys at each position you can count on. We're getting closer to that. I think the receivers, as a whole, had one of their better days today. It's just a matter of being consistent."

Video: Here's Gus Malzahn after Tuesday's practice:

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