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Gus Malzahn looking for more consistency in passing game
Oct. 15, 2014

Nick Marshall looks for the throw in Auburn's passing game

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  It's been a good bye week for Auburn, says Gus Malzahn, who's had time to have his Tigers go back to basics, and that includes a dash of the passing game.
"I think at times we've really been clicking. Of course, at other times, you can tell we've been a little bit off. It's just a matter of being more consistent," Malzahn said after Wednesday's practice. "I know this week has been really good for us. We really went back to just the basics of our base pass scheme, the timing of everything, different looks.
"You can really slow down and you're not trying to scheme up an opponent or predict how they're going to play you. You can just kind of worry about the timing of your base passing game. I know that's really helped us the last two days and we're really hoping that will pay off on the consistency part in the second half."
Auburn has been remarkably balanced this season, passing for 1,355 yards and 13 touchdowns; and rushing for 1,572 yards and 13 touchdowns. Malzahn talked of that balance before the season began, and now the 5-1 Tigers are exactly halfway through the regular season with that balance.

"We're different than we were last year. Personnel, we lost some guys. We added some guys. So we're working to be efficient in both areas," Malzahn said.
Overall, Malzahn said, "we've had two good practices. They were intense. Our guys were really engaged, really focused on fundamentals. It's been a lot more individual than you would in the middle of a game week, which has been really good. We've really slowed things down. We've worked some special teams, did the same thing  a lot of individual technique, a lot of competition. We were able to film it and really evaluate it."
Malzahn also said…
• Compliments came freely toward punter/field goal guy/kickoff man Daniel Carlson.
"I think overall, he's done an excellent job. We're asking a lot of him. He's made some big kicks in all three phases. Kickoff, he kicks most of them in the end zone. And as far as making a big kick, he made a big kick (last week). We put the pressure on him in the fourth quarter, when it was fourth down-and-2 and we're trying to get within two scores. We put all the pressure on him and he responded like a champ."
Carlson has hit 10-of-13 field goal tries, is averaging 42.3 yards per punt and 27 of his 38 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.
• Don't look for any surprises coming out of the bye week.

"I wouldn't say anything major, but there are some things we are going to look at moving forward about all three phases."

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