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Gus Malzahn finding depth in Auburn's offensive line
Oct. 29, 2014

Auburn offensive lineman Patrick Miller is close to lining up again

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn offensive lineman Patrick Miller is coming around from an ankle injury, and even though he may not start against Ole Miss on Saturday, he could be valuable in reserve.

"The good thing is that we're getting a little healthier, and that means we have more depth," said coach Gus Malzahn after Wednesday's practiced. "He's started games, and we have a lot of confidence in him. We know he can play at any time. And, matter of fact, if he needs to start, we feel like he could start. We feel really good about it."

Devonte Danzey has started the last three games after Miller was hurt in Auburn's win over Louisiana Tech in the fourth game of the year. Danzey has started the last three games, and, the last time out, Auburn rushed for a season-best 395 yards.

"The good thing is that we got the win last week, and then Pat is getting healthier. You're always thinking about depth this time of year, too," Malzahn said.

He said Miller hasn't lost his job because of the injury. "He still could play this week. He's handled everything well, and he's a big part of what he's doing."

Malzahn said Danzey has improved. "He had a good fall camp. He's played quite a bit this year, and I think he's got better when he's been in there."

Malzahn talked about Ole Miss, and Auburn's No. 3 ranking in the College Footall Playoffs' first offering, earlier Wednesday during the SEC teleconference.

Malzahn also said after practice...

• "We've had a solid two days of practice. I thought our focus was good. I thought our guys are getting in that mode this time of year about getting in a rhythm and a routine. It's a good routine."

• Ole Miss has one of the best defenses in the SEC. Auburn likes explosive plays.

"They don't give up a bunch, and we're at our best when we get some explosive plays. Against a very good defense, you're going to have to have explosive plays to be successful. That'll be a big key, too."

• Getting off to a fast start in its third road game would be important, especially since the Tigers started slowly at Kansas State and even slower against Mississippi State.

"We've got to do a better job of getting out of the gate with a little more success. We’re working hard on that. It’s a little bit later in the year, so hopefully we’ll respond in a better way than we did in the first two road games."

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