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Auburn's Gus Malzahn following script on offense
Nov. 3, 2014

Gus Malzahn has the script for another run at the SEC title

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn just wants his offense to follow the script, at least in the first half of games.

The Auburn coach says he goes into games with a "scripted plan" so he can "gather information" to see how things will play out. He said his goal is try "to get ourselves off to a good start and help call plays for the rest of the first half."


"Then you go in at halftime and make adjustments and see how they're playing what, and you get a completely different plan."


"It's a little bit of all of the above," Malzahn said on Auburn's Tiger Talk radio show Monday night.

Whatever it is, it's working. Auburn leads the SEC in rushing, and is third in total offense and scoring.

Malzahn also had to deal with...

• An old video that had gone viral showing him breakdancing. He said it was shot at Six Flags over Texas way back when, when "My girls, family said, 'Hey, do this!'"

He did.

He said he used to show it to his senior football players when he was a high school coach.   

• Malzahn took some of the early minutes of Tiger Talk wishing the best for injured Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell, who suffered a fractured leg and ankle on Kris Frost's game-saving tackle in the last 1 1½ minutes of last Saturday's 35-31 win.

• On quarterback Nick Marshall playing with one glove or two (he chose two at Ole Miss).

"Bottom line, it's what he's comfortable with. From my standpoint, as long as the guy is comfortable and he performs well, if he wants to play three gloves, that's fine with me." 

• On playing Texas A&M: "The teams that are special don't care who they're playing the next week. I think this team has the same characteristics."

• He said freshman running back Roc Thomas hurt an ankle at Ole Miss where he was limited to three carries "but he practiced last night. He got a little banged up, nicked up, but we think he has a good chance to play" against Texas A&M in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. game in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

• His No. 1 running back, Cameron Artis-Payne, played on. 

"He's a physically and mentally tough young man. He was banged up in the fourth quarter, and I asked him if he was OK. 'Do we need to put somebody in?' He said 'no way. I want to finish this thing.'"

And he did.

• On the 12 penalties against Ole Miss.

"I told our team that were going to get better at that. That's one thing that is unacceptable. We hurt ourselves too many times."

• More on Nick Marshall: "When the game is on the line and the pressure is the highest, he plays his best. Once again, he played a great game the other night. He's one of the better quarterbacks in the country, and one of the better players in the entire country, too."

• On basketball coach Bruce Pearl's impersonation of him at Pearl Jam last week, when he came out dressed as the football coach, complete with his mannerisms.

"It was pretty impressive. That's a hard guy to top right there," Malzahn said.

• Malzahn said Melvin Ray, Brandon Fulse, Ben Bradley are important under-the-radar contributors on his football team

• Malzahn on Jermaine Whitehead, who has played special teams the last two weeks: "He's done a good job working his way back." He has returned from a suspension.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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