Auburn talks pressure, Duke Williams, Senior Bowl invites
Nov. 24, 2014

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Auburn's hoping Duke Williams will be back catching passes Saturday


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn's biggest takeaway from Auburn's last game was how the defensive line pressured the quarterback.

He's hoping that will carry over against Alabama's Blake Sims on Saturday.

"Making him uncomfortable will definitely be a key to the game," Malzahn said on Auburn's Tiger Talk radio show Monday night.

Sims has added the run option to Alabama's quarterback play. He can throw it, too. Malzahn said Auburn will have to pressure Sims "by mixing things up and pressure. There's nothing better than a good pass rush."

Malzahn said this Alabama offense is different, with Sims and with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

"They've opened things up. They are not as traditional as they once were," he said.


Flip the lineup and you see familiar coaching faces. This will be the fourth time Malzahn's offense has faced Kirby Smart's defense.

"We know each other pretty well," Malzahn said.

"You can't be one dimensional against their defense. We're going to have to try to be balanced."
 
Also...
• The Senior Bowl announced earlier Monday that center Reese Dismukes and defensive lineman Gabe Wright have accepted invitations to play in the January game. At least one more Tiger could join them.

• Auburn is out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday, so, with no time restrictions, Malzahn switched up the Tigers' schedule and practiced Monday.
They usually don't.

"More meeting time, more walk-though time, more practice time," Malzahn said. "As a coach, you just have to be very strategic."

• Nothing has changed on the possibility of receiver Duke Williams returning from a knee injury. He's still day-to-day. 

Malzahn said it would probably be a game-time decision on his availability.

• Like offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on Sunday, Malzahn was looking ahead to Saturday, not back at Auburn's last-second win of 2013.

"I know it'll be talked about all week, but, really, last year is last year," he said.

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

 

 

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