Spring Practice 2013 – Making Better Auburn Football Players

By Posted on: March 27th, 2013 in Football 8 Comments »
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“We are going to be very physical during spring practice. We are going to be getting after it with the basic fundamentals of football. We are going to stress discipline on the field,” Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn.

Speaking at his first spring press conference on Tuesday, the coach added, “I told our players today we have to get our edge back (to get) physically and mentally tougher.”

That has to be good news to the ears of the Auburn faithful. If there was anything that was apparent during Auburn’s disastrous 2012 season it was a lack of discipline, toughness, and basic football fundamentals.

Today begins the rebirth of a once proud football program. The Tigers start spring practice at 8 a.m. this morning. Work begins in earnest to remove the frustration of the worst football season in over 50 years and restore the Tigers to being a championship contender.

All the coaches seem to be not only excited but confident about the opportunity. Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee said yesterday, “Coaching is taking a kid to a place maybe he couldn’t go on his own. Bottom line, as we go into spring ball … you have to develop them and get them as good as they can possibly be.”

Ah, player development. Could that be the key component to returning to winning football? It’s certainly right up there with discipline, toughness, and sound football fundamentals. And it has certainly been lacking the last couple of years.

More on making better players along with a video of Coach Malzahn’s press conference after the jump:



Truth is, work on shaping players to be  tougher both physically and mentally has already began in the weight room. That’s why Coach Malzahn delayed the start of spring camp so that Strength Coach Ryan Russell could get the players in condition.

And they will need to be in condition to be prepared for the fast and physical camp promised by Malzahn. Daily practices will start at 8 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. Saturdays.

In addition, he has made it clear that “all” positions will have to be earned. No one comes to camp as a starter or as a key backup; which means players will be pushing each other for a starting roll.

If he can deliver on his goals of discipline, toughness, sound football, and player development – the Tigers may be back sooner than many expect.

As Lashlee said, “That’s why they call us ‘Coach.’ We got to, obviously, install the system … but (first) we’ve got to make them better football players.”

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Video of Coach Malzahn spring press conference:

                                

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  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Music to my ears. Everyone needs to be hungry!!

  2. AUwaterboy says:

    I really like what Malzahn has been saying and I’m looking forward to what these coaches can do with producing good football players.
    But does Acid or anyone else have an opinion on which players coming this summer might be able to be in the lineup at least after the first 2-3 games?

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I’ll do some guessing after a bit, but with a new staff, it’s hard to say. Every year there are folks who come out of nowhere, and some we were expecting to shine that don’t. Honestly, after three years of highly ranked recruiting classes, you’d hope that the team wouldn’t need to start any true freshmen. My guess is that an incoming receiver or running back has the best shot at contributing early.

      …..We seem to have talent and depth on both lines of scrimmage, before the freshmen report. Same for the secondary.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      I agree with Acid, no way of knowing till the coaches get to work with them. However, I think juco players Nick Marshall (QB) and Cameron Artis Payne (RB) will be two guys that will get on the field fairly quick.

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    I am loving the energy of Malzahn but he will have to start getting more words to describe what he is doing as the season wears on. I want to see the “edge” on a “new day” but those buzz words are getting tiresome. I don’t want a repeat of the school of Chiz coach speak.
    Maybe it’s because of repetition of his discipline is the key to winning but I’m gonna have to have more……;)

    Otherwise, the hurry up tempo is included in EVERYTHING he does!! I think I’ll buy stock in whatever coffee he drinks all day

  4. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    After watching the video of the press conference one thing just lept out at me. When talking about the off season conditioning program Gus said the players had bought in to the schedule, then he added that they “Did not have a choice” to participate. Music to my ears, run the program, coach em up, and direct their activities toward the goal. That is what good coaches do. Waaahoooo, discipline, dedication to improve etc.

    After watching the presser I am having a hard time throttling my expectations about next season.

    Calm now, step back, breathe deeply…..not working….someone help me.

  5. mark jones says:

    I fill that AUBURN WILL BE OK THIS YEAR BUT IM GONNA TELL AUBURN FANS THAT KHARI MOOKIE HARDING IS THE REAL DEAL A LEGIT 6’2 1/2 215 FS/LB MOST UNDERATED OF THE WHOLE CLASS SEEN THIS KID IN PERSON WONT DISSAPOINT WOULD HAV BEEN A 5 STAR IF HE WASNT IN THE MIDWEST HE IS THE REAL DEAL HC MALZ AND COACH CHEESE AND DC ELLIS J LOVE THIS KID