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Hard-Nosed Physical Football, “That’s who we are going to be”

By on April 14th, 2013 in Football 3 Comments »

In his post scrimmage remarks Saturday, Head Coach Gus Malzahn said hard-nose football is what he expects from his team.“That’s who Auburn is. We have been very physical up front and that’s been by design. I’m sure our guys’ bodies are probably talking to them, but we have to get our hard-nosed edge back. That’s where it starts. (And) That’s who we are going to be.”



  1. mvhcpa says:

    Heck, Yeah! Even Ted Roof commented at an Auburn Club meeting that his Tech team HATED the thought of playing Auburn, on BOTH sides of the ball. I remember when real hard-nosed-ness (is that a word), not just bad-a__ attitude, was what AU gave you week in and week out. AU might not have won every game, but you freaking knew you played them.

    However, hard-nosed is more than just physical, and the physical part is MUCH more than just launching yourself at the opponent. The “I CAN” attitude comes first, the “I WILL” discipline directs the attitude, and the “I DO” practice executes the discipline. It seems over the last two years we were lacking in a true hard-nosed attitude, had no discipline to make it the right attitude, and totally failed to bring out any execution. Eventually, the physicality seemed to drain away completely.

    An interesting apparent oxymoron (at first glance) in Gus’ statement is that the HUNH/spread sounds (at first glance) like it would be all speed and technique. However, I remember watching the AU O-line just FLATTEN the spread-out D-lines in 2010, and those wide-outs just PLANT opposing D-backs in the ground! Of course, what is harder-nosed on D than a big “No. 90” in a quarterback’s or running back’s (or both at the same time) grill in the opponent’s offensive backfield!

    I hope this isn’t just a bunch of talk, like we got from the previous administration–the practices seem to be going right, according to the excellent reportage here at TET, so LET’S GET READY TO RU-U-U-U-U-U-UMBLE-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E!

    Michael Val
    (who wishes he could get a hard-nosed attitude going for himself these days!)

  2. restless6 says:

    I like this guy! Gus is the man!

    He’s built a helluva staff, and the future is bright. After spending a week in Tuscalooser, I’m happy to read stories like this.

  3. mikeautiger says:

    Gus is the man! He is installing lets get it done, lets do it right and lets do it now. Notice the antsy guy next to him bobing back and forth in the video, soon as Gus finishes he hopes up to him removes his mic – he has everyone running at his speed and perfection!