Malzhan Serves Notice
Notice was served to Auburn’s front seven!
War Eagle, everybody! It’s the morning after, and it’s one of the greatest Auburn days in some time. Gus Malzhan took over a recruiting effort that had rats jumping off the ship in all directions, and took Auburn to a number 11 in the nation finish by most accounts.
A high profile pair of defensive linemen flipped at the end, Montravius Adams and Elijah Daniel, giving Auburn one of the best line classes this season. Notice was served to the existing guys who’ve been pushed around for the past two season: produce, or get out of the way for the talented youngsters.
The Tigers also loaded up at running back, securing four highly regarded guys to complement returning offensive MVP Tre Mason. With the signing early of JUCO offensive lineman Devonte Danzy, Auburn has made a serious move towards being the strong team up front that they once were.
This class of players represents a strong mix of linemen, and playmaking skill players, and a definite bent towards winning right away. There was not a strong emphasis on the secondary, as Auburn is probably as deep there as any team in the conference.
The real concerns remain linebacker, and quarterback. At quarterback, coach Malzhan will have a choice of about five scholarship guys. At linebacker, Auburn signed Kenny Flowers, Cameron Toney, and Brandon King. Flowers is a tough JUCO guy who could play right away, as could either of the other two if they can make the transition to SEC ball.
Once again, Auburn will have a wide-open quarterback race in the spring. This will be the sixth season in a row for that sort of uncertainty. For the sake of the team, and us cardiac fans, I certainly hope that someone separates themselves quickly this year!
There’s a lot of development that needs to happen in the next six months, but no aspect is as important to the success of the Malzhan offense as the quarterback position. The guy selected must be able to master the complex ball movement requirements, as well as making accurate throws to the outside when defenses try to pack it inside to stop the run.
How good Auburn is at quarterback will determine if Auburn is able to move back on the winning side of the ledger this fall.
War Eagle , and congrats to the new staff on this class! Exciting times are ahead for Auburn football! We await spring drills with great anticipation!