With experienced Marshall, expect Auburn to jump to ludicrous speed

Expect Auburn's offense to be even faster next year, thanks to the return of QB Nick Marshall. AP photo

Expect Auburn's offense to be even faster next year, thanks to the return of QB Nick Marshall. AP photo

Auburn’s offense might jump right past light speed this year.

Yeah, that’s too slow.

Think ludicrous speed from the movie “Spaceballs.”

Here’s the scene (in words):

Dark Helmet: No. No. No. Light speed is too slow!

Colonel Sandurz: Light speed is too slow?

Dark Helmet: Yes, we’re going to have to go right to … ludicrous speed!”

Crewmen gasp.

Colonel Sandurz: Ludicrous speed? Sir, we’ve never gone that fast before.

Auburn might be so fast this year that Gus Malzahn’s brain will go right to his feet.

Malzahn has an entire offseason, an offense flush from its 2013 success and an experienced QB in Nick Marshall, who improved as last year progressed.

“We think we can be a quite a bit faster. Last year we had a lot of new people out there and a lot of moving parts,” Malzahn said earlier this week. “As you get more comfortable, though, the faster you can get.

“It is this year, from the standpoint of we have a lot of guys coming back, and we have our quarterback coming back. We ought to be a lot more comfortable. We have an offensive staff that’s been together for a year. With all that being said and with that being who we are, we feel that is one of our advantages. We feel like this year we definitely need to improve in that area.”

Auburn was first in rushing — by nearly 100 yards — second in scoring and second in total offense in the SEC last year on its way to winning the conference and playing FSU for the national title.

Despite the loss of RB Tre Mason, the Tigers know what to expect. And how they can improve.

The thing about pace too, is now there are so many fast-pace offenses, we’ve got to get better on the defensive side, too, with our communication, our alignment and everything that goes with that,” Malzahn said.

Marshall, the transfer from Georgia who didn’t win the QB job until the fall, progressed rapidly in the offense.

Malzahn expects more this season.

“I’d like to think with our quarterback coming back, we’ll be able to get further ahead, not in just spring, but in fall camp, too. That’s yet to be seen, but that’s definitely the plan.

“Just taking more command of the offense, and the base fundamentals — the base offense of who we are — just getting more comfortable and better at executing,” he said. “That way you leave spring and you get to the fancy stuff later, but you still have that foundation to fall back on. Nick is a very talented player, not just running; he can really throw it. I said that a lot during the fall, but now that he has spring he will be more comfortable and more reactive. We feel very good about him throwing the football.”

Fasten your seatbelts.

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bubba

March 25th, 2014
10:16 am

luck ran out and you still have no defense.yall do offer a good hooked on ebonics course though. nick has it mastered

bubba

March 25th, 2014
10:13 am

JHC will end up at AU they love thiefs and druggies

Dave

March 24th, 2014
2:44 pm

AU has the most SEC Football Championships in the last 10 years and two trips to the NC game including one National Championship. Multiple top 10 recruiting classes in a row. We feel your jealousy!

slaughdog

March 24th, 2014
12:23 pm

The next Heisman winner: NICK MARSHALL

history....repeats.....itself

March 24th, 2014
10:55 am

Gus, a really nice guy and meteoric coach, did himself a disservice by playing for the title in his first year. AllBarn goes 8-4, 9-3 this year and the followers of Bobby Lowder will head back to Louisville to gauge Petrino’s interest in the job.

UGAinNYC

March 24th, 2014
7:17 am

Better Bag Men Too

The Plain Truth

March 23rd, 2014
7:51 am

Auburn now owns Georgia: Better players, better coaching, better fans.