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!”
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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