Hoover, AL---What a difference a year makes for Auburn. Last yeat at this time, Gus Malzahn was speaking at SEC Media Days talking about how he would get Auburn back to some semblance of SEC respectability.
This July, he's talking about how to try and repeat the success of last season. Malzahn leading Auburn from a team that went 3-9 in 2012 to 12-2 last year, and coming rather close to winning the national championship.
Monday at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Malzahn said this about the wild ride of 2013 and how it's motivating the Tigers this summer.
"First of all I'm very proud of our team last year, from where they were to winning the SEC championship. And coming within 13 seconds of winning the national championship. With that being said, it was a tough pill to swallow, that last game. So our guys are extremely motivated right now and our coaches are too. Our guys understand that we snuck up on a lot of people last year. People are gonna have us circled we understand that. We've got one of the toughest, if not the toughest schedules in all of college football. Our players and coaches understand that. We're gonna have to be playing very good football right off the bat."
Malzahn by the way keeping his starting qb. Nick Marshall at home, after Marshall was cited Friday for possession of marijuana.
Malzahn says beyond that, he's not decided what punishment he'll lay on #14 but adds Marshall will face some consequences for his actions.