With possibly the number one overall recruiting class, the Auburn Tigers fired their head coach, Gene Chizik, who lead the tigers to a winless SEC schedule in 2012. They then hired the man pictured above, Gus Malzahn, who was the former offensive coordinator, as the new head coach. Malzahn tried to keep the recruiting class intact, and still ended up with a good signing day landing number one rated DT Montravious Adams on signing daym This was due in large part to the staff that was constructed including long-time UGA recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Rodney Gardner, who already had a strong relationship with Adams.
Now the question is, will these guys improve. The main question mark would be the quarterback position, as last year was a disaster and since, one of the main candidates for the job, Clint Mosely, has left school and stopped playing football all together. The remaining front-runner, Kiehl Frazier, is returning, but another player, former UGA defensive back, Nick Marshall has joined the tigers after being a year removed from his dismissal from Georgia, and looks to compete for a starting job at quarterback. He actually may be a better fit for Malzahn’s up-tempo offense as he is a former dual-threat quarterback in high school.
The positive is that they have the talent and a fresh start to the year and this leads me to believe that they will return to relevancy and will compete with every team on their schedule. One player that can help re-vamp the culture would be number one rated DE and number two overall recruit Carl Lawson who will be a force and a leader in the locker room and on the field. Their spring will conclude with their annual A-day game on Saturday April 20th at 1pm.
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