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Auburn Football: Breaking Down What Gus Malzahn Brings to Tigers

Dec 1, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves head coach Gus Malzahn during the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at ASU Stadium. Arkansas State defeated Middle Tennessee 45-0. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

With a new man heading the Auburn Tigers' football program, the school will be seeking a much-improved season in 2013—one much different from its 3-9 campaign this season.

Gus Malzahn will attempt to turn the Auburn program around, as the offense scored just 18.7 PPG this season, which ranked 114th in the nation.

As the former offensive coordinator for the Tigers—Malzahn was the offensive coordinator when Auburn won the National Championship in 2010 with Heisman winner Cam Newton—Malzahn knows the program and the culture of Auburn and sounds excited to restore the team, according to Yahoo! Sports' John Zenor.

"It will be fun for our fans and we will get this thing turned around and play championship football like Auburn expects."

As for what the former Arkansas State head coach will bring to the Tigers on the field, his primary focus will be both sides of the football.

Auburn averaged under 200 YPG each on the ground and through the air this season and surrendered massive chunks of yardage on defense altogether, which is something Malzahn will be looking to change:

''We will be a fast-paced, attacking-style offense and defense. In this day and age, I believe you have to.''

Malzahn's Red Wolves boasted the No. 21 ranked rushing attack in the nation this season, rushing for 217 YPG and averaging roughly 36 PPG.

ESPN Stats & Info gives us a preview of what we may see from Auburn under Malzahn:

Gus Malzahn hired as Auburn head coach. With Malzahn as Auburn OC from 2009-11, Tigers led SEC with 228 rush yards per game.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 5, 2012

Basically, whatever Malzahn brings to the Tigers in 2013 is going to be an immense improvement from what Gene Chizik brought to the Tigers this season.

Something positive for Malzahn to build off of is sophomore RB Tre Mason, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and scored eight touchdowns this season to primarily lead what was otherwise a dismal Auburn offense.

One thing's for sure: It can't get any worse for the Tigers in 2013 as it did in 2012.

 

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