HOOVER The Auburn Tigers and Head Coach Gus Malzahn graced the podium in Hoover on the 4th and final day of SEC Media Days 2017. Malzahn along with kicker Daniel Carlson, defensive back Tray Matthews, and offensive lineman Braden Smith.
Malzahn enters his fifth season at the helm on the plains and the bombastic, fist-pumping offensive whiz we met in 2013 has largely been replaced by a more subdued, deliberate man, but judging by his players words and Malzahn's tone today, he seems to have reinvented himself.
"I've seen a difference in Coach Malzahn," said senior defensive back Tray Matthews. "He seems more laid back, more cool, calm and collected."
"Usually he's so worried about the offense," said Daniel Carlson. "And he's so busy, but I think he's trying to build relationships with the players a little more."
"I've learned somethings. I (was) brought up and made my name thru coaching on the offensive side of the football and probably 2 years go to the point where it's tough to do both -- be the coordinator and the head coach," said Malzahn. "And last year felt real strong to turn the offense over and it was the right move to make. That's where I am in my career right now and I'm at peace with it"
As for the quarterback situation, many believe that Jarrett Stidham will be the man under center for the Tigers come week one Malzahn praised Stidham, Sean White and freshman Malik Willis, but would not give a concrete answer as to who would be Auburn's starter on game day.
For Gus Malzahn's full press conference, check out the video in the sports section of WTVY.com.