Malzahn says Auburn players need to 'be more physical'

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn looks at the scoreboard during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)
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*Courtesy Auburn Media Relations

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had a message for his players after watching Saturday’s scrimmage. He delivered it as they returned to the practice field Tuesday.

“The big thing is we needed to be more physical,” Malzahn said. “As a group, we have to play with great effort on both sides of the football. Our standards are high. Our coaches were very strict on our guys with assignments, with loafs and everything that goes with it. It gave us some good information, and we are trying to improve.”

The scrimmage, Malzahn said Saturday, focused on younger players. Tuesday’s practiced focused on improving.

“The emphasis today was corrections from our scrimmage,” Malzahn said. “It was really a third down and medium, third down and long practice. For the most part, our guys flew around and acted like they wanted to practice.”

Brandon King making progress at safety

Junior safety Brandon King has earned praise from his teammates Tuesday, Malzahn chimed in.

“I think he’s getting more comfortable,” Malzahn said. “He was playing more toward the line of scrimmage (to the star position). In the fall, we moved him back. He looks like he’s a little more comfortable. He wants to be good. He plays with a lot of effort.”

Elijah Daniel back on the field

After being limited for most of the past week, sophomore defensive end Elijah Daniel was back at work during Tuesday’s practice. Defensive end Keymiya Harrell, who was banged up in Saturday’s scrimmage, did not do contact work.

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