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Malzahn's way: Hit defenses fast and hard

By: AP
By: AP

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn's Gus Malzahn likes to go fast. The top-ranked Tigers offensive coordinator has thrived with a no-huddle attack that he describes as going at "a two-minute pace the entire game."

Malzahn went to that fast-paced style as a young high school
coach in Arkansas in the 1990s. Now, his quirky, potent system has
showcased Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton and helped lead the Tigers (13-0) into the national championship game against Oregon. It has also made Malzahn a hot commodity who has agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $1.3 million annually including
bonuses.

In two years, he has elevated Auburn from 110th nationally in
scoring offense to sixth. Malzahn sets a fast tempo geared toward
keeping opposing defenses offbalance and backpedaling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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