The Auburn Tigers were one of the worst football teams in the country last season, which is why there are new faces in positions of leadership this spring. With new leaders comes new philosophies, and while spring training hasn’t started just yet, the players are already getting a taste of what it means to be a Tiger in 2013.
Under new head coach Gus Malzahn’s new system, even the weight training and workouts have undergone a change. No longer are the players able to pause and catch a breath while they are in the weight room. It is all about tempo, everything is about tempo now for the Tigers.
Defensive lineman Gabe Wright points to the best teams within the SEC.
“The conference has turned into an up-tempo conference” he says, “And that’s exactly what Coach Malzahn’s offense is. The defensive side has to be exactly the same to match the other teams in the conference.”
It is a telling comment from a survivor of last season’s disastrous campaign, an unfortunate memory the players are choosing to forget. That mindset and the go-for-broke attitude from the wight training go hand in hand. It allows the players to focus on something else, to push themselves and know that it is for a new purpose.
The players will truly see the difference in the leadership of their team when they hit the field next week for spring training, but for now, they can say without any doubt, this is not the Auburn Tigers team the world saw in 2012.