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Auburn Football: A "New Day" Starts Saturday

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Come Saturday, new Auburn Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn will prepare for the day much like any other game day.

"I like to get up really early, and just go through the film one last time," said Malzahn.

But the Tigers opening game of 2013 against Washington State, won't be just any day.

August 31st marks the start of "A New Day" for Auburn Football.

"We had a team that had great struggles last year, so it definitely would be great to get off to a good start," said Malzahn.

The signs, the slogan, the belief in a quote new day" won't mean much if Auburn can't produce on the field.

"Definitely," said Auburn Cornerback Jonathon Mincy. "We're excited to go out there and show everyone what we've been training for."

Saturday will also be a big day for the most prominent names on the roster. For the first time since 1969, the Tigers will have a new head coach and a new quarterback to start the season.

"This will be the first quarterback we've had that didn't get a chance to go through spring," said Coach Malzahn about Auburn starter Nick Marshall.

"He's learning everyday. We named him the starter because he seemed like he was comfortable and he's earned that position. We feel like he'll get better each game."

All eyes will be on Malzahn, Marshall, and the return of the No-Huddle Offense, but the Auburn Defense should have a challenge on Saturday, as well.

Two high-tempo offenses will collide as Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach brings his "Air-Raid" Offense to the plains.

"We're playing against a good offense," said Malzahn. "They're going to be much improved over last year."

"When the quarterback had time, they were very effective, so we've got to get a pass rush," said Malzahn.

Auburn's biggest pass-rushing threat, Defensive End Dee Ford, will be out for the Tigers opener due to injury. Senior Craig Sanders is expected to start at Defensive End on Saturday.
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