AUBURN — Gus Malzahn is ready and eager to get the 2013 football season underway. During his first appearance on Tiger Talk Thursday night at the newly-opened Bob’s Victory Grille in Auburn, Malzahn was laid back as he took questions from the audience.
“I haven’t slept very well this week,” he said. “That tells me I’m back in game week mode.”
Malzahn and the Tigers host Washington State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The first-year Auburn coach was welcomed by a large crowd Thursday night and what should be a very large crowd of eager fans this weekend when he takes the sidelines, where he promises to be animated and chewing as much as 40 pieces of Double Bubble gum throughout the game.
Among the questions Malzahn was asked during the one-hour radio show was his strategy for later in games, after stating earlier this week that he was open to a slower pace if need be.
Malzahn said he is aggressive and will “stick a fork” in his opponent when it’s needed.
A fan asked what his favorite play at Auburn was and Malzahn said the game-winning touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen in the 2010 Iron Bowl, also mentioning the 4th-and-three pass to Darvin Adams earlier in the drive.
Malzahn said “you got to be pretty confident” to go for on fourth down in that spot.
He said “I like to think ahead” when asked if the first offensive series is already scripted.
H-Back Jay Prosch even made a guest appearance during Tiger Talk.
When Saturday night arrives Malzahn will lead his team onto the field for the first time as head coach and admitted he’ll feel different than when he was Auburn’s offensive coordinator.