NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. Its no secret Gus Malzahn has been uncharacteristically conservative this season.
Not in regard to scoring points or applying the brakes to his hurry-up, no-huddle offense, of course. Instead, its the trick plays others grew accustomed to seeing from Auburns coach in previous years that have been at a premium this season.
Just dont call them trick plays.
Well, a lot of people say we run trick plays, but from our players' standpoint we call them special plays because we actually work on them and we have certain situations we like to run them, Malzahn said Sunday. And it's just all a matter of putting pressure on the defense and really, (the) bottom line is scoring points, no matter how you do that.
Aside from a reverse pass from Jonathan Wallace in the opener against Washington State, Malzahn hasnt dialed up any trick plays on offense this season.
Otherwise, the gadgetry has been relegated to special teams and the Tigers Batman formation on two-point conversions. Auburn has used the formation three times this year, with two successful conversions and Ryan White figuring into all of them. The senior defensive back ran it in against the Cougars and connected with Brandon Fulse versus Mississippi State.
But Batman hasnt surfaced since the Ole Miss game Oct. 5, as Whites pass sailed out of bounds following Auburns first touchdown.
Will the Tigers dust off some of their old bag of tricks in Monday nights BCS championship game?
Malzahn wouldnt rule anything out
Each game is very unique. This one also is, he said. We'll always carry some things that we feel like will have a high chance of being successful if given the right situation."