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December 6, 2013 8:55 PM

Gus Malzahn says defense 'deserves a lot of credit' for turnaround

ATLANTA — Auburn ranks among the bottom five in the conference in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense, though it is fifth in points allowed at 22.5. But the numbers don’t paint the entire picture. To Gus Malzahn, what matters is the unit upping its level of play in pivotal moments.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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