AUBURN, Ala.— With receivers coach Dameyune Craig still recovering from surgery on his Achilles — which has him in a walking boot — Gus Malzahn has helped pitch in during practice. He's relished the opportunity to do more hands-on coaching.
"It gives me a great excuse to start working with the inside receivers and I'll do that throughout fall camp and help with that, at least until we get off to a good start foundation-wise," Auburn's coach said after Saturday's practice. "It's always good for me. I enjoy the coaching part."
Tigers' have 'solid' Saturday practice
It's early, but Malzahn believes he's already seeing improvement from his team. For proof, he noted the difference in Friday's practice versus Saturday's.
"The one thing I was pleased with was our tempo, our effort," he said. "I really think we improved from yesterday, not that yesterday was what I'd consider a bad day. I just thought it was an average day. Today, I really felt good about the guys flying around."
Sunday, the Tigers will put on "shells" — which consists of shoulder pads and shorts — for the first time this fall.
"That will be good for us with the young guys," Malzahn said. "We've got a lot of good information about the older guys, but you put shoulder pads on and usually your evaluation is a little easier. "