AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn rarely changes his tune.
And in typical Malzahn fashion, he was in full coach mode during his weekly Tuesday press conference. He started off by talking about last week's game, which saw Auburn topple SEC foe Arkansas 45-21.
Upon studying tape of the game, however, Malzahn came away pleased with the victory ... and not much else.
"Overall we were happy that we won. We are 1-0 in the SEC, but we have a lot of areas to improve," Auburn's coach said. "We made some mistakes, and we will work very hard this week on correcting them."
When asked for specific examples, Malzahn decided to answer in a general fashion.
"We need to work on overall execution, offensively, defensively and special teams. The great thing about a first game is you usually improve more from the first game to the second game than you do all year, and that is what we have to do," he said. "Compared to last year we made fewer mistakes, but there are still so many things that need to be tweaked. We have to make sure our alignments are correct, and the things that allow you to execute a play.”
In Auburn's offense, that means making sure the time between snaps is as short as possible. Malzahn said he was "pretty well pleased" with the offense's pace, noting that once that started picking up first downs, the Tigers "got rolling."
"Our guys lined up quick," he said, "and I thought they did a solid job.”