Malzahn press conference

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On his offense A lot of people categorize me as a spread team. We’re going to be smash-mouth. We’re going to throw the ball vertically down the field. We’re going to do that quite often.”

On the season at Arkansas: “I got a chance to see the actual speed of the SEC. That’s very important when you’re out looking for players.”

On Ziemba and Burns: “I recruited both of them at Arkansas.” He talked with Burns today.
Will this be like Tulsa?: “You’ll see a lot of similarities. We’ll assess our strengths, see what we have here. You’ll see the same philosophies, same pace, same play-action.”
Play calling?: “Well, you got to be balanced, and you’ve got to take what the defense gives you. People tell me, hey, do you want to run more than throw? Really, it matters on what the defense is going to give you. Obviously, like I said earlier, you’ve got to be able to run the football. We are a run-play action team. You won’t see a whole lot of straight drop-back pass. It’s just not who we’re going to be. We’re going to run downhill. We’re going to have a physical, hard-nosed approach. I’m not talking about just the offensive line and just the backs. I’m talking about the receivers and quarterbacks, and I think that’s very important to establish that early.”
Does Auburn have talent?: “There definitely are some strengths. It’s early. I’ve been on this for only about 8 hours now.”

When did you hear from Auburn initially?: “Just before Christmas.”

How long did that decision take?: “About an hour.”

What are your plans?: He’s assessing Auburn recruits tonight, back to Tulsa tomorrow and will stick with them until the bowl.

On Tony Franklin: “I’ve never met him. I don’t know much about (his system).”
“I’ll be explaining everything we’ll do. We’ll have a good, sound plan. We’ll have extremely high goals. We’re going to achieve them and achieve them quickly.”

On Burns: “I know a lot about him. I know his family well. We know each other well. I really think he’s got a lot of potential.”

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