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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Auburn tricks could come early or late

By Chris Low

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With such a long delay since the last game, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn isn't completely sure what to expect in the first quarter from Oregon’s defense.

“Any time you’ve got this much time for a defensive staff to prepare for you, I’m sure there will be some wrinkles,” Malzahn said. “We’ll be feeling each other out probably through the first quarter to get a feel for exactly what’s going on. We’ve got to be able to make adjustments. That’s going to be a big key to this game with that big of a layoff.”

Of course, that works both ways.

Malzahn’s always going to have a few new gadget plays that he puts in for every game.

You know they’re coming. You just don’t know when.

Earlier this season, Auburn scored its first touchdown in the Ole Miss game with Cam Newton catching a pass from Kodi Burns.

“It doesn't have to be early in the game,” Malzahn said. “We're just trying to put as much pressure on the defensive coaches as possible. At the same time, we're trying to steal points. A lot of people say they’re trick plays, gimmicky plays. But they're really just part of our offense.”

Burns added, “We have a lot of stuff in our playbook we haven’t pulled out yet.”