Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele had an interesting way of describing Auburn’s offensive scheme under Gus Malzahn.
Steele said, “It reminds me of Canada where they have 12 men. Rich Rodriguez was like that in a lot of ways, had a very fast tempo.”
But don’t hype up the Malzahn’s tempo too much to Clemson’s second-year defensive coordinator. Steele said, "Hey guys … it is what it is. You’ll make a big deal out of it anyway, but … there's 11 men on both sides, the officials will spot the ball.”
“When they get in place, it's going to go. Yes, it is fast and yes you have to think and get lined up in a hurry, but it's still human beings having to get lined up. They’ve got to make a call, they’ve got to get lined up. It's not like they’ve got some magical power or something where it's a vapor that's going to appear all of a sudden and they're going to snap the ball. They have to get a call and they’ve got to get lined up. That should be enough time for us to get lined up correctly and we’ve got the right system.”
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