Gus Malzahn’s No. 1 goal this upcoming season is to field a top-10 defense. Yes, you heard that correctly.
“It’s not offense. It’s not ‘this or that.’ It’s for us to play top 10 defense,” Malzahn said this spring, according to Auburn’s official website.
To give you an idea of how off the charts this is, here’s Auburn’s national ranking in total defense over the last six seasons:
- 2015 — 71st
- 2014 — 66th
- 2013 — 87th
- 2012 — 81st
- 2011 — 80th
- 2010 — 60th
I’m sensing a pattern here, and it ain’t top ten. And that’s with defensive stalwarts like Boom, Ellis Johnson, VanGorder and Chizik having their fingers in the mix.
Good luck with all that, Kevin Steele.