Will Auburn bounce back in 2013? 

April, 11, 2013

MalzahnJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesNew Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn inherits a Tigers team that won just three games last season.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn is a congenial enough guy, smiles and laughs in the proper measurements. But there's a distinct air of guardedness to him, too. It's not annoying; it's sort of amusing, really. He's not going to lay his hand on the table for you, not even in early April, and you have to respect the wall properly constructed in front of you. Wouldn't you do the same thing?

The first-year Auburn coach (and former offensive coordinator), returning to the Tigers after a year hiatus at Arkansas State, refers to holes on the roster as "deficiencies," the types of things that could, potentially, induce a three-win season like the one the school endured in 2012 that prompted the firing of Gene Chizik -- two years removed from winning a national title -- and the hiring, or re-hiring, of Malzahn.