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Auburn hoping to go faster with Marshall back

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The Auburn Tigers are hoping to speed things up.

Coach Gus Malzahn said Monday the return of quarterback Nick Marshall and most of the offense gives the Tigers a chance to operate his hurry-up, no-huddle system even faster.

Auburn opens spring practice on Tuesday also looking to get better prepared defensively for fast-paced attacks.

Malzahn opposed a failed offseason move to rein in fast-paced offenses with a 10-second minimum for snapping the ball. As for his own offensive tempo, he says, "We definitely need to improve in that area."

Having a starting quarterback return for the first time in Malzahn's college coaching career should help in that regard.

His first Auburn team managed the biggest one-year turnaround in SEC history before losing to Florida State in the national championship game.

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