NFL quarterback and former Heisman Trophy-winner Cam Newton stopped by his old stomping grounds yesterday and took in a bit of Gus Malzahn’s practice. He liked what he saw from his old coach as he spread out to work with the defense. And he liked what he heard in terms of piped in noise and music:
“It’s always going to be tough for any coach whose heart has been around the offense for so long to have to spread things around. I use the analogy of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There’s so much peanut butter on just one side, now you’ve got to spread out to everybody else…
If anything, I wish they were doing things (as Malzahn is now) when I was here. The music, I love the music. Third-down situations, it provides an excellent simulation of the game. It’s going to be very, very intriguing to see this whole process come to fruition.”
Malzahn, of course, was Auburn’s offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik when Newton won the Heisman and led Auburn to the 2010 national championship.