AStateNation Question: Talk about the off season program and what you wanted to get accomplished overall?
Gus Malzahn's Answer: First of all we feel that Coach Russell our strength coach is one of the best in the business. He has done a great job, trying to build mental and physical toughness, our kids have really responded. It's a different type of shape you have to be in, we call it basketball type of shape because of our fast pace offense.
AStateNation Question: Has there been any attrition or any roster changes going into spring football?
Gus Malzahn's Answer: No not so far. It's still early, we haven't started spring ball, but no one so far.
AStateNation Question: How pleased were you with this past recruiting class?
Gus Malzahn's Answer: Very pleased. With a month recruiting with a new staff. Especially with the quality of players we ended up with, I think we will look back in two or three years and go wow. Our foundation is going to be built in the state of Arkansas, our expectations will be higher next year, it will be our goal to get more than 11 next year.
AStateNation Question: How important is it for you to reach out to the ASU Fan Base and allow them to get to know you better after spring ball.
Gus Malzahn's Answer: Get out as much as we can. Going to the next level means everyone being involved, including getting everyone that graduated to get reconnected to the program. Already have a full schedule of alumni meetings etc.
AStateNation Question: Is spring practice going to be open to the fan base and to the media?
Gus Malzahn's Answer: We will be practicing in the morning, want to be fan friendly so some of the practices will be open. Still working through it on the media level.
AStateNation Question: Your overall thoughts of your first three months as a D1 Head Football Coach.
Gus Malzahn's Answer: Has it been three months? Seems like less and sometimes seems like more. Feel blessed to be the head coach here at Arkansas State, living the dream and working hard everyday.