While it's not the first time Auburn football fans have heard about an up-tempo offense, sophomore wide receiver Darvin Adams says from his point of view things are very different from what the Tigers did last season.
"It's fast-paced basically," Adams notes. "It's up-tempo with a run balance and play-action offense. It has been going pretty good for me. I do a lot of blocking, but I'm starting to get more passes now. I like it.
"I see the difference because Coach Malzahn actually makes you do it fast-paced," he adds. "Sometimes last year we would say we were going fast-paced, but we really weren't doing it in practice. Like he said, every day you practice like it's a game."
Along with a new offense under Malzahn, Adams is also getting used to a new position coach with Trooper Taylor joining the Tigers from Oklahoma State. An energetic coach known for being one of the top recruiters in the country, Taylor has made an impression already on Adams in his short time on the Plains.
"He's a good coach," Adams says. "If you mess up he'll show you what to do and why you did it wrong and how to correct it. He takes the time out to deal with every individual."
With senior Rod Smith gone from last season's club and a new coaching staff taking over, the wide receiver positions are going through some major changes in spring practice. In addition to the traditional outside spots, the Tigers have some different looks based on Malzahn's scheme at the inside receiver positions.
Adams is at one of those positions as he's currently working inside at a position that calls for being both physical and also keeping the ability to make plays as a receiver.
"I'm playing the five," Adams says. "I like it. I do a lot of blocking. I like to be physical. I like blocking so that was a strong point for me. I guess they saw that on film from last year."
Currently up to 187 pounds, Adams notes that Taylor has told him he wants him to be at 190-195 by the time Auburn enters the season. He says he feels good at the new weight, up almost 10 pounds from when he arrived last summer.
Now much stronger and more physical, which will help him in his new role, Adams says the only thing left is to try to improve his game while also learning the ins and outs of the new offense. With a starting job up in the air, Adams points out he's got all he can ask for in a spring practice and that is a chance.
"When the coaches first came in they told us it was a new slate and nobody had a starting position," Adams says. "That gave everybody a chance to go out and work hard and prove themselves."