Auburn's Malzahn: '8-5 is enough to motivate our guys'

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Coach Gus Malzahn says the Auburn Tigers don't need to post reminders of last season around the football complex.

Auburn's promising 2014 season ended with four losses in the last five games and significant defensive struggles.

When the Tigers opened preseason camp on Tuesday, Malzahn said: "8-5 is enough to motivate our guys."

They return with quarterback Jeremy Johnson already having been anointed the starter after two seasons backing up Nick Marshall. New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's presence was evident with his critiques of players booming through the practice facility.

Safety Tray Matthews missed practice for personal reasons but Malzahn said he'd be back on Wednesday.

A likely starter, Matthews was kicked off Georgia's team for violating team rules after the 2013 season.

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