Head Coach Gus Malzahn remained proud of his Auburn team despite their loss to Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Tigers – who were huge underdogs to reach the BCS at the start of the season, and in the Bowl game itself – lost by just 3 points against the undefeated Seminoles, led by an offensive MVP performance from Heisman winner Jameis Winston.
But the man in charge claims he has all the tools to reach this stage again: "There's no doubt, we're going up," Malzahn said. "The experience that we had [this season] and we have most of our guys coming back. Recruiting is going great, and our goal is to get back here. I really believe that we'll do it."
And he has every right to be optimistic. Barring players declaring for the draft, the Tigers have only one offensive player leaving as a senior – fullback Jay Prosch.
He’s not lying about the freshmen coming in either, they currently have the 8th best recruitment class and a whole host of them being 4 star prospects or higher.
The SEC didn’t know what hit them this year; Malzahn’s ‘hurry up, no huddle’ offence left most opponents defences desperate for breaks in play to catch their breath. And with QB Nick Marshall returning for his senior year, the 48-year-old has every right to be optimistic for the 2015 season.
Malzahn praised his all action number 14, saying, "I felt Nick did a very solid job…He's done an outstanding job this year, nothing through spring and leading us to the national championship with a chance to win it. He has a very bright future."
Marshall finished the championship with 14 for 27, passing for 217 yards and 2 touchdown’s through the air – admittedly not a hugely impressive showing – his running game was a bit better, finding the corner for a rushing TD he managed 45 yards off 16 attempts helping to keep the offensive chains rolling.
Auburn couldn’t manage to eek out the miracle they got against Alabama verses the ‘Noles, but next year maybe they won’t need it.