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      Auburn hoping to go faster with Marshall back

      The Auburn Tigers are hoping to speed things up.

      Coach Gus Malzahn said Monday the return of quarterback Nick Marshall and most of the offense gives the Tigers a chance to operate his hurry-up, no-huddle system even faster.

      Auburn opens spring practice on Tuesday also looking to get better prepared defensively for fast-paced attacks.

      Malzahn opposed a failed offseason move to rein in fast-paced offenses with a 10-second minimum for snapping the ball. As for his own offensive tempo, he says, "We definitely need to improve in that area."

      Having a starting quarterback return for the first time in Malzahn's college coaching career should help in that regard.

      His first Auburn team managed the biggest one-year turnaround in SEC history before losing to Florida State in the national championship game.