The Book of Malzahn

Whatever happens against Florida State, when it's over, it will be time to build the next blueprint. He will tweak the system based on the strengths of the players returning and go from there. He still doesn't like to use computers, so instead he'll pull out his notebooks, his manila folders, his highlighters and his multicolored collection of Sharpies, and he'll draw a series of straight lines until they make the most sense.

There's no such thing as perfection in football. Gus Malzahn knows this. But he's obsessed with the pursuit regardless. You might even say he's eat up with it.

Kevin Van Valkenburg is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and He can be reached at

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