Post Season Numbers & Thoughts:
During the first 7 games of the season the Auburn defense allowed 5.88 yards per play during the first-half and 4.21 yards per play during the second-half. During the final 6 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 5.97 yards per play during the first-half and 6.76 yards per play during the second-half.
During the first 7 games of the season, 49.0% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It i
I found thise website, which evaluated the players for the 2011 NFL Draft. Thought it was very interesting.
It gives you a better idea, which Auburn players had the best opportunity to be drafted. Here is what I found based on their projections.
Nick Fairley: Ranked #2 out of 151 DT's. Projected to go 1st round. Only 45 DL's were drafted.
Cameron Newton: Ranked #2 of 85 QB's. Projected to go 1st round. Only 12 QB's were drafted.
Lee Ziemba: R
When senior to be Eric Smith was dismissed from the team, Auburn’s coaching staff decided to move Ladarious Phillips back to H-Back to replace Smith’s role as the team’s fullback. During the past two seasons, Eric Smith played a vital role as the physical fullback in the offense. Gus Malzahn hopes that Phillips can play a similar role as Eric Smith with the possibility of a more expanded role in 2011.
On this particular play, the Auburn offense faces a 3rd & 2, an obvious run
Perhaps the biggest key for success in 2011 will be the rebuilding of Auburn’s offensive line. The Tigers must replace 4 starting lineman with the return of Brandon Mosley and AJ Greene at the tackle positions. Auburn will likely be more pass oriented in 2011 compared to 2010, which will be a challenge for a young offensive line. Coach Jeff Grimes is searching for his best five and he might be closer to making that decision with spring practice completed.
On this pass play, Aubur
Perhaps the biggest concern for the 2011 Auburn Tigers will be replacing three defensive tackles, including All-American, Nick Fairley. Jeffrey Whitaker and Kenneth Carter are the likely starters but veteran, Derrick Lykes will need to step up to provide quality depth in the interior line. The loss of Nick Fairley, Mike Blanc and Zach Clayton, meant the loss of 119 games of experience and 256 career tackles. Lykes enters his junior season with 16 games of experience and only 12 career tackles.
One of the players Gus Malzahn is counting on to be a major contributor when it comes to explosive plays is Trovon Reed. The red shirt freshman was grounded during Auburn’s national championship season due to a knee injury so Malzahn is hoping 2011 will be Reed’s coming out party as an Auburn Tiger. With his speed and lateral movement, Trovon Reed will primarily see action at wide receiver but he will likely be utilized as a running back and quarterback in the wildcat offense.
No matter where
Perhaps the biggest play of Auburn’s national championship season was the play made by Antoine Carter against Alabama. It was his come from behind strip of Mark Ingram that sparked Auburn’s come from behind victory over the Crimson Tide. The play was a prime example of playing to the whistle and how execution cam make or break a play.
Making the play on offense…
The Auburn offense comes out in a 3-WR set with Quindarius Carr lined up wide right. Barrett Trotter initially looks off Carr, wh
Anthony Morgan stepping up in 2011 will be essential not as a primary player but to provide adequate depth for Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb. Auburn must replace Cameron Newton’s 241 rush attempts from 2010 with the majority likely spread out amongst Dyer and McCalebb but there will certainly be a high number of carries remaining. Relieving Dyer and McCalebb a few times per game and in mop up duty will fall upon the shoulders of Anthony Morgan and incoming freshman, Tre Mason.
After the A-Day game, I commented that I did not think there was much separation between Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley. After reviewing the game 2 times and breaking down 25 offensive plays, I wanted to correct myself and give Trotter is due. Trotter indeed was the better quarterback and he consistently put the football where he wanted to considering the windy conditions.
One of my favorite plays this past Saturday was the fade route to DeAngelo Benton in the first half. Watching Barrett Tr
Last season, Auburn recorded a record number of impact plays (15-yards or more) and Big plays (30-yards or more). The Auburn offense generated 47 plays of 30-yards or more and 144 plays of 15-yards or more. Though Auburn was blessed with great “skill” players, Coach Gus Malzahn’s play calling often made the big plays look easy. Even with the loss of a Heisman quarterback and two starting receivers, we still witnessed the wonderful play calling by Coach Malzahn during the 2011 A-Day game.