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    #StatTiger: The Season In Review

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    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
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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Cameron Artis-Payne - LSU Game

Last season the Mississippi State defense held Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne to 47-yards on 16 combined carries. The strength of the MSU defense is found in their front-7 this season and it will be interesting to see how Auburn matches up with Bulldogs this Saturday. CAP enters the game averaging over 118-yards rushing per game and it will be a major challenge for Auburn to maintain this average against the No. 11 run-defense in the nation. Of the 24 combined carries by CAP, Mason and Grant

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on the QB Draw

Since 1990 a first down by the Auburn offense has been worth 1.43 points. Since Nick Marshall became the starting quarterback he has accounted for 75 first downs running the football alone. In basically 17 games, Nick Marshall has provided Auburn an extra 7-points per game from just his running ability. He established himself as a major component of the run-offense last season but he's become a better passer in 2014. His dynamic ability at the quarterback position has made the Auburn offense ver

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Corey Grant (LSU)

After carrying the ball 10 times during each of the first 2 games, Corey Grant's rush attempts have dropped to an average of 6 per game during Auburn's last 3 games. Though Grant was never intended to be the featured RB, I do believe it is important to have him involved in the offensive game plan. Because of his ability to go the distance from anywhere on the field, he should have at least 10 offensive touches per game. It will be interesting to see what his role will be this week against Missis

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Sammie Coates

If Auburn is to leave Starkville, Mississippi with a victory this Saturday, Sammie Coates will likely play a major role on offense. Off to a slow start this season, Coates had not made his presence known on the field until the LSU game, when he made 4 impact plays during a 41-7 Auburn victory. Hopefully as his knee becomes 100%, he will continue to make big plays in the Auburn pass-offense. Last season the Auburn pass-offense generating 54 impact plays (15+ yards). This season they are on pace f

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#StatTiger: Revisiting the Wildcat Option

A few weeks ago, we saw Ricardo Louis score on a short TD pass inside the red zone vs. San Jose State. The play came from a wildcat formation (unbalanced line) with Ricardo Louis lined up in the backfield. He released out in the flat and was open for an easy TD pass from Nick Marshall. Against LSU, Auburn ran the same play but C.J. Uzomah scored this time from a different position. Like most of Malzahn's plays, we often see different options available and this play is no different. The play...

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on the Inside Run

Though Auburn is not running the ball at the same level they did during 2013, it still has been a very productive aspect of the offense. One play Auburn is becoming better at with more reps is the inside trap play. It is a very basic run-play found in almost every offensive playbook because it can be run from basically every offensive formation. The offensive line is not required to move or transition in wide spaces, allowing them to focus on their strength and leverage to make the play work. Fo

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Quan Bray

As the season has progressed, D'haquille Williams is receiving more attention from opposing defenses. With this in mind, it is up to the Auburn coaching to staff to create opportunities for the other receivers to make plays. LSU's game plan was to take away Williams, forcing Auburn to generate plays from other personnel. Duke Williams was held to just 2 receptions, limited to only 5 passes thrown in his direction. Of his 2 receptions only 1 was an impact play. Auburn was able to counter with 6 i

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Cameron Artis-Payne in the Pass Offense

We often see Gus Malzahn overload the point of attack in the running game to obtain an edge in numbers. Auburn will pull both guards on the buck-sweep to out number defenders on the edge. In this case Gus Malzahn overloads the perimeter to set up a pass to Cameron Artis-Payne. Once again the design of the play is to out number the defenders at the point of attack. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 10 from their own 33-yard line. Auburn comes out in a tight formation with Samm

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The LSU Review

Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter!You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: OverviewJoin my ESPN College Pick 'Em Group! CLICK HERE! Greetings from Utah! Yep. Back at work here in Ogden. The long and short of it? This was the first game that I can remember that I was away from my wife. Truth be told, the LSU tickets were the first tickets that we sold. I sold them off a Facebook group within minutes of having them delivered.

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#StatTiger: LSU Game Report Card

Game #5 Statistical Evaluation (LSU) Offensive Report Card: 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: 5.28 fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: 50.0% pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: 6.08 pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: 53.8% pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: 7.7% pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 10.7 yards pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: 100.0% pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: 100.0% pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per po

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#StatTiger: LSU Postgame Numbers & Thoughts

This LSU team might end up with 5-6 losses before the season is out but tonight's performance should not be discounted. There was a lot more talent on this LSU squad than the 1999 version Auburn defeated by the same score, 41-7. Auburn's 34-point victory tonight was the largest margin of victory over a ranked SEC opponent at home since 1950. Auburn defeated a ranked Florida team at home in 1969, by a score of 38-12. I felt that Auburn would get LSU's best shot tonight, with their backs against t

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Impact and Explosive Plays

Often the difference between a play of 15-yards or more and 30-yards or more is the blocking down field. In terms of a running play, it is likely the offensive line performed well enough to spring a 15+ yard run. In order to extend the play even further normally requires blocking down field, which means receivers and tight ends. While the Auburn OL is still searching for a level of consistency, the receivers and H-backs have struggled in their blocking assignments as well. This is one of the rea

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on C.J. Uzomah - La Tech Game

Through less than 4 seasons C.J. Uzomah has only been targeted 37 times but he has made the most of his opportunities. The senior tight end enters the LSU game with 20 career receptions, which have resulted in 16 first downs or touchdowns. 13 of his 20 receptions have resulted in an impact play or gain of 15-yards or more. Despite his ability to make plays, the tight end position in the Gus Malzahn offense has never been utilized much in the passing game until his offense arrives inside the red

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#StatTiger: Battle of the Tigers

Seven of the last 10 meetings between LSU and Auburn have been decided by 7-points or less. This could be a major factor, when you consider Auburn is 17-4 in games decided by 7-points or less with Gus Malzahn calling the offense. Auburn is 6-1 with Gus as the head coach. A good early start is vital for the home Tigers. With Gus Malzahn directing the Auburn offense, the Tigers are 38-8, when scoring at least 7-points during the first quarter and 5-4, when held to 3-points or less. During the las

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Best SEC Games of Week 6

Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter! The Auburn Realist: Overview Join my ESPN College Pick 'Em Group! CLICK HERE! I had training all week, so no post was made about the top SEC games in Week 5. I know, you are all just heartbroken. Anyway, so let's review week 4, now just a distant memo

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The LSU Preview

Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter! You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Join my ESPN College Pick 'Em Group! CLICK HERE! This week has been circled on everyone's calender...at least since the game 2 Thursdays ago in Manhattan, Kansas. Let's be honest, here. We all expected Auburn to win that critical road game. We just didn't expect it to be so sloppy. I think we all know it was sloppy, as we tal

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Quan Bray

It is always good to see a senior step up during the season, especially when it is a player who is not a frequent starter. Quan Bray stepped up during Auburn's Homecoming game against La. Tech, accounting for 3 touchdowns during the game. Bray's performance was a catalyst to breaking open what was a close game. Through the first 3 games Auburn's receiving corps has not played to their full potential as a group, so it was great to see Quan Bray making explosive plays on a day they were much neede

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Cameron Artis-Payne - La Tech Game

Cameron Artis-Payne might not be an "elite" RB but he is far from simply being average. His skill set is great vision, terrific lateral ability and quick feet. He doesn't possess game-breaking speed but he is a strong runner. The following play is a display of his skill set. The play.... On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 42-yard line. Focus on the 3 defenders with the "red" arrows to appreciate this run. After taking the hand off, CAP initially steps towards the A-gap but

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#StatTiger: Sliding the Point of Attach

One of the recent myths heard over and over the past two Auburn games is that Auburn is running into 8-9 men in the box the majority of the time. The majority of Auburn's offensive sets have a 3-WR look which means the most defenders the defense can place in the box before the snap is 8. In reality, Auburn is facing no more than 7 in the box the majority of the time. Go back to the 2010 season and the Iron Bowl. Gary Danielson made a comment about how Alabama elected to play Auburn's inside QB

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#StatTiger: La Tech Postgame Numbers & Thoughts

You know there are high expectations when your team wins by 28, yet there are numerous concerns moving forward. Four games into the season and Auburn is 4-0 on the season but that was expected to be the case before the 2014 season began. Auburn now moves into the heart of their schedule and we are about to see what this team is truly made of beginning this upcoming Saturday as the Tigers play host to visiting LSU. The defense is playing well but there are question marks concerning the offense an

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#StatTiger: La Tech Game Report Card

Game #4 Statistical Evaluation (La. Tech) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: 6.56 pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: 42.9% pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: 5.29 pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: 42.9% pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: 28.6% pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 9.95 yards pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: 100.0% pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: 75.0% pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards pe

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Ricardo Louis

Through 3 games Auburn has yet to reach its full potential in the passing game. D'haquille Williams has already recorded 9 impact plays from his 21 receptions but Ricardo Louis and Sammie Coates have combined for just 1 impact play. Ricardo Louis registered his first impact play against Kansas State, which ended up being an explosive play. Kansas State came into the game with a plan of taking away Auburn's run-offense, challenging the Tigers to beat them through the air. To Auburn's credit, they

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#StatTiger: Notes on Auburn's Pass-Offense

Auburn is currently ranked No. 36 nationally with a 152.4 rating. No. 55 on first down with a 144.5 rating. (Auburn must improve on this ranking going into the meat of the schedule.) No. 117 nationally on first down, completing only 50% of passes. (This is really poor but can be addressed by more high-percentage passes than the vertical routes we have seen through the first 3 games.) No. 18 nationally on third-down with a rating of 168.8. No. 8 nationally in converting th

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