I’ve got some good news and bad news about our game in Baton Rouge. I will start with the bad news first. The folks out in Vegas say we are going to lose by at least 21 points. The math wizards who configure the BCS standings tell me LSU is the best team in college football this season. The media experts at ESPN are talking about the LSU-Alabama game that won’t tee off until two weeks from now. They’ve made it abundantly clear LSU can afford to suspend three starters with no worries of l
Auburn's run defense has been improving as the season progresses, which is the result of an improved performance by Auburn's front seven. The key to a good run defense is gap containment, avoiding being swallowed up in traffic (getting off blocks) and good pursuit angles. With all this factored in, the play has to finish with a sound tackle or everything else is meaningless. On this play, you will see great execution by Auburn's 3 linebackers on an Arkansas run.
On this play, Ark
Auburn’s 41-23 victory over Ole Miss was no doubt Auburn’s best victory of the season with all three phases of the game coming away with a passing grade. The offense came out strong as the defense had major issues containing the Rebel running game, leading to a 17-17 tie at halftime. Just as Auburn did for the majority of last season, the Tiger defense made great adjustments at the half, holding the Ole Miss offense in check until the Rebels scored a later touchdown against Auburn’s reserves. Th
It was the first time in a very long time I could not wait for an Auburn game to be over with. Not because I was angry or disappointed in the outcome but it was clearly a game of two teams that were not playing at the same level of competition. LSU was a well-oiled machine and Auburn was a struggling rebuilding team still in search of their “team” identity. This game was not about schemes, play-calling or even execution. This game simply came down to LSU crushing Auburn on both sides of the line
Game #7 Statistical Evaluation (Florida)
Offensive Report Card
1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 4.64 (failed)
2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 7.7 pct (failed)
3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 3.60 (failed)
4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 21.4% (failed)
5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 42.9% (failed)
6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 7.69 (failed)
7) Score above 75% in red zone: 100.0% (check)
8) Average 30-yards per possession: 19.9 YPP
A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with a person I highly respect when it comes to football and he commented on a quarterback's ability to utilize the pocket before escaping it. He suggested there were times Barrett Trotter leaving the pocket created more pressure for the OL and often compounded the issue. Looking back at some of the break downs in pass protection, I discovered he was correct in his observations. With this in mind, here is a break down of Clint Moseley against Florida, facing
Another play Auburn attempted to burn the aggressive LSU defense with was the counter play from the zone-read look. Auburn executed the play with Jonathan Wallace in at quarterback. The play was successful with Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason carrying the football.
On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 7 from their own 34-yard line. At the snap, Jonathan Wallace hands off to Onterio McCalebb, who takes a step to his right, cutting back to the left. Chad Slade and Brandon Fulse pul
Even though Nick Marshall struggled at times in the passing game against Ole Miss, he did find his groove in the running game. It was the first time this season Gus Malzahn made a concerted effort to establish his starting quarterback in the running game. Marshall responded with 14 carries for 140-yards and a touchdown. Of his 14 carries, 5 went for more than 15-yards, which was the primary reason for Auburn's success on the ground.
On this play Auburn will execute the zone-read with Ole Miss
The 1983 Auburn-Georgia game was perhaps the biggest in the series in terms of the national rankings of both teams entering the showdown on November 12, 1983. Pat Dye’s Auburn squad was No. 3 in the nation and Vince Dooley’s team was No. 4 as well as being the 3-time defending conference champion. Even without the services of Herschel Walker, the Georgia running game had averaged 249.3 yards per game and the Bulldogs held a winning-streak of 24 consecutive victories at Sanford stadium.
At 6-1, 250 pounds, Jay Prosch earned All-American honors this past season at Illinois, starting since his true freshman season. With his combination of size and strength, Prosch will be like having an extra lineman in the Auburn backfield. He might not touch the football often but he will likely be the key to Auburn reestablishing their physical presence, while on offense. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Illinois averaged 209-yards rushing per game on 4.6 yards per rush with Prosch p
During the first 5 games of the game, the Auburn offense faced an average of 7.2 situations involving 2-yards to convert a first down or touchdown. In the last 2 games, they’ve had only 3 against Arkansas and 3 against Florida. Facing fewer short yardage situations is a strong indicator of poor production on first down.
A forced-turnover by the Auburn defense has been worth 2.85 points. An Auburn offensive turnover has been worth 2.7 points for the opponent.
Only 5 players were targe
Last Saturday against LSU, Michael Dyer was held to 60-yards rushing on 12 carries. After averaging 113.2 yards per game on 5.5 yards per rush during the first 6 games of the season, Dyer has been held to 66.5 yards per game on 3.8 yards per rush in his last two outings. Dyer no doubt, has been Auburn's most consistent player on offense and he is easily on pace for his second consecutive 1000-yard season. Here is a spotlight of his best two runs against LSU.
Play No. 1
On this splay, Auburn
We already have a general idea of Gus Malzahn's philosophy on offense in terms of the no huddle & hurry up aspect.
It's a north & south power running game, setting up the play-action pass. His pass-offense is designed to stretch defenses vertically and horizontally.
He utilizes motion and misdirection to create space for his skill players and the "hurry up" makes it difficult to defend all the skill players on a given play.
The excitement and anticipation will come
It's difficult to be overly critical of a team that lost to the No. 2 in the nation by 2 points. It seemed like every time Auburn made a positive play, it was matched by a negative play. The defense clearly played well enough to win this game but in the end, it was the offense that prevented Auburn from securing a memorable upset. The offense crossed midfield only 1 time during the second half, finishing with only 183-yards in total offense. There simply were too many negative plays on offense a
Through 4 games we have witnessed plenty of motion and shifting by the Auburn offense but not enough yards and points. The immediate assumption is there is something severely lacking in "play calling" but I believe it is more a lack of execution than it is play calling. I support this opinion based on the fact 68% of Auburn's offensive possessions have produced at least 1 first down, better than the 2009 and 2011 Auburn offense. The 2012 Auburn offense also has a "3 & out" percentage of 25 p
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
Though his starting debut was not one for the record books, there were plenty of positives about Kiehl Frazier's performance against Clemson. He was nervous early on but that was to be expected considering it was his first start, not to mention the venue and caliber of opponent. I'm sure there were a couple of throws he would like to have back but it did not change the fact he made some key completions during the game.
On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 12 from their own 48-ya
Things to watch for this Saturday night…
Some will focus on the run to pass ratio of first down plays. Don’t be alarmed if there is a heavy dose of run plays. The key will be how efficient is the pass-offense, when Loeffler dials up a pass play. Auburn was dead last in the SEC when it came to pass-efficiency on first down. Since 1992, Auburn has compiled a record of 96-24-1 (.798), when possessing a pass rating of at least 125.0 on first down. It should be noted Auburn had a record of 15-1 unde
During halftime of the Florida game, Auburn coaches decided to make a change at quarterback in hopes that Clint Moseley would give a spark to the offense. Auburn had 98 yards on 29 plays at halftime and finished the second half with 180-yards of offense on 30 plays. This was a major improvement from 3.4 yards per play to 6.0 yards per play. Though Moseley only attempted 7 passes during the second half, 3 of his 4 completions were impact plays, something the pass-offense had been lacking for t
Of the 4 categories Auburn needed to win at least 3 of 4, they barely managed to obtain 2 of 4. They had over 100-yards rushing and did average over 7.0 yards per pass attempt. They failed to hold Clemson under 140-yards rushing and failed to complete at least 50 percent of their passes. Once again, a strong reminder that separately, these goals don't appear to be too difficult but accomplishing them all in the same game can be. I was hoping that if Auburn could keep it close late into the final
Kiehl Frazier's starting debut might be the most challenging during the modern era of Auburn football. Consider the following...
Since 1951 Auburn has opened the season against a ranked opponent in 6 of 61 seasons (1952, 1957, 1984, 2002, 2003 and 2005).
Of those 6 season openers, 4 were away from Jordan-Hare.
Frazier will make his starting debut on the road against the No. 14 ranked team in the country against an opponent that defeated Auburn by 14 points the year before. There will be 3 new
With the personnel (OL and RB's) returning for 2014, Auburn should have the capability of fielding another top-10 run-offense. During Gus Malzahn's previous eight seasons at the collegiate level, five of his run-offenses finished in the nation's top-15 and 4 finished in the top-10. Though Rhett Lashlee and Gus Malzahn will strive for continued improvement in the pass-offense this season, it will not change Malzahn's approach to being a run-first offense.
Over the past 8 seas
The primary issue Nick Marshall had to work through last season as a JUCO quarterback was how reliant the offense was upon his success. He basically was Garden City's offense, which means there were times I'm quite sure he felt compelled and pressed to make plays. "Either I do it or no one does".
This normally results in high risk plays and negative plays. Garden city cc finished the season with a 7-4 record and Marshall was their leading passer and leading rusher. He also had 20 interceptions
Congratulations to Ted Roof and the Auburn defense for playing a near perfect game and for the continuing improvement since the Clemson loss. During the first 3 games of the season, the defense allowed 534-yards and 37 points per game. Over the last 4 games, the defense has allowed 307-yards and 18 points per game. Auburn’s defense allowed their opponent to convert 64 percent of their 3rd downs during the first 3 games and only 30 percent during the last 4 games. The defense is still youthful an
Auburn might not have won the game against LSU this past Saturday night but they just might have found their defensive identity moving forward.
An identity they have lacked for nearly 43 games prior to the 2012 LSU game. Even worse, the 2011 LSU game provided a temporary identity lumped upon them of being soft. Something Auburn’s own fan base was buying into and repeating over and over.
I saw a defense that came out with a ton of emotion but emotion can often evaporate within th