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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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#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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#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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#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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Spotlight on Rudy Ford

Prior to this season, the Auburn defense had allowed an average of 182.7 yards rushing per game from 2011-2013. During that 39-game run, Auburn allowed the opponent to rush for over 200-yards, 18 times. Ellis Johnson made run-defense a high priority, when he arrived at Auburn and we are beginning to see the results. During the 2012 season Auburn finished at No. 100 in run-defense. The Tigers improved to No. 63 last season under Ellis Johnson and are currently No. 11 after 3 games into the 2014 s

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

Through 3 games into the season, Cameron Artis-Payne has done a solid job of replacing Tre Mason. He has racked up 352-yards rushing, putting him on pace for a 1400-yard regular season. He is currently 2nd on the team in generating impact plays, behind D'haquille Williams. Kansas State limited CAP to just 63-yards rushing last Thursday night but he was still able to generate 2 impact plays in the passing game. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 8 from their own 13-yard line. A

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on the Swing Pass

One area Auburn needs drastic improvement upon is their pass-offense on first-down. Auburn is currently No. 117 nationally, completing only 50 percent of their passes on first-down. One of the reasons for the low percentage is the type of passes being thrown on first down. Auburn has thrown a higher number of vertical passes on first down this season, which has resulted in a low completion percentage. Note that Auburn has run fewer WR screens than we normally see in a Gus Malzahn pass-offense. A

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Auburn Blitz

Auburn's defense played a major role keeping the Tigers in the ball game, while the Auburn offense sputtered. If not for the performance of the Auburn defense, Kansas State would have pulled off a major upset over the 5th ranked Tigers. Ellis Johnson was creative with his blitz packages against the Wildcats. He brought pressure off the edge, pressure up the middle and called a few zone-blitzes. The Tigers were able to force 3 turnovers, 3 sacks and a total of 6 tackles for loss against Kansas St

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#StatTiger: More Explosive Plays Needed

Auburn was very fortunate to come out Manhattan, Kansas with a 20-14 victory. One of the reasons for the game being so close was the lack of impact plays during the game. Auburn had only 5 plays of 15-yards or more against the Wildcats. Malzahn's offense at Auburn has averaged 9 such plays per game. K-State did a great job of taking away Auburn's powerful running game, leaving it up to the pass-offense to carry the load. Though Nick Marshall finished with a solid performance, the Auburn pass-off

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#StatTiger: Kansas State Postgame Numbers & Thoughts

It certainly wasn't the result most Auburn supporters were hoping for but we should all be grateful Auburn left Manhattan, Kansas with a victory. Auburn's school record streaks of 200-yard rushing games and 30-point games came to end at the hands of the Kansas State defense. It was a Wildcat defense that was well coached, disciplined and quick to the point of attack. It took away the heart of the Auburn offense, which limited Auburn's explosive play ability. Fortunately for Auburn, the Tigers' d

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#StatTiger: Kansas State Game Report Card

Game #3 Statistical Evaluation (Kansas State) 2014 Offensive Report Card 1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 4.61 (fail) 2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 55.6% pct (pass) 3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 2.84 YPC (fail) 4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 36.4% (pass) 5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 9.1% (pass) 6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 7.45 (fail) 7) Score above 75% in red zone: 100.0% (pass) 8) TD Red Zone above 60%: 33.3% (fail) 9) A

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on D'haquille Williams (SJS)

Perhaps the most important element of the offense Auburn coaches wanted to improve upon was their vertical passing game. As explosive as the offense was during 2013, there were too many missed opportunities in the vertical passing game. This was the focus of the game plan against San Jose State, attempting to challenge the opposing secondary down field. Though Auburn secured a comfortable 59-13 victory over the Spartans, Auburn struggled throwing the football down field. Because opposing defense

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#StatTiger: Kansas State Statistical Match Ups

Statistical Match ups to watch for Thursday Night… Auburn is No. 3 in generating impact plays on offense vs. K-State, ranked No. 22 defensively in the ratio of impact plays allowed. K-State is No. 35 on offense vs. Auburn, ranked No. 105 on defense. Edge to Kansas State Auburn is No. 19 offensively in yards per play on first down vs. K-State, ranked No. 48 on defense. K-State is No. 62 on offense vs. Auburn, ranked No. 96 on defense. Very slight edge to K-State Auburn’s

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Corey Grant

Corey Grant has become more of an intricate part of the offense this season and he is making the most of his opportunity. Of course this has always been the case for Grant, who has proven to be dedicated on and off the field. Though he has only 95 career carries, Grant has made the most of them, averaging a whopping 8.97 yards per rush. This includes an average of 9.57 yards per carry in Gus Malzahn's offense. Of his 95 career rush attempts, 38.9% have resulted in a first down and 31.6% have bee

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