Nick Marshall's Performance
13-22-0-236-4 (209.2 rating)
Very good overall rating. Had a few deliveries that involved going through his progressions to make the completion. One good scramble to buy additional time to make a key completion on 3rd down (great vision down field, while on the move in the pocket).
1st: 236.0 rating
2nd: 158.1 rating
3rd: 195.9 rating (converted 4 of 5 third-downs passing)
Started the game 3 of 8 but finished 10 of 14.
15 of his 22 pass attempts (68
One of the primary goals during spring practice was improving Auburn's pass-offense, especially when it comes to attacking vertically. Sammie Coates proved to be a dangerous weapon last season but Auburn coaches expect for others to step up this season to complete the wide-receiver corp.
Top-5 receivers from A-Day:
Melvin Ray: 6-91-0
"Duke" Williams: 5-88-1
Quan Bray: 3-89-2
Tony Stevens: 3-64-2
Sammie Coates: 2-29-1
Taking the top-5 WR performances from A-Day, Auburn's top receivers caug
Cameron Artis-Payne finished the game with 97-yards on 12 carries for 8.1 yards per attempt.
The level of competition he faced during A-Day should have resulted in a solid outing but there were several bright spots about his performance regardless of the competition.
We know from last season, CAP possesses talent and speed is not one of his strengths. IMO, his vision, footwork and physical style are his primary attributes. Coming into A-Day, I was hoping to see CAP working towards getting nort
Finding a second receiver to step up in 2014 to team up with Sammie Coates will be one of the primary goals for the Auburn offense. The Tigers fielded one of the top offenses in the nation during their BCS Championship run but a consistent tandem at WR could take the offense to a higher level of performance. With Nick Marshall returning at quarterback, the Auburn offense already has dynamic potential but adding another play maker at WR would truly stretch opposing defenses to the max.
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
Yesterday, Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on the intent of improving Nick Marshall’s completion percentage for this upcoming season. He also stressed the importance of making additional plays vertically in the pass-offense. Though vertical passes are low percentage attempts, it remains necessary to make the offense more difficult to defend. With this in mind, I decided to breakdown Auburn’s history of generating explosive plays under Gus Malzahn.
Total Number of offensive plays resulting in 15-y
From 2000-2013, there have been 18 SEC quarterbacks to pass for at least 1500-yards and rush for at least 400-yards in the same season.
Here is an offensive comparison of those 18 teams compared to the remainder of the conference...
Dual-threat QB Offenses ......... 213.9 YPG on 5.13 yards per rush
Remainder of the SEC ............ 155.8 YPG on 4.18 yards per rush
Pass rating of dual-threat QB offenses ........ 147.5
Remainder of the SEC .......................
Based on an efficiency rating, I ranked Auburn's top running backs since the 1970's. The rating formula consists of yards per game, yards per carry, TD ratio and strength of schedule.
I selected 17 running backs for the comparison...
Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Lionel James, Bo Jackson, Brent Fullwood, James Joseph, Stacey Danley, James Bostic, Stephen Davis, Rudi Johnson, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons, Ben Tate, Onterio McCalebb, Michael Dyer and Tre Mason.
All the running back
I did this feature back in 2012...
If you have an appreciation for the running game, growing up on college football during the 1970’s was a grand and memorable time. The run-offense was primarily the heart of college offenses, which meant the running back was traditionally the featured player on most offenses. Over the past four decades offenses have become more dynamic and balanced but a superior running back can still take over a game at the collegiate level. There have been so many great run
The following is a breakdown of offensive football within the Southeastern Conference.
269.3 YPG / 4.23 YPP / 63.7 snaps per game / TD every 30.7 snaps / Run Pct: 69.6%
149.4 yards rushing per game and 120.0 yards passing per game.
Ole Miss & Georgia led conference in total offense 4 times each.
LSU led conference in rushing 4 times, Ole Miss 3 times.
Alabama led conference in pass-efficiency 5 times, Ole Miss 3 times.
Average Pass-efficiency rating for decade: 101.2
I found the following data interesting...
During the decade before Steve Spurrier arrived at Florida, SEC teams averaged 183.6 yards rushing per game with 38% of the teams averaging over 200-yards rushing for the season.
During the first 3 years with Spurrier at Florida, rushing averages dipped to 175.6 yards per game with 34.3% of the SEC teams averaging over 200-yards rushing per game during the season.
Six years into the Spurrier era at UF and SEC teams
Once the 1906 season got underway, many programs began experimenting with the forward pass. On September 26, 1906, Villanova's game against the Carlisle Indians was billed as "the first real game of football under the new rules."
In the first play from scrimmage after the opening kicks, Villanova completed a pass that "succeeded in gaining ten yards." Following the Villanova-Carlisle game, The New York Times described the new passing game this way:
"The passing was more of the character of t
The following is based on recruiting data from Scout.com...
Recruiting from 2002-2006:
26.6% of the recruits signed by SEC teams were 4 & 5 star players. The Pac-10 was closed behind at 24.9%.
The SEC averaged 6.5 players rated as 4 & 5 stars being signed per SEC program. The Pac-10 was second with an average of 5.6 players.
48.3% of the 60 SEC teams during the 5-year period finished with a top-20 class. The second best conference in this regard was the ACC at 30.8%.
During the past season, there was only 20 times SEC defenses held a conference opponent to under 300-yards in offense. This meant that SEC offenses were held under 300-yards in offense in 17.5% of their conference games.
Of the 20 conference games, a team was held under 300-yards, Alabama and Florida were responsible for 9.
Five teams in the SEC including Auburn, failed to record a game, holding a conference opponent under 300-yards.
From 2000-2012, 32.4% of SEC teams were held to under 300-y
From 2007-2013, 33.2 percent of the passes attempted by the top-100 quarterbacks from each season resulted in a first down or touchdown.
During the 2013 season, 29.7 percent of Nick Marshall's pass attempts resulted in a first down or touchdown. He ranked 87th among the top-100 quarterbacks in this category.
In comparison, 42.1 percent of Cam Newton's pass attempts resulted in a first down or touchdown during the 2010 season. Newton ranked No. 6among the top-100 QB's during the 2010 season.
Auburn was one of only 18 teams at the FBS level to have at least 1 KR for a TD and 1 PR for a TD during the 2013 season.
Combining the yardage gained returning kicks and returning punts, Auburn finished No. 44 nationally with 93.8 yards gained per game from the return game and No. 49 with an average of 18.2 yards per return.
The odds of a punt being returned for a TD was far greater than a kick return during the 2013 season. There was a punt returned for a TD every 37.3 returns and a kick re
During the 4 seasons under Gus Malzahn, the Auburn run-offense has become the dominant running game in the conference. Sorting the SEC rushing numbers during 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, Auburn...
1) Leads the conference in 200-yard rushing games with 39 out of 54 games. Alabama is second behind Auburn. Auburn's 39 games of 200-yards or more accounts for nearly 1/4 of the 200-yard games totaled by the entire conference during the 4-year period.
2) Leads the conference with 42 individual performa
Examining areas Auburn needs to improve upon for 2014, we have already looked at Auburn's run-defense and pass-offense. In Part III we return back to the Auburn defense, taking a closer look at the Tigers ability to create turnovers. During the 2012 season the Auburn defense had only 2 interceptions and was able to make a substantial improvement during 2013 by picking off 13 passes. Despite the spike in interceptions, Auburn had only 19 forced-turnovers on the season. Moving forward, Coach Ellis
There wasn't very much to nitpick about when it came to the 2013 Auburn offense. The Tigers were No. 11 in total offense and No. 12 in scoring offense this past season, setting school records in total yardage and run-offense. They were not perfect but the Auburn running game was the driving force to Pasadena, California through Atlanta. If there were issues on offense, it primarily came in the pass-offense, with Nick Marshall growing into his position as the season progressed.
Auburn’s amazing turnaround this past season will raise the preseason stock of the 2014 Auburn Tigers. Early preseason polls have Auburn ranked in the top-5, which we haven’t seen in a very long time. There will be high expectations for the 2014 team, primarily based on the accomplishments of the 2013 Auburn Tigers.
As amazing as the 2013 season was, 7 of Auburn’s 14 games were decided by 8-points or less. Despite having an offense that established school records in total yardage, yards per gam
Game #14 Statistical Evaluation (BCSNCG-FSU) 2013
Offensive Report Card
1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 5.44 (fail)
2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 50.6% pct (pass)
3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 4.38 YPC (fail)
4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 35.7% (pass)
5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 14.3% (pass)
6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 8.04 (pass)
7) Score above 75% in red zone: 75.0% (fail)
8) TD Red Zone above 60%: 50.0% (fail)
During the couple of weeks leading up to the BCS National Championship Game, I pondered what would hurt the most; losing in a blowout or losing in the final minutes of the game. After the loss to Florida State, there is no doubt either option would have stung like the dickens but losing this heart breaker vanished any thoughts by the national media, Auburn did not belong in the championship game.
Though it won't make the loss any less difficult to tolerate, I do believe it's important to remem
One of the many things I like about Gus Malzahn's offense is how he utilizes certain players as "role" players in his offense. Players like Onterio McCalebb, Corey Grant, Mario Fannin and Eric Smith would not have made a significant impact in more traditional styled offenses but Malzahn utilized their athletic abilities to provide an offensive role. Mario Fannin is an exception to the rule but when he was not the every down back under Malzahn, Gus still found a way of obtaining a productive role
If there is one life lesson I have passed onto my three boys, it's appreciating what you have over what you don't. We are all guilty of doing the exact opposite, failing to take the time to count all the many blessings we have received. We don't realize just how important something or someone truly is until we have them no more. My approach to this year's Auburn team has been completely different from past Auburn teams. Reflecting back to the 2010 season, I failed to soak up and enjoy every mome