Last season through 4 games Auburn was 1-3, averaging 298-yards and 17 PPG. This season through 4 games, the Tigers are 3-1 averaging 440-yards and 28 PPG. The primary reason for Auburn's improvement on offense has been execution, especially when it comes to blocking. We have witnessed improvement on the OL as well as the perimeter blocking by the WR's and TE's. Coach Gus Malzahn and his offensive staff are still pushing the team for continued improvement, when it comes to execution, especially with Auburn having entered their SEC portion of their schedule.
On this play Auburn will run a quick-screen out to Sammie Coates with both DB's on the boundary side playing way off the line. At the snap Nick Marshall looks off his primary target and quickly turns back to throw the screen pass out to Sammie Coates. The OL releases off the line to set up their blocks for Sammie Coates.
Marcus Davis does a terrific job making a down field block as well Alex Kozan hustling down field to do the same. The down field blocking opens up a nice running lane for Coates as he motors down field for a 31-yard gain and Auburn first down.