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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.

From 1970-2013, there has only been 5 occasions, where Auburn had a tandem of WR's or a TE to total at least 40 receptions each during one season.

1971: Terry Beasley (55-846-12) & Dick Schmalz (44-647-7)

1994: Frank Sanders (58-910-7) & Thomas Bailey (41-550-2)

1997: Karsten Bailey (53-840-7) & Tyrone Goodson (48-906-5)

1998: Karsten Bailey (43-651-7) & Clifton Robinson (42-672-0)

2010: Darvin Adams (52-963-7) & Terrell Zachery (43-605-4)

From 1970-2013, the current 14 members of the SEC were able to field a "tandem" of 40-reception WR's or TE's during a season on 107 occasions. This means it occurred only 17.3 percent of the time during that 44-year period.

Here is the total number of times for each program...

Missouri ................... 14 (2 times in the SEC)

Florida ..................... 12

Georgia .................... 11

LSU ......................... 11

Tennessee ................ 9

Texas A&M ............... 9 (2 times in the SEC)

Vanderbilt ................. 8

Kentucky .................. 7

Ole Miss ................... 7

Arkansas .................. 5 (All while in the SEC)

Auburn ..................... 5

South Carolina .......... 5 (4 times in the SEC)

Alabama .................. 2

Miss State ................ 2

Though tandems only occurred 17.3% of the time from 1970-2013, it has happened 53.6% of the time during the past 2 seasons. Offenses are obviously more balanced and wide open during the past decade than any other period of the Southeastern Conference. This is another reason why it has become imperative for Auburn to field their own reliable tandem to compete in the SEC. Producing such level of play will only open the doors for recruiting quality receivers.

The talent is present for Auburn to field another consistent performer at WR to match up with Sammie Coates. Ricardo Louis is the most likely candidate among the returning WR's but D'haquille Williams is already drawing praise from his early production this spring. Jaylon Denson, Marcus Davis, Tony Stevens and Melvin Ray saw plenty of action last season along with Quan Bray. Dominic Walker is another big target to watch for after red shirting the 2013 season.

Through 8 collegiate seasons, Gus Malzahn has fielded a "tandem" on 4 occasions but only once, while at Auburn. I expect Auburn to throw the football 25 times per game, up from their 20 attempts per game during 2013. Sammie Coates was targeted 78 times last season, followed by Ricardo Louis (48). Marcus Davis and Quan Bray were tied for No. 3, targeted 31 times each.

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