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  1. Nicely designed play and great execution to watch in this clip. The play is set up with a couple of short passes to Matthew Hill on this drive. The play itself involves Seth Williams stealing the coverage over the middle of the field on an intermediate route, leaving the corner covering a speedy Hill deep over the middle. Once Hill gets inside of the corner, it was over with as long as the pass is executed properly. Bo Nix makes a great throw, placing the ball in a spot where Hill could adjust to the incoming ball. Nix throws from a clean pocket on this play because of the OL. Watch the OT's (footwork) on this play.
  2. This clip shows the Auburn starting OL in progress for a solid 13-yard run by JaTarvious Whitlow. Wide receiver Matthew Hill had a great day catching the football but it was nice to see Hill trying to be a complete "Player", contributing on the success of this run play.
  3. No. There are some pass plays designed with a single designated route, excluding the obvious check down to Stove. Even Tom Brady looks down certain routes.
  4. They are coached to stand still to make sure they are not called for a false start. I have never liked it because of the potential free shot on the QB.
  5. Watch Joey Gatewood flex his NFL arm to complete a deep corner route to Seth Williams. I am not saying Gatewood is ready for the NFL. This type of throw is the type of pass he will need to make consistently to make it to the next level.
  6. Kevin Steele has done a great job bringing defense back to the Auburn football program. If the Auburn defense is to take the next step in becoming a dominant defense, the Tigers must prove they can consistently defend the run. T.D. Moultry has shown the ability of applying pressure on the opposing quarterback but has been inconsistent defending the run. For him to become a complete package, he must stop the run to have the opportunity to rush the passer. Moultry does a great job defending the read-option on this play. He is responsible for the QB run to the outside but manages to run the play down from behind.
  7. This is one of my favorite plays in Malzahn's playbook. It is a thing of beauty when executed properly.
  8. In fairness, I don't believe he was aware Nix had rolled that far out before throwing the football. (Watch his head turn and then back to the end zone.)
  9. It’s the subbing during the series that kills the pace. Nothing wrong with subbing between the series, which is what I am hoping for. Have a menu of plays for each skill groupings sent onto the field for the given series. This would allow Gus to expand his overall playbook and would force him to utilize all of his skill players.
  10. During spring camp, Coach Gus Malzahn spoke of running the offense at a high tempo and the need to limit substitution. He noted opposing teams were able to counter Auburn’s substitutions with different personnel groupings, which defeated Auburn’s intent of substituting specific players to execute individual plays. One of Malzahn’s goals this spring was to identify players who could play multiple roles on offense to limit substitutions. One of the players who could benefit from this plan is Harold Joiner, a redshirt freshman with plenty of talent. At 6-4, 220 pounds, Joiner was signed as an athlete with the potential to play wide receiver or running back but finds himself in more of an H-Back role in 2019. A-Day Assignments: During this year’s A-Day Game to wrap up spring practice, Harold Joiner moved around on the field to take advantage of his athletic ability. He lined up as a running back 12 times, in the slot eight times and at flanker five times. An additional role he might carry this season is the wildcat quarterback, a formation not executed during the final scrimmage game. His versatility will allow Auburn to play him at multiple facets, which should create mismatches against the opposition. Charles Clay and Mario Fannin Role: During the Malzahn offensive era at Auburn, Gus Malzahn has utilized certain players in a “role” capacity. These are players who are not full-time starters but take enough snaps to make a major contribution to the offense. These “role players” have accounted for nearly 25 percent of Auburn’s impact plays in Malzahn’s offense. While at Tulsa, Gus Malzahn converted Charles Clay, a three-star running back into an H-Back during his freshman season. At 6-3, 222 pounds, Malzahn took advantage of Clay’s skill set to become a significant contributor during the 2007 season. Under Gus Malzahn, Clay ran the football 82 times for 449 yards and caught 107 passes for 1488 yards during 2007 and 2008. Clay finished his Tulsa career with 3455 combined offensive yards and 38 touchdowns. He was later drafted into the NFL as a tight end and entered his ninth season in the NFL this year. When Malzahn arrived at Auburn as the offensive coordinator, he made the same adjustment with Mario Fannin, who had been a part-time starter at running back under Tommy Tuberville. Malzahn converted Fannin into more of an H-Back role during 2009, and 2010 and Fannin finished his last two seasons with 1266 yards and ten touchdowns as a role player. Though Mario Fannin only had 154 offensive touches during his last two seasons, he accounted for 25 impact plays. Harold Joiner 2019: Should Harold Joiner be utilized in the offense, in the same manner, Charles Clay was implemented at Tulsa, Joiner could be one of the leaders in impact plays this season. Clay ran vertical routes as Tulsa’s H-Back, often making plays downfield on seam routes and wheel routes. Malzahn frequently ran his offense with two-back sets, featuring Clay more as a receiver out of the backfield, though he ran the ball like a running back. Auburn showed this look only one time during A-Day, on Joey Gatewood’s first offensive series at quarterback. Malzahn at Tulsa would flood both backs out of the backfield on the same side of the field. The first back (often Charles Clay) would run a seam route and the second back would check down short. This often left one of the backs uncovered, making an easy read for the quarterback to throw to the wide open running back. With the success, Malzahn had with Charles Clay at Tulsa and Mario Fannin at Auburn, it is not a stretch to see him replicating it with Harold Joiner this season.
  11. DAG, Whether it works out or not, I think Gus made he right decision in taking over his offense. If he is going down, he shout go out swinging away. Based on how Spring camp went, I believe he is committed to going HUNH and it isn't simply coach speak. I do believe the skill position personnel is much better than any season since 2013. It does appear AU has two viable options at QB, which leaves the OL. From all accounts, the OL is in much better shape than last season but they should be with everyone returning. How much better they are remains to be seen and will they stay healthy? I think we all want what you suggested... let's get that swagger back on offense!
  12. Actually, the entire point of this thread was about the personnel returning on offense as it relates to generating impact plays. Some how it ended up in a debate over the Mississippi State game.