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  1. Auburn is currently No. 2 nationally converting third-downs this season. One of the reasons for their offensive success on third-down is the improved play of the pass-offense this season compared to last year. Auburn was 6 of 7 passing on third-down against Georgia but penalties on successful third-down plays snuffed out several offensive possessions. The play... During this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 9 from their own 44-yard line. The Tigers come out in a 4-WR look with 2 receivers stacked on the wide side of the field. C.J. Uzomah is the front man on the stack and he will run a square-in route. The receiver at the top of the stack (Quan Bray) will run an out-route, pulling the safety outside. At the snap Nick Marshall will look off his intended target ( Uzomah) as Uzomah breaks inside on his route underneath the corner and behind the LB. Marshall resets his feet and delivers a high pass, which Uzomah snags, taking advantage of his height advantage. The play results in a 12-yard gain and an Auburn first down. Last season the Auburn pass-offense possessed a solid pass rating on third-down but the rating was misleading. Auburn converted only 33.7% of their 3rd downs, throwing the football. This season they have converted 51.4%, which is currently 4th nationally.
  2. A few weeks ago, we saw Ricardo Louis score on a short TD pass inside the red zone vs. San Jose State. The play came from a wildcat formation (unbalanced line) with Ricardo Louis lined up in the backfield. He released out in the flat and was open for an easy TD pass from Nick Marshall. Against LSU, Auburn ran the same play but C.J. Uzomah scored this time from a different position. Like most of Malzahn's plays, we often see different options available and this play is no different. The play... On this play Auburn is at the LSU 9-yard line. The Tigers will come out in their wildcat set, which includes an unbalanced line. Before the snap Cameron Artis-Payne will come in motion from his right to the left on the jet-sweep option. Ricardo Louis is once again lined up in the backfield behind C.J. Uzomah (TE). At the snap Nick Marshall will fake the sweep to CAP and roll to his right. Ricardo Louis will release out into the right flat but LSU recognizes this play and Louis is immediately covered by more than 1 defender. During Marshall's roll out, C.J. Uzomah releases off the line, running a shallow crossing route in the back of the end zone. Uzomah is left uncovered and Marshall makes the throw to his TE rather than Louis. The play results in an easy score once again but to a different option. For future reference, focus on frames 2 & 3 and Cameron Artis-Payne not being picked up after he exits the backfield on the backside. This will likely be the next option utilized in this same play and formation.
  3. Though Auburn is not running the ball at the same level they did during 2013, it still has been a very productive aspect of the offense. One play Auburn is becoming better at with more reps is the inside trap play. It is a very basic run-play found in almost every offensive playbook because it can be run from basically every offensive formation. The offensive line is not required to move or transition in wide spaces, allowing them to focus on their strength and leverage to make the play work. For the RB's, it is a quick hitting play, which can often turn into a big gainer between the tackles. The play... On this play the Auburn offense has the ball at the LSU 45-yard line with a 1st &10. At the snap, Devonte Danzey pulls to his right but is basically shifting one gap over. The play is run as if it is a read-option but is a straight up run play for the RB. The read-option look actually keeps the SLB out of position on this play, allowing Cameron Artis-Payne to explode through the hole. CAP takes the inside hand off and shoots through the hole behind Danzey. After shooting past the SLB, CAP faces off with the safety. CAP makes a sharp cut outside, avoiding the tackle by the safety. He then heads down the sideline until he is tackled from behind. The play results in a 34-yard gain and an Auburn first down. The drive is later completed with a touchdown. View from the backfield.... Here is backfield view of the same play. C.J. Uzomah is responsible for the DE as Devonte Danzey pulls to take on the MLB. Avery Young advances to the second level, taking out the OLB. The SLB is caught out of position, anticipating the keep by the quarterback. This allows CAP to shoot through the gaping hole into the LSU secondary. CAP is at his best in open space because of his great lateral movement. He is able to cut outside of the oncoming safety and down the sideline for the big gain. This is the kind of play that can pick up valuable rushing yardage against the Mississippi State defense this Saturday.
  4. 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 impact plays to Auburn's remaining receivers. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 3 from their own 47-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR look with trips to the wide-side of the field. The 3 receivers on the wide side are initially stacked before C.J. Uzomah shifts from the top of the stack towards the backfield. The purpose of shifting Uzomah is for pass-protection, because Nick Marshall will roll to his right after the snap. Duke Williams at the front of the "stack" will run a rub route between the 2 DB's. Quan Bray will shadow behind Williams to run an out-pattern towards the sideline. Nick Marshall rolls to his right after taking the snap, quickly firing the pass out to Quan Bray. Bray hauls in the pass and turns up field and down the sideline for a 19-yard gain and an Auburn first down. Auburn targeted 9 different players in their passing game against LSU. The six impact pass-plays away from Duke Williams netted 185-yards.
  5. 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 zone. This is where Uzomah has played at his best in terms of making critical receptions. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 4 from the La. Tech 15-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 3-WR set with C.J. Uzomah lined up as a slot receiver. At the snap Jeremy Johnson rolls to his left going through his progressions. Johnson initially sets his feet but doesn't like his options. He shifts outside the rolling pocket again just as the pressure arrives. Johnson floats the ball towards the corner of the end zone away from the safety. The ball is placed in a space only C.J. Uzomah can make a play on it. Uzomah hauls in the pass, while shielding the safety away with his body. He taps his right foot down and drags his left toe to insure he remained in bounds for the score. Uzomah won't likely be utilized as much as he should but will make his presence known once the Tigers move into the red zone.
  6. 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 third-downs into first downs or TD's. (This is huge and more of a vital sign of success on third-down than efficiency rating.) Breaking it down by quarter: Auburn is No. 5 in pass-efficiency during the first quarter, No. 96 during the second quarter, No. 81 during the third and No. 20 during the fourth quarter. Auburn is No. 19 nationally in generating 15+ yard passes and No. 24 in generating 25+ yard plays. Too much attention placed on completion percentage in my opinion. Nick Marshall is never going to be a 65-70 percent passer. The key for Auburn is generating impact and explosive plays to go along with their powerful running game. Last season Nick Marshall completed only 28 percent of his passes beyond 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. The goal was to push it up to 40-45 percent in 2014. Through 3 games, it has dropped to 18 percent. This is an area Auburn must improve upon to get through their brutal schedule ahead. Take away the 3 dropped passes and Marshall is hitting at 45.4% D'haquille Williams has lived up to his hype. Of his 21 receptions, 15 have resulted in a first down or touchdown. He also has 9 impact plays and is on pace to be the best WR in the last 25-years, when it comes to impact plays. Ricardo Louis and Sammie Coates need to step up their production. They have been targeted a combined 23 times. They have caught 9 passes with only 1 play over 15-yards. Williams has been targeted 27 times, catching 21 of which 9 have been impact plays. C.J. Uzomah has been thrown to only 3 times this season. Utilizing the TE and RB's in the passing game would be a great solution when opponents sell out to defend the run. It would also give Marshall an opportunity to improve his completion percentage and confidence. Those swing passes to the backs is almost open on every play. One of the reasons for Marshall's low completion percentage this season is the number of vertical passes attempted. Last season 49.8% of his pass attempts were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. This season its only 28.6%. Last season the average distance of Auburn's pass-impact plays was 31.6 yards. This was the best average over the past 25 years of Auburn football. This season it has dropped to 25.6 yards. The OL has done a great job in pass-protection. Auburn's QB's have been sacked only 1 time this season during 76 pass attempts. Last season there were too many missed opportunities in long pass-plays because of dropped passes or accuracy issues. It appears that trend has carried over into 2014. Auburn has too much talent on the field to be missing out on those big-play opportunities. I'm referring to the wide open plays, when there is busted coverage and its a simple matter of completing the pass.
  7. 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 third-downs into first downs or TD's. (This is huge and more of a vital sign of success on third-down than efficiency rating.) Breaking it down by quarter: Auburn is No. 5 in pass-efficiency during the first quarter, No. 96 during the second quarter, No. 81 during the third and No. 20 during the fourth quarter. Auburn is No. 19 nationally in generating 15+ yard passes and No. 24 in generating 25+ yard plays. Too much attention placed on completion percentage in my opinion. Nick Marshall is never going to be a 65-70 percent passer. The key for Auburn is generating impact and explosive plays to go along with their powerful running game. Last season Nick Marshall completed only 28 percent of his passes beyond 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. The goal was to push it up to 40-45 percent in 2014. Through 3 games, it has dropped to 18 percent. This is an area Auburn must improve upon to get through their brutal schedule ahead. Take away the 3 dropped passes and Marshall is hitting at 45.4% D'haquille Williams has lived up to his hype. Of his 21 receptions, 15 have resulted in a first down or touchdown. He also has 9 impact plays and is on pace to be the best WR in the last 25-years, when it comes to impact plays. Ricardo Louis and Sammie Coates need to step up their production. They have been targeted a combined 23 times. They have caught 9 passes with only 1 play over 15-yards. Williams has been targeted 27 times, catching 21 of which 9 have been impact plays. C.J. Uzomah has been thrown to only 3 times this season. Utilizing the TE and RB's in the passing game would be a great solution when opponents sell out to defend the run. It would also give Marshall an opportunity to improve his completion percentage and confidence. Those swing passes to the backs is almost open on every play. One of the reasons for Marshall's low completion percentage this season is the number of vertical passes attempted. Last season 49.8% of his pass attempts were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. This season its only 28.6%. Last season the average distance of Auburn's pass-impact plays was 31.6 yards. This was the best average over the past 25 years of Auburn football. This season it has dropped to 25.6 yards. The OL has done a great job in pass-protection. Auburn's QB's have been sacked only 1 time this season during 76 pass attempts. Last season there were too many missed opportunities in long pass-plays because of dropped passes or accuracy issues. It appears that trend has carried over into 2014. Auburn has too much talent on the field to be missing out on those big-play opportunities. I'm referring to the wide open plays, when there is busted coverage and its a simple matter of completing the pass.
  8. Through 2 games into the season, the Auburn offense is one of the best in the nation, when it comes to Redzone offense. The Tigers have scored on 11 of 11 opportunities and more importantly, 10 of the 11 possessions have been touchdowns. Auburn was very efficient inside the redzone last season, scoring on 54 of 61 opportunities. This included a touchdown in 44 of the 54 scoring drives. The play... During this play Auburn faces a 3rd & goal from the San Jose State 4-yard line. The Tigers come out in their Wildcat set in an unbalanced line. Before the snap the ball, Corey Grant motions into the backfield on a Jet-sweep action. This freezes the defense because of the run-option with Grant. Ricardo Louis is lined up in the backfield (H-back) and will slide out of the backfield at the snap. Nick Marshall play-actions with Grant, making a half-roll to his right. The Spartans rush a LB off the edge but Marshall is able to loft a pass over his head to a wide open Ricardo Louis in the end zone. C. J. Uzomah is also a pass-option on the play, as he runs a crossing route deeper in the end zone. One of the reasons why Louis was wide open on the play is because Auburn "sugar huddles" before the play. This is where the OL comes to the line of scrimmage, while the skill players huddle. When the skill players exit the huddle, they race to their positions and immediately snap the ball. This will sometimes cause alignment issues for the opposing defense and limits the time for the defense to obtain a good presnap read. This is a tactic the Auburn offense has utilized quite a bit the past 2 seasons.
  9. Auburn's running game was taken to a different level last season, once the decision was made to base the offense around the read-option element. During the final 10-games of the season, Auburn averaged 367-yards rushing per game. The first-half of the Arkansas game this past Saturday, revealed just how important Nick Marshall has become to the run-offense. After being held to 68-yards rushing during the first half without Marshall in the lineup, Auburn rushed for 234-yards against the Razorbacks with Nick Marshall inserted. The play... On this play Auburn has the ball at the Arkansas 19-yard line, facing a 2nd & 9. The Tigers come out in one of their base formations, which normally incorporates 3-WR's, 1-TE and 1-RB. Auburn intends to run their inside zone-read, which involves the "read" off the DT. At the snap, Nick Marshall will read the DT, who is left unblocked by Avery Young, who advances to the next level to engage a block. If the DT plays the QB, Marshall will make the give to Cameron Artis-Payne to the perimeter. Should the DT crash down on the RB, Marshall will keep on the inside run. At the snap the DT plays the give to CAP, so Marshall keeps to run through a gaping hole. Patrick Miller drives the DE outside as Reese Dismukes directs the NT in the opposite direction. The MLB commits to the RB option, pulling himself out of position. Had he committed to the QB, Avery Young would have been in position to block him. The play results in a 19-yard touchdown run. Different angle... This is the same play from the end zone view. This view shows how the WLB is pulled out of the picture because C.J. Uzomah is lined up on the line and WLB has coverage responsibility on the TE. Because the DT and MLB play the run-option to CAP, 3 defenders are basically taken out of the picture without a single block. Frame #3 reveals how difficult it was for the DT to make his decision because Marshall waits to the last split-second to pull the ball out. Avery Young and C.J. Uzomah make key blocks at the next level to spring Nick Marshall into the end zone for the score. Auburn ran a variation of this play quite frequently with Cam Newton during the 2010 season. We rarely saw it last season with Nick Marshall, electing to spring Marshall on the perimeter with the outside read-option. Having Marshall or Jeremy Johnson running inside more often this season, will be another stress factor for opposing defenses to consider.
  10. Last season Corey Grant had a limited role in the Auburn offense when it came to actual touches. Grant carried the ball just 66 times during the 2013 season and caught 4 passes. He played in all 14 games during the past season but was limited to 5 carries or less during 9 games. With the departure of Tre Mason, look for Grant's role in the offense to likely expand in 2014. Though he had less than 70 carries during 2013, Grant made the most of his opportunities. He averaged nearly 10-yards per rush and scored 6 rushing touchdowns. 14.8% of Tre Mason's rush attempts went for 10-yards or more. Cameron Artis-Payne produced 10+ yard rushes, 20.9% of the time. Corey Grant checked in at 34.8% with 23 of his 66 carries resulting in at least 10-yards. The Play... During the 2014 A-Day game, Corey Grant was limited to just 5 carries but once again made the most of his offensive touches. Grant finished the game with 128-yards rushing, including the above 54-yard run for a touchdown. The play is a speed-option, which quickly gets Grant on the edge and up the field. The play is a perfect display of his game-changing speed and his ability to get north & south very quickly. C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse are key on the play, creating a running lane for Grant to explode down the side line. At one point, it appears the CB and safety on the wide side of the field had the angle to make the play on Grant but Grant's speed allowed him to split the final two defenders. Once Grant makes it to the secondary, there are very few defenders in the country that possess the speed to to catch him.
  11. We often judge quarterbacks based on their completion percentage but it doesn't always tell the true story of just how accurate a quarterback is. When Rhett Lashlee speaks of improving Marshall's accuracy, he is primarily speaking of Nick's accuracy throwing down field. Is it true they would like to see him with a 65-70 pct completion percentage overall? Yes they would but even Lashlee pointed out that you don't complete 65-70 percent of your vertical passes. During A-Day, we witnessed Nick Marshall targeting down field more so than he did during 2013. Of his 22 pass attempts, 15 were beyond 11-yards of the line of scrimmage. Last season Marshall completed only 39% of his vertical passes, so his 8 of 15 performance in the scrimmage was indeed a good sign. Keep in mind that Cam Newton completed only 52.8% of his vertical passes during 2010 and he was the No. 2 rated passer in the country. Nick Marshall was No. 24 nationally in pass-efficiency. Had he completed one more impact play per game (15+ yards), he would have been the No. 3 rated passer in the country. The 2010 pass-offense generated 71 pass-plays of 15-yards or more, while the 2013 offense produced 54. Nick Marshall's average impact play in the passing game covered an average of 31.6 yards, which was highest average of any Auburn quarterback the past 25 years. Can you imagine how explosive the offense would be simply adding one more impact play per game in the passing game? The play... On this play, Rhett Lashlee set up the defense by running an inside play with Corey Grant on the previous play. Utilizing the same formation on the very next play, Lashlee calls a play-action pass on first down. The defense is forced to respect the threat of the run and the LB's bite on the play-action. The LB's are frozen long enough for C. J. Uzomah to split the seam between the safeties. Marshall must deliver a quick pass that must make it over the LB, between the safeties. The pass wasn't the most accurate but Marshall places the ball in a location only Uzomah can make a play on it. Because the LB's had to play the run first, they were unable to drop in coverage soon enough to defend the play-action pass. Uzomah hauls the pass in for a 17-yard gain and a first down, which sets up a touchdown later in the same drive. Uzomah has only 18 career receptions but 11 of them have been impact plays. He might not be a 30-40 reception guy in 2014 but Uzomah will have his opportunities to make critical plays in the pass-offense, when he is the focus of the play. Lashlee and Malzahn want Marshall to be more accurate in 2014 but they know making plays down field is the true priority. Auburn has the personnel in place to field a dangerous passing game to match a powerful run-offense. If this takes place, we will see another record setting performance on offense.
  12. Auburn might not lead the nation in rushing in 2014 as they did during 2013 but the components are in place for a top-10 rushing attack. The offensive line will be very good, Nick Marshall returns and there are plenty of options at the RB position. Brandon Fulse might not be Jay Prosch but Fulse is a special player in his own right. Checking in at 6-4, 272, Fulse is like having an extra pulling guard in the backfield. He certainly showed his worth during A-Day in the running game as well as pass-protection. 2-Back and 2-TE set: I believe this just might be my favorite set, especially when the Tigers implement crossbuck action in the running game. Having Artis-Payne and Grant on the field at the same time will stress the opposing defense to their limits. It gives Auburn 3 options in the running game and the Tigers passed from this set too. Corey Grant had a great A-Day (128-yds on 5 carries), including a couple of nice runs between the tackles. His speed makes him a game-changer and he doesn't require 20-25 carries to inflict damage upon opposing teams. Every time he is on the field, the opponent must account for him or risk giving up a huge play. Every time Auburn came out in a variation of this lineup, the LB's crowded the line of scrimmage at the snap, having to respect the running game. This left the middle wide open between the safeties, allowing C.J. Uzomah 1 on 1 coverage over the middle.
  13. 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). By downs: 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%) were beyond 10-yards of the line of scrimmage yet he still completed nearly 60% of his passes. Keep in mind that 61% of his pass attempts during 2013 were within 10-yards of the line of scrimmage. Marshall completed only 39.8% of his intermediate to deep passes during 2013. He was 53.3% during A-Day. Lots of outs, screens and sideline routes. Only 2 of his pass attempts were targeted over the middle, excluding the deep post to Quan Bray for a TD. 11 pass attempts to the left side of the field. 2 over the middle (intermediate) 9 to the right side (Includes deep post to Bray for TD) The 2 pass attempts over the middle were both completed. The first was a crossing route to D-Williams and the second was a seam-route to Uzomah. No slants for Marshall, though Jeremy Johnson had a nice one to Melvin Ray. I realize the #1 offense faced backups on defense but thought the offense still managed very well despite not having the "true" threat of Marshall running the football. I believe we saw enough of Williams and Coates to see the great potential in the pass-offense. I felt bad for Jeremy Johnson as he appeared frustrated at times. I do believe had Barber not gone down with an injury, he would have kept the starting defense more honest, opening up the #2 offense for Johnson.
  14. Last season during 12 games, the Auburn offense produced 64 run-plays of 10-yards or more. This season through 11 games, the Auburn offense has totaled 112 such run-plays. The combination of an improved OL, execution and play-calling has resulted in a massive overhaul to the offense. One area Auburn must exploit against the Alabama defense is running the ball on first-down. The Auburn offense is currently No. 2 nationally averaging 6.87 yards per rush on first-down. The Alabama defense is currently No. 52 nationally, allowing 4.27 yards per rush on first-down. On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from the Georgia 24-yard line. The Tigers will run an inside power play, overloading the right side of the Georgia front-7. At the snap Alex Kozan and Reese Dismukes will drive the DE and NT inside. Chad Slade and Jay Prosch will pull left, kicking out the OLB and ILB. Nick Marshall will make the inside give to Tre Mason, who runs between the running lane created by the Auburn OL and FB. Greg Robinson and CJ Uzomah are in position to make blocks at the next level as Mason speeds to the end zone untouched for a 24-yard touchdown run. It's this kind of physical play that will be required for Auburn to successfully run the ball against Alabama. It will be vital for Auburn to be able to run the ball consistently on first down and to be able to throw on early downs to keep the running game alive.
  15. C.J. Uzomah has not been utilized as much as I thought he would this season but Auburn has leaned heavily on their run-offense this season. Through 10 games, Uzomah has been targeted only 12 times in the passing game. He has caught 6 passes for 106-yards and 2 TD's. Of his 6 receptions, 5 have been impact plays, which opens the possibility of him being a hidden weapon during Auburn's next 2 games. On this play Auburn has the ball at the UT 25-yard line, facing a 2nd & 13. Before the snap Corey Grant motions into the backfield on the speed-sweep look. Nick Marshall will play-action with him as C.J. Uzomah releases from the backfield on a wheel-route towards the end zone. The play-action freezes the defense for a brief moment. Nick Marshall delivers a perfectly thrown pass with the LB having solid coverage on Uzomah. The pass is hauled in by Uzomah for a 25-yard touchdown play. Uzomah has played a multiple role in then offense this season, which allows Gus Malzahn to set him up in various situations.
  16. No running back in the country has been as productive inside the red zone as Auburn's Tre Mason this season. He leads the country in rushing yardage inside the red zone. He is No. 1 in generating first downs inside the red zone and has scored the 2nd most rushing TD's inside the red zone. He is No. 4 in terms of overall carries inside the opponent's 20-yard line, providing a comfort zone for the Auburn offense, which is No. 14 nationally in TD percentage inside the red zone. On this play Auburn has the ball at the Tennessee 20-yard line, 1st & 10. Auburn will attempt to run Mason between the tackles but the Volunteers clog up the running lanes. Tre Mason reverts to his great lateral movement, bouncing the play outside to his left. Jay Prosch does a great job sealing the edge, allowing Mason to move into the secondary. C.J. Uzomah and Ricardo Louis open an outside running lane for Tre Mason on the perimeter as Mason scoots to the side line and into the end zone for a 13-yard run. Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on how well the receivers have opened up running lanes for the run-offense. Despite running the ball 82 percent of the time during the last 3 games, Auburn's receivers are committed to doing what is needed to sustain drives and score points.
  17. During clipbit #4, we saw the inside option off the read zone play. Here we explore the outside option basically in the same circumstance as the previous clipbit. Once again we find the Auburn offense in scoring range with the intent of running their read zone. Auburn has a 2nd & 7 from the FAU 10-yard line. Even though Gus Malzahn intends to run the same read option, he does it from a different formation the second time around. This time the formation is a 2-WR set with a TE, FB and RB in the backfield along with Nick Marshall. At the snap Nick Marshall will make the same read on the DE as he did in the previous TD run play with Tre Mason. This time around the same DE takes the inside option, crashing down to play Corey Grant. Marshall makes the correct read and keeps the ball this time, running outside the DE. Once Nick Marshall gets to the edge, Jay Prosch seals the backside pursuit and C.J Uzomah takes out the CB on that side to give Marshall an open path to the end zone. Marshall scores on the 10-yard run, giving the Tigers a 21-0 lead. It was the same play as the previous TD but different formation and personnel grouping. Once again it is the "option" element that freezes the defense, guessing on the point of attack. Both plays require sound execution in blocking for the play to gain positive yardage, set up by the proper read of the quarterback.
  18. The No. 11 Auburn Tigers improved their record to 7-1 and with 2 top-10 teams losing above them Saturday, Auburn will likely move up to No. 9 this week in the polls. It was a solid performance by the Auburn Tigers and a "blue collar" approach to the victory. The Tigers leaned heavily on their running game, dominating the line of scrimmage against the Owls by out-rushing FAU 422-yards to 97. Hopefully the injury to Nick Marshall's shoulder is minimal because the offense is centered around his ability top operate the zone-read. Jeremy Johnson did a solid job substituting for the injured Marshall, receiving some much needed playing experience regardless of the level of competition. The defense played a sound game, forcing the Owls to punt on 10 of their 13 possessions. FAU averaged only 19-yards per possession and went "3 & out" 7 times. Auburn had the opportunity to play most of their roster with backups receiving valuable playing time. Javiere Mitchell played well during the second half, leading the team with 5 stops during the game. Auburn's defensive front continues to improve, though they were sloppy at times in terms of jumping the snap. It's a trade-off for the most part with the great addition of aggressive play by the front-4. I was happy to see Chris Davis relieved of his punt-return duties with Auburn being so thin in the secondary. The second half of the game was anticlimactic but it was obvious Coach Malzahn wanted to get out of the game as quickly as possible. The 422-yards rushing will easily keep the Tigers at the top of the Southeastern Conference in rushing and will likely move them up the national rankings. No individual one-hundred yard games this week but Auburn's starting 4 in the backfield totaled 301-yards on 36 carries. The Tigers are officially finished with their out of conference games for the regular season, with the focus now being on finishing strong in conference play. Inside the Numbers... The Auburn running game has produced 46 runs of 15-yards or more through 8 games, accounting for 1204-yards of offense. The 2013 offense is giving the 2010 Auburn offense a run for their money. Comparing the two offenses through 8 games has the 2013 offense on top with 4090-yards gained, compared to the 3898-yards gained in 2010. Both offenses produced 80 impact plays through 8 games and the 2010 offense scored 38 TD's to the 36 scored by the 2013 unit. Auburn averaged 8.2 yards per rush on the perimeter and 6.76 yards between the tackles. It was great to see C.J. Uzomah involved as a skill player again. He was targeted 3 times, catching 2 passes and both receptions were impact plays Auburn's quarterbacks went 8 of 8 with their pass attempts within 10-yards of the line of scrimmage. Auburn has 5 players on offense with at least 9 impact plays on the season. Nick Marshall leads the team with 13. Sammie Coates and Tre Mason have 10, with Artis-Payne and Grant with 9 each. Take away the Owls' 3 impact plays tonight and they gained 140-yards on their remaining 48 snaps (2.92 yards per play). The 2010 Auburn offense averaged 303.2 yards rushing per game through 8 games and the 2013 offense is currently averaging 315.6. Auburn's 3-headed monster at RB is currently averaging 214.2 yards per game. Sammie Coates now moves up to No. 1 in the SEC with 25.5 yards per reception on the season. He also recorded his 3rd 100-yard game in the last 5 outings. Auburn's streak of scoring in 17 consecutive quarters came to an end against the Owls. The Auburn offense has been held scoreless in only 3 of 32 quarters this season. Last season the Auburn offense produced 6 TD plays of 30-yards or more. The 2013 offense has 11 through 8 games. Auburn is currently on pace to have 4 players with over 700-yards rushing during a 13-game season. Gus Malzahn's offense has now rushed for at least 200-yards in 63 of 103 games, including 24 games of 300-yards rushing. Malzahn is now 54-9, when rushing for at least 200-yards, averaging 41 points per game. Malzahn is now 42-6, when his offense produces 10 impact plays during a game. Auburn has now fumbled the football in 9 consecutive games. Coming into the FAU game, the Auburn offense began only 9 possessions on the opponent's side of the field. The Tigers played on a short field 4 times against the Owls, thanks to great defense and special teams. The Auburn offense is currently averaging over 7-yards per play on first down. 53.7 percent of Auburn's offensive snaps this season have been part of a scoring drive, compared to the 35.0 percent by Auburn's opponent. Final Word... Time flies when you're having fun and this season has been a blast up to this point. After a 7-1 start Auburn now closes out the season with 4 consecutive conference games with plenty to play for. Should the Tigers win out, they earn a trip to Atlanta to play for a conference championship. The team appears to be focused and up for the challenge but it will certainly take continued improvement to win the last 4 games of the season. The Tigers will likely be favored in their next 3 games but they have to eliminate the turnovers and big plays allowed on defense. Auburn's major improvement on both sides of the line gives them a chance to beat anyone on their schedule and in the conference. Auburn has shown the ability to be a very physical team this season, which is the primary reason why they hold their own destiny in their hands. The last 4 games of the season will be defined by the critical plays Auburn can make on both sides of the ball. The occasional dropped pass or poorly thrown pass to a wide-open receiver could come back to haunt the Tigers down the road. The big plays allowed on defense will be magnified against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn will take to the road next Saturday to face an Arkansas team on the verge of imploding. Though the Tigers will be heavily favored, Auburn continues to make enough mistakes to make the game closer than it should be. The Auburn coaches will likely place a heavy premium on execution this week in preparation for the Hogs. If they can establish their run and control the Razorbacks on the ground, the Tigers should win big. The Arkansas game tends to be a special one for Gus Malzahn but he needs to coach this game like a head coach and not an offensive coordinator. The blue-collar approach needs to continue this Saturday and Auburn should be just fine.
  19. If Auburn is going to be successful moving the football against the LSU defense this Saturday night, the Tigers will have to move the chains, which means creating manageable third-down situations. Last season Auburn struggled on third down because their average distance needed for a conversion was 8.3 yards. This season the Auburn offense has been more consistent on first down averaging well over 6-yards per play on first down. This has kept the third-down distance needed to 6.0 yards. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 5 from the MSU 31-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR set and C.J. Uzomah is split out wide on the boundary side with Marcus Davis in the slot. Just before the snap, Uzomah ***** inside towards Davis because the OLB is edging up for a blitz look. Auburn runs a combo route on the boundary side with Davis running an underneath out-route to Uzomah's square-in route. The CB is playing off the line giving up space to Uzomah and the safeties are in a cover-2. The CB releases off Uzomah to jump the quick out to Davis leaving Uzomah wide open underneath the safety. Nick Marshall fires the pass to Uzomah, who hauls the pass in and gains extra yardage after the reception. The play results in a first down and 17-yards gained.
  20. One of the aspects of Gus Malzahn's offense I was hoping to see upon his return in 2013 was the natural evolution of his offense. He is not the same coach he was when he broke into the collegiate ranks back in 2006. Over time he had to learn to adjust his offense to what would work at this level. Having broke down many of his offensive plays since 2009, I have already noticed new plays and formations this season he did not utilize from 2009-2011. As creative and dynamic as his offense has been, it's good to know he is always searching for something new to add to his playbook. On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 25. Because Malzahn likes to establish the run on first down, MSU is anticipating a running play. Malzahn feeds this anticipation by showing a run look with a FB and TE in the backfield. Note in frame #1 the area (white spot) Malzahn actually intends to target with C.J. Uzomah. At the snap Nick Marshall play-actions with Tre Mason as Chad Slade pulls to his left, further selling the run look. The LB's bite edging up to the line to play the run. At the same time C.J. Uzomah releases from the backfield on a square-in pattern. To clear the targeted area, Marshall does have a half-roll right, looking off his intended target. Now the LB's shift back and to their left following Marshall's eyes to his right. The play works to perfection as Marshall plants and throws back to his left, hitting Uzomah for a 21-yard gain underneath the lone safety playing high over top. Uzomah now has 10 career receptions of which 7 have been impact plays. Malzahn stated he would move the big TE around and he has delivered. I really think Uzomah could be a major part of the game plan against LSU this Saturday night. Against Mississippi State, Malzahn opened up the offense with Nick Marshall throwing 14 passes on 1st down. He went 11 of 14 for 140-yards against the Bulldogs on first down.
  21. Quarterbacks are often judged on championships or their individual performances in the clutch. Nick Marshall was given the opportunity to drive his offense close to length of the field in under 2 minutes, with a TD needed to win the game. Marshall and the Auburn offense delivered capping off the drive with a brilliantly executed play. On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 7 from the MSU 11-yard line with only 15 seconds left in the game and trailing by 3. Because Auburn still has one timeout remaining, they have the luxury of actually running the football, which means the Bulldogs must defend both options. Malzahn takes full advantage of the situation by coming out in a 2-WR look, which forces State to defend the box. Note in Image #1, the 9 defenders within the box. This leaves Uzomah 1 on 1 with a 5-10 corner in open space. At the snap, Nick Marshall will pump-fake as Uzomah does a stop & go to freeze the CB. The corner bites on the pump-fake as Uzomah rips past him (corner held) into the end zone as Marshall delivers a perfectly thrown fade pass. The ball is placed in only a spot Uzomah can make a play on and he delivers. He takes advantage of his 6-4 height, hauling in the game-winning TD pass.
  22. If someone told me Auburn would be held to under 140-yards against MSU, I would have expected a loss. What a terrific finish for Nick Marshall and the Auburn offense. Redemption is always better, when it comes during the same game. Had the game-winning drive not happened, Nick Marshall would still be haunted by the missed opportunity on the long pass-play to Sammie Coates that would have certainly resulted in a go-ahead TD. As it played out, Marshall was given the opportunity to lead his offense on a game-winning drive and he delivered. He went 6 of 8 for 66-yards and picked up a critical 3rd & 10 with his feet. These are the types of drives that make or break a quarterback and his teammates will certainly garner more faith in him as a leader. The offense sputtered for just 18-yards during the 2nd period but picked up 441-yards in the other 3 quarters. The defense was gashed in the first half but settled down after the Bulldogs opening drive to start the second half. Once again, it was a critical moment in the game, when the defense managed to bail out the offense until they reestablished themselves. It was a beautiful ending to a game that could have easily gone either way after 3 quarters. The key was that the players never gave up and made enough plays to capture their first conference victory since 2011. In reality, we saw enough tonight to conclude this team could still finish with a losing record but yet enough to believe this team could win 8-9 games in 2013. One might conclude the team took a step backwards tonight but I don't see it that way. We saw a team that overcame turnovers and mistakes to win the game. We saw Nick Marshall have a game-breaking performance, leading his team to a victory during a 2-minute drill. We saw a defense that is still far away from being dominant but continues to make plays as crucial moments during the game. Special teams continues to be special and were an essential component of Auburn's third victory of the season. Inside the Numbers... After allowing 9.8 yards per play on first down during the first half, the Auburn defense held State to 3.7 yards during the second half. Nick Marshall executed a play of over 30-yards to himself, something never done by an Auburn player from 1992-2013. Nick Marshall ended the 26-game drought of Auburn's starting QB being held under 200-yards passing. For the third game in a row, the offense scored points in every quarter and the defense has yet to allow a single point during the final period. Auburn improved their record to 107-11, when scoring at least 10 points during the first period since 1981. Prior to tonight, Auburn was 24-40, when turning the ball over at least 3 times during a game since 1992. Auburn attempted 14 passes on first down with Nick Marshall going 11 of 14 for 140-yards. Marshall was 5 of 6 on 3rd down for 114-yards and 4 conversions. He finished with a QB rating of 297.9 on third-down. Nine different Auburn players were targeted in the passing game tonight with Sammie Coates being targeted 8 times and Marcus Davis, 7 times. Though Auburn lost the TFL battle tonight 3 to 4, Auburn did have 12 QB hurries to MSU's 1. Much better pressure on the QB during the second half. Auburn rushed for 1.8 yards per play between the tackles and 5.71 yards outside. Mississippi State averaged 6.72 yards per play during the first half and 5.40 yards during the second half. During their last 6 possessions of the game, MSU averaged 3.77 yards per play. Dak Prescott accounted for 83.3 percent of State's offense and Nick Marshall accounted for 77.1 percent. After being flagged 9 times with penalties against Arkansas State, Auburn was penalized only once against MSU. Through 3 games the 56.9% of Auburn's offensive snaps have been part of a scoring drive. This is a major improvement form the 34.0% during 2012 and close to 60.0% by the record-setting 2010 Auburn offense. Auburn's 3-headed monster at RB was finally shutdown, gaining only 90-yards on 24 carries. C.J. Uzomah made the most of his 3 opportunities with 2 resulting in explosive plays and the final being the game-winning TD reception. Nick Marshall was directly involved in all 8 of Auburn's explosive plays on offense. Takeaway each team's explosive plays on offense and Auburn averaged 3.68 yards per play and MSU averaged 3.53 yards. Overall 14 combined plays during the 138 snaps, accounted for 51.1 percent of the yardage gained. Auburn lost the trench battle during the first half but regained control during the second half. Auburn will need to play much better next week going up against a talented and physical LSU team. Of all of Auburn's explosive plays running the ball, only 1 has come between the tackles. Auburn's 1.8 yards per rush between the tackles against Mississippi State was not a good sign for the Auburn offensive line. Gus Malzahn's initial game plan for Nick Marshall during the first 3 games has been excellent. He has mixed in a majority of short perimeter passes to set up the running game and vertical pass-offense. It has allowed Marshall to build his confidence early in the game for the past 2 weeks in a row. Though Marshall still has some touch issues, he was very good on 3rd down against MSU and was great form during the game-winning drive. Before the season started, I saw Auburn's schedule as being an 8-game season. Outside LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama, how Auburn did during it's 8 remaining games would be the foundation of this season. A loss to Mississippi State would have been a major blow in this regard. Hopefully they can continue to build from tonight's victory with the ultimate goal of being a better team by the end of the season. War Eagle!
  23. Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee introduced a new formation I do not recall them operating from while at Auburn during this past Saturday's game against the Red Wolves. The Auburn offense came out in a "diamond" like formation with C. J. Uzomah and Jay Prosch lined up in the backfield next to Nick Marshall. Tre Mason motioned into the backfield behind Marshall to complete the new look. Auburn has the ball at the ASU 35-yd line facing a 2nd & 8. At the snap C. J. Uzomah and Jay Prosch will become lead blockers moving to their left. Nick Marshall will fake the inside give to Tre Mason, which pulls the OLB and DT inside to play what appears to be a Mason run. Marshall pulls the ball out and sprints out to his left behind Uzomah and Prosch for what is basically a sweep play for Marshall on the boundary side. Marshall's quickness with the football-fake and sprint to the edge is extremely effective, resulting in a 16-yard gain and an Auburn first down. With the Red Wolves very familiar with Malzahn's offense, ASU took away the majority of speed sweeps. Malzahn countered with more zone-reads (Marshall running the ball) and this formation to keep the perimeter game open for the Auburn offense. It will be interesting to see what other personnel and plays will derive from this formation.
  24. Impact or explosive plays is defined as plays of 15-yards or more. Since 1992, Auburn has averaged 7.3 impact plays per game. Impact plays account for only 11.1% of Auburn's offensive snaps but account for 50.7% of the total yardage gained on offense. Since 1992 an impact play on offense for Auburn has been worth 3.68 points. Since 1992, Auburn has compiled a record of 93-19-2, when generating at least 8 impact plays during a game. The above numbers clearly indicate why impact or explosive plays are so critical on offense. In this day & age of football, establishing long sustained drives has become more difficult, which means explosive plays are needed. The defenses in the SEC are some of the best in the country, which means SEC offenses will be challenged more frequently. Gus Malzahn Production: His offenses over the past 7 seasons have averaged 9.5 impact plays per game. An impact play in the Malzahn offense has been worth 3.82 points. Malzahn is 54-9, when producing at least 8 impact plays per game. Where are they likely to go in terms of personnel distribution? 49.2 percent of Auburn's impact plays since 1992 have come from the WR position. 34.2 percent from the RB position. 6.5 percent from the TE position. 5.4 percent from the QB position. 4.6 percent from the FB position. With Nick Marshall starting at QB, look for the QB position to dramatically increase from the above history. During the 2010 season, Cam Newton was involved in 22.2 pct of Auburn's impact plays. This doesn't account for his passing but only is running and receiving totals. With the WR position accounting for nearly half of Auburn's explosive plays, it will be interesting to see which Auburn receivers step up as impact players in 2013. Darvin Adams and Emory Blakes were key play-makers as Auburn starters. 2013 opens the doors of opportunity for players like Sammie Coates, Jaylon Denson and Ricardo Louis. Also expect C.J. Uzomah do be a major factor in explosive plays this season. He had 5 such plays on only 7 receptions during 2012.
  25. Since 1990, an Auburn first down has been worth 1.4 points. During the 2010 season, a first down was worth 1.68 points, which was Auburn's highest point value during that time period. During the 1998 season, it was worth 1.03 points, the lowest point value from 1990-2012. Taking the average ratio of 1.4 from 1990-2012, Cameron Newton's 91 first downs gained running the football was worth 128 points. In contrast,Chris Todd had 6 first downs running the football the season before, worth 8.4 points. This truly shows the value of having an athletic quarterback, especially within a dynamic offense Malzahn has constructed at the collegiate level. Newton basically gave Auburn an additional 6 first downs per game with his running ability, something I am certain the Auburn coaches have not forgotten. Obviously, the quarterbacks ability to throw the football consistently is the primary goal but having an athletic quarterback can add some major punch to an offense. Should Nick Marshall rise to be the starting quarterback this season, the 2013 offense could become something special. For now, the plan appears to be getting both Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne on the field at the same time. Add Jay Prosch and or C.J. Uzomah to the equation along with the WR's and this offense truly has some tremendous upside in terms of having multiple moving parts that can generate explosive plays.
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