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Passing Consistency and Impact Plays

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During 135 collegiate games, Gus Malzahn's offense has reached a pass-rating of 130 or better in 92 games. His teams are 82-10, when reaching the 130 mark, averaging 41 PPG. Malzahn's offense also averaged 10 impact plays per game or plays of 15-yards or more during those 92 games. Auburn's lack of consistency in pass-offense during 2015 was one of the reasons why the Tigers went 7-6 and lacked explosiveness in big play ability. When Auburn did reach the 130 pass rating, the Tigers were 5-0 this past season.

The chart below shows how often Malzahn's offense reached a pass-rating of 130 or better and the total number of impact plays during the season. Last season equaled the season low for the pct of games Auburn had a pass rating of 130 or better (38.5%). It was also Malzahn's fewest impact plays (80) during a season.

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Note the association with pass-efficiency and impact plays. Because the majority of impact plays come via the passing game, becoming efficient and consistent in the passing game is essential. During the 2014 season, Auburn's WR's accounted for 67 impact plays, which dropped to just 38 during 2015. Of the 38 impact plays generated by the WR's during 2015, the players responsible for 27 of them won't be on the 2016 roster (71.0%)

Bringing in one of the top WR recruiting classes in 2016 was a major step forward to returning Malzahn's offense to its explosive identity.

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I just wish we could get all of our new receivers either on or near campus, immediately, so they could start throwing with our QBs and develop their rhythm.

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