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Thoughts and Notes on Auburn's "triplets" on offense

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Over the past 50 years, Auburn has fielded nine (9) triplets with at least 1900-yards passing from the QB, 800-yards from the starting RB and at least 700-yards from the leading receiver. Those nine Auburn teams combined for a record of 94-19-1. Last season the pass-offense was more productive under Sean White than Jeremy Johnson. The running game was more productive under Jovon Robinson than Peyton Barber. Because of injuries, Auburn only had one opportunity to combine a healthy Sean White and Jovon Robinson. The 2015 Auburn offense never found an offensive identity, which prevented growth to live up to its full potential.    

1989: Slack (1996), Joseph (817), Wright (714) 10-2-0 (369.9 YPG/23.0 PPG)
1993: White (1974), Bostic (1205), Sanders (842) 11-0-0 (420.0 YPG/32.1 PPG)
1994: Nix (2206), Davis (1263),  Sanders (910) 9-1-1 (411.5 YPG/32.5 PPG)
2004: Campbell (2700), Williams (1165), Taylor (737) 13-0-0 (420.7 YPG/32.1 PPG)
2007: Cox (2080), Tate (903), Smith (705) 9-4-0 (335.2 YPG/24.2 PPG)
2009: Todd (2612), Tate (1362), Adams (997) 8-5-0 (431.8 YPG/33.3 PPG)
2010: Newton (2854), Dyer (1093), Adams (963) 14-0-0 (499.2 YPG/41.2 PPG)
2013: Marshall (1976), Mason (1816), Coates (902) 12-2-0 (501.4 YPG/39.5 PPG)
2014: Marshall (2532), Artis-Payne (1608), Williams (730) 8-5-0 (485.0 YPG/35.5 PPG)

The combination of a quality defense and offense made a significant difference in winning from 1989-2007. Auburn has lacked the defensive balance from 2009-2015, which could have made a difference during seasons like 2009 and 2014, especially during the 2014 season. Auburn's average of 485-yards and 35.5 PPG during the 2014 campaign should have been enough to win at least ten games teamed with a better defense.

Having the ability to build the offense around a consistent "triplet" set has proven to be a successful formula for the Auburn Tigers. There is a high probability Jovon Robinson will be Auburn's 8th consecutive so they key for 2016 will be the quarterback position and finding a "go-to" wide receiver.

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41 minutes ago, StatTiger said:

2009: Todd (2612), Tate (1362), Adams (997) 8-5-0 (431.8 YPG/33.3 PPG)

Interesting how one of the most potent of the groups had the worst record.  I don't remember our D being so awful that year.  Definitely proof that it's a team sport.

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18 minutes ago, lionheartkc said:

Interesting how one of the most potent of the groups had the worst record.  I don't remember our D being so awful that year.  Definitely proof that it's a team sport.

If Auburn can get this type of offense production this year....

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16 minutes ago, lionheartkc said:

Interesting how one of the most potent of the groups had the worst record.  I don't remember our D being so awful that year.  Definitely proof that it's a team sport.

True, but we very well could have beaten both the eventual undefeated Bama and UGA that year, and we had no business losing to KY. In those 3 games alone we combined for 5 turnovers, while getting zero from the opponent (if you don't count the blocked FG/score against KY as a TO....which it probably should be) Our D wasn't stellar by any means, but we did stone the eventual Heisman winner for a total of 30 yards on the ground.

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6 minutes ago, johnnyAU said:

we did stone the eventual Heisman winner for a total of 30 yards on the ground.

I do remember that.  I still think he sees Josh Bynes number in his sleep.  Still, he was the Heisman winner because "bama was due" not because he deserved it.  Gerhart should have won it for because of that game alone.

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for some reason this reminds me of the thread we had last year predicting passing records with JJ, receiving with DUKE and sacks with Carl. just ouch! i know stat didn't intend to go that direction but i couldn't help but remember.

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2007 is surprising.  I don't recall Auburn having a very dynamic offense that year.  The offense was soo lack luster Tubs sacked Gorgeous Borges for Franklin which sealed his fate.  I'm sure Auburn had a top 25 defense that year.

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2 hours ago, Win4AU said:

2007 is surprising.  I don't recall Auburn having a very dynamic offense that year.  The offense was soo lack luster Tubs sacked Gorgeous Borges for Franklin which sealed his fate.  I'm sure Auburn had a top 25 defense that year.

Your memory is correct. The 2007 offense was very average in terms of yards per game and points per game.

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As painful as 2008 was (for me worse than even 2012), if our kicking unit hadn't completely melted down at critical points, it would have been a pretty decent season.

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