StatTiger 2,972 Posted October 2, 2014 Share Posted October 2, 2014 From 1993-2014, there have been only 5 seasons, where Auburn threw the football more on 3rd down than 1st down. Of those 5 seasons, 3 have occurred under Gus Malzahn, including this current season. Normally this would be a concern because you would rather have your quarterback throwing more on first down (when you want) than on third down (when you have to). Because Auburn runs the ball over 78 percent of the time on first down, one would expect for there to be more pass attempts on third down. On face value, this is why I don't see an immediate concern with more pass attempts on third down than first down. It should be noted that 36.7 percent of Auburn's pass attempts this season have come on third down, which is the second highest percentage of pass attempts on third down during the past 22 seasons. This is a slight concern and something to monitor moving forward. From 1993-2014, 56.2 percent of Auburn's third-down plays have been pass-plays. Last season Auburn threw the football 43.0 percent of the time on third-down. This season Auburn is throwing the football 60.0 percent of the time on third-down, which is an obvious concern for a run-heavy offense. Fortunately for the Tigers, they have performed well on third-down, currently No. 2 nationally. Auburn is currently No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC, converting 50 percent of their third-downs, throwing the football. If Auburn maintains this percentage, none of this will become a major issue. Auburn is No. 58 in terms of the percentage of passing plays on third-down, which is a concern but could become a major issue, should Auburn begin to struggle throwing the football on third-down. Mississippi State is currently No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the conference with the fewest pass attempts on third-down. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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