Dangerous times are ahead for SEC defenses!
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War Eagle, everybody! The end of winter is near folks, and on this rainy night I am dreaming of Auburn football once again. The dreaded “Snowmaggedon” here in the Tragic City has resulted in… well, an inch and a half of rain. It won’t be long before the yellow pollen is all over everything, and spring drills will begin. The more I look at Auburn’s roster and returning offensive players, the better I feel about next season. Much like a time almost 20 years ago, I think Auburn is poised to break offensive records this season.
In 1996, junior Dameyune Craig was stepping into a starting quarterback role at Auburn, and he had compiled some very impressive stats as a backup the two previous seasons. Craig had a dynamite, accurate arm, and a knack for getting the ball to the right receiver. With added mobility and a host of talented young receivers, the sky was the limit for the Auburn offense going into the 1996 season.
Unfortunately for Craig and his cohorts Goodson, Bailey, Baker, Gosha, Poor, Lowe, and McCovery, the Tigers had a rebuilt offensive line with two former walk-ons starting. Coupled with a lack of big-time SEC running backs, the 1996 offense struggled at times against the better defenses in the league. However, the team averaged 33 points per game on offense. That was the 4th year in a row that the Tigers averaged 32 or more points per game, a stretch that still stands. No Auburn teams before or since have maintained a 4-year scoring stretch like that. Previously, the Tigers had managed 3 such years with Sullivan and Beasley. Tuberville/Borges managed 2 straight years in 2004 – 2005, and the Tigers have twice managed back-to-back 30+ years with Gus Malzhan on the Auburn sideline.
At the height of productivity, Auburn offensive coordinator Tommy Bowden left for the head coaching job at Tulane, where he put together an undefeated season. That mark catapulted Bowden to a ten-year stint at Clemson. Rodney Allison took over the Auburn offense, and production plummeted to 26 points per game in 1997, and to 15 as the Terry Bowden regime imploded in 1998.
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