Tigers still apparently looking for a signal-caller.
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War Eagle, everybody! This week, we’ll take a look at what we might expect to see out of the Auburn offense in 2016. The real question in everyone’s mind is whether this team will return to shredding SEC defenses regularly for 30 or more points per game, or has the spread-to-run concept become dated? I’m really not convinced the latter is correct.
What we’ve noted in the past seven seasons of the Gus Malzahn offense is that quarterbacks either break records or look pretty shaky. Uneven quarterback performances during this past A-Day are worrisome. What’s more worrying is that various news outlets are reporting that Auburn may be looking at adding Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins as a graduate transfer this summer. Is Jenkins the answer? Or would this move signal desperation?
What’s more encouraging is that this year’s offensive group seemed more than capable of running the ball on A-Day. We saw an apparently random mix of run calls and, at least half the time, backs were handed the ball going away from their H-backs and tight ends. I understand the need to keep defenses honest, and misdirection will do that. Still, a running offense needs to attack the strong side at least 65–70 percent of the time. When the Tigers ran the ball on A-Day with both the H-back and tight end leading, big plays tended to happen.
Auburn looks to have a very solid and capable offensive line put together for 2016. I’d expect that there are at least 3 future NFL draft picks in the starting lineup, and possibly 4. What’s more, this group has been cross-trained over the past couple of seasons. Left tackle Austin Golson played center last season. Guard Braden Smith has played tackle. Robert Leff has played guard and tackle on both sides. Center Devonte Danzy has playing experience at guard. The Tigers should have the ability to move guys around, if necessary.
If there is a worry on the line, it is …
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