Can Scott Loeffler Put the Auburn Offense Back Among the SEC’s Best?
By AubTigerman /firstname.lastname@example.org on August 14, 2012
Football season is two and a half weeks away and once
again the Auburn Tigers have another race for the starting quarterback
position. As we mentioned a few days ago, the question of who will be the
signal caller in the opening game seems to be so common on The Plains, it has
become a right of fall.
Every Auburn fan knows
that Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier have been dueling for the starting role in
preseason camp. Although Coach Chizik has been saying the race is still pretty
much even, Moseley has been nursing a sore shoulder resulting in Frazier
getting more snaps in practice.
It will be a surprise to everyone, but Clint, if Frazier
doesn’t get the nod. His teammates have been raving about how much he has
improved over last year and he is looking more and more like the one to lead
the Tigers to a winning season in 2012.
finished 8-5 last year and played in a New Year’s Eve Bowl, but a look at the
offensive stats for 2011 reveals that new Offensive Coordinator Scott Loeffler
has his work cut out for him.
While the Tigers’ rushing offense was the fourth best in
the SEC, the passing attack was ranked 105th in the nation. When you
factor in Auburn’s
No.70 ranking in scoring offense, its easy to see the Tigers have plenty of
room for growth.
There hasn’t been as much excitement in the off season
surrounding the hiring of Scott Loeffler as there seem to have been about the
hiring of new DC Brian Van Gorder. However, Loffler has the resume to suggest
he can be successful in the toughest football league in the nation.
He has been thought of as an up and coming coach for some
time. Before the Auburn job he was mentioned for several OC jobs including Wisconsin, LSU, and Alabama. Like Van Gorder, he has coached in
the NFL, spending the 2008 season with the Detroit Lions.
In his 14 year coaching career, he has made his
reputation as a mentor of great college quarterbacks, six of whom that have
gone on to have NFL careers, including Brian Griese, Tim Tebow, and the
Patriot’s Tom Brady.
Along the way he has coached in 10 bowl games, coached in
‘97 national championship game and coached Tebow in the 2009 SEC Championship
game. When Florida’s OC, Steve Addazio was
hired in 2010 as the head coach at Temple,
he took Loffler along with him to be the Owls Offensive Coordinator.
His one season as an OC, saw the Owls offense finish the season as the seventh best
rushing offense in the nation. More importantly for Auburn, he helped Sophomore quarterback Chris
Coyer have a pass efficiency of 142.8, – good enough for a ranking of 33
nationally. Coyer was also named the New Mexico Bowl’s MVP and
finished the season with a 177.4 passer rating.
With a young but highly recruited O-Line, an All American
Fullback (Jay Prosch), a stable full of running backs, and Emory Blake and
Phillip Lutzenkirchen to lead the receiving corps – Loeffler has all the tools
to make a lot of noise in the SEC West this year.
With his background, his record with QB’s, and his reputation
as a stickler for details – Loeffler should have the Tigers back among the
league leaders in offense.
Yes the basic tools are in place. But the question is …
Can he do it? Can he put the Auburn Offense back among the league’s best?
We’ll start getting that answer September 1st
meets Clemson in the Dome.