When the Going Gets Tough
By Derrick Roberts – firstname.lastname@example.org on September 14, 2012
Week 3 has
arrived and the Tigers are finally home sweet home on the plains! Auburn limps
into Saturday’s matchup at its lowest point since Tommy Tubberville’s departure
in 2008. Those words alone are cringe-worthy, but add to that the fact that Louisiana-Monroe
enters this contest on possibly the highest point of their program’s recent
history and you’ve got a dangerous situation brewing at Jordan-Hare stadium. Gut-check
time has officially arrived, and it’s time for someone to step up and make
ahead looks daunting to say the least, but when have accomplishments come easy
for our Auburn Tigers? No one is lining up to hand this Auburn squad anything.
Every inch from here forward will have to be earned two-fold. We will learn a
lot tomorrow about what these players and coaches are made of. Clemson happened
– we’re past it. Mississippi State happened – it’s over.
Some things to consider before becoming frustrated
with the current state of Auburn football:
Frazier is young. The SEC is a tough and lonely place to grow up as a
quarterback. Frazier is attending the school of hard-knocks, as far as
quarterbacks go. If we ever want a seasoned, veteran quarterback then we have
to take the bad with the good.
- Both sides of
the ball are learning new systems. While our progress wasn’t encouraging from
week one to week two, I think the team still has a lot of growing that WILL be
done in 2012 on offense and defense.
1-2 punch to open the season was extremely unique (and difficult) in that
Clemson was out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke and Mississippi State
scheduled cupcakes for the entire MONTH they faced us. When you consider the
widespread inexperience on Auburn’s roster you begin to understand how
overwhelming these types of games can be.
And now, some tough-love:
talent that has been brought in from the last three recruiting classes must
begin emerging. Youth and inexperience are words this coaching staff needs to
be forbidden from using for describing this team. Yes, we have a lot of
underclassmen. Yes, we have a lot of players that are starting their first few
games of college football, but we’ve got serious talent. For the most part,
players don’t flip a switch and become All-Americans between their sophomore
and junior seasons. There is always progress. This coaching staff needs to
prove it can coach players from 4/5 star prospects to All SEC caliber players.
months removed from winning a BCS National Championship, Auburn enters a must-win game at home against
Louisiana-Monroe. I don’t like thinking about it anymore than the next guy, but
the truth hurts. With the 2012 season still very much in adolescence, it is
shaping up to be a critically defining season for the Gene Chizik regime. Belief
will be key to Auburn getting their season back on track tomorrow and that
carries over to the fans as well. You may not be happy with the eight quarters
of football you’ve seen so far, but you cannot let a negative attitude deteriorate
your support for the team. These young men have to feel the spirit of the
Auburn family pushing them every step of the way. They can’t do it without us.
going gets tough – the tough get going. Tomorrow we’ll find out if Auburn is
tough enough to take their season back.