Malzahn: Offense Has Potential to Improve

Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn discusses how his guys performed after Auburn's 17-game winning streak was ended at Clemson.

Clemson, S.C.--Gus Malzahn said he expects the Auburn offense to recover quickly from the team's first loss since the 2009 season.

"We will bounce back," the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach said. "We have some eager guys. They are learning.

"We have got to get better each week, we have to find a way of getting better at everything," he said. "I feel strongly this group will be a successful offense by the end of the year."

Auburn fell 38-24 to Clemson on Saturday as the AU defense struggled to stop Clemson's offense, which was directed by Chad Morris, who studied under Malzahn and was recommended for the job by the AU coordinator.

The two men talked briefly after the game. "I told him he is a great coach and he did a wonderful job today," Malzahn said.

Auburn jumped out to a good start taking a 21-7 lead in the first half, but Clemson rallied to tie the game 21-21 by intermission.

"We stopped making first downs and got into a little bit of a lull and they got momentum there," Malzahn said. "We just didn't get enough third down conversions to give us a chance to score.

"We missed the chance to score late that definitely we would like to have back,"?Malzlahn said. "We have just got to find a way to put more points on the board. That is the bottom line."

Auburn trailed 38-24 in the fourth quarter, but had plenty of time to come back as the Tigers drove to a first and goal at the Clemson eight. However, an interception thrown by Barrett Trotter ended the threat and Auburn's chance to win.

"He has got to throw the ball away there," Malzahn said. "The more time he has playing, the better he will get at that stuff."

The highlight for the offense was 151 rushing yards by sophomore Michael Dyer. "We were able to run the ball at times and he is a heck of a running back," Malzahn said. "We have to find a way to get him the ball a little bit more."

A wrinkle the Tigers used offensively was playing three different players at the wildcat spot. Dyer, quarterback Kiehl Frazier and wide receiver Quan Bray, a high school quarterback, played that role.

"We are just trying to get the ball to our best players," Malzahn said. "We are still trying to identify who we are and we are finding out more information each game."
"I thought Barrett did a solid job. He got hit out there a couple of times. He is a very tough competitor. He is a little banged up, but he didn't want to come out of the game. He fought hard. He did a solid job."

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