Loeffler Wants More Red Zone Production

Comments from Auburn offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Scot Loeffler are featured.

Atlanta, Ga.--Scot Loeffler's debut as Auburn's offensive coordinator didn't go as well as hoped with the Tigers falling to Clemson 26-19 Saturday night. The biggest struggle for the offense was not turnovers or penalties, it was finding the end zone.

"Our effort was excellent, but we've really got to improve in the red (zone)," Loeffler said. "We were three for three in the red, we had three field goals and we've got to get touchdowns. Anytime you work your tail off to get down into the red area and you're not scoring touchdowns, that's not helping our team."

Finishing the game four for 13 on third-down conversations, Loeffler said the offense needs to improve in that category to help keep the defense off the field. Saturday the Tigers' defense allowed 528 yards on 87 plays to Clemson.

Quarterback Kiehl Frazier received his first collegiate start after playing in spot duty in all 13 games a season ago.

"I told him that his No. 1 job was to go out there and get the snap and manage the team," Loffler said. "It was his first time as a starter and there were some times that he did quite well, but I've got to coach better. We've got to improve him and will. We just can't lose our edge on preparation."

Frazier finished the game completing 11 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown. He also threw one interception.

Loeffler said he was impressed with Frazier's ability to remain calm and level headed. He added the sophomore did a good job with time management and checks.

"There was a lot of checking taking place and I thought for the first time there were multiple checks," the coach noted. "Some of those big runs that we had he was checking the play."

However, Loeffler showed concern of Frazier's 41 percent completion average. "That's definitely an area that we need to improve on," he said.

"There were some times that we missed some guys and should have made some plays, but that'll come. At least he was going to the right spot with the ball. Now we just need to make the play. Great quarterbacks, when plays present themselves, make the play and he's going to improve every time he walks out there."

Auburn's inexperienced offensive line was another question mark entering the season opener. Starting only one upperclassman, Loeffler said he thought the line play well at times and had negative plays on other occasions.

Loeffler noted he thought center Tunde Fariyike "did a great job after being the backup all camp long."

Loeffler and the rest of the offensive coaches have much to improve as they prepare for their SEC opener against Mississippi State on Saturday. The Tigers fumbled the ball three times against Clemson, losing one, while finishing the opener with 374 yards of offense. The Clemson defense also recorded nine tackles for a loss for 31 yards and two sacks for 16 yards.

"I can promise you this," Loeffler vowed. "Our staff is going to work as hard as any staff in the country and we're going to get better."

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