Loeffler Looking For More Consistency

As the Tigers wrapped up their off-week practice, offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is looking for better play from his starting quarterback and the entire offense.

Auburn, Ala.--With an opportunity to look back at the LSU game played last Saturday as well as the first three football games of the season, Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler has taken advantage of the time to evaluate the offense as a group and the individual performance of quarterback Kiehl Frazier.

Loeffler says the major issue for the offense continues to be missed opportunities.

"We played hard," Loeffler said of the LSU game. "I thought they played with great effort. If you take out the sacks, we ran the ball for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. It was encouraging against the defense that we faced in terms of their front and their scheme that we were able to move the ball. Obviously, we had missed opportunities, which cost us.

"That's the theme whenever you look at where we're at," the coach said. "Whenever you're able to go back and evaluate (games) one through four, it's a theme of missed opportunities. That's what we've got to be able to get. We've got to get to the point where we make that one or two plays that push us over the top."

That begins with the play of Frazier at quarterback, something that has been up and down this season. Attempting to help keep the sophomore at an even keel, Loeffler moved from the press box during games to the field last week so he could talk face-to-face with the quarterback during the games.

Loeffler said while it's not completely comfortable for him calling plays from the sideline, it's something he will continue to do for the foreseeable future.

"I'm planning on it as of right now," Loeffler said. "I prefer being in the press box, there's no question, but I've got a young quarterback out there that, I think, face-to-face contact is critical right now. I'm doing that for him.

"It's different," he added. "Obviously, whenever you're watching it from up top, it's slower. You are in a room where you don't feel the noise and you don't hear the noise, but we have got great people up in the press box to give you the information that you need, and I think that it's really important to be meeting with Kiehl as a young player."

Scot Loeffler

In addition to speaking face-to-face with Frazier during the game, Loeffler also had the opportunity to get a feel for freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace's demeanor during the game. Playing for the first time this season, the athletic Wallace gave the Tigers an additional threat in the running game.

"It's completely situational," Loeffler said of Wallace's role on the offense. "We knew we had to utilize every aspect of our talent and our scheme to be able to move the ball, and it was a situational package that we had. We will see where it goes in the near future."

Against LSU the coaches did not call a pass play for the freshman. "Yeah, he's got the ability to throw and that's the wonderful thing," Loeffler said. "You're not just putting a guy back there that is going to run it. He's not the prototypical wildcat guy that can just run the football. He has a pass threat, and any time you can stick a guy back there who can run the wildcat--so-called Wildcat plays--and yet have a threat to throw the football, it's a positive.

"He's very mature and extremely hard worker," the coach added. "He's everything you want intangible-wise. It's important to him, and he earned his way playing into that game, plain and simple. His work ethic, his attention to detail is excellent for a young guy. He earned his way into that situation."

The Tigers wrapped up the week's practice with a pre-breakfast session on Friday and will return to the practice field on Sunday evening.


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