Preparing to face one of the worst pass defenses in the country in Arkansas, the Auburn quarterbacks spent much of the last week working on correcting mistakes while also watching some old movies.
These aren't just any old movies, however, as Scot Loeffler's collection includes classics from Tom Brady, John Navarre, Chad Henne and others. All established quarterbacks, sophomore Kiehl Frazier said you can learn a lot from watching experienced passers in a similar offense and how they did things.
"Really, just tempo, the drop and speed and kind of timing," Frazier said of the biggest things he noticed from watching. "That's a lot what we did this week on our offweek. We kind of went through our first four games and kind of compared my footwork to old big plays that coach Loeffler had.
"Just kind of the comparison, my footwork was a little slow, made the timing off. It made me look a little timid in the pocket because my read wouldn't be open when I got to the top of my drop because I wasn't doing my footwork right. That's just something we've got to fix from last week to next week."
It wasn't just Frazier who benefitted from watching old Michigan game film as true freshman Jonathan Wallace got in on the action as well. After getting his first college game action against LSU in the 12-10 loss, Wallace said it was great to see what Loeffler wants out of the quarterbacks on certain plays.
"It's very helpful just to see someone else do it, and of course the way Coach Loeffler wants it done," Wallace said. "To actually visualize and see what he wants and go out there and keep working at it every day, we're trying to get where he wants us. Just being able to see other people really helps."
With the opportunity to open up the passing game against the shaky Razorback secondary, Auburn's passing game will be without sophomore Quan Bray on Saturday because of a suspension. Third on the team with 11 receptions, seven more than Sammie Coates, Trovon Reed and Travante Stallworth combined, the Tigers need everyone else to step up and make plays in the passing game.
Knowing that he's got capable playmakers on offense, Frazier said it's up to him to get the ball in their hands and he's confident the off week work has him closer to making that a more consistent reality.
"That's mostly my fault that you haven't seen some of these guys because I haven't been really going through my progressions and the speed of my footwork and all that like I should," Frazier said. "So next week you should see some guys open up."