While Tunde Fariyike filled in admirably for the second time this season with regular center Reese Dismukes unavailable, there were some hiccups for him and the Auburn offense in the loss to Ole Miss.
One led directly to seven points for the Rebels as his bad snap was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Several times as well the exchange under center seemed to be difficult at times for quarterback Clint Moseley. Fariyike said it's just something he needs to do a better job of in game situations.
"I think I just tried to rush it," Fariyike said of the shotgun snap. "I tried to get out there as quickly as I could, overthinking that guy pass rushing, and the ball got away from me.
"I'm not completely sure," he added of the snaps from under center. "Clint said he maybe pulled out too quickly, but I honestly think he was trying to protect me. I think I just shortened it up, trying to get over there."
First Half Rhythm
Fariyike is one of many of Auburn's offensive players who talked about the excitement of finally getting into a rhythm on that side of the ball in the first half against Ole Miss. Putting together two touchdown drives and mixing the run and pass, the Tigers were on pace for their best offensive output of the season through 30 minutes. Fariyike said it was fun to be able to have some success starting with the running game and Tre Mason getting things going.
"We felt like we were knocking them off the ball," Fariyike said. "Receivers were getting open. Quarterback was in tune with the receivers. We were moving the ball real well.
"We love it when Coach (Scot) Loeffler funnels the ball through the running back," he added of the offense. "That gives us a chance to go off the ball and smash the defensive line."
Moseley Provides A Spark
In the end his numbers weren't impressive due to a rough second half, but junior quarterback Clint Moseley provided a spark of energy to an offense that desperately needed it against Ole Miss. Making plays throwing the football in the first half, Emory Blake said Moseley gives them a boost because of his presence on the field.
"Clint came in and you could tell he was fired up," Blake said. "Even on the tape, you can see by his body language he was fired up. He wanted to win it real bad. And that's good, and it does rub off on other people, especially in the huddle, when you can tell your quarterback wants to fight."
With a 1-5 record at the halfway point of the 2012 season, Blake said this season has been a tough pill to swallow for a group of players that don't like losing. Facing Vanderbilt this Saturday with a chance to get back on the winning track, the senior said there's nothing left for this team but to play hard and put it all on the line.
"I'm not used to losing, and I don't like losing," Blake said. "Neither do any of my teammates or coaches, and it's tough for us, but we're not a team that's going to give up. We're not a team that's going to quit, and we're going to keep chopping wood and keep working hard."
Keeping Focus For Freshman
In today's world of instant news via the Internet, freshman Josh Holsey said it's more important than ever to focus on the task at hand and not worry about what people outside the team are saying. Pointing out he knows the negative that is out there right now regarding his team's poor play, he said his focus is on football and turning things around and not on what outsiders are saying.
"As long as you stay off the social media and not watch ESPN as much, it's not very hard," Holsey said. "You know everybody's going to talk so you just listen to what our coaches are saying then you should be pretty good."
The freshman adds, "That keeps you on the right track. If you start listening to what they're saying, then you get off track and start focusing on different things than you should be focusing on."