Coming off a game in which the Tigers turned the ball over on the first two plays and then uncharacteristically struggled in the red zone, Auburn’s offense has plenty to work on despite still putting up big numbers under the direction of quarterback Nick Marshall. Wanting to clean up the execution on that side of the ball meant hard work last week and it continued on Sunday with a longer than normal workout and Tuesday evening with a full pads session.
One of the players who has a good feel for the offense and its execution is senior wide receiver Quan Bray. Part of the playing rotation for four seasons, he pointed out when you play for Malzahn in this system success is about taking care of the details and that is what the Tigers have to get better at executing.
“The first half of the season we didn't do a lot of the little things, that's why we really weren't clicking like we were, but now that we have watched a couple of games and seen what we need to get done, I think we've worked on that in the bye week," he said.
Bray and the Tigers hope to have more opportunities to celebrate touchdowns in the second half of the season.
Asked if the offense is playing up to its potential halfway through the regular season, Bray replied, “We are not even close. Coach just talked about it. We see the potential that we have. It's the little things.
“With this offense it's just the little things because it takes all 11 on offense, and if one person doesn’t do a job the play won't work. On defense somebody can mess up and you don’t really see that.”
Those mistakes have come at every level of the offense, and that includes probably the most talented and deepest position on the team this season, the wide receivers. Despite making big plays with four 100-yard performances from the group this season, three by Duke Williams, Bray said the wide receivers and the offense overall is a long way from where it needs to be if the Tigers want to get back to Atlanta.
“I don't think we've played a complete game, to be honest with you,” Bray added. “The LSU game was probably the one we clicked the most as an offense just as a whole, but as far as a receiving standpoint, I don't think we've all clicked yet. Hopefully, in these next six games, y'all will see us clicking where we supposed to be at.”