Brown, Cadillac See Hope for The Tigers

Comments from Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Hugh Nall are featured discussing Auburn's loss to Georgia Tech.

Atlanta, Ga.--Carnell Williams says the Auburn offense hasn't lost its confidence, but that group's lack of production goes a long way towards explaining Auburn's two losses to start the 2003 football season.

The Tigers were expected to be one of the nation's top running teams, but for a second straight week the running attack was substandard. Williams ran the ball 13 times for 37 yards and the team as a whole netted just 40 yards on 38 running plays, including minus 46 yards of sacks on Jason Campbell.

"We just couldn't execute the offense and things weren't going too well," said Williams. "I am disappointed. I never expected this, but that (the unexpected) is why you play the game of football. We are still looking forward to the SEC competition and getting out there and accomplishing our goals."

Williams and the Tigers outgained Tech 251 to 230 yards, but stretched a streak to eight quarters without a touchdown. "I can't pinpoint one thing," Williams said. "We have just got to get more chemistry going, keep focused and we will be OK."

Williams said that he doesn't see the team becoming discouraged. "No, not all. We have great senior leadership and we can still accomplish the goal we want to accomplish. We want to play in Atlanta and that starts next week."

Ronnie Brown, who finished the 2002 season on a hot streak, finished the game with a team-leading 47 yards rushing on 11 carries. "For us to know that we are a good offense and not be able to accomplish some of the things we want to do is very frustrating," Brown said.

Ronnie Brown runs vs. the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

When asked what the difference between this year and last year is for the AU offense, Brown said, "I think for the most part it is confidence. The offense as a whole has to get that confidence back that we are a good offense. I think after that everything will start clicking."

Brown said it is hard to pick any one area that is keeping the Tigers off the scoreboard. "We have our little bursts," he said. "We play good at times, but for the most part we have to put a whole game together. I think that is our goal for next week with it being our first SEC game."

Offensive coordinator Hugh Nall said the failure to score was a group effort on Saturday. He noted that penalties, turnovers, poor decision-making and inconsistent blocking were all issues. Nall, who also coaches the offensive line, added, "Once again, we are just not getting the job done up front and when we do we are not catching the ball. We are just not executing."

Nall added that it wouldn't be right to just blame the offensive line for not getting the job done. "Anybody who does that doesn't know a lot about football," he said. "They were getting whipped up front, but I saw some good things happening today. Again, the biggest disappointment was in the pass protection. I think we gave up some early sacks that should never have happened."

Nall said he saw some screen plays that should have popped for big yardage and some wide open receivers who didn't get the football. He also said if he would make some different calls at times, too, based on what he saw without studying the game film. "You got to give them credit," Nall said of Tech, praising the Yellow Jackets' defensive scheme. "Tenuta (defensive coordinator John Tenuta) did a good job of keeping them in the box and taking away our passing game, too."

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