Execution Lacking For Offense

Coach Hugh Nall talks about the state of the offense heading into this week's preparation for Vanderbilt.

Auburn, Ala.--Averaging just one and a half points through two games this season, the Coach Hugh Nall's Auburn offense has left much to be desired in two non-conference losses. The ship can begin to get righted somewhat this weekend when the Tigers face the Vanderbilt Commdores, but not before taking a look back and trying to correct the mistakes they made against Georgia Tech in a 17-3 loss.

"The biggest thing that I saw on film was that we made too many individual mistakes," Nall said. "Evidently I didn't get them prepared well enough in some situations. The overall execution is not what it needs to be and that falls on one person, it falls on me.

"We had lots of chances at some good plays and lots of chances to keep drives going," he added. "We kept having a mistake here or a mistake there. That's just not offensive execution. Once again, that falls on one person. That's me."

Jason Campbell prepares to take the snap from Danny Lindsey against Georgia Tech. Nall said Sunday that junior Jeremy Ingle could play at center against Vanderbilt with Lindsey moving back to guard, where he played all of last season.

Just like in the season opener against the USC Trojans, the Tigers were made to pass the ball by a Georgia Tech defense that slanted and sent more players than the Tigers could block. Nall said that's something they're going to have to improve on because it won't be the last time they see that this season.

"We've got to do a better job of picking that slant up and seeing it," Nall said. "When they're loaded up like that we have to do a better job of getting the ball thrown downfield. In order to do that the quarterback has to have time to do it. You have to get guys open and have total execution.

"They kept seven, eight or nine in the box. They let us know that you're going to have to throw the football to win. We didn't do a good enough job of that at times. The protection is not what it needs to be. The overall execution is not what it needs to be and that falls on one person."

Obviously bothered by the mental and physical strain of not performing in the first two games of the season, Nall said this has been the toughest two weeks he can remember in his 19 years of coaching football. A tireless worker, Nall said that's what it's going to take this week to get a victory over a much-improved Vanderbilt team.

"Is the cup half empy or half full," Nall asked? "To me this is a great opportunity to fill it up. That's the way I've always looked at things. I'm not getting to work any later and I'm not going home any earlier. I'm going to keep working hard and these kids are going to keep working hard.

"We haven't tried to get where we are. We're not backing up one bit at all. I've been on teams where we've lost a game or two and ended up being championship teams. That's our mentality, that's what we're going to keep working for."


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