Inconsistent Offense A Trend For Tigers

Coach Hugh Nall talks about the Ole Miss game and the play of the offense as a unit.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming off one of the most frustrating offensive performances of the season in which the Auburn Tigers put up nearly 400 yards of total offense, but could manage scores in just three of five trips to the red zone and had droughts of little effectiveness, Coach Hugh Nall and his staff got back to work early on Sunday in preparation for the Georgia Bulldogs. After watching film from Saturday's 24-20 loss to Ole Miss Nall said he was pleased with some aspects of the game, but his unit just didn't make enough plays to win.

"I thought they (Ole Miss) did a good job of scheming us," Nall said. "They gave us some different coverages at times and did some movement with their front once we had checked things. That caused some confusion and we turned some guys free, but I saw a bunch of guys playing hard on both sides of the ball. I was disappointed with a couple of people at times, but that's going to happen against quick personnel like they had.

"I thought our kids scrapped and gave us a chance to win. That last drive I thought was a lot of effort. There was a lot of great effort, not just by the receiver, but by the line and by Jason (Jason Campbell) and of course Ben (Ben Obomanu) made a great run on that screen pass. Everything was there. The ball just bounced their way."

Ben Obomanu catches a pass and turns it upfield against the Rebel defense. Obomanu set a career high with six catches for 150 yards and one touchdown. It was the first time an Auburn receiver has gone over 150 yards receiving in a game since Tim Carter against Arkansas in 2001.

Despite the loss the offense made strides, particularly in the passing game. Campbell had his get game of the season passing the ball and also hurt the Ole Miss defense running the ball. A part of Campbell's game that had been missing for most of the season, Nall said his running ability is something that teams will have to account for the rest of the season.

"That's huge," Nall said. "I'm so proud of that. It helps us a bunch. They are going to have to have somebody spying to watch him more. A lot of the stuff last year was when he did that at times. The other night it just opened up. The underneath coverage was gone and he stepped up into a big empty pocket and kept running. That's a great pass play and a first down. It was good positive yardage and something they have to contend with."

The Tigers will need Campbell and the offense at the top of its game this weekend when they face the Georgia Bulldog's highly-ranked defense in Sanford Stadium. Leading the SEC in fewest yards allowed and second in scoring defense they will present a tough foe for Auburn next Saturday said Nall.

"It's a typical Georgia defense," Nall said. "They have size and speed. All I've watched is one game on them, but I'm very impressed with the guys up front. Of course Pollak (David Pollak) is as good as there is. I haven't studied the linebackers yet, it's a new crew compared to what we played against last year. It's going to be a physical bunch. They move around well. I think their scheme is as good as anybody in the country."

Working on correcting the mistakes from Saturday's loss, the Tigers spent just over an hour on the practice field Sunday in shorts and helmets. Several players were held out of the practice after suffering minor bumps and bruises against the Rebels. Among them were fullback Brandon Johnson and defensive end Reggie Torbor. Both should be fine and are expected back to practice on Tuesday.

Kickoff for Saturday's game against Georgia is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen nationally on CBS. The game time for the Alabama game is also scheduled to be set on Monday. It looks as if the Ole Miss-LSU game may be the CBS game that week and the Alabama match-up may be moved to a night game. The confirmation on the time should come sometime Monday afternoon.


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