Borges Discusses His Offensive Philosophy

Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Al Borges, comments on his new job at Auburn and how he runs his offensive system.

Auburn, Ala.-Auburn's new offensive coordinato Al Borges says that he plans to hit the ground running when he arrives on the AU campus on Monday.

With spring practice scheduled to start on the 29th, that is probably a good idea.

"We have got a very short time period before we get into spring football," says Borges, who replaces Hugh Nall as offensive coordinator. "I am going to be coming in and it is going to be a quick, cram course.

"One thing I know is that we want to maintain is some of the things that have been done well. Studying some of the statistics, Auburn has been a great rushing team. We don't want to get away from some of things they have done well.

"I think what we want to do is add some things and delete some things so we can improve some of the things that need to be improved. After looking at all of the tapes--and I haven't had a chance to do that yet but I will--we can trouble-shoot a little bit and make some evaluations and do what we have to do to put a good, efficient package together so we can compete week in and week and out."

Al Borges

Borges has 31 seasons of coaching experience at the high school, college and pro ranks. He has spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator and QB coach at Indiana.

"Having done this job (offensive coordinator) now--this will be my 19th year--I have been fortunate enough to be around some great coaches and run a system that I think we have ironed out a lot of wrinkles over the years," Borges says. "I think once I get a good feel for the personnel, I think it will be a good transition. I feel very, very good about that."

With a West Coast background with college coaching stops at Diablo Valley, Portland State, Boise State, Oregon, UCLA and Cal prior to going to Indiana, Borges says he is excited about coming to the SEC.

He says being at Auburn is particularly exciting, saying it is "a fantastic place to coach football in light of the great tradition and the fabulous conference." Borges adds, "Having coached in the Big 10 and the Pac 10, I can still honestly say it is pretty much the consensus that the SEC is the best conference in the country."

Borges says he has not made a decision how to align the current coaching staff. He may coach the QBs or may leave that job to Steve Ensminger, who handled it last season. He says he is eager to work with Tommy Tuberville and the coaching staff he got to meet on Wednesday and Thursday.

"It is indeed an honor to have this opportunity," he says. "Anytime you take on a job a lot of the success and failure is based on the people you work with. I think having a chance to coach with Coach Tuberville, who has been around as a head coach at a couple of major universities and who has enjoyed a great deal of success, is going to be a great learning experience for me.

"Having a chance to work with a guy like Hugh Nall, who I consider to be one of the premier offensive line coaches in the country, I am really looking forward to that chance. A guy like Eddie Gran, who I think whose energy and expertise is really going to be a breath of fresh air for me. Steve Ensminger has been a coordinator and position coach is going to add something. It is really going to be helpful to me in my role. Greg Knox, who I really consider to be a great wide receiver coach...I have talked to so many people about him and he comes so highly recommended so I really believe people make the job. They have great people at Auburn and I am looking forward to working with all of them."

Borges says his interviews at AU earlier this week went very well. He was one of four coaches that Tuberville brought in to meet the coaching staff.

"I could tell in the interview that this was going to be a great mix," Borges says. "We shared some of the same things philosophically. I think with that starting point that we wanted to have a good balanced offense. We want to be able to run the ball and pass the ball. I think in contemporary football today that is a necessity, particularly when you are playing teams the caliber that we are playing.

"There are going to be games that you have to throw more than you would like and there are going to be games where you are going to be able to run the football as much as you would like. From talking to them and mixing with them it became very, very apparent that we were on the same page on how to move the football. I think that is critical. I think when everybody is thinking the same, things tend to run so much more smoothly."


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