On Saturday, Auburn opens its Southeastern Conference football season with a Saturday morning kickoff at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs put a 28-7 whipping on visiting Tulane last Saturday with a physical display of football. On Monday, the Tigers had a long and physical workout to get ready for a hard-nosed game this weekend in Starkville Miss.
"It was a lot different practice, but it was a nice opportunity to take advantage of a day with no classes," Obomanu tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We are looking to become more consistent. We are working on becoming a more dominating offense. That is what we are trying to do."
The Tigers had no trouble defeating Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, taking a 31-0 victory, but the offense was not as polished as the coaching staff and players hoped it would be. The players normally practice on a Sunday after a game, but took the day off and returned for a long session on the Labor Day holiday on Monday.
"The Louisiana-Monroe game was a good one to work on some things and test some things out," Obomanu says. "We really have a lot more things that we didn't display in that game. I am sure the coaches will use more as the season progresses. The things we used in the first game were the basics."
Obomanu says he is enjoying the West Coast offensive system installed this spring by new coordinator Al Borges. Like other receivers in Auburn's offense, the junior has made strides as a pass catcher and blocker in the offseason and it showed on opening day.
"We realize with this system that there are a lot more opportunities for the receivers to make plays," Obomanu says. "We have prepared ourselves mentally and physically to be able to answer the call. We all try to take advantage of the opportunities we have to make plays.
"A lot of us have had high expectations for ourselves as receivers since we came here," he adds. "We realize this offense offers a great opportunity to help us to take that step and move forward."
Ben Obomanu is looking to improve on last year's total of 22 pass receptions.
Auburn played Mississippi State in game seven last year and had no trouble in pounding the Bulldogs 45-13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Carnell Williams rushed for five first half touchdowns and one more after intermission. However, that MSU team, coached by Jackie Sherrill, was in a tailspin when it faced the Tigers.
New head coach Sylvester Croom is expected to put a tougher and more motivated football team on the field when the two teams square off as the visiting Tigers look to win for the fourth straight season vs. the Bulldogs. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. from Scott Field and the game will be regionally televised on Jefferson-Pilot.