Offense Continues To Shine

Struggling for much of the season, the Auburn offense has put together back-to-back solid practices as the Tigers prepare to face North Carolina in the Peach Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--For the second day in a row, the coaching staff put out the challenge to both the offensive and defensive units. For the second day in a row, the offense responded.

Placing the ball squarely on the 10-yard line with a first down, the offense took it to the defense once again as Ronnie Brown took the handoff on the first play and scampered the full distance for the score. After an offsides penalty moved the ball to the five-yard line for the second units, Chris Butler drove his way to paydirt as the offense manhandled their defensive counterparts for the second straight practice in the goal line situation.

That sequence capped a productive day of work for the offense as quarterback Jason Campbell and wide receivers Joe Walkins and Silas Daniels all had very good days in the passing game. Working against the first team defense in a blitz drill, the trio were able to complete passes for first downs on several occasions with a pass to Jeris McIntyre thrown in there for good measure.

Silas Daniels prepares to make a catch over the middle during Monday morning's practice.

A highlight of the blitz drill was seeing the young offensive line of Ryan Broome, Nate French, Danny Lindsey, Rich Trucks and Monreko Crittenden get some much-needed work in game situations. The unit held their own and continue to improve heading into the bowl game.

"You can tell a lot of difference from the beginning of the year until now," coach Tommy Tuberville said about the young line. "I wish we could have gotten a lot more of them in the game and we weren't good enough to score a lot of points and get ahead of anybody...they are going to get a lot of practice time between now and December 31."

Another bright spot was in the kicking game as junior Damon Duval kicked the ball extremely well to close the practice. He also endured himself to his teammates for the day as his 59-yard boot on the final play kept the team from running sprints to close the morning practice.

Ryan Broome, Monreko Crittenden, and others protect Damon Duval on his long field goal attempt.

Defensively few players stood out as the offense continually made play after play. There were several big hits by Roshard Gilyard and Karlos Dansby but for the most part the defense didn't do anything to please their position coaches or coordinator John Lovett. Missing from the workout were defensive tackles Demarco McNeil and Marcus White along with linebackers Mark Brown and Mayo Sowell. All but White are are expected back soon. White is still being evaluated after suffering a neck injury the week of the Georgia game.

The Tigers return to practice Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. with a likely indoor workout in store because of expected rain showers. The team will continue their two-a-day work through Friday before disbanding for the Christmas Holidays.

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