Tricked Out Offense Puts On A Show

Auburn offensive players talk about their confidence in the offense following Saturday's win over Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.–-For weeks Auburn has practiced a flea flicker pass that quarterback Jason Campbell throws to wide receiver Devin Aromashodu and it hasn't worked.

They say it only takes once and Saturday was the time for the Tigers as Campbell and Aromashodu hooked up for a 67-yard score on the third play of the game that set the tone for Auburn's impressive 38-20 victory over Arkansas.

"It never worked the way we always wanted it to," sophomore receiver Courtney Taylor said. "We probably ran it five or six times and successfully made one, but the one we did Devin dropped. So I was like, 'Devin, if you drop that ball in the game I swear I'm going to be all over you. You don't have to worry about Coach Tubs, I'm going to be all over you.' Devin made the play today."

The touchdown strike was just a sign of things to come for Campbell and the Auburn offense as it torched the Arkansas secondary for 297 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of play. Campbell set the all-time single-game record for completion percentage after hitting on 17-19 passes against the Hogs and Aromashodu said the quick start was a confidence booster for the Tigers.

"That's what Coach Tub wanted us to do," Aromashodu said. "He wanted us to let Arkansas know that we were the better team and to take control of the game. That's what we did. Jason played awesome. He was 17-19 and was leading the offense and making the right plays after studying film. He's just a general. It was satisfying because everybody was in tune today, the quarterbacks, receivers, everybody. It feels like everything is just clicking."

Courtney Taylor pulled down three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

Campbell's big day was bolstered by a big day out of the receivers as Aromashodu had Auburn's first 100-yard receiving day of the season with 102 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Anthony Mix had four catches for 76 yards while Courtney Taylor added 66 yards on three catches. Ben Obomanu also produced well with three catches for 42 yards and his sixth touchdown of the season. Mix said it was a great win and one that just builds onto the confidence this team is gaining each week.

"It's very satisfying," Mix said. "We're still undefeated in the SEC so it's a very big win. Arkansas came in here and still had a chance to beat us. They fight hard until they end and that's what they showed. It's big for us and it's confidence. We're doing well right now, but we still have to keep a level head. We've got big games ahead of us and we can make that one mistake and fall off any time. We have to stay poised."

Coming into every game this season opponents have talked about Auburn's running game and the combination of Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown in the Tiger backfield. While Campbell has shown the ability to get the ball downfield this season, still teams remain focused on the running game. Mix said that's something the receivers don't mind seeing this year with Coach Al Borges' system in place.

"I like to hear that because it's going to give us a chance to make plays," Mix said. "We want to make plays as receivers. That's every receivers dream to make the big catch. That's one thing we're doing right now. We're completing third down passes that are keeping drives going and we're doing well. That's helping our offense be successful right now."

With the passing game doing so well future opponents may start to become more concerned about Campbell and the wide receivers than Auburn's running game. If that happens down the road Brown said it won't change what this team does on offense because it's all about making the play when your number is called.

"With this new system it just gives everybody a chance to make big plays," Brown said. "From the receivers to the running backs to the quarterback. It just opens so many doors for guys on our team and gives everybody a chance to make the big play."

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