QB, Offense Looking For Balanced Attack

Quarterback Brandon Cox discusses his team's offense as the Tigers prepare to play Ball State.

Auburn, Ala.--After putting 44 passes in the air in the opener and throwing just 18 in game two, look for Brandon Cox to find the middle ground in game three as the Tigers try to put together a balanced attack vs. the Ball State Cardinals.

The sophomore quarterback and his Tigers are putting the finishing touches on a game plan for Saturday's home contest versus their opponent from the Mid-American Conference.

"I think we are going to work on balancing out the offense because we have been a little bit unbalanced the first two games," says Cox.

"We didn't throw the ball as much as we did the first game," he adds. "It was a big difference and it wasn't all on me to get the job done. We tried to establish the running game and it was our goal going into the game. We ran the ball a lot more than we threw it and I think we did a lot of good things, but there are still a lot of things we need to work on."

Ball State brings an 0-2 record to Auburn as the Tigers hope to improve their all-time record to 5-0 vs. teams from the MAC.

"Their first game was against Iowa, but they had a lot of players suspended (13) so we didn't get a very good look," Cox says of the Cardinals. "They play a little different defense so we will have to get ready for that. They play a three-man line, but it is basically a four-man line with one guy standing up. I don't think it will give us too much of a problem.

"It is going to be a little different game, but we need all of the experience we can get right now," the lefty quarterback says. "It is a lot better playing a real game than it is out there at practice. We need to work on a lot of things and this gives us an opportunity to work on a lot of things."

Brandon Cox throws a pass vs. Mississippi State.

Through two games, Cox has completed 34-62 passes for 544 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He threw just 34 passes as a junior, hitting 22 for 357 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions as the backup to Jason Campbell.

Cox says he won't be surprised if this year's backup, Blake Field, sees some action either this week or the following Saturday vs. Western Kentucky before the Tigers return to conference play on Oct. 1st vs. South Carolina.

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