Tight End Says Tigers Getting More Offensive

Cole Bennett discusses the Auburn offense and the Tiger tight ends.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior tight end Cole Bennett says he believes the Auburn offense is continuing to improve with first-year starter Brandon Cox making steady improvement.

"I think we are coming together," Bennett says. "Everything has kind of fallen into place. The leadership has stepped up. Everybody is to the point now where we all know the offense. We are at the point where we are polishing things up. We have come a long way since preseason."

Commenting on Cox, the redshirt sophomore quarterback, Bennett says, "I think he has improved tremendously from the first game of the season. He is calm and cool and doesn't get rattled.

"Brandon is not emotional one way or the other," Bennett notes. "He just goes about his business and always has a good attitude. He is making the right checks, the right plays, and really helping us out."

Bennett is seeing extensive playing time for the Tigers, although with five catches for 65 yards he isn't the featured receiver in the AU offense. He started the game vs. LSU as the Tigers opened with two tight ends on the field and his blocking has been a plus for the offense.

"We realize that we have big-play wide receivers," Bennett says. "The tight ends are going to get a couple catches a game, but we need to put the ball in the hands of our superior athletes sometimes. We are taking pride in what we are doing, realizing that the more blocks that we make downfield we are going to get more plays on offense."

Cole Bennett has played in 31 games for the Tigers. The former Dalton, Ga., High standout has 12 career catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Bennett says he and fellow tight end Cooper Wallace take pride in their blocking. They concentrated in practice this week on making sure they have their assignments in order for Saturday's 11:30 a.m. kickoff vs. Ole Miss. "Their defense is a little different, a little tricky if you don't know what you are doing," Bennett says. "After we repped it, we got it down."

The junior tight end says his team should be able to bounce back from a tough overtime loss at LSU. "We forgot about it," he says. "We rallied around our teammates. We didn't win the game, but we did as well as we could without winning it. We are getting a lot out of it. I think it will be a real momentum swing for us the rest of the season."

Bennett says he enjoyed the challenge of playing a Top 10 team LSU team on the road. "I like those hostile environments and not being able to hear," he says. "It was kind of a rush out there. The louder the better. It was a good experience, I am glad I got to go back down there."

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