Borges Pleased With Offense In Spring

Despite scoring just one touchdown in Saturday's A-Day Game, offensive coordinator Al Borges said he was happy with the development of the offense overall.

Auburn, Ala.--It wasn't a showcase for the Auburn offense in Saturday's annual A-Day game with just one touchdown and 264 yards of combined total offense, but a sign of things to come from several young players gave coordinator Al Borges a reason to smile on a perfect day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Starting quarterback Brandon Cox had a solid day for the offense with 104 yards passing on 12 of 21 attempts, but he was overshadowed by the play of freshman tight end Tommy Trott. Playing for both teams, Trott finished the day with four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown. Borges said that Trott's ability to get down the field is something that excites him about the offense heading into the fall.

"Anytime you've got an inside receiver that can pose that kind of threat to the defense you've got a real chance," Borges said. "What we've got to do now is develop our outside guys. Somebody has got to step to the plate outside. We still need a couple of guys to do that whether it's guys on our team or freshmen coming in. Now I feel really good about our ability to get the ball to our inside receivers using Tommy in a lot of different ways."

Cox agreed. After getting the chance to work with Trott and fellow tight ends Cole Bennett and Gabe McKenzie all spring with the first unit, Cox said that he believes Trott adds another dimension to the offense they haven't had in quite some time.

"He's had a great spring, especially catching the ball," Cox said. "He gives us another dimension at tight end. We're able to split him out and stretch the field. He made a good catch and run. He's had a good spring catching the ball and I like for him to have a good fall."

Trott showed his big-play ability with a 53-yard touchdown in the A-Day game.

The A-Day game was the culmination of a good spring for the offense as Borges used the 15 practice days to develop depth at key positions and also give the players a chance to brush up on the basics of the system heading into the summer. He said that despite the struggles at time on Saturday overall it was a successful spring.

"I think we got better without a doubt," Borges said. "I wish we would have finished better today, but again we didn't play a lot of guys and we've got a good defense. You have to get them some of the credit. I think we got better. I think we got a good evaluation on a lot of kids, which is really what we wanted to do.

"If that's the case, if we learned the system better and developed some young guys, mission accomplished. Last year the spring game was 9-0. We didn't score a touchdown and we wound up with a pretty good offense when it was all said and done."

For the day the Tigers completed 19-39 passes for 165 yard with one touchdown and two interceptions. On the ground things weren't much better as the two offenses combined for just 99 yards on the ground. Brad Lester led the way with 62 yards on 10 carries while Benjamin Tate added 34 yards on 14 carries.

Other than Trott, Montez Billings was the only receiver worthy of mention with two catches for 11 yards. Cox said the day could have gone better, but overall he was pleased with how things turned out this spring.

"We struggled on third downs but other than that we moved the ball well," Cox said. "We just couldn't convert those third downs. It's tough when the running backs can't cut the blitzers and things like that. We still had a good day though."


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