Borges Praises a Pair of Offensive Performers

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Al Borges says a pair of juniors were the standouts after grading video of Auburn's 38-13 homecoming victory over Tulane.

Borges says that tackle King Dunlap and quarterback Brandon Cox were particularly impressive in what was a solid performance for the offense.

"King Dunlap really had a good game," the coach says. "King has been getting better every week. He really has. He is playing tougher, he is playing smarter.

"He has been a good pass protector all the way through and he continues to improve," Borges says.

King Dunlap stands out in a crowd.

The starting quarterback also caught the offensive coordinator's eye after completing 16-19 passes vs. the Green Wave.

"Brandon Cox really threw the ball," Borges says. "He dropped back very smoothly and did not have a lot of glitches in his game. He had three incompletions--one bad throw on third down, one dropped pass and one throw-away screen. He had one ball he threw bad the whole game.

"So much of that is the result of the fact that his legs are feeling better so he can get more legs into his throw," Borges says. "His footwork is better. He is gaining a little bit more depth into his drop and his timing is better. He is just more comfortable in the pocket right now."

Brandon Cox threw three touchdown passes on Saturday.

Borges notes that backup offensive linemen Tyrone Green and Oscar Gonzalez played well vs. the Green Wave.

"We stopped ourselves a couple of times," Borges says. "One series we dropped a ball and then we juggled a ball that kept us from getting a first down. We put ourselves in a situation where we went for it on fourth down and we didn't get it. We should have never got to that situation.

"For the most part, in terms of the overall execution, I thought the kids played pretty good when you consider we had a lot of guys who didn't play," Borges adds. "A lot of starters from our first game didn't play in the (Tulane) game."

Borges and the Tigers are preparing for an SEC road trip. Auburn will play at Ole Miss on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for shortly after 11:30 a.m. and the game will be televised regionally on the LFS network.

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