Petrino Discusses State Of The Offense

Auburn offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino gives his view on Auburn's offense following the second preseason football scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino says he saw signs of improvement at Saturday's scrimmage, but adds there is a lot of work remaining to be done for his first Auburn offense to be ready for a college football game.

"I felt the quarterbacks were in a pretty good rhythm throwing the ball until two-minute (drill)," Petrino says. "That is always a tough drill for us. I felt good in that I think we are going to be able to move the football. We went a little different way than we normally will, trying to throw the ball more downfield than we normally will, trying to test out the receivers and quarterbacks.

"We have to get back on Tuesday and get our tight ends back involved in the offense the way they are going to be this season," Petrino adds. "It was fun to see Carnell (Williams) get a couple of carries and a catch because he is exciting when he touches the ball. I wasn't happy with a couple of missed checks the quarterback made (Jason Campbell) and we ran some bad plays we should have got out of. We also had some penalties that brought a couple of nice pass plays back."

Petrino, who coached for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars last season, joined the Auburn staff in time to install his offensive system in spring drills. He has inherited a group that is rebuilding on the offensive line and in the wide receiver corps. It is also an offense that doesn't have an established No. 1 quarterback as he prepares to make a pick of a starter in a close race between redshirt sophomore Jason Campbell and senior Daniel Cobb.

"I think we could see some of the receivers had two-a-days legs," says Petrino, who notes the QBs made some good throws that were not caught. "I wasn't very happy with the first part of the practice. We weren't very crisp because I think guys were trying to save themselves for the scrimmage, but I think that was the exact wrong thing to do. You have got to get the momentum going into it. You have to decide exactly who your receivers are, where we are going to be able to play the tight ends. I was excited with Mix. We are going to see how we need to get him on the field and where."

On Sunday, the Tigers will correct mistakes from the scrimmage and then take Monday off as fall semester classes start before resuming practice the next day.

"We start getting ready for USC as we put in our game plan beginning on Tuesday," Petrino says. "We will start emphasizing getting the ball to our good guys, the guys we feel best about. The past two weeks we have really been trying to learn about the young receivers and the quarterbacks and got away a little bit from what our strengths are."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Petrino and staff are keeping an eye on redshirt freshman wide receiver Todd Bradford, who had a catch of 33 yards in the Saturday scrimmage. "He keeps showing up and keeps making plays so we tried to get him a little more work today to get a good feel of where he is at," Petrino says. Bradford is a lanky 6-3, 182 pounds with good hands and solid speed from Selma. He played at Morgan Academy before redshirting last fall at AU.


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