When you dissect things on the offense it's pretty apparent why the struggles are happening. The first reason is turnovers. With 12 on the year and 10 in the last two games in the losses to South Florida and Mississippi State, Auburn is giving away too many scoring opportunities by giving away the ball.
The second is youth up front. With three new starters on the offensive linet and the possibility of at least one more this week at left tackle, Auburn has been inconsistent with its blocking.
Last, and perhaps most important, is that Auburn's offense is playing without its two biggest weapons in running backs Brad Lester and Tristan Davis. While Lester's situation is still unresolved as he is currently suspended, Davis is getting closer to getting back on the field after breaking his big toe during training camp.
"The toe is feeling pretty good," Davis says. "I have to get cleared before I can have more movement and things such as weight-bearing, but the toe feels fine. It's a matter of finding a comfortable shoe and something that will protect my foot while I'm playing."
A player who has averaged 19 yards per rush on 11 career attempts with two touchdowns, Davis is as explosive as any offensive player the Tigers have. He says that getting a chance to start to move around and get back on his feet has him feeling good about his chances to play soon, perhaps when the Tigers travel to Gainesville next week to face the Florida Gators.
"It's more encouraging," Davis says. "I thought at first that I would never get off crutches. Now that I'm off them I feel like I can move around a little bit more. They don't want me to do too much but everything they allow me to do my toe feels real good. It's just a matter of finding a good shoe because I have to put a lot of stuff in the shoe. Other than that everything else is fine. The joint feels good and is healing up fine.
"I'm just walking and biking and doing things in the pool," Davis adds. "I'm just trying to stay active. The main thing is basically keeping me in shape or back in shape because I've been out for a month. That's the main thing right now."
Not only a threat at running back, Davis was one of the nation's best in 2006 as a kickoff returner. Averaging 27 yards per attempt on 28 touches, Davis can add something on special teams where he could become a weapon for the Tigers. He says that he looks everywhere and can see things he could be doing to help the team at the moment.
"It's not only the offense but the whole team," Davis said. "When I'm looking out there and I know where I'm supposed to be and helping the team, and I can't do anything. Even when we won I felt like I could have been a part of it more. The only thing I can do is give them my words of encouragement. That's the only thing I have been able to do."