Bosley: AU's Wounds Self-Inflicted

Center Jason Bosley talks about the troubles on offense and playing with two quarterbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--It has been four years since Auburn lost two consecutive football games. Since that time the Tigers have been one of the most successful teams in the country, amassing 33 wins in the last three years alone. That makes the 1-2 start to the 2007 season even tougher to take for many and that includes the players.

One of those players is junior center Jason Bosley. Auburn's most consistent offensive performer the first three games, the Huntsville native says that right now the important thing for the Tigers to do is to just stay upbeat and work hard.

"I'm just trying to stay as positive as possible and realize we haven't been beaten by other teams we've beaten ourselves," Bosley says. "If we can quit beating ourselves we've got a chance to be pretty good. We just have to stop doing it. That's the big thing."

A problem on offense has obviously been turnovers. With 10 in the last two games alone, Auburn's offense has given the ball away too many times to be successful. Because of that and the struggles moving the football at other times, Bosley says the Tigers have to be careful not to try to make too many things happen and let the game come to them.

"You just have to take it a day at a time and when you're out there take it a play at a time," Bosley says. "You just try to do your best on every play and not try to do too much or too little."

Looking for a spark on offense last week, Auburn used freshman quarterback Kodi Burns for much of the game against Mississippi State. Running a version of the spread offense with Burns carrying the ball the majority of the time, the Tigers racked up 216 yards on the ground. Bosley says blocking up front for a guy like Burns brings a different feeling to the game and also makes his job a little more demanding.

"He's a playmaker," Bosley points out. "You just don't know what to expect. You see him running in the open space just making people miss and it's exciting. You get excited to block for him. It makes you want to play harder.

"Coach (Hugh) Nall told us to finish on the third level because you never know what's going to happen," Bosley says. "If he makes somebody miss and you're on a third-level block then you've got a touchdown. You just have to keep finishing and go till the whistle stops."

Bosley says the biggest difference early with Burns in the game was his command of the huddle and his assertiveness at the line of scrimmage. After giving him a word of advice, Bosley says Burns picked things up a lot during the game and it has carried over into this week's practice.

In addition to Burns at quarterback, Auburn is also expected to use senior Brandon Cox in some capacity, whether it be as the starter or in a reserve role. Either way, Bosley says it could be a benefit for Cox to not be forced to make every play for the offense and turn a little over to Burns.

"I think maybe it will take a little bit of pressure off Brandon," Bosley says. "I think he said he was trying to do too much those first couple of games. Maybe with him not having as much pressure on his shoulders he'll be able to relax a little bit and get back to the way he was doing it."

Auburn will take to the field on Saturday at 6 p.m. against a New Mexico State team that could deal the Tigers fits if given the opportunity. The problem for the Tigers is that although there are already two losses on the schedule this season things only get tougher with Florida on the road and trips to LSU and Arkansas on the horizon.

The junior center says his team can't be concerned with what lies ahead, but must instead concentrate on fixing the problems and improving as a team.

"It concerns you," Bosley says of the schedule. "But at the same time if you sit here and think negatively you're not going to get anything done. You've got to try to forget about it and move on and learn how to take care of the ball.

"Offensively, we've just got to get better every day. If we play like we're capable of playing we can play with anybody. We could win the rest of our games. If we play like we've been playing it's going to be a tough road."

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