Will Offensive Changes Be Dunn In Time?

Auburn receiver Robert Dunn talks about Tony Franklin and the new offensive system.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn offense has gone through two practices with new coordinator Tony Franklin and will have three more before the players leave town for Christmas break.

The team will resume practices in Atlanta on the 26th, but head coach Tommy Tuberville has said that he'd like to have the game plan ready before the Tigers get to Atlanta.

So the question is, will Auburn run the new system on Dec. 31 against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl?

"It just depends on how fast we can learn the offense," says junior receiver Robert Dunn. "If we can pick it up and it's just easy then maybe we could, but I don't know.

"I don't know what they plan on calling or even if we'll be ready by the time we play Clemson," he adds. "I really don't even know right now."

Even if the offense is still a work in progress heading into the New Year's Eve bowl game, Dunn says he still likes the prospects of the new system heading into his senior year in 2008.

"I think it'll be great," he explains. "I like the idea of spreading the ball out more. All of the receivers are apparently happy. That's a change for the best, I think. A lot of the guys are happy. The running backs are happy, too. They're still getting their touches and their carries. We're just looking forward to seeing how it's going to work out next year.

Dunn is shown with a key reception in the victory at Arkansas this season. Heading into the bowl game he has 14 receptions for 172 yards and a pair of scores as a junior.

Borges ran practices focused around executing and being mentally sharp, but Franklin has added some intensity to the offensive side of the ball.

"(Franklin) is real intense," Dunn notes. "Everything is working out pretty good. Everybody is just picking up where we left off and getting ready for the bowl game.

"It's fast," he adds of practice. "It's a lot more up-tempo the whole day. We're doing a whole lot of running around, scrambling, and working off the kinks because we've been off for a while. We're just trying to get back in the rhythm of practicing."

As for Borges, Dunn says that his exit caught him off guard a bit.

"I really didn't know anything about the situation with Coach Borges up until the day of," Dunn explains. "I was on my way to class to take an exam. Somebody told me we had a new offensive coordinator. ‘When did we get rid of the old one?' I didn't even know. I was really just focusing on my grades. I was zoned out from football and that caught me by surprise. I didn't know there was a situation where he'd be leaving. Hopefully everything works out for the best for him and for the team."

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