Franklin's Offense Intrigues AU Receiver

Auburn wide receiver Rod Smith discusses Auburn's bowl victory over Clemson and his team's new offense.

Atlanta, Ga.--For Auburn wide receiver Rodgeriqus Smith, his team's Chick-fil-A Bowl was a preview of coming attractions.

The former walk-on will be back in 2008 as a senior and says he can't wait to learn more of the new spread offense that new offensive coordinator began installing for the 23-20 bowl victory over Clemson.

"Our new offense is great," Smith tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We just put in a little bit of the offense for the bowl game. Before the game we said the important thing was to be sure we were good at the things we wanted to do.

"Overall, I think we did pretty good," Smith adds. "We had 400-something total yards, which is great compared to what we did in the regular season. I know Coach Tony Franklin has a lot more to this offense that he will be putting in next season. It is going to be a great thing for us in the coming years."

Auburn finished the game with 423 total yards to 293 for Clemson. The total was a season high for Auburn. The Tigers rushed for 190 yards after averaging 154.2 yards per contest rushing in the regular season. Auburn passed for 233 yards, up from an average of 173.7.

Rod Smith

Smith says it didn't take long for him to figure out that Auburn's offense was in for a major overhaul in bowl practice. "The first day I realized you have to be in shape in this offense," he says. "It was great to experience something new. We went out there, played together and had a lot of fun and won the bowl game.

"Coach Tony is a guy who gives the receivers a lot of opportunities as you can see from the game," Smith points out. "He is a guy who will come and ask you, ‘What type of plays do you have out there?' I like that about him."

The victory improved Auburn's record to 9-4, a fourth straight season for the Tigers to reach nine wins. That ties a school-record run, matching the 1986-89 teams coached by Pat Dye.


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