Offense Needs Work, AU Senior Says

Tyronne Green discusses Auburn's game two opponent as the Tigers prepare for Southern Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Tyronne Green says Auburn's opening game offensive performance was "really disappointing" despite his team blanking ULM 34-0 on Saturday night.

Green, who opened the season starting his 14th consecutive game at offensive guard for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers, notes the offense was sluggish in the first half, something reflected in the statistics. Auburn's only first half touchdowns were on a fumble return and a punt return. On the first six offensive possessions, the Tigers punted each time.

"I was a little disappointed in our play," he says. "The offense pretty much starts with the offensive line--tempo and everything. We didn't come out with the tempo and aggressiveness we needed to really get the game started in the first half.

"We picked it up in the second half," Green adds. "The first half was real slow, real sluggish. We dropped a few balls that should have been caught, little errors--missed blocks, small assignments really, really disappointed us in the first half. It kept us from really hitting on all cylinders and pushing the game out like we wanted to.

"Things I think we really need to work on in practice this week are tempo, our mental focus, staying on blocks, finishing longer and catching balls," the fifth-year senior from Woodham HIgh in Pensacola, Fla., says.

The first opportunity for the offense to improve comes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles visit Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised regionally by Raycom.

Southern Mississippi blasted Louisiana-LaFayette 51-21 last Saturday and rolled up 633 yards of total offense.

" We have got our hands full, but I feel we're ready for the challenge," says Green, who notes the Southern Miss defensive line has talent.

"We watched film on Southern Miss and they have got a nice defense," Green says. "They are big up front, the guys are over 300 pounds and they are physical and aggressive. They come off the ball nice and hard. We have got our hands full, but I feel we are ready for the challenge."

Green adds, "We saw quite a few blitzes in the first game from Southern Miss, but I really don't think they showed as much in the first game as they are going to throw at us. They definitely have a lot more than Monroe had. Monroe had a couple of inside stunts, but they didn't bring too many blitzes."

The Tigers rushed for 321 yards in the opener, but passed for just 85 yards. Green notes a key to success in week two is improving the passing game while continuing to run the football successfully. "I think we will be able to run the ball and hopefully we will be able to establish the pass and develop a good little mix between the two," he says.


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