Fannin And Auburn Offense Hoping For Breakout

Auburn's Mario Fannin talks about the problems on offense and getting ready for LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--The expectations were high for the Auburn offense heading into the 2008 season following a successful debut for Tony Franklin's spread scheme in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but so far things haven't gone as planned.

Through three games the Tigers are averaging just over 20 points per game after last Saturday night's 3-2 victory over Mississippi State on the road. One of the players expected to be a big part of the offense this season is sophomore Mario Fannin. Not much of a factor so far, Fannin says right now the offense as a whole is focusing on the details and trying to improve heading into Saturday's showdown with LSU.

"That's something we're keying on as receivers I know and I'm pretty sure everyone else is keying on it," Fannin says. "We're just getting the small details down and that's going to make us 10 times better. We're just getting the small details and making sure we do the little things right.

"Basically we all have to get our assignments down better," Fannin adds. "That's the whole thing. In this offense everyone has to be on the same key. We basically have to get together. Other than that we're pretty close. We have to keep working hard towards the goal and we'll be a great offense."

Mario Fannin is making a comeback from shoulder surgery to repair a spring training injury.

Despite the problems putting points on the board against the Bulldogs, the Tigers had some success on offense. Totaling 315 yards of offense with several big plays in the passing game, Auburn moved the football only to self-destruct. Fannin says that has been a focus for the offense so far in practice this week.

"We're pretty close," Fannin claims. "If we don't have those penalties and make small mistakes we score. We're pretty close to becoming a great offense. We just have to make sure we stay focused on the goal at hand."

With one of the top games in the country taking place this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium with Auburn facing LSU in a Top 10 showdown, the focus of the college football world will be squarely on the Plains. Fannin says because of that he can think of no better time for the offense to come together and perform like it's capable.

"I'm very excited because this is the week we have the chance to really show off our offense," Fannin says. "The intensity has picked up a lot. We're just making sure we do all the small things right and we'll go out there and play well Saturday.

"It's a great time for it to happen," he adds. "We're playing LSU at home in front of our fans. It's a great time for us to come together right now and show what the offense can do."

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