Billings Discusses Todd and Tigers' Offense

Comments from Auburn wide receiver Montez Billings are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior wide receiver Montez Billings says he is hopeful that the improvement shown offensively from week three to week four will continue this Saturday when his Auburn Tigers take on Tennessee for the first time since the 2004 season.

"I feel like we are getting better on offense," Billings tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It seemed like everybody got a couple of touches last week. Chris Todd made good reads. He seems like he is more comfortable and has a lot more confidence. If he stays like that, we will get a whole lot better."

Todd, who made his third Auburn start at quarterback vs. LSU last week, may get a chance to throw more passes this week, offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has suggested. Franklin notes the Tigers need to be more effective throwing the football to set up the running game.

"That's a real good suggestion," Billings says with a smile. "Throwing the ball more-- I like that a lot."

The Auburn offense had trouble consistently running the football vs. LSU last week. If the Tigers can hit a few more long passes plays, that should make it easier to run, Billings notes.

"It seems like defenses we play are still trying to stack the box and stop our running game and leaving us man to man coverage outside," the junior receiver says. "If we keep passing, it will improve our running game."

Billings notes his team, which is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC, is having to recover from a disappointing loss as it prepares for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff vs. the 1-2 Tennessee Vols.

"We were down in the dumps on Saturday and Sunday, but we have a fresh start and we are okay now," Billings notes. "We need to keep pushing forward."

This will be the junior's first game against the Volunteers. For many years the Tigers-Vols battle in September was one of the featured rivalry contests in the SEC.

Billings admits he doesn't know much about the history of the series. "I know that a couple of years ago (2004) Auburn beat them twice in one season," he says. "Really, that's the only thing I know."

The junior says he feels like he is making strides as a receiver this season, but isn't satisfied. "I am playing better, but I still need to get a whole lot better with my technique and be more physical," he says.

Saturday's game will be televised nationally on CBS. Auburn, which is ranked 15th and 16th in the major polls, leads the series 25-21-3.

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