Changes Coming, Auburn Senior Says

Auburn wide receiver Rod Smith comments on his team's disappointing loss to Vanderbilt.

Nashville, Tenn--Auburn receiver Rod Smith said head coach Tommy Tuberville told the team after Saturday night's 14-13 loss at Vanderbilt to expect major changes to Auburn's offense on Sunday.

"He told us he was going to make some changes," Smith said. "I don't know what kind of changes he is going to make. The way it's looking, it probably will be a drastic change. We have to get back to playing old Auburn football where we run the ball smash, run the ball at them like we did in the first quarter and if we need to, throw the ball."

Auburn had 126 offensive yards in the first quarter. Most of those were rushing yards, with 89 yards on the ground compared to 37 yards passing. But after the first quarter, Auburn's offense struggled, making only three first downs in the second quarter. After the half, it seemed to implode. The Tigers had only three first downs and 57 yards of total offense in the second half.

"I'm just really confused right now," Smith said. "Everybody's confused. Like (quarterback) Kodi (Burns) said, everybody is hurting, speechless and confused. I don't know what to say.

"When we came out, we jumped all on them, and it looked like things were going good for us, but it's tough. I don't know what to say right now. It's a tough loss. Everybody is hurting right now. We're hurting. To come out on offense and play so well and drive down the field and put up points like that and for it to disappear… it's hurting us right now."

Smith had four catches for 18 yards and a touchdown against the Commodores. It wasn't enough to help Auburn's struggling offense, however.

After the game, Tuberville took the blame for the loss, saying he didn't have Auburn's players prepared to win. The offense was disastrous. Smith admitted the players were confused about the play calls during the game.

He said the team still has confidence in offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who has been trying to install his signature spread offense, but he admits he doesn't know exactly what to call the offensive system Auburn is using right now.

"I don't know what we are right now," he said. "Spread, old Auburn offense...I think we still have confidence in Coach Franklin. We came out and played a great half. He called some good plays. As far as the play calling for the second half, I don't really know what happened.

"Sometimes it's on the players and sometimes it's on the coaches," Smith said. "But we all just have to come together and be one and whatever he calls on the field we have to go out and execute. We just have to get better at that. We just have to go back to work tomorrow, and whatever changes Coach Tuberville, makes we just have to go with that."


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