With a bye week to help heal some bumps and bruises on both sides of the ball as well as the mental fatigue that comes with playing major college football, Auburn used the time to get in the first real practice time with new coordinator Steve Ensminger. Putting in his plan and working to improve a stagnant offense, Bosley says the time away from the playing field along with the work the team has put into the WVU game has helped the confidence of the team.
"I think it has," Bosley says. "We've had a chance to really slow down and install what we wanted to do. Last week we had three great practices and we had a great one yesterday. I think the bye week definitely helped as far as getting guys fresh and mentally refreshed. We had a couple of days off to go home and relax and come back focused and ready to go for the week."
Ensminger is part of an Auburn coaching staff that has come under fire in recent weeks for the performance on the field. People then began to question their desire to coach and win, something that is ludicrous. Bosley says if you question the work ethic of this coaching staff then you need to take an inside look at the staff during the week.
"The fire never left," Bosley says. "There was no problem with fire and with coach (Hugh) Nall especially. He hasn't changed a bit. He's cranked it up a notch if anything. He's gotten even more intense. The fire never left."
Averaging just 292.6 yards of total offense per game and 19.1 points, Auburn is looking for something positive to happen on offense in order to finish out the 2008 season on a high note. Bosley says one difference he's already found from the Tony Franklin era to now is that the team has an idea of what they want to accomplish on offense.
That was backed up by fellow senior wide receiver Rod Smith who talked about working on plays in practice until they get them perfect instead of seeing how many plays they could run in an allotted amount of time even though they didn't get them right. Bosley notes because of that demand for perfection and the plan installed this week he feels like they've finally got things on the right track.
"I think everybody feels like we're on the same page," Bosley says. "They know exactly what we're doing and what our gameplan is. We're going to know what to look for going into the game. I think before I just felt like we were out there running plays.
"I didn't really know what our strategy going into the game would be. I think everybody is confident and trusting the coaches. They've been up here a lot working on this gameplan getting us ready to go. We're just trying to do our best."