Auburn looks to Campbell

HOOVER, AL – Tommy Tuberville talked about it all day long: his offense has to produce for the Tigers to win. That did not happen last season for Auburn. They struggled to a berth in the Music City Bowl. The Tigers were picked by most to win the Southeastern Conference. Expectations were not met.

"We will lean heavily on our offense," said Tuberville of this year's team.

Tuberville's club will have its fourth offensive coordinator in the last few seasons. This year, Hugh Null, who has been the Tigers' offensive line coach since 1999, takes over as offensive coordinator.

Null will install the west coast offense, but Tuberville has another name for it.

"Everyone says that we are running the west coast offense; no we are not. We are running the Auburn offense. It utilizes that we have on our offense. You have to do what is best for the talent that you have," he said.

No matter what the name, Tuberville believes that the west coast system is best for the Tigers. He said that he wants Auburn to use the pass to set up the run. It is a departure from the running game the Tigers have employed the last few years.

Power running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Ronnie Brown are back for the Tigers. They will provide the Tigers with a significant running game, but Tuberville says that his quarterback will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting this season.

"I am looking for great things from Jason (Campbell)," he said. "For us to be successful we are going to have to lean more on our offense than our defense."

And Tuberville pointed out several times that it will be Campbell's arm that wins ball games for Auburn. That's something that has not happened in the past.

Auburn's defense will be young and inexperienced, which is something that also did not happen in the past. Tuberville said his offense will have to pick up the slack for the youthful Tigers.

"For us to be successful our offense is going to have to play well early so that our defense can come along," he said. That will be difficult in the SEC.

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