News of the day, 9/9
Hey everyone. It'll be a long day of reaction an analysis about what exactly happened to the Tigers on Saturday night. Keep in mind that I had South Florida at No. 18 in my poll prior to the game, so it's not like Auburn lost to Appalachian State. So I think it's outrageous to start demanding a complete overhaul -- as some fans have advocated.
With that said, there need to be some significant changes made. See below for reaction.
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In his mid-afternoon press conference, Tommy Tuberville said he is not inclined to make any changes at quarterback. He said the Tigers will stick with Brandon Cox. Remember, though, that Brandon's strength is supposed to be mental excellence. Yet he's the guy with five turnovers in two games. I think something is wrong with Brandon. His regression is undeniable. Offensive coordinator Al Borges will be talking in the next hour. I'm anxious to hear what he has to say.
UPDATE: Borges said Brandon played "OK." Also, Borges said the offense looked better on film than it did in person. I'm just reporting what he said.
Tuberville didn't sound particularly optimistic about the injury situations facing safety Aairon Savage and linebacker Tray Blackmon. Both players missed the USF game. Their availability for this week's game against Mississippi State is in doubt. Chris Evans played almost the entire game in Blackmon's stead (he's the only middle linebacker left) and that's probably a bad thing for Auburn. Not that Evans is a bad player. He's a good backup. He's overexposed when asked to play 80 defensive snaps plus his usual special-teams work.
UPDATE: D.C. Will Muschamp said he fully expects Savage and Blackmon to play this week. Whom to believe? Your call.
Al Borges, asked about making some offensive changes this week, responded thusly:
If you've got weapons, you've got to find some way to use your weapons, period. That's what we're exploring right now. We're trying to find a way to get the ball to some guys that can help us score some touchdowns. That's our job.
UPDATE:After talking to players, it appears that Chris Slaughter and Tim Hawthorne were bumped up to the first-team offense today. Slaughter plays flanker and Hawthorne plays slot receiver with Rob Dunn. Apparently, Dunn was playing outside with Rod Smith today at split end. Slaughter was splitting first-team reps with Prechae Rodriguez.
Auburn's MVP so far? It has to be freshman kicker Wes Byrum. The kid has connected on 6 of 7 field-goal attempts. He has great range. Byrum's only miss was a 47-yarder against Kansas State.
A little trivia. TE Gabe McKenzie now has touchdown catches in consecutive games. Who was the last Auburn tight end to accomplish that feat?