October 9, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Loeffler affirms AU's new focus

AUBURN -- The time for experimentation has ended.
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler on Tuesday night said the Tigers are a running team and will emphasize the run game more frequently this weekend and beyond. His remarks were a response to coach Gene Chizik, who said Sunday that Auburn needs to pare down its plan to more closely match the team's strengths.

That strength, Loeffler said, involves tailback Tre Mason and fullback Jay Prosch.

"We've definitely got to make sure we narrow down to exactly who we are. Who we are is this: We are going to run the football," Loeffler said Tuesday night. "We want to be a play-action team that has the ability to take shots down the field. We need to narrow that down for sure."

So why did Auburn spend so much time trying to pass against Arkansas last weekend?

Coaches knew the Razorbacks' pass defense was among the nation's worst and they sought to exploit some specific weaknesses in the visitors' scheme. The plan backfired as quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley conceded avoidable sacks and turnovers.
Auburn lost, 24-7.

"I think that we tried to take advantage of the teams that we were playing against," Loeffler said. "At times maybe we got away form exactly who we are. We just felt that the game situation … we were going to throw it a little bit more. We understand Tre can run the ball. We're going to get Tre the football."

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