November 16, 2006

Notebook: Offense trending up

Though the Auburn Tigers dominated the Crimson Tide in nearly every facet of the game in 2005, it was the Tide offense that felt the brunt of the blame for last season's disastrous loss. But despite coming off a two touchdown loss at LSU, the Tide offense feels that it is starting to head in the right direction and showed some promise last weekend's game.

"One of the things that really happened was we made some catches," said offensive coordinator Dave Rader. "They had some things they executed and big plays like that light up everybody. We talk about it every week that we can execute better here and there and the guys just had a mind to do it. You would have loved to be with them during pregame and in the locker room. They did an excellent job in preparation and were ready to play."

Creativity in playcalling also gave the offense some spark, notably a pass play called for running back Kenneth Darby that gave the senior his first touchdown of the season.

"It was great," Rader said. "We were down 14 points. We needed to score a touchdown. We had already missed a field goal. We were driving pretty good and messed up a play. It was great getting K.D. in there."

In creating their game plan this week, the Tide staff has done plenty of research to try and pick out what has worked against the Tigers this season and what hasn't.

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