The loss to Mississippi State is disappointing but not devastating in terms of Auburn's future. Last year after a similar loss to LSU on the road, the team bounced back after a bye-week and everything fell into place for the Tigers to have an extremely rewarding season [...]
"We mixed and matched some things in the off week and tried to make sure everyone got as close to full speed as they can be this time of year, but we feel pretty good about the guys who played the last couple of games and where they're at," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said on Tuesday night.
Coaches have not divulged the areas they are focusing on, but one could assume the sputtering first-down offense, the inconsistent pass rush and blocking along the offensive line and at H-Back, a position that has become less and less visible in the last two games, have been targeted.
Malzahn has long admired Spurrier's style from afar, and the same can be said for several SEC coaches these days, who not only modeled their careers after the coach but also their visor-wearing appearances on the sideline.
Smith, who played seven snaps at tight end against Mississippi State and has recently started practicing at left guard after lining up at left tackle earlier in the season, will "definitely play more" in the second half of the season, coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday.
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08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina 11/01@ Ole Miss 11/08 vs. Texas A&M 11/15 @ Georgia 11/22 vs. Samford 11/29 @ Alabama