Auburn Football: Can the Auburn Tigers Catch Lightning in a Bottle for 2012?

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJuly 15, 2012

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Aubie, the mascot of the Auburn University Tigers, rests during the game against the University of Kentucky Wildcats on October 23, 2004 at Jordan-Hare stadium in Auburn, Alabama.  Auburn defeated Kentucky 41-10.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As early preseason expectations are being set, Auburn seems to be looked upon in a very similar fashion to the 2010 team. These analysts could be correct, but what if Auburn could be poised to catch lightening in a bottle once again?


What would it take for Auburn to shock the nation again in 2012?

To begin to compete in the SEC a team must have a serviceable defense. For this to occur in 2012 the Auburn defensive line would need to be dominant. A dominant defensive line can lead to a very much improved defensive secondary.

Most analysts around the nation agree that Auburn has all the essentials to make this happen in 2012.

Where those analysts find fault and a reason to dismiss Auburn is on the offensive side of the team. It seems to be universally accepted that the loss of Gus Malzahn and Mike Dyer combined with the lack of a solid quarterback and young offensive line will doom Auburn against most of the SEC West and the elite of the SEC East in 2012.


What if?

Auburn has found an exceptional quarterback talent that has developed into a team leader and team captain during the offseason?

This new quarterback phenomenon has developed timing and relationships with several of the talented receivers on the team along with a largely unknown walk-on?

This new quarterback has worked on passing to the running backs more during the offseason?

The new offensive line was better than adequate, and choosing starters was difficult due to the quality of play?

The running backs have worked and added both endurance and muscle during the offseason?

Team leadership has become a very solid positive during the offseason after suffering in 2011?

Offseason strength and conditioning has changed the baby fat of young boys into the muscle of young men?



Of course we all know such things could never happen at Auburn. We have been told by national analysts that have not had a hint of information on Auburn since the Chick-fil-A Bowl to end last season.

These analysts have let us know in all their certainty that Auburn is not nearly as good as the elite in the SEC. They tell us that Auburn is light years from their peak of 2010. One wonders what these analysts had to say about Auburn in the preseason of 2010?

We all know it is impossible for Auburn to catch lightening in a bottle. It has never happened before and will certainly never happen again.

It is fun to contemplate what would happen if Auburn had a strong quarterback emerging from the shadows. It is fun to think about Auburn with a good offensive line. It is fun to think Auburn will have a prolific, aggressive offense.

What if Auburn could catch lightening in a bottle?

Of course, we all know, this never happens in college football and has certainly never happened at Auburn.