Auburn Football: Quan Bray Arrest Another Blow to Ailing Tiger Offense

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2012

Auburn's offense has been consistently inconsistent ever since toe met leather in the Georgia Dome on September 1, and the season kicked off.

The Tigers currently rank last in the SEC in total offense with an average of 297.8 yards per game.

Things are going so bad for the Tiger offense that one of its bright spots made the wrong kind of headlines during Auburn's bye week.

Wide receiver Quan Bray was arrested in Carrollton, Ga., by University of West Georgia police and charged with violating his driver's permit, according to Joel A. Erickson of AL.com. Bray was also cited for loud music and possessing alcohol but had not been drinking, according to the report.

Bray has 11 catches for 82 yards this season and is Auburn's second-leading wide receiver behind senior Emory Blake. He is also Auburn's primary punt returner, with five returns for 12 yards on the season. 

Is it a landmark arrest or somehow indicative of a program that's out of control? 

Of course not.

Bray made a mistake, and it's a mistake that I'm sure he regrets. But, it's not uncommon.

It is, however, the last thing that Auburn's reeling offense needed—a distraction.

Whether Bray is suspended, forced to do some extra conditioning in practice or just the recipient of a stern "talking to" by the Auburn coaching staff, some of the focus on fixing the offense will be taken away.

That's not good, especially considering Bray's 11 catches comprise nearly 41 percent of the receptions made by Auburn's wide receivers this season.

Auburn's energy needs to be focused on fixing an offense that's clearly broken, and this arrest is just something to pull the focus away from that goal.

 

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