The 2013 Auburn offense will look much different from the one we saw in 2012.
And that is a good thing.
The 2012 version ended the season ranked No. 115 nationally in total offense. Under former offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, the Tigers managed to only pick up an average of 5.27 yards per play. Compare that to Georgia, which led the nation in yards per play at 7.09.
New head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee are bringing back the style of offense that led Auburn to a BCS National Championship in 2010. Malzahn is a pioneer in the hurry-up, no-huddle style of football that has permeated the high school and college gridirons throughout America.
Although the style of offense that Auburn will run in 2013 will have the same core philosophy as the offenses from 2009-2011 did, there are many people who feel that Malzahn never ran a true version of his offense during his time as offensive coordinator.
That’s a scary thought when you think about the amount of school and conference records the 2009 and 2010 offenses broke.
One major reason that Malzahn was hired at Auburn in December was the fact that so many of the current offensive players on the roster were recruited by and for Malzahn.
Last year was like trying to stick a square peg into a round hole. None of the players looked comfortable in the pro-style system employed by Loeffler.
With plenty of high-profile offensive players committed to Auburn and the loss of only four offensive starters, the Tigers will look to have a high-octane offense once again.
Malzahn's offense does not employ a true TE or FB as Loeffler's did. Instead, it has an H-Back along with a RB and three WRs.
With spring practice just a few months away, let’s take our first stab at projecting the 2013 offensive depth chart for Auburn.