Will Auburn Football's Offense Improve in 2009?
The question of whether Auburn's offense will improve this season is probably on the minds of all Tiger fans.
After last year's attempt at the spread backfired, many people are nervous about the new spread being installed.
Another question is also being asked: How will this year's spread differ from last year's?
For one, Gus Malzhan is the new coordinator. His Tulsa offense was one of the best in the nation the past two years, and before that he was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas.
Also, both the players and staff are buying into it. Last year, there was a lot of confusion. But Malzhan's new offense is going to focus more on running the ball, which is something that Auburn is very familiar with.
The offensive line will also be changing this year. It is putting back on the weight that was lost from last year. Even though it is one of the positions with poor depth, the starters have a lot of experience, and the offensive line has the potential to do well if injuries aren't a problem.
One thing that remains the same is the quarterback situation. Malzhan is hoping to come out with a starter before the first game, and there are several candidates to choose from. This position will be the most important, as far as consistency goes.
Malzahn is stressing that this offense will be fast, but this is the same thing we all heard from Tony Franklin. However, after watching the spring game—even though the tempo wasn't as fast—there was some improvement, especially since the team didn't have to look at the sidelines to get the signals.
The Tigers are going to need impact players. Three players I see with that potential are Ben Tate, Onterrio McCalebb, and fan-favorite Mario Fannin. Malzhan will definitely make sure that these three will have a big part in this offense.
Kickoff is just a little over a month away, and fall practice starts next week. Hopefully, the quarterback situation is settled, and there are no injuries during practice. I do think this offense will be much improved from last year's.
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