The 2009-2010 college football season is over, and the stats are in the books. A big improvement this year for the Auburn Tigers was the offensive production. The Tigers even broke a school record for offensive yards in a season; but the offense could be better.
Auburn finished the season with an offense ranked 16th in the nation in total yards. They had a running back who went over 1,200 yards in Ben Tate, but he is gone. The Tigers also had a receiver who was just three yards shy of a 1,000 yard season in Darvin Adams.
How can the offense improve?
Well first of all, a big problem this past season was penalties. So the Tigers need to be more disciplined on the field when dealing with those whether it be false starts, or illegal formations, or even an ineligible receiver as we saw in the Georgia game.
The Tigers will have to be consistent throughout the game. Consistency was a big problem this year. They showed that they could make big plays fast, but they also showed that they can go three and out just as fast.
One reason that Auburn fans can be optimistic about this offense improving is because of the talent that's coming in to play for this offense. Although it's not concrete until National Signing Day, Auburn is looking to bring in a top 10 recruiting class.
Another reason is because this offense was still in its infancy during the season, so it will grow just like most of the talent coming back this upcoming season.
A big key though that might improve this offense is to choose a starting quarterback during the spring. That way the receivers and quarterback can start getting used to each other and developing chemistry with each other.
Critics might think that the offense will decrease with Chris Todd gone, and Ben Tate as well, but the receivers return, and the majority of the offensive line is also returning in which depth will not be a problem. The Tigers will have a few running backs to choose from to replace Tate, and the quarterback situation might already be decided with the arrival of Cameron Newton, but it might be a bit premature to count out the other candidates now.
One way or another the 2010 season looks to be as interesting as the 2009 season for the Auburn Tigers offense.