Auburn vs. Arkansas: 5 Things We Learned About the Auburn Tigers
The Auburn Tigers headed into Fayetteville, Ark., with the intention of shutting down the Hogs after the Razorback's near loss to Texas A&M last week.
In the first half, the Tigers had their work cut out for them as the Razorback's QB Tyler Wilson set out to do the same thing, which was to shut out AU.
As you might imagine, AU seemed to bring more than the Hogs had reasoned for against the Auburn Tigers, at least as the pregame pundits might have it. But that was the first half.
What we learned from this game is that was that the Auburn Tigers were so much more—but only in the beginning.
Kiehl Frazier Is More Than Less
No. 10 in the Auburn uniform brought much more against the Arkansas defense than he has been used to in all the previous games.
I'm talking about strategically, because Keihl Frazier was used in the first half to a great advantage for the Tigers, but when things got tough toward the end of the first half, Frazier wasn't called on once to help fulfill the deficit that the Razorbacks held.
This is possibly because of strategy, because in order to make Frazier the go-to guy in the second half, that would be giving away most of their strategy.
Thus, Kiehl Frazier continued to make his mark on the game, however it was not to make the mark on the game that the coaches had hoped for.
Michael Dyer Can Make a Major Front
Michael Dyer made a difference in the first half of the game, but that wasn't enough to beat the Hogs of Arkansas.
Dyer ran for 112 yards on 21 carries, which means he had 5.3 yards per carry as an average, but that wasn't enough to bring the Tigers to a victory.
It will make a difference when they come back home next week against Florida.
The Tigers Have to Make Their Play
Coming into this game, the Arkansas Razorbacks had the best receiver crew in the Southeastern Conference.
Regardless of the loss to Arkansas, the Auburn Tigers put up a stand on every play that had them working hard on almost every down.
As they headed into that fateful fourth quarter, the Auburn defense showed that they were having trouble with the Razorbacks and could possibly have trouble with any other team they can face this year.
Trotter Still Needs to Improve
Barrett Trotter showed that he was better than his performance against South Carolina last week, however he was definitely out-performed by Kiehl Frazier.
However, there is something to be said for Trotter's maturity, which showed in the face of outstanding defense by the Hogs, and I'm sure that his continued start would definitely be in the cards for the game against Florida next week.
Yes, he didn't have exemplary passing going 6 for 19 and he did have one interception, however, he seemed to be more on his feet than he was against South Carolina.
His opponent, Tyler Wilson, passed for 262 yards going 24 for 36 throws and two TDs as a comparison.
The Tigers Are Still Young and Growing
We said it in preseason, and I'm sure the fans are tired of hearing it again, but this is a young, inexperienced team that is in dire need of seasoning.
This game against the Arkansas Razorbacks proved that in the miscues and inability to execute what seemed like a solid game plan in the first half.
This team created 11 penalties for 105 yards without which, this game could have gone the other direction. However, young teams make those kind of mistakes, as head coach Gene Chizik is well aware of that.
This will be another lesson, much like the Clemson game was, that will teach the young Tigers something about how to overcome that stigma. They will also learn to pay attention to the details to make them come back against Florida next week, and hopefully in the following week, give LSU reason to realize they were in a game for real against the Auburn Tigers.