"A lot of people don't run the ball against them very well".
Auburn, Ala. -Sitting out of last Saturday's win over Alabama A&M, Auburn starting quarterback Sean White has practiced this week for the Tigers but that's as far as Gus Malzahn is willing to go when talking about his situation at the position. "I think that's pretty obvious". Sean White, the team's normal starter, reinjured his shoulder two weeks ago in a loss at Georgia and sat out this past Saturday's game against Alabama A&M.
"I think overall, you look at our turnaround when he started calling the plays we started to get some rhythm and doing some good things", Malzahn said.
"You do what's best for your team", Malzahn said.
"They do a lot of things with formations and motions but they run the same basic runs that are really well executed", Saban said of Auburn's ground game. Of course, that's easier said than done against an Alabama defense giving up just 11.4 points per contest. "I really feel like Rhett, (offensive line coach) Herb (Hand) and the rest of the offensive staff really did a good job with that".More news: Wenger: Alexis wasn't forced to play
"Sometimes we have players that have violations of our standard of behavior", Saban said Saturday after the game, "and (given) the way everybody wants to play ... sometimes when you have that, you tell guys, 'Well we're not going to play you'". That wasn't surprising as all three of Auburn's quarterbacks are close. A combination of all those things has made them probably the most effective front weve played against all year.. Alabama opponents are managing just 68.9 yards on the ground per game with three touchdowns. There would be no question that White, who leads the SEC in completion percentage, would start if he were not injured.
Offensively, the Tide averages almost 478 yards in total offense with freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts passing for 197 per game and rushing for 73.
Franklin has been White's primary backup but struggled in his only start of the season against Vanderbilt. The Tide's offensive line has been impressive this season as well, clearing the way for an offense that is averaging 477.6 yards per game. Alabama Coach Nick Saban opted to go for the 57 yard field goal as time expired, but Adam Griffith's kick was returned 109 yards for the game-winning touchdown by Auburn's Chris Davis in one of the most improbable moments in sports' history.
Auburn (8-3, 5-2 in SEC) plans on going through hard practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday before the players are excused for the Thanksgiving holiday before they get on the bus Friday to leave Auburn's football facility.
IMPACT PERFORMER: Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams rushed for a career-high 205 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing a touchdown pass last week in a 58-42 victory over Mississippi State. Conversely, the Tiger's haven't done much through the air, averaging just 175.7 yards per game, which ranks No. 108 in the nation. The Tigers lead the SEC in rushing, but face the nation's best defense when it comes to stopping the run. However, it also means the Tide might have to dial back its pass rush a bit in order to not get caught off guard by Auburn's fast-moving read-option offense. "We just have to let it play out and see what happens". Auburn won't have much to challenge Alabama with this year. After all, the former five-star linebacker was at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Iron Bowl in 2013 as a recruit on an unofficial visit. "The years we do well, we run the ball effectively".