Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Al Borges says he expects to put a more efficient offense on the field on Saturday night as the Auburn Tigers entertain the South Florida Bulls.
Borges says he has been impressed with what he has seen of the visitors from studying video of last year and their opening night football win vs. Elon.
“They have got a very sound scheme of defense,” the coach tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “They play a lot of what we call under defense. They have a nice little zone pressure package off of it. Their coverage on the back end is pretty solid. They are a good sound front that knows their defense well and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”
Auburn’s offense didn’t score a touchdown until 2:01 was left in the final quarter as the Tigers rallied for a 23-13 victory over Kansas State in the opener.
Commenting on the South Florida defense, Borges says, “It is a little different from what Kansas State did. They were are 3-4 team with heavy pressure. This team will give you some pressure. They are not afraid to do that, but it won’t be the type of pressures we saw against Kansas State.”
The Bulls feature a defensive end, 6-4, 242 sophomore George Selvie, who made four quarterback sacks in the opener. “He is a good player,” Borges says. “He has got great quickness and speed and we are going to have to treat him a little like we treated Ian Campbell (Kansas State’s defensive star).”
Auburn’s running game was disappointing in the opener. The Tigers netted just 62 yards rushing. Sophomore Ben Tate got the start in place of suspended junior Brad Lester, who is out indefinitely, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville says.
Mario Fannin, a redshirt freshman, could see his first action at tailback this week after being limited to kickoff return duty in the opener. Tuberville says that Fannin did not play tailback vs. Kansas State because the coaches were concerned he was not up to speed on all of his assignments.
Mario Fannin runs in a spring scrimmage.
“He has had a good week of practice,” Borges says of Fannin. “All of the young guys have. In fact, we had a good week of practice. Mario has been very focused and I think he is ready to give us a few snaps. He has been working his tail off.
“Because of the unknown in the Kansas State game we were a little hesitant to play young players,” Borges notes. “We have a little better idea of what to expect in this game.”
Auburn’s rebuilt offensive line, which features only one returning full-time starter from 2006, struggled in game one. “I think they are going to improve and generally the most improvement is from game one to two,” Borges says. “We had a lot of kids who played a little bit. There will be some pains until they really play together for a while, but I think they will be better.”
Kickoff time for the South Florida at Auburn game is scheduled for shortly after 8 p.m. with television coverage on ESPN2.
(Inside the Auburn Tigers will be up late Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium with in-depth coverage of the USF vs. Tigers game for premium subscribers of AUTigers.com.)
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