December 3rd, 2013 02:10 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: AU, Auburn, Donovan Bonner, SEC
Gus Malzahn wants to run the fastest offense in the country. But this week his Auburn Tigers will meet another bunch of Tigers are who are pretty well versed in defending hurry-up teams. That’s because Missouri runs more plays per game than even Auburn (74 to 72.7, according to The Birmingham News).
Mizzou linebacker Donovan Bonner discussed his team’s ability to go up-tempo while being careful not to provide any bulletin-board material to AU’s players:
“Our offense does it in practice at a tempo that I believe no team has done this year. So we do it actually faster in practice just to prepare in case something like this happens. We’re pretty good with fast ball. We’ve played fast ball in my years here. We’ve played a lot of fast ball teams coming from the Big 12 to the SEC…
(Auburn does) a lot of motion. So guys, especially at my position, linebacker, you have to focus on looking at your keys and knowing what’s going on instead of looking at the fly motion and like zone-read. They can pull it out and run with the quarterback. Sometimes they can raise up and pass it. It’s really a triple-threat offense, man…
If you mess up one gap (against Auburn), you go for a big run. We’re just going to study film a lot. More than we’ve already been doing.”
Bonner said nothing wrong there. But we’ll guarantee you this quote — “Our offense does it in practice at a tempo that I believe no team has done this year. So we do it actually faster in practice (period)” — will find its way to Auburn’s offensive players this week. Coaches look for any edge possible and the odds of an Auburn coach not saying, “They think they’re faster than you,” are slim to none.
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