College Football Preview: The 2015 Auburn Tigers
Auburn Tigers Preview 2014 Record 8-5 Lost Outback bowl 34-31 vs Wisconsin
Overview: Last season Auburn started out on fire winning seven out of their first 8 games. Unfortunately Auburn fell apart after that and lost 4 out of their next 5 games including their bowl game against Wisconsin 34-31 in overtime. This Offseason Auburn has hired former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp to be their defense of coordinator.
Offense: Auburn had a great offense last year, they finished the season 27th in nation in points per game with 35.5. Auburn finished 14th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 255.5 led by running back Cameron Artis-Payne who finished the season with 1608 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Cameron has left for the NFL and replacing him will likely be sophomore running back Roc Thomas. Also adding to the rushing yards was quarterback Nick Marshall who ran for 798 yards and 11 touchdowns, while passing for 2532 yards with 20 touchdowns. Nick Marshall has gone to the NFL so the new starting quarterback will be junior Jeremy Johnson who has been waiting for his shot to start. His go to target will likely be senior wide receiver D’haquille Williams who caught 45 passes for 730 yards and 5 touchdowns last season.
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Defense: Auburns biggest problem late in the season was their defense. They were unable to stop teams late in games. Auburn has hired Will Muschamp who is one of the best defensive coaches to help solve their defensive problems. Auburn returns some of their best players last year including Johnathan Ford, Cassanova Mckinzy and Montravius Adams. Will Muschamp should be able to make this defense into one of the top defenses in the nation.
Special Teams: Auburn returns Kicker Daniel Carlson who made 18 out of 24 field goals. He also was the punter averaging 42 yards a punt. He is a very talented and reliable kicker/punter.
Overall: I think acquiring Will Muschamp was huge for Auburn. Auburn has a very favorable schedule playing some of their toughest games at home. They have to replace some key guys on offense but they have a lot of talented players to fill in their spots. I think Auburn will have a good year and contend for the SEC title.