Great performance on the road! That's the way you go on the road and force your will upon your opposition. Kudos to the coaching staff and upperclassmen for getting this team prepared and mentally ready.
What stood out:
1. Auburn has a plethora of playmakers! Every person that touches the ball does so with the intent of scoring. Loved the way we got the ball to so many different people.
2. Ben Tate ran the football like a man.
3. Downhill running attack. Other than an occasional reverse or misdirection play, I don't remember one instance where the running back lined up beside the Chris Todd and took a handoff running sideways. North-south running out the pistol formation with a lead back was brutal all night.
4. Kickoff return yards paid enormous dividends. Loved seeing McCaleb and Tate as the return guys. The kickoff returns in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.
5. Tackling much improved. Auburn swarmed the football and for the most part tackled very well. We're gonna miss a few against quality running backs like Hardesty, but all in all, the defense looked like an Auburn defense.
6. Chris Todd was impressive with pressure in his face. He did a fantastic job of eluding pressure without giving up sacks even when we left blitzers totally unaccounted for. Better than just not getting sacked, he made some great throws on the run to keep the chains moving.
7. Tennessee's defense was gassed by our pace offensively, particularly right before half, calling two timeouts on one drive.
8. McCaleb is fast, explosive, and fearless.
9. Need to convert touchdowns in the red zone as opposed to field goals. Will be much more important this week against a team capable of scoring lots of points.
10. Jonathan Crompton was not helped by his receivers. I've never seen so many dropped passes in a single game. Our young secondary will face their greatest challenge yet against Arkansas.
Game Ball--Ben Tate and Wes Byrum