I was putting the finishing touches on this blog when I hit something on the keyboard and deleted the entire thing. It's a shame because it was good too! Even had an Ivan Drago and cutting the Russian reference!
Proud of effort and physicality. No moral victory to be had, just proud the young team grew up and need to use this as a stepping stone. Need to learn to play with this type of effort each week to be successful in their remaining games.
Positives were playing physical, Kiehl Frazier's comfort level, Jeffrey Whitaker (played his best game at Auburn), Jonathan Wallace (proud of his effort with no prior experience and willingness to sacrifice his undersized body), crowd noise at Jordan-Hare, the play of the Auburn secondary (played a ton of guys), and downhill running game.
Negatives were the repeated use of the lateral running game, not trying to stretch the field vertically beyond the 2nd play of the game, limiting Tre Mason (severely) and Mike Blakely (entirely), Poor 1st down production (having to climb out of a hole each series having gotten behind the chains), LBs not meeting the fullback in the hole at the line of scrimmage but rather 3-4 yards downfield.
The schedule now lightens and begins to look like our competitors schedules. No one has played more quality football teams to date than Auburn. If we bring LSU game type intensity each week, this team gets on a roll from here. They have nothing to lose and are growing in confidence. That's a dangerous mix. Don't give up on these guys. Better days are ahead...and they're right around the corner.