Gus Malzahn on Auburn’s offensive line: ‘Achilles heel’ has now been ‘corrected’

Auburn’s offense had left something to be desired in back-to-back games against Clemson and Mercer, but since SEC play has started, the offense on the Plains has taken off. That’s much to the delight of Gus Malzahn.

During Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference, Auburn’s coach was asked whether the last two outings against Missouri and Mississippi State represent the dynamic attack he and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey were hoping for with QB Jarrett Stidham.

“Yeah, you know, I think so,” Malzahn said. One of the focuses of the offseason was to be more explosive and throw the ball down the field. Coach Lindsey’s really made that an emphasis, and the last two weeks we’ve really stretched the field and had some explosive plays in the passing game.”

In the team’s two conference matchups against Mizzou and Mississippi State, Auburn has racked up nearly 1,000 yards (993), averaging 7.6 yards per play.

In Saturday’s 49-10 win over the Bulldogs, the Tigers’ attack averaged 9.1 yards per play, marking just the second time that Auburn has averaged 9 or more yards per play against an SEC opponent since the turn of the century.

The other instance came in 2016 in the 56-3 runaway victory against Arkansas.

The biggest reason for that? Making things comfortable for Stidham to operate. Auburn has only allowed 3 sacks over the last two weeks after allowing 15 through the first three games, including a disturbing 11 to Clemson and 3 to Georgia Southern.

“I think most quarterbacks are going to be different in a clean pocket,” Malzahn said. “Obviously, we protected him pretty well last week and the week before, and we got to continue to build upon that, because that was kind of an Achilles heel early on, but I think we’ve got that corrected.”

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