With August in the books and the season-opener just more than two weeks away, the Auburn football team is working to put the finishing touches on its preparations during fall camp.
As the first game of the season approaches, many have been wondering what the offense will look like this season under new offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
In a press conference held last week, we finally got a tease that the offense might look quite a bit different this season. Wide Receiver Anthony Schwartz praised the offense saying, “I feel like we are a completely different offense. I can’t go into detail, just know that it won’t be the normal Auburn offense.”
Many of the key positions Morris will have to address fall along the offensive line, a unit that lost all five starters from last season. The only returning lineman with starting experience is Nick Brahms, the junior center.
Brahms emphasized that the unit has felt an urgency this fall with all of the time lost, going so far as to run extra on their own after practice in order to get into shape.
The offensive line has also had to adapt to a new coach, as Auburn brought in Jack Bicknell Jr. According to Brahms, Bicknell has already made an impact in the short time they have worked with him.
“He’s intense.," Brahms said. "There’s a very specific technique you have to use. It’s more of an NFL style coaching I would say. I really think it will carry over to the game field this fall.”
Both Schwartz and Brahms praised starting quarterback Bo Nix as having significantly improved over fall camp.
“He will communicate a lot more with us,” said Brahms "He can read defenses more than in the past I think, and I think that’s a tribute to his study habits on film and on the practice field.”
“Bo has been looking very good and I think this offense suits him a whole lot,” added Schwartz. “I think he has been a lot more comfortable. He looks like a whole different person.”
Schwartz, who turned his focus entirely to football once track season was canceled in the spring, has been very outspoken as well, as classes resumed on campus, about the need for Auburn students to make smart decisions so that they can have a football season.
“I wanna play, but we can’t play unless the students do their part," he said. "I think the students are starting to take it more and more seriously.”
The Auburn Tigers will take on the Kentucky Wildcats Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network.