September 14, 2008

Franklin: Offense is scary close

Tony Franklin has been down this road before.

In 2006, his first season at Troy, Franklin's newly installed spread offense had plenty of growing pains, much like Auburn is experiencing now.

In consecutive weeks, the Trojans were shutout against Nebraska, managed just a field goal against UAB, and were held scoreless in the first half before rallying for a 14-6 win over North Texas.

But over the final six games of the season, Troy averaged 30 points per game. The following year, the Trojans averaged 34.0 points for the entire season.

Now Auburn's offensive coordinator, Franklin is dealing with many of the same issues he had at Troy two years ago.

"It was a lot uglier then and we got it fixed," Franklin said. "We figured it out. We had great unity and we fixed any problems we had in the chemistry part of making sure we had people in the right places doing the right thing. We did all that stuff and it worked.

"Hopefully we'll do the same thing here and I think we can."

Auburn, which is averaging 21.3 points through the first three games, is near the bottom of the SEC in most offensive categories. Franklin said Sunday, a day after AU's 3-2 win over Mississippi State, he has a plan to get his offense back on track.

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