COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: #30 AUBURN
June 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
A statue of Cam Newton now stands outside the gates of Jordan-Hare Stadium, but Auburn is still trying to fashion a post-Cam offense and repeat the magic of 2010. New coordinator Scot Loeffler has maintained an air of secrecy about his offense — refusing even to label it — but it seems certain that many hallmarks of Gus Malzahn’s no-huddle attack will be retired.
Kiehl Frazier was trained to run Malzahn’s offense from the time he was in eighth grade, yet he has prospered under the tutelage of Loeffler. Officially, Frazier and Clint Moseley will compete for the starting job in August, but most observers agree that Frazier has a healthy lead.
Michael Dyer rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons and was on pace to challenge Bo Jackson as Auburn’s all-time leading rusher. Instead, his career ended in acrimony, and he opted to rejoin Malzahn at Arkansas State. Auburn will actually be considerably deeper at running back this year, but more bodies might not equate to more production. Senior Onterio McCalebb will get the first crack at the job, but he doesn’t have the durability to carry the ball 20 times a game or more.