September 13, 2009

Plenty of room for improvement

Auburn's rolled up 1,145 yards and 86 points in winning its first two games of the season. The Tigers rank second in the nation averaging 345.5 rushing yards per game.

Running back Ben Tate ranks first in the SEC in rushing. Fellow running back Onterio McCalebb leads the conference in all-purpose yards.

Auburn hasn't allowed a sack or thrown an interception.

It's all good, right? Not quite.

"Those were some tough wins for us. We're not playing perfect, and there's a lot of times that we're not playing very well at all. We're a work in progress," head coach Gene Chizik said.

The biggest areas that needs improvement is special teams where the Tigers' rank at the bottom of the NCAA rankings: 78th in kickoff returns, 88th in kickoff return defense, 114th in punt returns and 117th in net punting.

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