Friday, September 11, 2009

Auburn's Single-Wing Scratching the Surface


AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn ran at least a dozen snaps out of the Wildcat with decent success last Saturday, but the Tigers think they can get more out of the single-wing formation.

Kodi Burns, the triggerman in the formation, ran the ball eight times for 23 yards and a touchdown. He also handed off to running back Onterio McCalebb on sweeps for a few big gains to the outside.

“I definitely think it has a lot more potential to be better than it was,” Burns said. “Because if you notice, the guys who were tackling either Onterio or me were in the secondary. I guess it’s a pretty good sign we can get on those guys. We just have to be able to make them miss and go all the way. With the Wildcat, I think we’re just scratching the surface.”

Auburn didn’t show off one facet of the formation. Burns, a quarterback who now plays receiver, remains a threat to throw the ball if the opportunity presents itself, adding another dimension.

“Of course he gives us a lot of flexibility, a lot of versatility,” offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. “He can do a lot of things.”

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