Auburn receiver offers blunt take on team, leaders

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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"Let me make this real clear: There is definitely an urgency around here to win and improve, and I like seeing that," Chizik said. "Part of our job is to help our guys understand that when you're in a valley, which is where we are now ... you've got to find a way to persevere and work out of it. I don't think that message is a new revelation for anybody. I know our football team has heard that from me several different times. That's part of our job. I enjoy seeing us work toward that goal. "

But the problems are many.

The Tigers' offense has been the least productive in the league. The defense has improved since giving up 528 yards in the opener to Clemson but allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to previously hapless Arkansas in Saturday's 24-7 loss to the Razorbacks.

Even more telling, Auburn is last among the nation's 120 teams in turnover margin, forcing just six and committing a whopping 17, including 10 interceptions.

Chizik said he wouldn't decide on a starting quarterback until after assessing practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Kiehl Frazier was benched at halftime of the Arkansas game and has thrown just two touchdown passes and been intercepted eight times. Clint Moseley was picked off twice in the second half but did throw for 163 yards and a touchdown.

It has all contributed to a dramatic fall for a team that won a national title two seasons ago and thought it set the stage for a youth-driven comeback with a strong performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia. That success didn't carry over.

"It's the inconsistency. It's on both sides of the football," Chizik said. "It's really just execution of what we're doing and staying with the things that we believe in. That's really what it comes down to. It doesn't matter what happened two years ago. It only matters what's happening right now. Those are the problems we're working every day to get it fixed."



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