Auburn’s Off-Season Challenges

The Auburn Tigers (7-5) are already gearing up for their next season in the SEC. The Tigers are returning many starters, especially on defense, and plan to get back on track as an elite program. Auburn has the second hardest schedule in the SEC and need to figure out their quarterback situation if they want to be successful. Favorites for the job include Bo Nix, Joey Gatewood, and Malik Willis, none of which look to have a leg up over the other ones. Nix is a freshman who had a very successful high school career and this previous year led his team to the Alabama 6A Championship. Gatewood will be a sophomore and after a promising showing in the Music City Bowl has gained some traction for the starting job. Lastly, Malik Willis has been the backup for Stidham for the past two years. He has looked good at times and is very skilled at running the ball so it appears Auburn will have an exciting QB battle on their hands.

Auburn has changed Offensive Coordinators after Chip Lindsey left before this year’s bowl game. Kenny Dillingham, Auburn’s new OC, previously has the same job at Memphis but was brought on by Malzahn to develop the offense and quarterbacks. Head coach Gus Malzahn will be calling plays next year as Dillingham will control the offense during practices and make play-calling suggestions.

Auburn once again has a very good recruiting class and has brought in guys like Owen Pappoe and George Pickens who is expected to sign sometime in February.

The Tigers are looking dangerous in silence as no one is really expecting them to do much this year. I expect Auburn to win at least 9 games and if their QB situation is sorted, will be much more successful than that.

This article was written by @auburn.tailgate on Instagram. Check out my other Instagram pages as well @usm.tailgate and @tailgate.tennessee

Feautured Image: Taken by Marie Lipski

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