In the previous two seasons combined the Auburn offense had just three games of 200 or more rushing yards against SEC opponents. In 2017 with Kerryon Johnson on his way to the SEC Offensive Player of the Year award, the Tigers ran for 200 or more yards three games in a row on two separate occasions. The last time it happened was in 2016 when Auburn did it against Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Despite having to rebuild the offensive line without the benefit of a spring practice and with only Nick Brahms returning with starting experience along with grad transfer Brandon Council, Coach Jack Bicknell Jr.’s group has put together four straight games of at least 200 rushing yards after running for 206 yards on 44 carries in the win over LSU. Now Auburn heads into a bye week with plenty of momentum and confidence.
“Those guys, they have had the talent the whole entire time, and now the experience is kicking in,” Nix said. “We are really seeing that, especially the last two weeks, when we have run for 200-plus both games. That’s huge when you can run the ball, especially for 200 yards. Coach Malzahn said if we run the ball for 200 yards or more, we’ll win the game, and sure enough, we did. It’s great for their confidence. I’m just excited for each and every one of them. They deserve all this. They are battlers and hard-workers. They started off, like you said, they started off getting beat down, this, that and the other, but they’ve responded great.”
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