October 18, 2009

Adjustments, execution needed on offense

For the first five weeks of the season it seemed Chris Todd could do no wrong.

Todd's senior season got off to a terrific start as he threw 12 touchdowns with just one interception leading the Tigers to a 5-0 start.

But in Auburn's last two games, both losses, Todd's production has fallen off dramatically. After completing 58.7 percent of his passes and averaging 246 passing yards the first five games, Todd has completed just 48.1 percent of his passes and thrown for 213 combined yards the last two.

He hasn't thrown a TD pass since Auburn's 26-22 win at Tennessee Oct. 3.

The drop-off in Todd's play has mirrored AU's lack of production on offense. The Tigers averaged 41.4 points per game through the first five but have managed just 37 total points the last two weeks, which includes a blocked field goal returned for a TD against Kentucky.

"Really, just going back and watching the film the biggest thing is us executing and doing things right. That starts with me," Todd said.

When things aren't going right on offense it's usually the quarterback that takes the brunt of the criticism but AU head coach Gene Chizik said it's not fair to put all of the blame on Todd.

"It's not just Chris. It's our whole team," Chizik said. "It's our offensive line at times, nobody sees that. It's our wideouts blocking on the perimeter, nobody sees that. It's all that but, you know, he's got to get better."

After Saturday's 21-14 loss to Kentucky, Chizik said Todd hadn't suffered an injury or reaggravated his surgically repaired shoulder. He's also hasn't sensed a loss of confidence from Todd.

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