The problem with the spread O

Can the spread offense keep Auburn’s defense SEC-ready? 

How does Auburn’s defense get enough physical work against coordinator Tony Franklin‘s new spread offense?

Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads says “it’s very much an issue.”

His two solutions: First, make sure the defense gets enough time on its own. Then, ask Auburn’s offense to give the defense some reps against a power attack.

“It’s an issue we have to be smart about,” Rhoads said. “We will spend a good amount of our time separate from the offense making sure we’re exposed to the things physical offenses will expose us to. As the spring goes along and we put the pads on, we have to make sure we do enough crossover periods where the offensive is giving us two-back, power looks, so we get enough practice against that.”

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