Mizzou priority #1: Slow down Auburn ground game

Mizzou priority #1: Slow down Auburn ground game

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Stopping Tre Mason (left) and Nick Marshall (right) will be a tall task for the Mizzou defense

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

(Missouri Football App) – Mizzou’s defense will be faced with a different type of challenge Saturday.

Auburn’s rushing attack is dynamic, explosive, and multi faceted. It averages over 300 yards per game and made one of best rushing defenses in the country look hapless.

“I haven’t really seen anything different than what any other offense is doing, it’s just the fact that they’ve rushed for more yards than any team in the SEC,” Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers said. “That really sticks out to me. That’s big in the SEC, rushing for almost 300 yards against Alabama.”

Auburn runs a version of the triple option (a play the Nebraska Cornhuskers made famous) and jet sweeps, which give quarterback Nick Marshall a range of choices to either hand the ball off or keep it. Marshall is threat to run, averaging almost 80 yards per game on the ground.

Auburn also features a very dangerous back in Tre Mason. Mason averages 5.6 yards per carry and can hurt defenses on the edge and between the tackles. 

Missouri has a talented enough defensive line to win the battle up front and contain the Auburn running game. The big key is for each player to stick to his assignment and not get overly aggressive.

Click here to watch safety E.J. Gaines discuss Auburn's offense

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