There was plenty of potential for the Auburn offense in Year 2 of Bo Nix at the controls, and with the wrinkle of Chad Morris arriving, the Tigers expected a dynamic attack.

Coach Gus Malzahn offered an evaluation of the first game Nix and Morris worked together following the win over Kentucky. The Tigers were just 4-of-10 on third down, but Nix made one stand out to Malzahn.

“I think he made some outstanding throws. One that he threw down there on third down and goal from the 11 or 12, he was off his back foot and he put it only where it could be and Seth went up and made an unbelievable play,” Malzahn said. “The out-and-up to Eli Stove was a perfect throw.”

Malzahn noted that the best could be yet to come for the offense because the players have only been with Morris for about six weeks since spring practice didn’t happen.

“For them to go out there against a very good defense, and you’re talking about a defense that had most of their guys back and they were one of the best in the country last year in pass defense. And so for us to get the passing yards, and I thought Chad did a really good job of mixing in the run. They’re a good defense,” he said.