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Auburn notebook: Catching up on dropped passes

Sept. 18, 2013

Auburn's Nick Marshall gives way to Tre Mason (Anthony Hall photo)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. — Nick Marshall wowed the crowd with his 339 passing yards last Saturday, the most for Auburn in the last 105 games. 

Could his 23-of-34 passing night  that beat Mississippi State 24-20 been even better?

"We've got to get a lot more consistent in that area," said Gus Malzahn on Wednesday night. "We did have some drops the other night, and some were key drops. If we’re going to be a solid offense, we’ve got to eliminate those things. I guess we just need to grow up and be more consistent in that area."

Did we mention Marshall completed passes to nine different players, including himself?

Auburn will be looking for big yards, dropped passes notwithstanding, when it visits LSU at 6:45 on Saturday night. The Tigers continued to prepare for that with a Wednesday practice that featured a "third-down  emphasis, red zone, short-yardage stuff." 

Here are some other notes from Wednesday night: 

•Auburn has been pumping loud music into the indoor facility in preparation for the trip to Tiger Stadium. 

"We put noise in practice quite a bit. We've done a little bit of it to this point," he said. "Our guys should be used to it. Both days we've had crowd noise and things to help our communication." 

•Auburn will have a walk-through Friday in Tiger Stadium, the team's first regular-season road walk-through in at least eight years. 

•As if there was any doubt, Malzahn said he's sticking with the running back rotation of  Corey Grant, Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne. 

"We'll keep our same approach moving forward with all three of them being a factor." 

•Your Auburn-LSU Saturday forecast: High 81, low 66 with heavy rain during the day (one to two inches) and a 30 percent chance of rain around kickoff. 

"We'll definitely be ready for that if that presents itself," Malzahn said. 

•With Chris Davis out, Quan Bray will be the punt returner for the second straight week. Trovon Reed is his likely backup. 

•Ryan White played in place of Davis at cornerback against Mississippi State. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles. 

"I thought he was very solid, showed a lot of toughness, a lot of grit, and really came through when we needed him," Malzahn said.

Video: Gus Malzahn on Wednesday's practice, playing LSU

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