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Cameron Artis-Payne keeps Auburn on the run
Oct. 3, 2014

Cameron Artis-Payne has piled up the yards in Auburn's first four games

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  When it matters the most to the coaches, when it's time to put games away, tailback Cameron Artis-Payne has been ready for Auburn.
"He's really been effective for us in the fourth quarter when we needed him," says running back coach Tim Horton. "I'm real pleased with his progress, and his leadership. He's done a great job of leading through his example and also to nurture those young kids in the offense."
Consider this: In his first SEC game, Artis-Payne rushed for 97 of his 177 yards in the fourth quarter to help Auburn beat Arkansas. His second SEC game is at 6 p.m. Saturday in when his No. 5 Tigers meet No. 15 LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Artis-Payne has 468 yards through four games, or 160 more yards than 2013 SEC offensive player of the year Tre Mason had over the same period last year. Artis-Payne's 289 yards rushing in the first two games were the most by an Auburn running back in 14 years, since Rudi Johnson's 339 yards in 2000. His 468 overall yards puts him fifth in the SEC and 23rd in the nation in rushing.

Auburn's fourth-leading receiver? Carmeron Artis-Payne.
He is rocking right along, despite the fact he figures Auburn hasn't hit its offensive stride, though the Tigers are averaging more points per game than last year; or the fact everybody is gearing up to stop the run game. He says he's already seen a difference in how defenses are playing Auburn this year.
"They've had a year to scheme us up, and they've had a year to look at film to see what we do," he said. "Right now, everybody is trying to stop the run."
No problem, says Artis Payne, he's has head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on his side.
"With Coach Malzahn and Coach Lashlee putting their heads together, they're finding ways around those defenses. We're still fine."
Auburn, while nobody seems to be looking, is averaging 5½ touchdowns a game. Nineteen touchdowns have come via the offense, two via Quan Bray punt returns and one via the defense.
The offense is still winning the day.
"We're putting up points," Artis-Payne said. "Go back to last year. Nobody really paid attention to us. If you watch the games from last year, it's kind of similar to this year.
"We're coming along to getting everything down pat. But if you think about last year, we didn't really hit our stride until offensively until Game Five or Six. We're in that area now."
Auburn is averaging 42.2 points per game this year. It averaged 28½ points per game through four games last year. Tre Mason rushed for 308 yards in the first four games last year. Artis-Payne has rushed for those 468 yards this year.
"He's doing well," Horton said. "He's running hard, he's done a nice job in his pass protection, he's taking care of the football. I couldn't be more pleased."

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