Mississippi State players says they knew Auburn offensive play calls

Graham Watson

Auburn had a lot of issues during its 28-10 loss to Mississippi State, but probably the biggest problem for the Tigers was the fact that Mississippi State claims to have known Auburn's plays when quarterback Kiehl Frazier was signaling them at the line of scrimmage.

"We do a great job of preparing and we knew what the play was before they ever ran them," senior defensive back Corey Broomfield told the Columbus (Miss.) Dispatch. "That's not a joke. We knew what they were doing, where the ball was going and who was getting it before the ball was snapped."

Added Mississippi State co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Geoff Collins on Monday: "It makes our job as coaches so much easier when [senior linebacker] Cam Lawrence is signaling over his head every time they were calling a pass."

Frazier threw for just 18 yards through the first three quarters and Lawrence had a team-high 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Lawrence said his ability to figure out the play calls disrupted Auburn's entire offense and shook Kiehl's confidence.

"My teammates and I got into his head and that's one thing I'm going to do every game if you're on offense against me," Lawrence said. "He would call out the signals and I'd tell everybody what the play was and he'd get that confused look in his face."

When Auburn coach gene Chizik was asked about the problem, he seemed unconcerned.

"I'm not aware. We can rectify that problem," he said.

However, it's probably no coincidence that Auburn closed practices this week to everyone except players, coaches and the team's support staff. Prior to the closing, former players, parents of players and others were allowed to watch.

Auburn faces Louisiana-Monroe this weekend. The Warhawks are coming off an overtime upset win against Arkansas.

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