The offseason is now in full swing, which means that there are plenty of questions being asked ahead of next season.
Athlon Sports is kicking off the offseason by revealing its 10 Offseason Questions That Will Shape the Conference for 2023. As one would assume, Auburn and new head coach Hugh Freeze were thrown into the mix.
Auburn football has regressed mightily over the last two seasons, both in recruiting and the on-field product. Tiger fans are desperately needing to see improvement, and believe that the recent recruiting success of Freeze will ultimately translate to success against SEC competition.
The recent storyline surrounding Auburn football caused Athlon Sports to ask the question “is Auburn Poised for Significant Improvement in Hugh Freeze’s Debut?” Here’s what Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports is looking for out of the Tigers this season.
With Alabama and LSU likely to be projected top-10 teams, along with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas hovering around the Top 25, and an improved Texas A&M squad likely, finding wins in the SEC West won’t be easy for new Auburn coach Hugh Freeze. However, the roster isn’t completely devoid of talent, as Jarquez Hunter should emerge as the new No. 1 back with USF transfer Brian Battie sharing the load, and the defense returns enough to improve with Ron Roberts as the new coordinator. For the Tigers to push for six (or more victories), a handful of transfers must mesh along the line, and Robby Ashford needs to take a big step forward at quarterback. Freeze’s staff and work in the portal have this program pointed in the right direction. This offseason is the first look at a revamped roster.
Auburn finished with a 5-7 record in 2022, and a sixth-place finish in the SEC West. Freeze will lead Auburn onto the field for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 2 against UMass at Jordan-Hare Stadium.