AUBURN | Three fumbles, a couple of dropped passes and being partially or even mostly responsible for an interception — it wasn’t a banner day for Auburn’s receivers against Mercer.
“It’s very frustrating,” said junior wideout Ryan Davis, who fumbled a punt return. “One happened and a second one happened and it kept happening. But you just have to concentrate and hold onto the ball. It’s all fundamentals.”
Both Kyle Davis and Eli Stove fumbled to end drives. Stove and Nate Craig-Myers both had drops, and Craig-Myers also played a part in Jarrett Stidham’s interception when he didn’t track back toward the ball.
“We want our wideouts to really attack the ball, and certain routes you throw, their job is to protect the quarterback from a certain defender and the quarterback protects him from a defender in front,” offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said. “That’s one of those deals we got to improve on. I think Nate will be the first one to tell you that.”
Auburn finished with 510 yards of total offense including Stidham’s 364 passing yards, but only managed three rushing touchdowns and a field goal in a 24-10 win over the Bears.
Davis is confident the Tigers’ receiving corps can quickly turn things around starting this Saturday in the SEC opener at Missouri.
“We just have to execute and commit less turnovers. That’s what killed us,” Davis said. “And once we clean that up, the offense gets moving and puts up more points.”
Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.