Tigers run versus 'Bama D: Key to the Iron Bowl - WRBL

Tigers run versus 'Bama D: Key to the Iron Bowl

Posted: Updated:
AUBURN, Ala. -

At first glance, the key to victory in the Iron Bowl for the University of Alabama appears simple.

Stop the run, stop the Tigers.

But it's not that easy. Auburn boasts the most prolific running attack in the country, averaging 320.3 yards per game on the ground, much of which thanks to junior Tre Mason.

"You have to keep good contain and good support position all the time, and it takes a lot of discipline to do that," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Our corners are going to have to do that. Everybody that plays in the secondary is going to have to do something when it comes to run support."

All season, Gus Malzahn has bristled at the idea of his team as a "spread" team, saying they're a run/play-action team that simply plays at a faster pace.

"Really, it starts up front," Malzahn said. "We're a run/play-action team. A lot of times you hear ‘spread,' you think pass to open up the run, but we're a run to open up the pass."

Auburn averages just 179.6 passing yards a game, and Alabama's defense is best in the SEC against the run, giving up just 91.3 yards per game.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:54:25 GMT

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

  • Name of Seale murder victim released

    Name of Seale murder victim released

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:52:30 GMT
    Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found dead in a trailer home Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Taylor. Taylor tells News 3 that Anderson was renting a trailer home on Avalon Circle in Seale.
    Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found dead in a trailer home Tuesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Taylor. Taylor tells News 3 that Anderson was renting a trailer home on Avalon Circle in Seale.
  • Photo Slideshow: CASA Superhero 5k Run

    Photo Slideshow: CASA Superhero 5k Run

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:27:48 GMT
    Snapshots from the event where superheroes overtake Uptown Columbus in the name of protecting children.
    Snapshots from the event where superheroes overtake Uptown Columbus in the name of protecting children.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.