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October 11, 2012

Auburn still seeking offensive identity, QB

— AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze is struggling with the same question that might confound anybody who has watched an Auburn game this season.

What is the Tigers' offensive identity?

"Well, that's a good question," Freeze said. "They're kind of against the wall right now and they're talking about their offensive identity. Exactly what that is, I don't know. We've kind of seen the power game and we've seen them try to spread it out a little more."

None of that has worked out very well for the Tigers (1-4, 0-3 Southeastern Conference), who continue their quest for offensive answers with Saturday's visit to the Rebels (3-3, 0-2).There's no bruising, between-the-tackles tailback and scarcely enough receivers to spread it around much beyond Emory Blake, even if the quarterback play hadn't been so erratic.

It's unclear after five games and an open date if Auburn is any closer to figuring it out, though it's likely to start with the running game and play-action passing.

Struggling quarterback Kiehl Frazier was benched for the second half against Arkansas and is being challenged for the starting job by Clint Moseley. Chizik said he would take more of a hand in the offense this week.

"I'm not saying there's wholesale changes or anything like that," Chizik said. "I just want to make sure that we're all focused in, we're all on the same page. Not that we weren't before, but let's go ahead and really look at what exactly do we want to look like Saturday and get a great plan and narrow it down a little bit. I think we might have been doing a little bit too much."

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