Nessler: I'm Totally Puzzled By Auburn's Season

Auburn has averaged just 17 points in its three biggest games – and Kerryon Johnson ain't walking through that door

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October 10, 2018 - 12:41 pm

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It’s been an odd year for Auburn. The No. 21 Tigers (4-2) opened the season with a 21-16 win against then-No. 6 Washington but have since lost to LSU, 22-21, and at Mississippi State, 23-9.

Thus, in their three biggest games of the year, the Tigers averaged just 17 points.

What is going on?

“I am totally puzzled,” SEC on CBS analyst Brad Nessler said on The DA Show. “I don’t know what’s going on. I know their offensive line wasn’t that great to start with and they’re still shuffling people, and that hasn’t helped. I don’t know what’s happened to Jarrett Stidham.”

Stidham has thrown for just 1,177 yards and five touchdowns in six games. Against Washington, LSU and Mississippi State, he combined for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“The only thing I can think of – and I had them earlier in the year and they played really well, and then they let the game slip away to LSU, just like they did last year on the road,” Nessler said. “The only thing I can look at and say is bring back Kerryon Johnson and we’ll see how it works out for you.”

Johnson accounted for 1,585 total yards and 20 touchdowns (18 rushing, two receiving) last season. He was a second-round pick and leads the Detroit Lions in rushing with 286 yards on 50 carries (5.7 yards per carry).

“He was the guy that kept them rolling last year,” Nessler said. “That’s why he was Player of the Year. I think I called that halfway through the season. I said, ‘If he’s not the best player – or the most important player to his team – then I haven’t seen one.’ They just don’t have a replacement for that, and for some reason, their offense is just not there. I don’t know what’s going on. I’ll see them again in a couple of weeks, and maybe I’ll have a better answer for you.”

Auburn hosts Tennessee (2-3) this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.