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October 1, 2013 8:06 PM

Fumble focus: Protecting football has to become 'second nature' for Tigers

Rhett Lashlee didn’t mince words. In his short coaching career, Auburn’s offensive coordinator couldn’t recall being around a team as careless with the ball as this year’s Tigers. Through four games, Auburn’s offense has put the ball on the ground 12 times. The Tigers have been fortunate in one regard, though: Of those 12 fumbles, only four resulted in turnovers.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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