Preview 2018: Auburn Tigers. The Big Player In CFP Race, Again

Preview 2018: Auburn Tigers. The Big Player In CFP Race, Again

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Preview 2018: Auburn Tigers. The Big Player In CFP Race, Again

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Best Auburn Offensive Player

QB Jarrett Stidham, Jr.
The 6-3, 215-pounder left Baylor, went JUCO, and came in to become just about everything the Auburn offense needed. He might not be the runner who works so well in the Tiger system, but he’s an NFL-caliber passer who could’ve turned pro early, and might be the first quarterback off the board in 2019 with a big year.

He’s got the big arm, the mobility to run a little bit when needed, and when he’s on, he’s crazy accurate. It helps that the running game takes a ton of the pressure off – he doesn’t have to carry the offense – but there’s a shot he takes his game to another level and becomes the type of player who carries his team to a championship.

2. WR Ryan Davis, Sr.
3. RB Kam Martin, Jr.
4. WR Darius Slayton, Jr.
5. OT Prince Teno Wanagho, Jr.

Best Auburn Defensive Player

DT Derrick Brown, Jr.
Can he emerge as a big NFL prospect? He’s on the radar, but next year is going to be beyond loaded with great defensive tackles. The 6-5, 325-pound Brown has the right size, the quickness, and the leadership and smarts pro teams are going to love. The run-stopping size is there – making 56 tackles – but the 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss just scratched the surface on what he can do on the defensive interior.

2. DT Dontavius Russell, Sr.
3. LB Deshaun Davis, Sr.
4. S Jeremiah Dinson, Jr.
5. CB Javaris Davis, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Jr.
The part-time starter last season had a great offseason and might just go from okay to all-star – but he has to be far more consistent. With 6-7, 307-pound size, he’s got the frame and he’s got the phenomenal next-level tools, but the Nigerian-born rising draft prospect still needs a ton of work. If he puts it all together, and is far better than he was last year, he’s the one the line builds around.

Key Game To The Auburn Season

at Georgia, Nov. 10
The Tiger season is full of key games. Auburn has to beat Washington to kick things off, it has to beat LSU, and, of course, it has to win at Alabama. But when it comes to getting back to the SEC Championship – and being in the College Football Playoff hunt – showing up at Georgia is the key.

Play this out. Let’s say Alabama and Georgia beat everyone else, play each other in the SEC Championship with both teams unbeaten. If Auburn’s two losses are on the road at Georgia and at Bama, it might be possible for the Tigers to still get into the CFP on a four-best team theory. Beat Georgia – or at least play really, really well – and this gets interesting.

2017 Auburn Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Auburn 119 – Opponents 33
– Rushing TDs: Auburn 34 – Opponents 11
– Penalties: Opponents 84 for 679 yards – Auburn 63 for 537 yards

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