The Auburn Tigers are 1-0 this season after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-21 at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday. After preparing to face the Hogs all off-season, the attention now turns to the upstart San Jose State Spartans, who are also 1-0 in 2014 and have an 18-8 record since 2012.
Based on their performances last week, and what we expect to learn about the roster this Saturday, we’ve selected five Auburn Tigers to watch for this Week 2 matchup.
1. Robenson Therezie
It did not take long after he was cleared to play for senior Star Robenson Therezie to make an impact for the Auburn Tigers. For most of the last two weeks, Therezie’s eligibility was up in the air and he was not mentioned on the team’s official depth chart. Auburn fans had largely given up hope that they would see #27 against Arkansas, and some believed he might not suit up for the Tigers at all in 2014.
Luckily Friday evening, after pictures of the Auburn locker room surfaced and revealed Therezie’s jersey and shoulder pads, rumors began to swirl. Shortly thereafter, the athletic department announced that the hybrid safety/linebacker would in fact be eligible to play in Week 1.
Justin Garrett started at Star, and recorded four tackles. He was solid, though not spectacular. It would be Therezie though that gave the Tigers a much-needed spark on defense.
In the third quarter, in an effort to increase pressure on Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, Therezie shot through the Razorbacks’ offensive line and into the backfield in time to lay a big hit on Allen as he was throwing. The ball flew into the air where Jermaine Whitehead was waiting to corral it. Then, the senior safety sprinted through the end zone to increase Auburn’s lead to 31-21.
Now, Therezie and Garrett are listed as the co-starters on the depth chart. Expect to see the senior more on Saturday than we did against Arkansas, which will hopefully mean more big plays for the Tigers’ defense.