Auburn vs Arkansas Recap: Auburn Players of the Game


Aug 30, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Robenson Therezie (27) tackles Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen (10) during the second half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

After a long wait, the Auburn Tigers finally took to the field to defend their 2013 Southeastern Conference championship and to attempt to finish 13 seconds stronger in 2014. The Tigers had to go to battle with the Arkansas Razorbacks and stormy weather, but prevailed 45-21 behind the play of six standout performers.

Jeremy Johnson

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It was just a one-week job, but sophomore shined as the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. Johnson led the Tigers in the first half and completed his first eight passes to start the game.

On the first drive of the season, Johnson hit wide receiver Melvin Ray, who broke a tackle and scampered the rest of the way for a 49-yard touchdown. Johnson was just as effective throughout his tenure. In his first career start against an SEC opponent, Johnson completed 12 of his 16 pass attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

D’haquille Williams

Duke Williams came to Auburn from junior college with big expectations, and at least in his first game, lived up to them. The junior wide receiver caught seven passes in the first half for 138 yards and a touchdown, including a 62-yard catch and run in the second quarter. On the 18-yard score, Williams powered through Arkansas defenders following the catch for the extra yardage he needed to find the end zone. He finished with nine receptions for 154 yards.

Cameron Artis-Payne

Listed as the co-starter on the official depth chart, Cameron Artis-Payne may have proved himself worthy of sole possession of the featured role. The senior pounded the Arkansas defense for 178 rushing yards on 26 carries (a 6.8 average) and a touchdown. He also had one catch for 14 yards. CAP lost a fumble in the third quarter, the only turnover of the game for the Tigers, but it didn’t matter as Artis-Payne helped salt away the victory for Auburn.

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  • Robenson Therezie and Jermaine Whitehead

    After being sidelined with eligibility concerns until around 10pm Friday night, Therezie proved the Tigers need his playmaking ability. The senior Star provided a spark for Auburn in the third quarter when he knifed through the Arkansas offensive line and put a big hit on Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen. The play caused Allen’s attempted pass to fly into the air until Jermaine Whitehead secured it for an Auburn interception. Whitehead returned the pick 32 yards for a touchdown that helped Auburn put the game out of reach.

    Nick Marshall

    He didn’t start, he didn’t even play in the first half, but Nick Marshall showed what he could do and helped Auburn dominate Arkansas in the second half. On his first drive of the 2014 season, Marshall scored on a 19-yard run that gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. The senior took the snap, faked a handoff, and sprinted through the line and into the end zone.

    Marshall would only have 68 total yards on the evening, but his athletic ability gave the Auburn offense a needed spark. He finished 4-for-6 passing for 50 yards, and had eight total carries for 18 yards on the ground, but his presence rattled the Arkansas defense, and Auburn’s hurry-up tempo wore down the Razorbacks in the second half.