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Aug 30, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) awaits the snap during the third quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

#72 Shon Coleman, 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, Sophomore, Left Tackle

A former five-star recruit with future NFL talent, Shon Coleman has long been an inspiration off the field for his battle and victory over leukemia. Now, big No. 72 is helping fans to forget the loss of Greg Robinson to the NFL with his play on the field.

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  • Coleman has been a big part of Auburn’s offensive success this season that included 660 rushing yards and nine scoring runs in two games. Also, the offensive line as a unit has combined to allow only one sack through two games.

    With all due respect to Arkansas’ Trey Flowers, Coleman will have the toughest matchup of his young collegiate career against Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller. The senior had 11.5 sacks last season on his way to second team All-American honors and has already recorded three tackles for a loss in 2014.

    Coleman has the talent and ability to matchup with the great pass rusher. Mueller is a speed rusher that is listed at just 245 pounds, but Coleman is long and athletic enough to defend him and Coleman has a big advantage run blocking because of the size difference between the two. This will be one of the most intriguing matchups of the game Thursday.