Auburn Football: Players of the Game vs Kansas State

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Sep 18, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Johnathan Ford (23) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) during the Tigers

Trovon Reed

Trovon Reed hasn’t spent much of his career with the Auburn Tigers on the defensive side of the ball. He was a wide receiver his first three seasons, and moved to cornerback (which he last played in high school) after the 2013 season.

Through three games, Reed has been a reserve in the secondary behind starters Jonathon Mincy, Jonathan Jones or Joshua Holsey. He saw the field a little against Arkansas in Week 1, and a little more against San Jose State in the following game – in which he recorded his first career interception in the second half.

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But on the road against Kansas State, Reed played much more, and showed a glimpse of what made him a 5-star recruit coming out of high school.

He’s a little rough around the edges as a defensive back, and that can likely be contributed to the years he spent working on offense, but Reed has big play ability at corner. He showed it with an athletic and timely interception in the fourth quarter Thursday.

With Kansas State driving and Auburn leading 17-7, Reed dove and made a grab on a poorly thrown Jake Waters pass. The play made it Auburn football at the Kansas State 47-yard line, which set up a Daniel Carlson field goal to increase the Tigers’ lead to 20-7.

Reed was called for defensive holding just two plays before his interception, though upon further review the call was questionable. He obviously didn’t let the penalty affect his aggressiveness, and at that point Reed had earned the trust of the coaches to stay on the field.

Overall, Trovon Reed finished with one tackle, two pass breakups and his second interception of the season. It would be surprising if it was his last. Expect to see more of Reed moving forward.