Auburn football stock report: Who’s up, who’s down after 24-13 victory

Darrell Williams had 2.5 tackles for loss. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Darrell Williams had 2.5 tackles for loss. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Each week, we take a look at who’s hot and who’s not with the Auburn football team after its game Saturday.

The 24-13 victory against Southern Miss was all over the place, except for one area: the defense.

The entire defense could show up in the stock report as trending upward. So here’s a sampling of the ones who stood out Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Stock report: Up

Kam Martin: With JaTarvious Whitlow injured in the second quarter, Martin became the workhorse and did good things. He finished the night with 24 carries for 90 yards and a catch for 17. In the fourth quarter, he had some hard-earned yards that prolonged possessions.

Arryn Siposs: The Australian punter averaged 44.1 yards on eight punts and had two downed inside the 20 — more specifically, two downed at the 3.

Derrick Brown: Did you see that sack of Jack Abraham? That’s just not fair for a guy 6-5, 325 pounds to move like that.

Darius Slayton: He had the breakout game we’ve been waiting for this season. He caught five passes for 91 yards, including a 53-yarder that set up a touchdown.

Deshaun Davis, Darrell Williams: The senior linebackers were everywhere Saturday and often that meant in the Southern Miss backfield. Davis led Auburn in tackles with 10 and Williams had 2.5 tackles for loss.

Stock report: Down

Offensive line: This is here for a couple reasons. First, the injuries. Both tackles — Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho left the game with injuries. It’s unclear how serious they are. Both players left on their own, but did not return. That meant that Calvin Ashley saw his first serious action of the season at right tackle and Austin Troxell at Bailey Sharp at left tackle.

In the first half, Jarrett Stidham was running for safety too often. Some of that is on Stidham, some is on the offensive line and some is on the coaches. Auburn also shot itself in the foot in the first quarter with six penalties, including four on the offensive line.

Play-calling: Here we go again. Auburn came out aggressive although the first two possessions yielded just 10 total yards. But the Tigers again looked too content to put the outcome of the game on its defense. The same thing happened against LSU and Auburn lost. Fortunately, Southern Miss is not LSU. But this sort of execution won’t go over well in the coming weeks against SEC teams.

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Shaun Shivers: After becoming a focal point of the offense in the Alabama State and LSU games, the freshman running back has seen his role decrease against Arkansas and Southern Miss. Even with Whitlow sidelined, Shivers had just two carries for 1 yard and one reception for a loss of 6.