Auburn DB Stephen Roberts suspended for opener after arrest

by Abel Hampton September 3, 2016, 4:03
Auburn DB Stephen Roberts suspended for opener after arrest

While Auburn doesn't have the known talent that Clemson brings they are able to do damage.

TP: Clemson's defense is probably the biggest question mark for the Tigers, since so many starters departed for the NFL. "You're down a touchdown when you get off the bus". His receivers let him down way too often in that one. He specifically mentioned he would would like to see Georgia on the schedule every year. Head Coach Malzahn will most likely have some critical on-field decisions to make being against a number 2 team on the leader-board. Which boils things down to not just defense for the tigers but specifically Auburn's defensive line. It starts with quarterback and Heisman contender Deshaun Watson, but it certainly doesn't end there; his supporting cast is off the charts. He played wide receiver in fall camp and has just really done a good job. Those were, incidentally, the only times the defense was fully healthy. White was extremely efficient in moving Auburn between the 20's, but the Auburn offense struggled throwing the ball in the red zone.

Seniors Marcus Davis (30 catches, 181 yards) and Tony Stevens (14-177) have the most experience. The rest have been iffy their whole careers or are freshmen. Auburn has a great defensive line with the talented Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams leading the way. "I had a great weekend, but I felt comfortable being at Clemson".

STS: A few things stand out about my trip to Auburn in 2010. They want to relish the confetti falling after the national championship game, not trudge through it after a loss. We went 4-4 in the ACC.

We shared our thoughts on Auburn in similar fashion for Brenner over on his Tiger Tracks blog. So, how can Auburn walk out of Jordan Hare Stadium 1-0 Saturday night?

"There's a lot of unknowns as you go into the opener".

Gallman may be the easiest player to overlook with Clemson's dynamic passing game and Watson's ability to make plays with his legs. Very bad. Historically bad.

- USC Trojans versus Alabama Roll Tide: Being as detail oriented as Coach Saban is, you would think he would have nailed down a QB already. It's usually about 12-15 minutes prior to kickoff. "We don't got any excuses". We gave Auburn a 21% chance to beat Clemson. Just a guy that we played around with in the spring. Hyatt figures to see a steady diet of Carl Lawson on Saturday, and Hyatt has been questioned by offseason articles by Pro Football Focus analyzing Hyatt's NFL future (as a true freshman a year ago, Hyatt's praises were sung again and again since, to football neophytes, he seemed to be doing a fine job.) On defense, it's probably weakside linebacker Ben Boulware, just because he's the glue of the entire defense. Gus & Company were starting to figure out what to do with Sean White before he got injured.

"I don't think anybody really knew how good Cam Newton was", Swinney said. Auburn has a pretty stellar record in non-conference games at home; particularly sellouts. The bulk of the action will start this Saturday, with plenty of highly anticipated games slated for fan enjoyment.

Hit some big plays. "Just getting those guys prepared and ready to play and I tell them you just gotta play it like it's a normal game". I'm not changing my pick, but I'm growing more anxious by the day.


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