Kneauxing the Enemy 2020 5
by Bryan Follins
This season has been an inconsistent year for the Auburn Tigers/Plainsmen/War Eagles. Yet, it has been inconsistent for most teams. In their victories, the average Auburn winning margin has been eight points. Leading the up-and-down parade for Auburn is sophomore quarterback Bo Nix. In five games, Nix has averaged 221 yards passing per game with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Tigers/War Eagles/Plainsmen have dangerous receivers when they can get their hands on the ball. Junior Seth Williams has 440 yards on 24 receptions for the season. He averages 18.33 yards per catch. He has three of Auburn’s six touchdown receptions this campaign. Junior Anthony Schwartz is the second leading receiver on the team with 299 yards and one touchdown. Senior Eli Stove has the other two receiving scores for Auburn.
The offensive line lost four starters from last year. Junior center Nick Brahms is the lone returner at center.
Sophomore D.J. Williams rushed for 130 yards last year against the Purple and Gold. This season Williams has yielded to freshman Tank Bigsby, who is fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards. Bigsby is the leading rusher on the team with 432 yards. He has also returned 13 kickoffs, averaging 35 yards per return. If someone is doing a good job returning kicks, it is a good thing. However, if he has returned 13 kickoffs in five games, is it because the opponent has done it’s fair share of scoring?
The Tigers have not been good on the defensive side of the ball. In 2019, as a team, Auburn surpassed the 80 tackle for losses mark for the season. This year, they have yet to crack the 50 number in the category.
Senior linebacker K.J. Britt and senior defensive end Big Cat Bryant are veterans with a lot of experience but low in the statistical categories. Strange.
There are good players on defense. Junior linebacker Zakoby McClain is the team leader in tackles with 53, 30 solos. Freshman linebacker Colby Wooden has 6.5 tackles for losses (tfls) to lead the team. Sophomore Owen Pappoe is the second leading tackler on the team with 47, 33 unassisted.
Both of these teams lost a lot of players from last year, so they have been inconsistent.
This contest is especially big for the Purple and Gold. A win would put a winning season within reach. A loss would make a winning season an uphill battle.