Auburn, Ala.--An Auburn football official told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Friday night that the returning starter at the "star" rover position, Robenson Therezie, has been cleared to play in the Tigers’ season opening game on Saturday vs. Arkansas.
Therezie has been practicing with his team, but Coach Gus Malzahn said the senior’s status was unclear for the season because of an eligibility question. The coach has not revealed any details about Therezie's status.
Therezie celebrates an Auburn victory last season as the Tigers won the SEC Championship.
One of the team’s success stories last season, Therezie made 57 tackles, up from his 2012 total of just four tackles. Therezie led the Tigers in interceptions with four last year and returned those picks 99 yards.
Starting all 14 games last year, he added three tackles for lost yardage. He got a chance to be the starter when first-stringer Justin Garrett was injured in preseason. Garrett, a redshirt junior who has made a comeback this season, is listed as the starter at the "star" position.
As a true freshman Therezie played cornerback and saw action on special teams. He finished the year with 12 solo tackles with five assists. He averaged 22.4 yards on five kickoff returns.
In high school he played in the secondary and also saw action at running back.
Therezie and the Tigers will kick off the season at 3 p.m. CDT Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in an SEC matchup vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks.