Threat Likes Defense For Toros And Tigers

Auburn linebacker commitment Tre Threat discusses Spanish Fort's opening night win, the defense for the Toros what he has seen from Will Muschamp's Tigers in preseason practice and more.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--Facing a ranked D’Iberville, Miss. team in its season opener Auburn commitment Tre Threat and the Class 6A No. 2 Spanish Fort Toros went on the road and came away with a huge 42-24 victory. With the first-team defense allowing just 10 of those points to an explosive offense Threat said it was a great start for his team under the guidance of new coach Ben Blackmon.

“It was definitely something new for us at Spanish Fort,” Threat said. “We usually open up with a lighter team or someone smaller, but we made the decision to go to another state and play somebody ranked in the Top 10. It was really exciting actually. It was a challenge to see how we would set ourselves up for a good season.”

The biggest challenge for Threat and the Toros’ defense came from the speedy quarterback on the other side. Rated as a three-star safety by Scout.com, Jaquelle Green put on a show for D’Iberville with 139 yards rushing and another 73 yards through the air. Even though they got the best of things, Threat said it was a serious challenge for the defense.

“That quarterback Jaquelle Green, he’s a monster,” Threat said. “He’s a man. He’s a true athlete. I liked playing against him. He put up some true competition.”

Playing alongside 2017 linebacker Thomas Johnston, who had a pair of interceptions, Threat said it was an important game for the defense and he feels like the group has a chance to be the best at Spanish Fort since he’s been at the school. If that happens the physical Threat will be at the center of things, something that is his goal after putting in a lot of hard work in the offseason.

“I feel like I had a great year as a junior,” Threat said. “Going into my senior year I decided to concentrate on the little things like my technique and my form and my eye discipline. After just one game I think I got better at those things.

“We’ve been good these past two years,” he added of the defense as a group. “From what I saw the last game, even though it was our first game, as a team and as a whole I think this is the best amount of talent on defense we’ve ever had. If we all come together as a whole and play our defense I truthfully don’t think many teams will score on use and we can make that long right (to the Super 7).”

Following a long ride and late night on Friday it was back on the road again for Threat on Saturday as he traveled to Auburn to see the Tigers practice and watch the defense in action. Spending a lot of time watching Will Muschamp’s defense, Threat said the first thing that stood out to him was just how fast and precise the offense was he’ll have to face every day in practice but it didn’t take him long to turn his attention to the other side of the ball.

“Coach (Gus) Malzahn’s offense is challenging to play against,” Threat said. “Just from watching it was confusing. I didn’t know where the ball was sometimes.

“Watching the defense it was phenomenal to watch the guys fly around to the ball,” he added. “They were swarming to the ball fast. They were aggressive in everything they did. Whenever the younger guys got in there the older guys held them to the standard and if they didn’t hold that standard the older guys would jump on them and correct them.”

Solidly committed to the Tigers since choosing Auburn in April, the Under Armour All-American Game selection said that the visit was another good one for him to his future home and he can’t wait to get started on the Plains.

“When I committed I was 100 percent and now coming up there, I just come up there for fun and just to watch and hang out so when I get up there in January it won’t be a new thing for me,” Threat said. “When I do come up there it’s just so fun to watch the guys and what they do.

“I know they still consider me as a recruit, but the players consider me as family,” he added. “So when I come up there I just sit down and talk with Coach Malzahn and Coach Muschamp and Coach (Dameyune) Craig and have fun with the guys. It’s just really home for me. It’s relaxing for me and I love it to death.”

Spanish Fort will face Gulf Shores on Friday night in game two of the 2015 regular season.

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