Phenix City, Ala.--Facing talented 2017 QB Jake Bentley and the Opelika Bulldogs last Friday night meant a different job for Auburn commitment and four-star cornerback John Broussard as he lined up at safety for the Central Red Devils in a 27-21 loss.
Showing his physical side and making some plays along the way, Broussard said overall the experience was a positive one for him but he made too many mistakes to call it a successful outing.
“Our starting safety had gotten hurt and we needed somebody to fill in,” Broussard said. “I just went back there to help out.
“To be honest I didn’t play too well tonight,” he added. “I got a P.I (pass interference) and they got a touchdown on me. Besides that I played pretty well for my first time at safety.”
Getting his pass interference call while locked up with Opelika tight end and South Alabama commitment Kyle Fourtnebary, Broussard’s touchdown came despite really good coverage as Bentley dropped the ball perfectly over the top for the score.
Allowing some things in the passing game was made up for by Broussard helping out in the running game. Showing his physical side he was in on a forced fumble and made several nice stops on the night. He said it was a fun experience because it’s not something he gets to do often.
“It was good,” Broussard said. “At corner I don’t get much of that, so it was a lot of fun.”
Central’s close call against Opelika came despite the defense playing well for much of the night against a very explosive offense, something that hasn’t happened for his future defense too much so far in 2015. With Auburn’s defense struggling to get off the field he said it has been tough to watch at times.
“To be honest I thought the defense would be better,” Broussard said. “It’s still like it was last year. What I have seen is just nobody is making plays. I still think I can come in and play early.”
With Mississippi State coming on hard for Broussard and Florida State still showing a lot of love he said both could be getting official visits from him in addition to a planned trip to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. He said nothing has changed for him though as he remains solidly committed to the Tigers.