Almost A Moment To Remember
On Saturday morning I couldn’t find anyone who thought Sean White would be able to play after his knee began to swell on Tuesday and bothered him the rest of the week. If only I had been able to ask White himself before the game I would have gotten a different answer.
With two offensive teammates telling me White wasn’t close to even 50 percent on Saturday, the redshirt freshman battled and played well enough to keep Auburn in the game with little or no rushing threat for much of the day until Jovon Robinson broke loose in the second half.
The redshirt freshman's effort was impressive to see, but it wasn’t a surprise.
White has shown a huge amount of leadership and desire to be a winner since he first stepped foot on the field against Mississippi State and that has only grown with every game. Saturday was perhaps the biggest moment for him so far even if it didn’t end in a win.
There was one particular sequence of plays that spoke volumes to me and I’m sure his coaches and teammates as well. Late in the game on the final drive White was forced to scramble and when he got the first down he slid, but his knee brace caught in the turf and tore apart. Out for just one play, White went back in the game without a brace to be back on the field.
While Auburn didn’t get the win and has plenty of work to be done, it looks like to me the Tigers have found a quarterback and a leader in White and that’s a big step to take for a team looking for direction.
Showing Heart, Determination
For a guy who had played just one half of football in almost two years Carl Lawson sure didn’t look like he had much rust on Saturday as he came out of the gate firing off the ball for the Auburn defense. That wasn’t as much of a surprise to me, it was the number of plays Lawson was on the field for the Tigers.
A determined guy, Lawson’s impact on the game didn’t end when he left the field on Saturday, but carried over to his time on the bench. Spending a lot of time talking with Auburn’s coaches in the press box, Lawson picked the brain of former Tiger and current NFL standout Sen’Derrick Marks while on the bench while also practicing his pass rush moves when Auburn’s offense was on the field.
It’s those types of things that have made Lawson what he is today, which is a polished player who has still only started two games in his career. Watching a player like Lawson go about his business on a daily basis can only help the many young guys on this Auburn defense now and down the road, something that should pay off for the Tigers sooner rather than later.
Auburn’s Best DB
Coming into the season the worry was that Auburn would have to depend on at least one freshman defensive back to play right away. Now eight games into the season there is no doubt right now that the Tigers’ best player in the secondary is Carlton Davis, one of those true freshmen.
Davis gave up his share of plays early in the season and was on the receiving end of a perfectly thrown TD pass to Laquon Treadwell on Saturday, but nobody in Auburn’s secondary has been a more consistent tackler than Davis and his instincts have made him a guy teams are avoiding in the short passing game.
All you need to know about Davis is that Auburn’s coaches chose to allow him to cover Treadwell for a good bit of the game on Saturday. Instead of backing off one of the best wide receivers in the country the Tigers let Davis earn his stripes, something we’ll see a whole lot more of in the future for this Auburn defense.