Auburn, Ala.--One season ago Shon Coleman got a rude awakening to life in the SEC as a left tackle as Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett had a day to remember at Coleman's expense, giving the Auburn offensive lineman one to forget in the process.
Fast forward to Saturday night at Kyle Field and Coleman had the chance for redemption as the Tigers once faced the Aggies. This time around it was a different story as Coleman and the Auburn offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage from start to finish in a 26-10 victory.
Rushing for 311 yards and staying ahead of the chains, Auburn kept Garrett and the Texas A&M pass rushers off balance all night long and Coach Gus Malzahn said Coleman’s play was a big part of the success for the Tigers in the win.
“Shon did a very good job against him,” Malzahn said. “He’s really unbelievable because if he knows it’s pass he’s one of the best, if not the best, in the league. Our guys did a good job. We didn’t get into too many third down and seven-plus situations. I think that really helped. We really tried to run at him and take away some of his aggressiveness. Shon did a very good job.”
Saying it was exciting to see Jovon Robinson again have a big game running the football, Coleman said that side of things is something that gives the entire offense energy. Needing to run the football to sustain drives and get the tempo going, he said Saturday was one of those games you enjoy as an offensive lineman.
“It’s great,” Coleman said. “You’re going out there going big on big blocking those guys like that, we got something out of it. We were very successful on third downs and keeping the ball moving. That’s a pretty big deal for us.”
Now with the confidence of a road win against a ranked opponent, Auburn will return to action this Saturday morning against a Georgia team that has loads of talent on both sides of the ball. That means it will take another complete performance from the Tigers, something Coleman said they finally got a taste of and are looking to continue.
“This whole time we’ve known we had to break through,” Coleman said. “All aspects of the game had to come together. The big thing for us is putting everything together and everybody playing great, and we finally came away with the win. We’re just looking forward to capitalizing on that for next week.”