After battling through an ankle injury suffered in the season opener that kept him out of action in all of Auburn's games with the exception of some limited action against Florida, sophomore linebacker Tray Blackmon came through with a big performance Saturday night in a 9-7 win over Arkansas.
Blackmon led Auburn with nine total tackles (six solos) in the win at Arkansas. He was a big part of an Auburn defense that held Arkansas to just 193 total yards, including just 67 on the ground.
The nine tackles are a career high for Blackmon on the collegiate level. His previous best was a six-tackle performance last season against Alabama.
"It felt great to be back out on the field and being a part of our defense again," Blackmon told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I felt like a million dollars out there."
The Razorbacks came into the game leading the SEC in rushing offense, averaging 338.4 yards per game. Auburn shut out the Razorbacks until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks had only one drive more than 48 yards (out of 12) and punted nine times.
"Going into the game, beginning with our practice on Sunday, we talked about how we were going to have to be physical to stop those Arkansas running backs," Blackmon said. "I think we did a good job of that throughout the game."
Defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks said having Blackmon back on the field gave the Tigers a boost. "We Tray in there, their offense had a hard time trying to get anything up the middle. He is a big part of our defense."