In the first half of Saturday’s 41-20 victory over, Ole Miss allowed 17 points and found themselves tied at the half. The Rebels must have found some old “Cammy-Cam Juice” at halftime because the second half was dominated by the Rebel defense. Auburn only mustered 55 offensive yards in the final two periods, scoring just three points. Ole Miss held the Tigers to a staggering -1 yards in the fourth quarter. It may have been the best overall performance from Dave Wommack’s club this season, and it was a group effort.
Defensive Line: The highlight of the day on defense came when a high snap sailed over quarterback Clint Moseley’s head. A relentless CJ Johnson knocked him to the ground before he could scoop it up, and the defensive end fell on the ball in the endzone for a Rebel touchdown. It was a big day for the line as Moseley did not appear to have any time to throw the ball. Cameron Whigham and Uriah Grant were in the backfield all day. The domination up front allowed for big days out of the defensive backs. Do not let the fact that the line only totaled one sack fool you, they were the catalyst for the success of the defense.
Linebackers: Mike Marry and Denzel Nkemdiche played their usual productive games. The linebackers have been the steadiest unit on defense and Saturday was no different. Marry had 1.5 TFL, including an 8-yard sack, and recorded his first interception, returning it 38 yards. Nkemdiche is a big hitter and uses his below-average size to be the fastest one to the ball. He had six tackles and always seemed to find the ball carrier in a hurry. What is the scariest part about the linebackers is that they will all be back next season.
Secondary: The tale of the tape for the secondary was good open field tackling. The front seven appeared to miss some tackles at times, but were bailed out because there was good swarm defense. Senquez Golson has improved considerably at tackling and had four tackles. Cody Prewitt and Charles Sawyer combined for 15 tackles and are really making it hard on opposing defenses to make underneath throws. Mike Hilton and Trae Elston provided good help over the top as well. Ole Miss allowed just 112 passing yards, and just 22 in the second half.
It was a long day for the Auburn offense and the defense really came to play. While the offense seems poised and efficient, the defense is fast and reckless. When Arkansas watches tape of this game, they will see a fast, opportunistic defense that plays a “next guy up” type of football. In all, Auburn was only able to muster 213 yards of offense on 59 plays. If you are excited about this team now, here is something that will make you giddy: out of the 11 starters on Saturday, one is a senior, four are juniors, three are sophomores, and three are freshmen.
Tags: Auburn Football Cameron Whigham Charles Sawyer Cj Johnson Clint Moseley Cody Prewitt Dave Wommack Denzel Nkemdiche Gene Chizik Hugh Freeze Mike Marry Mile Hilton Ole Miss Football Senquez Golson Trae Elston Uriah Grant