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College Football: Week 1 Oregon at Auburn

#11 Oregon Ducks (0-0) vs #16 Auburn Tigers (0-0)

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OREGON DUCKS | PAC 12

Coach: Mario Cristobal

Oregon Players to watch:

Senior QB Justin Hebert (6-6/233)

Sep 22, 2018; Eugene, OR.; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) participates in warm-ups before playing the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium.
Photo Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Herbert has the potential to be the #1 overall pick of the draft.

Herbert has thrown touchdown passes in 28 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. He might have been the number one overall pick in last year’s draft, but he decided return to Eugene for his senior season. In 2018, Herbert threw for 3,151 yards – it could have been a lot more, but his receivers dropped over 50 passes. Look for his numbers to improve in 2019. His Heisman hopes will depend, largely, on how far he can take his team in the rankings.

Senior WR Juwan Johnson (6-5/230)

Herbert will be looking for a dependable possession receiver in 2019. Johnson is a grad-transfer from Penn State, where he had over 1,000 career receiving yards. In 2018, he accounted for 17 first downs through the air, and in 2017, he turned 38 of his 54 catches into first downs. Herbert and Johnson connected three times on seven targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Oregon’s spring game.

Senior LG Shane Lemieux (6-4/317)

“Shane continues to be the physical force up front,” HC Cristobal said during spring practice. “He’s a really impressive offensive lineman. His threshold for work is mind-boggling.” Like Herbert, Lemieux turned down a shot at the NFL last year. He returns as one of the top rated guards in this year’s draft class.

Junior DT Jordon Scott (6-1/330)

Scott is a huge run-stuffing nose guard clogging up running lanes with his girth and quickness. They call him the “mini-fridge.” Scott has played in 24 consecutive games. He finished 2018 with 29 tackles, including 14 solo, 3.5 for loss and one sack. He looks stronger and quicker in 2019.

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AUBURN TIGERS | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Gus Malzahn

Auburn Players to watch:

Freshman QB Bo Nixon (6-2/204)

Bo is the son of former Tigers’ QB Pat Nixon.
Photo: Montgomery Advertiser

Nixon won one of the most hotly contested quarterback competitions in the nation: beating out Joey Gatewood, who has Cam Newton size, and the strong-arm of Cord Sandberg, a former minor league baseball player. Nixon will work under new OC Kenny Dillingham, who comes over from Memphis. Nix dominated at the high school level, where he set an Alabama state record for total offense in a career, becoming the first player to surpass 12,000 yards.

Senior LG Marquel Harrell (6-3/307)

When Auburn can run the ball at will, it wins a lot. When Auburn can’t run with consistency, it loses in bunches – that’s historically been true. While there is no clear cut starter coming out of spring practice. Harrell will lead the pave for whomever Malzahn decides will carry the load. Harrell has started 19 games over the last two seasons for Auburn, including 18 in a row. He has appeared in 30 games over the last three seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2015.

Senior DT Derrick Brown (6-5/325)

Brown is another player that could have easily entered the NFL draft after his junior year, but opted to return to play another seasons of Saturdays. Brown has 115 career tackles, so far, for the Tigers. In 2018, he amassed 48 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks.

Junior DE Nick Coe (6-5/282)

Coe lines up next to Brown and plays the BUCK position for the Tigers. In 2018, Coe had 27 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks for season (leading Auburn in that category). Look for Coe and Brown to put plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2019.

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Jordan-Hare Stadium – Grass
Auburn, Alabama | August 31, 2019

Music City Bowl – Dec 28

Auburn Tigers (7-5) vs Purdue Boilermakers (6-6)

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AUBURN | SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Coach: Gus Malzahn

Auburn Players to watch:

*Junior NT Derrick Brown (6-5/316)

NT Derrick Brown is a finalists for the second annual Collegiate Man of the Year.
Photo: Al.com

Brown currently has 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks five quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He’s been one of the SEC’s top defensive lineman the past two seasons, and many project the junior to be a first-round draft pick if he decides to leave school early. 

Senior MLB DeShaun Davis (5-11/246)

Davis was a first-team All-SEC selection at linebacker after finishing fifth this season with 107 tackles. The senior also led Auburn with 14 tackles for loss and recorded 2.5 sacks, two passes broken up and four quarterback hurries.

***Freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow (6-0/216)

Whitlow leads the team with 777 yards rushing and four touchdowns despite battling injuries for much of the year. The redshirt freshman has gone over 100 yards three different times this season, including a 170-yard effort against Ole Miss in October, and he’s averaging 5.43 yards per carry.

***Freshman WR Seth Williams (6-3/210)

Williams has caught 24 passes for 479 yards and leads the team with five touchdown receptions. His 11-yard touchdown grab in the final minutes against Texas A&M proved to be the game-winner and was his second touchdown catch of the day. The true freshman also leads the team, and ranks fifth in the SEC, averaging 19.96 yards per catch.

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PURDUE | BIG 10 CONFERENCE

Coach: Jeff Brohm

Purdue Players to watch:

***Freshman WR/RS Rondale Moore (5-9/175)

Moore was a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America.
Photo: Purdue Athletics

Moore leads the nation with 103 receptions, the second-most in a season by a Big Ten player.  He became the first true freshman consensus All-American in the country since Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Senior QB David Blough (6-1/205)

Blough ranks second in Big Ten in passing yards (293.4) and total offense (296.2) per game and with 25 passing touchdowns. He is currently tied for fifth on school season passing touchdowns list, seventh with 3,521 passing yards and 3,554 yards of total offense.

*Junior TE Brycen Hopkins (6-5/240)

Hopkins ranks second among Big Ten tight ends with 564 receiving yards and fourth with 32 receptions (third on the Boilermakers) and has two receiving touchdowns.

*Junior LT Matt McCann (6-6/315)

McCann moved from right guard to right tackle and started all 12 games. He has started all 25 games over last two seasons and 33 in a row (35 total), dating to 2015, helping the Boilermakers average 317.8 passing yards (most since 2004) and 141.2 rushing yards per game.

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Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Auburn 63, Purdue 14