AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn’s young cornerbacks have done just about everything wrong at times in practice, from footwork to positioning. Everything except failing to make the play.
The 10th-ranked Tigers will be relying heavily on freshmen to cover Louisiana-Monroe’s receivers in Saturday night’s opener and just hoping their speed and athleticism can overcome rookie mistakes.
“The No. 1 thing at corner is you’ve got to be able to play there,” coach Tommy Tuberville said. “You’ve got to have speed, you’ve got to have quickness, you’ve got to be able to break on the ball. I really like the three young guys that we’re working with now. We’re going to have to play most of them.”
That will be just the most prominent role Auburn’s newcomers will figure to play. Tuberville estimates 10 freshmen will play in the opener, including some combination of corners D’Antoine Hood, Neiko Thorpe and Harry Adams along with safety Christian Thompson.