If you’re an Auburn football fan who’s waiting for the Tigers, War Eagles, Plainsmen, or whatever you like call them to return to bowl brilliance, 2010 could be the year. With 12 starters returning; 8 of the team’s 12 games being played at home; and the two-year Malzahn program finally feeling familiar, football gurus have the Tigers slated for a breakout year. And when you look the team’s components, it’s easy to see why.
At quarterback is Cameron Newton, last year’s top JUCO player and ทางเข้าเว็บตรง ufabet มือถือ a QB who has the tools to impress pro scouts: an absolute gun for an arm and speedy feet that consistently frustrate would be sack artists. Auburn fans don’t know Newton yet; he came from JUCO and practices have been closed. But when the season opens, they’ll be pleasantly surprised.
At running back, Newton’s hand offs will rest mainly with Mario Fannin, a shifty runner with a dance to his step that should easily gain 1000 yards. Backing up Fannin is fleet footed Ontario McCalebb and top recruit Michael Dyer, who some scouts call the best Auburn turf burner since Bo Jackson. In terms of quickness and athleticism the comparison is on target.
The Offensive Line
Auburn’s offensive line is where most of its returning starters pop up, including Lee Ziemba, a future pro whose mean streak and competitiveness will enhance the talents of Newton and Fannin. With nine out of ten offensive linemen returning in 2010, look for the Tiger’s offensive line to put the hurt on.
As good as a quarterback can be, he isn’t much without some sticky hands downfield. Luckily for Newton, he’ll have the luxury of shooting bombs and missiles to Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachary. As aforementioned, Newton can throw, and Adams is the breed of receiver that reminds of Jerry Rice: he can get his hands on anything and make it look easy. The end of the season should find him at 1000 yards.
The Defensive Line
Traditionally known for their defense, the Tigers won’t be letting their guard down this season either. 2009 starters Mike Goggans, Mike Blanc, and Antoine Carter return in 2010, with newcomer Nick Fairley looking to make his reputation at defensive tackle. With Goggans, Blanc and Carter manning the defensive ship, he’ll have his chance.