Take stock of Auburn’s freshmen on the week off, who can still redshirt

Auburn is just past the middle of its 2021 regular season, with five games remaining on the schedule as the team enjoys a well-deserved week off.

Auburn, who comes off a 38-23 victory over No. 17 Arkansas on the road, will use the rest week to regroup, cool off and focus on the areas he needs to improve as the final one approaches. part of the season. So what better time to take stock of Auburn’s freshman class and see which newcomers have carved out a role for themselves so far this season – and which of the 2021 signers could still be in the running for redshirting.

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Jarquez Hunter, running back: The former three-star prospect and last-second addition to the Tigers class has been the roster’s most impactful rookie this season. Hunter has appeared in all seven games, and he made his first career start last week against Arkansas – when Auburn took him and Tank Bigsby out in a separate back set to open the game. He’s second on the team with 57 carries for 492 yards and three touchdowns, and is averaging 8.36 yards per carry, which is the SEC’s best and third among FBS qualifiers. Hunter opened his career with back-to-back 100-yard performances and set the program record for longest scrum run (94 yards). Its production has declined in recent weeks, but it remains a key part of Auburn’s hasty attack.

Landen King, tight end: The former three-star Texas tight end has emerged in recent weeks, advancing from the Boy Scout squad to see significant representatives in Auburn’s offensive against Georgia and Arkansas. He’s appeared in three games this season, which means a red jersey is still, technically, on the table. Don’t expect that to be the case, as he seems to have a growing role in attack. He has four receptions for 54 yards in the last two games.

Tar’Varish Dawson Jr., wide receiver: A four-star athlete from Florida, Dawson’s stock was on the rise ahead of the season as he was the only true freshman to appear on Auburn’s opening two-depth depth chart of the season. Since then, however, he’s only appeared in one game, seeing limited action against Georgia State. He was not available for each of Auburn’s first two games for undisclosed reasons, and while on his way to Penn State, he did not see the field. He also didn’t play in any of Auburn’s three SEC games. Once considered a potential freshman, a red jersey is still possible for Dawson this season if he only appears in three of the team’s last five games.

Dylan Brooks, Edge Defender: Auburn’s top-rated 2021 class signing, as well as the latest addition to the squad, Brooks has yet to see the ground for the Tigers as the depth and production of the rusher edge team has been impressive. with Derick Hall, Eku Leota, Romello Height and TD Moultry. Barring a late-season emergence, the 6-foo4-, 227-pounder who was once considered an instant-impact freshman is likely to redshirt this season.

Lee Hunter, defensive tackle: The second-highest-rated rookie in Auburn’s class, Mobile’s four-star defensive tackle hasn’t seen the field for the Tigers this season. The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder has, like Brooks, been stuck behind veteran talent on the defensive line, with Marcus Harris, Colby Wooden, JJ Pegues, Marquis Burks and Tony Fair keeping things going on the inside. Hunter is online for redshirt at this rate.

Dematrius Davis, quarterback: The four-star Texas quarterback hasn’t seen the pitch this fall. He’s behind third-year starter Bo Nix and substitute TJ Finley on the depth chart at quarterback, and barring unexpected injuries or other impacts on the depth chart, Davis is unlikely have lots of opportunities to play this season. Expect him to be in a red shirt.

Marquis Robinson, defensive tackle: A four-star defensive tackle from Florida, Robinson has only seen the field in one of Auburn’s seven games this season. He got his first action in the 24-point loss to Georgia, playing a handful of snaps inside the line and registering a tackle. The 6-3, 310-pound player will likely be in a red shirt, although he could make three more games this season before that opportunity is lost.

Tobechi Okoli, defensive lineman: Okoli has appeared in just one of Auburn’s seven games, getting his first collegiate action when the Alabama State team broke up in Week 2. The 6-foot-5, 252-pound did recorded no tackles or any other stats during his brief appearance. against the Hornets. He’s in line for redshirt this season.

Colby Smith, offensive lineman: A three-star offensive tackle from North Carolina, Smith has yet to see the field for Auburn this season. The Tigers have returned their five starters down the line and have considerable veteran depth in the trenches this season. As is often the case with offensive linemen, it will take some time for Smith to develop to the college level and enter the field with significant ability. It’s almost guaranteed to redshirt this season.

Garner Langlo, offensive lineman: Like Smith, Langlo has not appeared in a game for Auburn this season. Enlisted early on, Langlo got off to a good start in his development, but it will still take time for him to get in a position to contribute down the line at this level. The 6-foot-6, 277-pound player will definitely be a redshirt this season.

Ian Mathews, defensive lineman: At 6-foot-4, 272 pounds from Columbus, Ga., Mathews is yet to make his college debut. Like Hunter, Brooks and Robinson, he developed behind key team returns from last year as well as hard-hitting transfers along the defensive line. Expect a red shirt for the former three star hope.

AD Diamond, defensive back: Three-star Mobile rookie Diamond hasn’t seen the pitch this season. With an influx of high school transfers – including Donovan Kaufman, Ro Torrence, Bydarrius Knighten and Dreshun Miller – and an increased focus on starters contributing to special teams, it was always going to be difficult for Diamond to break the rotation this season. Expect him to be in a red shirt.

Cayden Bridges, defensive back: Bridges, the lowest-rated signatory in Auburn’s 2021 class, has appeared in just one game this season, earning special teams work. Like Diamond, it was going to be difficult for him to find reps in a deep high school. Unless he continues to find his way onto the field in special teams, Bridges is also expected to wear the red jersey this season.

Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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