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The best player that Auburn Football will face each week in 2022

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There doesn’t seem to be much consistency when it comes to predicting the 2022 season for Auburn Football.

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Several members of the media at the conference wrote the Tigers off, predicting that they finish last in the SEC West. On the other hand, when talking to Brian Hars and a few players, they have tune in to the role of “spoiler” this season and won more games than expected.

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Regardless of the outlook, we can all agree that Auburn Football will have one of the toughest schedules in college football this coming season due to the sheer talent each opponent brings.

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College Football News recently selected the top 10 programs from each FBS program as part of its season preview. Based on those picks, here’s the top player from every team Auburn will face this season, and why College Football News named each player as their top pick (with the exception of Mercer, Auburn’s early-season rival).

Game 1: RB Fred Davis, Mercer

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Davis led the Bears in scoring last season with 847 yards on 163 carries and 14 touchdowns. He rushed over 100 yards twice last season, and his best game came on October 2 against Samford. The freshman rushed for 276 yards on 28 tries in Mercer’s 45–42 win over the Bulldogs. He had touchdowns for 31, 21 and 54 yards.

Game 2: DE Cade Hall, San Jose State

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Game 3: CB Joey Porter Jr, PA

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The 6-2, 196-pound corner veteran has been named a Big Ten third-team player in the past two seasons, and is now on the verge of becoming an All-American on his way to cementing his title as a top pro player. In his first season, he made three tackles as a reserve, and in the last two he made 83 stops with one interception and eight false passes.

Game 4: CB Chris Abrams-Drain, MO

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He’s not all that big and he’s only had one good year as a quarterback after switching from wide receiver, but until the star recruits rise, the 5-11, 178-pound junior should be the team’s top pro. Last year, he made 37 tackles with three interceptions, seven intermittent passes and one recovered fumble – and that’s just the beginning.

Game 5: WR Kaishon Butte, LSU

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Sick for most of last year, the 6-0, 205-pound future NFL star only saw time in six games before suffering ankle problems. He still led the team with 38 catches for 509 yards and nine points. He busted out as a freshman with 45 throws for 735 yards and five points – averaging over 16 yards per catch – and should be in the running for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver.

Game 6: DT Jalen Carter, Georgia

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It’s not fair to anyone to think that a 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle is as good as a #1 draft pick like Travon Walker, or with the potential influence of an anchor like Jordan Davis, but… Second Team Everything – Tact SEC has the talent to grow into a very, very high overall pick and become a standout star in Georgia’s other great lineup. He found his role last year and has been a solid offensive player for the past two seasons, throwing 51 tackles for three sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.

Game 7: QB Jackson Dart, Ole Miss

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Okay, okay, he really needs to win the case first, but he’s got too much talent not to explode on that offense with such a coaching staff. The 6-2, 220-pounder was a superstar rookie for USC — he was the 2020 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year — coming to Ole Miss after completing 117 of 189 passes for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions and 43 yards and two touchdowns last year.

Game 8: QB KJ Jefferson, Arkansas

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The 6-3, 245-pounder did a bit of work in the first two years, showing good endurance, good arm and good running ability. And then last year everything went smoothly. Not only was he efficient and astute — just four interceptions and 24 touchdown passes, 67% of his passes for 2,676 yards — but he led the team with 664 yards and six points.

Game 9: QB Will Rogers, Mississippi State

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He’s figured out how to lead the offense and now, in his third season, he’s got to take Mike Leach’s offense to a whole new level. The 6-2, 210-pound veteran extended it last season with 4,739 passing yards and 36 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, starting from the rookie campaign’s 1,976 yards, 11 touchdowns.

Game 10: WR Inias Smith, Texas A&M

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Okay, that’s kind of like an excuse. At least three freshman-class stars can and probably should be considered on A&M’s best player list, and a few professional prospects should also be on the table, but Smith is one of the dangerous all-round guns in the SEC – now he needs the ball more. On the other hand, his situation is up in the air after being arrested for illegal possession of a weapon and drunk driving. In his three years, he caught 112 passes for 1,321 yards and 15 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 373 yards 15 times and scoring four goals. He also averaged 9.7 yards per punt return with a score.

Game 11: QB Jarrett Doedge, Western Kentucky

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Entering his sixth season, 6-2, the 210-pound veteran spent his first two years at Bowling Green, throwing for just over 4,000 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 spades. In three seasons at West Virginia, he had 19 interceptions but also threw for about 6,500 yards for 40 touchdowns.

Game 12: DE Will Anderson, Alabama

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The 6-4, 243-pound Anderson was the most dominant defensive force in college football last season, earning All-American honors with the Bronco Nagurski Award, 102 tackles with 17.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles per loss with three interrupted passes. As a freshman, he scored 52 points with seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for a forced fumble loss.



The story originally appeared on the Auburn Wire channel.


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