Henry Zimmer | Sports Writer
“As an Auburn defense, we have always been physical, always been a defense that takes the ball away,” Monday said. “We take pride in taking the ball away and helping our offense out any way we can.”
Last year, Chuma Okeke heard his name called in the first round of the NBA Draft, and this year, it was Isaac Okoro. Okoro was selected fifth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.
“He’s grown tremendously,” Jones said. “Him being a vocal leader on the court is really big for us. That’s his role that he wanted to take on. He’s been doing a pretty good job of that.”
“I’ve been working really hard,” Williams said. “Last year motivated me to be better than I was, increase my minutes and do what I can to help the team win.”
The connection between Bo Nix and Seth Williams has always been there, and against Ole Miss, the tandem’s effectiveness was in full effect during the 35-28 victory.
Jamal Johnson is one of Auburn’s three upperclassmen on this year’s roster, and as a veteran, his role and leadership will have to expand in the Tigers’ young backcourt.
Whether it be Cooper, Powell or incumbent Tyrell Jones at point, a young Tiger will be leading the charge. 10 underclassman make up the roster, with six rotational spots up for grabs.
Auburn is the lone undefeated team in the SEC, as the Tigers gutted out a 1-0 win in Athens, Georgia, against the No. 12 Bulldogs on Sunday.
Every college football player’s dream is to make that signature play when the lights are shining brightest. Against Arkansas, walk-on linebacker Barton Lester made his play.
With injuries piling up for Auburn, players have had to step up. Freshman Tank Bigsby and junior Zakoby McClain are doing just that.