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Auburn Football: Secondary Must Improve for All to See

The Auburn football defense could see some changes Saturday against Mississippi State, but nothing should be too significant.

The first thing to keep an eye on are the players rotated in while starters take a break. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said earlier in the week the same starting 11 will take the field, but the personnel may change after that. Cornerback Demetruce McNeil said he was going to have a change of scenery last Saturday after Auburn’s defeat to Clemson, so it’ll be interesting to see if he plays and how much.

The entire secondary for the Tigers is in question. After allowing 528 total yards to Clemson, the secondary will face a quarterback with a better arm in week two, Tyler Russell.

The linebackers also must improve their play if Auburn plans on leaving Starkville with a W. Although, the question is can they improve enough. Clemson’s 320 yards on the ground was not a good start to the year, and despite the defensive line providing a good rush, the linebackers were unable to step up.

For the team to be victorious, the defensive line to provide a solid impact on the game. With there being little doubt the ends, led by Corey Lemonier and Dee Ford, will have a solid blitz on Russell the entire game, will the tackles be able to step up significantly? Only recording five tackles as a position, the tackles must play better.

The Auburn defense needs to have a strong game Saturday to overcome the atmosphere and physical play that the Bulldogs provide at home. If the defense plays strong, the Tigers should have enough talent to leave with an undefeated record in the conference.