Auburn Football: Playmakers Needed for Both Offense and Defense

Dione Thrift@DThriftWarEagleContributor IApril 16, 2009

In the exciting world of college football, players come and players go. One thing that is a definite must is for someone to step up the next season in place of players that left.

Auburn is in desperate need of big time play makers, especially on offense. I believe there are a few players with that potential on the offensive side and defensive side. If these players can get up to their full potential and if coached right, this Auburn team can go head to head against tougher teams this year.



Mario Fannin: Gus Malzahn has to find some way to get him the ball. There's talk that he will be playing everywhere, especially at slot receiver and in the backfield. He's even the top candidate for the War Eagle (Wild Cat) formation that Gus Malzhan is bringing to the plains. He will definitely be a breakout player this year if given the ball.

Onterio McCalebb: This guy is a real speedster. I saw a clip of him during spring practice, and I was really impressed. He will definitely play a big role in the backfield this upcoming year. During last Saturday's scrimmage, he had some impressive gains. Look out for him to make some big gains during A-Day this Saturday.

Philip Pierre-Louis: He was predicted to have a good season last year, but an injury during the first kickoff in the first game had him out for the entire season. He's had a limited spring practice. When he's healthy he should be a big help for Auburn's receiving corps. 

Harry Adams: Adams has recently switched from defensive back to wide receiver. It's been said that he's the fastest on the team, clocking a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. Trooper Taylor even says that Adams brings back the element of the deep ball which has been pretty scarce at Auburn for a while.

Even though he played at wide receiver in high school, it's going to take some time to get back into the groove. But look for him to possibly play a big role in Auburn's offense.



With Sen'Derrick Marks, Troy Blackmon, and Jerraud Powers gone, the defense will definitely need to step up. 

Eltorro Freeman: This guy is impressive. He knows how to get to the ball. Of course, there are a few areas where he needs to work on, but it can't be ignored that he will be a big difference maker this year.

Josh Bynes: Bynes made a name for himself on the Auburn defense last year when replacing Tray Blackmon when he was injured. Look out for him to do well this upcoming season.

Antonio Coleman: No doubt in anyone's mind that he will be pressuring every quarterback. This Auburn defense will safe. He will probably have a few sacks every game. Some say that he is our next Quentin Groves. I think he's right up there, but no Groves.


Special Teams

It is a definite must for the special teams to be spectacular this year. Missed field goals killed Auburn last year.

Clinton Durst: Durst can boom a punt. He's expected to be a big difference maker this year as far as getting the ball deep into an opponent's territory.



DeAngelo Benton: He will make a big impact for Auburn this fall. It's been said that he will qualify this year and hopefully be a big help with Auburn's receiving corps. 

Tyrik Rollison: It seems like he will qualify also. It appears that Auburn is still having QB trouble, so if Rollison comes in and shows that he can distance himself from Burns and Caudle, he might be in contention for the spot, but it's a long shot for that happening.


I look forward to Saturday's A-Day game. I should be going, and I hope to catch a glimpse at how this upcoming season will turn out for Auburn.