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Auburn WR Sammie Coates
A lot of the talk leading up to the game centers around the matchup advantages Florida State's wide receivers have over Auburn's secondary.
But that argument can be made on the other side of the ball too.
At 6'2", 201 pounds, Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates has at least two inches on all of the Seminoles' cornerbacks, and he has a knack for big plays. He leads the SEC and is third in the nation in yards per reception at 22.13.
Auburn used the one-month layoff between the SEC Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game to address a few things in quarterback Nick Marshall's game that can help him progress as a passer.
"I think it's been a good 30 days for Nick," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "He's practiced extremely well not just from his mindset and the way he's attacked it to get better, but he's thrown the ball extremely well over the break. He got an extra 30 days to focus on just being a quarterback, which hopefully we'll see on Monday night and he'll play pretty well."
Coates will be the beneficiary.
You'll see "Malzahn Offense 2.0" Monday night, and that offense will feature a more dynamic passing game. As a result, Coates will have a big night.