Sammie Coates (Biletnikoff, Maxwell)
Sammie's back! And, what a difference maker he is. (There were shouts of "SAMMIE!!!" in my house that you could have heard miles away.) Coates hauled in four catches for 144 yards (a career best), including a 56 yarder for a TD. It seemed like LSU's game plan was to take Duke Williams out of the game, but they forgot about Coates, and he made them pay. He just outplayed his defenders, even dragging them into the endzone. Even more impressive? Coates recorded these stats while being one of nine players catching passes against LSU.
In four games, playing mostly at less than 100 percent, Coates has nine catches for 200 yards, averaging 22.2 yards per catch. That's a "freak athlete" alright.
Reese Dismukes (Lombardi, Outland, Rimington)
This was the best performance from the offensive line as a whole, and Dismukes continues to look solid.
Kris Frost (Butkus)
Frost had been listed as day-to-day throughout the week and did not start, but still recorded two assists, one QB hurry, one broken up pass and two tackles for loss. He and Cassanova McKinzy continue to make big plays each week. In fact, Auburn is allowing only 14.4 points per game.
Nick Marshall (Davey O'Brien, Manning, Maxwell, Walter Camp)
Marshall was 14 of 22 for 207 yards passing and two TDs and rushed 16 times for 124 yards and two TDs...all in the first half. It was his second career 200+ passing and 100+ rushing game.
Also, y'all know I'm all kinds of football superstitious, so I'm not willing to say anything about Nick's big run versus LSU, so I'm just going to leave this here for you to check out.
Robenson Therezie (Bednarik)
Therezie, Rudy Ford and Cassanova McKinzy all had 6 tackles in the game. In all, 20....let that sink in...20 different Auburn players made a tackle in the game.
CJ Uzomah (Mackey)
Uzomah danced his way into the hearts of Auburn fans with an impromptu Lutzie after his TD catch. Tears.
Gabe Wright (Bronko Nagurski, Outland)
Wright recorded two assists and three QB hurries.
Miss State QB Dak Prescott was named the Davey O'Brien Player of the Week with five TDs against Texas A&M. I'd love nothing more than to be writing this about Nick Marshall time next week...