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Ledyard | Offensive backfield and stingy D lead Auburn over hapless Missouri

NOV 21 Idaho at Auburn
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Ledyard | Offensive backfield and stingy D lead Auburn over hapless Missouri

#15 Auburn Tigers v Missouri Tigers

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET

Memorial Stadium – Columbia, MO

Auburn (51), Missouri (14)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Auburn Tigers

Jarrett Stidham, QB, RS Sophomore

Analysis:  Deep post throw to open the game from a clean pocket was on the button, right in stride. Excellent throw from a clean pocket on an out route on third down. Perfectly placed. Has the athleticism to tuck and run, making plays with his legs. Things crumble a bit when under pressure. Clean pocket deep shot was underthrown, but still caught. Should have been a touchdown, if thrown in stride. Stock: Up

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Junior

Analysis:  Playing with a nicked up hamstring. Great battle through tacklers on wildcat carry, his first of the game. Stiff, upright cutter. High pad level, but displays the power to work through arm tackles as well. Burst is adequate at best. Nice stiff-arm. Four touchdowns in the first 21 minutes of the game, all of the short yardage variety. Stock: Same

Braden Smith, RG, Senior

Analysis: Hands and power to stone bull rushers. Stood up a Missouri defensive tackle on first offensive play of the game. Got stemmed upfield on a 3rd-and-1, but did a good job to run his feet and stay on contact to create rushing lane. Controlled puller who punishes on contact. Very clean in pass protection. Stock: Up

Austin Golson, C/RT, Senior

Analysis: Moved to right tackle when a teammate when down injured. Reached set points easily and showed impressive footwork in pass protection. Did not notice any pressures allowed by Golson. Stock: Up

Jeff Holland, EDGE, Junior

Analysis:  Fiery competitor who will lay the lumber. Needs to time up his get-off better, was late off the ball a few times. Ripped the edge after a good hand fight against Missouri’s right tackle, strip-sacking Drew Lock to set up Auburn’s fourth score of the game. Flew around the edge for a pressure late in the first half. Great long arm rush and bend to the pocket to force a Lock throwaway two plays later. Sniffed out a third down tunnel screen to force a Missouri punt to end that same drive. Stock: Up

Dontavious Russell, DT, RS Junior

Analysis: Great hustle and range to run down a screen on the game’s second play. Auburn’s heavy rotation up front meant minimal snap count. Immovable in the run game and helped clog up the interior to shut down Damorea Crockett. I’m excited to get into Russell’s tape a little more. Stock: Up

Stephen Roberts, S, Senior

Analysis: Broke a good tackle attempt on his first punt return of the game. Stacked and shed a block to come up and make a tackle on a short out-breaking route.  Stock: Same

Tray Matthews, S, Senior

Analysis: Strong safety size and playing style. Good awareness and physicality to close quickly on the ball around the box. Sifted through trash well, but aimed high and missed a tackle on Damarea Crockett in the hole. Adjusted his target area later, coming to balance for a pop on Crockett in the flat. Stock: Same

Carlton Davis, CB, Junior

Analysis:  Great reaction to make a diving interception off a tipped throw. Great awareness to get head around, find back shoulder throw and contest the catch. Very tough play for a cornerback. Good clean opens in press and stabbed with the right hand to box the receiver to the sideline. Stock: Up

NOTE: Kamryn Pettway did not receive a touch in the game, after entering the contest banged up.

Missouri Tigers

Drew Lock, QB, Junior

Analysis: First interception went through receiver’s hands on a slant. Little late on a corner route that was placed pretty well, but receiver couldn’t corral in bounds. Low throw on the next out-breaking route on 3rd-and-10, but got no help from his receiver who failed to make a capable sliding grab. Pretty good vertical throw that receiver failed to find in the air, must have lost it in the lights. Wide open nine route was underthrown to the middle of the field, incomplete. Stock: Same

J’Mon Moore, WR, RS Senior

Analysis: Did not record a catch until the mid-way point of the third quarter, which was also his first target of the game. Great block on Missouri’s first touchdown of the game, a screen pass to Crockett. Stock: Same

Marcell Frazier, EDGE, Senior

Analysis: Frazier played, but didn’t show up as a pass rusher one time that I noticed. Auburn’s offensive line played very well, and Missouri seemed to rush four often, failing to win 1v1 matchups. Stock: Down

Other Players that Flashed

Kyle Davis, WR, Sophomore – Big-time hands catch on a deep post to start the game despite tight coverage. Attacked the ball in the air with strength to outreach opponent.

Richard McBryde, LB, RS Sophomore – Box thumper who laid the wood a few times and sifted through trash well between the tackles.

Eli Stove, WR, Sophomore – Stove has the wheels and short-area burst to get vertical in a hurry. Effective as a rusher despite being a receiver, showed good patience to let blocks develop and then work off of them.

Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard has been writing about the NFL draft for several years now, and is thrilled to be bringing creative content and unique analysis to NDT Scouting. He lives with his wife Brittany and four-month old daughter Caylee in mid-western Pennsylvania. Jon is also the host of the Locked on NFL Draft and Breaking the Plane podcasts, while covering the Steelers for scout.com. The Office, LOST, weightlifting, ultimate frisbee, grilling, Duke basketball, and all Pittsburgh pro sports teams are his greatest passions.

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