Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson has not gotten off to a great start this season. In his first two games against Louisville and Jacksonville State, he has thrown five interceptions. In both games, his mistakes, coupled with other mishaps by the team, have nearly cost the Tigers the game.
Because they have struggled, Auburn has tumbled out of the top ten of the AP rankings to No. 18. Their fall may continue this week if they can’t turn things around.
The Tigers travel to Baton Rouge to play one of their biggest rivals, the LSU Tigers. LSU’s defensive backfield has been known for being very good in the past, that is evidenced by the team having nine former defensive backs currently playing in the NFL.
According to AL.com, one LSU defensive back is expecting Johnson to throw a few interceptions their way on Saturday. Dwayne Thomas recently talked with ESPN about their important match-up with Auburn on Saturday.
“We know that this guy, if we play our technique right, if we do the fundamentals and have our eyes in the right place, he should be able to throw us one — if not, hand it to us,” Thomas said. “We’ve just got to play our technique. That’s what [defensive backs coach Corey] Raymond is stressing a lot this week because he knows this game is going to come down to who is playing the right technique and who has their eyes in the right place.”
“This quarterback has a great arm, but we don’t know how accurate he is because we haven’t seen him in person. With the tight coverage that we play, we’re looking forward to him giving us a few.”
The redshirt junior’s career has been riddled with injury. In 2012, he tore up his knee which caused him to take a redshirt just four games into the season. In 2013, Thomas saw a lot more action as he caused a career-high three pass breakups against Auburn and also caught an interception. Last season, he looked to have some promise before going down with another season-ending knee injury.
Thomas and the rest of the defensive backfield is looking to be dangerous all season long and they hope to get things going with Auburn this weekend. The game begins at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on CBS.
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