AUBURN, Ala. -- Who can stop Auburn’s offense right now? The Tigers racked up 628 yards in a 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday and have now put up over 600 yards of offense in three straight games. They already have more yards this year (4,088) than all of last year (3,660), and they still have four games left to play.
Now let’s hand out some helmet stickers from Saturday’s game:
QB Jeremy Johnson: Auburn probably could’ve beat Florida Atlantic without throwing a pass Saturday, but credit Johnson for being ready. When Nick Marshall went down with the shoulder injury, Johnson stepped in and threw a gorgeous 36-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates on the first play. It’s easy to forget that this kid is just a freshman. He made his collegiate debut just two weeks ago against Western Carolina. But when his number was called, he was ready. Johnson finished 10 of 16 for 192 yards and two touchdowns. If Marshall misses time or if he ever goes down in the future, Auburn has to feel comfortable about its alternative plan.
CB Chris Davis: In a secondary that has seen its fair share of changes in recent weeks, Davis has quietly emerged as the team’s top defensive back. On Saturday, he led the team with five tackles and three pass break-ups, but it was his punt return in the first quarter that created the most buzz. Davis fielded the punt inside his own five-yard line -- typically a bad decision -- but he returned it 70 yards down the sideline, setting up the Tigers for their third touchdown of the game. It was a career long for the senior and the longest for Auburn since Robert Baker had a 79-yard punt return against South Carolina in 1996.
DE Dee Ford: Coming into this week, Ford ranked second in the SEC with one sack per game. He missed the first two games while recovering from a knee injury but had five sacks in the five games he played since coming back. It was his two sacks last week that helped Auburn seal the win over Texas A&M. On Saturday, he made it six sacks in six games when he took down the opposing quarterback early in the third quarter. He also forced a fumble on Florida Atlantic’s opening drive and was tied for the team lead with two quarterback hurries.
Honorable mention: RB Cameron Artis-Payne