By Tom Green | [email protected] | Posted September 04, 2018 at 09:08 AM
Thirteen Auburn freshmen — both redshirt and true — made their collegiate debut in the Tigers’ season-opening, 21-16 win against Washington on Saturday. Here’s a look at how each one performed in their given roles against the Huskies.
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Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning (3) is grabbed from behind by Auburn Tigers defensive back Smoke Monday (21) and Auburn Tigers defensive back Daniel Thomas (24) during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Saturday, September 1, 2018, in Atlanta.
Quindarious “Smoke” Monday
Monday saw ample time at safety against Washington, including when the game was on the line. His first career tackle was a fourth-quarter sack of Jake Browning that helped seal the game. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele brought the house on fourth-and-16 in the game’s final two minutes, and Monday came around the left edge and brought down Browning, resulting in a turnover on downs.
The freshman safety saw the field and rotated in but did not record a state against the Huskies.
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Washington Huskies defensive back Byron Murphy (1) wraps up Auburn Tigers wide receiver Seth Williams (18) during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Saturday, September 1, 2018, in Atlanta.
Williams had two receptions for 37 yards against the Huskies, with an 18-yarder for a first down late in the first quarter and a 19-yarder early in the second quarter to get Auburn near midfield on what became a field goal-scoring drive.