This year has been a year of controversy surrounding the football program but hopefully that is all behind us now and it’s time to look forward to the season ahead.
Although the pundits surrounding college football don’t like Auburn’s chances of a good season, there are some very talented football players on this roster. We all know the talent is there; It will depend on how well coach Harsin and his staff coached these players during the off-season.
There are a few players in this squad to look forward to in the upcoming football season, so let’s take a look at who they are.
1. Tank Bigsby
Tank Bigsby is one player on this roster that everyone is expecting to have a great year. It feels like if Auburn wants to be successful this season, Bigsby needs to excel. Last year, Bigsby rushed for 1,099 yards and added ten touchdowns. I expect Bigsby will add two or three hundred yards to his rushing yard total from last year next season. He’s a very skilled running back, and with another great season, he could be a pick on day two of the NFL draft.
2. Kilian Zierer
Kilian Zierer is a gigantic offensive lineman. He stands at 6’7 and weighs 312 pounds. Zierer is very strong and has the body type and potential to be a great offensive tackle. The only thing that stands out to him is that he’s new to football. He’s only been playing the game for a few years. Whether Zierer will start on the offensive this year is still open, but if he does it will certainly appeal to me.
The excitement in the NFL is that after another great year, Derick Hall has a chance to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The edge position is loved by everyone in the NFL community, and Hall could be a great NFL player. He had nine sacks for the Tigers last season and will look to add significantly to that total in 2022. Hall is a player that Auburn fans should expect a lot from next season.
4. Owen Pappoe
Owen Pappoe is arguably the most skilful defensive player in the entire Auburn Football roster. He’s a five-star ex-recruit who did really well in his early years on the Plains. Last year Pappoe was plagued by injuries but he will be perfectly healthy for the 2022 season. If Pappoe has a good season, he has a chance of being selected in the NFL Draft early in the second day. I expect him to be a leader in defense and have an outstanding season.
5. Tar’Varish Dawson
Tar’Varish Dawson is a redshirt freshman who will play a big role on offense in 2022. He was used as a gadget wide receiver in A-Day scrimmage. He got the ball on an end-around rushing attempt and had a handful of goals. Dawson is a very gifted receiver and under the wing of receiver coach Ike Hilliard I expect him to have a great season.
All of these five players will play significant roles for Auburn in 2022, and I expect good seasons all round. Some of these players are veterans and some are young, but Coach Harsin will need a great performance from all of these guys to show the college football world what this team is really made of.
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