After a decisive win against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the Tigers faced off against the No. 1 team in the nation.
The Auburn Tigers have been steamrolling the competition for the entire season, and that was evident in their dominant win over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday night. In a crushing 52-10 loss the Tigers couldn't do anything on offense.
"We tried to execute our gameplan, but they are the No. 1 team in the nation. Averaging 2.2 yards per carry isn't going to cut it. The regular season wasn't as successful as I expected, but now we have to look towards the bowl practices and find out who we will go up against this postseason".
It's clear that Memphis wanted to compete for the AAC crown and a New Year's bowl bid, but that won't happen.
Richard Lawson continued his excellent play, running for 118 yards and a score while averaging nearly five yards per carry on the ground.
The offensive line couldn't keep Leonard Mackay upright, giving up a whopping six sacks on the day.
The defense is normally the backbone of this team, but they gave up six scores on the ground and couldn't stop Auburn's two headed duo.
"It was like going up against Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams again. They (Lawrence Almond and Raymond Bennett) really took it to us." Coach Thompson also said the team's focus will be on resting up and getting on the recruiting trail as they have three weeks of rest before the conference championship week.
The Tigers picked up three solid commits over the last two weeks. Signing two tackles and a defensive lineman.
The first commit came from 3* tackle Isreal Seitz (No. 790) out of Michigan. Seitz is known as a good pass protector and will have to develop more with his footwork and run blocking. We don't expect him to be a starter Day 1 but he can be a key piece to the O-line if developed right.
Following the loss to Auburn another 3* tackle in Nicholas Shafer (No. 899) from Massachusetts. He's considered an athletic blocker who ran a 4.96 40-yard dash at summer satellite camps. His pass protection footwork will need to improve for him to play left tackle, but he could slip into the two-deep rotation at right tackle.
The final commit was 3* defensive tackle Daryl Fagan (No. 744) out of Puerto Rico. The defensive line has been the heart of the team this season and adding another pass rusher to the mix will really help the team move forward. He can plug in at nose tackle or be a strong side edge rusher in passing situations.
The Tigers missed out on FOUR running back prospects last week, and our 247 Memphis area scout thinks the team will go after at least two more, and maybe try to sign another interior lineman.
Stay tuned for a recruiting recap next week if the team has any new commits.
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