You’ve got your pick, but what Auburn football position group do you join?
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If you’re an Auburn player, which position do you play?
If you're an Auburn player, what position do you play?
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) April 7, 2018
AUBURN, Ala. — It’s Friday, and it’s time for some fun. Today I’ve chosen a question that actually is asked more than anyone might think and deserves a fair answer.
SEC Country’s Connor Riley wants to know if you have your pick and can join any position group at Auburn, which one do you line up with?
This is actually a great question because the way I see it, there are two options. First, you could join the most dominant stable group or you could join a unit where you have the best chance to be a leader. Maybe even a hero.
If you’re looking for stability and chances at going pro, you’re probably going to want to buck up and become a defensive lineman for the Tigers. What Rodney Garner has built — and continues to build — is truly special. While there’s lots of talk about the goals and expectations, this group already has accomplished what it set out to do: become one of the best defensive fronts in the country. In 2018, these players are gunning for the No. 1 spot, and it’s not unrealistic.
The thing about joining a team or a position group with so much depth and talent is you have to be ready. You can’t be emotionally weak or insecure. There’s not enough time for overthinking. You just have to be a beast. Ask Nick Coe. He knows what it’s like to try to acclimate and earn playing time when you’re surrounded by the best.
“Yeah because you don’t want to be the person playing at a low level,” Coe said on A-Day. “If you play around great people you want to be great. If you play around bad people you don’t want to be on their level. You play around great people and step up to their level and keep reaching goals.”
Your second option is joining a group that’s been struck by injuries and doesn’t have a lot of history in terms of standout individuals. That’s right — we’re talking Auburn wide receivers.
Outside of a couple of notable names, such as Sammie Coates or Ricardo Louis (as of late), there’s a chance for a player to come in and really make some history. That’s especially true since Jarrett Stidham is still running the show in 2018. With Chip Lindsey looking for more autonomy and Stidham hoping to make a Heisman Trophy run, this is a time for a real playmaker to emerge.
The door of opportunity is wide open at the wide receiver position. If you’re the kind of person who wants recognition and lives to be appreciated by fans, be a scorer.
Another final way to look at this question is this: Which coach do you want to play under and learn from? A player really can’t go wrong with any one person on the Auburn coaching staff. The most serious answer is probably Tim Horton.
Horton’s string of developing running backs at Auburn has been incredible. There’s a slight chance he could take a washed-up Division I basketball player and make her an SEC star. I’m exaggerating, of course, but you get the idea.
Still, in my opinion, it’s always the most fun to play for a coach you understand and appreciate. Enter Travis Williams. The former Tigers linebacker understands probably better than most what it means to be an Auburn person. He’s knowledgeable and a great teacher, but he’s tough.
At the end of the day, players understand Williams is looking to make them great people, not just All-SEC linebackers. If I’m looking to join an Auburn position group, I want to play for the guy who will scream at me and be fired up on the sidelines during games — Williams is by far the most animated — but I also want to play for someone who is the definition of a player’s coach.
Still, don’t expect to see me or anyone else from our SEC Country team in pads anytime soon.