Which players could become Auburn football’s superheroes this fall
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Which Auburn football player would have the best chance of being in an Avengers movie (either as a superhero or an actor)?
Which Auburn football player would have the best chance of being in an Avengers movie(as either a superhero or an actor)?
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) April 23, 2018
AUBURN, Ala. — SEC Country’s Connor Riley asked another creative question this week that actually brings up a serious football question: Which players could emerge as heroes for Auburn football once the 2018 season begins?
Some of the answers are obvious and other athletes have the potential to be game-savers come September (and no, we won’t be discussing any comic book heroes).
The obvious answer is quarterback Jarrett Stidham. As a junior, he’ll be the Tigers’ first 3,000-yard passer to return and his name will be mentioned in Heisman conversations. If Stidham can muster heroics for Auburn, especially on the road in Athens and in Tuscaloosa, Gus Malzahn might as well start calling him Captain America (actually, as SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson pointed out, that’s a pretty good comparison).
Another likely hero for Auburn football could be wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers. Following a big A-Day last spring, Myers was looking for a breakout 2017. The Tampa (Fla.) Catholic product hauled in 16 total catches, including a couple of receptions on third down.
Still, at this point Myers has navigated full seasons and knows what to expect. This spring, he believed he finally earned the trust of his coaching staff, and he could be a more targeted wideout in ’18. Other receivers have clear threats. Ryan Davis has the speed and consistency while Darius Slayton, for example, has established himself as downfield threat.
Myers could be the person Auburn turns to when it’s facing a third-and-long in a critical game against top SEC defenses. Again, because Myers has the experience he’s a likely target, but at 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, he also has the size and strength necessary to make deciding plays.
Now to directly answer a part of Connor’s question. There are a couple of student-athletes who possess traits that would help them land a starring role in a superhero movie. This duo could also help Auburn with their “superpowers” this season.
Of all the Auburn football players most likely to star in the Avengers as movie stars, Malik Wills is one of the first players to come to mind.
Willis arrived at Auburn and immediately proved he had the ability to compete for the starting quarterback job at some point in his college career. His dual-threat capabilities make him versatile — another quality that’s helpful for movie stars.
Finally, Willis is well liked by all of his teammates, has unshakable confidence, attitude and style that make it hard to see him being defeated by any villain or SEC opponent. For a bit of proof just see the image below.
Another player who could potentially end up starring in a superhero movie is senior linebacker Deshaun Davis.
The Prichard, Ala., native is one of the most emotional players on the roster and uses his intuition to his advantage on the field. He’s almost theatrical, and he’s constantly involved in the action defensively. Davis led the team in tackles in 2017 and will be a three-year starter come fall.
A superhero affects the mood of those around them, and again Davis, who Kevin Steele jokes is Auburn’s real defensive coordinator, checks that box, too.