October 19, 2012

FIVE TO THRIVE: Auburn @ Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Does Auburn's road to redemption roll through central Tennessee?

Auburn's game at Vanderbilt on Saturday is the biggest game of the season. Why? It's the next game of a season that may be spiraling toward worst-in-a-generation status without some kind of abrupt change in direction.

This could be it.

The Tigers' tailbacks, particularly Tre Mason, have been effective with the ball in their hands this season. Vanderbilt has been exceptionally poor at defending the run this season and, as an added bonus to the visiting team, averages less than 21 points per game.

Plus, it's Vanderbilt. Since when is this trip a killer?

Four seasons ago? Might as well be four decades ago.

Auburn has what it takes to turn things around Saturday afternoon. Clint Moseley showed that weekend, at least during the first half, that he can be an ideal, complementary piece of Scot Loeffler's solution. The Tigers' defense has better days ahead.

Now I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start this week's Five to Thrive.

Jonathan Wallace, quarterback

We're you expecting Moseley? I don't blame you. Moseley will have pressure on this weekend to perform and his job won't be easy.

Still, Wallace may be just as important. He's only been working 5 percent of the Tigers' snaps this season, granted, but coaches keep adding complexity to his Wildcat role. Pass plays have been installed.

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