The Auburn Tigers are winners of their last two and three of their last four after their victory over the UL Monroe Hawks on Saturday. The Tigers breezed through with relative ease as they jumped out to a 28-0 lead and following a TD pass by the Hawks to end the half, would score 30 unanswered points and pitch a shutout in the second half.
Here’s what we learned.
1. The Tigers defense is still for real: It might just be UL Monroe, but the Hawks do rank in the Top 100 in both passing yards per game and points scored per game. Auburn was able to hold them to just seven points on the day with merely 139 yards through the air. Auburn will likely have tougher outs as the season goes on but they have proven themselves to be a very stout unit thus far through the first five games of the year.
2. Kerryon Johnson is still for real, too: Johnson was able to scamper for 146 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on just 24 carries. That’s a mark of 6.08 yards per carry, which will look great at any level to say the least. Auburn is lucky to have him aboard and he should no doubt continue to perform at a high level going forward.
3. The Tigers are ready to hit the road: Auburn has yet to have a true road game this season but that will change come next Saturday. The Tigers will travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State who has looked a bit inconsistent this year. The opportunity is ripe for Auburn to take a strike and make a move in the SEC West division. Whether they can do it? Time will tell.