Auburn’s Ashford is an emerging quarterback

Georgia First look Auburn

Georgia football hosts Auburn on Saturday in Athens. Here is your first look at the Auburn Tigers.

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Auburn Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Mercer W 42-16 Home
09/10 San Jose St W 24-16 Home
09/17 Penn State L 12-41 Home
09/24 Missouri W 17-14 Home
10/01 LSU L 17-21 Home
10/08 Georgia 3:30 pm Away
10/15 Mississippi 8:00 pm Away
10/29 Arkansas 8:00 pm Home
11/05 Miss State 1:00 pm Away
11/12 Texas A&M 12:00 pm Home
11/19 W Kentucky 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Alabama 12:00 pm Away

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Auburn Georgia
Scoring Offense 22.4 39.0
Scoring Defense 21.6 10.8
Total Offense 389.0 521.4
Rushing Offense 159.4 178.6
Passing Offense 229.6 342.8
Team Passing Eff. 123.0 155.8
Total Defense 331.8 264.4
Rushing Defense 138.2 89.2
Pass Yards Allowed 193.6 175.2
Team Pass Eff. Def. 115.38 107.61
Turnover Margin -1.80 0.40

Auburn Injuries and Suspensions

[QB] T.J. Finley (Shoulder) – Questionable
[QB] Zach Calzada (Shoulder) – Out
[OL] Tate Johnson (Elbow) – Out


Challenges for Georgia

Auburn freshman quarterback Robby Ashford was forced into the spotlight for the Tigers after TJ Finley and Zach Cardoza both were sidelined for injuries. For a freshman, he’s done fairly well. In two games as a starter along with some playing time in every other game, Ashford has 46 completions in 85 attempts for 709 yards 3 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Yes, he’s not Tom Brady but he is a dual-threat quarterback that can hurt opponents. A former Hoover high school in Alabama star, he chose Auburn over offers from Florida, Georgia, Purdue, Florida State, and others. While he hasn’t piled up the numbers passing Ashford is ranked second nationally in yards per completion (15.4). As a runner, Ashford has 223 yards this season. He averages 4.46 yards per carry. Ashford’s youth limits his effectiveness but as he grows and gains experience he could have a breakout game that raises some eyebrows. Georgia’s goal should be to not let that happen in this game.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the CBS Network.

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