THAT GUY: Auburn Edition

John Reed-US PRESSWIRE

Each week (or some weeks, actually) we profile an opposing player to keep an eye on. Find out who Dave South is talking about if you are somehow stuck in an electrical closet and forced to listen to the game on the radio.

This week was no great challenge. First, I completely eliminated the entire offense. Then, I noticed that one guy was the stat leader in several major defensive categories, so I picked him.

We had season tickets in 2003. One of the bright spots of that awful year was the play of Jaxson Appel. He seemed to come up with plays just when we needed them the most and kept us from being embarrassed too badly on a couple of occasions. We knew that the Wrecking Crew was gone, not to be seen for some time again, but along with the gentleman who had the seats next to us, we coined the phrase "Wrecking Dude." Auburn has their own version of that this year in senior linebacker Daren Bates.

Bates is listed at 5’11" and 215lbs, but he "plays bigger" to cop a football cliché. He’s a four-year SEC starter with a national title, but naturally projects as a very late draft pick because NFL scouts gonna NFL scout. His arms are probably really short because he’s under six feet or something terrible like that. But he’s a football player, make no mistake.

Daren Bates' 2012 Stats

Stat % of Team Total Team Rank
74 tackles 14 1
5.5 TFL 14 1
2 Sks 15 T-2
1 Int 100* 1
2 PBU 9 T-3
3 QBH 8 T-5
1 FR 13 T-1
*Auburn has only one interception this year. I had to double-check this. There is only one team with fewer: USF.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Good Bull Hunting

You must be a member of Good Bull Hunting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Good Bull Hunting. You should read them.

Join Good Bull Hunting

You must be a member of Good Bull Hunting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Good Bull Hunting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker