Auburn football: Looking at the Tigers' Star position for 2014

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 15, 2014 

Star Robenson Therezie was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list on Monday.


Editor's note: The 2013 season is in the books. Any underclassmen eligible for the NFL draft have decided whether to return to school or pursue a pro career. And national signing day has passed. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black breaks down the team's 2014 roster, going position-by-position and giving his take on each spot's future. The series continues with the Tigers' Star position.

Who's Staying: Robenson Therezie, senior: Started all 14 games; 57 tackles (37 solo, 20 assisted), 3.0 tackles for loss, team-high four interceptions, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry

Mackenro Alexander, sophomore: Appeared in eight games; Four tackles (two solo, two assisted), 1.5 TFLs

Who's Leaving: None

Who's Coming In: None

Outlook: There's not much to say here, other than Star will look exactly like it did last season, with Therezie in the starting lineup and Alexander serving as the backup.

After shuffling between cornerback and safety in his first two seasons, Therezie moved to Star last spring. Exiting the spring, however, he stood behind Justin Garrett on the depth chart. But once the fall arrived, Garrett was slowed by nagging ankle injuries that eventually cut his season short after appearing in just two games. With Garrett out, Therezie stepped in and thrived. It took all of one game, as Therezie snagged two interceptions against Washington State in his first career start. In sum, Therezie had seven tackles (six solo, one assisted) in the Tigers' 31-24 victory over the Cougars.

Therezie went on to start every game last season, finishing with 57 tackles and a team-best four interceptions. It goes without saying he's locked down the starting job heading into the fall.

As for Alexander, he will continue to get reps as the backup Star. The coaching staff holds the Immokalee, Fla., native in high regard, and believe he can be a key component down the line.

He'll just have to wait for Therezie to graduate first.

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