April 8, 2014
Broken hand doesn’t slow down Auburn’s Robenson Therezie (USA Today photo)
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. – Robenson Therezie, Auburn’s returning senior starter at the star position, suffered a broken bone in his hand early in spring practice. But it was not holding him back as the Tigers finished their 10th practice Tuesday.
“It’s pretty good,” Therezie said. “I just have to protect it in practice. I take all the reps just like nothing ever happened to my hand.”
Therezie said he has even continued to catch punts.
“I got comfortable after a day or two of catching punts,” Therezie said. “Now I catch punts like the cast isn’t there.”
A-Day competition at running back
Could a friendly feud be brewing for A-Day? Senior running back Cameron Artis-Payne was the offensive MVP in last year’s A-Day game after gaining 117 yards on 18 carries. He said he wants to repeat on April 19.
“I definitely have a shot at that,” Artis-Payne said with a smile. “I don’t think I’ll need as many touches as I had last year.”
Senior Corey Grant didn’t play last year because of injuries. He plans to have something to say about the award.
“I’m going to be right at his neck,” Grant said. “Last year I didn’t get to play. It’s a big deal because, really, it will be my first year to really play in one since I’ve been playing college football.”
Race continues at running back
Auburn’s three-man race to be the starting tailback continues for Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber. Who is running ahead?
“Personally, I feel great,” Artis-Payne said. “That’s up to the coaches. That’s something they are going to watch and look at film and see what they like. Everybody is fighting for that role.”
Said Grant: “Cam is doing a great job, and even Peyton. We are bringing him along. It’s a good competition, but we are still going at it.”
A new star on the horizon?
Robenson Therezie and Justin Garrett are unchallenged as the top two on the depth chart at the star position, but sophomore Mackenro Alexander is making some noise at that position, too.
“He's getting better,” Therezie said. “He’s working on his technique and leverage, which is a big thing for us at star when it comes to man coverage. He’s coming along very well.”
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: