Auburn's Robenson Therezie SEC's top defender of week

Sep 2, 2013

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Robenson Therezie cradles one of his interceptions (Anthony Hall photo)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. — Robenson Therezie intercepted two passes Saturday night to match the total the entire Auburn football grabbed all last season. 

The SEC took notice Monday when it named the safety its SEC defensive player of the week. 

Auburn recorded three interceptions in its 31-24 win over Washington State in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Therezie also recorded a career-high seven tackles. He's the first Auburn player with two interceptions in a game since Josh Bynes did it in 2010 against Arkansas. 

His first interception set up Auburn's first touchdown. His second was in the end zone with 4 1/2 minutes left to perverse the 7-point lead.

"We knew they were trying to take shots in the end zone. That's all they are about," Therezie said. "We communicate because they like checking out when they read our two safeties. I had a great communication with my safety, Jermaine Whitehead. That's what put me in a good spot to make that interception.

"Our coach always tells us the game is on us, especially against a big passing team like this."

It was all quite different than last year.

"It was real big. That's all we talk about, getting turnovers. In my opinion, we have one of the best groups of defensive backs in the country."

Auburn defenders had plenty of chances. Pass-happy quarterback Connor Halliday threw it 65 times, completing 35.

"We had the opportunity and we were there," Therezie said. 

"The first half, it was a couple of mistakes that killed us. The second half we were working on finishing, not hanging our heads when a big play happened. We talked about next play, next play."

The other SEC players of the week were Georgia's Todd Gurley (offense), Alabama's Christion Jones (special teams), Arkansas' Trey Flowers (defensive lineman). LSU's La'el Collins (offensive lineman) and  Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell (freshman). Their accomplishments are detailed on the SEC website.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: