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Auburn's Robenson Therezie 'getting back to the old me'
Oct. 30, 2014

Robenson Therezie with a no-doubt tackle for Auburn against LSU

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace can throw it around with the best of them in the SEC, but after surviving 53 passes last week from South Carolina, it won't be anything that Auburn's Robenson Therezie hasn't seen.

No. 3 Auburn is preparing for its road trip to No. 4 Ole Miss on Saturday with the goal of improving its communication on the field, and getting a few more interceptions in the process.  The Tigers are tied for second in the SEC with 13 interceptions and are fourth in turnover margin.

"Just doing our jobs," Therezie said.

Wallace, by nature, figures to test the Tigers. He's fourth in the SEC in pass attempts with 242. By comparison, Auburn's Nick Marshall has thrown it 138 times.

"We're working on the stuff that we need to be successful as a whole defense," Therezie said. "It's not about the individuals, but when we come in our meetings after the game, we talk about what we do as a whole and how we have to improve as a whole defensive unit."

Therezie, who plays the Star positon, had four interceptions last year. He doesn't have one through Auburn's first seven games this season, but Jonathan Jones has five; Johnathan Ford, Jermaine Whitehead and Trovon Reed have two each; and linebacker Cassanova McKinzy and defensive lineman Montravius Adams have one each. Therezie wouldn't mind one.

"I feel like my coverage skills have gotten better, pressuring. But everything else is starting to come back to me (like) last year," he said.

Therezie missed some time in preseason practice because of an eligibility issue. It was cleared up.

"It's in the past. I'm just focused on getting back to the old me," Therezie said. "God blessed me and gave me another opportunity so I'm going to take advantage of it."

Therezie didn't start the first game, but he's started every game since, paving the way for Justin Garrett to be moved from Star to linebacker. Therezie is seventh on the team with 21 tackles after being sixth-leading tackler last year. 

He, like the rest of the Tigers, should be in shape. The Tigers got a workout in last Saturday's 42-35 win against South Carolina. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said the Tigers had communication problems. Auburn defenders said the same.

"At the end of the day, we knew it was going to be a tough one. We knew what to expect. And once we got close, we knew how to find a way to win," Therezie said.

Ole Miss, like Auburn, features big receivers. Therezie says he's seen "a lot of good routes."

"Obviously, they're good route runners, but then again, with our DB group, we're a man team, so it's really nothing we haven't seen before. Just like Mississippi State, they were throwing the ball. So we're going to be in their faces this week."

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



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