Auburn vs San Jose State: Virtual report card from the Tigers’ 24-16 victory

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The Auburn Tigers survived a scare in week 2 against San Jose State of the Mountain West Conference. The Spartans took it to Auburn and struck first in the second with a 33-yard field goal from Taren Schive. The Tigers finally got on the board with 6:31 remaining in the second half when running back Jarquez Hunter scored his fourth touchdown of the season.

SJSU re-took the lead with a rushing touchdown prior to halftime, it was looking grim for Bryan Harsin and company. Tank Bigsby would open the second half with some key runs and gave them the lead at 14-10. While Auburn wouldn’t hold onto the lead, the game was too close for comfort.

In the final look back at this game, we have the virtual report card as well as the best and worst PFF grades from the game.

Top Offensive PFF Grades

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  1. Jarquez Hunter, RB: 75.1

  2. Ja’Varrius Johnson, WR: 71.9

  3. Tank Bigsby, RB: 67.0

  4. Austin Troxell, RT: 66.5

  5. Killian Zierer, LT: 65.7

Hunter started the scoring with his touchdown run in the second quarter. In two games, Hunter leads the team in scoring plays with four total. The backup running back scored three times in the opener against Mercer.

Bottom PFF Offensive Grades

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  1. Robby Ashford, QB: 40.3

  2. Shedrick Jackson, WR: 52.7

  3. Luke Deal, TE: 53.1

  4. Landon King, TE: 53.1

  5. Keiondre Jones, RG: 57.6

The Robby Ashford experience didn’t go as well in week 2. While he led the team in rushing, he threw an interception on just three attempts. There is a level of the unknown with him as a passer but Ashford does provide a spark with his legs.

Top Defensive PFF Grades

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  1. Derick Hall, Edge: 88.5

  2. Eku Leota, Edge: 79.4

  3. Owen Pappoe, LB: 78.7

  4. Donovan Kaufman, SS: 74.9

  5. D.J. James, CB: 73.9

The top of the grades features players in the front seven, which is the strength of this defense. Derick Hall led the team with 8 tackles and 2 quarterback hits.

Bottom Defensive PFF Grades

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  1. Jaylin Simpson, CB: 47.7

  2. Marquis Burks, DT: 59.1

  3. Keionte Scott, CB: 63.0

  4. Zion Puckett, FS: 64.5

  5. Marcus Bragg, DE: 65.7

It wasn’t a great night for the defense as a whole, given how close SJSU was in this game but the offense didn’t help matters either. This unit spent more time on the field than the offense did.

Stat of the game

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Jarquez Hunter forced a team-high four missed tackles. He also tallied 34 yards after contact.

Unit Grades

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  • Quarterbacks: C-

  • Running Backs: B

  • Wide Receivers: D

  • Tight Ends: C

  • Offensive Line: B-

  • Defensive Line: A

  • Linebackers: B

  • Secondary: C-

  • Special Teams: B+

The Defensive line and the Running Backs were the top units on each side of the ball. If the team wants to beat Penn State on Saturday the QBs will need to step up in a major way.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire