Limiting Matt Corral will be Auburn football’s biggest task

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Auburn’s most important task on Saturday: limiting Heisman candidate Matt Corral.

The Rebels have gotten a very solid year out of the junior from Ventura, California. While Corral hasn’t been playing at 100%, the Rebels offense has still been humming along over this opening stretch of SEC play.

C Dub of the ‘War Rapport’ joined Zac Blackerby and the ‘Locked on Auburn Podcast‘ to talk about Auburn’s coverage and how important it is that the Tigers keep Corral in check.

“In obvious passing situations, I could see us having three down linemen and a player hovering around the line of scrimmage acting as a spy. We’ve been incorporating a lot more zone, so that allows our guys in the second and third level of our defense to keep their eyes on Corral. Of course, that could make us vulerable to the pass, but it will still be interesting to see how Auburn attacks Matt Corral. I know he’s going to be a big part of our defensive gameplan.

If we are able to limit Corral and his effectivness, I think Auburn is willing to allow the Ole Miss running backs to have a pretty decent day- not necesarrily gashing us, but if that’s what it takes to contain Corral and that is what it takes to limit Ole Miss’ offense, then (forcing the issue on Corral) is something I think Derek Mason is willing to do.”

Keep in mind, outside of the Georgia game, Auburn has been adjusting and game-planning well in the second half of games, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Mason should be able to figure out the right buttons to press on Corral after a couple of quarters if he hasn’t found them already by then.

I will also say this- if LSU was able to hold Ole Miss to 31 points, Auburn can either do so as well or get very close. That might be enough to win the ballgame. It just starts with stopping Matt Corral.

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