Ten players to watch against Akron

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Auburn has officially finished fall camp and will turn their focus to the Akron Zips this week.

Auburn hasn’t lost an opener since 2016 and should expect to handle the Zips this Saturday. Akron was one of the worst teams in FBS last season but should be better this season with the addition of quarterback Kato Nelson, who was out last season with an injury.

The fall camp storylines are wrapping up, solet’s take a look at ten players to keep a close eye on during the Akron game later this week.

10. Tony Fair

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Former Indiana State and UAB prospect Tony Fair steps in for nose tackle Tyrone Truesdell, who entered the transfer portal during fall camp. Fair is an incredible hard worker according to Bryan Harsin, and he has earned the starting nose tackle spot. Expect Fair to hold his own in the trenches.

9. Elijah Canion

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Elijah Canion had his moments in Auburn's bowl game as well as in the Spring game earlier this week. He'll be one of Auburn's starting three receivers this season, and should see a few targets go his way. Pay attention to Auburn's first two or three series to see if they script a couple of throws go Canion's way.

8. Marcus Harris

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Marcus Harris has been a breakout star during fall camp. He should start alongside Tony Fair on the defensive line.

7. Austin Troxell

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Austin Troxell takes over for Alec Jackson at left tackle, a position that did not preform well in 2019. Watch how Troxell handles the pressure when Nix drops back to throw against the Zips.

6. Ja'Varrius Johnson

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Johnson earned a ton of praise during spring practice and has impressed this coaching staff. He was one of the three starting receivers during Auburn's open practice. A handful of Auburn's pace drill plays were scripted to go Johnson's way. Expect him to get a lot of targets not just in the Akron game but over the course of the season.

5. Colby Wooden

Auburn defensive end Colby Wooden (25) runs drills during an open football practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Colby Wooden emerged as a factor on the defensive line last season, and should be a breakout player this season. He will wreak havoc in Akron's backfield.

4. Demetris Robertson

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Robertson is arguably Auburn's most talented and versatile receiver. Nix will be looking his way often during the Akron game.

3. Donovan Kaufman

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Kaufman will not only start at the nickel, but will also return kicks for the Tigers. He was a valuable pickup in the offseason and he knows Derek Mason's system really well. He'll be incredibly comfortable against the Zips.

2. Shaun Shivers

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Sure. Tank Bigsby will be the primary running back during this game. At least for the first half. But once this game turns into a blowout, Shivers will be the one running the clock out for Auburn. Watch and see if this new offense benefits Shivers' running style. Auburn needs him to emerge as a more efficient back who can hit the home run. He should have plenty of opportunities this game.

1. Bo Nix

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Auburn has been working strenuously with Bo Nix to try and improve Auburn's passing game. Word out of practice is that trying to fix his mechanical and mental mistakes have created new issues. Hopefully an in-game experience against Akron will help him start to work out the kinks. Personally, I would be worried if Nix didn't complete at least 65% of his passes this game. Auburn needs to get him ass many reps as possible before the Penn State game. There should be no turnovers, and few mistakes.

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