AUBURN, Ala. — Fans sitting in Jordan-Hare Stadium erupted when Kerryon Johnson broke free and rushed 60 yards downfield to score Auburn’s initial touchdown in its 41-7 win over Georgia Southern.
Yet in all the excitement fans may not have seen sophomore receiver Nate Craig-Myers’ role in the play.
Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, however, didn’t miss it.
“The best thing about that was he made the block that triggered the touchdown and he was the second one down there to celebrate,” Lindsey said. “To me that’s what it’s all about. I’m excited about him.”
Myers’ role in Week 1 was slightly different than it was last time he was in Jordan-Hare.
The sophomore was a favorite target for Jarrett Stidham during Auburn’s A Day spring game in April, finishing with 5 receptions (154 yards), including a 50-yard grab early in the scrimmage.
““I feel like I know the game now,” Myers said this spring. “Coming in, coming from high school to college, the transition can be different. I feel like having a year under my belt now I can get up to speed and play.”
Still, on Saturday night under the lights on Pat Dye Field, Myers seemingly struggled to get open. He wasn’t targeted once and didn’t record any stats. And that doesn’t concern Lindsey one bit.
“Sometimes the ball comes your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” Lindsey said. “So when he gets an opportunity I think he’ll make a lot of plays.”
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After nagging injuries negatively affected Myers’ freshman season the former coveted prospect is looking to make a much bigger impact for Auburn in 2017 — and those around him believe he will.
Even with receiver Kyle Davis back in the mix for Auburn’s trip to No. 3 Clemson, head coach Gus Malzahn expects Myers’ presence to continue growing in coming weeks.
“You know each game is different,” Malzahn said. “Each game plan is different. Each game plan is different. Nate is a guy that will be a big factor this year. Each game is a little different.”