AUBURN, Ala. — Gary Danielson and Brad Nessler are extremely familiar with the Auburn and Georgia teams that will compete for the SEC title this weekend.
The duo called the Nov. 11 matchup and is gearing up for a big weekend in Atlanta. They recognize the important players on both rosters.
“These are fun games to do,” Danielson said. “And in these big games like this when everything means so much, it’s kind of hard to figure out which guy doesn’t mean a lot.”
Still, some student-athletes could be more valuable than others when the two programs gather for the rematch.
“I think for Auburn, I think it’s Darius Slayton to tell you the truth,” Danielson said. “You know what we’ve got in Ryan Davis, but Slayton can change the game very quickly if Georgia’s not careful, a couple of big plays — I’ve done it two or three games now in the SEC Championship. He’s very aggressive early in the game trying to produce big plays and Slayton is home-run threat at any time.”
Slayton caught 2 passes for 42 yards against the Bulldogs in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Week 11 and had 3 receptions in the Tigers’ upset of No. 1 Alabama last week.
Then of course, there’s Auburn’s defense, which is filled with dangerous players.
“If I was going to pick one guy from Auburn I would say Jeff Holland,” Nessler said. “Jake Fromm could never get comfortable because No. 4 was on their rear end the whole game and he’s a disruptor. If he has 4 quarterback pressures and 3 sacks, something like that, Georgia’s offense is going to be in trouble. …The less I say Jeff Holland the better for Georgia.”
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