Jake Holland had yet to play in a college game. Dee Ford was used mainly on special teams the first four games. But Saturday, both played a more prominent role in Auburn’s 52-3 win over ULM.
LB Jake Holland recovers a fumble.
Holland, a true freshman, subbed in for senior Josh Bynes at the end of the first quarter and played the majority of the snaps at middle linebacker.
“I felt like I had a pretty good game so I enjoyed it,” Holland said. “…Through practice and me getting better and learning the defense and I was able to work at it and move myself up.”
Holland is the 14th true freshman to play in a game for Auburn this season, which ranks second in the country behind Florida’s 15 heading into Saturday’s games.
Holland, who said he preferred to play over redshirting his first year, ended up with three tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and a fumble recovery in the third quarter that led to Auburn’s seventh touchdown.
“I thought he played well for his first time,” defensive coordinator Ted Roof said.
A true sophomore, Ford started his first career game at defensive end for senior Antoine Carter, who sat out nursing a minor injury. Ford finished with four tackles and two quarterback hurries.
Ford learned he would be the starter Monday and graded his play Saturday a B.
“I started off a little shaky but as the game went on I did pretty good,” he said.
Ford split most of the reps with true freshman Corey Lemonier, who had three tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries.
“They’ve both worked hard to get better,” Roof said. “This work and these reps are only going to make them better.”
Sophomore quarterback Barrett Trotter got the most snaps of his career Saturday after entering the game in the third quarter and leading Auburn on two touchdown drives.
Trotter finished 3-of-5 for 27 yards and also ran for an 18-yard touchdown where he got a little banged up diving over a defender into the endzone.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Clint Moseley played in his first career game helping to run out the clock on Auburn’s final drive. He carried the ball two times for eight yards.
Auburn was able to clear its bench by the end of the third quarter. Junior Derek Winter, sophomore DeAngelo Benton and true freshman Shaun Kitchens each caught their first pass of the season against ULM.
Defensively, sophomore cornerback Anthony Morgan led Auburn with six tackles and forced a fumble. Sophomore linebacker Jonathan Evans added four tackles, while freshman defensive tackle Kenneth Carter had two tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore walk-on Chris Humphries played at both linebacker and h-back, recording three tackles and a fumble recovery.