Led by redshirt junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham's six touchdowns (5 PASS, 1 RUSH), the Auburn Tigers overtook the Purdue Boilermakers 63-14 in Friday's 2018 Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl. DraftNasty's Corey Chavous gives a peek at some of the images from Nashville.
Bret Bielema is gone and first-year head coach Chad Morris is now the head man in charge in Little Rock. Morris spent three seasons at SMU, amassing a 14-22 overall record and an 8-16 record in the American Athletic Conference. Things won't get any easier in the SEC but Morris will have some pieces to work with. Offensively, senior left guard Hjalte Froholdt (6'5, 315) and sophomore running back Chase Hayden (5'10, 200) will be tasked with making plays in the running game. Froholdt has started 25 straight games at guard after transitioning from the defensive line. Hayden finished the 2017 season with 326 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries before suffering a leg fracture in October. Defensively, the linebackers are the position group of strength. Junior linebacker De'Jon Harris and senior linebacker Dre Greenlaw (6'0, 227) have the talent to transition to new defensive coordinator John Chavis' 4-3 defense after playing in the 3-4 in 2017. Chavis comes from Texas A&M after spending five years at LSU. The new defensive coordinator is used to coaching in the SEC and his units consistently produce NFL draft picks. In a season which could include its bumps and bruises, expect the Razorbacks defense to adapt quicker than its offense.