March 24, 2008

Powers a standout corner for Auburn

When Paul Rhoads first arrived at Auburn in January, the first thing the new defensive coordinator did was sit down with a stack of game film.

Rhoads watched video of every one of AU's 13 games last season, as well as clips from previous seasons. It was part of a crash course in Auburn's personnel.

He wanted to become familiar with each of AU's defensive players, to give himself a better idea of who the Tigers' top playmakers were.

It didn't take him long to notice Jerraud Powers.

The junior cornerback doesn't have a hard time standing out on film. Powers' playmaking ability also stands out on a stat sheet: He tied for the team lead with four interceptions last season. He also led the team in pass breakups, with 10, and routinely was among the leaders in defensive production points.
Rhoads was impressed.

"I've probably noticed him more on film than other people, and that's not to slight other people," he said before the start of spring practice. "That's a compliment to Jerraud. He's a dang good football player."

Since the start of spring practice in late February, Powers has lived up to Rhoads' high expectations - and to his own.

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