October 8, 2013
Out of the dark
AUBURN | Robenson Therezie has been the Tigers' best defender this season by any measure.
He leads the team in tackles. He's tied for the Southeastern Conference lead in interceptions. He's a violent blitzer, a dogged pursuer, a valorous hitter who's never seen a confrontation he didn't savor.
Suffice it to say: Therezie has been everything defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson wanted from the 'star' safety position.
"It has been fun," Therezie said. ""I feel like it's the most perfect position for a guy like me, an undersized safety/corner. I'm a guy that can fit in the box and fit the run and still cover."
Any tale about Therezie's sudden rise to prominence must begin with the 2012 season. Despite being lauded as one of the team's fastest players and a sure tackler, the native of south Florida split time between offense and defense. He never earned much of a shot in either role.
An alibi existed on offense. Tre Mason was in the midst of a 1,000-yard season as Auburn's primary tailback and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, unlike his successor, believed in sticking with one guy as often as possible.
So what about defense?
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