Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at our choices for the 25 people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.
5) Justin Garrett, junior, “star” safety/linebacker
By Aaron Brenner
Really, it’s a mystery Garrett wasn’t given a chance to play more in 2012; it’s not like Jonathan Evans, who was listed as a courtesy starter at sam linebacker despite playing sparingly, was a staple of the Brian VanGorder defense. Garrett didn’t even get on the field in half the 2012 games. But that’s water under the bridge; somehow, Garrett and this Ellis Johnson “star” position is a perfect marriage, just because he’ll be conducive to lining up all around the defensive backfield and reacting rather than acting.
This is the task in front of Garrett: he’s been on fire since late March. He was the star of the first practice, the star of the spring, the star of A-Day. (Puns intended, by the way.) Now he must prove he’s got the inner desire to keep working and improving, not settling for the good times on a practice field in April … because that doesn’t compare to the Saturday night lights of Jordan-Hare Stadium in October. Based on his end-of-spring comments, Garrett seems like he truly believes he has so much more to work on. Good for him. No … great for him.