As for Hastings, he was a stud out of the slot for Auburn last season when he was given the opportunity. The play below shows Auburn getting exactly what it wanted on second-and-10. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham immediately sees Georgia Southern covering Hastings with a linebacker. Hastings gets to the outside and is able to produce a first down.
Here is a similar play. Auburn puts Hastings in the middle of the field, forcing the defense’s hand, and Hastings is covered by a slower defender. Once again, Hastings gets a step; Auburn’s outside receivers have cleared out the rest of the defense, so Hastings can make the most of the space there. Also, notice the down and distance. Hastings was probably the best on Auburn’s team in moving the chains.
Both Martin and Hastings stood out in Auburn’s 2017 opener, and will be battling for a larger role in an evolving offense this season. If they win their respective position battles, it is all but certain that they will be able to generate some buzz in what has the potential to be an explosive offense.
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