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Decatur High graduate Jerraud Powers (8) leads Auburn with 29 tackles through five games. Powers starts at cornerback.
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Decatur High graduate Jerraud Powers (8) leads Auburn with 29 tackles through five games. Powers starts at cornerback.

Powers earns SEC
defensive top honors

By Ross Dellenger
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

AUBURN — Decatur High grad Jerraud Powers says he's "just getting lucky."

Everyone else begs to differ.

"He shows up in all the right spots," defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. "He made a lot of plays on the ball."

A starting cornerback for Auburn, Powers has grabbed the team's defensive player of the week award for the second straight time. He also was honored as the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week after leading the team with seven tackles in a 20-17 win at Florida on Saturday.

Powers' response to all the hype surrounding him?

"I'm just getting lucky," he said. "Muschamp is putting me in a position to make plays, and I just got to capitalize on them."

Apparently he's doing that.

Along with starting at cornerback, Powers plays nickelback when Auburn has five defensive backs on the field. He also plays on various special teams packages.

The only time he’s off the field is when the offense is on it.

Powers leads the team with 29 tackles during the first five weeks. He has broken up four passes and has two tackles for lost yardage.

“It’s just coming along for me,” Powers said. “I’ve just got to be consistent each week.”

Powers said his family gathered at his Decatur home to watch the Tigers’ upset of then-No.4 Florida — a win that stunned college football.

“I talked to every single last one of them after the game,” Powers said. “It was a great feeling.”

The sideline area at Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is narrow, providing little room between the stadium seating and the team. Powers had to ignore nasty comments from Florida fans throughout the night.

“The way we were set up on the sideline, their fans were right on top of us,” he said. “We heard every word. They were staying stuff about our families. They were picking on us the whole night. We just had to stay focused.”

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