Due Credit…

By Posted on: November 19th, 2013 in Member Post 7 Comments »
108123625_crop_north - N. Equae

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By now, I’d imagine most of us are beginning to settle down and at least begin to digest what happened last Saturday in Jordan-Hare with some reasonable frame of reference. For me, the magic of the moment hasn’t dissipated one iota. It was, well, just BIG. Big, on so many levels, it’s simply hard for me to capture in written words…it’s really more about layers of emotion I suppose. 

Anyway, we’ve all talked about, read about and re-watched all the key plays and most especially, the “catch”; Ricardo’s moment, Dee’s motor, Tre’s running, Jay’s blocking, Reese’s play and the O-line, Cody’s monster kickoffs, Chris’ coverage, the 4th down stop that wasn’t to be, etc., etc. So many players to credit – so many so well-deserving. BUT, in re-watching the entire game several times through, often in slow motion, there is one guy who hasn’t been credited enough in my view: 

NOSA EGUAE, #94

Folks, this guy, a senior who was a significant contributor on the 2010 BCSNC team and all but forgotten last season (a resonating theme for many), played his behind off!!! Plain and simple. He made routine plays, he made extra effort plays, he made plays only a player that’s very smart and disciplined can make and he made plays with all due respect … he’s probably not supposed to make.

One helluva effort, Nosa! 

War Eagle!

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  1. mvhcpa says:

    Great post, Jeff. I’m bad putting most of the names to the numbers (I didn’t even know Nick Fairley was the name of #90 until seven games into 2010), but I clearly noticed #94 three times rush into the backfield then turn and tackle the ball carrier on a draw play. MVH

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Eguae gives 110 percent every play. The kid never takes a play off.

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Equae has been one of my favorites. He hails from one of my cousin’s home town but more than that I always have admired his hustle, his attitude, and his commitment. he also gives back to the community. A true Auburn man!

  4. allanonj allanonj says:

    Nosa’s play, like others, are often overlooked. How many times did we hear about Nick Fairley’s play in 2010, but didn’t hear of Josh Thompson’s, who often took on two blockers to allow someone else to make the play, be it a tackle, sack, interception?
    There are alot of guys who play their position, but don’t get the stats because their play allows others to get the stats.
    I am just pointing out that there are more players that are unselfish on the team.
    War Eagle to all of them.
    Way to go Nosa

    • Jeff Holland Jeff Holland says:

      Allanonj,

      I believe you are talking about Zach Clayton from the 2010 defensive line…and I agree. He was a baller and an unsung hero who happened to make to the NFL, no less.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Eguae was moved to tackle for the Ole Miss game, and I was there to watch it. He didn’t pile up a ton of numbers, but it was obvious that he had the quickness and agility to slide off a block and make a play on a runner coming up the middle. It completely changed how Auburn was doing against running quarterbacks on defense. The Ole Miss ground game was pretty much halted, thanks to that, and Bo Wallace had to make plays with his arm to keep the Rebels in the game.

    …..We love to blame the linebackers when a quarterback gets loose in the middle of the field, but folks need to remember that a standard 4-3 defense has each linebacker responsible for stopping the run in an area about 18 yards wide. Jake, Cassanova and that crew has 27 yards to cover, or 50 percent more space, because we only have two linebackers on the field at the same time. It’s tough to watch at times, but virtually every team out there is running two-man routes on at least one side of the field these days, and 5 cover guys are a necessity.

    ……I never would have thought it, but Nosa’s production in the middle has been a real factor in Auburn’s defensive improvement this season. I was worried that he’d regularly be blown off the ball, but that hasn’t happened.