ATLANTA -- The Auburn defense gave up 127 yards of total offense in the first quarter of Saturday's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to Clemson, but leads 7-3 as the teams transition to the second quarter.
One area where Auburn is thriving, however, is its front four.
Auburn recorded three sacks in the first quarter and no player up front has been more explosive than defensive end Dee Ford, who had three tackles, a sack and rushed Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd out of the pocket and forced a bad throw.
Ford played just three games last season after a herniated disc forced him to the sidelines for the rest of the season. After a stunningly good session of spring practices, Ford followed up with solid play in fall practice and stole the starting job from Nosa Eguae.
Through one quarter in Atlanta, Ford is showing the Auburn coaching staff they made the right decision giving him the starting job.