Auburn reaping the benefits of playing Roybal as an underclassman

Auburn reaping the benefits of playing Roybal as an underclassman
Photo Courtesy: Ethan Arnold / Peru State Sports Network

AUBURN – Auburn senior TJ Roybal may not have been ready for varsity football as an underclassman, but due to the lack of depth during his freshman and sophomore seasons, the 6’0″, 215 pound offensive lineman and linebacker was thrown into the lineup.

The Bulldogs are seeing the benefits of his early playing time today.

Roybal, who has been on the field in each of his four seasons, leads the team with 93 tackles this fall. He has 6 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Head Coach Tony Janssen says Roybal has grown in the program and knows the system on both sides of the ball.

“With our offensive line, he knows the schemes well. He can adjust when the defense adjusts. He can help communicate that with some of the younger guys that we’re playing up there that are in a similar situation that he was a few years ago. Definitely seeing the payoffs of the time he’s put into the program and the passion that he has for the game. That’s been fun to see.”

Roybal has 206 career tackles (6.9 per game), 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

Auburn finishes the regular season on the road Thursday in Falls City. The Tigers (3-5) have lost three-straight heading into the Class C1-1 rivalry showdown. Kickoff at Jug Brown Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. and will air on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com).

The Bulldogs are currently projected to be a sixth seed in the Class C1 playoffs that begin on Oct. 26. Official brackets are released on Saturday.

No. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart at No. 3 Johnson-Brock

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Johnson-Brock High School

TV: News Channel Nebraska and ncnsportsnow.com

Auburn at Falls City

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Jug Brown Stadium, Falls City

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com

Lourdes Central Catholic at Weeping Water

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Weeping Water High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com

Syracuse at Johnson County Central

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Johnson County Central High School, Tecumseh

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com

Nebraska City at Lincoln Christian

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Lincoln Christian High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com

News Channel Nebraska Scoreboard Show

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com

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