One of Auburn’s fastest wide receivers may be on the back burner for a little bit of time. Anthony Schwartz will require surgery to repair at least one broken bone in his hand, according to a report from Auburn Undercover. The injury occurred during practice on Sunday.
It is unknown at this time how much time Schwartz will be out of action for the Tigers. As such, it is unknown what his status will be for the season opener in Arlington, Texas against Oregon. Hand injuries to receivers are not something to take lightly, because any injury that makes it potentially harder to the football, and then maintain control of the football, can be a critical blow to even the best receivers in the game.
From the initial sounds of the injury news, it does not sound as though Schwartz will be missing any extended period of time that eats away at the regular season. FOr now, however, Auburn will hope to find other ways to replace one of the fastest options on the offense. Schwartz previously challenged Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs to a race.
Schwartz had 568 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season.
It has not been the sharpest half of football for the Auburn Tigers, but the home team finds themselves up 17-13 against a Tennessee team looking to score an upset this afternoon. The Tigers lost two turnovers, the second of which quickly led to a game-tying touchdown at the time, but a big touchdown play of their own has given Auburn the lead after one half of play.
Bryce Thompson‘s interception of Jarrett Stidham early in the second quarter led to a game-tying touchdown by the Volunteers five plays later. Jarrett Guarantano completed a 42-yard pass to Ty Chandler for a touchdown./
Auburn wasted no time opening the scoring in the game by driving down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, but the Vols responded with a field goal on the ensuing possessions. Auburn added to their early lead with a field goal on their next offensive series and remained up by seven when the special teams blocked Tennessee’s second field goal attempt.
Tennessee’s defense came up with a big play with the Thompson interception but the defense got burned by the speed of Anthony Schwartz on Auburn’s next possession late in the second quarter. After catching a short route, Schwartz broke a tackle and took off down the right sideline for a blazing fast 76-yard touchdown.
Stidham has passed for 182 yards, 76 of which came on that long touchdown catch and run by Anthony Schwartz, his lone catch of the game. Tennessee has managed to hang around but still has to capitalize a little bit on any opportunities given to them by Auburn in the second half. This one is still anyone’s game, but the Vols have struggled to win these types of battles.