Smoke Monday knew Jarrett Guarantano was “one of those quarterbacks who loved to stare his receivers down.” Tennessee’s signal-caller did exactly that on second-and-7 from the Auburn 12-yard line late in the third quarter Saturday, locking onto Josh Palmer from the snap.
Monday saw it. Palmer might have had a step on Roger McCreary running a post route toward the back of the south end zone at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the junior Auburn safety knew exactly where the ball was going and leapt in front of it.
“He wasn’t doing a good job of looking us off tonight, so I tilted away and came back late,” Monday said. “It was right there.”