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Auburn Freshman Could be X-factor in Conference Opener vs LSU

Shaun Shivers is small in stature but that doesn’t stop him from making a big impact on the field.

The 5-foot-7, 172-pound freshman running back is turning heads at Auburn for his production early on this season.

Don’t be surprised if Shivers plays a major role in the outcome of the big-time No. 7 Auburn-No. 12 LSU matchup on Saturday (3:30 p.m. EST on CBS) from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

On his first collegiate touch, Shivers picked up a first down in Auburn’s Week 1 victory vs. Washington. Shivers then took advantage of increased opportunities for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the win against Alabama State last week.

“He’s really impressed us in scrimmages. He’s a tough guy. He’s a real physical guy,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said to Rivals.com. “Even though he’s not big in stature, he really runs hard, and he’s low to the ground. He did a good job when he was in there.”

Shivers’ 3.86 yards after contact per attempt ranks at the top for Auburn running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.

“I do think Shaun Shivers came in and gave us a lift. He gave us a spark there that I thought was really nice. He’s an electric guy,” Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said to Rivals.com. “Shivers, I thought he is what he is in practice every day. Explosive, plays extremely hard, hard to tackle, is competitive. I mean, I really think he shows all that. He brings a little spark. It’s fun to watch him play.”

The shifty Shivers is making a strong case to be the No. 3 running back alongside Kam Martin and JaTarvious Whitlow.

“I’d say [I feel good about] three [running backs]. Three to four, maybe, at the most,” Lindsey said to Rivals.com. “Again, Shivers might be a situational guy and so forth. But I think three, those three have got to get it done.”