Nation’s No. 1 prospect will have his chance to shine in Auburn’s opener

Defensive end Byron Cowart – the nation’s top prospect for the class of 2015 – Tweeted out some frustration on Saturday. (AP)

Defensive end Byron Cowart – the nation’s top prospect for the class of 2015 – Tweeted out some frustration on Saturday. (AP)

Less than a week after his famous Twitter rant, the nation’s No. 1 prospect has been granted the opportunity to show off his skills in Auburn’s season opener.

Byron Cowart, the 5-star defensive end, has seemed to impress Auburn’s new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp after struggling to get things going early in preseason camp. Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Muschamp gave an outlook of what kind of playing time fans could expect from Cowart when the Tigers play Louisville on Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

“Byron is going to play,” said Muschamp,, according to AL.com’s Brandon Marcello. “It doesn’t matter first down, second down, third down. He’s going to play in the game and play a lot.”

The news comes about a week removed from when Cowart took to Twitter to display his displeasure with the way he was being treated during camp, as documented on collegefootball.blog.ajc.com.

His tweets read:

“Being penalized because I was number 1 player but I’m struggling I don’t care about the stars. So why when I struggle its thrown in my face”

“How about help me huh? I cam in humble ready to learn man not bragging and flashy. I just wanna learn”

It seems that despite his Twitter outrage, Cowart (rated No. 1 in the nation by Rivals), was able to turn a few heads after all. Chances are those negative feelings have dissipated quickly by now. Extensive playing time has a way of doing that.


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