Friday, March 23, 2018

Auburn AD Allen Greene: Bruce Pearl 'excellent' in school's investigation process

Auburn athletic director Allen Greene gave Bruce Pearl the strongest public backing from a school administrator since the FBI investigation last fall.

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Will Nate Craig-Myers finally have breakout season for Auburn?

Craig-Myers had just four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown as a freshman in 2016 and 16 receptions for 285 yards and three scores last season.

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W. Gymnastics. No. 16 Auburn at 2018 SEC Championship Saturday

The No. 16 Auburn gymnastics team kicks off the 2018 postseason at the SEC Championship Saturday, March 24. The annual conference meet will take place in St. Louis at Chaifetz Arena.

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Football. 'He's really responding' - Nate Craig-Myers looks to take the next step

As wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers enters his junior year, he's become the savvy veteran who still believes his best football is yet to come.

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Swimming & Diving. Apple sets school record, will swim for NCAA title

Zach Apple will swim for a national title in the 200 freestyle during Friday night's finals session at the 2018 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota following the morning prelims session.

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'He's really responding' - Nate Craig-Myers looks to take the next step

As wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers enters his junior year, he's become the savvy veteran who still believes his best football is yet to come.

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How Auburn plans to handle 1st spring scrimmage

Auburn will hold its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

from Auburn Sports Impact All-Access: Tua's finger, Stidham's shoulder add some intrigue to spring practice

The potential for a drama-free spring at Alabama lasted all of one practice, thanks to the mystery of the most valuable left hand in the state.

As you most certainly know by now, Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with some sort of hand injury on Tuesday. The injury was described as a sprained thumb by Nick Saban but a broken index finger by Tagovailoa's father (maybe it's both?).

We might not ever know exactly what happened, but we do know that it required surgery and Tagovailoa was back at practice Thursday. How much he will do (or should do) the rest of the spring remains to be seen.

That leaves the Crimson Tide with Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones among healthy scholarship quarterbacks this spring. Presumptive graduate transfer Gardner Minshew instead committed to Washington State, which means another transfer could leave Alabama dangerously thin at the position.

The starting quarterback on the other side of the state is also ailing, as Auburn's Jarrett Stidham has missed all of spring after shoulder surgery. Stidham's also expected to be fine long-term, though we won't know for sure until we see him air it out for real this fall.

If nothing else, we'll get to see plenty of Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood in the A-Day game, so that should be interesting. Hard to see either one beating out Stidham, though.

But it's more likely the quarterback drama is overshadow the really important questions this spring, such as:

  • Alabama offensive line -- Where does Jonah Williams play? Where does Ross Pierschbacher play? Who are the tackles? Will both Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills be in the starting lineup?
  • Auburn offensive line -- Can the Tigers find a capable two-deep? Is Prince Tega Wanogho ready to lock down the left tackle spot? Can Kaleb Kim be an SEC-quality center?
  • Auburn wide receiver -- Can Eli Stove be back by the fall from a torn ACL?
  • Auburn secondary -- Where does Javaris Davis play? Will Noah Igbinoghene stick at corner? Is freshman Smoke Monday going to be a major contributor?
  • Alabama secondary -- Are both starting corners on campus yet, or will a freshman be in the mix this fall? Does Travon Diggs win a job this fall?
  • Alabama defensive line -- Who plays nose tackle?

What other questions are you hoping get answered this spring?

I'll take your questions and comments on that or anything else on your mind beginning at 10 a.m.

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W. Volleyball. Auburn Transforms: Set for Success, Alexa Filley's Prescription for Pharmacy School

When I came to Auburn, I talked to the coaches and I saw everything, I knew Auburn was the place for me. The coaches were great. I knew I would play really well underneath them. The campus was amazing. Everyone was just like an Auburn family. It really is true. It's an Auburn family and I could tell that from the beginning.

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Auburn WR commit George Pickens giving other schools a chance

The 6-foot-5, 202-pounder has been committed to Auburn since June 2017, but that hasn't stopped other schools from continuing to recruit him.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Plain Talk: Mallory Hagan

Plain Talk: Mallory Hagan
This week on Plain Talk, District 3 congressional candidate and former Miss America Mallory Hagan stops by to talk about her campaign for the Democratic nomination.

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3-22-18 Eagle Eye News at 6

3-22-18 Eagle Eye News at 6
This week on Eagle Eye News at 6, the heated City Council meeting pushed an important vote back another week, Auburn basketball's run came to an end, and a local favorite restaurant is closed. These stories and more on Auburn's News Leader.

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Auburn's Eli Stove expected to return from ACL tear this fall

Eli Stove is expected to play for Auburn this fall despite an tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament this spring.

The Auburn junior wide receiver, who tore his right ACL during the final practice before spring break, had surgery and attended Thursday's practice.

"We expect him to return next season," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, "and possibly even early."

Malzahn would not commit to a specific date for when Stove could return or if he'd be able to return by the start of the season, reiterating that the receiver is expected to play this fall.

Stove worked primarily with the first-team offense during the first two weeks of spring practice.

He had 29 receptions for 265 yards and 30 carries for 315 yards and two touchdowns last season.

James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea.

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Gus Malzahn provides updates on 4 injured Auburn players

Gus Malzahn provided updates on several injured Auburn players on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (left thumb), running back JaTarvious Whitlow (left thumb) and defensive back Jordyn Peters (right knee) were all full participants in practice on Thursday after sustaining minor injuries prior to spring break, while receiver Ryan Davis missed Thursday's practice with "some flu symptoms" but is expected to scrimmage on Saturday.

Russell dislocated his left thumb in a car accident earlier this month but was seen working with the first-team defense with hand taped on Thursday. Whitlow jammed his left thumb before spring break, a source told on Tuesday, but he was at practice with his hand taped on Thursday and worked with the second-team offense during pace period.

Malzahn said neither player has any limitations due to the minor injuries.

"Any time a car accident like that, it's very scary," Malzahn said of Russell. "Very fortunate and very thankful that he's OK."

Peters went down with a knee injury during practice on March 9 but was running with the second-team defense at Nickel with a brace on his right knee during Thursday's viewing window.

"He's practiced the last two days," Malzahn said of Peters. "I'm not going to say he's 100 percent, but he's battling through it." will update this post.

Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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