Auburn Family News: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

ITAT HD: Rudy Ford Ready For Opener

Auburn safety Rudy Ford discusses the secondary, facing Louisville, freshmen impact players and more.

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RB's By Committee A Possibility For Auburn

Coach Gus Malzahn says the Auburn Tigers could use a "committee" approach with the running backs this season.

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College Football Top 25 Re-ranked By Grammar of SB Nation Site Comments



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Auburn depth chart coming, and may be subject to change

Auburn's head coach said defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's competition on defense is "a daily deal" and "the depth chart changes day to day."

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Back from hospital, LSU's Miles projects Harris as starter (The Associated Press)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU coach Les Miles says he expects sophomore Brandon Harris to start at quarterback for the 14th-ranked Tigers in their season opener against McNeese State on Saturday.

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2016 Top 25 Class Rankings

UCLA, Florida State and Virginia sit at the top of the 2016 basketball recruiting class rankings. Who else made the top 25? Scout weighs in.

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Football. Auburn depth chart coming, and may be subject to change

Auburn's head coach said defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's competition on defense is "a daily deal" and "the depth chart changes day to day."

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3 from Alabama, 1 from Auburn among early NFL cuts

In Cincinnati's first 2015 preseason game on Aug. 14, middle linebacker Nico Johnson made nine tackles in the Bengals' 23-10 victory over the New York Giants. He tops the team with 15 tackles through three preseason games. But on Monday, Johnson was one of the 274 players on the wrong side of the NFL's transactions as Cincinnati waived the former Andalusia High School and Alabama Crimson Tide standout.

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Malzahn Praises His Team's Attitude

Comments from Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn and Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino are featured.

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Scout's No. 3 Safety in 2017 Has FSU on Top

Four schools are chasing Florida State for 6-foot-2 defensive back and Scout's No. 3 ranked safety for the class of 2017, Daniel Wright.

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Brandon Harris named LSU's starting quarterback (Dr. Saturday)



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Live updates: Gus Malzahn previews Louisville on Tiger Talk

Gus Malzahn's first radio show of the year is set for Monday at 7 p.m. CT.

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W. Volleyball. Volleyball hosts Florida A&M Tuesday night

The Auburn volleyball team looks to build on their hot start to the 2015 season as they host Florida A&M on Tuesday at Auburn Arena. First serve is set for 6 p.m., and admission is free.

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Auburn trying to coordinate with International Space Station for photo of Jordan-Hare video board lights snapped from space

It’s what everyone was wondering, everyone was asking, every was just straight up assuming the night of the AUroroa Boardrealis, right? I bet you can see it from space, I bet you can see it from space, I bet you can see it from space. If American astronaut and International Space Station resident Scott Kelly, ...

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Breaking down the remaining Power Five quarterback competitions (Dr. Saturday)

With less than a week remaining until the FBS college football season kicks off, there are still several Power Five quarterback battles that have yet to be decided, including some involving possible College Football Playoff contenders. Here’s a look at the starting quarterback battles that are still raging: [ Check out Dr. Saturday on Tumblr for things you won’t see on the blog ] FLORIDA STATE Contenders: Sean Maguire, Everett Golson Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been reluctant to name starting quarterback through fall camp and that didn’t change when camp practices ended Saturday. “We’ll name it when we think it’s right,” Fisher said . “We’ll keep watching the film and evaluating.” Maguire was the backup last season and the leader heading into fall camp, but that’s because Golson was a transfer from Notre Dame and had not yet worked with the Seminoles offense. Obviously Golson has picked things up or the starter wouldn’t be a question. However, as noted in the Orlando Sentinel , Maguire has been taking the first snaps at quarterback while Golson has been taking the second. “I’ll name a quarterback when I’m ready,” Fisher said . “You can ask, I know you’ve got to ask. I have no problem with that. I know exactly what I’m going to do.” It’s hard to believe you’d bring a QB like Golson — a QB that once led Notre Dame to the national title game — and not play him. Still, he did lose his starting spot at Notre Dame and had issues with turnovers a year ago. If Golson isn’t the best option, Fisher has to cut his losses. Maguire looked shaky in his only start (last season against Clemson), but that was a year ago and he’s probably gained some confidence knowing he was the frontrunner for the position. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] LOUISVILLE Contenders: Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, Reggie Bonnafon, Lamar Jackson Coach Bobby Petrino said he’s in no hurry to name a starting quarterback and that all four competitors were in the running to start the season opener against Auburn on Saturday. “They’ve all been competing, all been taking a lot of reps, all been working hard to get better at practice every day,” Petrino told “The John Stashower Show .” “They continue to do that, and we’re in no hurry to make a decision or announce a decision. We just want to figure out a way to get better each day in practice.” This is a bit of gamesmanship by Petrino. He has to have an idea of his starter going into this season-defining game against Auburn, but he’s not willing to give Auburn the advantage of knowing whom that will be. Gardner was the opening day starter a year ago, but suffered a season-ending knee injury later in the year. Still, he was the Cardinals’ best passer, leading the team with 1,669 yards and 12 passing touchdowns in 2014. Bonnafon, who started five games last season, is the team’s best running quarterback. However, he completed only 50.8 percent of his passes last year. Reports out of camp say that his passing and footwork have improved, and Bonnafon’s agility might be an asset with a rebuilt offensive line. Bolin played in four games a year ago and started the Belk Bowl. He threw for 716 yards and four touchdowns on the year, but was most effective against Kentucky where he completed 21-of-31 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns after replacing Bonnafon in the second quarter. He turned a 13-0 deficit into a 44-40 win. Miller is definitely the longshot since he’s a true freshman, but the four-star recruit might be the best mixture of passing and running talent. Petrino has said multiple times that there’s no advantage to naming a starting quarterback publically, so don’t expect that answer to come before kickoff. Petrino on if he's decided on a starting quarterback but just isn't saying: "I've probably got a pretty good idea." — Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) August 31, 2015 KANSAS STATE Contenders: Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Alex Delton, Jonathan Banks Coach Bill Snyder said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference that he would name a starting quarterback on Tuesday, but Ertz appears to be the favorite to replace Jake Waters. “It was very competitive throughout,” Snyder said . “I have a great deal of faith in all four of the youngsters. They worked hard. Those that had less experience in the program were diligent about learning our system and made amazing progress in that respect.” Ertz has run with the first-team offense during practices and scrimmages and media reports say that he’s been the most accurate quarterback during fall camp. Ertz played in four games as a redshirt freshman last season, but never threw a pass. He rushed for 46 yards on seven attempts. TEXAS TECH Contenders: Davis Webb, Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech released a depth chart Sunday and had Webb and Mahomes listed as “or” starters. Both played a year ago. Webb started the first eight games before suffering an injury. He finished the season completing 61.2 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mahomes stepped in and completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Coach Kliff Kingsbury noted during a Chamber of Commerce event in Lubbock last week that he probably wouldn’t make the starter public until Saturday’s opener against San Houston State. “We’ll try one guy and let them going at it on Saturday — there won’t be some announcement or anything like that — but both have pushed each other and it’s exciting to see their development,” Kingsbury told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal . While Kingsbury is being coy about his starting quarterback, popular opinion seems to point to Mahomes as the frontrunner. MICHIGAN Contenders: Shane Morris, Jake Rudock There’s been rampant speculation about the contest between Morris and Ruddock, but Harbaugh has remained tight-lipped about the situation. Initially Harbaugh said he didn’t want to announce his starter until he saw the depth chart of first-week opponent Utah, but that depth chart was released early Monday and still no public peep from the Wolverines. Morris was probably best known as the quarterback who suffered a concussion and was sent back on the field to take a snap a year ago. But he was the Wolverines’ backup last season and completed just 35 percent of his passes for 128 yards and three interceptions. Rudock started at Iowa last year and completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. While there were a lot of bad things about Michigan last year, inconsistent quarterback play was definitely at the top of the list. One would have to think Rudock, who threw for more than 2,000 yards in both his seasons as starter at Iowa, would have to be the frontrunner, but according to Harbaugh, only the team knows that for sure. "To the team, yeah (we'll make sure they know in time), (the competition's) something that's been ongoing and that takes place on the team,” Harbaugh said . “They'll know. ... and they do know that (the quarterback race has) been tight, close." OHIO STATE Contenders: J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones The derby for Ohio State’s starting quarterback position has been closely monitored by pretty much everyone all offseason and there’s still no clear-cut winner. Coach Urban Meyer said Monday morning that the race was too close to call and that he wasn’t ready to announce a starter for Monday’s opener against Virginia Tech. Both Barrett and Jones have said they’d rather have one starter than share the role, but Meyer was adamant that he hasn’t ruled that out. "We'll announce the starter when the first guy takes the snap," Meyer said during his Monday news conference . "It's still very close, both guys are performing very well. "If it was different skill sets, we probably would (need to decide), but they're not. If you look at J.T.'s game plan when he was our quarterback and Cardale's, it was very similar. There's a chance they'll both play, as well, so that hasn't really (been a factor) with our mindset with a game plan on offense." There’s no bad choice here for Urban Meyer, which is probably why he’s having such a tough time declaring a starter. Could he pick a quarterback based on the defense he’s facing? That would interesting. In any case, this is a problem a lot of coaches on this list wish they had. GEORGIA Contenders: Brice Ramsey, Greyson Lambert, Faton Bauta The search for the replacement for Hutson Mason might extend into the season. Coach Mark Richt has been reluctant to name a starting quarterback during fall camp and he hinted that he might need to see how the competitors respond in games before he can make a decision. “I'd like to know and have some peace about it; when I make a big decision, I like to have peace,” Richt said . “I don't have that right now. ”I'm a patient guy, but the clock is ticking. I got a feeling it will play out in the games.” Ramsey was the backup last year and Lambert is a transfer from Virginia. Both have led the first-team offense during scrimmages this season (Bauta has been running with the twos). Ramsey was listed atop the depth chart in early July, but that was more because of his experience within the system than something definitive. Ramsey played in eight games last year and completed 24-for-39 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns. In his final year at Virginia, Lambert completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Initially, many thought Ramsey would be a shoo-in to fill the starting role, but Richt’s reluctance to name him the starter means Lambert has come along quickly in a month. Still, the fact that Georgia is an SEC title contender with no starting quarterback has to have many Bulldog fans a tad bit nervous. VANDERBILT Contenders: Johnny McCrary, Wade Freebeck The winner of the competition between Johnny McCrary and Wade Freebeck will not be announced publicly before the Thursday season opener against Western Kentucky, but coach Derek Mason remarked earlier in the year that one of the biggest things he learned from his first year as head coach was to pick one starting quarterback and stick with him. The Commodores started four different quarterbacks last season and it led to more inconsistency than wins. McCrary played in seven games last season and started the final five of the year. He completed 78-of-152 passes for 985 yards and nine touchdowns, which was the best among all Vandy quarterbacks. Freebeck played in five games last year and started contests against UMass, Kentucky, Georgia and Charleston Southern. He finished the season completing 34-of-72 passes for 376 yards and one touchdown. Mason noted last week that the team knows its starting quarterback, but that he’ll wait for offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig to make that announcement official. LSU Contenders: Brandon Harris, Anthony Jennings Coach Les Miles hasn’t spilled the beans regarding his starting quarterback, but he’s hinted at a frontrunner. "I would not be surprised to see Brandon Harris take a first snap," Miles said . "Who takes the last snap and who is the starter at the back end of the season, I'm going to withhold my judgment." Harris was awarded the starting role after Jennings was suspended following an arrest this past summer. Jennings was suspended from team activities, but after the district attorney decided not to pursue charges, Jennings was allowed to rejoin the team. Miles has said Harris has not lost that starting role despite the fact that Jennings started 12 games last season. "[Harris has] not lost his position," Miles said . "He's kind of put himself in that position based on a summer's body of work and he's continued that path." Harris completed just 25-of-45 passes last season for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Jennings completed 111-of-227 passes for 1,611 yards for 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, Jennings didn’t win LSU a lot of games last season (the defense did that) and if the Tigers want to be an SEC contenders and a national contender, it will need great improvement from its quarterback spot. Alabama Contenders: Cooper Bateman, Alec Morris, Jake Coker, Blake Barnett, David Cornwell It’s been awhile since Alabama has entered a game week without naming a starting quarterback. Monday’s depth chart release named all five competitors as possible starters, though coach Nick Saban did acknowledge that Bateman, Morris, and Coker have been rotating first-team reps. “I would like somebody to win the team over which may not happen until they play,” Saban said during his Monday news conference. “When you have guys that haven’t played before, that’s the case.” The search for a starting quarterback has caused Saban considerable angst. He said he would have loved to have named a starter months ago, but that none of the quarterbacks have emerged as a consistent frontrunner. Saban on QBs this week: Each day a different QB (Jake Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman) will get a chance to run practice as the starter. — Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 31, 2015 And Saban hasn’t ruled out playing multiple quarterbacks until one can separate himself from the pack. “If both guys can play well, and both guys can do well, not necessarily,” Saban said. “I don’t necessarily remember saying we were going to play multiple quarterbacks, but maybe I did say it. A lot of people have had success playing multiple quarterbacks.” Coker was definitely the favorite heading into this season because he played backup to Blake Sims a year ago. However, similar to a year ago, Coker has not yet entrenched himself as a viable SEC starter. Cromwell drew praise in the spring, but has apparently yielded to Bateman and Morris. While we don’t know who that starter is, we do know that Saban has a pretty good track record of picking the right guy even if that goes against public opinion. ----- Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

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Louisville's Petrino seeks strong follow-up to 9-4 debut (The Associated Press)

Bobby Petrino has some wins in hand entering his second season as Louisville's coach even before his Cardinals open Saturday against No. 6 Auburn in Atlanta. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive counterpart Garrick McGee passed up opportunities with the NFL's Oakland Raiders and Oklahoma respectively to keep the coaching staff intact as it aims to build on last year's 9-4 finish and bowl appearance. The coach's task is turning everything into real victories for Louisville, which begins unranked and picked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division.

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Ready to strike

FREE: An intense five weeks of practice is winding down as Auburn prepares for the opener against Louisville.

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R250 OT Williams knows four that will make cut

Rivals250 offensive lineman Jauan Williams has been taking his time with his recruitment. The Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll star has been mulling over a long list of offers and expects to have a top ten soon.

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Johnson down to five

Power forward Jayce Johnson has trimmed his list to five schools. Who remains for the class of 2016 four-star?

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SEC adds 'Super Bowl styled' halftime shows to improve in-stadium experience

Rock band OneRepublic will provide halftime entertainment for the LSU-Florida game at Tiger Stadium this fall, LSU announced on Monday.

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Breaking down the remaining Power Five quarterback competitions (Dr. Saturday)

With less than a week remaining until the FBS college football season kicks off, there are still several Power Five quarterback battles that have yet to be decided, including some involving possible College Football Playoff contenders. Here’s a look at the starting quarterback battles that are still raging: [ Check out Dr. Saturday on Tumblr for things you won’t see on the blog ] FLORIDA STATE Contenders: Sean Maguire, Everett Golson Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been reluctant to name starting quarterback through fall camp and that didn’t change when camp practices ended Saturday. “We’ll name it when we think it’s right,” Fisher said . “We’ll keep watching the film and evaluating.” Maguire was the backup last season and the leader heading into fall camp, but that’s because Golson was a transfer from Notre Dame and had not yet worked with the Seminoles offense. Obviously Golson has picked things up or the starter wouldn’t be a question. However, as noted in the Orlando Sentinel , Maguire has been taking the first snaps at quarterback while Golson has been taking the second. “I’ll name a quarterback when I’m ready,” Fisher said . “You can ask, I know you’ve got to ask. I have no problem with that. I know exactly what I’m going to do.” It’s hard to believe you’d bring a QB like Golson — a QB that once led Notre Dame to the national title game — and not play him. Still, he did lose his starting spot at Notre Dame and had issues with turnovers a year ago. If Golson isn’t the best option, Fisher has to cut his losses. Maguire looked shaky in his only start (last season against Clemson), but that was a year ago and he’s probably gained some confidence knowing he was the frontrunner for the position. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] LOUISVILLE Contenders: Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, Reggie Bonnafon, Lamar Jackson Coach Bobby Petrino said he’s in no hurry to name a starting quarterback and that all four competitors were in the running to start the season opener against Auburn on Saturday. “They’ve all been competing, all been taking a lot of reps, all been working hard to get better at practice every day,” Petrino told “The John Stashower Show .” “They continue to do that, and we’re in no hurry to make a decision or announce a decision. We just want to figure out a way to get better each day in practice.” This is a bit of gamesmanship by Petrino. He has to have an idea of his starter going into this season-defining game against Auburn, but he’s not willing to give Auburn the advantage of knowing whom that will be. Gardner was the opening day starter a year ago, but suffered a season-ending knee injury later in the year. Still, he was the Cardinals’ best passer, leading the team with 1,669 yards and 12 passing touchdowns in 2014. Bonnafon, who started five games last season, is the team’s best running quarterback. However, he completed only 50.8 percent of his passes last year. Reports out of camp say that his passing and footwork have improved, and Bonnafon’s agility might be an asset with a rebuilt offensive line. Bolin played in four games a year ago and started the Belk Bowl. He threw for 716 yards and four touchdowns on the year, but was most effective against Kentucky where he completed 21-of-31 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns after replacing Bonnafon in the second quarter. He turned a 13-0 deficit into a 44-40 win. Miller is definitely the longshot since he’s a true freshman, but the four-star recruit might be the best mixture of passing and running talent. Petrino has said multiple times that there’s no advantage to naming a starting quarterback publically, so don’t expect that answer to come before kickoff. Petrino on if he's decided on a starting quarterback but just isn't saying: "I've probably got a pretty good idea." — Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) August 31, 2015 KANSAS STATE Contenders: Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Alex Delton, Jonathan Banks Coach Bill Snyder said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference that he would name a starting quarterback on Tuesday, but Ertz appears to be the favorite to replace Jake Waters. “It was very competitive throughout,” Snyder said. “I have a great deal of faith in all four of the youngsters. They worked hard. Those that had less experience in the program were diligent about learning our system and made amazing progress in that respect.” Ertz has run with the first-team offense during practices and scrimmages and media reports say that he’s been the most accurate quarterback during fall camp. Ertz played in four games as a redshirt freshman last season, but never threw a pass. He rushed for 46 yards on seven attempts. TEXAS TECH Contenders: Davis Webb, Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech released a depth chart Sunday and had Webb and Mahomes listed as “or” starters. Both players played a year ago. Webb started the first eight games before suffering an injury. He finished the season completing 61.2 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mahomes stepped in and completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. coach Kliff Kingsbury noted during a Chamber of Commerce event in Lubbock last week that he probably wouldn’t make the starter public until Saturday’s opener against San Houston State. “We’ll try one guy and let them going at it on Saturday — there won’t be some announcement or anything like that — but both have pushed each other and it’s exciting to see their development,” Kingsbury told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. While Kingsbury is being coy about his starting quarterback, popular opinion seems to point to Mahomes as the frontrunner. MICHIGAN Contenders: Shane Morris, Jake Rudock There’s been rampant speculation about the contest between Morris and Ruddock, but Harbaugh has remained tight-lipped about the situation. Initially he said he didn’t want to announce his starter until he saw the depth chart of first-week opponent Utah, but that depth chart was released early Monday and still no public peek from the Wolverines. Morris was probably best known as the quarterback who suffered a concussion and was sent back on the field to take a snap. But he was the Wolverines’ backup last season and completed just 35 percent of his passes for 128 yards and three interceptions. Rudock started at Iowa last year and completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. While there were a lot of bad things about Michigan last year, inconsistent quarterback play was definitely at the top of the list. One would have to think Rudock, who threw for more than 2,00 yards in both his seasons as starter at Iowa, would have to be the frontrunner, but according to Harbaugh, only the team knows that for sure. "To the team, yeah (we'll make sure they know in time), (the competition's) something that's been ongoing and that takes place on the team,” Harbaugh said. “They'll know. ... and they do know that (the quarterback race has) been tight, close." OHIO STATE Contenders: J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones The derby for Ohio State’s starting quarterback position has been closely monitored by pretty much everyone all offseason and there’s still no clear-cut winner. Coach Urban Meyer said Monday morning that the race was too close to call and that he wasn’t ready to announce a starter for Monday’s opener against Virginia Tech. Both Barrett and Jones have said they’d rather have one starter than share the role, but Meyer was adamant that he hasn’t ruled that out. "We'll announce the starter when the first guy takes the snap," Meyer said during his Monday news conference. "It's still very close, both guys are performing very well. "If it was different skill sets, we probably would (need to decide), but they're not. If you look at J.T.'s game plan when he was our quarterback and Cardale's, it was very similar. There's a chance they'll both play, as well, so that hasn't really (been a factor) with our mindset with a game plan on offense." There’s no bad choice here for Urban Meyer, which is probably why he’s having such a tough time declaring a starter. Could he pick a quarterback based on the defense he’s facing? That would interesting. In any case, this is a problem a lot of coaches on this list wish they had. GEORGIA Contenders: Brice Ramsey, Greyson Lambert, Faton Bauta The search for the replacement for Hutson Mason might extend into the season. Coach Mark Richt has been reluctant to name a starting quarterback during fall camp and he hinted that he might need to see how the competitors respond in games before he can make a decision. “I'd like to know and have some peace about it; when I make a big decision, I like to have peace,” Richt said. “I don't have that right now. ”I'm a patient guy, but the clock is ticking. I got a feeling it will play out in the games.” Ramsey was the backup last year and Lambert is a transfer from Virginia and both have led the first-team offense during scrimmaged this season (Bauta has been running with the twos). Ramsey was listed atop the depth chart in early July, but that was more because of his experience within the system than something definitive. Ramsey played in eight games last year and completed 24-for-39 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns. In his final year at Virginia, Lambert completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,632 yards 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Initially, many thought Ramsey would be a shoo-in to fill the starting role, but Richt’s reluctance to name him the starter means Lambert has come along quickly in a month. Still, the fact that Georgia is an SEC title contender with no starting quarterback has to have many Bulldog fans a tad bit nervous. VANDERBILT Contenders: Johnny McCrary, Wade Freebeck The winner of the competition between Johnny McCrary and Wade Freebeck will not be announced publically before the Thursday season opener against Western Kentucky, but coach Derek Mason remarked earlier in the year that one of the biggest things he learned from his first year as head coach was to pick one starting quarterback and stick with him. The Commodores started four different quarterbacks last season and it led to more inconsistency than wins. McCrary played in seven games last season and started the final five of the year. He completed 78-of-152 passes (51.3 percent) for 985 yards and nine touchdowns, which was the best among all Vandy quarterbacks. Freebeck played in five games last year and started contests against UMass, Kentucky, Georgia and Charleston Southern and finished the season completing 34-of-72 passes for 376 yards and one touchdown. Mason noted last week that the team knows its starting quarterback, but that he’ll wait for offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig to make that announcement official. LSU Contenders: Brandon Harris, Anthony Jennings Coach Les Miles hasn’t spilled the beans regarding his starting quarterback, but he’s hinted at a frontrunner. "I would not be surprised to see Brandon Harris take a first snap," Miles said. "Who takes the last snap and who is the starter at the back end of the season, I'm going to withhold my judgment." Harris was awarded the starting role after Jennings was suspended following an arrest this past summer. Jennings was suspended from team activities, but after the district attorney decided not to pursue charges, Jennings was allowed to rejoin the team. Miles has said Harris has not lost that starting role despite the fact that Jennings started 12 games last season. "[Harris has] not lost his position," Miles said. "He's kind of put himself in that position based on a summer's body of work and he's continued that path." Harris completed just 25-of-45 passes last season for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Jennings completed 111-of-227 passes for 1,611 yards for 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, Jennings didn’t win LSU a lot of games last season (the defense did that) and if the Tigers want to be an SEC contenders and a national contender, it will need great improvement from its quarterback spot. Alabama Contenders: Cooper Bateman, Alec Morris, Jake Coker, Blake Barnett, David Cornwell It’s been awhile since Alabama has entered a game week without naming a starting quarterback. Monday’s depth chart release named all five competitors as possible starters, though coach Nick Saban did acknowledge that Bateman, Morris, and Coker have been rotating first-team reps. “I would like somebody to win the team over which may not happen until they play,” he said. “When you have guys that haven’t played before, that’s the case.” The search for a starting quarterback has caused Saban considerable angst. He said he would have loved to have named a starter months ago, but that none of the quarterbacks have emerged as a consistent frontrunner. Saban on QBs this week: Each day a different QB (Jake Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman) will get a chance to run practice as the starter. — Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 31, 2015 And Saban hasn’t ruled out playing multiple quarterbacks until one can separate himself from the pack. “If both guys can play well, and both guys can do well, not necessarily,” he said. “I don’t necessarily remember saying we were going to play multiple quarterbacks, but maybe I did say it. A lot of people have had success playing multiple quarterbacks.” Coker was definitely the favorite heading into this season because he played backup to Blake Sims a year ago. However, similar to a year ago, Coker has not yet entrenched himself as a viable SEC starter. Cromwell drew praise in the spring, but has apparently yielded to Bateman and Morris. While we don’t know who that starter is, we do know that Saban has a pretty good track record of picking the right guy even if that goes against public opinion. ----- Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

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Greatest Fears: Each Opposing Team’s Best Chance To Win – Part 2

NCAA Football: Mississippi at AuburnAs a fantasy football guy, weekly match-ups are something that I must be fairly proficient at exploiting to expect success. If you read my Blog, you know I am a firm believer that there is always a winning combination of players either on my roster or hanging around in free agency. Even if my opponent has a […]

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'Possibility' Louisville plays multiple quarterbacks against Auburn

Louisville's quarterback situation remains unclear to start the first game week of the season and Bobby Petrino may not provide much clarity for Auburn or anyone else on the outside by the time Saturday arrives.

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'It's all about winning' for Will Muschamp

There is only one goal for Will Muschamp in his first game back at Auburn.

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Which of these 9 Auburn newcomers are you most excited to see?

We break down the fresh-faced Tigers who are expected to make the biggest impact on the field this season.

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College football's top 35 wide receiver groups for 2015 (Dr. Saturday)

AthlonSports.com is a leading website for preseason and in-season football previews, predictions, rankings and analysis. While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever. Compiling the top 35 receiver groups for 2015 clearly showed there's a wealth of talented corps this season. Baylor takes the top spot in Athlon's top 35 receiver groups, with Texas A&M and Clemson rounding out the top three.  Note: This ranking also takes into account tight ends. Related:  College Football's Top 50 Players for 2015 How did we come up with these rankings? A couple of factors were considered. Depth, overall talent, production, level of competition and projected output in 2015 all factored into the rankings for the backfield. While some teams may have experienced a down year last season, having a different quarterback or a change of scheme can make a huge difference. These rankings reflect projection for 2015, not solely what teams have accomplished in 2014. College Football's Top 35 WR/TE Groups for 2015 1. Baylor Recruiting and developing playmakers at receiver is becoming an annual strength for Baylor under Art Briles. Antwan Goodley departs after a standout career with the Bears, but there’s no concern about the returning group. Junior Corey Coleman led all Big 12 receivers with 10 touchdown catches in league games, while KD Cannon led the team with 17.8 yards per catch. Jay Lee is a reliable third option, and the Bears expect big contributions from sophomore Davion Hall and redshirt freshman Ishmael Zamora in 2015. The cupboard isn’t bare at tight end for Briles with 410-pound converted lineman LaQuan McGowan on board. Related: College Football Bowl Projections for 2015 2. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin’s team is loaded once again with playmakers in the receiving corps. Josh Reynolds led the team with 842 receiving yards and 13 touchdown catches in his first year after arriving from the junior college ranks. Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones combined for 95 catches and nine touchdown receptions as freshmen last season. Edward Pope, Frank Iheanacho and Sabian Holmes are back as other key targets, but true freshman Christian Kirk could be one of quarterback Kyle Allen’s favorite weapons by the end of the year. 3. Clemson Athletic and speedy playmakers are in abundance at Clemson for new co-coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott. Mike Williams is back after leading the team with 1,030 receiving yards last season, but the offseason buzz with the Tigers revolved around the development of Artavis Scott. As a freshman in 2014, Scott caught 76 passes for 965 yards. Williams and Scott will catch a majority of quarterback Deshaun Watson’s passes, but Germone Hopper, freshmen Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, Charone Peake and tight end Jordan Leggett will be involved. Related: 10 Players That Will Determine the National Title in 2015 4. Ole Miss The talent and depth of the receiving corps have improved significantly under coach Hugh Freeze, and whichever quarterback starts for the Rebels will have plenty of options. Laquon Treadwell’s 2014 season was cut short by a nasty leg injury against Auburn, but all signs point to the junior returning at full strength by the opener. In nine games last year, Treadwell caught 48 passes for 632 yards. Evan Engram is listed at tight end, but the Georgia native can stretch the field like a receiver. Cody Core (41 catches in 2014), Quincy Adeboyejo, Washington transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow and Markell Pack join Engram and Treadwell as proven and viable candidates. Talented true freshmen Van Jefferson and DaMarkus Lodge are also in the mix for playing time. 5. Oregon The Ducks could be a spot or two higher on this list, but this unit also has a few question marks to sort through. How soon will Devon Allen return at full strength from a knee injury suffered in the Rose Bowl win over Florida State? And how many games will Darren Carrington miss due to a suspension? Even if Allen and Carrington are sidelined for a significant period, Oregon has plenty of options for quarterbacks Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams. Byron Marshall (74 catches) is the top target, with Dwayne Stanford (43 receptions) and redshirt freshman Jalen Brown also in the mix. The coaching staff was toying with the idea of placing dynamic sophomore Charles Nelson on defense. However, all signs point to Nelson spending most of the 2015 season on offense. Unless Pharaoh Brown returns at full strength from a serious leg injury suffered against Utah, Evan Baylis and Johnny Mundt are expected to share the bulk of the snaps at tight end. 6. California California’s offense averaged 38.3 points a game last season, and the Bear Raid attack could add a few digits to that total in 2015. Coach Sonny Dykes has a loaded offense, starting with quarterback Jared Goff and running back Daniel Lasco. And despite the departure of Chris Harper to the NFL, this is one of the deepest groups in the Pac-12. Kenny Lawler (54 catches), Stephen Anderson (46) and Bryce Treggs are all candidates to earn All-Pac-12 honors this year. Trevor Davis, Darius Powe and Maurice Harris are three other names to watch in this group. 7. TCU The Horned Frogs return four of their top five statistical receivers from last season. Josh Doctson is quarterback Trevone Boykin’s favorite target, and the Wyoming transfer became the first TCU receiver since 2003 to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Doctson also led the team with 11 touchdown catches last year. Kolby Listenbee averaged 18.4 yards per catch and caught seven passes of 40 yards or more. Deante’ Gray, Ty Slanina, Emanuel Porter and Ja’Juan Story round out an athletic and fast-improving receiving corps. 8. Notre Dame New quarterback Malik Zaire inherits a strong supporting cast. The Fighting Irish return their top four receivers in 2015, including All-America candidate William Fuller (76 catches for 1,094 yards and 15 scores). Fuller is the top option, but he will have plenty of support from Chris Brown (39 receptions), Corey Robinson (40), Amir Carlisle and Torii Hunter Jr. C.J. Prosise caught 29 passes for 516 yards last year and is expected to see more snaps at running back after Greg Bryant was ruled ineligible for 2015. True freshman Alize Jones is expected to push Durham Smythe and Tyler Luatua for the starting tight end spot.   Related: College Football's Top 30 Offensive Lines for 2015 9. Ohio State This group was already stocked with speed, talent and options for quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, but the addition of converted signal-caller Braxton Miller has added another weapon for coach Urban Meyer. Junior Michael Thomas led the team with 54 catches last season and is expected to be the go-to target for Jones and Barrett. There’s no shortage of big-play threats around Thomas, including Jalin Marshall (six touchdown catches in 2014), Dontre Wilson and Miller. Curtis Samuel and converted quarterback Torrance Gibson are other names to watch, especially in the opener with Marshall, Wilson and Smith suspended. 10. USC Nelson Agholor is catching passes with the Eagles on Sundays, but the Trojans are stocked with talent on the outside once again. Sophomore JuJu Smith is poised for a monster year after catching 54 passes for 724 yards and five touchdowns last season. Smith should be the No. 1 option for quarterback Cody Kessler, while dangerous all-purpose threat Adoree’ Jackson is expected to see limited snaps on offense. Darreus Rogers, Steven Mitchell and junior college recruits Isaac Whitney and De’Quan Hampton round out the top weapons for Kessler. The tight end position is a concern for coach Steve Sarkisian after Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Bryce Dixon did not return to the team this fall. 11. Arizona 12. Penn State   13. Tennessee 14. UCLA   15. LSU     16. Florida State 17. Auburn 18. Mississippi State 19. Cincinnati  20. Oklahoma  21. Oklahoma State 22. North Carolina  23. Bowling Green 24. Alabama   25. Colorado State   26. Washington State 27. Virginia Tech 28. Boise State 29. Texas Tech 30. Iowa State 31. Stanford 32. WKU 33. Tulsa 34. Nebraska 35. Western Michigan ----- Watch for more rankings, previews and predictions from the good folks at Athlon here on Dr. Saturday. And don't forget to follow  @YahooDrSaturday  and  @AthlonSports  for all your college football information.

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Daktronics Helps Improve Fan Experience at 19 Colleges This Fall - Digital Signage Connection


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“We're excited to have partnered with Daktronics in building the largest LED video display in college football,” said Auburn University director of athletics Jay Jacobs. This dynamic board will revolutionize the game-day experience and make it even ...



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W. Volleyball. Auburn's Brenna McIlroy named SEC Freshman of the Week

Auburn freshman outside hitter Brenna McIlroy was named the SEC Volleyball Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday morning.

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This? Again?

August 30, 2015 - On August 27, Ben Cohen, a Wall Street Journal reporter “exposed” the shocking fact that a certain number of athletes at Auburn pursued the same major.  He also uncovered the fact that when the major was in [...]

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The latest with R100 OL Merritt

Richard Merritt is one of the most sought-after offensive linemen in the country. The Rivals100 prospect out of Washington, DC (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll is in the process of narrowing down to his top schools and scheduling official visits.

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Auburn not taking complicated approach for Louisville's muddy quarterback situation

Auburn's defensive coordinator is preparing for four different Louisville quarterbacks for the season opener Saturday against Louisville, but he knows that the Cardinals know what they're doing.

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Live stream: Watch Louisville's Bobby Petrino talk Auburn

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino will meet with reporters and discuss Auburn today at 12:30 p.m. CT.

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Auburn Football: Top Takeaways from 2015 Fall Camp

It's finally game week on the Plains.

After a long offseason of huge hype, weeks-long worry and big-name battles, the Auburn Tigers return to action in less than a week.

Saturday's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic against Louisville will put an official end to the offseason preparation for head coach Gus Malzahn and his team.

The past few weeks of fall camp have been especially important to what looks to be another dramatic season for the Tigers. Several players moved ahead in a number of competitions for starting jobs, while members of Auburn's star-studded recruiting class earned playing time during their first official practices with the program.

As the mood around Auburn shifts from offseason chatter to game-week focus, let's take a look at the three big takeaways from fall camp—one for each phase of play.

 

Offense relying on strength in numbers

This has been the offseason of quarterback Jeremy Johnson, the efficient, pocket-passing replacement to run-first weapon Nick Marshall. 

In a conference that features multiple quarterback battles that will most likely continue through the season opener, Johnson nailed down the starting job shortly after spring practice. Now the real challenge begins for the junior—establishing that rhythm with playmakers on a high-octane offense that returns only one starter at running back and wide receiver.

At running back, Auburn will use a by-committee approach at least through the first two games of the season, according to Marcello, with hopes that a starter will emerge by the Week 3 road trip to LSU.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said junior Jovon Robinson, sophomore Roc Thomas, junior Peyton Barber and true freshman Kerryon Johnson will each get reps early.

"We're going to need all four of them," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, per Crepea. "We're going to plan on playing them all and kind of see how that works itself out."

Thomas and Barber pulled ahead of a slow-starting Robinson ahead of fall camp, while the versatile Johnson has bounced back from a leg injury to figure into the rotation.

"Kerryon gives us flexibility in a lot of different things," Malzahn said, per Green. "He can do a lot of different things. He catches the ball extremely well, but, yes, we definitely can (use all four running backs)."

Over at wide receiver, the coaching staff has been mixing and matching roles to account for star Duke Williams' absences early in fall camp and the need to replace the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers from 2014.

Senior Ricardo Louis is still expected to line up wide opposite Williams, while the inside positions became trickier during fall camp. According to Crepea, junior Tony Stevens has moved to Auburn's "big slot" position with senior Melvin Ray after a good preseason of work. 

Other young players and JUCO transfer Jason Smith joined Stevens and junior Marcus Davis as potential breakout players at receiver for a team that needs several targets to step up for Johnson. While Auburn might not have much consistent experience at receiver outside of Williams and Louis, it has numbers and potential.

"Tony’s making plays. That’s been a bright spot. Tony’s been making plays at a more consistent level in practice," Lashlee said, per Ryan Black of Auburn Undercover. "All the other guys we count on have been doing pretty well. Jason Smith is doing a good job, and even a guy like Darius Slayton and Ryan Davis."

 

Expect to see plenty of freshmen on defense

Although Will Muschamp inherited several veteran playmakers when he took over as Auburn's defensive coordinator this offseason, he still is going to turn the kids loose this fall.

Muschamp rattled off a list of eight true freshmen—defensive end Byron Cowart, linebackers Jeff Holland and Darrell Williams, safeties Montavious Atkinson and Tim Irvin and cornerbacks Jeremiah Dinson, Carlton Davis and Ryan Davis—who are expected to contribute in 2015.

"I don’t know the multitude of snaps right now, so don’t hold me to that," Muschamp said Sunday, per Tom Green of the Opelika-Auburn News. "All that can vary, obviously, depending on practice week. We have a ways to go until Saturday."

Cowart, of course, is the biggest name on that list of freshmen from Muschamp. The nation's No. 3 overall player in the class of 2015, per 247Sports, has rebounded from his frustrations during fall campMuschamp said he'll feature heavily against Louisville.

"Byron is going to play," Muschamp said, per Brandon Marcello of AL.com. "It doesn't matter first down, second down, third down. He's going to play in the game and play a lot."

Atkinson, Irvin, Dinson and the Davises perhaps have the biggest roles to play on the defense this fall. With Auburn's secondary depth lacking in established talent this fall, those five players will take on major reserve positions.

According to James Crepea of AL.com, both Davises are expected to be the first cornerbacks behind seniors Jonathan Jones and Blake Countess. Dinson is a reserve at the Nickel back, while Irvin is backing up the nickel and traditional safeties.

Crepea also wrote Holland, a backup for Carl Lawson at Buck and JaViere Mitchell at linebacker, is expected to be "a situational pass-rusher in the season opener."

Many of these true freshmen came into fall camp—their first official practices with the Tigers—and locked down roles heading into the season opener against Louisville. While having to rely on several true freshmen isn't ideal, Auburn is confident in its youth on defense.

"Those guys are doing really good," safety Johnathan "Rudy" Ford said, per Crepea. "All those guys, they come here, responded well straight out of high school. They're doing some great things out there."

 

Special teams focused on bounce-back season

One of the most overlooked aspects of Auburn's run to the BCS National Championship Game in 2013 was the standout play of the special teams unit—outside of Chris Davis' return heroics, of course.

But the effects of complete turnover were obvious last season. Quan Bray was a standout punt returner, but the Tigers dropped off in punting, kick returning and, toward the end of the season, placekicking.

Part of Auburn's woes included shared duties for then-redshirt freshman Daniel Carlson, who was the team's starting kicker and punter last year. The extra workload wore Carlson down throughout the season, and it all came to a head when he missed a potential game-tying field goal in Auburn's overtime loss to Wisconsin at the Outback Bowl.

While Auburn won't name a starting punter between JUCO transfer Kevin Phillips and true freshman Ian Shannon until Tuesday, it won't be Carlson—and that's exactly what he wants.

"It's definitely a relief," Carlson said earlier this month, according to Green. "That takes some pressure and stress off me. I’m hoping I’ll be that much better on kicking because I have that much more time to focus on that."

Both Phillips and Shannon have battled all throughout fall camp, and their presence has been a welcome sight for Auburn coaches and players.

"For Ian it's been a little bit more of an adjustment," special teams coach Scott Fountain said, per Wesley Sinor of AL.com. "Kevin got to go through spring and he's played JUCO ball. That's given him an opportunity to be mentally further ahead in all the situations... Going into last year I was concerned [about the punter job], but this year I feel good about it."

As Marcus Davis prepares to replace Bray as the starting punt returner, Auburn hopes to rebound from the fall it had at kick return last season, when it ranked 83rd nationally in yards per return.

Fountain said he was pleased with the competition at kick returner between Thomas, Ford and Louis during fall camp.

"What we're trying to do is find some other guys that can balance us out that can return the ball as well," Fountain said, per Black. "But I think we have three good candidates at kickoff return."

Better play in special teams could be the difference between winning and losing close games in 2015 for the Tigers. Just like the offense, fall camp turned out to be an important time for establishing more depth and confidence at a unit that needed both.

 

All stats courtesy of CFBStats.com. Recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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Monday Football And Basketball Tiger Tidbits

News and notes featuring Coach Gus Malzahn's and Coach Bruce Pearl's Auburn teams are featured.

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60-Second Alert: Landon Dickerson update

Scout 300 offensive lineman Landon Dickerson has a top six and has set three officials visits.

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9 O'CLOCK TALK: Monday

We return with a review of Will Muschamp's revelations from Sunday night (true freshmen, linebackers, statistical barometers) along with a shout-out to Bunker member jeramye.

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Trivia Tidbits

In today's review, we take a look at a exclusive group of players who have registered safeties, another glimpse into Kurt Crain's greatness and Rudi Johnson's run on this date in 2000.

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Home on the Plains : September 1 - September 6



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Montravius Adams says it's time for Auburn football

"It feels like we've been out there practicing for like a year. Saturday is the first game, and I think we're going to be ready," said the Auburn defensive lineman after four weeks of preseason practice finally kicked into game-week drills Sunday.

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Football. Montravius Adams says it's time for Auburn football

"It feels like we've been out there practicing for like a year. Saturday is the first game, and I think we're going to be ready," said the Auburn defensive lineman after four weeks of preseason practice finally kicked into game-week drills Sunday.

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Jason Caldwell's Monday Morning QB Column

Looking at the Auburn Tigers as they get ready to face Louisville on Saturday in the season opener.

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Top 30 at Jordan-Hare – #5 Georgia (2013)

6. Auburn 43 vs. Georgia 38 – Nov. 16, 2013 Note: This game was not in the... Read More »

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AL.com All-Access: What are the biggest stories entering the college football season?

The first week of the college football season is upon us and the opening weekend's slate of games is loaded with intriguing debuts, exciting matchups, and potential upsets. Which team will find its season derailed before it's even begun? Will...

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Auburn QB Commit Woody Barrett Totals 306 Yards, 3 TDs in Week 1

As the crown jewel of Auburn's 2016 recruiting class, 4-star quarterback and current Tigers pledge Woody Barrett couldn't have pictured a better start to his senior season at West Orange (Florida) High School. 

The 6'2", 225-pound Barrett amassed 308 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns in the Warriors' 45-0 season-opening win over Foundation, according to Christian Malone of the Orlando Sentinel.

Through the air, Barrett accounted for 178 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes to 3-star wide receiver Eddie McDoom. The nation's No. 6 dual-threat passer also carried the ball eight times for 128 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run.

It was exactly the type of performance that highlights why Barrett projects as a perfect fit in the offense of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.

It's also a signal that he's getting more comfortable being the triggerman operating a high-octane, no-huddle attack.

As noted by Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Barrett operates a system similar to what he will see on the Plains, and he has the physical tools to be a star at the next level.

He committed to Auburn in June over programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas.

Barrett was on the Auburn campus last month for a visit, and he told Keith Niebuhr of AuburnUndercover that he's solid in his commitment. In fact, his arrival could come a little earlier than expected.

"The road I'm going on, I will graduate in December," Barrett told Niebuhr. "It's really important to me. The quicker I can come here, learn the plays, learn the offense, the better chance I have on the field."

Before he heads off to college, he has a little unfinished business at the prep level.

If the first act of his senior season is any indication, Barrett is primed to have a monster year.

 

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

 

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Shavar Manuel Details Official Visit Plans

Five-star prospect and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive lineman, Shavar Manuel, mentions four possible official visit destinations for the fall.

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Jeremy Johnson vs. All Opponents (2014)



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Auburn remains a double-digit favorite against Louisville

Auburn and Louisville open the season Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, CBS) inside the Georgia Dome.

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Tracking Auburn's commits: Woody Barrett shows why he's a top dual-threat QB

See how Auburn's commits, including QB Woody Barrett, performed.

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Who Cares About Arkansas Football?

University of Arkansas Introduces Bret BielemaWe can officially say it. It’s game week and all is right with the world. How pitiful is Arkansas coach Bret Bielema? You probably read over the weekend that everyone’s favorite fat boy expressed his hate for Auburn to a group of Razorback alumni. When coaches make such comments, it just shows that the mentioned […]

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Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton steps up with regular season nearing

Quarterback Cam Newton almost certainly won't play in the Carolina Panthers' final preseason game on Thursday, so Friday night's game against the New England Patriots was the quarterback's final tuneup for the regular-season opener on Sept. 13.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Watch Auburn beat writers on defense against Louisville

Auburn beat writers James Crepea and Brandon Marcello discuss defense against Louisville after hearing from defensive coordinator Will Muschamp Sunday tonight in Auburn, Ala.  Watch what they have to say here....

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Cowart "Going To Play" Against Louisville

Byron Cowart is one of several freshmen that are expected to play against Louisville in the season opener.

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Cowart will play a lot

FREE: DC Will Muschamp on DE Byron Cowart and the other freshmen he expects to play against Louisville.

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Auburn expects eight true freshmen defenders to play this season

The majority of Auburn's true freshmen defenders are expected to play this season.

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Will Muschamp says plenty of freshmen to play in opener

Auburn's defensive coordinator predicts true freshman defensive end Byron Cowart will not only play in Saturday's season-opener, "he's going to play a lot." Cowart won't be alone. Muschamp has penciled in plenty of freshmen to play in his defense.

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Will Muschamp unwilling to name starting linebackers

Despite having seniors Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost returning at linebacker, Will Muschamp is unwilling to anoint either as a starter.

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Football. Will Muschamp says plenty of freshmen to play in opener

Auburn's defensive coordinator predicts true freshman defensive end Byron Cowart will not only play in Saturday's season-opener, "he's going to play a lot." Cowart won't be alone. Muschamp has penciled in plenty of freshmen to play in his defense.

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Byron Cowart will 'play a lot' against Louisville

Auburn's new defensive end, the nation's No. 1 recruit out of high school, is set to make his debut Saturday against Louisville inside the Georgia Dome.

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ITAT HD: Muschamp Talks Auburn Defense, Cards

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp discusses game prep for Louisville, freshman that could play, and more.

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Tigers Eager to Play, Muschamp Eager to Win

The Auburn football Tigers have moved into game week preparations with the opener on Saturday set for the Georgia Dome vs. Louisville.

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Watch Auburn's Will Muschamp preview Louisville: 'It's all about winning'

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says his defense is well-prepared to face Louisville's multiple quarterbacks Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. "I just want to win," Muschamp said. "It's all about winning." Watch what Muschamp had to say after after practice tonight in Auburn, Ala. ...

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Will Muschamp Talks Starters, Freshmen, and Louisville



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Auburn names a starter at punt returner

Auburn has found its punt returner.

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Live updates: Will Muschamp discusses Louisville

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and select player will meet with the media following Sunday's practice.

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W. Soccer. Tiger Soccer Grinds Out Fourth Win In A Row; 2-0 Over Furman

The 16th-ranked Auburn soccer team continued its strong start to the 2015 season, defeating Furman 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex. The win is Auburn's fourth in a row to start the year and fourth shutout in a row as redshirt freshman goalkeeper picked up her fourth win.

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Projecting Jeremy Johnson’s 2015 Season

In a recent episode of The Wishbone podcast Van Plexico asked me “What kind of season will Jeremy Johnson have? What will his final statistics look like?” I threw something out, but I wanted to at least attempt to answer the question in a more thorough and thoughtful manner. So by looking at the results ...

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Physical and fast

FREE: Senior CB Jonathan Jones talks about Will Muschamp's new defense and game week finally arriving.

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Trivia Tidbits

Today we review the curious case of Jimmy Carter (the school administrator from Georgia, not the peanut farmer from Georgia) and a season of big returns for Chris Shelling.

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Auburn will 'need all four' of its running backs this season

Auburn relied heavily on Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne to shoulder the load at running back the last two years, but expects to rely on all four of its tailbacks, at least in the early part of the season.

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2018 Prospect Back At Auburn

Already with an offer from the Auburn Tigers, 2018 prospect Tony Johnson talks about his visit last weekend.

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Top 30 at Jordan-Hare – #6 Florida (1993)

6. Auburn 38 vs. Florida 35 – Oct. 16, 1993 Note: This... Read More »

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9 O'CLOCK TALK: Sunday

Your daily, audio review of The Day That Was in Auburn football gets into the Tigers' upcoming depth chart, young guys in the secondary and '17 QB prospect Jake Bentley's big Friday night.

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Reinforcements Here For Auburn's Secondary

Look for new defensive backs to contribute in a major way for the Auburn football Tigers this season, which is exactly what the team needs.

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SEC West preview: It all comes down to Iron Bowl ... again

A year after Alabama won an Iron Bowl shootout to ensure the SEC's inclusion in the inaugural College Football Playoff the regular-season finale between the two in-state rivals projects to be another important one for the league.

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Russo: College football 2015 predictions put Auburn in semifinals, Alabama in Peach Bowl

By Ralph Russo New Year's rockin' eve will have a whole new meaning in 2016. The semifinals of the second College Football Playoff will be played on Dec. 31 because college football can never be simple. Last year's first college...

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Auburn Football 2015 Position Previews: Quarterback



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Pick 6: Playoff forecast for Buckeyes, Irish, Bears, Tigers (The Associated Press)

New Year's rockin' eve will have a whole new meaning in 2016.

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Auburn Football 2015 Best Pump Up Video



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Auburn LB Deshaun Davis made his own team hype video (Video) (Dr. Saturday)

Auburn LB Deshaun Davis has a rap video for the Tigers' 2015 season. And it's quite impressive. He produced the five-minute video, which includes highlights of past Auburn seasons to a rap that he sings. If you weren't aware that this was from Davis, you could be convinced that it was an official video. The song is called "The Takeover." You can guess what Auburn wants to take over in 2015. In case you were wondering, it only takes 20 seconds for the first Kick-Six highlight to appear in the video. it also features shoutouts to Auburn greats – he rhymes "Bo-Jack" and "Cadillac." Davis, a redshirt freshman in 2015, was a three-star recruit as an inside linebacker in the class of 2014. He's got quite the bar to clear for a hype video in 2016. (H/T Atlanta Journal-Constitution) For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

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Trophy hunters: Alabama and Auburn are back, and they want it all

Four years without a Heisman? Two years without a national title? The ultimate football state's on a collision course with the ultimate prizes again, and the only variable is blue and orange or crimson and white.

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Submit your Louisville question to Auburn's Gus Malzahn for 'Tiger Talk'

We'll choose a handful of questions to send to the show's producers.

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Recruiting Stars to Saturday Starts: A Comparison of Stars to Stats

Auburn has consistently been a top-level offense each and every year that coach Malzahn has been on the Plains.  Yet, it has been labeled as anything but elite. Pundits have called it “gimmicky”. Some have said that it is “tailored for the personnel on the roster.” One thing is certain, no one considers Malzahn’s HUNH offense […]

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Everything is important: Will Muschamp instills urgency, accountability at Auburn

There is nothing too small, too insignificant for Will Muschamp.

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Tough enough: Jeremy Johnson steps up, takes over at Auburn

"I've seen him make some throws that I've never seen any quarterback make, right on the money every time," senior receiver Ricardo Louis said. "He's consistent; that's what makes him better than most of the quarterbacks I've seen."

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

W. Volleyball. Auburn defeats Samford 3-1 to win War Eagle Invitational

Auburn played its best volleyball match of the weekend Saturday night, defeating Samford 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-20, 25-13) to claim the tournament title at the War Eagle Invitational.

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DavisBoy- The Takeover (Auburn Football 2015 Team Song)



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Auburn's Jonathan Jones expects a 'physical and fast' defense against Louisville

The senior cornerback is one of Auburn's leaders on defense.

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On a mission

Rivals250 cornerback John Broussard committed to Auburn in May. Is he still 100 percent solid to the Tigers? He talks about his decision inside....

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Auburn faces monstrous challenge from Louisville's Sheldon Rankins

Auburn could have three offensive linemen who did not see a snap last year at their projected starting positions against Louisville's Sheldon Rankins, one of the best interior defensive linemen in college football

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Auburn LB Deshaun Davis Releases “The Takeover” Music Video for the 2015 Season

There must be something about playing linebacker at Auburn that gives you... Read More »

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This Is Auburn Basketball: Summer Update



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What Must Auburn Do: Texas A & M



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Best case, worst case scenarios for Auburn's 2015 season

What does the future hold for Auburn? We did our best to break down the possibilities in our best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2015 season.

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W. Volleyball. Auburn fights back for five-set win over Jacksonville

Auburn's volleyball team fought back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up its second-straight five-set win, defeating Jacksonville 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-10) Saturday afternoon at Auburn Arena.

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Auburn Football 2015 Position Previews: Running Backs



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Transfers will be huge for Louisville defense

The University of Louisville football team will begin a new season one week from today - against Auburn in Atlanta - and three transfer players are expected to play huge roles for the Cardinals' defense. Expect Josh Harvey-Clemons, Devonte Fields and Shaq Wiggins all three in the starting lineup for the Cardinals.

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Trust factor: Auburn defense says team chemistry is good

"I think as far as chemistry, especially off the field, guys get along and are hanging out more, and that plays a part on the field," says DB Jonathan Jones. "This team right now has a lot of chemistry and a lot of trust heading into the season, and we need to maintain that."

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Football. Trust factor: Auburn defense says team chemistry is good

"I think as far as chemistry, especially off the field, guys get along and are hanging out more, and that plays a part on the field," says DB Jonathan Jones. "This team right now has a lot of chemistry and a lot of trust heading into the season, and we need to maintain that."

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AU, Bama still on top

Phenix City, Ala., Rivals100 LB Markail Benton has Auburn and Alabama on top. Will he stay in-state to play college ball? He talks about that decision...

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Top 30 at Jordan-Hare – #7 LSU (2004)

7. Auburn 10 vs. LSU 9 – Sept. 18, 2004 Note: This... Read More »

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Check out how the A-List members performed in Week 2

See how A-List players performed in Week 2.

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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema admits he hates Auburn (Dr. Saturday)



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Alabama punter hopes to improve on 'amazing' freshman season (The Associated Press)

JK Scott's bio after one season as Alabama's punter takes up a full page in the media guide and begins with heady praise. The third-ranked Crimson Tide sophomore might not get recognized much on campus - that's a punter's lot, after all - but his booming punts made him one of the team's most acclaimed players straight out of high school in Denver. ''My freshman year was awesome,'' Scott said.

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Tigers, ASU Hornets to Meet In Football

Auburn and Alabama State will play a football game for the first time.

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Clutch performance

FREE: 2017 quarterback Jake Bentley led Opelika to a 31-30 win over Auburn Friday night. Includes video highlights.

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Commit Tracker

Nearly all of Auburn's commitments were in action Friday night, including West Orange (Fla.) quarterback Woody Barrett. Barrett amassed over 300 yards of offense and scored three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 45-0 win over Foundation...

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9 O'CLOCK TALK: Saturday

The show where we talk about Alex Kozan, Jonathan Jones' optimism, origins of Bret Bielema's apparent distaste for Auburn and, of course, why pumpkin-flavored beer is a no-no in August.a

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Trivia Tidbits

At a school known for its perpetually stacked roster at tailback, one man has remained atop the single-game rushing leaderboard for 71 seasons. Also, Happy Birthday to former TE/DL Jay Ratliff.

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R100 OL Dickerson releases top six

Landon Dickerson's recruitment is nearing its end. The standout OL named a top six with a decision to follow relatively soon.

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So Bret Bielema Hates Auburn?



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Louisville's Bobby Petrino has been preparing all year to play Auburn

Petrino is 10-0 in season openers on the college level. The opponents haven't necessarily been stellar, with five wins against Kentucky, four wins against FCS opponents and one win against Miami, a 31-13 decision in 2014.

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The 2015 Schedule: One Sentence Predictions

The 2015 Auburn football season begins one week from today, so I... Read More »

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Saraland sophomore phenom Jack West delivers in first start of career

The four-star prospect received his first official varsity start on Friday against Class 6A, Region 1 rival Daphne

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Auburn will play Alabama State in 2018

It will be the first-ever meeting between Auburn and Alabama State, and it will be played Nov. 17, 2018 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Football. Auburn will play Alabama State in 2018

It will be the first-ever meeting between Auburn and Alabama State, and it will be played Nov. 17, 2018 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Auburn adds in-state FCS opponent to 2018 schedule

Auburn will host an in-state FCS opponent in 2018.

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RB Battle Shows No Signs Of Ending For Tigers

Auburn's running back battle could last into the season with four players expected to get a look for the Tigers.

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TrackemTigers Tailgate Competition

tailgateDo you and your friends take great pride your tailgate? Do you put more thought into your tailgate than you did to your career choice? Are you more excited about gathering with your friends and family around copious amounts of delicious food than actually going to or watching the game? Well, maybe that’s a stretch….. […]

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Auburn moves into top 3 for McAdory standout Jay Jones

He now says that Auburn has jumped into his top three with two other schools.

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Auburn vs. Louisville Predictions

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Friday, August 28, 2015

W. Volleyball. Auburn volleyball tops SFA 3-2 in thrilling opener

A combined 29 kills from a pair of Auburn volleyball newcomers helped lead the Tigers to a thrilling 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-9) victory over Stephen F. Austin on Friday night.

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W. Soccer. Casie Ramsier Scores Twice In 4-0 Auburn Soccer Victory

Junior Casie Ramsier may have gone without a goal in last week's opening matches, but she made up for it Friday night, scoring twice in a 4-0 victory over UAB in Auburn soccer's home opener. The 16th-ranked Tigers were looking for their first 3-0-0 start since 2006 and both the Ramsier twins made sure that happened without a hitch.

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Arkansas' Bret Bielema: 'I hate Auburn'

The on-again, off-again rivalry between Arkansas and Auburn heated up with Bielema's arrival in 2013, when he and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn indirectly battled over player safety and the hurry-up, no-huddle offense.

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LSU OC Cam Cameron given 'clean bill of health' after cancer diagnosis (Dr. Saturday)



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Auburn's battle at left guard will apparently continue

Alex Kozan, an All-SEC selection as a freshman in 2013, returns from back surgery confident and ready to take over the starting job he had to abandon in 2014, but the emergence of senior Devonte Danzey has complicated things.

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Auburn Football: Tigers' Blueprint to Winning SEC in 2015

In eight days, Auburn will begin its 2015 season in a venue that it wants to return to in December—the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Tigers are the preseason pick by the SEC media to return to the Dome and capture their second conference championship in three seasons.

Some outlets are even picking Gus Malzahn's prolific offense to mesh well with Will Muschamp's new defense and earn a berth in the second College Football Playoff.

But Auburn will enter next Saturday's season opener against Louisville with a handful of question marks that need to be answered before a push for a title.

What do the Tigers need to accomplish in order to claim another championship in the nation's toughest conference? Here's the blueprint for success in 2015.

 

Establish consistent receivers not named Duke Williams

The hype surrounding Jeremy Johnson is real, and it is unstoppable.

Johnson could be the next Cam Newton or the best pure passer in Auburn football history, but it's going to be hard for him to prove that—and for the Tigers offense to hit the next level—with just one successful receiver.

Duke Williams lived up to his reputation as a physical receiver with a seemingly infinite catch radius last season. While his surprise return to the team has featured some bumps in the road, Williams will be the clear-cut No. 1 receiver on the Plains this season.

Part of what made Williams such a breakout star for Auburn last season was the presence of Sammie Coates, who is now in the NFL. Coates could stretch the field with his impressive speed, which left Williams to dominate the intermediate routes. 

Auburn needs to find that secondary threat to line up with Williams, or teams will be able to lock down the senior star. Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray have shown flashes of becoming that vertical threat in their first few seasons with the team.

"Melvin is probably as steady a guy as we've had in the first two years," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, per Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com. "He's not flashy, but every time you watch film, he's always doing right... Ricardo has loads of talent. He's made a lot of plays in the last two years; it's can he do it at a consistent rate."

One of the most underrated losses in the offseason was Quan Bray, a departed senior who was the team's No. 3 receiver over the last two seasons. He had five more receptions than Coates last year and just as many touchdowns.

Having Williams back is fantastic for the Tigers, but if Johnson is going to be the pass-first player who will change the way Auburn attacks opponents, he can't do it with just one star.

The 2013 run-first Tigers used multiple rushers—Nick Marshall, Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant—to pave the way for a championship. Finding that vertical threat and an established No. 3 in what is a deep group of receivers is paramount for this year's offense, which is looking to get to the next level through the air.

 

Bring back the pass rush

Auburn's depth in the secondary is what it is. Malzahn called it one of his two biggest concerns heading into the season, per Brandon Marcello of AL.com, and new defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson has plainly stated that true freshmen will have to play at corner this fall.

Even with the addition of Blake Countess in the offseason, a secondary that has struggled with limiting big plays through the air over the last two years will be the Tigers' weakest link in 2015. And while the young corners could rise up and become better than expected this fall, it's hard to put a lot of faith in guys who were playing high school ball less than a year ago.

How far Auburn's defense improves under Muschamp in year one is what the team's championship campaign hinges on in the eyes of many experts across the country. The Tigers should be improved in run defense with the return of veteran defensive tackles and linebackers—the passing game is the biggest concern.

The lack of a pass rush was part of Auburn's undoing last season, and its return could mask the flaws of a thin secondary this fall. Auburn can't magically add new players to the defensive backfield, but it can ease the pressure by wreaking havoc in the opponent's backfield.

The return of the "unblockable" Carl Lawson should fix some of those woes. Per the team website, the former 5-star had four sacks and seven quarterback hurries in his true freshman campaign, but he missed all of 2014 with an ACL injury.

But, like Williams in the receiving game, Lawson can't do it alone. Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com nailed it with his take on the position battle opposite Lawson, who will take the stand-up "Buck" role in Muschamp's new defensive scheme.

"Yes, the secondary has depth questions, but Auburn has to find a consistent pass rush, and you know offenses will be keying on Lawson," Aschoff wrote. "He will need help if the Tigers are going to get to the quarterback better than they did last season."

Senior DaVonte Lambert, who led Auburn with just 3.5 sacks last season, is back at practice after an ACL injury of his own. The Tigers will need improvement from returning faces such as Lambert and possibly a breakout year from 5-star true freshman Byron Cowart in order to reach full potential in the pass rush.

Without it, this defense will be chasing receivers game after game this season.

 

If you lose, don't do it at the end

With several question marks heading into the season, it's hard to see a team like Auburn running the table in the brutal SEC West this season. Each team has a legitimate claim as a contender.

But one of the best aspects of Auburn's preseason resume is the end of the season, when it gets the "Amen Corner" duo of Georgia and Alabama inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Those two teams are Auburn's biggest competition for the SEC title this season, according to the preseason polls, and the Tigers will have an advantage for each matchup.

As the Tigers showed in 2013, having those home games is quite beneficial, especially if they lose a conference game early in the season. Two years ago, Auburn had time to rebound from a loss to LSU and start its run to the national championship.

Two losses probably won't cut it in the race for the SEC West, and winning the head-to-head against Alabama is important—it's hard to visualize a scenario where the Crimson Tide have two losses heading into the Iron Bowl against an unbeaten Auburn.

LSU could be a tricky matchup in Week 3, especially if the Tigers can find a quarterback and some momentum in Death Valley. Arkansas' ground-and-pound style will challenge the strength of the Muschamp defense.

And if Auburn can make it to College Station unscathed, a loss to air-it-out Texas A&M won't eliminate the Tigers from championship contention. A loss to Georgia might be the most acceptable—if there is such a thing as an acceptable defeat in Auburn—because it wouldn't damage a tiebreaker in the West.

Auburn's path to winning the SEC West and eventually the SEC championship is simply more than just "beat Alabama." The Tigers have to fight through a rigorous schedule with one loss at the most and then win another winner-take-all matchup with the Tide in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The 2013 Tigers drew up the blueprint—have multiple weapons on offense, use the pass rush to cover any major flaws on defense and rally back from an early loss to sweep an all-home "Amen Corner."

This year's team may do things a little differently, but the pieces are in place for another run.

 

All stats courtesy of CFBStats.com. Recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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