AuburnFamilyNews.com: July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fall Practice #1: Afterthoughts

The Tigers begin preseason work on the Plains

Let’s get right to it. There was a limited bit of media availability this afternoon for the Auburn Tigers’ first practice leading up to kickoff of the 2017 season. We got plenty of images of both the offense and defense, and some tantalizing looks at different guys back on the field publicly for the first time in awhile.

Someone’s got a little bit of the emotional leadership about him, and it looks like good camaraderie with his teammates as practice begins.

There’s that hat again. Not sure it’s necessary inside, but he is the head coach after all.

Wide receivers need someone to step up this year, and Darius Slayton was a nice pickup out of high school who had really impressive tape. If he’s not a big contributor in Chip Lindsey’s passing attack, I’ll be surprised.

You can see that some people were quite excited about the start of fall practice.

Go ahead and check out some of the content on AL.com... you can see Jarrett Stidham throw some passes that even seem to have excellent zip with the slow-motion effect added to the video. If Stidham (and we’ll still count it as an “if” at this point instead of “when”) wins the starting QB job, Auburn fans should feel incredibly comfortable that they’ll have likely the best backup quarterback in the conference in Sean White. And if things go the other way around, with White winning the job, you’d have to say that Stidham would be the best backup in the league. Quarterback at the very least is a position with a bevy of talent this year.

Here are some other videos post-practice, courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser:

First up, Tre Williams...

Then Austin Golson...

And more Stidham running some drills with the offense...

Other bullet points from the afternoon and Gus Malzahn’s post-practice presser include

We knew that Jason Smith probably wasn’t in the running for much playing time at wide receiver this year, but it’s nice that he moved to DB, especially after...

Auburn’s defensive backfield took a hit with this news, but there should still be a nice corps of guys back there. They just can’t afford to take too many more hits.

As for the quarterback battle that we mentioned above, Malzahn gave a little more...

But who plays in front of those two guys won’t be known for a little while. It’s a good problem to have, with the depth on the offensive line and the number of starts among the guys up front. It’ll be especially nice with a guy like Golson at center and Casey Dunn backing him up. They’ve also got nice options with the FSU transfer Wilson Bell providing bulky depth (and maybe a nice starter) as well. To boot, Calvin Ashley (who endured a minor medical procedure last week) wasn’t limited at practice today at all, according to reports.

And finally, a note on a newcomer who may be a bit of a chameleon...

If we can see some type of Lutzenkirchen/Uzomah-type production out of him, I think we’ll all be pretty pleased.

There wasn’t much news on the defense out of today’s practice. Malzahn talked about Tre Williams emerging as a true leader, but hopefully we’ll get more about the other side of the ball come tomorrow’s practice. We’ll get Kevin Steele tomorrow after practice, so he should give us some good nuggets about how things are going along the defensive line in trying to replace Lawson and Adams.

Stay tuned, much more coming as the week goes on!



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Auburn softball's Tannon Snow 'fully cleared' to return

Auburn will indeed have a key piece joining its infield next season.

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Auburn opens fall camp with most offensive line depth, competition in Gus Malzahn era

Gus Malzahn believes Auburn's depth and the competition for starting spots up and down the offensive line is greater than at any point during his tenure.

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Auburn opens fall camp with most offensive line depth, competition in Gus Malzahn era

Gus Malzahn believes Auburn's depth and the competition for starting spots up and down the offensive line is greater than at any point during his tenure.

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4-star receiver Seth Williams recaps recent visits to Alabama, Auburn

Local star Seth Williams made his second trip to Alabama's campus within the past week on Monday.

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4-star receiver Seth Williams recaps recent visits to Alabama, Auburn

Local star Seth Williams made his second trip to Alabama's campus within the past week on Monday.

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Auburn's Malzahn calls QB battle 'a good thing'

Auburn: Gus Malzahn calls QB battle "a really good thing right now" (ESPN)

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Football. 'Nothing better than competition' - Auburn begins preseason camp

Auburn's coaches will spend the first two weeks of preseason camp evaluating personnel before deciding on starters, Gus Malzahn said after Monday's first fall practice.

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'Nothing better than competition' - Auburn begins preseason camp

Auburn's coaches will spend the first two weeks of preseason camp evaluating personnel before deciding on starters, Gus Malzahn said after Monday's first fall practice.

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Auburn defensive back Michael Sherwood leaves program

2 Auburn walk-ons change positions

Amid a series of personnel changes for Auburn to open fall camp were a pair of junior walk-ons who changed positions.

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2 Auburn walk-ons change positions

Amid a series of personnel changes for Auburn to open fall camp were a pair of junior walk-ons who changed positions.

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Will Auburn's quarterbacks go live during preseason scrimmages this fall?

Gus Malzahn has not had his potential starting quarterbacks go live during fall practices since Nick Marshall did so in 2013.

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Will Auburn's quarterbacks go live during preseason scrimmages this fall?

Gus Malzahn has not had his potential starting quarterbacks go live during fall practices since Nick Marshall did so in 2013.

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Auburn defensive back Michael Sherwood leaves program

Sherwood already earned his degree and will look to join another team as a graduate transfer.

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Auburn defensive back Michael Sherwood leaves program

Sherwood already earned his degree and will look to join another team as a graduate transfer.

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Auburn signee Carlito Gonzalez will go JUCO route after failing to qualify

Auburn defensive back signee Carlito Gonzalez was not at the Tigers' opening practice of fall camp and is not listed on the team's official roster.

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Auburn signee Carlito Gonzalez will go JUCO route after failing to qualify

Auburn defensive back signee Carlito Gonzalez was not at the Tigers' opening practice of fall camp and is not listed on the team's official roster.

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Live updates: Gus Malzahn recaps Auburn's first day of fall camp

Follow live updates of Gus Malzahn's first press conference of fall camp

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Live updates: Gus Malzahn recaps Auburn's first day of fall camp

Follow live updates of Gus Malzahn's first press conference of fall camp

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New team now in the mix for Auburn, Alabama target Andres Fox

Andres Fox said he is now considering LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Stanford in his college decision

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New team now in the mix for Auburn, Alabama target Andres Fox

Andres Fox said he is now considering LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Stanford in his college decision

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See how Jarrett Stidham looked in Auburn's 1st fall practice

The Tigers opened fall camp Monday

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See how Jarrett Stidham looked in Auburn's 1st fall practice

The Tigers opened fall camp Monday

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'We look out for each other'

Auburn practice observations: Jason Smith working as 4th safety

Practice observations from Day 1 of Auburn's fall camp.

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Auburn practice observations: Jason Smith working as 4th safety

Practice observations from Day 1 of Auburn's fall camp.

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Auburn's Jason Smith changes positions

Jason Smith has changed positions. The Auburn senior is listed at defensive back on the latest fall roster with jersey No. 25. AL.com will update this story....

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Auburn's Jason Smith changes positions

Jason Smith has changed positions. The Auburn senior is listed at defensive back on the latest fall roster with jersey No. 25. AL.com will update this story....

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'We look out for each other' - Caleb King senior spotlight

There are many reasons students may choose to attend: academics, athletics or even location. Senior tight end Caleb King has been an Auburn Tiger since birth. When deciding where to play, it wasn’t even a question. He’s a legacy student; his mother, brother and uncle are all Auburn alums.

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Football. 'We look out for each other' - Caleb King senior spotlight

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Auburn Linebackers Now Expected to Lead

Not too long ago, linebacker was considered one of the weakest positions on Auburn’s roster. Now it should be the most stable area of the defense as the team prepares for fall camp.

Sure, there have been some good players over the years – Josh Bynes and Cassanova McKinzy come to mind – but the unit hadn’t lived up to the standard set by groups from the Pat Dye and Tommy Tuberville eras.

Enter Travis Williams.

He was hired before the 2016 season to be Auburn’s linebackers coach. He himself was a tremendous linebacker for Auburn despite being undersized and overlooked in the recruiting process. He made All-SEC teams in 2004 and 2005, and won the Pat Dye leadership award in those same seasons. He played alongside Karlos Dansby, Dontarrious Thomas, and Will Herring.

Some considered the hire a reach, since Williams hadn’t been a full time coach at a Power 5 school as a position coach yet. Some thought it was a safe choice for Gus Malzahn, since Williams had been a grad assistant in 2009-2010. But in reality, he was the perfect person to bring about a change in attitude and production on the Plains.

In many ways, Auburn linebackers led the defensive resurgence of 2016. An area of weakness turned into a strength and the Tigers finished in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense. They played much tougher against the run and showed the versatility to defend in the passing game. And the best news? All the major players return in 2017.

Tre Williams, the only senior of the group, was the highest recruited of the bunch. He has steadily improved each year and become a force at weakside linebacker, finishing second on the team in tackles last season.

Deshaun Davis, a junior from Mobile, burst onto the scene last season and grabbed the starting middle linebacker spot. Like his position coach, Davis is a bit undersized but makes up for it with tremendous energy, passion, and fearlessness to attack ball carriers. Personally I had a blast watching him play last year.

At strongside linebacker, junior Darrell Williams took a big step forward in 2016 with a productive season. The Hoover product seemed to flourish in Kevin Steele’s system.

Defensive coaches insist that junior Montavious Atkinson is considered part of that starting group. He was usually the first reserve to enter the game and provides some flexibility in pass coverage, as he used to play safety. If any of the three were to be hurt, I believe Atkinson would be the next man into the starting lineup.

Sophomore Richard McBryde provides additional depth. Linebackers out of high school, Tre Threat and Tadarian Moulty may be called upon to provide depth at the Buck position this season. Moultry is an explosive, highly touted linebacker who chose Auburn over Alabama. It will be interesting to see if he ends up playing this season and if so, where on the field he lines up.

It’s important to note that Auburn typically plays with either 2 or 3 linebackers on the field at a time, depending on whether they are in their base defense or in nickel. With four quality experienced players at their position, true freshmen Chandler Wooten and KJ Britt are potential redshirt candidates.

Expectations are incredibly different for this group than they were a year ago. Despite the defensive line and secondary having many quality players returning, it is the linebackers who will be expected to lead the way. With Montravious Adams and Carl Lawson gone, their job may be a bit more difficult this season. But I think they have the talent and experience to handle it.



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5 position battles to watch as Auburn opens fall camp

Auburn opens fall camp today, and while the Tigers return a significant amount of experience all over the field, there are several position battles to be decided over the next month.

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5 position battles to watch as Auburn opens fall camp

Auburn opens fall camp today, and while the Tigers return a significant amount of experience all over the field, there are several position battles to be decided over the next month.

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Foot injury sidelines Green Bay Packers rookie Montravius Adams

Former Auburn standout Montravius Adams will miss "multiple weeks" after suffering a foot injury at the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

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Foot injury sidelines Green Bay Packers rookie Montravius Adams

Former Auburn standout Montravius Adams will miss "multiple weeks" after suffering a foot injury at the Green Bay Packers' training camp.

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5 Auburn players with the most to gain during fall camp

There is much to be determined over the next five weeks for Auburn football

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5 Auburn players with the most to gain during fall camp

There is much to be determined over the next five weeks for Auburn football

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Link sAUsage: Fall. Practice. Starts. Today.

July 31, 2017

We are 33 days to kickoff, and that means fall practice gets underway today on the Plains.

Auburn players and coaches will take the field this afternoon, and each day we should get post-practice reactions from either Gus Malzahn, his assistants, or players. For the schedule of practices leading up to August 21, mash here.

As you can see, we’ll get to hear from the head coach and some players this evening just before 6 PM Auburn time, so we’ll have a rundown of what’s said later on tonight.

As for some individual players, check out this piece on Marlon Davidson and how he’s becoming one of the scariest players on Auburn’s defensive line (as if he wasn’t already), but if you look across the way you’ll see a transfer from Jacksonville State in Casey Dunn who’s also doing some big things in the trenches.

What about some of the unknowns for Auburn football at this point? You can read a few burning questions for the Tigers from al.com, and then a few differently-worded questions from the Decatur Daily.

Members of Auburn’s team are plenty excited for fall practice to start as well, and I imagine the milder weather this week in Alabama won’t hurt attitudes to start things off.

Elsewhere, let’s continue looking at Auburn’s opponents this year... now it’s time for the Dawgs. Georgia’s got to come to Auburn this year, and the Tigers have a major monkey to get off their back, beating Georgia just twice in the last ten years.

That’s it from around the internet for today! We’ll begin a look at each position group beginning today and continuing over the next week or so. Until then, War Eagle!



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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 33

There are 33 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 33 in SEC football history is Auburn center Walter Gilbert.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 33

There are 33 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 33 in SEC football history is Auburn center Walter Gilbert.

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Receiver: The Most Intriguing Position for Auburn Entering 2017

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Jarrett Stidham, and Sean White by proxy, have largely garnered virtually all of the attention in the Auburn off season. And for good reason. Quarterback is the most important position on the field. In Gus Malzahn’s world, the QB play has seen sharp swings in his tenure at Auburn which is something that hasn’t really happened in his stops elsewhere. One thing is certain, the inability for players to rise above the competition has spelled doom for Auburn offenses, average QB play leads to success and above average play leads to championships.

Probably no other school in the country has seen such swings. Auburn fans that may be frustrated by those off years should recall just what Malzahn has done in the others. Even last year’s QB carousel had SEC record breaking games such as the epic ground-and-pound beat down of Arkansas. 

Regardless of what people thing of Malzahn’s offensive philosophy, he has always been brilliant at adapting his play calling to the ability of his players. Perhaps that is what is so intriguing about the upcoming 2017 season.

Most fans agree that with Kam Pettway, Kerryon Johnson, Kam Martin and the bruiser Malik Miller, Auburn would be just fine with game manager Sean White, who has been very accurate when healthy. Yet, the wild speculation of Auburn as a true contender centers around not only former five-star Jarrett Stidham but the inclusion of new OC Chip Lindsey. The combination of a Texas Gunslinger, an Air-Raid play caller, and a terrific run game behind one of the countries most experienced lines looks like a recipe for setting records. 

Yet, regardless if Auburn is a run-first (a’la 2013) or a run-and-gun offense (a’la 2010), there is a piece to this puzzle that is overlooked by most everyone. No matter how Gus melds the offense, Auburn has to get solid play all-around from the receiver position.

Malzahn’s offense is at it’s very best when the receiver position is as balanced blocking as catching the ball. The defense can’t distinguish a run or pass play based on personnel.  Knowing the value placed on the position and its play, what can Auburn fans expect from the most intriguing yet perplexing position group on the field? 

 

 

Say “goodbye” to upperclassmen John Franklin III, Jason Smith, and Ryan Davis. Ryan Davis had 25 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown in 2016. He had a three game stretch of games with five catches before a string of eight games with just eight total catches. Jason Smith ended up the year buried on the depth chart with only four catches following a disappointing 2015 campaign. Smith has never had more than two catches in any one game in his Auburn career. The coaches have attempted all manner of ways to include JFIII into the game plan since his arrival, culminating in his move to WR this spring. However, he’s shown he lacks the hands to legitimately play the position. 

Next comes the more intriguing question. Who among the young group of sophomores (Marquis McClain is a redshirt freshman) will contribute? 

Nate Craig-Myers was unstoppable on A-Day, hooking up with Stidham over and over on huge pass plays, even though he had a disappointing 2016 season. Not only was Craig-Myers Stidham’s first look, reviewing the play itself, you can see all along, he was OC Chip Lindsey’s first option. In post game interviews, Stidham was quick to praise Craig-Myers as well as Darius Slayton who had three catches for 65 yards on A-Day which was right on his 20 YPC average he held in 2016. Regardless of their blocking ability, these guys will be on the field. 

Slayton shares a similar body type and skill set with Kyle Davis, who also had a 20 YPC average in 2016, yet Davis missed the entire spring. While fans remember Davis’ highlight catch against Arkansas State, it is Slayton that appears to be a more polished pass catcher on the outside.

There are two other players that could challenge Slayton and Davis. First is Marquis McClain, who has all the raw talent in the world, as evidenced late in the spring game. Then, there’s Eli Stove. Stove came to Auburn as a top 20 WR in the country behind Kyle Davis and Nate Craig-Myers. Stove contributed 350 yards, both on the ground and catching passes. His speed is undeniable, but can he be an every down player? If he can’t develop as a blocker, his presence on the field will fool no one, similar to JFIII. 

Finally, we come to the two most intriguing players on the list: Sal Cannella and Will Hastings. JUCO transfer Sal Cannella is the largest of all the receivers at 6-5 228, though he is listed frequently as a tight end. The upside to his use in the redzone is undeniable. However, it was Cannella who was on the field on the first series as a perimeter blocker and that is an important piece of knowledge. 

Hastings has shown that he can be that player. After being a surprise in 2015 with eight catches in Auburn’s first three games, he rarely saw any looks in pass plays, though he was one of Auburn’s dedicated perimeter blockers as Auburn steam rolled opponents in October. Hastings was easily Stidham’s second favorite target. He caught multiple check down passes, which is what slot/possession receivers have success. However, its been overlooked that there were no less than two dedicated plays devoted to Hastings in the form of bubble screens and pop passes. 

The one-time kicker displayed phenomenal hands and terrific route running on A-Day as he led everyone in catches yet it is his speed that is the most surprising thing of all. According to position coach Kodi Burns, “Hastings has the fastest 20-yard shuttle time in program history as well as one of the fastest 10-yard splits — the first quarter of the 40-yard dash — to pair with a 4.3 time in the 40.” According to AL.com. Stidham’s faith in him as a receiver, Lindsey’s dedication to get him the ball, and Hastings’ ability to hold the edge make him an every down players and a surprise breakout star. 

Auburn has all the talent it needs at receiver to stretch defenses, but who will be those every down players that can hold the perimeter and stretch the field while confusing opposing defenses? Expect the first four players to be Darius Slayton, Nate Craig-Myers, Sal Cannella, and Will Hastings. Regardless of what balance Auburn has, these guys can do it all.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer Reading List, Pt. III: Tell-Alls!

Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Specialists

Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Specialists

5 questions for Auburn heading into fall camp

5 questions facing Auburn football entering fall camp

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5 questions for Auburn heading into fall camp

5 questions facing Auburn football entering fall camp

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Specialists

A review of Auburn's specialists entering fall camp

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Specialists

A review of Auburn's specialists entering fall camp

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Bo Jackson, Jimmy Buffett and John Travolta: Auburn's top moments in pop culture

You'd be surprised how often the Auburn football team appears on television, in movies, in songs, out of celebrities' mouths. As we get ready for the Tigers to start the 2017 season, check out our favorite "War Eagle" moments from pop culture.

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Bo Jackson, Jimmy Buffett and John Travolta: Auburn's top moments in pop culture

You'd be surprised how often the Auburn football team appears on television, in movies, in songs, out of celebrities' mouths. As we get ready for the Tigers to start the 2017 season, check out our favorite "War Eagle" moments from pop culture.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 34

There are 34 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 34 in SEC football history is Georgia running back Herschel Walker.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 34

There are 34 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 34 in SEC football history is Georgia running back Herschel Walker.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cyrus Kouandjio, Greg Robinson switch places with Detroit Lions

Former Alabama standout Cyrus Kouandjio came off the non-football Injury list and former Auburn standout Greg Robinson went on it on Saturday.

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Cyrus Kouandjio, Greg Robinson switch places with Detroit Lions

Former Alabama standout Cyrus Kouandjio came off the non-football Injury list and former Auburn standout Greg Robinson went on it on Saturday.

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Swimming & Diving. Cielo 8th in 50 free at Worlds

AUBURN, Ala. – Cesar Cielo finished eighth in the men’s 50m freestyle on Saturday at the 2017 FINA World Championships at Budapest.

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Auburn releases schedule for first 3 weeks of fall camp

See Auburn's practice schedule for the first three weeks of fall camp.

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Auburn releases schedule for first 3 weeks of fall camp

See Auburn's practice schedule for the first three weeks of fall camp.

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An Auburn Film School Special: Anatomy of a Streak, Part 4

Jake Peavy, David Ross returning to baseball diamond on Saturday night

Former Major League players Jake Peavy and David Ross are members of the Kansas Stars, an entry in the National Baseball Congress World Series.

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Who should be Alabama's next Baseball Hall of Fame member?

Thirteen players connected to Alabama by birth or school are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which will enshrine its Class of 2017 on Sunday. Who will be the state's 14th member of the baseball shrine>

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Defensive backs

A review of Auburn's defensive backs entering fall camp

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Defensive backs

A review of Auburn's defensive backs entering fall camp

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 35

There are 35 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 35 in SEC football history is Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 35

There are 35 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 35 in SEC football history is Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

2 former Auburn softball players agree to diversion program after arrests

Former Auburn softball players Haley Fagan and Branndi Melero each agreed to complete a diversion program, according to the Auburn city prosecutor.

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'An experience I'll never forget' - Austin Wiley, basketball star, world traveler

Austin Wiley’s passport is getting quite a workout this summer. From riding a camel in Egypt to visiting the Vatican in Rome, Auburn’s sophomore center will be ready if called on to write a ‘How I spent my summer vacation’ essay.

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'The perfect place' - Tre' Williams senior spotlight​

Tre' Williams became an Auburn man despite a childhood spent rooting for the Miami Hurricanes in a family filled with Alabama fans.

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'I'm very grateful' - John Franklin III senior spotlight

Transition has been a common theme during John Franklin III's college career. Franklin signed with Florida State out of high school, transferred to East Mississippi Community College, eventually arriving at Auburn on his final stop.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Nine Tigers named USTFCCCA All-Academic

Nine Auburn track and field athletes earned 2016-17 All-Academic honors, the USTFCCCA announced Friday.

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Swimming & Diving. Grothe and USA win bronze at Worlds, Cielo advances to finals

Zane Grothe anchored the USA’s 4x200m freestyle relay to a bronze medal on Friday at the 2017 FINA World Championships at Budapest. The medal was the first for Grothe and the fifth won by a current or former Auburn swimmer at this summer’s championships.

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Football. 'The perfect place' - Tre' Williams senior spotlight​

Tre' Williams became an Auburn man despite a childhood spent rooting for the Miami Hurricanes in a family filled with Alabama fans.

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Softball. Auburn Softball to Hold On Deck Club Informational Meeting

The meeting will take place on the Scholarship Terrace of the Auburn Arena, Sunday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m.

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W. Gymnastics. "I Just Want To Be Consistent And Hit Every Routine" - Catching Up With Emma Slappey

As a redshirt freshman, Emma Slappey put together a solid 2016 season for the Tigers, earning a spot on the All-SEC and SEC All-Freshmen teams. She was a consistent contributor all year on beam and floor and will enter her sophomore campaign one of the top returners for the Tigers.

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W. Basketball. Katie Frerking signs pro contract with Swedish team

Former Auburn women’s basketball player Katie Frerking has signed a professional contact with LuleĆ„ Basket in Sweden, the club announced Thursday.

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Swimming & Diving. Chierighini ties for 5th in 100 free at Worlds

Marcelo Cheirighini tied for fifth in the finals of the 100m freestyle on Thursday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

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M. Basketball. 'An experience I'll never forget' - Austin Wiley, basketball star, world traveler

Austin Wiley’s passport is getting quite a workout this summer. From riding a camel in Egypt to visiting the Vatican in Rome, Auburn’s sophomore center will be ready if called on to write a ‘How I spent my summer vacation’ essay.

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W. Tennis. Auburn Women’s Tennis sets fall schedule

Auburn Women’s Tennis has released their schedule for the fall portion of the 2017-18 season. The Tigers will play in five events starting September 22-24 at the University of Miami Invitational as head coach Lauren Spencer enters her seventh season at the helm.

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Football. 'I'm very grateful' - John Franklin III senior spotlight

Transition has been a common theme during John Franklin III's college career. Franklin signed with Florida State out of high school, transferred to East Mississippi Community College, eventually arriving at Auburn on his final stop.

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One Move in 2007 & How it Affected Auburn for Years to Come, Pt. II - What If?

Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Linebackers

A review of Auburn's linebackers entering fall camp

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A review of Auburn's linebackers entering fall camp

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 36

Auburn opponent early scouting report: Alabama

An early look at the 2017 Iron Bowl

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Auburn opponent early scouting report: Alabama

An early look at the 2017 Iron Bowl

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AL.com All-Access: Potential 2017 breakout players for Alabama, Auburn

Fall camp opens within next week

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AL.com All-Access: Potential 2017 breakout players for Alabama, Auburn

Fall camp opens within next week

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Auburn recruiting podcast: What's next after a run of commitments?

Drew Champlin and Mark Jennings are back with another edition of Champ's Corner, the Auburn recruiting podcast.

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Auburn recruiting podcast: What's next after a run of commitments?

Drew Champlin and Mark Jennings are back with another edition of Champ's Corner, the Auburn recruiting podcast.

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Link sAUsage: Wait, More Basketball? It’s July!

July 28, 2017

Tomorrow marks five weeks until kickoff, so it’s only fitting that we have little of football substance to send your way, and more from the hardwood and Bruce Pearl’s bunch, who will be heading to Italy in the next couple of weeks!

There were some incredibly early BPI rankings that came out yesterday from ESPN. For those that don’t know, BPI is a ranking system designed by ESPN that takes into account a bunch of different little pieces of information — missing players, pace of play, etc. Anyway, check the rankings, and look specifically at #24.

Elsewhere, Auburn’s been practicing for their trip to Italy. We know about Austin Wiley’s performance in Egypt, but what about some of the other guys on the team that might be starting to stand out more?

On the women’s side, a recent former Tiger got some big news as well!

And then as we transition back to football, it’s time to check today’s look an at early scouting report. We’ve got Texas A&M on this Friday... we know the Aggies got Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium last year and things did not feel stable after the loss, but now A&M is trending downward, Auburn’s on the rise, and the game is in College Station, where Auburn’s 2-0 since A&M joined the league.

Finally, just for fun, check out this list of the 100 greatest football games of all time. There’s both happiness and misery in the top twenty for Auburn, so tread carefully.

36 days to kick! War Eagle!



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NFL training camp brings competition for starting spots

For some NFL players, training camp is a tune-up for the regular season. For others, it's a fight to earn a spot on the final 53-player roster. In between are the players battling to earn the starting spots that are up for grabs.

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NFL training camp brings competition for starting spots

For some NFL players, training camp is a tune-up for the regular season. For others, it's a fight to earn a spot on the final 53-player roster. In between are the players battling to earn the starting spots that are up for grabs.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 36

There are 36 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 36 in SEC football history is Tennessee guard Ed Molinski.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 36

There are 36 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 36 in SEC football history is Tennessee guard Ed Molinski.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Los Angeles Rams place Alex Kozan on NFI

Guard Alex Kozan will start his first NFL training camp with the Los Angeles Rams on the non-football injury list.

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Los Angeles Rams place Alex Kozan on NFI

Guard Alex Kozan will start his first NFL training camp with the Los Angeles Rams on the non-football injury list.

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Horace Spencer, Davion Mitchell stand out in Auburn basketball scrimmage

In just his third practice back from shoulder surgery, Horace Spencer appears to physically be back to his old self.

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Auburn confident Dontavius Russell will return to disrupting opposing backfields

Cam Newton won't allow another Carolina Panthers' performance like 2016

The Carolina Panthers held their first training-camp practice of 2017 on Wednesday evening, and former Auburn star Cam Newton was throwing again after offseason shoulder surgery.

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Cam Newton won't allow another Carolina Panthers' performance like 2016

The Carolina Panthers held their first training-camp practice of 2017 on Wednesday evening, and former Auburn star Cam Newton was throwing again after offseason shoulder surgery.

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One Move in 2007 & How it Affected Auburn for Years to Come, Pt. I - The Justification

'I'm very grateful' - John Franklin III senior spotlight

Auburn confident Dontavius Russell will return to disrupting opposing backfields

Statistics don't always tell the whole story, but Auburn still wants more of them from Dontavius Russell this fall.

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Auburn confident Dontavius Russell will return to disrupting opposing backfields

Statistics don't always tell the whole story, but Auburn still wants more of them from Dontavius Russell this fall.

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Defensive line

A review of Auburn's defensive line heading into fall camp

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Big men on campus: Bama's 25 best HS lineman of the last 25 years

Auburn Football Recruiting: Recapping A Busy Week

Auburn landed four commitments this past week and are hoping for a few more before the season starts.

Finally, things are starting to heat up on the recruiting trail for the Tigers. Auburn went two long months without a commitment but since then have reeled in six commitments with four coming in the past week. I will let Gus Malzahn speak for us all

Here’s a quick rundown on Auburn’s four most recent commits.

Auburn Lands First 2019 Commitment

It sounds like even the coaching staff was shocked when 4* WR George Pickens committed to the Tigers this past Friday. It was a welcomed surprise I am sure, as the 6’5” 190 lb Hoover wideout is expected to be one of the top players in the 2019 class.

“They were very happy. Coach (Gus) Malzahn was like, ‘Are you serious?'” Pickens said. “I’m very glad that I just committed to Auburn. Auburn is a great campus. I feel really good about the school I chose. I feel very comfortable around here.”

3* Josh Marsh Earns Dream Offer

Last Friday was Auburn’s last camp of the summer and Josh Marsh made the absolute most of it. The tackle machine out of Decatur apparently impressed the coaching staff enough to land an offer. Marsh, an admitted Auburn fan, committed immediately. I incorrectly guessed that he would be a Buck or maybe grow into a defensive end but it sounds like he will play more as a hybrid linebacker/safety for the Tigers.

"I was kind of speechless and didn't know what to say," Marsh said. "He got up to walk out of the room and see if coach Steele was ready for me. I was with my mom and dad and said, 'I want to commit, but I don't know how this works.' They were like, 'Neither do we; we've never been in this situation. Just tell him.' Coach came back and we started talking and I said, 'I want to come play ball here. I want to commit.' He was taken off guard a little bit. He was like, 'OK, I'll go talk to the other coaches, and after today's over, I'll tweet out a 'Boom'.' "

I don’t know why but the line “I’ll tweet out a `Boom`.” is hilarious to me...

Tigers Snag A Top Linebacker Target

Harris is a boss. Like I said when he committed, I think he’s the best linebacker in the southeast. He was a top target for Auburn’s coaching staff. Harris, in an interview with Keith Niebuhr earlier this year, said that Travis Williams specifically said he was targeting him and 4* Zakoby McClain. T-WILL is halfway there. Williams played a huge role in this commitment:

“Coach T-Will checks with me every day. I send a text. He sends one right back. He treats me like I’m his own child,” Harris said after his most recent visit. “After me texting coach T-Will, man, he gives me the same amount of love every time or even more. When I come visit, every time I come, it’s more and more love. It’s like I’m always a part of the family. They already treat me like I’m a War Eagle, and I like that.”

Greg Brown Gets His Man

It became apparent that after the evaluation period, Jamien Sherwood was a high priority target for the Tigers. In fact, I feel comfortable saying that Quindarious Monday and Jamien Sherwood are Greg Brown’s top guys at safety. He got them both. For Sherwood, the Tigers had to beat out Florida and this past weekend’s visit helped seal the deal:

“This past weekend really kinda sealed the deal. This past weekend just sealed the deal for me. I just knew that I want to go there,” Sherwood said. “It was a hard decision for me to choose from those two schools. Those were my top schools (Auburn and Florida). Those two were neck-and-neck. Besides the football part, I just felt like I could be at Auburn more. That’s what separated Florida and Auburn. They were my top two, and they were right there.”

Visit Recap

Commitments weren’t the only news of the week. The Tigers had plenty of top targets on campus this past week with most arriving for the cookout event on Saturday. However, the Thursday before the event, two of Auburn’s most coveted targets visited in 4* OG Trey Hill and 4* LB JJ Peterson. It appears the Tigers have work to do on both but I also think Auburn is a bigger threat for both than some may think, especially Hill.

Saturday though was the big day. Auburn hosted a Big Cat Weekend part 2 that was apparently even more informal than the first. The focus was on building further relationships with top targets. Keith Niebuhr of 247 had a free play by play thread for the event that’s worth a read if you want to get a feel of how the day went. Benjamin Wolk over at SECCountry also had some live updates and later put together a nice recap. Here’s the list of attendees put together by Wolk:

3-star RB Shaun Shivers*

4-star WR Seth Williams

3-star OL Kameron Stutts*

4-star RB Asa Martin

3-star DL Daquan Newkirk*

4-star DB Quindarious Monday*

Unranked OL Brady Ward (2020 prospect)

4-star DL Caleb Tannor

3-star WR Shedrick Jackson*

3-star DB Jamien Sherwood

4-star 2019 DE King Mwikuta

4-star LB Michael Harris

4-star RB Dameon Pierce

Unranked 2020 WR Kobe Hudson

3-star DB Derek Turner

4-star LB Quay Walker (Alabama commit)

3-star CB Miguel Edwards (Oklahoma commit)

3-star TE Daniel Barker (Illinois commit)

3-star WR Cornelius McCoy (Purdue commit)

3-star ILB Rosendo Louis

4-star 2019 OLB Ge’mon Eaford

Unranked 2020 WR Deajaun McDougle

Unranked 2020 DE Andy Boykin

3-star DE Andres Fox

That’s quite the group. The big name that should stand out is 4* LB Quay Walker. It’s not often Alabama commits visit Auburn after committing but even more rare to be decked out in AU gear as Walker reportedly was Saturday. There seems to be some rumblings that Walker might not be all that solid and the Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs are making a push. Definitely a recruitment to follow.

This was also important visits for 4* RB Asa Martin and 4* DE Andres Fox. Martin is planning on committing August 24th and with the dead period approaching this was one of his last chances to visit AU before he commits. He was in Alabama the previous day for their cookout event so it was incredibly important for Auburn to get him on campus. The Tide are the trendy pick for Martin but again I don’t think you should count Auburn completely out in this hunt.

Fox, meanwhile, has decided to push back his decision timeline. After his Alabama visit, he announced that he had a top 2 of Auburn and Alabama. That’s a bit of a surprise as LSU was long considered Auburn’s top competition with some LSU insiders even thinking the Bayou Bengals lead. With Caleb Tannor committing to Georgia this past week (another recruitment that might not be completely over though), landing Fox has become even more important for this Auburn coaching staff.

Overall, it sounds like it was another successful event for the Tigers. There were a few disappointing no shows in guys like 4* WR Matthew Hill (sick), 4* LB Zakoby McClain (could not get back from West Virginia in time) and 4* Buck Richard Jibunor (practice) but for the most part, Auburn got the guys they needed to get on campus. No commits went public that day but both Harris and Sherwood silently committed at the event and went public a few days later. Hard to complain about a 4 commit week.

New Offers

With the Tigers having their last camp of the summer, there were quite a few offers that went out this past week. One name in particular might be someone Tiger fans should keep a close eye on in the coming months.

  • 3* DE Kayode Oladele - Nigerian natives are becoming a theme in Auburn recruiting. Prince Tega Wanogho, Prince Sammons, Richard Jibunor and now Oladele. He’s a bit raw but man he’s got some serious upside. At 6’5” 238 lbs he’s got some of the best bend I have seen in this class as a pass rusher and could easily fill out that frame and play at 260+ lbs. If things go sideways with Andres Fox, don’t be shocked if this kid becomes a top target.
  • 3* OT Jalen Goss - AU is still searching hard for some offensive tackles this class and Goss is another name to add to the list. The former Florida commit has great size but will need some time to develop at the next level. Another name to track in the coming months.
  • 3* CB Jamari Brown - This is the name to keep an eye on. Brown is a tall CB prospect at 6’3” 180 lbs and he impressed the coaching staff Friday earning an offer. He also happens to be Junior Rosegreen’s nephew. If he’s anything like his uncle, sign me up. Auburn’s CB recruiting has been a mystery at times this year but after this weekend it seems Brown and Derek Turner are names to watch.
  • 2020 WR Deajaun McDougle - Besides having an awesome name, I don’t really know much about McDougle as I couldn’t find much tape on him. Suffice it to say, if Auburn is offering a rising sophomore, he can probably play.
  • 2020 WR Dazalin Worsham - Hewitt-Trussville is absolutely loaded with talent and Worsham has a chance to be one of the best of the bunch. He’s a threat to score every play and has a nice combination of length and speed. Explosive is probably the best description. Will be a top player in 2020
  • 2020 LB Quanderrius Robinson - The Tigers are looking to build a pipeline in Jackson-Olin. They landed Tadarian Moultry in 2017, pushing for Coynis Miller in 2018 and now have offered Robinson for the 2020 class. Not a ton of tape available on this kid but will apparently play safety in the fall though his future is at linebacker.

This was another long post but it was a busy week. The Tigers are finally starting to see some dominoes fall and according to Shaun Shivers, more are expected.

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Auburn opponent early scouting report: ULM

An early look at Auburn's last non-conference game of 2017

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Link sAUsage: Basketball, Stidham, Cam

July 27th, 2017

We’re now less than Daniel Carlson days until kickoff, and July is running thin on us quickly, so check out what’s going on around the web!

There’s a good bit of basketball news today, including a piece on Mustapha Heron talking about his comeback from an early offseason stress fracture, a list of the teams that Auburn will play when Bruce Pearl takes his bunch to Italy in a couple weeks, and finally, a call from Pearl to help Auburn fill out its nonconference basketball schedule.

Back on the gridiron, everyone’s expecting big things from Jarrett Stidham this season, even going so far as to say he may be the chosen one destined to dethrone the evil Crimson King across the state. Barrett Sallee at least thinks he’s the most important player in the league for 2017.

From a current Tiger quarterback to a former one, it’s still evident that Cam Newton loves what he does and the people around him...

Cam was back on the field for the Panthers as training camp began. Even after fairly recent surgery, Newton could be found zipping passes around and getting into the fun of the opening day of camp.

In other news, here’s a preview of this year’s Arkansas game, in which the Hogs will try to exact revenge for the 56-3 beating that Auburn gave them last October.

And in a senior spotlight, here’s a look at Darius James, a guy that could end up being a huge factor on the offensive line this season.

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Big men on campus: Bama's 25 best HS lineman of the last 25 years

This continues a weekly AL.com series looking at the top 25 high school players in the last 25 years at a number of different positions.

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Big men on campus: Bama's 25 best HS lineman of the last 25 years

This continues a weekly AL.com series looking at the top 25 high school players in the last 25 years at a number of different positions.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 37

There are 37 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 37 in SEC football history is LSU cornerback Tommy Casanova.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 37

There are 37 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 37 in SEC football history is LSU cornerback Tommy Casanova.

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Bulldogs Bring it to Auburn. (Previewing Auburn vs. Georgia.)

UGA Chubb Preview

Can the Tigers slow down Nick Chubb?

     War Eagle, everybody! It’s time now for another Auburn football preview! On Veterans Day, November 11th, the Auburn Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs in a crucial SEC cross-division showdown. Georgia’s fate may well be already decided by this date, as the Bulldogs will have already played all of their serious competition in the SEC East. For Auburn, this game will have major importance. Auburn has lost 9 of the last 11 games against Georgia, and Auburn fans are pretty sick of it, at this juncture.

     This year, The Auburn Tigers will have opened the season with Georgia Southern, then traveled to Clemson. Auburn will then enjoy an early homecoming game against Mercer, before traveling to Missouri, prior to a home clash with Mississippi State. The Rebels follow at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the following week, before a road trip to LSU. Auburn then travels to Fayetteville to fight Arkansas, before a well-earned bye week. A trip to Texas A&M follows, before Auburn returns home to face Georgia. The Bulldogs open with Appalachian State, then travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. Georgia then hosts Samford, and Mississippi State. Road games at Tennessee and Vanderbilt follow, then Georgia hosts Missouri, before a bye week on October 21st. A rivalry game in Jacksonville follows the break, then Georgia hosts South Carolina, before traveling to Auburn.

     Georgia got a big boost on offense, when running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel opted to return for their senior seasons in Athens. Their presence will help shore up an inconsistent Georgia offense led by sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason. Eason showed great flashes of talent as a true freshman, but also missed the target at times. Georgia really went pass-heavy in their spring game this year, as Chubb and Michel combined for just 1 carry. Eason again at times showed an amazing arm, but overall on the day, he only hit on 16 of 36 passes. Last season, the real issue for Georgia was a shaky offensive line. Will the Bulldogs be able to fix that, this season? They were still tinkering, this spring.

     Georgia was pretty good last year on defense, and they return 10 starters on that side of the ball. There are star players at every level, including Trenton Thompson on the line, Roquan Smith at linebacker, and Dominick Sanders in the secondary. This defense shut Auburn down last year, as Auburn could not even get a first down in the second half. On the other hand, Georgia struggled with red zone defense last year, and finished allowing 24 points per game. On paper, there should be opportunities for Auburn to move it against this team, in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

     Georgia was average last season on special teams, but returns most of those pieces, with the exception of return men. We’ll see some new blood bringing kicks and punts back, but with the skill players Georgia has, I don’t expect to see any letdowns, there.

Unit matchups, after the jump!

Auburn defensive line vs. Georgia offensive line: Auburn brings a big, athletic defensive line back this season. Likely starters at tackle are junior Dontavius Russell and sophomore Derrick Brown. Sophomore strong-side end Marlon Davidson was a beast on A-Day. The buck side will likely be manned by a combination of junior Jeffery Holland and senior transfer Paul James III. Auburn has a good bit of depth behind the starters, as well. Last season in Athens, Auburn controlled the Georgia line, and effectively allowed only a pair of late field goal drives in the game. I’m still guessing at Georgia’s starting five, at this point. From left to right I think we’ll see senior Isaiah Wynn, senior Dyshon Sims, junior Lamont Gaillard, redshirt freshman Solomon Kindley, and senior Aulden Bynum across the Georgia line. Advantage: Auburn.

Auburn linebackers vs. Georgia backs: The Auburn Tigers have a good cross-trained quartet of upper echelon SEC-caliber linebackers. Junior Deshaun Davis, senior Tre’ Williams, junior Darrell Williams and junior Montravious Atkinson can play all three positions, and we might see any combination of these players out on the field at a given time. Seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are some of the best backs in the league, and leading the charge at fullback will be senior Christian Payne. Advantage: Even.

Auburn corners vs. Georgia receivers: Auburn has a fairly good combination of starting corners, in junior Carlton Davis and sophomore Javaris Davis. The Tigers are hoping that Jamel Dean will be healthy this fall, as he is one of the fastest players on the team. Sophomore Jeremiah Dinson could move over from nickelback, if needed. Georgia must replace its starting outside receivers this year, and will likely turn to veteran junior Terry Godwin and senior Javon Wyms. There are some talented freshmen coming in, who might contribute. Advantage: Auburn.

Auburn safeties vs. Georgia secondary receivers and quarterback: Auburn’s starting unit features seniors Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts at safety, and sophomore Jeremiah Dinson at nickel back. There’s not much depth here, beyond senior Nick Ruffin, who’ll probably see as much playing time as the starters. The Tigers are solid here, as long as no one gets hurt. In the slot, Georgia has speed burning sophomore Riley Ridley and freshman Isaiah Wilson. Georgia often uses a pair of tight ends, and both sophomore Isaac Nauta and senior Jeb Blazevich are matchup problems. The Tigers weren’t able to put much heat on Bulldog quarterback Jacob Eason last season, and the then-true-freshman had a decent game, throwing mostly underneath. Advantage: Even.

Punting: Sophomore Ian Shannon will likely get the nod as Auburn’s starting punter, after a couple of years of waiting in the wings. Shannon has looked good on A-Day a year ago, in warmups. The Tigers gave up only 19 punt return yards last season, on 6 punts, for a stifling 3.2 yards per return. The Tigers are still auditioning for the punt returner job. It’s thought that senior Stephen Roberts has the inside track, after returning 6 punts last season for 100 yards. Georgia brings back sophomore punter Marshall Long, who averaged 38.7 yards per punt last season. Georgia allowed 6.1 yards per punt return, on 20 returns. Junior Terry Godwin seems to have salted away the return job, taking over for the departed Isaiah McKenzie. Advantage: Even.

Kickoffs: Daniel Carlson was very good kicking off last season, notching 57 touchbacks on 72 kickoffs. When Auburn did allow returns, opponents averaged only 18.0 yards per return. Junior Kerryon Johnson is Auburn’s most experienced return man returning, and he averaged 22.2 yards per return last season. Georgia will go with sophomore Rodrigo Blankenship on kickoffs. Blankenship hit on 20 touchbacks on 55 kickoffs, last season. Georgia was a little shaky on kick coverage last season, allowing 23.8 yards per return. The Bulldogs will need to find some new return men this year, after averaging 20.2 yards per return last season. Advantage: Auburn.

Place kicking: Auburn sophomore Daniel Carlson is the man for Auburn. Carlson was 28 of 32 on field goals, and perfect on extra points. Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship hit on 14 of 18 field goal attempts, and all of his extra points. Advantage: Auburn.

Auburn offensive line vs. Georgia defensive line: It’s still not settled who’ll start for Auburn on the line, although the starters looked pretty good on A-Day. It seems the tackle spots are set, with seniors Darius James and Braden Smith. Senior Austin Golson will likely start at center, although Auburn is bringing in senior transfer center Casey Dunn from Jax State. If Dunn starts, Golson could move to guard. Also transferring in this fall is former Florida State starting guard Wilson Bell. Bell is expected to start at one of the guard spots. If Dunn does not beat Golson out, the other likely starting guard would be sophomore Mike Horton. Georgia figures to go with senior John Atkins at nose, and juniors Trenton Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter at ends, this season. This battle was essentially a stalemate last season, although Auburn protected the quarterback pretty well. I figure that Auburn has more upside on the offensive line, this season. Advantage: Auburn.

Auburn backs vs. Georgia linebackers: Auburn features junior H-back Chandler Cox blowing open holes. Running behind the big H-back will be massive junior Kamryn Pettway, and the shifty junior Kerryon Johnson in reserve. Inside, Georgia will go with juniors Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick. Outside backers are seniors Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy. Last season, with no threat of an Auburn passing attack, Georgia limited Auburn’s running game. However, in last year’s game, Auburn had only Kerryon Johnson left, and he was noticeably limping. Advantage: Auburn.

Auburn receivers vs. Georgia corners: At the end of spring, it looked like Auburn’s two starting outside guys were sophomore Nate Craig-Myers and sophomore Darius Slayton. Both guys can fly, have good height, and great hands. Redshirt freshman Marquis McClain had a great A-Day, and is someone to watch out for on the outside, as well. Georgia will go with senior Malkom Parrish and junior Deandre Baker with depth from sophomore Tyrique McGhee. Advantage: Even.

Auburn secondary receivers and quarterback vs. Georgia safeties: Auburn has potential threats here, starting with wickedly fast junior slot receiver Will Hastings. Sophomore Eli Stove can also fly. Tight ends Jalen Harris and Sal Cannella are expected to be a big part of the passing game as well. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is likely the starter. In 6 games as a freshman at Baylor, Stidham was electric. That trend continued during A-Day this spring, as Stidham was deadly accurate, and showed great mobility. Seniors Dominick Sanders and Aaron Davis are veterans for Georgia. Advantage: Even.

     These November games are very difficult to predict, as teams can improve, or regress significantly by this time. Injuries can play a major role, too. Georgia has had a hard time keeping their running backs healthy, the past few seasons. Last year, Auburn quarterback Sean White was so banged up in this game, that he was ineffective. It may well be that the healthiest team wins this game.

     What I like in this matchup is that Auburn appears to match up well on both lines of scrimmage, and has superior depth, at least right now. I expect Georgia to close that gap in coming years, if they keep recruiting like they did last season.

Prediction: Auburn toughs it out at home, outlasting a spirited Georgia team, 30-23.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Orleans Saints aren't holding out much hope for Nick Fairley's return to football

The New Orleans Saints will "never say never" on defensive tackle Nick Fairley returning to the NFL team, but their coach and general manager said their medical staff hasn't given them hope that will happen.

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New Orleans Saints aren't holding out much hope for Nick Fairley's return to football

The New Orleans Saints will "never say never" on defensive tackle Nick Fairley returning to the NFL team, but their coach and general manager said their medical staff hasn't given them hope that will happen.

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See the basketball teams Auburn will play in Italy

Auburn's opponents for its trip to Italy next month are set.

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After spring stress fracture, Auburn's Mustapha Heron aims to end offseason strong

Mustapha Heron is looking to improve before the upcoming season after an initial setback from an injury earlier this offseason.

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Bruce Pearl has 1 date to fill on Auburn's non-conference schedule

Bruce Pearl is looking to fill one last opening to complete Auburn's non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season.

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Avery Young starting NFL training camp on NFI again

As he did at his first NFL training camp, former Auburn offensive lineman Avery Young will start his second NFL training camp on the non-football injury list.

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Avery Young starting NFL training camp on NFI again

As he did at his first NFL training camp, former Auburn offensive lineman Avery Young will start his second NFL training camp on the non-football injury list.

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Swimming & Diving. Grothe takes 8th, Chierighini moves on at World Championships

Zane Grothe finished 8th in the 800m freestyle and Marcelo Chierighini advanced to the finals of the 100m freestyle on Wednesday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

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M. Golf. Auburn's Gilchrest, Benton named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars

Auburn's Matt Gilchrest and Ryan Benton were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday. Gilchrest earned the honor for the second consecutive year.

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Why the 2007 Mississippi State Game Was the Dumbest

Who Just Beat Us?

This week, a bunch of people are going to write articles telling you why the 2007 college football season was great, or weird, or exciting. For the Auburn fan, the 2007 season can only be described as a terribly weird waste of everyone’s time. No game better encapsulates that fact than the dumb 2007 Mississippi State game.

People talk about the 2008 game all the time. It has nicknames. “Baby I’m Burning” “tres a dos” “The game that offense forgot” are all fun ways to remember a miserable Saturday night, but the dumb 2007 game was dumber than 3-2 for five key reasons.

  1. Kickoff was at 11:30AM central. That is dumb. This game was actually part of a streak that Auburn was on in which the Tigers lost six straight games in which they played a team who wore primarily red in games that kicked off before noon. It started with the 2005 CapitalOne Bowl vs Wisconsin, then the 2006 Arkansas and Georgia games, the 2007 MSU game, the 2008 Georgia Game (some count the 2008 Ole Miss game as well), and the 2009 Arkansas game. This red-based-team-before-noon curse bedeviled the Tigers until His Blessedness Cameron Newton soundly defeated LaMonroe in 2010 to break the streak. Football games shouldn’t be started at 11:30 local time.
  2. Five different quarterbacks for the two teams combined to throw for only 148 total yards on 40 total attempts for an astounding 3.7 yards per attempt. Brandon Cox, the winningest QB in Auburn history was pulled in the first half after throwing two interceptions. Kodi Burns threw a pick in his first real playing time at QB as well. Mississippi State WON THE GAME and went 5/18 on passing attempts for 41 yards and no touchdowns. This game was dumb.
  3. In this dumb game, Auburn gave future NFL runningback Ben Tate all of 15 attempts while future WR coach Kodi Burns rushed 22 times. It is the opinion of this writer that Ben Tate is the least appreciated Auburn runningback since 1990, and this game is just one example of how underutilized his skill set was while at Auburn. His counterpart on the Bulldogs, Anthony Dixon, toted the rock 29 times for MSU.
  4. This dumb game showcased Auburn being indecisive about a QB long before Gus played with our hearts and the depth chart against Clemson. Starting senior QB throws two picks, is benched. Back up freshman QB makes the offense hum in the second quarter, leads team to two touchdowns. Offense stalls in third quarter, Freshman QB throws pick, is benched. Senior QB comes back in the game to smattering of boos from the crowd, Auburn loses. Tale as dumb as time.
  5. The third quarter saw five punts, one fumble, and zero scores. 137 yards of offense were gained by both teams in the third quarter and the majority of that came from two Auburn drives of over 40 yards that ended in a fumble and a punt from the MSU 43 on 4th-and-3. Punting from the opponent’s side of the field on fourth-and-manageable when you have Ben Tate as your runningback? Vintage Late-era Tuberville.

I remember walking out of Jordan-Hare completely shell-shocked. “Who just beat us?” Auburn hadn’t lost to Mississippi State in six years. I remember being extremely sweaty, extremely hot, and extremely mad that there were still so many other college football games to watch. When Auburn loses a dumb game, and the 2007 MSU game was the dumbest, I try to watch as little football as possible. I don’t know, maybe I just hate seeing other people happy when I am sad. I hate seeing other offenses work. I hate seeing other defenses get turnovers. When an Auburn game goes dumb, I just want to go to sleep.

In the second quarter, when Kodi Burns was making the offense look futuristic and Al Borges look like a genius again, I remember telling someone “Maybe he’s the next Mike Vick!” Kodi was a great player for Auburn and ended up a quality wide receiver on a championship team, but he was never going to be the next Mike Vick. The only thing dumber than this game was me.

Auburn football has ups and downs. Each season has moments of joy and despair. Nothing is dumber than losing to Mississippi State after out-gaining them by 110 yards in the same season in which you beat a top 5 Florida team. Dumb season. The writing for the 2008 disaster was already firmly on the wall in 2007. Auburn games still have a tendency of going dumb at times, but as bad as they can get, they never look as dumb as when games went dumb in 2007.



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'You're always wanted here': Darius James senior spotlight

Darius James’ journey to Auburn began with a detour. One of the nation’s top high school offensive linemen, the Killeen, Texas, native signed with the University of Texas before transferring to the Plains, a place he says felt like home.

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Football. 'You're always wanted here': Darius James senior spotlight

Darius James’ journey to Auburn began with a detour. One of the nation’s top high school offensive linemen, the Killeen, Texas, native signed with the University of Texas before transferring to the Plains, a place he says felt like home.

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Who will lead Auburn softball in 2018?

There will be a smaller group of players to take on the role as leaders on the Auburn softball team next season.

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2017 Charleston Classic bracket announced for Auburn Basketball

Auburn men’s basketball will open the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic against Indiana State on Nov. 16 at 10:30 am CT on ESPNU at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Tigers will play the winner/loser of Temple vs. Old Dominion on Nov. 17 before playing their third round game on Nov. 19 against either Clemson, Dayton, Hofstra or Ohio.

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2017 Charleston Classic bracket announced for Auburn Basketball

Auburn men's basketball will open the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic against Indiana State on Nov. 16 at 10:30 am CT on ESPNU at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.

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Auburn basketball's bracket for Charleston Classic set

Auburn's bracket for the Charleston Classic is set.

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M. Basketball. 2017 Charleston Classic bracket announced for Auburn Basketball

Auburn men’s basketball will open the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic against Indiana State on Nov. 16 at 10:30 am CT on ESPNU at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Tigers will play the winner/loser of Temple vs. Old Dominion on Nov. 17 before playing their third round game on Nov. 19 against either Clemson, Dayton, Hofstra or Ohio.

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M. Basketball. 2017 Charleston Classic bracket announced for Auburn Basketball

Auburn men's basketball will open the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic against Indiana State on Nov. 16 at 10:30 am CT on ESPNU at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.

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W. Equestrian. "Auburn Has A Real Knack For Attracting Great People..." - Catching Up with Indy Roper

To many current and former Auburn equestrian student-athletes, Indy Roper is considered one of the greatest riders to have ever been part of the four-time national championship program.

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Auburn freshman Calvin Ashley undergoes minor medical procedurel

Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Offensive line

A review of Auburn's offensive line entering fall camp

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Auburn fall camp position breakdown: Offensive line

A review of Auburn's offensive line entering fall camp

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Auburn freshman Clavin Ashley undergoes 'minor' medical procedure

Calvin Ashley is expected to be ready when the team reports for fall camp on Sunday after undergoing a minor medical procedure.

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Auburn freshman Clavin Ashley undergoes minor medical procedure

Calvin Ashley is expected to be ready when the team reports for fall camp on Sunday after undergoing a minor medical procedure.

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2007 Ten Years Later: The Madness, the Sadness, the Gladness

Why Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham is the most important player in the SEC in 2017

AL.com All-Access: When will we see Hugh Freeze in football again?

Join us on AL.com All-Access at 10 a.m.

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AL.com All-Access: When will we see Hugh Freeze in football again?

Join us on AL.com All-Access at 10 a.m.

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Ole Miss v. Mississippi State trumps the Iron Bowl rivalry in clean, old-fashioned hate

A State fan uncovered the phone call that helped force the Ole Miss coach to resign in disgrace. It's just the latest drama in the Egg Bowl blood bath.

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Ole Miss v. Mississippi State trumps the Iron Bowl rivalry in clean, old-fashioned hate

A State fan uncovered the phone call that helped force the Ole Miss coach to resign in disgrace. It's just the latest drama in the Egg Bowl blood bath.

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