Monday Musings: Taming Dogs Edition

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Musings: Taming Dogs Edition

If you’re an Auburn fan few things feel better than a dominating win over your oldest rival. The men’s basketball team did that Saturday in a 93-78 victory over Georgia.

It was evident that Bruce Pearl had worked his Tigers on the inside game after Auburn struggled in the paint in a road loss at OIe Miss. And it resulted in a hammering of Georgia. The Tigers only scored 12 in Oxford but put up scored 40 points in the paint Saturday.

The feel good story of the day belonged to Anfernee McLemore. The senior made a spectacular return from a season ending injury to block shots, grab nine rebounds, and score 15 points – In all in the paint.

More coaching changes on The Auburn football staff.

After Chip Lindsey left for Kansas (and later Troy), Gus Malzahn announced over the weekend that running backs and special teams coach Tim Horton would be reassigned to an off field position. Lindsey had said he was ready to make a change but there’s no news as to why this switch is being made.

Every coach has the right to make staff adjustments. But this move is a head scratcher. Horton is a popular coach among the players and on the recruiting trail. He has 10 different 1,000-yard rushers and nine All-SEC running backs including Heisman finalist Trey Mason and Arkansas’Darren McFadden. And he is the only coach in SEC history to have both a running back and special-teams player make All-SEC.

Now that Malzahn will be his own offensive coordinator he may have plans for Horton to help with administrative off the field issues since he lost Patrick Suddes to Georgia Tech last week. Suddes headed up Auburn’s recruiting, an administrative area that Horton has had experience.

Speaking of off-the-field changes, Gus announced he was adding former Auburn All-American and first round draft choice, Kendall Simmons to his staff. The hire has potential to pay big dividends for the program. The two time Super Bowl offensive guard will have a positive influence on the Tigers’ O-Line.

You’ve got to be happy for former Auburn linebacker Dee Ford.

In Kansas City’s NFL playoff win over Indianapolis Sunday, he had two quarterback hits, forced a fumble, and made four tackles including sacking the quarterback on the first play of the game.

And now another Auburn linebacker is getting set to make a big impact on the NFL. Yesterday Deshaun Davis was accepted to the NFL combine.

Auburn recruiting class currently ranks 12th nationally.

As we get closer to National Signing Day recruiting is getting more attention. After five Top-10 recruiting classes in the last six years, Auburn is poised to bring in another stellar bunch.  

It would be nice to see Auburn bring in a running back or two and shore up the offensive line. The early signing period didn’t leave many O-Line prospects available, but three-star Kamaar Bell of Colquitt County, Ga. Who is considering Auburn along with Florida State says Auburn is in the lead.  

Saturday the Tigers hosted five players including Bell and Jamious Griffin, the nation’s No.21 RB prospect. He’s currently committed to NC State but sources say the Tigers made an impact on the four-star running back. Can he be flipped? That’s one of the questions we’ll be waiting for an answer on February 6th.

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