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December 16, 2011

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Quick, easy, and decisively done.

Arkansas State pulled out the big guns this week, when they called on the Governor of their state to coax Gus Malzahn into accepting the head coaching position.

An incredibly large offer that was over four times as much as the Red Wolves paid Hugh Freeze, the previous head coach. The offer is reported to be worth over 1.2 million dollars. Starting with a base salary of $850,000.00 and a car, plus a house, then add to that the incentives, and you can see they went all out for Gus' services.

Malzahn will be forever remembered as a genius coordinator, who masterminded the greatest comeback in Auburn football history. A 28-27 thriller on the road against our rival in the Iron Bowl.

Then with only a week to prepare, put together a masterpiece against South Carolina in the SEC Championship game.

Replacing Malzahn may not be easy, but Coach Chizik has proven he can find good coaches. His first staff was excellent, and when Tracy Rocker left to coach in the NFL, Chizik tabbed Mike Pelton to replace him.

If Auburn can find a way to win the Bowl game on New Year's eve, it will mark the first time in Auburn history, that a team has had 30 wins in a coaches first three years.

Phillip Marshall of 24/7 sports did a very good article on Ted Roof. You can access it here.

More to come...

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December 6, 2011

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Congratulations are in order for the Auburn Tigers. Most of the preseason prognosticators predicted this would be an unprecedented follow up season, for any BCS Champion. With those predictions ranging from finishing last in the SEC Western division, and possibly winning only one conference game, to finishing 5th in their division, and missing out on a Bowl invitation.

These young Tigers and their determined coaching staff never bought into what the naysayers were forecasting and beat the odds, to finish Bowl eligible, and fourth in their division. Arguably, this coaching staff did as good as any in the country, when considering the amount of turnover at virtually every position from last season's National Championship team.

Congrats go out to Mike Dyer for breaking 1,000 yards for the second season in a row. Moving himself up to ninth in all time rushing yardage at Auburn. Rarefied company indeed.

Our Tigers are going Bowling. The Virginia Cavaliers will be our rival in this game. Auburn needs the practice heading into, and hopefully a good showing at the Bowl game. That would build a positive momentum going into the spring, and beyond.

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December 1, 2011


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Well, it was a wonderful trip to the Keys, and then onto the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the Iron Bowl wasn't nearly as pleasant. I'm going to skip the usual post game hoopla, and look forward to the Bowl games.

Auburn certainly seems to be the candidate for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl. While their opponent isn't nailed down yet, many seem to think it will be Florida State. Don't count Auburn out of the Gator Bowl just yet either.

In what is likely to be the wildest scenario of possibilities, it is conceivable that Auburn could still have a shot at the Outback or Capital One Bowls. Don't look for that to be the case however, as Georgia would have to beat the #1 ranked LSU Tigers in the SEC Championship game this Saturday.

Stat Tiger has an interesting read concerning experienced players and success. I guarantee it's worth your time, so just click on the link.

Phillip Marshall says “Auburn could be shut out” in this year's NFL draft.

Michael Dyer has moved into ninth position on Auburn's All-Time rushing leaders chart. Dyer certainly could stay long enough to surpass the great Bo Jackson as the #1 rushing leader if he were to stay 4years, and keep his current average. I personally do not see that happening for two reasons.

1.) If Dyer should continue on this pace next season, he would be a very hot commodity for the NFL draft. Making millions of dollars would be far more appealing, than sacrificing all those body blows for free.

2.) Auburn has way too much talent at this position to use Dyer as it's sole tailback. With all the increased numbers of RB's that will compete for playing time next season, it's possible Dyer would only see half as many chances at running the ball.

Whatever happens, here's to Dyer for not suffering the Sophomore Slump, and breaking 1,000 yards rushing once again.
War Eagle Mr. Dyer.

 

November 11, 2011

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Tough Pill To Swallow The Auburn Tigers suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday, losing 45-7. After a bye week, the Auburn staff, and players seemingly in unison, sounded confident in their preparations for the Bulldogs. Here are some post game videos...

It's apparent that Auburn is outmatched by the better teams in the SEC, losing handily to LSU and Georgia. The upcoming Iron Bowl will be a big test to see if this young team can get better. Still, it's the Iron Bowl, and anything can happen. The Samford Bulldogs are next, coached by former Auburn great Pat Sullivan. A special ceremony is planned celebrating the 40th anniversary season where Sullivan became Auburn's first Heisman Trophy Award recipient. WAR EAGLE!  

November 9, 2011

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GEORGIA WEEK

Clint Moseley really needed the time off. Evidenced by this video.

Trovon Reed is 100% healthy according to Trovon himself. Watch.

On to other news...

This weekend saw the clash of the titans in football, if you believe the hype. Sorry, I don't fall for media hoopla anymore. I saw an Alabama team that struggled with special teams, and had some questionable quarterback play at times. Not what I would expect from a #2 ranked team. The fact that the Tuscaloosa Pachyderms fell only one spot in the BCS is remarkable, and shows just how much of a popularity contest the human polls are. Alas, there will be a day of reckoning called the Iron Bowl, and then we shall see just how good they are.

Auburn spent the weekend at home with a bye week, and the players were able to get some much needed rest. They returned for a full practice on Sunday. The Bulldog game plan is now being fully put in place.

Georgia is playing for at least a share of the East title, and Auburn is playing for a January Bowl game.

KEYS TO THE GAME.....

On offense Auburn must limit the penalties that put them in 2nd and long and 3rd and long, and run the ball with success. Passing on first down would be a new development this season. Maybe Malzahn had enough time to implement some new offensive play calling into the mix for this game.

Georgia is a big play team. Auburn's defense must eliminate the mistakes that leave receivers open deep. The first man to the ball must make the tackle. Let the next guy try to strip the ball out if he can, but stop the man with the ball, and do not allow many yards after contact.

If Auburn can do those things on both sides of the ball, then we can beat Georgia. If not, then we will revisit the LSU game. It's this writers opinion that the off week is beneficial.

One interesting fact in this series, Auburn has NEVER lost to Georgia in Athens, after a bye week.

Auburn 35 Georgia 27

Here's to hoping for zero injuries, and victory between the hedges. WAR EAGLE!  

November 3, 2011

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Recruiting On The Plains

As we head into this bye week, that is so desperately needed, let's look at the recruiting being done by this coaching staff.

Rankings at this juncture, are pointless really, even though most of the sites that list these things have them. To put any emphasis on that aspect right now would be an exercise in futility.
So we won't.

Instead, we'll turn our attention to the verbally committed athletes, and the prospective athletes.
Now is where I post the usual disclaimer. “I have never indulged in paid memberships, to any of the pay sites that cover college football recruiting. I also am without any inside sources, so don't go thinking I can find out anything, that isn't public knowledge”.
With that out of the way, let's get started.

Verbally Committed Athletes...
Auburn currently has 15 such individuals that have proclaimed their allegiance to our beloved Tigers. The list consists of 6 defensive players and 9 on offense. Position break down is listed below.
Offensive Linemen – Shane Callahan/4 star OT/6'6” 277 lb/Parker, Colorado
Will Latu/4star OT/6'5” 315 lb/JUCO

Running Back – Jovon Robinson/4star/6'1” 218 lb/Memphis, TN
T.J. Yeldon/4star/6'2” 205 lb/Daphne, AL
Ricardo Louis4star/6'2” 190 lb/Miami Beach, FL

Quarterbacks – Zeke Pike/Elite Eleven Player/4star/6'5” 220 lb/Edgewood, KY

Receivers – Darrion Hutcherson/3star Tight End/6'7” 247 lb/Dadeville, AL
Ricky Parks/4star Tight End/6'3” 230 lb/Hogansville, GA
JaQuay Williams/4star Wide Out/6'3” 204 lb/Tyrone, GA

Defensive Linemen – Tyler Nero/3star DT/6'2” 290 lb/Atmore, AL
Gimel President/3star DE/6'3” 240 lb/Mt. Pleasant, SC

Defensive Backs – T.J. Davis/3star/6'1” 170 lb/Tallahassee, FL
Joshua Holsey/4star/5'9” 171 lb/Fairburn, GA
Jonathan Jones/3star/5'10” 165 lb/Carrollton, GA

Linebackers – Cassanova McKinzy/4star/6'2” 224 lb/Birmingham, AL

As most of you know, and in case some of you do not, a verbal commitment is not binding to any prospective student athlete. No matter what the enthusiasm is when he says he'll play somewhere, they are impressionable high school aged kids. Changing their decisions is a constant, not an irregularity.

I would advise each of you to not count on any one of these players being at Auburn next year. Before you go reciting the success of this staff to get early commitments, and keep them, it's better we don't count our Eaglets until they hatch, metaphorically speaking.

Prospective Recruits...

This is where the sledding gets tough, no one knows what positions need the most attention in recruiting like the coaching staff at each school. Still, there are some things that stand out like a sore thumb, and is painfully obvious that players are needed in those positions. I'll take a guess at where I think Coach Chizik is concentrating, position wise, for this upcoming recruiting class.

Based solely on what Auburn has by position, and by lack of production this season, I have determined that Auburn will concentrate on these areas the most.

Wide Receiver – The list of prospective recruits is rather impressive this year, and quite possibly as talented as any in recent years. Starting with no less than three 5 star studs, according to Rivals.com, they are:
Dorial Green-Beckham - Auburn listed among the top.
Stefon Diggs – Auburn listed among the top.
Cayleb Jones(verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns)

Cordarrelle Patterson - Auburn listed among the top.
Davonte Neal - Auburn listed among the top.
DeAndre Jasper - Auburn listed among the top.

Linebackers – Auburn has two graduating this year, at this position. For the record, whether they play inside or out at linebacker, they are listed here as one. Only the non verbally committed LB's that have Auburn listed among the top school choices, are listed here.
Josh-Harvey Clemons /OLB
Kwon Alexander /OLB
Javiere Mitchell /OLB
Deaysean Rippy/ OLB
Tyrone Neal /OLB
Harding Harper /OLB
Nick Dawson /ILB
Quanzell Lambert /ILB
Richie Brown /ILB

Offensive Linemen – After the rash of injuries, and medical hardship scholarships handed out to this unit, it's plain to see that Auburn must concentrate here for the health and welfare of our running backs, and quarterbacks.
One of the reasons we have seen little production from them is that Auburn has not started the same offensive line crew for three straight games this season. We became a little spoiled after the MNC run, with that great group up front. It's evidence enough that stability is key in the trenches on offense. Here are the prospects for the 2012 signing class, with only those with Auburn listed among their top choices:
Andrus Peat /OT
Joshua Garnett /OT
Kyle Murphy /OT
Avery Young /OT
Ronnie Stanley /OT
Jordan Diamond /OT
Lacy Westbrook /OT
Alex Kozan /OT
D.J. Reader /Guard
Kyron Samuels /Center

There are other positions that Auburn will likely take a top prospect, if the opportunity arises. These were, in my opinion, the places in most dire need of immediate attention.

The ability our group of coaches has shown, to bring in highly rated classes of recruits, is something that quite frankly, we still are not fully used to around here. I have watched with continued amazement the signing day surprises that Chizik and company have pulled off.

While two straight top five classes are a fantastic achievement, many more will be needed to truly get Auburn into a position of “reloading” after every season, as our fiercest counterparts do in our division of the SEC.

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October 26, 2011

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Cam continues to amaze! War Eagle, and hello friends. It's time for another look at our team, it's troubles, and the places yet to to be discovered. There is plenty still to play for this season, and a trip to Jerryland and the Cotton Bowl is a real possibility.

Let's get into the discussion of the big loss to LSU. I am not going to blow up how good they are, that actually is still yet to be determined. They are and were the best team Auburn has faced so far, but the season must still play out.

At one key point in the game, Auburn had 6 true freshmen in the game on defense. I know some of you are tired of hearing about the youth of this team, still, it is evident that it's a problem. Growing pains indeed exist. Last year, while Auburn was on their way to a MNC, these young guys were playing High School football. This year, they are having to play and learn the ropes in the best conference in America.

Enjoy the videos and let's pull our Tigers to victory against the Rebel/Bears!

The answers , responses, and actions are loud and clear. This team has not give up the season yet, so we shouldn't either.

WAR EAGLE!  

October 20, 2011

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By now I am sure you have heard the news. Coach Chizik has named Clint Moseley the starter at QB this week against LSU. Moseley is from Leroy, Alabama where he starred as their QB for three consecutive state championships, and only suffered one loss in that time frame.

Unfortunately the injury list continues to grow. Left guard Jared Cooper has had surgery on his foot this week, and is out for the season. That's two linemen, and two receivers for the offense, and two defensive linemen for the defense. All of whom had worked to get into the starting rotation. Let's pray for their recovery.

LSU presents a formidable opportunity for this young Auburn team. In a way, this may be the kind of game that is just what Auburn needs at point in the year.

If Clint Moseley can have a great week of practice, and the entire offense can reduce the penalties, and have zero turnovers, the Tigers are in position to shock the world.

The defense also has to play very well, stop the run, and play good pass coverage, are the keys to that model for success.

By now the plan is in place, the team is getting ready to travel to Baton Rouge, LA, and all that is left is the game itself.

WAR EAGLE!

October 18, 2011

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I saw something in the highlights, and after watching the replay early this morning. I saw a shift, a very significant shift if you are an Auburn fan. One that is fully camouflaged, if you are just looking at the stats.

First I want to say congratulations to the defensive players and coaches. What a great game plan, and execution of that plan was very well done. Eltoro Freeman may have had his best game, from a recognition stand point. Corey Lemonier was a disruptive force, and Nosa Eguae played very well for the most part. For those three to stand out, the others have to be playing their roles. Played them to near perfection they did, I now await the "hat in hand" post from a certain individual, who had been more than a little frustrated earlier in the season.The defense is now ranked higher than the offense nationally, and it happens to be because it is improving by leaps and bounds.

Now onto the shift I mentioned earlier.

Looking back at some of the problems Barrett Trotter had throwing the ball, especially over the middle, I was becoming more and more frustrated that there wasn't any improvement being shown on the field, during competition. We are not privy to practice, so we could only judge by what we have seen, and some minor irritation was developing with pass attempts across the middle at the mid-level.

Trotter, for whatever reason would throw the pass too hard, and bounce it, or throw behind his receiver. With several games to judge by, I wasn't seeing improvement there, and it must have been clearly evident to the opposing teams as well. Sometimes I thought the reason Trotter wasn't throwing to the open man underneath, was because he didn't have the confidence to do so. After three weeks, he had to be seeing them, it was blatantly obvious as a fan, and we know he saw the film each week. The lack of improvement ultimately led to Moseley starting the second half against the Gators.

Last night in the game against the Gators, Clint Moseley threw to Lutzie, a perfect strike across the middle at about 18 yards. That single play sent off a message in BOLD TYPE that the defensive backs would have to play back, therefore opening the run game. Because of the effectiveness of the passing game with Clint Moseley, we saw several things last night we haven't seen since the second quarter against Clemson. Running plays with some significant gains on second down, and Onterio McCalebb scored his first rushing TD of the season.

Yeah, I now have some optimism about the rest of the season. The toughest part, and we'll be ready.

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October 15, 2011

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I want to yell so loud, that my throat would be sore for a week. This is what I have been saying since the whole ordeal began. The fact that Cam Newton was quoted as saying “I could have told you that”, means more than anyone could imagine. Read the entire NCAA letter HERE.

After the smack down beating that Auburn took, at the hands of the Razorbacks, the coaches decided to take a long hard look at the whole team. Nothing has changed yet, but look for the leash to shorten on Trotter, and more Kiehl Frazier packages.

I don't think Chizik would hesitate to put Clint Moseley in for Trotter, if something goes horribly wrong, although if that does happen, then Frazier would see a significant increase in playing time, as the Wildcat.

It was a relief to this blogger to hear Under Armor's CEO, Kevin Plank, announce that Auburn's Unis will be staying traditional. It's just my opinion, but the Auburn uniform has been the most beautiful of all in college football.

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Nick Fairley starred in his debut into the NFL Monday night. He plays for the Detroit Lions.

There will be a ton of recruits in Auburn this weekend, let's get loud, and beat the Gators. Keep that recruiting momentum going.

WAR EAGLE!

September 26, 2011

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Please excuse your humble Auburn blogger for his absence from these pages. It was not the loss that kept me from posting. Personal issues aside, I hope that I am back to full speed after this week.

Let's look at Clemson, and the loss that it is. Good recaps are found here, here, and here.

It wasn't all bad, none the less, it wasn't pretty. There are those that are calling for Ted Roofs' head already, and this writer thinks that is way too premature.

If it was as simple as a coaching philosophy, that would have been a weakness from the beginning. It has not been.
Recruiting by the previous coaching regime, and a combination of other factors have Auburn in the position it is in. Not the coaches ability to teach these young men to play defense.

Give Clemson the respect they deserve, they beat a good FSU team this past weekend. Maybe the loss Auburn suffered was from the upcoming ACC Champion, maybe. There is still a ton of football to be played, but Clemson has the edge in the ACC as of now.

Now to Florida Atlantic. I was actually in attendance at this game, and can tell you first hand, that Auburn played a base Tampa Two defense for most of the night. There was some “Man” coverage mixed in, but very little.

There are a couple of good recaps here, and here.

I took my niece as a Birthday present, by her request, her Father, an Alabama fan went with us. He is a really nice guy though, and we get along great.

I kept telling him all night long when a true freshman made a play, and I was constantly saying these words, “He's a true freshman”. Needless to say, Auburn played an awful lot of young talent Saturday night.

The win wasn't always pretty, but right now, Auburn will take the wins, however they come.

The month of October promises to be a real test of this coaching staff, and it's players. Hang on, and stay “ALL IN”.

WAR EAGLE!

September 18, 2011

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The Auburn Tigers played one of the ugliest games of football I have ever seen Saturday in Clemson, SC. Missed tackles, blown assignments, and bad calls all led to a total trouncing by Clemson from the middle of the second quarter, until the end. The bitter end.

Gone is the win streak. History will show the first three games of this young season as some of the worst performances statistically in the storied past of this great university. There was zero improvement from week two to week three. Auburn actually digressed.

Still, there is a lot to improve on, and learn from. This is a young team, in case you haven't heard, and almost all of the bad play can be attributed to youth, and inexperience.
The big question now is, where do we go from here? If our coaching staff is as good as I think they are, we will get better.

Let's listen to Coach Chizik in this post beat down video.

Jay G. Tate has some really good observations about what went down in Clemson.

Next week the Tigers will entertain Florida Atlantic. I hope they are not looking ahead, and come out fired up and focused. Improvement needs to be made, or this will be an extremely long season.

WAR EAGLE!

September 16, 2011


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Jonathan Jones, CB, 5-10, 165, Carrollton, GA

Next: Carrollton (1-1) at Centennial on 9/9

Will Latu, OL, 6-5, 315, College of Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)

Next: College Next:College of Canyons (1-0) vs. Mt. San Antonio on 9/1

The rest of Auburn's commits are listed at rivals.com the LINK

Several storylines surround this weeks visit to Clemson. They include a friendship, a lesson, and even old coaching connections.

Many pundits see this as a test for Auburn's young team. To go on the road and win is never easy. Still unless Auburn's offense is only as good as Woffords, then this should be as good a situation to carry your team into. Clemson and Auburn are facing similar situations personell wise, with Clemson having a slight advantage in returning players.

A brand new offensive philosophy, and a porous defense are not a good recipe when facing the defending national champs.

I think Auburn wins this. Clemson may come out fired up, their crowd will certainly be excited, it's their first big test. Auburn will quiet the crowd in the 2nd quarter, and win going away.
Score: Auburn 38 Clemson 17

WAR EAGLE!

September 11, 2011

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The Auburn Tigers must be set on proving the critics wrong. How else could you explain it? On the ropes in both games so far this season, and still they find a way to win the game.

Mississippi State had the advantage in several key statistics, that are normally what you have to lead in to win games. The Bulldogs led in first downs, time of possession, and total yards. In third down conversions they were 50% going 11 of 20.

MSU returned 10 starters on the offensive side of the ball, where Auburn only returned 3 on the defense. On top of that, one player, Neiko Thorpe, isn’t playing the same position where he started last season. Yet when crunch time came, the kids gave the elders all they could handle and came out on top.

With 10 seconds left in the game, Dan Mullen, the coach of the Bulldogs, called a sweep option to the left side of the field, that came up just inches short. That's the video at the top of this post. With both teams out of time outs, the final four seconds ticked away, and Auburn won the game.

There are a million Monday morning QB's who started their games Saturday afternoon. Mullen has been criticized for not calling a quick pass play, that would have stopped the clock had it been an incompletion, then tried the option. Having an extra play to run increases your chances for scoring when you are inside the two yard line. For all of Dan Mullen's praises in his career, he may have a mistake in this game. Only he knows for sure.

Auburn still has a long way to go as far as becoming a great team. The strides however are being made. Game by precious game. The longest winning streak in college football is still intact.

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September 8, 2011

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This week we get ready for SEC play starting our grueling SEC schedule with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs looked impressive enough in their win against Memphis.

Vick Ballard has started his 2011 campaign like he wants it to end in an SEC West championship. Ballard was selected as the SEC player of the week, for his efforts in their first game.

Head Coach of the Bulldogs, Dan Mullen, says he expects a different Tiger team than what we seen on the opening weekend. In his third year at Starkville, MS. Mullen is confident that the sky is the limit for his team.

Coach Chizik has stated that his young club must improve. Realistically the effort was better than most are making it out to be. Let me explain.

Auburn's offense only ran 54 plays. Yet they scored 5 times. That's once every 11 plays, hello?!? When has scoring 42 points been a disappointment?

What was starkly evident was the youthful mistakes made on both sides of the ball.

Keep in mind, that last season, the media was all ablaze about Arkansas State scoring 26 points against Auburn in the season opener. The very next week however, that same team held MSU to just 14 points.

Texas A&M has been accepted to the SEC, sort of...we'll keep you posted.

WAR EAGLE!

September 5, 2011

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JUST A FEW THOUGHTS

Seems to me that getting punched in the mouth by Utah State was just what Auburn needed. I was extremely disappointed to hear Phillip Lutzenkirchen announce that the players hadn't taken USU seriously. Where in the heck did Auburn's players think that they could take for granted a senior laden football team?

I will not dismiss the Aggies as a mid level WAC team. Their head coach had stated earlier in the week, that this was his "best team, by far" in his three years at USU.

An experienced and talented group of linemen taught a bunch of haughty youngins that they had best be prepared each and every week, regardless of the competition.

I had stated that Auburn had too many Freshmen players to not come out hungry, boy was I wrong. They were actually overlooking this weeks opponent, because............., who the heck knows why!?!

Youth should allow that improvement from week one to week two be incredible, and having your hat handed to you as you got your ass whipped should, hopefully, get and keep their attention.

I was particularly proud of Barrett Trotters' performance. Zero turnovers is quite remarkable for his first start. The two minute drill paid dividends this weekend.

I was indeed puzzled at Malzahn's play calling, I am still hoping someone will explain to me why we would burn Frazier's redshirt for a trick play. Even if they plan on using him later in the season, a gimmick play is the most apt to implode and have something go wrong. Luckily, it didn't, but Gus looses points in my book for lack of imagination in play calling, and lack of good sense in roster use. Was it just to keep Miss State from seeing too much? It almost cost us a game. Games that we can ill afford to give away for secrecy's sake.

Still, there were times when that offense showed us something special could be brewing on that side of the ball.

Time to prepare for Miss State. The Bulldogs will be eager to give Auburn all they want and more. I hope we play like we are more ready than the first game, or else it's going to be a long season on the Plains.

WAR EAGLE!

 

August 31, 2011

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The Show Must Go On!
IT'S GAME WEEK BABY!

Well, it's finally here.

The week we have all been waiting for. Saturday the Auburn Tiger football team will be introduced as the defending national champions. Although many pundits, including our own Phil Steele do not believe the Tigers will be very impressive this season, there is hope that an Auburn spirit has been unleashed, and another great season awaits us.

The athletic department has released the DEPTH CHART and the views are as expected. Except for one item, that is rather blown out of proportion. Lots of young, new faces are in the two deep. The talent is there, they just need to “grow up” as the season progresses.

If it's any consolation, Nosa Eguae the starting DE has stated that this group of freshmen have really spent a lot time in the film room studying, and getting better. Eguae says that “these young guys are further along than I was”. That's great news to me. It usually take freshmen a year or more to learn that hard work is what separates the good from the great.

Utah State should not pose a real threat to Auburn. Last season they took an over rated Oklahoma team to the wire, before folding. This year the Aggies have nearly as many questions as Auburn, with quite a few new faces themselves. Auburn wins this one easily. It may be the second half before we get to see a lot of the true freshmen, but we will get to see them. My prediction Auburn 63-Utah State 17

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August 29, 2011

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So, this is the week we have all waited for. Anticipated, uneasily, in our college football minds, we pondered the full spring and summer, and all the while basked in the knowledge that we, Auburn, are sitting on top of the college football world.

Time has come for this sport we love to begin anew.

Gone, but never forgotten are the wins and losses(for those other teams) from last season.

Still we have reason for hope, and excitement.

All of the expectations by the outside media about this young and talented Auburn team, are wrong of course. Not one outlet has given this team a chance to successfully defend the past seasons titles.

Barring major injuries, and a depletion at any one spot, this Auburn team is poised to shock the world. We must look at the predictions, since we must have predictions, with the idea that every team will be as healthy as they are right now, this week for the season ahead.

I had promised all of you that I would post a prediction before the season starts, and Here it is.

I can see that this team lacks a tremendous amount of experience, but they are not lacking anything in talent, coaching, and preparation. From Coach Yox and the grueling summer workouts, to the coaching staff, these young men will be ready for any and all in the best conference in the land.

It would be conceivable that Auburn would lose an early season game and mature throughout the rest to"upset" a few of the popular picks to win it all this season. My surprise loss is going to be Clemson. The learning curve for road travel will be completed, and the rest of the road games won't have as much an effect on this team.

Throw in another loss just because the schedule is so daunting, and you have that magical number that has eluded everyone else. Auburn will suffer two regular season losses, if they can remain healthy throughout. That's it! They will not be a dismal, and floundering bunch of babies, as some have suggested. It's not as if they are just learning how to walk.

So, there you have it. 10-2 regular season record, with losses at Clemson, and either Arkansas, or LSU. Although, I'll say this. If this team gets to 5-0 for the third consecutive season under Gene Chizik.......

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August 20, 2011

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Hello friends and War Eagle!

We are nearing game week, and the news is suddenly plentiful. We will acknowledge the reporters of this news, they are Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, Jay G. Tate, and two special invited guests.

First let's talk about tradition. An Auburn tradition that was attacked by a weak, spineless piece of garbage, who has yet to apologize to Auburn or it's fans for his cowardly act. A former Texas State Patrolman, who has no right to carry that moniker. This sleazeball has given every Texas police officer an unfair weight to bear because of his criminal and dastardly act.

Of course you know who I am talking about, I just refuse to mention his name, and give any more “fame” to this PUNK!

The news is “Bleak” according to Dr. Steven Enloe of Auburn University. Less than 5% chance the trees at Toomers Corner will survive. And yet, there is still hope. Our friends at THE WAR EAGLE READER have news that even the likes of the above mentioned punk would cry over.

Pat Sullivan is the first Heisman Recipient from the great state of Alabama, and his current employer would like you to know that. There are rumors that something very special will be in the Homecoming celebrations this year. Auburn's opponent will be Sully's Samford team.

Lastly, let's talk about the news that Barrett Trotter has been named the starter for Auburn's 2011 football season. Many are already speculating that the wording of the press release means that Kiehl Frazier will eventually get the nod sometime this season. Let me be the first to say that I hope this will not happen, nor will it be good news if it does. Frazier needs another year with his mentor, Coach Malzahn. Then and only then will it be good for Auburn to have him starting. Let us not forget that Clint Moseley has been named as back up to Trotter. Clint could and would lead this team if need be. Trotter just has a maturity farther ahead of Moseley, and that is what won him the starting nod.

I have every confidence that Auburn will be a very good team with either Trotter or Moseley, Frazier, not so much. The learning curve is still on a steep upward swing for him. But when it levels out for him, watch out!

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August 18, 2011

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We have some news, and mostly just the same old repeat from the Auburn summer football camp. We will link you up to a couple good stories, and then share the new football video for Auburn by T_WILL 4 REAL. First congratulations to all the walk-on players at Auburn who were rewarded scholarships for this season. These scholarships are for one year, and the athletes understand this. It does not mean that they won't be renewed next season, it does keep the players in the frame of mind that they must earn them. Next we have the new Auburn football anthem from music star T Will.


Hopefully next week we can talk about the starters, and who might get considerable playing time. WAR EAGLE! 

August 9, 2011

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Hello once again fellow Tiger fans. This weekend we learned that there is still not a clear leader in the battle for the starting QB position, and that the former QB, some guy named Cam Newton can actually play this game.

We turn to our usual suppliers of life's blood known as the Auburn football “Beat” writers. They are Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, and David Morrison.

It's good to see the news that former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher has an interest in Auburn football, and it has nothing to do with coaching at Auburn. Not that he would be a bad choice as a coach if we didn't already have a proven winner in Gene Chizik. Fisher's son, Trent is a walk-on at Auburn and apparently doing extremely well.

Video evidence and descriptive evidence are enough to prove that Auburn is going to be an extremely competitive, and physical group this season, even if they are young. My personal favorite comment was by Coach Grimes about his young linemen. They are going very hard, and usually when a guy has a question about his assignments, he will slow down, but these guys aren't slowing down, Grimes said that “They may block the wrong person, but they are blocking him with everything they got”.

Plus it's good to be close to mama, no laundry money needed, and home cooking. An unbeatable combination, for a young college student.

Until next week,

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August 2, 2011

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We have discussed in the past the importance recruiting is to any college football program. “Relationships” Coach Chizik has stated, being built and kept is what it takes to have good recruiting. HERE is a story of Coach Taylor, and his relationship with the family of Eric Berry. The former Tennessee Volunteer, who now plies his trade in the NFL.

The gang at al.com has several good stories, they include Charles Goldberg, Evan Woodbery, and Tommy Hicks.

Andy Bitter has the full story on Auburn's return to practice Wednesday, and what position battles to look for. I for one belive the offensive line will be just fine and dandy, Auburn has recruited 11 4 star or better players over the last two seasons, and only one, has left the program.

David Morrison of OANews has a really compelling look as to why Onterio McCalebb will be the breakout player this season for our Tigers. Interesting stuff.

One of my favorite stories of the week is by Riley Downing over at THE WAR EAGLE READER. Mr. Downing has done an excellent job of writing, and presenting the facts. You will be thankful for this link because of the way you'll feel about Auburn's running game afterward.

In case you haven't heard, 3 star DE Darius Philon has uncommitted from Auburn, and reopened his recruitment. Understandably, Mr. Philon was a little unsure about his early commitment from the start. So, this was not really a surprise. No worries though, as AU landed another DE commit today. 4Star defensive tackle Tyler Nero. What a cool name. Welcome to the family Mr. Nero, and,

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July 27, 2011

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Hopefully your weekend went fine, and you are ready watch some football. Unfortunately, the only live football on TV right now is Canadian. Still, it's better than watching reruns of spring games.

On to the news. As always we have our sources to thank, they are Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, David Morrison, and an editorial by Phillip Marshall. We also have some additional items of interest reported on by Evan Woodberry, and Tommy Hicks.

We want to start off with a “wish you well” to linebacker Kris Frost. Auburn's incoming freshman sensation has injured his shoulder during summer workouts, and will require surgery Tuesday 7/26. This will likely require a redshirt season for Frost.

Most of the item above are recaps of the SEC Media Days event of last week, and there are some interesting items indeed. Commissioner Mike Slive's call to a national agenda has not gone unnoticed.

From the players comes good news as to who is stepping up in the voluntary summer workouts. Both QB's seem to be impressing the players, and several mentions of Angelo Blackson have been promising, and nice to hear. Especially since, you know we are picked to finish next to last in the SEC West, and Auburn didn't even garner one first place vote from the media. Good thing the southern media is terrible at picking the final standings in the SEC. Four times have they been correct, out of nineteen times. I rest my case, and I am sure you won't blame me for not depending on their predictions, since they missed on Auburn so badly last season. A word to the wise few of southern media types, don't sell Gene Chizik, and Auburn short just yet.

On a more depressing matter, Phillip Marshall may be correct in his judgments of the rivalry between AU and UA. It may indeed be time for a reprieve. Seconded HERE by the managing editor of Track Em Tigers.

Then again, that's what happened before, and the Alabama State legislature got involved, and declared that both schools start back playing each other. Politics, Religion, and Football, they all are the same to some fans.

Until next week,
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July 20, 2011

We start our post today with the mention of our news sources. Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, Jay G. Tate, and David Morrison. With a link to Phillip Marshall's blog.

It's apology time. I am truly sorry that I got one of the names wrong in last weeks mention of the representatives for Auburn at this weeks SEC Media Days. I mentioned “Big Jeff” Whitaker, and I knew that Nosa Eguae was the representative for our beloved Tigers. I strive to bring each of you an accurate account of the goings on at Auburn, and this time I did not. I hope that you can forgive me, and accept that I will strive to do better.

Auburn's 11th commit is a big time, big play running back, with impressive numbers. That raises the bar at that position now sporting the 5th, and 12th highest ranked RB's in this class according to rivals.com.

Listening to Gus Malzahn and his interview with the media would lead you to think that there might just be some surprises in store for opposing defensive coordinators this fall. I wouldn't put anything past Coach Malzahn.

The sad story of the year has to be the horrific news surrounding the family of Quan Bray. Let's all keep Quan and his family in our prayers. According to published reports indicate that his Father shot and killed his Mother in a domestic dispute. Through it all he remains in remarkable shape, and uses football as his outlet. Still, this young man needs strength and comfort, that only the maker can give. As a family should, Auburn fans everywhere are asked to pray for him.

Phillip Marshall takes down memory lane this week, and does a masterful job of recounting the often referred to “modern era” of Auburn football. The Pat Dye tenure sure turned things around, and started Auburn on the road to Championships.

Hopefully, next week we will have a full wrap up of the SEC Media Days. Until then....

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July 13, 2011

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Hello friends of the Plains, and War Eagle!

With only a few more days until SEC Media Days, we inch closer and closer to real football. It's 105 degrees outside, and I am longing for some October air. I can wait, it's taking all my reserves to do so, but I can wait.

Now to the news, what little there is of it. Media coverage of our beloved Tigers is brought to you by Evan Woodberry, Charles Goldberg, Phillip Marshall, and today features the special appearance of Chris Low of ESPN.

I really like the myth vs. reality post of Marshall's, it really separates the facts from what you have been seeing and hearing from other broadcast outlets. The very first item he tackles, dispels the “little brother” syndrome that most bama fans are afflicted with. Further evidence is the release of the rivals.com top ten recruiting schools of the past decade. Notice what red elephant is missing from that list? You got it.

Of particular interest is the lack of a senior representative from AU at the SEC Media Days event. I do not know what to think of this, except that Coach Chizik and company have played things very close to the vest since their arrival. “Lutzie” and Blake, will remind everyone of their performance in the Iron Bowl last season, and big Jeff will seem like a teddy bear. All three well spoken individuals, and will stand out among the crowd.

Former linebacker Jessel Curry has transferred to Delaware. Not much else to say, except, good luck Mr. Curry, and I hope you get all of your college education, and are successful in life. War Eagle!

It seems that most of the Auburn players have been left off of the preseason SEC teams, and selections for best at any position, until ESPN's Chris Low decided to list the top “home-run” hitters in the league. Topping that list is the fastest, squirrel chasing(est), RB AU has on scholarship, Onterio McCalebb.

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July 8, 2011

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This week as the Coaches are all on vacation, Gene Chizik is promoting his new book “ALL IN What it takes to be the best” Chizik made the tour of the various ESPN facilities, as evidenced by these two separate links.

Evan Woodberry gives us an inside look at the new practice facility.

Charles Goldberg tells us that Blake, Lutzie, and Dyer are all on preseason watch lists.

Over at “the war eagle reader” or TWER as we fans call them, we get a good look at the best interview so far, on Coach Chizik's book tour. It's with Fox Business Channel's David Asman who hosts the show titled America's Nightly Scoreboard.

Rivals.com has an article up about the work ethic of the team this summer as seen through the eyes of CB T'Sharvan Bell. It's not on their free pages, so you'll have to trust me that you would be very happy with what is said by Mr. Bell.

Not much longer before two-a-days begins, and then real football starts. I trust all of you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday. I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks, so don't look for much out of me until I return.

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June 30, 2011

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Good morning once again Tiger fans, and War Eagle! Today we have some good news to discuss. With our usual suspects providing the news, they are Charles Goldberg, Mike Szvetitz, and Rivals.com contributor Justin Hokanson.

As I write this, it's Tuesday, July 28th. The start of voluntary summer workouts. 22 of the 28 signed by Auburn this past February are on campus, and participating. That is a good thing, many of these guys will be called upon to contribute this year.

Color me one of the crowd of AU faithful that had zero faith in Russell Wilson, the former NC State QB coming to Auburn this fall. His visit was short and sweet, and only one day. Actually, only part of a morning. I believe he could have been used in some wildcat schemes, and a few trick plays early, and then more frequently used later in the season, I just could not see this as a plus for Auburn. Add to the fact that I feel strongly that Barrett Trotter will surprise a lot of people this fall, and play extremely well, and you see why I thought this was nothing more than a job interview for Wilson.

Not a whole lot going on, except for the workouts that are closed to the media, and can not be supervised by coaches. The good news is the countdown is 67 days until football season.

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June 23, 2011

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Hello once again, and War Eagle everyone. There is a whole lot going on, and there is plenty to talk about, so let's get to it.

It's the time of year when AU has it's summer camps. Hundreds of football players show up to participate each year, and as you could imagine after the BCS Championship, the numbers have increased dramatically. You can check out all the events at AU camps. One camp remains, it's the second of the Senior mini-camps.

It is this writers opinion that the part human, part chicken excrement behind the "sportsbybrooks" name, will die and go straight to Hades!

How could anyone attack any of the young ladies that represent their respective schools? Only a delusional and bizarre personality with a twisted set of morals, could publish a young woman's name and label them in a  slanderous fashion. Yet that is exactly what that sorry excuse for a journalist has done. His singularly obsessive disdain for our school has me one hot old man. He better not cross my path anytime soon. I might need help posting bail, if I'm granted the privilege. I'll stick with Phillip Marshall's piece on the subject.

Over at "the war eagle reader" there is an ongoing discussion about the Top 10 games not played at Jordan Hare. It's an interesting piece, and worth your time.

Get used to the early recruiting headlines, it will become the norm for many of the top recruits, so they can focus on qualifying academically, and their team mates, in their last season of high school football. The SEC has changed the signing rules, as many of you know, and this is just one side effect of those changes.

The team that won the 2010 BCS National Championship, now has the BLING to prove it. Very nice indeed.

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June 13, 2011

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Hello once again college football fans. By now you are probably tired of the debate concerning over signing of college athletes. Who can blame you? Every media outlet has been blasting headlines about the subject, but few if any, have added any meat to their stories. Hopefully this will all change.

When you tie in the interaction of some unscrupulous individuals, commonly called "street agents" in with the over signing of these potential student athletes, college sports has been given a big black eye.

We discovered there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not the locomotive of impending doom. There are those out there that state they actually care for the student athlete, and their families. One such individual is Marc Bailey. He is the President of the company he founded called Parents of Players located in Bluffton, SC. Mr. Bailey graciously accepted an invitation to an email interview. Here is what we discussed.

Is the football the only sport where you face these issues?

I focus on football because I have credibility in that sport. I know what happens in the recruiting process, in coaches meetings, in team meetings, in the locker room, on the practice and game fields, at the training table, in the weight room, and in the academic tutors’ rooms.

How many players a year do you average seeing that deal with transfers for whatever reason?

“I have advised more than 100 players since 2002. Only 6 months ago did I realize I could help more kids by using the web to reach out to players through their parents and high school coaches. My data on the misunderstandings of the recruiting process and the everyday life of a college athlete comes from talking with more than 700 parents of players.

What percentage of those players are in need of your services due to “over signing”?

“I have never met a high school prospect or a parent who understands the true nature of over signing and the subtle ways highly paid coaches use it to manage their rosters the way major league baseball general managers do. Therefore, the answer to your question is 100%”.

Is over signing a real problem in college athletics?

Yes. Unless NCAA executives, conference commissioners, university administrators, and athletic department officials are all brain-dead or ignorant of what is happening on their watch, they must know that the subtle corruption of over signing is undermining their integrity and right to lead. As a brilliant philosopher said, “All evil needs is for good men to do nothing.”

What are the typical reasons given for asking a player to sit out, or look elsewhere?

You have to recognize there are two categories of player being told to sit out or go elsewhere. Category #1 is the brand new LOI signee. That player is told, “We thought we were going to have more openings than we ended up having.” Then the coach says it’s due to kids making grades who they thought would not or a kid coming back from an injury they thought would not, or a kid who had said he was going to transfer but decided not to. Notice that in all explanations the coach blames the problem on something that is obviously beyond the control of the coach and since the coaches would never break a promise to a current player there’s just no room for the new signee. So sorry but isn’t that the way you’d want to be treated if you were the current player?

Category #2 of player being told to move on is totally different. This is a kid who’s already been on scholarship for one or more years. The coaches tell this kid, “You’re not going to get any playing time if you stay here so it’s in your best interest to transfer. I care so much about you that I don’t want you to waste your eligibility sitting on the bench.” Again, the explanation is designed to portray the coach as a caring adult looking out for his player. The truth in 90% of the cases is that the coach is cutting the player because he thinks he has a better player waiting in the wings at either a junior college or a brand new signee and he doesn’t have room under the NCAA’s 25/85 “scholarship cap.” If he wants this new prospect he has to cut someone.

What harm, if any, are these student athletes facing in terms of scholastic achievement?

I assume you’re asking me how the players’ opportunities to get a meaningful degree are impacted. The answer is, if you think graduating with a meaningful degree is in the coaches’ top 3 priorities then you totally misunderstand what college coaching in the revenue producing sports is all about. You cannot name a single college football or basketball coach in Division 1 who has a cash bonus riding on his players’ graduation. Not one. Yet, virtually all of those coaches have bonuses riding on winning games and going to the post-season. There is one priority having to do with academics: eligibility. And 5 years of eligibility does NOT yield a degree.

Are there any psychological effects from some of these student athletes in relation to how they feel about themselves, and their abilities?

I was a scholarship football player in the Big Ten. My son played in the ACC. I spent 25+ years in the software industry as an expert in organizational development and human resources. My undergraduate degree was in Sociology. My Masters degree is in Sports Administration. In my professional opinion the entire Division 1 sports business is based on nurturing elite athletes’ self-delusion about their own presumed celebrity status. It is in no one’s self-interest in the college sports business to tell a kid that he needs to prepare for a life after sports. It is in the self-interest of all salaried employees of the college sports business to perpetuate the athlete’s delusion that he is special and he is a celebrity and he is destined to parlay his special talents into a life of luxury and special treatment. This delusion is the #1 cause of low graduation rates and high unemployment of ex-athletes. The saddest part is that if these athletes were only told the truth from an early age and prepared by adults for life’s difficulties, their competitiveness and tenacity would cause them to be among life’s high achievers after sports is over.

What would you say to prospective student athletes if you could talk to them prior to the recruiting process?

“God gave you the talent you have, you did not earn it. Stop thinking of it as a lifelong ticket to special treatment. Use your talent to get you something that will last a lifetime: an education and a meaningful degree. Prepare for life after sports because it is just one play away. If you apply your competitiveness and tenacity to preparing for life after sports you can live a long and productive life. If you waste this opportunity you will regret it for the rest of your life.”

If you would please provide a brief description of what you and your company does, and what it offers to potential recruits, and/or transfer student athletes.

Some people have called me an agent for high school athletes in their negotiations with college and university recruiters. The top NCAA compliance attorney-consultant in the nation has told me my service is not prohibited by NCAA rules. You can get all the details by reading a few pages of www.ParentsofPlayers.com.

We would like to thank Mr. Bailey, for answering our questions and allowing us to share them. This is not an endorsement of Mr. Bailey, rather an enlightening view from the other side of the fence.

June 10, 2011

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“Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers, and War Eagle” - President Obama

Andy Bitter has the best coverage, and pictures here.

June 4, 2011

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What a Week!

This past week we have seen no less than four commitments from prospective recruits to play at Auburn. Jim Tressell resigned at Ohio State, and the allegations, investigations and pending penalties from the NCAA continue to be the talk of college football, nationwide.

As always, we turn to the Auburn scribes from the various news sources around the world. The names of which are not limited to Bitter, Goldberg, and Tate.

Jeremy Hillman, of The Sporting News has a very good piece about Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator. Here is a sample.


“However, a reality that is flying somewhat under the radar, is that Auburn didn’t let their biggest offensive asset leave town. Arguably more important than Cameron Newton, or any player for that matter, could be the return of Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn to the Auburn sideline”.

It's well worth your time, and eye opening. Also worth noting is Rivals.com listing Gus as the most likely to become a first time head coach.

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Looks like the President has finally made time to meet with the Auburn Tigers National Championship team. Hopefully the complete team can make the trip. As to why it has taken so long, let this be a reminder.


***Caution sarcasm ahead


The United States Justice Department has nothing better to do than to probe the BCS. It's a really good thing that crime is down so much in the US that the DOJ can focus on the really bad people over at the evil BCS.- Give me a break.

Let's end this on a high note. I would rather leave you with a smile when the opportunity presents itself. So, enjoy!


May 27, 2011

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Hello once again, and WAR EAGLE everyone. I hope the past week has found you doing well. We hear from our regular contributors this week, they are of course Messrs Goldberg, Tate, and Bitter. So without further ado....

The fact that the media is deeply involved in the age old story that some draft pick wants some other players number just tells us one thing really. It's the off season, and there is a lockout in the NFL, and there is NOTHING else to write about. Jeesh! Let it go already, who gives a rats behind what number Cam will wear? He's going to blast the mold of rookie quarterbacks, and shine like the star he soon will be. Guaranteed, and you read it here first!

Sadly, we must report that Jim Pyburn, the original two sports athlete All-American has passed. In his day, Pyburn played the sports like it was his last chance to play. Rest in peace Jim, and God bless your family.

It is really great to see these kid's on campus. Not just for the practice time and weight training they will get. Learning the playbook is important true enough, although staying in a controlled environment with your peers, seems to work out better at their age. Welcome to Auburn men.

Here is a list of who is now enrolled and on campus...
ATH Quan Bray
WR Sammie Coates
SS Erique Florence
QB Kiehl Frazier
WR/LB Kris Frost
LB Chris Landrum
DL Jabrian Niles
DL Gregory Robinson
DL Devaunte Sigler
DB Jermaine Whitehead
DT Gabe Wright
***list provided by Jay G. Tate/Montgomery Advertiser

Recruiting has taken a big momentum upswing, evidenced by this video from the WarBlogle...

War Eagle Josh, and Mom. Welcome to Auburn.

This writer is exceptionally happy to report that Gus Malzahn is “happy to be at Auburn”. I'll wager that he is not nearly as happy as we are. Here's hoping that he is here another three years.

Until next time, keep the faith. Auburn is not as devoid of a team as some would have you believe.

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May 20, 2011

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Auburn vs. Utah State

On September 3rd, 2011 Auburn opens the season with a visit from the Aggies of Utah State. Located in Logan, UT and coached by Gary Adams, USA has improved each season the last 4 years. Breaking a 17 year losing streak against BYU last season, the Aggies completely dominated the game.

This years USA squad boasts 49 seniors and juniors returning. They should be much improved and have the type of leadership needed for a strong campaign to contend for the WAC title.

As is our custom, some of these schools that Auburn only plays once in a blue moon, we like to provide a little of their history.

The most notable football player from USA is without question Merlin Olsen. Olsen was an academic All-American, and a consensus All-American while at Utah State. While he was attending USA Olsen also won the Outland Trophy, given for the most outstanding lineman in the country each season.

Other notable players from USA are Eric Hipple who had a 9 year NFL career as a QB, and current TE for the Washington Redskins, Chris Cooley. In all, 11 players from USA have played professionally.

There doesn't seem to be any real strengths where USA can say they match up well against Auburn, however, this writer advises not taking a senior laden team too lightly.

There are far too many question marks on this AU team to be overlooking anyone. Plus this USA team had Oklahoma on the ropes late, in their game in Norman, OK. With over 2,000 yards rushing last season, and 38 TD's scored, I think Coach Chizik will have our Tigers ready for the task at hand.

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Below is a highlight video of the of the 2010 season for USA.

 

 

May 16, 2011

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It's difficult to talk about football in Alabama this week. As of this Wednesday morning, one week removed from the disastrous tornado outbreak, 80,000 homes and businesses still do not have power restored. That's just the ones that are left standing. Here is an eerily silent video of the damage..

Here is what Auburn fans are doing to help...

Finally, here is a video with Coach Chizik, who was interviewed while helping some of the storm victims...

I had promised that we would start evaluating the Auburn schedule for the upcoming season, and I will postpone that, for at least another week. Rest assured that it will come. We must carry on, even with the heaviest of hearts. For when the seasons change again in the fall, God willing, there will be football again on the Plains. WAR EAGLE!  

April 26, 2011

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We start our page today as usual, with stories from the Auburn beat by Charles Goldberg, and Kevin Scarbinsky of al.com with some added help by Rivals.com, CBSSports.com, and one of my favorite places to visit in all of sports, The War Eagle Reader.

Welcome once again and WAR EAGLE everybody. Easter weekend was full of family smiles and beautiful weather around my house, I hope that each of you enjoyed the same.

The week preceding Easter was full of really good recruiting news for our Tigers. A 5 star QB committed, and one heckuva talented athlete from a nearby high school committed as well.

The fact that Zeke Pike's father played college ball with Ted Roof certainly didn't hurt Auburn as we went after this kid, and landed the verbal. Coaches are not allowed to talk about these players as per NCAA rules, although you can bet all the coaches were happy with the news. According to Zeke himself, seems he walked into a coaches meeting with the AD Jay Jacobs and broke the news. There were high fives, and back slaps galore as Zeke broke the news, and made everyone's day.

In other news, seems a business man wants ask Cam some questions, and is willing to put up a million bucks for Newton to answer a few questions. It seems silly after all this to keep having to defend Cam and Auburn, but the media, and some zealots just won't let this rest. Seems to me the Ohio State scandal, and Florida's Janoris Jenkins would be getting all the press. Speaking of Jenkins, this kid has a real problem, and I for one hope he gets it straightened out, before he blows a chance at the NFL.

The upcoming draft will be of some interest to us AU fans. Here is hoping that all of the guys that want to be picked get their wish.

See y'all next week,
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April 21, 2011

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No one position has seen the turn around in fundamental play and execution as has the receiving corps.
Coached by Trooper Taylor, Auburn has become the mecca for great wide out play, and it only looks to get better.

You guys know the drill by now, we have already discussed the linebackers, defensive backs, running backs, offensive line, and the quarterbacks.

There are fourteen members of the 2011 Tiger squad, that are listed as wide receiver or tight end. Of those listed only four players have caught passes in a game, and Travante Stallworth has caught only two in a game, and they were back in 2009. Realistically speaking, Auburn enters into the fall practices with only three proven receivers, Phillip Lutzenkirchen, a proven red zone machine, Quindarius Carr, the deep threat, and Emory Blake.

Graduation, and NFL defection hurt this area of the team as bad as anywhere on the roster. Add to that the members that have been ejected from the team, and depletion is a more accurate way to describe the situation. Although I would argue that all is not lost in the Loveliest Village of the Plains.

There is one DeAngelo Benton, that Coach Taylor has praised since his arrival to Auburn. At one time Taylor stated that Benton would rewrite the AU record books at his position. That prophecy has yet to materialize, yet, it holds high hopes that this will be the year Benton chooses to step up.

Travante Stallworth is another with explosive potential, but injuries have hindered his playing time while at Auburn. He is proclaiming to be healthy, and should contribute this season.

Here is the stat sheet from the official AU site on receiving for this years A-Day game.
Receiving No. Yards TD Long
Lutzenkirchen 4 65 1 24
Cameron Groce 4 41 0 17
Dimitri Reese 4 40 0 23
Emory Blake 3 22 0 9
Trovon Reed 2 17 0 12
DeAngelo Benton 1 48 0 48
L. Phillips 1 19 0 19
Quindarius Carr 1 11 0 11
T. Stallworth 1 5 0 5
Xavier Brown 1 0 0 0
Totals 22 268 1 48

With two solid receivers, and a highly touted tight end, coming into the fall two-a-days, Coach Trooper may have his toughest challenge to date. Getting three deep at every position will be a must in the Gus Malzahn powered offense.

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April 19, 2011

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Post A-Day Edition

This week we check in with our usual group of Auburn beat writers and a special guest Stewart Mandel who writes for Sports Illustrated.

With an announced attendance of 53,000 plus in attendance the annual event named A-Day was held at Jordan-Hare stadium this past Saturday.

The quarterback race is unresolved, the offensive line looked promising. The defensive line looked really good, and the secondary looked solid.

Nothing of great relevance was unveiled, in fact little if anything could actually be taken away from the scrimmage except that the Tigers escaped without any injuries. Good news to an already thin roster.
Now for the long arduous task of summer and zero football.

Being named Grand Marshall at Talledega Super Speedway was an honor, having the AU schemed race car pushing the leader around the track for eight laps was a plus.

Starting next week we will look into the schedule for the fall and I'll try my hand at predictions.

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April 6, 2011

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War Eagle everyone!

Let's get right to the news shall we?

This weeks stories are brought to you by our usual gang. In no certain order of importance they are, David Morrison, Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, and Mark Heim.

I want to get this out of the way early. I don't know quite what to think of the HBO special which featured four former Auburn football players, and really don't know if any part of their stories are true. There are however a few facts that I would really like for all to consider.

Fact one, Jay Jacobs and the Dr. Gogue have decided to hire “outside counsel” to investigate these claims.

Fact two, all four of the “HBO four” have a disgruntled past at Auburn and were the only four former players to be aired by HBO, even with a reported 50 other testimonies that refuted what was aired.

Until something is proven, or admitted to, in this situation, that is all I want to say about it.

As expected, Neiko Thorpe's move to safety is working out just fine. We here at PS? Auburn have stated that this would be a good move, and allow the defensive secondary to have at least two experienced players on the field, back there.

The Tigers held their first scrimmage this past Saturday, and it was closed to the media, so there will be no video to prove they did. Seems there were some great plays, and some no so great plays. Coach Chizik says we are a work in progress that “hasn't arrived” yet, and we are a long way away “from last year” seconded Coach Ted Roof.

There has not been any separation in the QB battle as of yet, and it's still too early to tell how it will shake out.

Not much else to discuss because of the media situation around Coach Chizik's practices. Looks like we will have to wait until A-Day to actually see some football. We will however keep talking about it, this the deep south after all.

Enjoy Masters week.

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March 25, 2011

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Finally!

Auburn started the road to the 2011 football season today at the soccer complex. We turn to our trusted sources for the news, and they are Messrs Goldberg, Tate, Bitter, and Morrison. As usual you can read their stories by the links provided and return for my humble analysis.

We take the time, here and now, to thank you for your patience for the long and dreary lack of true football substance. Which really, if you think about it, wasn't nearly as bad this post season, or was it worse?

Not nearly as bad as several of the last few post seasons what with all the awards, and the 37 day layoff from the SEC championship game to the BCS championship. Worse in ways I don't even want to discuss again. Hopefully we are through with the bad news for this decade.

Now onto the spring practice news...

I am really excited and happy to see Neiko Thorpe making the move to safety. I feel this will allow him ample ti,e to diagnose the situations he's confronted with and react to them. He is a great open field tackler, and that will help tremendously.

Color me ecstatic to see Ladarius Phillips still in RB numerals. The dude can do a back flip flat footed, he's a natural runner, and should help in short yardage situations just by his sheer size. I'm nick naming him LP, because I think he is going to blow it up this coming season. He has seen working with the “H” backs, and that makes the most sense to me.

Wow, news to me! There is a quarterback competition at Auburn this year. I wonder who will pull out the starting spot. All joke aside, I don't think Chizik and Malzahn were kidding last year when they said that we had three really good QB's, now that one has gone on to the NFL, we have the two heavyweights left from last year's competition. War Eagle gentlemen, may the best man win.

The move of Eltoro Freeman to MLB has some scratching their head, but I believe this will be a good move for Freeman. He was really coming on strong late last year, and Ted Roof has a ton of confidence in him. Time to step up is now.

The biggest key of Auburn's defense will be getting two teams of linebackers ready to play, if the coaches can do that, our defense will be solid. Even after losing 35 members of last year's team.

I hate losing Phillip Pierre-Louise but I can understand after the string of injuries he's had to endure. War Eagle PPL and best of luck.

Check back next week when we have a full weeks worth of news to report on. If anything big breaks, we will be here for you.

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March 20, 2011

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Welcome once again, and War Eagle fellow Tiger fans. I pray you will excuse the absence of your humble blogger from these pages last week, I was desperately trying to research why the Auburn football players would make life changing decision as to commit armed robbery.

As usual we will have the beat writers from around the State of Alabama to help us get to the news, and then my commentary to follow.

This week our news sources include Mr. Charles Goldberg, Mr. Andy Bitter, and guest appearances from Mr. Charles Bennett of the Anniston, AL Star., and The Wetumpka Herald.

Click on their respective links to get their full stories, and come back and get my take on how this effects Auburn football.

Below is a list of former Auburn football players that are entering the NFL draft.

2011 Draft Eligible Players
WR Darvin Adams
OG Mike Berry
DT Mike Blanc
OL Jorrell Bostrom
WR Kodi Burns
LB Josh Bynes
K Wes Byrum
DE Antoine Carter
DT Zach Clayton
S Zac Etheridge
DT Nick Fairley
RB Mario Fannin
DE Michael Goggans
QB Cam Newton
C Ryan Pugh
LB Craig Stevens
CB Demond Washington
WR Terrell Zachery
OT Lee Ziemba
2009 Seniors
DE Gabe McKenzie
QB Chris Todd 

I am probably one of the few who will publicly declare that Auburn's offensive line will be a strong point next season. In no way am I saying that you can just replace the experience of the group that paved the way for Auburn's record setting offensive performance last season. I will however stand by the notion that the backup personnel are just as talented, if not, more so, than our beloved “big uglies” as Cam would say.

Call me the eternal optimist, though retaining Jeff Grimes was a huge reason in my belief that all would be well. Speaking of...

The fact that Gene Chizik was able to turn the table on Mack Brown, or at least stop the leakage, says tons about Chizik himself, and ultimately Auburn. Keeping Grimes from the Longhorns was as strong a statement as any that coaching at Auburn, living in Auburn, and coaching with Chizik, has to be a one of the best jobs in America. Yes I said that!

Demond Washington deserves the key to the city of Tallassee, Alabama, and so much more. He was a shining example of toughness, and fortitude while playing at Auburn.

Washington returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his two seasons as the kick returner, and returned a blocked extra point for two points in 2009. He totaled two sacks as a defensive weapon, and had a total 1522 career return yards. We wish Mr. Washington the best of luck in his future, wherever that will be. May all your dreams come true Demond, and War Eagle!

I have chosen to leave the biggest story for last, because it brings the burden of many unanswered questions, as well as complicated emotions such as anger, sadness, and compassion.

As disappointed as we all were to hear of the armed robbery involving 4 of Auburn's football players, we can't begin to fathom what would lead to this type of decision. A decision that will follow these young men wherever they go, for the rest of their lives.

So far, we have only heard from two coaches of these young men. Both former coaches emphatically stated that this act was a complete surprise, and way outside of their character.

Two days before the act Mike McNeil stated on his twitter account that he needed money “Like a pill needs water”. Just prior to that he also tweeted that he “aint mad at God for taking my father”. Looking back it's easy to see the progression, and the desperation in his words.

Did he feel like it was up to him to provide for his family? Sadly, we may never know the answer to that.

There are many more questions that need to be answered. Was there anything the school could have done, to prevent this tragedy?

Is the ban by the NCAA on Athletic dormitories partially at fault here? I ask that one because maybe, it would have been easier to monitor these young men in that situation.

When you look at the college football landscape as a whole, and include the problems at Ohio State, and Tennessee, there is a growing problem in our college athletics. Can anything be done about it? What are the answers? Where will the next problem arise? How long before the proverbial straw breaks the camels back?

We are less than one week away from spring football practice beginning, it can't get here soon enough.

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March 7, 2011

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Hello once again, and WAR EAGLE!

Let's get this post started off the right way. Mr. Nick Fairley wants you to please, vote for him. Here is his request via twitter..

Vote for meeee! For NCAA12 Cover! Please! http://bit.ly/dYxg2e U already voted? Vote 100 more times!" - Nick_Fairley251 Nick Fairley

So, now it's official, we support Nick Fairley for the cover of EA Sports 2012.

Now, on to the news of the week. Headlines and info brought to you courtesy of our regular good guys of the Auburn beat, Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, Phillip Marshall, and Jay G. Tate.

We have talked previously about the never ending recruiting cycle college football teams have. Auburn has the hardest working group of coaches in the biz, so it goes without saying that they are in the mix for a number of the Juniors, and Seniors in town this weekend for the J_Days camp.

It's our contention that Coach Chizik and his band of great recruiters will continue to reel in top classes.

I for one, am not bothered at all by the expense report of the BCS Championship travels of Auburn University. Taking the families of the coaches, players, and support personnel was a great thing to do. Our slogan ALL IN means just that. As T Will says in his song Amazing Champion - “We family ALL IN”, so it only seems right to live by the slogan created by this coaching staff.

The upcoming Pro-Day at Auburn will be closed to the public this year. Reasons have not been announced officially yet, although I would bet that the NFL Network, and ESPN have something to do with that. Possibly the event will be televised, and thus no need to bring in vendors for the stadium and all that. Here's hoping that some of the members of the National Championship team can shine for the myriad of pro scouts that are going to be on hand.

Coach Chizik has hit a home run in my opinion in the hiring of Defensive Line Coach Mike Pelton. Pelton played at Auburn from 1991 through 1994, and served as team captain in '94. As part of the 1993 undefeated team, and 20 consecutive wins, Big Mike was named an All-SEC performer.

His coaching resume' includes stops at Troy where he coached 2 D-linemen to the NFL and served with Chizik ay Iowa State University. Even though his experience isn't extremely long in the tooth, his pedigree, at least as far as coaching goes, is impeccable.

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February 26, 2011

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As per usual you can see all of our great Auburn beat writers for the full story, they are as follows
Phillip Marshall, Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, and last but not least Jay G. Tate.

I have to say that I agree that top to bottom Auburn will be a more talented team next season. Jeff Grimes will have his biggest test in an Auburn offensive line that has very little returning experience.

A new defensive line coach, the search is ongoing, will have a tall task repeating the success of his predecessor who moved on the NFL.

Most coaches will tell you that if you can win the war in the trenches, then you can be successful.

Having an incredible amount of talent to work with should be a strength for this young team. Expecting the same results as last season may be more than this team can deliver. Still with almost every coach returning, and the confidence that this staff can get the most from it's young men, I am not one to bet against them.

My heart wants to pull for Mario Fannin in this weeks NFL combine. Mario has had his issues while wearing Orange and Navy, but if a coach could trigger that instinct to hold onto the rock, he has the skills to make some team an all purpose back. Darvin Adams also has my admiration for wanting to take care of his family, and certainly didn't have anything else to prove as an Auburn Tiger. He was arguably one of Auburn's all time great clutch recievers.

The trees at Toomer's Corner have finally received some good news, seems the poison was not nearly as strong at deeper levels, and maybe there is still a real chance at saving them.

The biggest question of the NFL draft seems to be where Cam Newton may get picked. Some analyst are actually thinking that he could possibly be the first one taken. Our own Phil Steele says Cam's stock is rising, and he may actually go in the top ten picks.

That Coach Chizik and Auburn have not named a replacement for Tracy Rocker does not bother me nearly as much as it seems to other people. I feel strongly that they want the right man for the job, and there aren't a whole lot of choices out there. A good defensive line coach is a true rarity, and thus uncovering a gem, will take some time.

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February 23, 2011

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War Everyone, last week the news was taken completely away from football and heavily favored the grand old Oak trees at Toomer's Corner, and rightfully so.

You can read the latest from our three sources Andy Bitter, Charles Goldberg, and The Auburn-Opelika News.

The damage is done, plain and simple. Test have shown that the trees are too far into the process of soaking up the lethal injection of Spike 80DF. Still Dow Chemical, and the best horticulture minds are at a fevers pace to try and save what they can, if they can. Hope and prayers are all we as fans can do, and all we should do, unless contributions are needed.

I can not speak to the psyche of such an individual who would maliciously and methodically carry out such an act. This not the same as clearing a roadway, or a right of way. This sure as hell isn't standard forestry practice either. It is what it is, a crime. A crime against the City of Auburn, against Auburn University, against Auburn Alumni, and indeed against all who support Auburn sports and that rich tradition involving Toomer's Corner.

A press conference was held in Auburn on Thurday, and covered here. With several experts answering questions from law enforcement to herbicide management, Auburn's very own assistant professor of Argronomy and Soils Stephen Enloe became emotional, and teary eyed when he responded to the, question "Can the trees be saved?" Enloe said, "It's an emotional question, based upon the technical experts I have consulted with around the country, the concentration of Spike found within the soil would suggest, that there's a very low probability"

Life will go on, and even if altered a bit, so will celebrations at Toomer's Corner.

Cam Newton makes news even when he is several weeks past winning the National Championship, and most minds are on other sports. Still I believe it to be a wise move to showcase all his talents at the upcoming NFL combine. There is nothing but upside, and that's where the gold is.

Thanks again everyone for following along. You can find me on facebook ot twitter as KoolBell777, or email me any questions, suggestions or comments at KoolBell4AU@gmail.com

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February 16, 2011

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Let's try a new perspective in our blog, shall we?

You can click on the names of most of my sources to read what they have written in the papers and on their blogs, and I'll comment and give my opinion as to most of the subject matter. It should streamline your reading.

So, check out Mr Charles Goldberg, and Mr. Jay G. Tate, and Mr. Phillip Marshall. Then come back and check us out.

Cam Newton seems to making all the right moves lately. He has held a media event to showcase his improved

mechanics. NFL scouts were not allowed in person, but you can bet some of their trusted sources in the media were watching for them.
Trent Dilfer completely became enamored with Newton, with praise befitting a crowned prince of QB's. Warren Moon had plenty of good things to say as well, and that's two people who should know a little about the QB position in pro football.

Under Armour won the Camstakes and signed Newton to a record apparel deal. Reportedly worth well over a million dollars, besting the Reggie Bush deal of 2006.

One more item with Cam is his potential draft status. It's rising like the shooting star we all knew him to be. Knock out the big money while you are able, Cam. Then come back and help Auburn recruit.

The competition for the QB starter spot is a highly anticipated event for spring ball on the Auburn campus. Most assume that it's Barrett Trotters to lose, but I'm betting Clint Moseley has a lot to say on that being etched in stone. I will however agree with Jay G. Tate , in that we may lose the services of Moseley if he can't win out the spot this year.

The signing of Kiehl Frazier from Arkansas has Malzahn excited. Coach has anticipated this young man's arrival for two years or longer, and has called him the best high school QB in America.

A-Day should be a lot of fun. It's scheduled for April 16th, and practice usually starts around a moth prior to that. Meaning we only have a month left until real football can be talked about, not just speculation.

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February 9, 2011

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Next season's full football schedule has been announced by Auburn University, it's a little different than we have had recently.

2011 AUBURN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
(home games in caps)
 
Sept. 3               UTAH STATE      
Sept. 10            MISSISSIPPI STATE   
Sept. 17            at Clemson
Sept. 24            FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Oct. 1                 at South Carolina
Oct. 8                 at Arkansas
Oct. 15               FLORIDA
Oct. 22               at LSU
Oct. 29               OLE MISS
Nov. 12             at Georgia
Nov. 19             SAMFORD [HC]
Nov. 26             ALABAMA

Of particular interest is that there are only 7 home games., and the vicious stretch of games in October.
The month of October will be where the 2011 version of our Tigers show us their mettle.

February 5, 2011

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Whew, what a day that was. Recruiting is getting to be exhaustive work for me, I can’t even imagine how bad it is for coaches.

Here is a list from rivals.com of Auburn’s new signing class…

 
Pic
Name
Pos
Location
Ht
Wt
40
Stars
Rivals
Rating
Committed
Videos
Pos Rk
Nat Rk
St Rk
   

1

Angelo Blackson

DT

Red Lion Christian Academy

6'5"

290

 

3 stars

5.7

5/9/10

2 videos

31

 

2

     

2

Quan Bray

RB

Lagrange, GATroup

5'11"

178

4.5

4 stars

5.8

1/5/11

6 videos

5

 

11

     

3

Sammie Coates

WR

Leroy, ALLeroy

6'3"

170

4.4

3 stars

5.7

7/17/10

3 videos

71

 

12

     

4

Jaylon Denson

WR

Hoover, ALHoover

6'3"

190

4.5

4 stars

5.8

7/19/10

1 video

24

 

6

     

5

Reese Dismukes

OL

Spanish Fort, ALSpanish Fort

6'4"

287

 

4 stars

5.9

4/21/10

5 videos

1

79

4

     

6

Erique Florence

DB

Valley, ALValley

6'2"

181

4.5

4 stars

5.9

2/2/11

4 videos

3

69

2

     

7

Kiehl Frazier

QB

Springdale, ARShiloh Christian

6'3"

212

4.6

4 stars

5.9

5/29/10

12 videos

5

89

1

     

8

Kris Frost

LB

Matthews, NCButler

6'3"

210

4.6

5 stars

6.1

1/18/11

16 videos

2

20

1

     

9

Brandon Fulse

TE

Fort Meade, FLFort Meade

6'4"

247

4.8

4 stars

5.8

1/27/11

4 videos

10

 

29

     

10

Justin Garrett

LB

Tucker, GATucker

6'2"

185

 

3 stars

5.6

7/27/10

2 videos

 

 

66

     

11

Keymiya Harrell

DE

Plantersville, ALDallas County

6'5"

235

4.7

3 stars

5.7

8/5/10

1 video

27

 

18

     

12

Chris Landrum

LB

Sweet Water, ALSweet Water

6'2"

215

4.5

3 stars

5.6

5/12/10

1 video

48

 

21

     

13

Tre Mason

RB

Lake Worth, FLPark Vista

5'10"

190

4.5

4 stars

5.8

1/26/11

4 videos

14

 

32

     

14

JaBrian Niles

DE

Mobile, ALDavidson

6'2"

270

4.7

3 stars

5.7

6/15/10

1 video

31

 

13

     

15

Thomas O'Reilly

OL

Marietta, GAPope

6'3"

313

5.4

3 stars

5.6

4/13/10

3 videos

43

 

64

     

16

Greg Robinson

OL

Thibodaux, LAThibodaux

6'5"

296

 

4 stars

5.8

12/11/10

12 videos

2

90

6

     

17

Jonathan Rose

DB

Leeds, ALLeeds

6'2"

170

4.5

4 stars

5.8

8/2/10

8 videos

7

 

5

     

18

Devaunte Sigler

LB

Mobile, ALB. C. Rain

6'4"

250

4.7

3 stars

5.6

1/26/11

1 video

64

 

23

     

19

Anthony Swain

DB

Gadsden, ALGadsden City

6'3"

215

4.6

3 stars

5.7

3/27/10

2 videos

24

 

11

     

20

Robenson Therezie

DB

Miami, FLJackson

5'10"

180

 

4 stars

5.8

1/5/11

2 videos

17

 

37

     

21

C.J. Uzomah

TE

Suwannee, GANorth Gwinnett

6'5"

230

4.7

3 stars

5.7

 

9 videos

20

 

23

     

22

Christian Westerman

OL

Chandler, AZHamilton

6'5"

288

5.0

4 stars

6.0

1/21/11

12 videos

3

27

1

     

23

Jermaine Whitehead

DB

Greenwood, MSAmanda Elzy

6'0"

183

 

4 stars

5.8

2/2/11

6 videos

24

 

8

     

24

Gabe Wright

DT

Columbus, GA Carver

6'3"

273

 

4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

When we have more on the Cyrus Kiwandjio story we will be back.

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January 27, 2011

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Hello and War Eagle everyone.

With the hangover from the National Championship gone, and the memories being all we have, I thought you might like to see some video.

 

Our very own Phil Steele has already begun working on next season’s college squads. Here’s a look at the RETURNING STARTERS for some teams, notice that Auburn is on the bottom of the list with just seven.

Recruiting is reaching the boiling point and Wednesday February 2nd is National Signing Day.
Auburn has 21 commitments as we type this.

     1.   QB Kiehl Frazier – Springdale, AR. 6’3” 215. RIVALS **** SCOUT ***** ESPN ****
     2.   WR Jaylon Denson – Birmingham, AL. 6”3” 195. RIVALS **** SCOUT *** ESPN ***
     3.   WR Sammie Coates – Leroy, AL. 6”3” 177. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ***
     4.   WR/TE C.J. Uzomah – Suwannee, GA. 6’5” 235. RIVALS *** SCOUT **** ESPN ***
     5.   OL Christian Westerman - Chandler, AZ. 6'5" 295. RIVALS **** SCOUT ***** ESPN *****
     6.   OL Greg Robinson – Thibodaux, LA. 6’5” 296. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
     7.   OL Reese Dismukes – Spanish Fort, AL. 6’4” 287. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
     8.   OL Thomas O’Reilly – Marietta, GA. 6’4” 313. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ****
     9.   LB Chris Landrum – Sweetwater, AL. 6’3” 221. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ***
   10.   LB Justin Garrett – Tucker, GA. 6’2” 196. RIVALS *** SCOUT **** ESPN ***
   11.   DE Keymiya Harrell – Plantersville, AL. 6’5 238. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ***
   12.   DE/DT Jabrian Niles – Mobile, AL. 6’2 262. RIVALS *** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
   13.   DT Angelo Blackson – Bear, DE. 6’5” 294. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ****
   14.   CB/S Robenson Therezie – Miami, FL. 5’10” 195. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
   15.   CB Jonathan Rose – Jonathan Rose. 6’2” 180. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
   16.   S/LB Anthony Swain – Gadsden, AL. 6’3 215. RIVALS *** SCOUT *** ESPN ***
   17.   ATH – RB/LB Brent Calloway – Russelville, AL. 6’3” 223. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
   18.   ATH – RB/WR Quan Bray – LaGrange, GA. 5’11’ 180. RIVALS **** SCOUT **** ESPN ****
   19.   ATH – WR/LB Kris Frost – Matthews, NC. 6’3” 210. RIVALS ***** SCOUT **** ESPN ****

    1. DE DeVaunte Sigler – Mobile, AL 6’ 4” 250. RIVALS *** SCOUT*** ESPN ***
    2. RB Tre Mason   - 5’ 10” 190. Lake Worth, FL RIVALS**** SCOUT**** ESPN****

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January 17, 2011

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This spreadsheet, done by our friends over at Auburn Eagle. Thanks to them for all of their hard work in offering a free recruiting news site. Things are looking up in the recruiting news department go HERE and join, so you can read the message boards. It’s good stuff.

The Texas Longhorns made a play for “O” line coach Jeff Grimes this past week. Coach Grimes  has decided to stay on at Auburn. Good news hey?

Not so good news though, Darvin Adams, Wide Receiver for Auburn, has entered in to the NFL Draft. We want to take this opportunity to thank “D.Smoove” for all his hard work and dedication to Auburn, and wish him and his family the best. War Eagle Mr. Adams.

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Aaron Torres Sports looks at Auburn’s 2010 season with an objective eye. One I’m sure you’ll ENJOY.

Cameron Newton has declared he forego his Senior season, and enter the NFL draft.

While you are at it, continue reading from Andy Bitter, and Jay G. Tate, and also Charles Goldberg as they uncover all the news of each day surrounding our Tigers.

Cameron Newton and most Nick Fairley will be going to the Pro’s next year, and we wish them the best of luck. Another chapter in Auburn football is about to unfold, and we must be prepared for the next season regardless of who graduates or moves on. It’s the rub of college football that every year you truly start afresh.

Speaking of this Senior class, can anyone say that this group has not walked through football hell? Think about it, the coach that recruited them was fired, in came a new guy that was met with as much criticism as any one coach in football history, and they were being told that they were now just an afterthought in the college football world. Auburn had just put itself out of touch from the elite programs because of the poor choices their school had made.

This may have been the most resilient, and mentally toughest group of young Tigers since the 1993 squad, who despite knowing going in there were no Bowl games or championships, and still finished undefeated.

It’s a sad day in Auburn every year as the end of the college football season ends. For those of us who live through the exploits of these young men every Saturday in the fall, we must gather our self and move on.

Not to worry though, for National Signing Day is on the horizon, and not but three weeks away, then it’s just a month until Spring practice.

We will continue to stay on top of the goings on and keep you posted.

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January 13, 2011

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Mostly surreal, and partly unimaginable, the Auburn Tigers are the National Champions of the college football world.

Let’s start with some video, shall we?

 

 

 

 

I am still short on words for this monumental achievement, and I’ll try to bring it all into perspective as soon as possible.

WAR EAGLE!

 

January 7, 2011

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Here it is, the final post for the National Championship.

It happens every year, and most college football fans watch it, but this year there is something very different going on at the BCS National Championship game.

I hope and pray that everyone that is headed to Glendale, AZ has a safe and enjoyable trip. Alas I won’t be making the game, so a party with close friends and family will be as close as I can get.

Tickets are like gold bullion and if you have some then, great for you. You should be aware that there are those that endeavor to steal your money with counterfeit tickets and the like. If you choose to buy your tickets there, then ask your scalper to walk to the front gate with the tickets and have them scanned to insure they are authentic.

We have our usual guests providing on site coverage for us, they are Andy Bitter, Charles Goldberg, and Jay G. Tate. A special thanks needs to go out to these three guys for all they provide us when it comes to Auburn Tigers, and football.

There is not much else to say or do at this point. It’s time to buckle up and get on with the show.
Here’s to no injuries and an Auburn victory.

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January 5, 2011

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Here is a great read, a story about a young Gene Chizik, and his Father, whom of course, he admires.

A modified TIGER WALK was held this morning as the team loaded the Buses headed to the airport, bound for Glendale, AZ and the National Championship game. More video and picture
Evidence thanks to The WarBlogler.

The arrival of the Tigers in Arizona is complete. It seems ALL team members made the trip.
Charles Goldberg at al.com provides us with video coverage. As does Andy Bitter.

Now all that’s left are the festivities that go along with this type of event, a few practices to get the team acclimated to the new environment, and then finally, after 37 days wait, play the actual game.

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Good Morning Tiger fans, we have 7 days left before the big show in the desert. One week from today, Auburn's pilgrimage should end with victory, and the coveted BCS Coach's Trophy should be ours.

So far, so good on the academic front. Although we are likely not to know for sure until sometime this evening who, if anyone was left behind by the team. I believe all of Auburn's players will make the trip, simply because of the importance of the game.

I have a couple of videos I would like to share with you. Hopefully these will get you through until later in the week, when we can have some desert updates.


 

Can't say enough about the staff that Coach Chizik has in place at Auburn.

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December 28, 2010

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It snowed in Auburn, Alabama on Christmas day for the first time in recorded history. Thanks to the guys at The War Eagle Reader, for the video

 

Phillip Marshall, long time Auburn beat writer and now writer for Auburn247sports.com, posted this Question & Answer article on his blog.

Charles Goldberg has a nice look at the special teams along with a video interview with Special Teams Coach Jay Boulware.

Mike Herndon authors the Press-Register Elite 18 which is their rankings of the top 18 Seniors in Alabama High School football this past season. So far, at least eight of Auburn’s in-state commits have made the list, with at least one more, heavy Auburn lean on that list.

We will be back later this week with updates on practice, as it starts in earnest for the Bowl Game preparation this week.

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December 23, 2010

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T-minus 20 days and counting, until the kick off of the BCS National Championship game, between our beloved Tigers, and the Ducks of Oregon University.

It’s Christmas week, and the team has practiced for the game. The first practice everybody noticed that they were a little rusty. This was to be expected, and once that is worn off, and film is studied, the team will bear down on game day with a purpose. Even Cam looks a little tired of the whirlwind tour he had of New York.

Here’s a little Christmas music to get you through until next week when we have some real news for you.

 

Thanks to all of you for hanging in with us through our first full year here at PhilSteele.com Here’s wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.

December 15, 2010

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There comes a time when you think that you have seen it all about a certain subject. In the case of Cam Newton, and his adoration by Auburn fans, most were thinking something along these lines.
Then….


One of the very best video projects I have seen shows up on my computer. Not only pronouncing Jordan-Hare properly, the artist also openly mentions the upcoming “Duck Season” about to be declared in Glendale, AZ.

Today the team reports back to the athletic complex, and starts preparation for the BCS National Championship. It’s time to get ready as we inch, ever so slowly toward that monumental date in Auburn history. I hope the team doesn’t feel the pressure that it’s fan base is starting to feel.

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December 14, 2010

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These are NOT Auburn’s Uniforms for the BCS Championship

 

While an argument can be made about whether Auburn needs to change their uniforms every once in a while, you certainly won’t hear that from me. I am of the opinion, if your school needs to get noticed, then just win baby!

On the other hand some schools can pull off the multi-uni look such as our foe in the upcoming National Championship game. If there ever was a team that could get away with different colors for different foes, it’s the ducks. Let’s look at some of their choices shall we? We are going to concentrate specifically on what I believe to be their road choices. I do however expect to see a “special combination” for the upcoming match up with our beloved Auburn Tigers.

 

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It’s time to concentrate on the upcoming Duck Season! Roasted Duck anyone?

After checking back in with reality, we might need a carpenter to widen the entrance to athletic complex after Cameron Newton’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

HERE is the link to Cam’s Top Ten Things I can say after winning the Heisman Trophy. Enjoy.

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December 13, 2010

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It’s Sunday evening, and I am at a loss for words to describe the joy that all Auburn fans feel right now. 24 hours ago, Cam Newton was in New York City for the festive Heisman Awards Program. What an end to a great week of recognition for this young man and what he has accomplished on the field this year.

 

Let’s start with the New York Auburn Club and the fantastic Tiger Walk they had planned for Cameron.

Other video can be seen at al.com, and at Andy Bitter ‘s place War Eagle Extra.

So with all the coronation of the best player in college football this week the FWAA left Newton off their All-American team. No worries, two Tiger Linemen were named.

Gus Malzahn has had his name mentioned several times this week as potential Head Coach at Vanderbilt, Florida, and Miami. Since then however Will Muschamp has been pegged as the Gator coach, and Auburn’s Athletic Director Jay Jacobs was quoted as saying
he'll do whatever it takes to keep Gus

Greg Robinson, a four star recruit according to rivals.com has verbally committed to the Tigers.

If you would like to get to know our opponent for the upcoming BCS Championship game a little better, HERE is a site that I believe you will find interesting.

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December 10, 2010

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War Eagle everyone, and good morning once again from “The Loveliest Village on The Plains”.
There’s a social mixer going on at Track Em Tigers where we get to know more about Oregon University and their fan base.

It’s officially award season. Auburn has started bringing home the post-season hardware already. Coverage is by Andy Bitter, Charles Goldberg, and Jay G. Tate.

There’s new video out from a former Auburn basketball player. His favorite colors are
Orange and Navy.

 

Cam Newton will be in New York this Saturday for the Heisman Trophy Award presentation, and Ryan Pugh has named a finalist for the Rimington Award  which is for top player at the center presentation.

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December 6, 2010

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Records were made to be broken. Cliché, I know, although that phrase was never more apropos, than during Saturday’s SEC Championship game.

Cam Newton, and Darvin Adams led the Tigers to a convincing thrashing of the Gamecocks of South Carolina.
Auburn set new Southeastern Conference Championship Game records. Here are a few…

Darvin Adams - 217 yds Receiving
Auburn - total points scored 56
Auburn - 21 first quarter points
Auburn – 589 yards total offense
Auburn – Average 8.29 yards per play
Auburn – 8 touchdowns
Wes Byrum – 8 extra points
Cameron Newton – 9.7 yards per play

So yeah, Auburn pretty much played a complete game with the defense again allowing only 3 points in the second half, and only allowing USC receiver Alshon Jefferey 36 yds total and 4 catches.

Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, Jay G. Tate, and Phillip Marshall all agree that Auburn played the game of the season in SECCG.

Jay Coulter has the proof  that this indeed happened.

Now we turn our attention to Glendale, AZ and “Duck Season”

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December 5, 2010

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For what it’s worth, I told you so!

There I said it, now can we move along?

There is this matter of no small significance happening in Atlanta, GA this weekend that some have titled a Championship.

Our Tigers are a part of this game and are looking to hand the Gamecocks of South Carolina their second helping of smash mouth humbling, and for dessert USCe will get a non-BCS Bowl game, and Auburn will go onto Glendale, AZ to participate in the festivities that are also being called a Championship. This latter game will carry increased media weight with it, and virtually millions of Cammy Cam questions.

Auburn 35
South Carolina 24

Now let’s get to the news available to us today. There’s Rob and Zack's predictions, Andy Bitter tells us who has the “edge”, Jay G. Tate's rear view mirror, and Charles Goldberg tells us that everything is ready in Atlanta for the big game.

Enjoy the game, enjoy the breath of fresh air, and thank GOD for the truth!

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December 2, 2010

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NCAA: rules violation took place in Newton case, but QB has full eligibility reinstated immediately

News today, link is HERE.

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December 1, 2010

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The 2010 Auburn Tiger football team owes everything it has accomplished to the efforts of the 2009 team. There, I said it, and you are probably saying to yourself, what has this fool been drinking? The answer quite honestly is nothing. I very seldom partake of the strong drink, and never when I have to prepare for this weekly post.

So, what has brought the idea of "owing 2009" anything, to the forefront? Many things can be attributed to the success of this 2010 version of Tigers. There's the ability of Nick Fairley and his dominating play on the defensive front. There is of course, Cam Newton, distractions aside who has exploded onto the college scene while at Auburn.

The single event that turned Auburn and the teams fortune around was a selfless act of a team mate. Upon finding out he had lost his starting position, this player could have sulked, quit, or just plain stop caring about anyone but himself. He didn't do any of those. This fine example of character, would show the football world how to respond to adversity. More importantly, he would show his team how much he cared for all of them.

In case you haven't figured out who it is I'm talking about, it's Kodi Burns. After the game he had last Friday, I didn't want to wait any longer to give him his just praise. His actions are the single biggest factor this year's Tigers are as close as they are.

Single handedly this young man was and is the Auburn spirit, the Auburn creed, and the shinning example of Auburn football. Enjoy the video...

**a special thanks to al.com and Charles Goldberg for the video

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November 29, 2010

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AUBURN TIGERS

A Team of Destiny, A Team Of Resolve

What was witnessed in Tuscaloosa, AL on “Black Friday” was the single greatest comeback in Auburn football history. Every emotion known to man was felt by the Auburn faithful, from anger to sheer joy, from disbelief, to unadulterated bliss. From being down 24-0, to victory over the most hated rival in all of sports.

I won’t claim to know the answer as to how or why this team keeps its cool, and delivers time and time again. Just know this, the Auburn Tigers are for real. At home, on the road, or at a neutral site, this team can play with anyone!

When everyone else was talking about the greatest team ever assembled in May, they were not talking about Auburn. When the pundits said that another national championship was within reach, they were not looking at Auburn. When the season ends one team from Alabama would have a Heisman Trophy contender, and a shot at a National Championship. No one person thought it could be Auburn, except….

Damn he’s good!

Here is a LINK from Jay Coulter at Track Em Tigers with all the evidence you need that indeed Auburn won the Iron Bowl.

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November 24, 2010

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Good morning Tiger fans. It’s Iron Bowl week in case you didn’t know. There are articles all over the web, so I’ll list some here for you so that you don’t have to travel too far.

There’s John Zenor at Rivals.com, and former coach Pat Dye at Scout.com. Along with them are the usual suspects Charles Goldberg, Andy Bitter, Chris Low, and Jay G. Tate.

I have a difficult time seeing Alabama’s defense actually being able to stop Auburn’s offense. The Tigers have outscored opponents in the fourth quarter at an astronomical rate, and their production is getting better as the season progresses.

Alabama had a terrible time blocking LSU defensive linemen, so it will only get tougher for them this week. Auburns “D”-line looks as impressive as any in recent memory, and that is saying something. They have been impressive, especially when opponents fall behind in the games late. If Auburn can score early and often, then Alabama is out of routine, and who knows how bad it turns out for the Tide faithful.

My prediction is a very close first half, with Auburn being Auburn, and putting things away late.
Auburn 42
Alabama 17

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November 22, 2010

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Talk today is centered on the rivalry that has been voted as the #1 in all of southern sports. Usually this game receives tons of analysis, statistics are combed, records are checked and double-checked, all in the name of Iron Bowl.

Jon Solomon has written about this game, and it’s many records. Worth while reading, and informative. Enjoy.

Coach Chizik speaks to reporters about preparations for Alabama. Especially interesting is his response to a question about Kodi Burns.

Andy Bitter has video of players and Coach Chizik.

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!

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November 21, 2010

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It finally looks as if we can talk about football again. It is, after all, Iron Bowl week. Let’s get to the news, what little there is.

Auburn held onto the second spot in the BCS rankings. How do we know? Andy Bitter tells us. Confirmation comes from Charles Goldberg at al.com.

Speaking of Charles Goldberg, he tells us that Auburn’s offense has put up big numbers.

Jay Coulter at Track Em Tigers says its Iron Bowl Week. Here’s the proof positive that some Auburn fans can get a little creative in the dressing of statues.

This week on the #1 shopping day of the year, we will watch the Iron Bowl. Alabama hopes to play spoiler, while the Tigers look for bigger and better things. Dance cards for the BCS National Championship don’t come around very often for Auburn, so hopes are riding high that the next three games come as victories.

Can Auburn put all the distractions behind them and fulfill the dreams made of summer sweat, and autumn afternoons in the Loveliest Village on the Plains? Time will tell. Time, that has been smothered and covered in controversy, and media chaos.

It’s all come to this, each and every week it seems that Auburn was supposed to have met it’s match. Yet time and time again, the Tigers have left the field victorious.

The Tuscaloosa bunch will be the most balanced team we have faced yet. Let’s steal a phrase, and keep this win streak rolling. Roll the Tide and get to Atlanta with a chance at Glendale and glory.

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November 17, 2010

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Our good friend Jerry Hinnen has moved to cbssports.com and he has this post about any chance of an appeal on the Goggans/Blanc ejections from the Georgia game.

We have numerous breakdown opinions from the game this past Saturday, Let’s start with Zack, and Rob over at Eyes on Auburn, and let’s not forget our favorite grade giver at Tack Em Tigers,
Acid Reign. Last but not least we will include the fine folks at al.com

The fracas that ensued after the game was no longer in doubt was a sad and frustrating thing to watch.
 Sad because a Georgia team that had so much promise during the preseason had let their frustration get in the way of making calm and collected decisions. The “Code Red” was a call from the coaches, and as such should be dealt with by the league office.
Both sides fought a tough battle, and the game was a really good contest, until the fourth quarter.

Yes I believe Nick Fairley did commit an unacceptable act by spearing the Bulldog QB Aaron Murray earlier before the fights broke out. The last hit to Murray’s shin however was not. Go back and watch the play, slow motion then normal speed. You will see, unless you care not to, that it was indeed a football play, not a dirty hit!

Here’s to hoping that the penalties won’t cost us a victory in Tuscaloosa.

WAR EAGLE!

November 15, 2010

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This Much We Do Know

Cameron Newton is a great college football player. Auburn is a pretty good team. Together, they won the West Division of the SEC, just two years into the tenure of Gene Chizik.

We have purpose and reason for not reporting the accusation/allegations/innuendo/lies that surrounded the recruitment of Cam to Mississippi State University, because other than one simple fact, there is nothing to report, yet!

The character, and reliability of those involved with this story so far is suspect at best. Trust me I am tempering my writing on their validity, because if I let my emotions roam free, I would be banned from philsteele.com and indeed would deserve it.

The mention of anything that has been reported these past ten days, would indeed put this site down to the level of those so called professional journalist that evidently do not care about telling the truth to you, they just want the sensational headlines and the online “hits' that they create.

For now the only thing I am concerned with is Auburn University and their athletic program remaining as it has been the last decade, clean and professional. The way Jay Jacobs, the athletic director, and head coach Gene Chizik have defended Cameron this week, says that they have proof that he is eligible.

That's good enough for me, and that's a fact!

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November 8, 2010

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Good Monday morning fans of the Plains. Your favorite team and mine took to the field this past Saturday for Homecoming. As usual the slaughter was on early, and there was no doubt after the first 20 plays how this day was going to end.

We have the usual sites to visit for coaches and player reactions, and post game coverage.

The best game summary is provided by Acid Reign.

Now, on to the Georgia Bulldog with whom we have a four-year losing streak The resurgent canines have developed a meaner growl and a bigger bite since the first few games of the season.

Other than being the South’s oldest football rivalry, bragging rights with our cousins, from Athens, GA, we also have the little matter of an SEC Championship game at stake.

Getting through the next two games unscathed means an opportunity to achieve something nobody thought possible under Gene Chizik. Much less after only two seasons as head coach at Auburn. That’s getting way ahead of our selves. While it’s not my job to prepare the team, it gives me the time to look towards the “what if”, that’s called being a fan. And I’m ALL IN!

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November 8, 2010

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Aliens have attacked our planet! Run for your lives.
Godzilla has risen from the sea, and is coming to kill us all. Run for your lives.
I could go on, but I think you are getting my point.

In recent days the national media has had a field day with this, Cam Newton being a shopped commodity, event. I have labeled this an event, because it simply isn’t true. What’s the truth? That’s still an unknown. What is known is Cam Newton is eligible to play. Period.

Here is a list if links, in case you want to see more of this circus.
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/11/cam_newtons_father_says_any_su.html
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/11/coach_gene_chizik_cameron_newt.html
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/11/espn_reporting_mississippi_sta.html
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14246731
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/gametracker/recap/NCAAF_20101106_TNCHAT@AUB/newton-plays-through-allegations-auburn-cruises
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/11/newton-i-didnt-do-anything-wrong.html

Oh, guess what? Auburn had a special football game Saturday. Homecoming on the Plains, was enjoyed by all who attended. More on that, when we post again.

WAR EAGLE!

November 4, 2010

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Lots of news to get to so, let’s get started.

Coach Malzahn has had his name mentioned already for the coaching carousel that is inevitable this time of year. Seems like he is happy where he is right now.

Really interesting tidbits this week from Andy Bitter, including some sage advice from Jeff Grimes, our offensive line coach.

Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell passed away Tuesday after a very short battle with cancer. Amazingly, Bell was the starting DE against Auburn this year, and he succumbed to the dreadful disease this soon. Jay G. Tate reports.

Everybody has an opinion about what Cam should do after the season ends.

Auburn knows how to throw a Halloween costume party.

After this weekend Auburn will be 10-0. I had predicted a 10 win season previously, although now, that would seem to be a major disappointment after getting to the 10 win plateau without a loss. Victory tastes so sweet, keep ‘em coming boys!

WAR EAGLE!

November 1, 2010

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Finally! They Got It Right

This past week it was announced that in a concerted effort, The NCAA, NFL, NFL Players Union, would try to establish an agreement to Agents, and their “runners” from having contact with college athletes.

As stated here earlier, Nick Fairley is a MAN! His play is obviously drawing national attention
from those who applaud such efforts.

Auburn went to Oxford, MS to take care of business. It was an exhibition unlike any I have witnessed by an Auburn team. Even with all the trickery, and pumped up emotion the Rebels were no match for the Tigers. Five straight weeks, Auburn has rushed for over 300 yards on it’s opponents.

The video evidence is from al.com as is the commentary from Charles Goldberg.

I would be remiss if I didn’t add the best post game writers on this planet, Jerry Hinnen, and Acid Reign.

WAR EAGLE!

October 27, 2010

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There’s a story in Sports Illustrated this week about the Quarterback for the #1 ranked Auburn Tigers, it feels so good to type that, Cameron Newton. Please take the time to read it. You will be motivated, and inspired all at once.

It seems that every sports website has something to say about Auburn, it’s only going to increase as long as the Tigers continue to win. Their leader on the field had this to say about success and expectations earlier in the week.

Mr. Newton’s website promoting his continued success at Auburn aimed at a run for the Heisman Trophy is up and running.

Of course we have confiscated all the video we could find in the world of the great blaugusphere.
Well, all that relates to Cam, okay.., okay, not all of it. Enough of his video that you get the impression that this kid is good, just in case you had any doubts.

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October 27, 2010

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There are many that have opinions about how Auburn should proceed from here towards the season finale’ whenever that shall be. I ran across this and thought you might each enjoy it as I.

Kris Frost, a recruiting prospect for 2011 was in Auburn for the LSU game. Fortunately his parents talk with AuburnSports.com about Their son’s recruitment.

Spanish Fort, AL has more than one recruiting prospect ready to play for Auburn.

I am really happy to hear Auburn's Coaches have not given up on Mario Fannin.

Seems Coach Chizik really likes Mike Dyer’s running style.

Auburn travels to Oxford, MS this Saturday, kickoff is set for 5pm Central Time.

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October 25, 2010

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I am running out of superlatives here people. What can I say? Last Saturdays performance by our Tigers was, to put it simply, special.

Let’s start with the big news from the weekend, Auburn is now number ONE!

Game analysis and knee-jerk provided by Acid Reign, and Jerry Hinnen. Video is provided by al.com in two parts, here and here. You can also go to SEC.com and watch the game or highlights.

Most sports reporters are now saying the Heisman Trophy is Cam’s to lose. I find that an incredible amount of burden for a player with arguably the two most important games in the season still ahead of us. I know we have four games left, and I am not over looking anybody, it’s just that Georgia has a five game win streak on us, and we still have the Iron Bowl to be played.

This is where our coaching staff has to really going try and do damage control. They will earn every penny of their collective pay these next few weeks.

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October 19, 2010

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It has been one wild ride this weekend and getting ready for the upcoming war with LSU.
The tests keep getting increasingly more difficult, the foes in our front view all have winning streaks against us, with the exception of UT Chatt. For Homecoming, and there is no reason to let up on the preparation, and the effort.

First let’s check in with Andy Bitter on the update of Aairon Savage ‘s injury. Nice that somebody got to his dad for the information, there will not be any coming from the athletic department.

Auburn Tigers have been getting awards since the first week of the season, so why should last week be any different?

As we always say, it’s never too early to recruit.

LSU has been riding a magic bus this season, let’s hope the wheels fall off at Auburn.

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October 18, 2010

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How Much Credit
Does Jay Jacobs Deserve?

Jay Jacobs has put Auburn athletics back on the map with every hire he has made so far.

In baseball the hire of John Pawlowski has been a boon to that sport.

In basketball, Tony Barbee has brought a new and exciting atmosphere to a brand new Auburn Arena.

And then there is the king of Auburn athletics, football. Like most schools in the south football is the sport that drives the financial bus, and allows universities to pay for the “OlympicStyle” sports programs that do not produce a profit.

Gene Chizik put Auburn football on the national map again with the hires that he has made. I especially like the Oklahoma State duo of Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper. My second favorite was the Gus Malzahn hire, my emotional favorite was Tracy “The Rock” Rocker coming back home, and convincing the North Carolina recruiting coordinator Tommy Thigpen to come to Auburn, was a steal!

Point being, Chizik put together a staff with his ego in check, and his wallet. How many coaches would have done that just make sure they could get the best staff? None!

What Chizik has done is make Jay Jacob look like a genius, maybe he is, maybe he’s not, but he deserves a lot of the credit for going against the politically correct crowd, and hiring Gene Chizik.

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October 13, 2010

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Justin Martin with his latest trophy Elk

 

In part one, we asked Justin about his days at Auburn, and how he went about becoming an “Auburn Man”.

In this the final part, we will talk more about how going to Auburn helped with his business life and his personal life as well. Let’s get to it.

 

5. You also met your wife there?  After my playing days, while I was finishing my degree, I met my wife, Anna Beth.  We have been married for over three years now.  She is extremely supportive of all of my endeavors and we really cherish the time we spent in Auburn together and always enjoy going back for the games now.

 

6. Has sports always been a part of your life?  Sports have always been a huge part of my life.  My Dad nailed a 2 x 6 in between two pine trees in our front yard when I was 7 years old for a goalpost.  I remember as a little kid being in the front yard and pretending I was Win Lyle kicking a game winner for The Tigers.

 

7. How has team sports at such a high level helped you?  Team sports at a high level really helped me learn how to interact with others to work towards a common goal.  You have to learn that you can’t do it all yourself sometimes.  That goes for sports, or for business.

 

8. What if anything has your time at Auburn done to prepare you for your lifestyle?  I think it all goes back to self-motivation.  In college, you have to make yourself go to practice, study, or go to class.  With construction and outdoor television production, you have to rely on your own motivation to do the job right and make it the best it can be.

 

9. Who influenced you most in athletics?  I would have to say that my high school coach at Enterprise, Bill Bacon, really influenced me in athletics.  He was always there to encourage and kick you in the butt when you needed it.  I was told flat out that I wasn’t the most talented kicker, but I worked harder than anyone else at it.

 

10. How do you juggle both the hunting show and construction business?  I really rely on some good people to help me juggle the construction and hunting show business.  I have a great group of guys that handle the construction.  They know what I expect and they work really well together.  There are many times that I am in a treestand and answering the phone to talk about a house that is being built.  It goes back to the “team concept”.  On top of all that, I really try to make sure my priorities are in order and that family comes first before both.

 

11. Are there some things you see at Auburn currently that you like about the football team?  I really am impressed with the job that Coach Chizik has done at Auburn so far.  I think it is great that he has embraced and encouraged the “family” concept and tradition that we have here at Auburn.  To me, that is what makes Auburn University different from most other places.  I think the coaches have a great game plan in place and just need the time to let it all fall into place.  A couple more recruiting classes and coaching the players up should put us as a program right where we should be.

 

12. Any advice for potential walk on players?  My biggest piece of advice for a potential walk on is to remember these three things:  Self -confidence, preparation and perseverance.  You have to believe you can get the job done, prepare to do it and be able to stick with it.

It was really cool to hear from Davis Hooper, #45, who is a walk on running back at Auburn the other day.  He sent an email to me and said he was a big fan of the show and is a bowhunter himself.  It’s always good to hear positive feedback, especially when it is from a fellow plainsman.

 

13. What’s your fondest memory while at Auburn?  I had so many fond memories at Auburn.  I met my wife there, but in a football sense, it has to be making a tackle on a kickoff in the A Day game. I will never forget hearing my name in Jordan Hare for the first time and coming back to the sideline and Coach Whitt was there and said “I can’t believe a kicker made a tackle!”

 

“The Season with Justin Martin definitely has an Auburn flavor to it.  In a lot of the hunts you will see me wearing a camouflage Auburn hat and referring to my days at Auburn.  Ben Leard and I will also be at the LSU game this year filming some stuff on the sidelines that will be included in some episodes for next year”.

 

 

Justin ended his career at Auburn with a torn hamstring he sustained during kicking drills with Rob Bironas, who is with the Tennessee Titans. He never fully recovered and had to make “the hardest decision in my life up to that point”

 

You can watch Justin Martin’s show THE SEASON WITH JUSTIN MARTIN on,

The Outdoor Channel

Mondays 1:30 am CT

Tuesdays 11:00 am CT

Saturdays 7:30 pm CT

His website is www.justinmartinoutdoors.com and you can follow Justin on Facebook here www.facebook.com/seasontv

 

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October 13, 2010

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Justin Martin with his Mother during an A-Day game

Volunteer- Wikpedia - in general terms, is the practice of working on behalf of others without receiving financial gain. Believing in something strongly enough to give freely one’s time and effort.

If you can put yourself in their shoes for a moment, imagine wanting to play for your favorite team so badly, you would turn down an offer from another school. Many of Auburn’s walk on football players are invited to try out for the team, without any guarantee they will even make the squad. Most do it just for the love of the game. All of them do it for the love of Auburn!

Justin Martin began his career at Auburn by walking on and making the team in 1997. Hailing from Enterprise, Alabama Justin now has a successful career in the Hunting, and Construction industry. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting Justin through my love of the outdoors. While attending one of his preview parties, I approached him about an interview and he graciously accepted. So I gathered some questions I thought you would like to ask him, and through the emails back and forth here we are.

1.When did you first enroll at Auburn?  I graduated Enterprise High School in 1997 and enrolled at Auburn that Fall.  I showed up to camp that August.

2. You were a walk-on, describe the process that you went through to play football at Auburn, and who your coaches were, what positions you played, and such.  The process involved with making the team as a walk-on involved having my high school coach send tape to the Auburn coaches of my highlights as a kicker in high school which included a 53 yard field goal, 83 points and 85% touchbacks on kickoffs as a high school, senior.  My coaches at Auburn were Coach Parker and Coach Hines.  I was solely a place kicker and kickoff specialist in high school, but once at Auburn, they had me working on punting as well.

3. Are there any memories from your time as a player that you would care to share with us?  I will never forget Coach Trickett pulling me away from the kickers one afternoon and telling me to buckle my chinstrap.  I was going to be offensive lineman, Geno James' blocking dummy!  I told him "Coach, I'm just a kicker."  He replied, "Pretend you are a monster defensive end in the SEC now!"  That was a far stretch for a kid that was 5'10", 179 pounds and slow!  Fortunately, it was just pass blocking and Geno took it pretty easy on me.  Geno, of course, went on to a very successful career in the NFL.

4. Has sports always been a part of your life?  Sports have always been a huge part of my life.  My Dad nailed a 2    x 6 in between two pine trees in our front yard when I was 7 years old for a goalpost.  I remember as a little kid being in the front yard and pretending I was Win Lyle kicking a game winner for The Tigers.

We will have more of our interview with Justin Martin tomorrow.

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October 12, 2010

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Hello again everybody and War Eagle!

My apologies for the late post, I went on a fishing trip, and just got back Monday late.

This week we find our Tigers ranked #7 in both major polls, after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats on the road in Lexington, KY.
Cam Newton continued to push his season totals to new heights, with another amazing performance. As we relish the thoughts of post-season awards for our gridiron warriors, lets take the time to enjoy each week as they come.

Wes Byrum is getting some headlines, as well he should.

So, you think Cam Newton is solely responsible for that big drive to win the game in Kentucky? Not so.

Let’s beat the bacon out of the HOGS!

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October 6, 2010

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Shon Coleman was recruited to Auburn to play football. Within a few weeks he was diagnosed with leukemia. Earlier this season, the coaching staff at Auburn, in a group conference call, with the Coleman family assured them that Shon had a Scholarship waiting for him at Auburn, whether he ever played football again or not.
The video you can watch here tells of Shon’s story, and determination.

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October 5, 2010

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Chris Low of ESPN.com thinks Gene Chizik and Auburn are in it for the long haul this season. Seems Mr. Low is finally convinced of the Tigers ability to hang with the big boys of the SEC.

Acid Reign over at Track Em Tigers has his usual masterpiece on the breakdown of the ULM game. Jerry Hinnen is rather busy these days, with something entirely different from football. We’ll just have to make do without Jerry for a while anyway.

Nick Fairley, Auburns defensive tackle extraordinaire, has been selected as this week’s SEC defensive lineman of the week, again.

This week the Tigers travel to Commonwealth stadium to play the Wildcats of Kentucky. There is no room for anything less than error free football. Make no mistake, this Kentucky team believes it can beat Auburn, and they will be at home, so look for the Wildcats to come out guns blazing and try to create so momentum early to keep the Tigers from taking the home crowd out of the game.

I see Auburn having it’s way in Lexington, if turnovers can be kept to nil, and the defense can make good open field tackles. If not, it could be a long ride home for Auburn. Let’s all get behind the boys and cheer them on!

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October 4, 2010

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While attending the game this past Saturday in Auburn, I realized how lucky I truly was. Compared to the West Virginia game last year, I had it made in the sun! 70 degrees and sunny was the weather for this game and I had my number one buddy with me, my niece.

We went to Tiger Walk, an Auburn tradition

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The site of Tiger Walk is spine tingling to say the least. The site of the stadium while at Tiger Walk is beautiful.


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After the game, and every victory there is another tradition among Auburn faithful. It happens at Toomer’s Corner
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Go see the Tigers in action when you can. Take a child and let them enjoy the great Auburn traditions as well.

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October 3, 2010

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This young lady attended her first Auburn game.

Auburn handily defeated the Warhawks of Louisiana –Monroe. We have all the evidence, and the story from al.com, along with Andy Bitter, and Jay G. Tate.

It was a beautiful day. We met some new friends, and experienced the best of Auburn football.
We even made the trip to Toomers Corner after the game. More on the game later in the week.

 

One of the articles in Sports Illustrated this week is about Heisman Trophy candidates. Cam Newton is the featured picture. Take a look at the Nissan ad on the next page. Nissan is the sponsor this year of the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Is that a sign of things to come?

Next we have a very well written article on DeAngelo Benton. His story is one of triumph and determination.

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October 1, 2010

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With all the news stories this week on Cam Newton, I thought I would dedicate one post the Cameron Newton post.

Let’s start with some video, and add some more here, then we will get all ScyFy on you.

We have heard all kinds of stories about Cam’s Heisman Trophy ability this season.

Last but not least, the coaches want to expand Newton’s role in the Gus Malzahn offense.

It is your humble Auburn bloggers opinion the Auburn offense is starting to become the nightmare that Gus Malzahn wants it to be. With the roles of the playmakers starting to increase as the case with Phillip Lutzenkirchen. Fast pace play, and added depth will only make defending the Gus Bus 2.0 more difficult.

With Cameron Newton leading the way, Auburn fans are starting to have reason to believe this years Tigers can go all the way!

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September 27, 2010

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The Auburn tigers pulled out a great home win against a stingy South Carolina squad. From around the web we have multiple articles, and video of the action. Even some highlights.

Auburn came into the contest ranked #1 in the SEC in rushing the ball, while USC was ranked #1 in rush defense. It worked out better for Auburn who had over 330 yards rushing Saturday night.

Jerry Hinnen, and Acid Reign have the breakdown of the game. I like to keep using these two gentlemen because they are the best when it comes to describing and grading each teams performances.

 Cam Newton has been named Rivals.com’s National Player of the Week for his game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Andy Bitter reports that Auburn’s victory was enough to get them ranked in the Top Ten this week by the AP.

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September 22, 2010

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PHYSICAL

Auburn’s head football coach Gene Chizik has mentioned the word "physical" the last two weeks, about a hundred times. While that may be a slight exaggeration, it’s been mentioned numerous times.
Coach Chizik was not referring to the size of the players, or the physical properties of the turf at Jordan-Hare stadium. He was clearly speaking of the mindset of the Tiger football team, and wanting an increased amount of effort put into each play, with no let up of said effort on any play.

In case you haven’t heard, Nick Fairley has made his presence felt in the SEC. Seems it’s nothing new to him, according to his high school coach.

There is a really eloquent article on Ralph Shug Jordan over at Track Em Tigers.

Auburn has its hands full with South Carolina this weekend, and the Gamecocks are fully aware of the Tiger’s explosive offense. Should be one whale of a game.

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September 20, 2010


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Wow! Whew! Insert any exclamation you need here. Auburn came from the depths of “upsetville”, to take an overtime win against a tough, gritty Clemson team in Jordan-Hare stadium Saturday night.

Officiating aside, the home standing Tigers of Auburn looked totally confused, and helpless as Clemson repeatedly drove the ball at will, and sniffed out every one of Auburn’s offensive tricks. Nothing was working. Then the adjustments were being made, and the offense started moving the ball, the defense got a couple of stops, and at the end of the first half it was Clemson 17 Auburn 3.

The second half was a complete turn around offensively, and the defense only allowed one touchdown.

Here’s the usual breakdown of the game from two of the best, Acid Reign, and Jerry Hinnen.

Of course we have all the video, and game summaries from the gang at al.com.

The bad news is offensive lineman A. J. Greene is lost for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

South Carolina comes to town this Saturday and will have their sites set on taking down our beloved Tigers. Game is scheduled for 6:45 kickoff.

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September 16, 2010

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BIG TIME RECRUITING WEEKEND!

This weekend Auburn plays host in more ways than one. While the main goal is to beat the tar out of Clemson, Saturday the Tigers will play host to numerous recruits. Many are Seniors in high school this year, which means they could sign with Auburn in February, but some are just juniors in high school. There might even be a couple of sophomores in the recruiting mix as well.

The very best analysis that I have seen has been presented by jthaub over on the Auburn Eagle message boards. This gentleman goes into detail about each recruit and what he feels is the chance of Auburn signing them if today were National Signing Day. He breaks it down by position, and estimates what Auburn's coaches are looking for, and how many at each position. Very thorough, and logical.
Here is a sample of his work.

*WR – We have 2 solid true WR commitments here, and one more if you count ATH C.J. Uzomah. There are 2 more guys that could fit into this position we are recruiting.
    - **** WR Jaylon Denson - 100%. Recently got a big jump from Rivals to a 4* guy.
    - *** WR Sammie Coates – 100%. Could get a big jump in ratings later this year. Some believe Coates could be better than Denson.
    - *** ATH C.J. Uzomah - 100%. HS QB and WR will play a TE/WR role.
    - **** ATH Kris Frost – 75%. Frost is a very versatile player who we are recruiting as a WR/LB. WR was his early place we were recruiting him, but now it is more of both positions. Auburn leads for Frost and is battling Michigan the most for his services.
    - **** ATH Quan Bray – 45%. There hasn’t been much on Bray since he last named AU as his leader. He is a guy who is rated as the #16 overall prospect by ESPN. He projects in the slot. UGA will be tough to beat here.
Jaylon Denson, Sammie Coates, C.J. Uzomah, Kris Frost

As you can see he has really done his homework, and has compiled an impressive list. For the rest of his recruiting analysis visit here.

Thanks goes out jthaub and the fine folks over at Auburn Eagle.

So get your game face Tiger fans of the Loveliest Village on the Plains, and lets show these young men, and the one currently playing for our beloved Auburn that we support them 100%!

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September 14, 2010

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It’s still early in the season and these numbers don’t really tell the whole story here. The fact that Auburn’s quarterback leads all it’s rushers in total yardage is an anomaly. Rest assured that will change, and Auburn will assert it’s self as the premier running team in the SEC.

 

The chart below is for the current season, through two games.

Team     Gms.  Atmps Yds.  Avg  TD   Per Games

1.

Auburn

2

95

557

5.9

4

278.5

2.

Tennessee

2

79

514

6.5

5

257.0

3.

LSU

2

86

442

5.1

4

221.0

4.

Alabama

2

75

437

5.8

5

218.5

5.

Kentucky

2

81

436

5.4

7

218.0

6.

S. Carolina

2

87

413

4.7

6

206.5

7.

Florida

2

68

350

5.1

4

175.0

8.

Ole Miss

2

89

329

3.7

5

164.5

9.

Miss. State

2

74

314

4.2

4

157.0

10.

Arkansas

2

59

295

5.0

4

147.5

11.

Vanderbilt

2

70

257

3.7

2

128.5

12.

Georgia

2

63

245

3.9

2

122.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Newton leads the way with 33 attempts while gaining 273 yards with a combined 32 yards lost while being sacked for a net of 241 yards, and2 TD’s. His longest run came against Arkansas State. A 71yard burst, that yielded 6 points.

Onterio McCalebb is the Tigers second leading rusher with 21 attempts for a net of 144 yards. That’s a 6.9 yd. Per carry average. The scary thing is, these numbers could be a lot better if he can solve his traction problems.

 Mike Dyer is the third best so far this young season, and looks to be the heir apparent at Running Back “U”. With only 23 attempts thus far he has gained 145 yards and carries a 6.2 average every time he runs the rock.

Look for someone other than Cameron Newton to lead the Auburn rushing attack this week against Clemson.

Thanks to the official web sites of Auburn University Athletics and the SEC for all stats.

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September 13, 2010

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ESPN’s acclaimed road show “College Gameday” is going to be making an appearance on The Lovliest Viilage this Saturday. The show will air starting at 9am Saturday morning on ESPN-U and switch over to ESPN at 10:00am. All times are Eastern.

It seems Auburn’s road victory at Mississippi State has convinced the writers and coaches to move the Tigers higher in the rankings this week.

Speaking of that road win, in the division, here are a couple of reviews. The first comes from former player Rob Pate over at Eyes On Auburn, and the other from Acid Reign over at Track Em Tigers.
Our friend and fellow blogger Jerry Hinnen has his usual knee jerk reaction to Thursday night’s game in Starkville, MS.
Overall the consensus is a win is a win, and any SEC win is a big plus. It’s time to coach the boys up and get ready for Clemson.

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September 10, 2010

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Thursday Night Madness

Fresh off a 17-14 road victory over the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, Auburn has many questions still unanswered. There's the question about Mario Fannin's shoulder, and Lee Ziemba's knee, and don't forget Craig Stevens and that whole suspension thing. While we are at it, let's ask the question, what the heck is Onterio McCalebb tripping over?

Before the season started we asked if Mario Fannin would be able to hold up to the punishment of running a lot in the SEC. After the game tonight, we can unfortunately say “NO” he can't. Fannin left the game with shoulder problems.

I am puzzled by the fact that Onterio has had trouble running in open space this season. What can the coaches come up with to get it stopped? McCalebb seemed to trip over nothing but thin air one time last Saturday, and several times again tonight.

As far as Craig Stevens goes, he better get his act together, or the season will be over and his potential NFL career may go along with it.

Lee Ziemba, Auburn's starting left tackle, was helped off the field tonight with what appears to be a knee injury, he walked into the locker room under his own power, so maybe it's not too serious. We'll keep you updated on the situation.

Those questions needed addressing and I think we sort of covered them well here. Now onto the one question that I was hoping to never ask, how can this staff be so terrible at managing the clock on offense? Twice now, out of two games, Auburn has made some questionable offensive play calls with little time to go, and seemingly let the clock slip away to run out the half.
I hope I am wrong on this, these kinds of mistakes can come back and haunt you.

While an SEC victory is a good thing, an SEC victory on the road is exceptional. The defense continued where it left off last week and played well, while making adjustments and getting better as the game went on.

I hope the injury report is brief and nonexistent and the preparation for Clemson's visit one week from Saturday is the best it can be.

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September 8, 2010

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John Zenor  an AP sportswriter has a nice piece written on Cam Newton preparing for Auburn’s Thursday night confrontation with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Speaking of MSU they are using a two quarterback system approach, reporter Doug Segrest has the details and information.

Charles Goldberg is bringing bad memories to mind with his piece on Auburn’s last trip to Starkville.

Jerry Hinnen of the War Eagle Reader has some knee-jerk reactions to last Saturday’s game against Arkansas State.

While you are at it, check out Acid Reign's game recap.

Preparation continues for a “much improved” MSU squad, and all indications are that whomever comes out of this game a victor, will have plenty of momentum going towards a successful season.

Remember the game is on this Thursday night on ESPN.

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September 7, 2010

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There is a ton of information to digest from Auburn’s game against Arkansas State this past Saturday. While offensively, not all of the plays looked especially sharp there were times the Tigers looked exceptional. Still, the inconsistency of the offense is a little disappointing after hearing the coaching staff preach it all off season.

The defense on the other hand made great strides, and adjusted well in the latter part of the first half, through the second half looked much better. Especially concerning the mistakes made by the kickoff return team.

Special Teams were much improved overall from last season, and Craig Sanders was a beast on kickoff coverage.

We have the links for your video, and story lines here. Thanks to al.com and their team of professionals for the help.

We also have Andy Bitter, and Jay G. Tate to thank for their coverage as well.

Cameron Newton has been named the SEC Offensive Player of The Week, thanks to Charles Goldberg of al.com for the link.

On to Mississippi State this Thursday night in Starkville, MS. The Tigers are going to have their hands full with these Bulldogs. Dan Mullen’s offense version 2.0 looks to be much improved, and the defense should be solid. Auburn will have to step up with better play, and more consistent play to come back home with a victory.

Can’t wait till Thursday night to see how this story will unfold.

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September 3, 2010

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It's Thursday, and quite warm this morning here in South Alabama as, I write this. The College football season will start tonight officially with South Carolina hosting the Golden Eagles from Southern Mississippi University.

It's a great time in every football fans year, in fact a good friend of mine thinks it's the most wonderful
time of the year.

Acid Reign over at Track Em Tigers also has a peek at the entire SEC schedule.

Elsewhere we have Andy Bitter, and Charles Goldberg to thank for keeping us informed of the happenings at the athletic complex.

Many a writer has tried to capture the emotion they have felt at the beginning of the football season. Some of them actually do their readers proud.

It is this humble bloggers opinion that this Auburn team will carry a torch for all things right in the universe. This Auburn team will defeat those who wish to vanquish the Tiger, those who wish to conquer the Eagle will suffer great and immense defeat. It is time indeed. It is College football season!

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September 1, 2010

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Auburn Depth Chart for the start of the 2010 football season.


QB
2 Cameron Newton (6-6/250/Jr./College Park, Ga.)
 14 Barrett Trotter (6-2/211/So./Birmingham, Ala.)
RB
 27 Mario Fannin (5-11/228/Sr./Hampton, Ga.)
 23 Onterio McCalebb (5-10/171/So./Fort Meade, Ga.)
 5 Michael Dyer (5-9/215/Fr./Little Rock, Ark.)
HB
 32 Eric Smith (5-10/240/Jr./Seffner, Fla.)
 4 Shaun Kitchens (6-3/217/Fr./College Park, Ga.)
 1 Trovon Reed (6-0/181/Fr./Thibodaux, La.)
TE/WR 
 43 Phillip Lutzenkirchen (6-4/258/So./Marietta, Ga.) -- OR--
 18 Kodi Burns (6-2/207/Sr./Fort Smith, Ark.)
 80 Emory Blake (6-1/192/So./Austin, Texas)
WR
 81 Terrell Zachery (6-1/210/Sr./Wadley, Ala.)
 9 Quindarius Carr (6-1/186/Jr./Huntsville, Ala.)
 3 DeAngelo Benton (6-2/201/So./Bastrop, La.)
WR
 89 Darvin Adams (6-3/185/Jr./Kennesaw, Ga.)
 82 Jay Wisner (6-2/190/Sr./Bozeman, Mont.) 
 87 Derek Winter (6-0/208/Jr./Tampa, Fla.)
LT 
 73 Lee Ziemba (6-8/319/Sr./Rogers, Ark.)
 75 Brandon Mosley (6-6/299/Jr./Jefferson, Ga.)
LG
 66 Mike Berry (6-3/316/Sr./Antioch, Tenn.)
 53 Bart Eddins (6-4/304/Sr./Montgomery, Ala.)
C
 50 Ryan Pugh (6-4/297/Sr./Hoover, Ala.)
 63 Blake Burgess (6-2/278/RFr./Vestavia Hills, Ala.)
RG 
 57 Byron Isom (6-3/291/Jr./Jonesboro, Ga.)
 76 Jorrell Bostrom (6-3/322/Sr./Nampa, Idaho) --OR--
 79 Jared Cooper (6-4/300/Jr./Brewton, Ala.)
RT
 77 A.J. Greene (6-5/291/Jr./Madison, Tenn.)
 71 John Sullen (6-6/312/So./Auburn, Ala.)
Star-divide

LE
45 Antoine Carter (6-4/256/Sr./Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
 55 Corey Lemonier (6-4/227/Fr./Hialeah, Fla.)
 95 Dee Ford (6-4/240/So./Odenville, Ala.)
DT
 98 Zach Clayton (6-3/296/Sr./Opelika, Ala.)
 54 Jeffrey Whitaker (6-3/308/Fr./Warner Robins, Ga.)
DT
 90 Nick Fairley (6-5/298/Jr./Mobile, Ala.)
 93 Mike Blanc (6-4/297/Sr./Pompano Beach, Fla.)
RE
 49 Michael Goggans (6-3/261/Sr./Alexander City, Ala.)
 94 Nosa Eguae (6-2/258/RFr./Mansfield, Texas)
 13 Craig Sanders (6-4/248/Fr./Clio, Ala.)
LLB
 46 Craig Stevens (6-4/229/Sr./Tallahassee, Fla.)
 21 Eltoro Freeman (5-11/225/Jr./Alexander City, Ala.) --OR--
 35 Jonathan Evans (5-11/230/So./Prichard, Ala.)
MLB
 17 Josh Bynes (6-2/235/Sr./Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)
 58 Harris Gaston (6-1/231/RFr./Bessemer, Ala.) --OR--
 5 Jake Holland (6-0/231/Fr./Pelham, Ala.)
RLB
 25 Daren Bates (5-11/203/So./Memphis, Tenn.)
 33 Jessel Curry (6-1/214/Fr./Buford, Ga.)
 38 Jawara White (6-1/243/Fr./Troy, Ala.)
LC 
 14 Demond Washington (5-9/182/Sr./Tallassee, Ala.)
 22 T'Sharvan Bell (6-0/180/So./Kissimmee, Fla.)
S
 4 Zac Etheridge (6-0/213/Sr./Troy, Ala.)
 16 Ikeem Means (6-0/204/So./Wetumpka, Ala.)
S
 2 Aairon Savage (5-11/200/Sr./Albany, Ga.)
 26 Mike McNeil (6-2/208/Jr./Mobile, Ala.)
RC
 15 Neiko Thorpe (6-2/186/Jr./Tucker, Ga.)
 3 Chris Davis (5-10/182/Fr./Birmingham, Ala.) --OR--
 6 Jonathon Mincy (5-10/180/Fr./Decatur, Ga.)
Place-kicker
18 Wes Byrum (6-2/216/Sr./Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
36 Cody Parkey (6-0/184/Fr./Jupiter, Fla.)
Punter
17 Ryan Shoemaker (6-0/177/Sr./Birmingham, Ala.) 
30 Steven Clark (6-5/232/Fr./Kansas City, Mo.)
Deep snapper
61 Josh Harris (6-1/230/Jr./Carrollton, Ga.) 
64 Forrest Hill (6-1/238/Fr./Morrow, Ga.)
Holder
19 Neil Caudle (6-3/198/Sr./Hoover, Ala.)
15 Clint Moseley (6-3/223/RFr./Leroy, Ala.)
Punt returners
9 Quindarius Carr (6-1/186/Jr./Huntsville, Ala.) -- OR--
89 Darvin Adams (6-3/185/Jr./Kennesaw, Ga.) --OR--
1 Trovon Reed (6-0/181/Fr./Thibodaux, La.)
Kickoff returners
14 Demond Washington (5-9/182/Sr./Tallassee, Ala.) &
27 Mario Fannin (5-11/228/Sr./Hampton, Ga.)
23 Onterio McCalebb (5-10/171/So./Fort Meade, Ga.) &
15 Neiko Thorpe (6-2/186/Jr./Tucker, Ga.)

August 30, 2010

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John Zenor of the Associated Press had nice sit down interview with Auburn’s senior left tackle Lee Ziemba. It’s worth your time.

Chris Low of ESPN.com writes that AJ Greene may be the biggest surprise “out of nowhere” this season in the SEC. Greene, as you recall, has been named the starter at right tackle for Auburn this season.

The prevailing wisdom is that the second year of a Head Coach is usually more productive, and usually results in more wins. The two best articles on this are here, and comes courtesy of Evan Woodbery at al.com, and here at Track 'Em Tigers from Mr. Jay Coulter. Jay goes into detail on specifically how this trend has worked at Auburn.

It’s finally game week. Time to make sure all the plans are ready for the tailgates, or wherever you spend your Saturdays watching Auburn football.

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August 27, 2010

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It appears as though the safety position is looking good at Auburn nearing one week away from the season opener.
Practice continues and preparations are being readied for the September 4th visit by Arkansas State. Coach Chizik named the starting right tackle and the #2 QB at the media session on Thursday.

Ryan Pugh has been named to the Rimington watch list. The award goes to the top center in the NCAA each year.

Charles Goldberg has video, and notes of Thursday’s practices.

Acid Reign has the breakdown of this year’s Iron Bowl.

That just about does it for the news from the fall practices at Auburn this year. The media is shut out until the end of the season now, so most of the reporting will be about the games. I hope everyone has enjoyed the spring and summer practices leading up to the start of football season.

I am excited to see what these Tigers are going to produce this year. Hold on, it’s gonna be one heckuva ride!

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August 25, 2010

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Evan Woodbery and Charles Goldberg of al.com have the practice notes, video, and information.

Cam Newton says he has been able to deal with the extra pressure Coach Malzahn has put on him. It’s been a learning process for both. Auburn is putting in game packages, and preparing for the opener against Arkansas State.
It’s also time for Super Mario!

Andy Bitter has a look into Tuesday’s practice for the Tigers and some keen observations.
Mr. Bitter also breaks down the penalties from 2009, and gives some insight as to how bad it truly was.

Jerry Hinnen has a unique look at the Auburn quarterback positioning with some remarkable insight. Jerry is one of the best, so pay attention class! There will be a test on the subject.

Emotions are high, expectations are starting to creep skyward, and the amount of daylight per day is getting shorter, so get ready. It’s college football time!

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August 23, 2010

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I have had several discussions this weekend about Auburn’s preseason ranking in the AP(#22) and the Coaches(#23) polls. I’ve heard arguments from “not getting any respect” to “way overrated”. Some say it’s too early to tell if Auburn is going to be good this season, and of course the occasional Tide fan giving his honest and open minded (read skewed beyond reason) opinion.

I thought it would be better to look at the last time Auburn was in a similar situation, and without trying to explain what I found, why don’t I just show you.

In 2002 Auburn finished with record of 8-4 and was 5-3 in league play. The Tiger offense was prolific that year tearing off 5,308 yards. While the overall record is similar, the SEC mark was a winning record, which is not at all what Auburn produced in 2010 while going 3-5 in SEC play.

That season also saw Auburn go 3-1 against top 10 teams with a Bowl game win against Big 10 power Penn State. Auburn played three teams in league contests that were ranked in the top 10 and they were..
#10 LSU 31-7(W)
#7 Georgia 24-21(L)
#9 Alabama 17-7(W)

This past season the Tigers only win against a ranked opponent in the regular season was against the Ol’ Miss Rebels who were ranked 24th coming into the contest.

In 2003 Auburn started the season ranked 6th in the country. A ranking that was to be short lived. An opening loss to #6 USC and the cookies started to crumble if you know what I mean. The Tigers rebounded and finished off at 8-5 with a league record of 5-3. The Tigers got hammered by LSU that season, and lost two in a row to Ol’ Miss and UGA before squeaking by Bama 28-23. Auburn finished the season with the obligatory thumping of a Big 10 team, this time Wisconsin by a score of 28-14.

The offense racked up 4,891 total yards, which seems great but a closer look at the special teams shows a Kick off return average of only 19.4 yds. And, a Punt return average of a paltry 10.0 yds. Plus the team averaged over 50 yards per game in penalties! Sound familiar? Anybody?

Of course, that all prefaced the 2004 squad. In 2004 Auburn started off ranked #17 preseason. Do you believe in miracles?

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August 22, 2010

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It certainly appears that the scrimmage held Saturday inside Jordan-Hare Stadium was a big on evaluation, and teaching. Lots of good points from the coaches, several players were singled out for their efforts thus far in camp, and everyone knows it’s time to get ready to rumble.

Rivals.com has three videos for your enjoyment one is here another one is here and last but not least.

The guys at al.com have been a tremendous amount of help in providing information to us from the grueling practice sessions to the scrimmages, and so forth. Here is another look from the post practice media session.

Also, from Auburn Everyday, some of the best news in a walk-on players football life.
Congratulations to the guys, and as always…

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August 21, 2010

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Thursday Auburn practiced and prepared for what seems to be the final scrimmage Saturday. The coaching staff will narrow down the candidates for starting positions, if not name the starters, and start preparing for the season opener against Arkansas State.

Rivals.com has Coach Malzahn and Coach Roof in HD Video, watch and listen toward the end of Coach Roof’s video he smiles and seems to be glowing when asked about Eltoro Freeman. Enjoy.

Tuesday Rivals.com debuted the new Rivals100, in which Auburn had two commitments in Leeds, Alabama corner back Jonathan Rose (No. 66) and Shiloh, Arkansas quarterback Kiehl Frazier (No. 78). The new Rivals100 also brought about some changes, it seems Auburn has many prospects on the list. 
Other commits and prospective recruits to make the new Rivals100 list include Marcus Roberson, Ray Drew, Stephon Tuitt, Kris Frost, Mike Blakely, Dee Hart, Erique Florence, and Gabe Wright. Thanks to Rivals.com for the links.

The Rivals 250 list has a virtual plethora of Auburn commits and recruits.  It seems that this coaching staff is not content with one big splash. Coach Chizik promised to outwork everybody else on the recruiting trail, and he is living up to his word.

The staff at al.com that cover Auburn do a great job keeping us informed. Here is some video from Thursday’s practice session.
Andy Bitter, the sage at War Eagle Extra has the notes.

Kirk Herbstreit has an opinion on what the victor can expect, in this year’s Iron Bowl.

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August 20, 2010

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Chris Low of ESPN.com has a look at the freshman class of 2010, and which one these players are expected to contribute. Here is what he had to say about Auburn.

2. Auburn’s reinforcements: This signing class could be what puts Auburn over the top this season. The Tigers lacked the depth to make a serious run a year ago and wound up losing five of their last six SEC games. But already, it’s obvious that several first-year players are going to play key roles for the Tigers, starting with quarterback Cameron Newton. Freshman running back Michael Dyer, freshman fullback Ladarious Phllips, freshman receiver Trovon Reed and freshman receiver Antonio Goodwin should add firepower to the offense, and a number of newcomers are pushing to play on defense. Among them: Corey Lemonier at end, Jeffrey Whitaker at tackle, Jonathan Mincy at cornerback and LaDarius Owens and Jake Holland at linebacker. As senior linebacker Josh Bynes noted recently, the gap between the Tigers’ first- and second-team players shouldn’t be nearly as wide this season.

To read the entire article go here...

Rivals has updated their top 250 list of prospective college football recruits, Auburn has a large number of commits that made the grade. The site requires a subscription, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Andy Bitter has a look at the freshmen as well, and his insight is free as always, and right on the mark too!

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August 18, 2010

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Tuesday evening the Tigers held their third scrimmage of the fall. We have the usual rounds of reports from the beat reporters.

Andy Bitter of War Eagle Extra has this…Offense Shines in Auburn's 3rd Scrimmage.

Charles Goldberg has of al.com has these

Video: Gene Chizik on Auburn's third scrimmage

3 Auburn walk-ons awarded scholarships

Fast pace has offense going in Auburn scrimmage

Jay G. Tate has a picture gallery and this write up.

Finally AuburnSports.com has the HD video of Coach Chizik’s post practice media session.

Andy Bitter also lets us in on the two Auburn candidates that are officially on the Butkus Award list for the country’s best linebacker this season.

Brooks Webb breaks the mold completely and shares an interview with one the nations most sought after defensive ends. The Auburn prospect says he “likes” what he has seen so far out of Auburn. Go get this one coach Rocker!

The season is fast approaching, so let’s all pray for the safety of these young men. May the competition begin.

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August 16, 2010

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Andy Bitter, of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has this nice article on true freshman Trovon Reed.

Charles Goldberg has this video evidence of Auburn’s Saturday scrimmage.

Last but not least, Bill Bryant of the Huntsville Times has a look at the receiver position at Auburn.

Fan Day was this past Sunday, AuburnSports.com has these videos for you to enjoy, also a picture gallery.

Picture Gallery

Video #1

Video #2

Two days are left before the beginning of classes at Auburn. Charles Goldberg has a look at the coaching staff’s plans.
plus, Charles has a video of Auburn coach Trooper Taylor discussing Saturday’s scrimmage in Jordan-Hare stadium.

In a bit of bad news, former Auburn running back Ben Tate has injured his ankle during a preseason game and will require surgery. Mr. Goldberg has the scoop.

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August 13, 2010

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Coach Chizik was captured on video by the crew at Auburn Undercover.

Here’s the man, Jay G. Tate has video of practice and interviews.

One of the most popular additions to the Official site is the CSTV feature Auburn Every Day.

Brooks Webb has the inside scoop on one of the highest recruited running backs in the country.

The very best recap of any Auburn game comes from this next guy. Jerry Hinnen of the War Eagle Reader has the most exhausting, most frustrating, and most enjoyable recap of one of Auburn’s greatest games in recent memory. Enjoy!

1st Half Recap

2nd Half Recap

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August 12, 2010

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Tuesday Practice notes from Jay G. Tate/HABOTN

This video from Andy Bitter makes you like Eltoro Freeman, and Phillip Pierre-Louise even more.

Wednesday was Auburn’s first scrimmage this fall. Overall it went “pretty good” according to Coach Chizik. Jay G. Tate has the inside info. Enjoy.

Scrimmage Notes

Andy Bitter at War Eagle Extra has the video you seek.

Andy also has a really good article concerning Michael Dyer. It’s an inside look at the true freshman’s attitude, and talents.

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August 11, 2010

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For any team in any sport to succeed many things must be accomplished. The perfect group of team players must be assembled. Then they must be coached toward that success.

Practices, and personal time needs to be directed only toward team goals, and injuries must be avoided. Many teams try and fail each year to be successful in their sport, only to reach the conclusion that success, next year will be ours!

This year our Tigers are marching toward a goal very few have achieved.

The conventional thinking is, that a football team has to have an experienced quarterback to have any chance to succeed at the national level.

Since Auburn does not have an experienced starting quarterback this upcoming season, it remains to be seen whether or not this year's Tigers can break the mold.

Let's have a look at the Players at the QB position this year and see if we can draw any conclusions.

First, let's start with Cameron Newton. Named this year's starter, he will be held responsible for leading the "Malzahnian" nightmare that is the Auburn offense. The best way to describe Cameron Newton's major college experience is "limited" at best.

Cam played at Florida in 2008 going 1 for 2 with 14 yards. And then, transferred to Blinn Community College in Brenham, TX. While there he led his team to the NJCC title going 11 of 25 for 111 yards. with an INT. and rushing for a TD in the championship game.

Now at first glance these numbers don't scream out with athletic prowess, but read this article written just after the Championship game and pay close attention to what his coach says about his ability. He's a winner. Make no mistake about it.

Just in case you find yourself thinking Auburn only has one good QB, think again. In limited playing time during his career, Neil Caudle has gone 19 of 28 for 202 yards. with 2 INT's and a 67.8 completion percentage. He has also spent the last three years as an All-SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. Last season Neil worked in limited duty behind the resurgent Chris Todd. Leading the offense against LSU, Neil took the Tigers the distance and scored the only touchdown for Auburn in the contest. A beautifully run drive that ended in a pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

This spring it became apparent that Auburn was loaded with QB talent. While all four of these young men were receiving praise from the coaching staff, and players alike. With Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley in their second year of learning Gus Malzahn's offense, they have the knowledge and lack experience. Something Coach Malzahn has proved in the past that he can work with.

Don't forget that Auburn has a luxury this year that very few teams ever enjoy. 4 quality quarterbacks! Coach Chizik has expressed many times that Auburn has more than capable backup at the QB position. The fact is that "any one of these young men could lead this team". A very comforting thought indeed.

Here we check in with al.com for video and recognition of Auburn’s freshmen linebackers.

Access Auburn writer Phil Marion has a look at the defensive line for this year’s Tigers.

As always, Andy Bitter does an excellent job of covering the Auburn Beat. Here is some video, and an article Mr. Bitter posted for the Columbus ledger-Enquirer.

Practice Video

Mike McNeil Returns

We will check back in soon, have a blessed day and,

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August 10, 2010

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Happy Tuesday fellow Auburn fans, it’s only three Saturdays until the start of the College Football Season at Auburn!

We check in now with al.com and see what they have for us…

Video: Checking in with Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Ted Roof

'Roster management' a focus for Auburn as Gene Chizik contends with sparse 2008 signing class

Big Ladarious Phillips looks to make a big impact at Auburn

The Tigers were off Sunday, and will be back in full pads starting Tuesday. Acid Reign

Over at Track Em Tigers previews the Ol Miss game here.. and Jerry Hinnen has a look at Jonathan Mincy, here..

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August 8, 2010

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Auburn’s into fall practice now and trying to figure out how to best infuse the new talent with the existing. There are major areas of concern that need to be addressed immediately such as linebacker depth, and defensive line depth. One area that seems to be okay is running back.

Let’s look at the candidates.

First we will start with the heir apparent to the starting tailback position, Mario Fannin. Super Mario has all the tools necessary to be a great back at Auburn and in the NFL. This is the year that shows he can handle the rigors of a full time tailback at “Running Back University”.

Ontario McCalleb is next on the agenda. Ontario impressed last season with speed and stories of being able to catch squirrels with his maneuverability. Only problem was his weight. His body was too light to handle the punishment a running back goes through. This off-season he added weight to his frame without losing speed. In fact in an interview with the media on Thursday he stated that he was faster. I for one can’t wait to see that.

Then we have one of Auburn’s most versatile backs, Eric Smith. Mr. Smith has exceptional hands, good speed for his size, and blocks extremely well. Slated for the H-back position he has run at the tailback slot previously, so he at the very least a safety net for Auburn.

The newcomer with the most accolades is Michael Dyer. Dyer is fast and built for running back position. He has a fond relationship with Coach Malzahn since his sophomore year in high school. Much is expected of Michael Dyer, and his potential is sky high.

That leaves us with one really big newcomer. Ladarious Phillips. LP is going to explode this fall. You read it here first! As a matter of fact, LP is a good way to describe what Phillips brings to the Auburn backfield. Rivals reported him at 6’ 1” and 275lbs. With 4.8 speed! Dude can stand flat footed and turn a back flip, dunk basketballs, and smash block like nobody’s business. His highlight video has made the circuit with astounding revues from song choice to style of play. Short yardage situations will no longer be a problem for the Auburn Tigers, guaranteed!

Here is an interview from AUundercover.com with former Auburn QB Chris Todd.

Andy Bitter shares two sweet articles from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

• John Sullen Transforms

• Auburn Football

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August 6, 2010

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Here’s video from day two of Auburn’s 2010 fall practices.

Andy Bitter has an article and video of day two.

Jay G. Tate has pictures, article, and video

Auburn received its 15th commitment yesterday. A big fast defensive lineman.

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August 5, 2010

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FINALLY!!!!

It’s finally here. The day all college football fans enjoy. The start of fall practice! Using the term fall is somewhat of a misnomer; it’s 98 degrees and high humidity, which makes for an 108 degree heat index.

Let’s get this party started with some stories from our friends Evan Woodbery and Charles Goldberg at al.com.
• Showtime
• Full Go
• The Perfect Season
• Videos

Next we have notes and video from Andy Bitter at War Eagle Extra.

Last but not least is a visit to HABOTN with Jay G. Tate and his infamous band of Hotties.
• First Day Photos
• First Day Video

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August 3, 2010

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It’s reporting day at The Loveliest Village On The Plains. Today all football participants were expected to report for fall practice, which begins on Wednesday.

Your humble Auburn blogger will be with through out the entire season from now thru the Bowl season.

Here’s some links for you to peruse, all thanks to Mr. Charles Goldberg at al.com. Enjoy…
• Coaching Continuity
• Veterans Report
• Video (Auburn Players Report)

The country’s top recruiting prospect for 2011 Jedeveon Clowney lives up to his namesake.

Keep in mind Shon Coleman and his family. This week was one young Shon would be looking forward to, and he has to recover from cancer treatments.

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August 2, 2010

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This story comes from Andrew Gribble over at the OA News. Mr. Gribble’s story line is centered around some “not yet” stars for this year’s Tigers. This article is on Akeem Means from my alma mater Wetumpka High School.

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Charles Goldberg at al.com has this on Auburn commit Jonathan Rose.

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Another Georgia prospect chooses Auburn. This time it’s highly touted C.J. Uzomah.

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Access Auburn has a very nice article on Auburn’s offensive line this year.

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Dr. Z has his preseason All-SEC list up. Orange and Blue glasses required.

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Here is Auburn’s Official 2010 roster.

July 30, 2010

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Johnathan Bentley of the Daily Mountain Eagle has a nice article about the Chizik era excitement now in place on the Plains.

The Cullman Times thinks the same way.

Here we go again, another group is thinking about giving Auburn the National Championship. This one however, is as prestigious as it gets, without you know it being the BCS itself.

LB Justin Garrett commits to Auburn

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July 27, 2010

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Gene Sapakoff with The Post and Courier has a look at the Gamecocks and Clemson games against Auburn this fall.

Andrew Gribble looks into the plans of Auburn’s senior football class. The following tag has an interesting view from Coach Chizik about the sports agent scandal rocking the college football world.

Brooks Webb over at Auburn Eagle has a couple of good interviews to share. One is with former Auburn great Quentin Groves, and the other with 6th year senior Aairon Savage.

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July 24, 2010

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Chris Low has a look at the offensive lines in the SEC this year.

SEC Media Days Pictures and video as promised earlier this week.
• Coach and Player Interviews

Here is a Transcript of Gene Chizik's comments at SEC Media Days

Jul 23, 2010 10:39 AM CDT
The following is a transcript of comments made by Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik at SEC Media Days 2010 as reported by FastScripts:

THE MODERATOR: We are ready to begin kicking off day three with Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.

COACH CHIZIK: Good morning, everyone. Extremely excited to be back here at my second SEC Media Day. Extremely excited to be up here representing Auburn University.
Just a great, great time for the Auburn fans, our football team. This time of the year is obviously exciting for everybody. We're looking very much forward to the 2010 football season.

I want to thank you guys for the positive spins that you put on our players, what you do for our league. It really means a lot to us with what you do for our football team, but specifically for our league.

I just want to talk a little bit today, before we open this up for questions, about last year, knowing that we've moved ahead. But I think standing up here a year ago, just my first -- going into my first season at Auburn, there were some things that we really felt like were critical to what we were trying to do with our football program. Probably the most important thing that we felt like needed to happen last year was for us to build a foundation for what we're trying to do down the road. This is a long-term plan. This is a long-term vision.

We feel extremely, extremely excited on the fact that we feel like we have the football team based on last year going in the right direction. That doesn't mean we've arrived, and we know that. But going into the season, you know, the question was, What's a successful year? How many wins? How many losses? We'll never try to pin success on a number of wins.

Obviously we want to win as many games as we can. We want to put a championship team on the football field. That's the goal of Auburn University. That's been the goal of the place long before I got there and will be the goal long after I leave.

But the foundation of what we are trying to do is extremely important. We had to come in last year and win the trust and respect of our senior class first in terms of building that foundation. We had to recruit a class in that once we gained that trust and respect of our football team, add to that with a new recruiting class that we felt like was the right men for our program. I feel like we did that.

If you go back and look at the wins and losses of last year's season, you always look back and you can always look at the games that you would have, should have, and could have won. We certainly look back at last year and see a football team that at times played well, at times didn't play well.

But what we did at the end of the day, with eight wins, we had an exciting Bowl game, New Year's Day Bowl win against a very good Northwestern football team that kind of catapulted us into the off-season for our eighth win of the year. Again, as we look back, we just feel like there were a lot of things laid in place for what we're trying to do down the road.

The next thing that I thought was extremely, extremely important was that we have some continuity in our coaches staff with being able to hold on to our coaches. I just felt like there's guys on our football team right now that for the first time in their career, and a large majority of them, for the first time in their career have the same coordinator, offense or defense, for the second year in a row. You've got guys that have position coaches that are really sitting in the same boat.

So it was extremely important for me to give some continuity to our football players with having the same coaching staff. So we were able to retain everybody on our coaching staff. There's 119 football teams across the country that play football, Division I. Out of those 119, I want to say there's a very, very small handful, probably less than 10%, somewhere around 10%, that kept their coaching staffs intact.

To me, that was another part of the puzzle in trying to build a foundation for what we're trying to do down the road. We were able to do that. We were able to keep all of our coaches intact. We've spent the majority of the off-season trying to figure out how we can be a more consistent football team because, as I said earlier, there was times when we really played well, and there was times when we really didn't play well.

So we had to go back and really evaluate, it's been an ongoing process, in terms of going through last year, all the way up to where we are now, and trying to evaluate what is it that we have to do to become a more consistent team. That's everywhere on our football team. That's on offense.

If you look at our offense last year, there was a lot of things we did well. I think we set some school records. I think some guys for the first year being in the offense, we had a tailback that rushed for 1400 yards; the year before, he rushed for 600. He was a second-round draft pick. We've had some landmarks with our offense in terms of some things that are glaring. But what was glaring to us, we went back and watched, we were very inconsistent. There were times when we couldn't run the football, which in our opinion, in this league, is something that we have to be able to do a better job of this year to win more games.

We feel like, you know, first downs, there's just times where we put a lot of pressure on our defense because we couldn't get first downs. When you commit to a fast-tempo offense, those are the challenges for your defense. So we've got to figure out how to be more consistent on offense in a lot of ways.

If you go to our defense right now, there was a lot of pressure put on our defense. There's times on our defense, we played really well. There was times when we played very poorly. So we've had to go back and really kind of reevaluate. We've reevaluated everything. We've reevaluated players. We've reevaluated scheme. We've reevaluated everything that we need to to try to become a more effective defense, taking all things into consideration.

When we were playing in the Bowl game, we had defensive players, because of lack of depth, some of the issues last years, that ended up playing 140-some-odd plays. You'd like to get away from that a little bit.
Special teams-wise, there were times when we were really good. We returned kickoffs for touchdowns. Then we've returned kickoffs for an 18-yard kickoff return average, which is not acceptable. We've had to go back and look at our special teams to see where we are in those phases.

All things being told, consistency is going to be the name of the game with us in terms of us being better and really laying the second brick in the foundation of what we're trying to do.

Again, you know, wins and losses is not really something that we can pin a number to, to say this is going to be a successful second year, because I know some of you are going to ask that. It's more of, we want to be a more consistent team and we want to, on a consistent basis, play better than we did last year, then the numbers work themselves out.

We brought three tremendous young men here today to the Media Day that I would like to spend a couple of minutes talking about. We have Lee Ziemba, our starting left tackle. Lee is a tremendous Auburn man. He had a chance to come out and be a high draft pick this past year, but he loves Auburn. He made the choice to stay at Auburn. Him and I talked numerous times. He's as happy as he's ever been. He's a great Auburn man. I think he's a great story. He's probably going to break most of the records for consecutive starts at Auburn University and has played extremely well last year and we're expecting a big year from Lee.

We have Josh Bynes, who is our leading tackler from our defense; last year, a guy that didn't have any choice, he couldn't come off the field. Played relentlessly all through 13 games. Didn't miss a snap, didn't miss a practice. Played beat up, tired. Just showed a lot of kind of the Auburn way. It's just what you do. You keep working, and you keep working through all the adversities that he went through. Great to have Josh here, too, as one of our players on defense. Obviously our middle linebacker.

Then I thought we would bring a third young man that I think is a great story, and that's Aairon Savage. He applied for a sixth year. It's unique and neat because I recruited Aairon before I left Auburn as an assistant, then have an opportunity to come back now and coach him is really neat for me personally. But just really blessed to have a young guy like that on our football team that brings so much leadership. Has been the epitome of a guy that's been persistent and fought through so many things in his career that could potentially bring you down.

I mean, this guy was a starter three and four years ago when he walked on campus as a true freshman and played very well. He gets a knee injury. Last year he's trucking along during summer workouts, he has an Achilles tendon problem. Just a guy that, bless his heart, has done everything we've asked him to do. He's a great Auburn man, great football player. I'm just glad we have him back on our football team and the leadership that he brings to our team is second to none.

Those are the three young men here with us. Very proud of all three of those guys. Just wanted to mention them.

That's kind of the state of the union address of where we are at Auburn. That's where we're going. That's the direction we're headed in. Again, I think the Auburn family is extremely excited about the future of Auburn football. I've went and talked to a lot of different clubs as we've made the trek over the last few months. There's a great excitement from the Auburn family. That's a good thing.

Without any further ado, I'm going to open this up to questions. We'll hit the ground running.

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Right off the bat, you said a long-term plan and long-term vision. Given how impatient everybody is these days, news cycles go faster, how can you afford to think long-term?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, I don't think you can do this job without having a great vision for what you want to get done down the road. Obviously within those plans, you know, you're in a continuous evaluation process of what's happening now. I mean, it's not like you just lose sight of what you're doing now. Everything is an ongoing evaluation, trying to get better at what we do now.

When I talk about long-term vision, it's not just how we recruit players and how we manage our roster, it's the whole department, starting with our president, Dr. Gogue, with our athletic director Jay Jacobs, with our board of regents.

I mean, our trustees. Look at what we did with our facility upgrades, where we're going with those with a brand-new indoor that our trustees approved. I just think everybody's on the same page. I think everybody has a great vision for what we need and where we need to get. Whether it's facility improvement, whether it's recruiting, we've got a commitment from our administration that's second to none. We're all on the same page. That's a great thing to know as a head coach. It's a great feeling.

So when I talk about vision and future, that's really what I'm talking about.

Q. In the pre-season you and Arkansas are the two teams everyone are picking to ascend in the SEC. Can you compare and contrast your team and Arkansas?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, you know, that's hard to compare. I know Arkansas is returning a very, very good football team. Obviously, we went to Fayetteville last year and we saw that firsthand. I think Coach Petrino, who obviously I've been on the same staff with, is a great football coach. He'll have that team ready to play.
He's going into I think his third year now. When you've been to a place three years, you have the opportunity to have really laid down, for the two previous years, you know, what your expectations are, guys buying in, things of that nature. I know they're going to have a very good football team.

I just don't have time to really evaluate, continually evaluate, other people. I do that on game week. We do some of that in the off-season.

All my time and effort goes into what Auburn does. Those things that other people do, I can't control and don't try to. I got my hands full trying to obviously move Auburn football in the right direction.

So I don't know what people are saying. I'm not sure of what everybody thinks about the status of Arkansas, Auburn, everybody else. I don't really have time for that - and I mean this - I'm very focused on what we're trying to do at Auburn.

Comparatively speaking, I don't know that I can do that and be fair. I just know they have a very good football team, and our job this year is to have a better team than we had last year.

Q. You brought in a pretty highly regarded recruiting class. The NCAA is proposing legislation that would limit a school from offering a scholarship until the summer before a recruit's senior year. Does that limit what you can do on your recruiting plan? What are your general thoughts on that?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, you know, everybody knows kind of where recruiting has evolved, how it's evolved in the last two years. It's the way recruiting is right now. I think technology has a lot to do with it. You have all these different ways, there's more ways to communicate with all these guys. So it's sped up the recruiting process.

I would have no problem with that because I think a young guy deserves to be able to kind of go through the recruiting. I think that's a neat thing. It's backed up to the point now where literally you're looking at and evaluating sophomores. They're visiting your campus or camps, and you're sitting there talking to a 15-year-old what it's going to be like three years from now. That's a little bit of a weird dynamic when you really sit down and think about it.

So I don't know how that would be regulated. Obviously, you couldn't send them a written piece of paper if the legislation goes through. That could be regulated. In terms of the verbal offers and what you say, that could get a little tricky. I think the concept of it is really something that I would be in favor of.

I don't know exactly what direction you would be able to move into to be able to regulate that. Obviously, like I said, you would, something on written paper. But I think it would be good for the young man if the process were slowed down. But that's like trying to put sand back into the sand glass. I mean, it's out. It's hard to go backwards because we've kind of moved in the direction of being ahead of the game when it comes to recruiting younger guys because that's where it's gone.

In theory, probably a good thing.

Q. Talking about the facilities upgrade you mentioned, can you talk a little bit about how that affects recruiting, the advantages the facilities give you in recruiting athletes. Also looking at the class of 2011, can you talk about the depth of that class both in state and around the region?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, number one, when you talk about facilities upgrades, that's where I think administratively we have a great vision, starting with our president, Jay Jacobs, everybody involved. I think obviously it's huge. It's huge. You only have one time to make a first impression. When somebody comes on your campus. When we walk in and have the 'wow factor' with whatever they're looking at, it's big.

The things we're going to do is not only just for recruiting purposes. We want them to have a lot of function for what we're trying to do. The indoor is going to look nice. It's going to be state-of-the-art. There's no question about that. We're going to do that right. But also it's going to be very functional for us, which we're going to get a lot of use out of that.

We've got plans to do so many upgrades with Auburn athletics, but Auburn football specifically, there's a plan to continue to upgrade everything that we can, again, because you have to. That's where the league is.
Obviously recruiting is one of the major reasons that you do that.

In regards to the 2011 state of Alabama recruiting I'm assuming is what you're asking me. Again, the state of Alabama always has a tremendous amount of talent and we'll always do our best to recruit this state first and foremost. We'll continue to work in that direction. But we're really happy with just the relationships we built with all the high school coaches and how they've been with us in terms of treating us when we come to their campuses and things of that nature. They've been great.

We'll continue to recruit the state as our number one priority, and we'll move on from there.

Q. I think it's pretty clear to a lot of people that you did lay a foundation last year with the things that you did. With Coach Malzahn in particular on offense, you scored points, won games, but it seemed at times you scored so quickly, you put a pressure on your defense at a place where you had a lack of depth. Can you also talk about the things you have to do to play more consistently as far as specific variables for your team both offensively and defensively?

COACH CHIZIK: I think the point is well taken. With our offense, one of the things you go into, you sit before the season, you talk about, What do you need to do from an offensive standpoint? One of them is have explosive plays. When you have that -- in our case last year, it was a little bit of a different dynamic, simply because we had plays where we scored fast and quick. We're good with that. I'm good with that. That's not a problem.

But with that offense, there are big-play and big-strike capabilities. What we need to address that we saw in the off-season as we evaluated everything is, How can we sustain longer drives? That was where we felt like, from a team concept, we needed to, you know, continue to improve. So that means getting first downs. That means driving the football, running the football, doing the things that can keep our defense off the field a little bit more.

When you talk about what specific things defensively can we do, I think we just have to play more disciplined football and we've got to continue to - which we're working on now - continue to build the depth of our defense. I think there was a significant drop-off at positions last year between the first and second guy on defense. Not an excuse. Doesn't mean we're not expecting to play better defense this year.

Then from the standpoint of our special teams, as well, being very consistent with what we're trying to do there, it's execution, it's discipline, it's accountability. All those things I think add into the dynamic of our team being a better team next year.

Q. I want to ask you about Cam Newton. Short on experience. In terms of the raw physical skills that you see on the practice field, what are his greatest strengths and areas he needs to get better at?
COACH CHIZIK: Cameron, he is a phenomenal young man, first of all. He's done everything we've asked him to do both on and off the field. You can just see Cameron physically when he walks through the door, you know he's a very athletic, very talented young man.

It's a good thing that he's had a little bit of experience in this league just traveling around and being in different stadiums, seeing it, knowing it. I think that little thing in itself is big.

The fact that he went to a junior college, was able to lead that team to a national championship, I think that was big. I think that's all kind of in the recipe of getting Cameron ready to play in this league consistently.
There's question marks in terms of what's he going to do and how is the function of our offense going to be when you're playing in front of 90,000. Obviously that's the question.

But everything that we have to base our idea on right now, with what we've expected him to do, what we've asked him to do, he's done everything we've asked him. He's really, really worked at it, and a lot on his own. That's the thing that excites me about him. He wants to be a great football player. He really, really does. As we've told him, I've told everybody else, he's got to get on the field now and deliver. That's the last piece of the puzzle and the most critical part. He can do whatever he wants in practice. He's got to take that to the game field and deliver.

We're excited to see Cameron in action in the first game, see how he responds.

Q. You talked about laying the foundation, setting offensive records. With your type of offense, do you think that's the best way for you to sell your product to a recruit, to compete against Nick Saban of Alabama, like you mentioned about the state of Alabama recruiting? Does that help you out selling a different product? Is that the best way to compete against Nick Saban, who has had top five classes since he's been at the University of Alabama?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, we recruit against everybody in the country. As we know, you can tell by how many players got drafted in this league, arguably there's a ton of talent that everybody's vying for every year in this league.

That doesn't include all the people that come from different leagues to this region of the United States to get great players. So we recruit against everybody.

I don't think there's any question that the productivity of us on offense helps us sell Auburn University to a young man that wants to come in and play who's an offensive guy. In one football season, you know, you can look on paper and see touchdown passes. There's so many things that I can go into, I don't want to go into them all, but there's things we did last year that are just a glimmer of how good we can be. That's where we're working. If you're a young guy wanting to come in and play right now, there's not a lot of long lines to stand in at Auburn to play.

The fact that there's opportunities, the fact that we're gonna be an explosive offense, hopefully, more so than we were last year, I think those are all intriguing things.

But we recruit against everybody. Hey, you know what? We just sell our product. We sell our product. Recruiting's about relationships. At the end of the day, recruiting's about relationships. We try to work really hard and make sure that nobody out-works us. I said that from the day I came there. We want to make sure that nobody is out-working us in recruiting.

I've got a great staff that has really bought into that. They are right there with me on it. So those are all things -- I'm not trying to get into a recruiting pitch, but those are the things that are important to us. If you're a young guy on offense, that might be intriguing to you.

Q. Zac Etheridge was officially cleared to play this week. Talk about how much that means to the team and the safety position in general?

COACH CHIZIK: Well, let me first start out and talk about Zac as a young man. This is a tremendously, tremendously blessed young man. What a great kid. He's put so much into Auburn University. He's put so much into football. He eats, sleeps, and drinks football.

Last year when the injury occurred, obviously the only thing that mattered for the Auburn family is that he was healthy again. Football was not in the equation at that point. It's been a journey for him that's been very emotional. There's been a lot of ups and a lot of downs, wondering what is my situation, what is going to be the final verdict. You're looking at a young man that just dreams of playing football since he was three and four years old.

So to be able to get the news. Let me tell you something. Our medical staff, our doctors that are associated with the care of him, have been absolutely phenomenal. Our medical staff is the best in the country, I really believe that. We've all been on the same page all the way through. That means coaches, family, training staff, doctors. It's just been an incredible journey in how it unfolded.

To get that news the other day that he was able to play is just an incredible feeling for our whole football team. Everybody has an extremely high level of regard for Zac as a player and a member of our team. It was great for our football team. It was great for him. So we're excited about the prospects of having him back.

Q. You spoke earlier this morning about talking to the folks, the Auburn people. They were very excited about what they think is going to be coming. Does that translate into pressure for you? Do you feel that?

COACH CHIZIK: You know, more pressure I think for coaches is self-imposed than anything else. I'm just excited about the fact that the Auburn family is really -- as I've gone and I've talked to 11 or 12 different clubs, however many it's been, it's the same passion and energy and excitement at every place. That's really cool for me, because that was one of the things I wanted to do as well, is really pull the Auburn family back together. I feel it and I sense it when I go talk to people. It's really a neat thing.

But the pressure that's involved, you know, there was pressure when I was a defensive coordinator. There's pressure when you're head coach. There's pressure when you're a position coach. Bottom line, we're in a day and age where everybody wants to win. That's not gonna change.

Again, I think guys that are very competitive and head coaches, position coaches, everybody else, when you're in this profession, I don't know that your self-imposed pressure is maybe the most pressure that you feel.

Q. One of the big statements you made last year in recruiting was getting Trovon Reed, the number one player in Louisiana. Can you describe what you see maybe his role being for your team this year.

COACH CHIZIK: Well, it's going to be really interesting because Trovon is one of those guys that can do so many things. We know that he's a very talented young man with the ball in his hands. He can do a number of things. That's why these two-a-days coming up, fall camp, is going to be extremely critical because we have young guys like Trovon that we have ideas of where he can fit and what he can do and what he can bring to the table. We're going to have to get out there and really work with him and see.

Again, we know when he has the ball in his hands, he's a threat. Whether that's at wide-out, whether that's at a wildcat position, wherever that is, I don't know. I know we have ideas of where we're going to try to go with him and how we're going to try to get the ball in his hands, but we got to see how fast he develops. And we got to see what he feels comfortable in and where he fits best with our offense.

But very talented young man, great kid. We're very blessed to have him at Auburn.

Q. In recent years, it's been Alabama and/or Florida SEC national championships. Looking forward, how difficult is it for other teams in this league to catch those programs? Are they that dominant in the future?

COACH CHIZIK: I think it's obvious, if you go back over the last few years, it's two great programs. But if you look at this league from top to bottom, you've got great programs everywhere. I mean, if you look over the last however many, eight, nine years, you've got three national champions from the SEC West, you have a 2004 undefeated Auburn team that was 13-0, that I was blessed to be a part of, that was one of the greatest teams that Auburn has had.

It's the whole league. I don't know that you can pin it on two, because there's been so many other great football teams and players that have come throughout the league top to bottom.

So, you know, obviously Florida and Alabama have done a really nice job over the last couple years, both recruiting and coaching. But the whole league is that way.

Hey, we're going to continue to fight every week in the league no matter who we're playing. But the league is challenging itself. That's from top to bottom.

THE MODERATOR: Coach, thank you.

COACH CHIZIK: Thank you.

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July 22, 2010

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I’d like to thank the Academy…
Gene Chizik in a local public service commercial.

TigerNet.com has an interesting preview of the upcoming battle with Auburn

Jerry Hinnen has a common sense look at the two wide out recruits that committed to the Tigers this week. Enjoy.

Aairon Savage has been cleared medically to participate in Football this fall. Andy Bitter has the good news.

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July 21, 2010

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War Eagle guys and gals, we have a few good article ready for ya. Also SEC media days is in full swing, so when the good guys start their stint we will keep you posted.

Here Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser has a good piece on Ted Roof, Auburn’s Defensive Coordinator.

It’s never too early to recruit the best. Check out the video player with young man’s highlights. Impressive to say the least..

Thanks to Justin Hokason and the rivals.com gang.
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Charles Goldberg has news on one of Auburn’s newest recruits. Jaylon Denson from Hoover.

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July 20, 2010

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Matt Low with Lindeysports.com has a nice write up on Auburn’s upcoming season.

Her is a great interview with head coach Gene Chizik. He talks about the expectations, and getting ready for the season. Well worth your time.

Andy Bitter has an in depth interview with Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs.

I am going to take a little time and boast about an accomplishment of mine.

This is our 100th blog entry on philsteele.com/auburn and I couldn’t be more proud of this. It’s not that I made it this far, it’s more that Phil Steele and his staff of really great folks had the faith and confidence in my ability before anyone else did.

So, thanks to Phil and Brandon, and the rest of his staff, and most especially thanks to you for staying with us through the summer, and here’s to hoping we will be together for many more.

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July 18, 2010

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Hello once again Tiger fans and WAR EAGLE!!!
We start another week with some rather glowing commentary about former Auburn QB Jason Campbell.

Jerry Hinnen of the war eagle reader has an excellent write up on the Clemson game.
I absolutely love Jerry’s style of writing, and his sense of humor always gets me smiling.

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This is why you never ever want to be confused as this Alabama fan…
"these guys who keep saying auburn beat bama for 58 minutes are they not stupid or what look 7 later days bama beat down florida a number one team so my point is the tide played nothering but base offense and basee offence .now the tide could of turn loose like the year before and shut auburn down and beat them 36 to 0 again . these village people are so stupid and thinks saban did his best are foolish as heck . i am so glad my dad taught me to be and alabama earily and not those village people so classless" !

This poor uneducated person wants to convince you that Alabama played Auburn with just a basic set on both sides of the ball, last year, so as not to give the Florida Gators any advantage. Right.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is known as trolling. People of this sort should be avoided at all cost. Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, even Notre Dame has this kind of fan base segment. Please do not get involved in a discussion with someone of this ilk it will only make you mad.

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July 15, 2010

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The Oakland Raiders have signed former Auburn standout defensive back Walter McFadden.

Speaking of the Raiders, former Auburn QB and first round draft pick, Jason Campbell was quite happy being traded to Oakland. Here is a very nice media session

The Raiders should be on every Tiger fans watch list this season with no less than 3 former Auburn players on the roster. The third is Quentin Groves.

Another Auburn Eagle write up that will leave you feeling great. Auburn’s recruiting is truly taking on that National feeling

Auburntigerman has a very good read also over at Track Em Tigers..

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July 14, 2010

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It’s time to take a look at the possibilities of the upcoming season. The big question in Auburn fans minds is, “How many games are the Tigers going to win this year”?

Because of the question being "how many games will Auburn win in 2010”? Bowl games get counted towards that season so, I looked at the possibility that a new starting QB, together with a first time starting RB being the questions on the offense.

I have to believe that a QB and a RB will have to be extremely talented to work together in their first season, and not have some mistakes.

Unlike many, I think mistakes, if they come could/would be early in the season, and depending on what time in the game they happen, could result in a slip up or two.

Tough schedule, and improving opponents in games 2 thru 4 make the possibility of mistakes early in the season costing games that much more a reality.

The first pressure situation that this team should encounter will be week two in Starkville, Mississippi. A Thursday night game and nationally televised, the Tigers will be even more stoked trying to show the nation what they can do.

Add to the chances of MSU being able to keep things close until late in the second half, and the pressure is on, so to speak.

Thus is life in the SEC, and the Tigers will not be immune to the effects of it. Play calling and coaching personnel decisions, will be tested by an up and coming Bulldog squad.

As if that weren’t enough the Clemson Tigers roll in to The Plains the next week. Clemson may have lost a starting QB as Auburn has, and definitely lost a stud RB as the Tigers from the loveliest village have, but the outcome could go down to the last few drives of the second half, and that is where Auburn will be tested.

The following week The Old Ball Coach comes to town with arguably his best team since being in South Carolina.

The Auburn squad has their work cut out for them this year. Make no mistake, this schedule is much tougher than most are predicting. The advantage may be that Auburn has Clemson and USC(east) at home.
The Auburn fan in me says we are going to Atlanta to play for the SEC Championship the realist in me says a chance for two losses and one of them could be early in one of the games mentioned. So here goes, my prediction is 11-2 with a big win in the Iron Bowl.

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July 13, 2010

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Hello fellow Tiger fans. Vacation is well behind me now, and we are going to get caught up earlier rather than later.

Cam Newton is making top ten lists every where these days.

Auburn notes come from al.com via Mr. Charles Goldberg.

Andy Bitter has a neat look at Auburn’s most Integral players for 2010.

Always worth the time, The Mayor has a cool summer time look at recruiting.

One of my favorite Auburn writers is Dione Thrift. He is from the school of short, and to the point. Check him and his skillful penmanship here

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July 9, 2010

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Just in case you missed this, Jay Ratliff former Auburn Tiger defensive end and part of the 2004 National Championship season, was a special guest on ESPN’s NFL Live show with Trey Wingo and Mike Golic.
Jay handled himself really well and is well spoken. Enjoy these two clips…

• Jay Ratliff Pt 1Jay Ratliff Pt 2

Ryan Pugh, the Auburn senior center has made the Lombardi watch list this year. Thanks to al.com we have the story here

Scout Inc. has released their EARLY recruiting rankings. Auburn is currently the highest ranked team with single digit commitments.

Highly sought after running back Dee Hart has listed his two favorites as of right now. The Rivals.com free article comes complete with video highlights of Mr. Hart. Come on home to Auburn Dee.

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July 7, 2010

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Evan Woodbery gives us the bad news on one of Auburn’s reserve defensive backs.

Thanks to Jay G. Tate and his wonderful group of Hotties, we have this picture of Leonardo DeCaprio wearing an Auburn hat.


                         DiCaprio

here is the link to Tate’s page.

Jay Coulter at Track Em Tigers has an interesting article on the subject of “How I became an Auburn fan”.
It’s an interesting look into the way many fans have become Auburn fans with lots of testimonials from readers. Well worth your time.

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July 3, 2010

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There are several good articles out and about that I thought would share them with you.
It’s the off-season and that means previews, and recruiting articles are the only hot news usually.

Kevin Scarbinsky has stirred a hornets nest with this article though.

While there are several good points made, many of which seemed to be copied from another Auburn blog site, I might add, Mr. Scarbinsky seems intent on creating a fire where none existed. That’s my view anyway.

On to the news…

Nobody does previews and match-ups better than,  Acid Reign, over at Track ‘Em Tigers, and this week he has a look back at the rivalry, and record of Arkansas vs. Auburn. Pretty interesting stuff.

On the Auburn Eagle web site they have a couple of nice articles, one on recruiting, the other on Mr. Travis Williams

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June 30, 2010

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Andrew Gribble at OANOW has a look at Auburn’s athletic programs.

Ivan Maisel at ESPN.com has a very nice peek down memory lane, it’s well worth your time. Enjoy.

Here are three different articles from rivals.com that look at future prospects for your Tigers.
• 4-Star RB...
• JUCO DT...
• Georgia Safety...

We’ll be back soon if anything pops up.

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June 25, 2010

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Thanks for being so patient with your humble Auburn blogger. I have been on a mini vacation and my laptop died during the trip, so I have not been able to stay in touch. So let’s get caught up, shall we?

Evan Woodbery at www.al.com has this excellent piece on who has shown up on campus this summer

Mr. Woodbery also has the details on a fine young man from Ol’ Miss who by any standard deserves much more than kudos for his alert thinking and unselfish act during their game against Auburn last year.

As usual Acid Reign has a tremendous breakdown of an Auburn opponent, this time it’s Kentucky.

Auburn has a couple players named to post season watch lists

Thanks again go to Mr. Woodbery and al.com.

Shon Coleman is going thru final stages of chemotherapy in his fight against Lymphoblstic leukemia
We continue to keep Shon and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

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June 15, 2010

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Continuing along the lines of Conference expansion, this fine article by Chris Low brings up some good points that SEC commissioner Mike Slive must keep in mind..

From an unnamed source at the Mobile Press-Register is this little Jewel.

This Past Weekend Auburn held one of the three mini-camps scheduled for High School players.
Mr. Charles Goldberg from al.com has this for us.

That’s all for this week, unless something really big breaks.

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June 14, 2010

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There has been a tremendous amount of chatter this past week and half or so, about the sanctions levied against USC and what, if anything, it would mean to Auburn’s2004 team.

First let me state that we discussed at length already. No need to rehash old posts, or pick at old wounds.

For all the remarks that have been made, the actuality of the findings against USC only serve as vindication to the members of that 2004 Tiger team, their fans, and the University as a whole.

No revote will ever be needed to assure the Tigers of the Loveliest Village, that they were in fact the best in all of college football that year.

It wasn’t the first time Auburn has been snubbed; it probably won’t be the last. Regardless of the BCS or AP media, Auburn stands pat against their opinions, they earned the title on the field of play, fairly against the best competition in the land, period!

Chris Low with ESPN.com has this. Enjoy..

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June 11, 2010

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Just in case you are interested, Auburn’s Football team remains above the APR set by the NCAA. Continued
Increases in Grade point averages and such are expected. Here is the report from the NCAA.

Acid Reign over at Track ‘Em Tigers has another outstanding look into Auburn’s opponents this upcoming football season.

USC got the bad news from the NCAA’s investigation of players accepting money from outside sources. Citing the proverbial “Lack of institutional control” USC has to vacate games from December 2004 through the 2005 season, they will lose 10 scholarships per year starting in 2011 and continuing for 3 years consecutively, plus the ban from Bowl Game appearances for two years.

Appeals are sure to follow.

Here are some of the realignment rumors going around today..

  1. Nebraska to the Big Ten by Friday
  2. Colorado to the PAC-10 today
  3. Martians have landed on Earth
  4. WW III has broke out and we are all doomed!

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June 9, 2010

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This a great interview with Coach Malzahn over at Fox Sports South.

Tom Lugenbil of ESPN.com has a look at the best QB’s of the 2011 recruiting class. No way I’m spoiling it for you, but there is a reason we are talking about it here!

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June 8, 2010

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Charles Goldberg, of the Birmingham News and al.com, has a great read on the SEC West division. It’s well worth your time.

The excitement around Auburn has nothing to do with football, so we will get back to you with any updates as fast as they develop.
Please do not forget to visit Shon Coleman Fundraiser and bid on Phil’s autographed copy, to the Auburn family, of our 2010 preview magazine.

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June 5, 2010

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New with Google is this way to show your support of the Auburn Tigers.

Jay G. Tate with the Montgomery Advertiser, has these notes from the SEC meetings in San Destin, FL

Jerry, who happens to be the premier Auburn blogger on the planet, over at The War Eagle Reader looks into the numbers/math/stats of what works best points wise when the offense crosses the midfield stripe..

Don’t forget to go over to Track ‘Em Tigers and bid on that Special Phil Steele magazine.

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June 4, 2010

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Networks are starting to set some air times for SEC games.

Tommy Hicks has talked with Coach Chizik about recruiting.

SPECIAL NOTICE 

A special shout out to Phil Steele, for his offering an autographed copy of this year’s preview magazine. Phil is the best in the business, and has a better accuracy rate than any other College Football preview magazine.

Here’s a the story and the special way the Auburn family is reacting to the news.

Once again Acid Reign has an outstanding preview of the upcoming match up with Clemson this year.

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June 1, 2010

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The big news this past weekend was the second annual Big Cat Weekend at Auburn. The recruits had so much fun, and enjoyed the visits. Many recruits brought their parents with them, and so far the news is really good. All the recruits were kept away from the public, and that stemmed from last year’s secondary violations during the same event.

Below are three links from rivals.com, enjoy…

• Recruits Talk AU

• More Recruit Talk

• Part 3 of Recruit Talk

If you have been following recruiting, then you know that Keilh(pronounced Kyle) Frazier, has committed to play for Auburn. Frazier is an outstanding quarterback talent with a strong arm, and is very mobile. Brooks Webb with Auburn Eagle has the skinny on Mr. Frazier.
 

Just like last year, Auburn has garnered a high profile commit during Big Cat, and looks to secure several more commitments from this year’s visitors.

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May 28, 2010

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Bad news, for former Auburn great Reggie Torbor. Here’s the story.
http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/news.aspx?id=4313885
Here’s to hoping he lands on his feet soon.

Rednilla over at Auburn Eagle has a nice article on Neiko Thorpe.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=428:neiko-thorpe-ready-to-shine&catid=36:auburn-football

It’s Big Cat Weekend time again. We will try to keep you posted.

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May 27, 2010

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After realizing that just about everybody else is doing the analysis of Auburn’s opponents this coming season, I have decided to just share with you the best of the rest, so to speak.

Acid  Reign over at Track ‘Em Tigers does an excellent job of breaking down position by position each opponent, and comparing them against Auburn. Enjoy.

http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/5/27/1489534/thursday-night-shoot-out

There really isn’t any bigger news than this weekends “Big Cat Weekend 2”. It has been a more deftly kept
Secret than some of the Pentagons war plans as to who may show up.
So far very few names have been leaked.
Here’s the write up courtesy of al.com

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/05/auburn_preparing_for_another_b.html

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May 26, 2010

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It’s a given that leadership is the key to any successful business. Leadership is also the driving force of nations. A good leader keeps things moving ahead, a poor leader tears things apart and leaves them in shambles. A great leader however, can make all the difference needed to take a company, a nation, or a football team from “Good to Great”

Auburn is blessed to have 24 returning seniors on the football field in 2010. The returning seniors have been through the gauntlet of high expectations, and failed attempts at greatness.

Think for a moment what these young men, the “old” guys on the team have had to endure. Recruited by a successful coaching staff, that had been in place for years mind you, only to see the disaster of the 2008 season unfold.

They lived through the most tumultuous year of Auburn football in over three decades, suffered the coaching search with baited breath, not knowing what lay in store for each of them. Then when their new leader was named, saw the Auburn family torn apart over the hiring of Gene Chizik.

How many of you could deal with these kinds of events happening in your work environment? It would not be pleasant, to say the least.

This year, the senior class of Auburn football players has earned the right to hold their collective heads up high and look brightly toward the future.

Alas that is not what is happening. They have their nose to the grindstone if you will. The weight room is a buzz. The summer workouts are filled with enthusiasm and hard work. The film room is being used by, more than just the quarterbacks. It’s everybody on board.

 These fine young men have set goals for themselves, and their teammates. Lofty expectations, championships!

Last season the Auburn football team was better than expected by some, by any standard they were good. Thus, this senior class has a motto “Good to Great”.

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May 25, 2010

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Southern Pigskin magazine has announced their picks for preseason offensive lineman honors. Only one Auburn Tiger on the list, but its still preseason. Enjoy!

http://www.southernpigskin.com/index.php/site/preseason_ot_rankings/

Here is the link to order your copy of Phil Steele's preseason magazine.

http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2010/May10/DBMay19.html

Chris Low over at ESPN.com has a nice article on Coach Chizik.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/10971/chiziks-approach-a-hit-with-auburn-players

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May 24, 2010

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Let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule week by week, shall we?

Auburn's first opponent of the 2010 season will be a simple pushover. The chances of ASU winning are so minute that NASA will discover life on Mars first, trust me!

From the confidence of my recliner/office chair I can assure you total and complete victory in this game.

That is not a slight in any way to ASU, it's student body, or the alumni. A fact is a fact, and there is not a chance in this universe that ASU will win this game.

Still, they deserve respect and we will do just that.

No less than nine players were selected to Phil Steele's All-SBC team from the Red Wolves. With 15 players on offense and 10 players on defense having starting experience, these guys are not going to be pushovers.

Coached by Steve Roberts the Red Wolves hired a new offensive coordinator this season who's name you might be familiar with. Coach Hugh Freeze was the high school coach of Michael Oher, yes that

Michael Oher of the "Blind Side" movie fame. He also was the recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss for a couple years.

The new offensive system will be in place and ready for the season, but as Auburn people are hoping, new systems are much better the second season.
Still, this squad has character, and they will fight to the end.

Let's show the Red Wolves fans a nice time, and wish them the best of luck in the Sun Belt Conference this year. After we dispatch their upset bid early, and get some good practice in for the Freshmen and Sophomores.

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May 22, 2010

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As you know, Dontae Aycock has been dismissed from the team. Evan Woodbery from al.com has been talking to some of Dontae’s former coaches.
http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/05/former_coaches_rb_dontae_aycoc.html
We will have more on this story as it unfolds.

“Rednilla” over at Auburn Eagle has been looking into what’s in the future for Gus Malzahn. It is well worth your time.
http://www.auburneagle.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=425:rednilla&catid=36:auburn-football

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May 20, 2010

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Mr. Charles Goldberg at al.com shares the news about Auburn's newest student athletes.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/05/michael_dyer_other_auburn_sign.html

Daniel Boyett shares this wonderful piece about a former Auburn great.
http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/05/baldwin_register_challenges_le.html

Rivals contributor Justin Hokanson has this enlightening piece about incoming commit Joel Bonomolo.
http://auburn.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1085980

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May 17, 2010

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Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News has this interesting story about former Tiger Antonio Coleman.
http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/05/13/1049774/bills-get-coleman-off-back-burner.html

Coach Chizik was in Mobile, AL recently and added some insight to Ben Tate’s dunk during the Outback Bowl.
http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/05/chizik_auburn_on_the_right_tra.html

Some coaches got together in Mobile, AL for a charity event this past week. Auburn’s Coach Chizik was among them.
http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/05/football_preview_dinner_to_ben.html

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May 13, 2010

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A US Soldier in Kosovo has raised money for the St. Jude hospital in honor of Shon Coleman, the young man who committed to Auburn to play football and was struck with leukemia.

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Here is a picture of his march and so far he has been able to raise over $13,000.00 and needs your support to reach his goal of $20,000.00.

The link to his story and where to make donations is here…
http://stj.convio.net/goto/wareagleshon

Let’s all get behind this cause. We can show the world our strength and unity and FAMILY.

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May 12, 2010

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Evan Woodbery, with al.com, reports on the newest Tiger commit. Sweetwater, AL linebacker Chris Landrum
http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/05/lb_chris_landrum_of_sweet_wate.html

Mr. Woodbery also has a story on the Tiger Trek, which is the new name of Coach Chizik’s visits with local Auburn booster clubs.
http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/05/chizik_speaking_to_sellout_cro.html

Mike Herndon, with al.com has an update about Antonio Coleman’s efforts to make the roster with the Buffalo Bills.
http://blog.al.com/mikeherndon/2010/05/free_agent_antonio_coleman_

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May 11, 2010

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Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel had an opportunity to speak with Kevin Yoxall this past week.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/college/os-adelson-college-insider-0510-20100506,0,3385871.column

The newest commitment to the Auburn Tigers is from the state of Deleware.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/05/delaware_defensive_lineman_ang.html

It’s the summer doldrums around the football complex. News will be slow somewhat, look for the Big Cat Weekend 2 news any day now.

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May 7, 2010

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Jay Coulter over at Track 'Em Tigers has a great perspective on the NCAA's ban recent rulings concerning the number of coaches that can visit at one time.

http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/5/3/1455099/ncaa-rule-change-a-badge-of-honor

Coach Chizik was in Montgomery this past week speaking to the Auburn club there. Thanks to Jay G. Tate for the report.

Shout Out to the HOTTIES!

http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/05/gene-chizik-speaks-in-montgomery.html

AuburnTron's BomexLex has the scoop on the Auburn A-Day attendance rankings..

http://www.auburntron.com/2010/05/06/auburn-spring-game-brings-record-numbers/

Mr. Charles Goldberg at al.com is full of confidence about Auburn's ability to recruit with the new handcuffs courtesy of the NCAA.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/05/its_back_to_basics_for_auburn.html

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May 4, 2010

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How and why do I love Auburn University?

I never attended classes there. I never lived in Auburn. I can honestly say I have been visiting Auburn since the 1970’s. I was a fan of the football team years before then, although I truly fell in love with Auburn the first time I visited there in 1972.

I was a member of my high schools vocational agriculture land judging team. We went to Auburn to learn more about land characteristics and to compete in an event. I cannot remember who won, or if we did well.

I can however tell you that Auburn has stuck ever since. I was as enamored with those beautiful grounds as I had been with any girl until then.

I will not make any excuses my family could not afford to send me to Auburn. It’s a good thing for me in a selfish sense, because I met my wife of nearly 32 years at a Technical College.

Now I have heard that to truly love a place you must attend school there, or live there. For the most part I would agree, except with Auburn. The old girl just draws her lovers close, keeps them warm and comfortable.

The big news in football recruiting is, the over excitement of the NCAA and this complete garbage of an excuse, to attack another SEC University, that is competing for the best recruits.

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-ncaa-rule-will-prevent-future-tiger.html

Please put the kid’s to bed before you ask me how I really feel about the NCAA’s rules committee.

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April 29, 2010

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EARTH SHATTERING NEWS!- kinda sorta

Cameron Newton, the five star, number one rated JUCO transfer, was named starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers for the coming season.

His being tabbed as the starter leaves senior Neil Caudle as the odd man out again. Caudle is the only quarterback to throw a pass in competition for Auburn on the roster.
Here are two stories by, first Charles Goldberg at al.com and Acid Reign over at Track 'Em...
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/quarterback_decision_cam_newto.html
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/4/29/1449643/thursday-newsbits

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April 28, 2010

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Chris Low of ESPN has this about the seniors to watch next season. Two Auburn players made his list. I would have thought more, but of course I see the world through Orange and Blue glasses.
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/10473/top-returning-seniors-in-the-sec

Mike Herndon of al.com gives us this look at Monday evening’s meet and greet in Mobile, AL which concluded the Monday Tiger Prowl.
http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/04/tiger_prowl_hits_mobile.html

Every time Coach Taylor speaks I feel blessed we have him as a coach at Auburn.

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April 26, 2010

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On March 22nd we asked several questions about Auburn’s football team, and what answers we might get from spring practice. Let’s see what we might have learned.

Starting as we did with questions is the offense.
At wide out Auburn seems to be the deepest and most talented. Returning two starters at wide receiver and with no less than four backups with game experience, this unit looks to shine 2010.

The offensive line returns the most game time experience of all the Auburn positions on offense. Three seniors that have started all of last year’s game save two, add up to a very good line returning. The question surrounded the right tackle spot left empty by the graduation of Andrew McCain. The answer came as a surprise of somewhat. Two new linemen started the spring battling it out for rotation and playing time.
Clint Moseley and Rozell Gayden are the two men who have had their shot this spring to impress the coaches.

The question at running back was whether Mario Fannin could handle the job. The answer quite simply is YES! Yes he can indeed. Coach Luper has stated that Mario will get over a thousand rushing yards if he stays healthy. The big plus is Coach Luper also said Mario did not fumble once all spring. That’s impressive!

It appears the question of tight end/ H-back will be played by committee depending on the situation and play calling. Several names appear here, Eric Smith, Robert Cooper, and Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

As far as quarterback goes, whooboy! Cam Newton did not play much in A-Day competition. Barrett Trotter played very well, as did Neil Caudle and Clint Mosley. We still have no specific order of dominance at this position.

Now, on to the defensive questions.

At defensive back we may not have any definitive answers until late into fall practices. On a positive note some of the younger players are stepping up with impressive spring play. Ikeem Means is one name that was mentioned often.

We may actually have more questions at linebacker now than pre-spring. Eltoro Freeman is a big question mark after being called out by Coach Chizik. In a rare media response, Coach Chizik said Mr. Freeman, and one of the defensive backs, Mike McNeil, “need to step it up”.

So as we visit the pre-spring questions some answers have been emphatically answered, while others have not been resolved fully. Clearly some issues have been kept private for team sake, and others need to be answered with hard work. Let’s get to work men; the season is around the corner.

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April 18, 2010

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A veritable plethora of A-Day info for you, provided by Messer’s Bitter, Goldberg, Woodbery, & Tate.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-video-gene-chizik-cam-newton-talk.html
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/day-provides-showcase-for-quarterbacks.html

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/video_auburn_quarterbacks_talk.html
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/video_gene_chizik_gus_malzahn_1.html
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/auburn_a-day_fast_points_fast.html

http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/04/auburn_showcases_quarterbacks.html
http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/04/auburns_a-day_in_the_books.html

http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/04/a-day-game.html

If you took the time to visit the links above you already know that the crowd at JHS was a record for a spring game. Announced at over 63 thousand, it was as forecasted weather wise, and even better enjoyment wise.

While there were restrictions on the defense, some members were able to shine, such as Jess Curry, Ikeem Means, and Antoine Carter.

The offense was able to put up computer game type numbers statistics wise, there were stars there too. Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley, had good days as QB’s that know they can’t be tackled do.
Q Carr, T Zach, and Jay Wisner had good days also.

On both sides of the ball there were names called by the PA speaker that most fans had never heard until now. Let’s hope they get to play often with big leads in SEC action next year.

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April 16, 2010

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Auburn’s Achilles’ heel for 2010

I keep going over what might keep Auburn from having a truly great breakout year in 2010. In spite of the lack of evidence, the consensus is, that the offense will be much improved.

A second year with same coaching staff has many advantages of course. Auburn has the only 100% returning staff in the SEC in 2010.

The question still keeps hammering away at my pea sized knowledge center, and I am most concerned about the defensive line. The starting group may be very good, if yet unproven, the back ups however have very little playing time, and are as green as group Auburn has at second string.

Let’s look at the starters first. Make your claims at who might actually start if you wish, these are the seniors.

#93 Mike Blanc 6’4” 289 Senior
#45 Antoine Carter 6’4” 260 Senior
#98 Zach Clayton 6’3” 295 Senior
Michael Goggans 6’3” 261 Senior

The other gentlemen working hard to either get in the rotation or possible start are:

#49 #94 Nosa Equae  6’2” 249 RS Fresh
#40 Robert Hill 6’1” 239 Jr.
#60 Joe Jones 5’11” 308 RS Fresh
#97 Derrick Lykes 6’2” 281 So.
#13 Craig Sanders 6’4” 240 Fr.
#74 Jamar Travis 6’0” 290 So.

The players names and specifics come via the Aufficial Auburn site.

As you can see the concern I have about this unit is brought upon by two things. One is a lack of playing experience the backups have. Indeed some of them I would venture, you have never even heard of until now.
There is a tremendously wide gap in the experience levels of the seniors and the backups.

Two the total numbers of bodies are severely low for this unit as well.

With last year’s numbers against the run nothing to brag about, it leaves an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach knowing the lack of depth here. It will more than likely take two more very good recruiting classes at this position to see Auburn’s run defense shine as in year’s past.

April 13, 2010

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Our friends over at Track ‘Em have another fine article for your enjoyment. This one is by Jay Coulter and he gives his thoughts on what A-Day may hold in store for us.
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/4/12/1415394/a-day-holds-answers-to-many

Here are some interview video from Monday’s practice courtesy of al.com and Mr. Charles Goldberg.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/video_qb_talk_and_more_from_au.html

Enjoy the beautiful weather of spring, and don’t forget the Shon Coleman family.

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April 10, 2010

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While it is still spring practice time at Auburn, the team seems to be showing a marked improvement from last season already.
“As to be expected“ is the quote from most of the coaches these days.

Let us continue to keep Shon Coleman and his family in our prayers. The bone marrow report came back with a ZERO count as far as cancer cells. A miracle from God indeed. While there is still a long way to go for young Shon we here at philsteele.com/auburnteam page wish him the very best, and a speedy recovery.

Eagle5 over at Auburn Eagle has an excellent article on recruiting at Auburn, well worth your while.
http://auburneagle.com/Eagle5/?p=231

Saturday the Tigers will scrimmage again, of course it’s closed to the public and media, so all we will get will be interviews and quotes.
See you when we can.

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April 8, 2010

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War Eagle again my fellow friends of the Plains. Auburn has been through the midway point of spring practice and inching closer to A-Day.

Andy Bitter has this for us.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/full-practice-notes-lutzenkirchen-back.html
Some accompanying video as well.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/video-malzahn-on-quarterbacks-ziemba-on.html

Coach Boulware has been complimentary of Ryan Shoemaker’s spring thus far. Coach Boulware says the upcoming competition, has driven Shoemaker to work harder.

Antarrious Williams (left) and T.J. Jackson were in attendance at Wednesday’s practice.

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Photo courtesy of Jay. G. Tate, and the Montgomery Advertiser

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April 5, 2010

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ESPN’s Chris Low talks with Cam Newton about the QB race at Auburn this Spring.
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5048246&categoryid=2564308

You have got to be kidding me…….
http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=204919830
What will they think of next, a purple corn dog?

Charles Goldberg has his usually fantastic review of Saturday’s scrimmage. It is the first one this spring, and might go a long way in determining the QB race.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/04/video_auburns_gus_malzahn_cam.html

I hope all who read this column have a very nice Easter Sunday. Remember why we celebrate the day.

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April 3, 2010

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Saturday will mark Auburn’s first full 11 on 11 scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and Coach Chizik has brought in referee’s to simulate a game type atmosphere. The scrimmage will be closed to the public (sigh).

Tell it like it is Josh Bynes. You are the man!
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/9929/bynes-a-different-feel-around-iron-bowl

Post practice report from Andy Bitter includes short interview with Haitian born Mike Blanc.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-video-scrimmage-talk-mike-mcneils.html

Auburn Eagle has an exclusive sit down with Mike Blanc here. The Mayor does an excellent job with big Mike.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=397:an-auburn-eagle-exclusive-10-questions-with-mike-blanc&catid=36:auburn-football

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April 1, 2010

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Not a whole lot of news coming from Spring practice. Just the usual suspects, i.e... trying to narrow down a QB race, "but we are not there yet". This came from Coach Malzahn.

Coach Roof says the defense is further along than last year, as it should be, just not quite ready to say, "as far along as possible"

We have video, and eyewitness proof that the Tigers are practicing. Thanks to the bang up job of Charles Goldberg, Evan Woodbery and Andy Bitter. Check them out here..
http://blog.al.com/keepingscore/2010/03/cam_newton_auburn_quarterback.html
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/full-practice-notes-quarterback-battle.html

Andy Bitter does an excellent job breaking down Mario Fannin's senior season, Fannin is trying to become the starting Auburn tailback, a position Mario understands is filled with tradition.
 http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/fannins-last-chance-is-where-he-started.html

Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser has this list of the current Spring roster.
http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/03/roster-reset.html

In all of this excitement, and the beauty of Spring, please do not forget to send your prayers out to Shon Coleman, and his family. While his preliminary prognosis was a shock, the news afterward that his cancer may have been caught in time for a full recovery is a true blessing, there is still a long, long way to go for him.

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March 30, 2010

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Man, this Auburn Tiger team gets more amazing the more you learn about them.
Check out this article…
http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/6867372/article-Dreams-do-come-true?instance=home_news_bullets

True Auburn men, true American heroes. At least, to one family.

Here is some video of yesterday’s practices…
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/03/video_qbs_and_more_at_auburn_p.html

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March 29, 2010

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There are much more important things than football in life. Let’s all pray for Shon and his family.

Let's All Pray for Shon Coleman.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/03/auburn_signee_shon_coleman_und.htm

March 27, 2010

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News and notes from second day of spring practice. Thanks to Andy Bitter for the write ups.

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/late-notes-onterio-mccalebb-packing-on.html

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/early-practice-notes-bates-played.html

The news that Eltoro Freeman and Craig Stevens have switched sides at linebacker makes me happy. Freeman is fast and really quick to the ball, so I believe he will really improve this season.

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March 25, 2010

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Here are some of the top video links to Auburn’s first spring practice in 2010.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/uncategorized-football/Auburn/Gene-Chizik-134393

http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/03/video_auburn_quarterbacks_work.html

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/03/video_quarterback_cameron_newt.html

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-video-cam-newton-talks-about.html

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March 23, 2010

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Here is a great story from SI.com about former Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/cory_mccartney/03/19/tuberville/index.html

Andy Bitter has a nice read on the spring practice that’s about to start.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/03/rise-and-shine-auburn-spring-football.html

Andrew Gribble has an interesting look at Ten Players he thinks we need to watch.
http://www2.oanow.com/oan/sports/college/article/au_football_ten_players_to_

keep_an_eye_on_this_spring/139373/

Back with more soon,
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March 22, 2010

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Previously we looked at the offense and the questions surrounding that side of the ball that Auburn must answer, sooner rather than later. Now we will look at...

DEFENSE
Defensive back is a place with the most questions, and if all can remain healthy, the most promise. A virtual plethora of returning Tigers with experience are to be found at DB this spring. Safeties, Corner backs, and extra package specialists abound, so the question is...

Can Auburn get good luck at this position for a change and dominate the passing game defensively?

Linebackers, as we found out last year are a rarity, for the Tigers. At least until the fall practice starts, Auburn is desperately thin at this position. Even with Darren Bates moving to LB and Jessell Curry enrolling early, the Tigers are only two deep without much experience past the starting three.

Can the Tigers find a way to get the most out of the newcomers at Linebacker?

Defensive lineman are the real backbone to previous Auburn defenses. The legends that played here are numerous, and very talented. Including the coach at this position, Tracy Rocker.

Can anyone step up and dominate the way Auburn fans are accustomed to seeing?

Auburn has a chance for a really exciting and memorable season in 2010. Getting thru the spring, and fall without major injuries will be a welcome relief, and something Auburn has not seen in several years.
Here's to hoping, and praying for a safe and productive spring practice.

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March 22, 2010

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Good morning and War Eagle everyone.

Today we will look at the most pressing needs at Auburn for spring practice, and ask a question of each, and then after the A-Day game we will take a look at whether Auburn addressed those needs or not.

OFFENSE
Returning two experienced wide outs is a huge plus for the 2010 Tigers, although that missing third receiver that Coach Taylor was looking for last season never really emerged. So the only question here is..

Who will step up and TAKE the third wide out role?

On the offensive line, Auburn is returning probably the best unit in America. With only the departure of Andrew McCain, the question here is...

What will the coaches decide to do about filling an empty right side O-Line spot?

At running back, Auburn graduated one of the best ever to play the game in an Orange and Blue jersey, Ben Tate. Coach Chizik has stated in a press conference that Mario Fannin will get the chance to fill those shoes. The question is..

Can Mario Fannin become a workhorse at tailback at Auburn?

Tight ends are something of a misnomer in Gus Malzhan's offensive scheme. The truly must be able to block for run support, just not always the defensive tackle or outside linebacker. These guys have to be able to run fast enough to stay ahead of the play and pick out whomever is going to a threat and eliminate that threat, even if it is a defensive back. Plus the position requires precise route running, great hands, and the ability to be able to scramble around to help the QB if other passing options fail. Fortunately for Auburn we have Mr. Everything as far as tight ends goes in one Phillip Lutzenkirchen. The only question here is..

Who will be his back up?

Now for the question on everyone's mind. It's a multi-part query, with several twists.

Can Cameron Newton win the starting QB job in the spring?
If so, Can Mr. Newton grasp Gus Malzhan's complicated offense by the time the season starts?
If not, Who will win the job?
Who will be the backup QB in the rotation?
Can Auburn win 10 games this season if Cameron Newton doesn't win the job?

As you can see there are a lot of questions surrounding this Auburn Tiger team. If you allow for injuries, and rotation, Auburn may still be a couple of years away from contending regularly for the SEC crown.
Tomorrow we will try and look at the defense. 

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March 19, 2010

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I don’t know if this falls under cautious optimism or just plain drinking the Kool Aid….

Auburn’s offensive line returns some of the best talent in the conference and maybe in the country. These young men are experienced, proven, and reliable. Let’s first look at who they are, and then, how having an experienced line helps Auburn’s team this coming season.

Looking at them from the Quarterbacks view, from left to right, we’ll start with left tackle Lee Ziemba.

Lee Ziemba               Mike Berry             Ryan Pugh                    Byron Isom               To Be
6’ 8” 308 Senior        6’ 3” 311 Senior     6’ 4” 289 Senior           6’ 3” 291 Senior        Determined

There are a number of variables here that we as fans don’t have first hand knowledge of. One of which, is how and if the existing group will be moved to make room for the open spot. It is possible that Bart Eddins is named right guard and Byron Isom is moved to right tackle. And of course the usual suspects of incoming players, red shirt freshmen, and underclassmen that improve dramatically to fill in the open spot. The one sure thing this coaching staff has proven, that they will play whomever is the best for this team.

How does an experienced line help the Auburn Tigers this season?On many levels, some listed above, it’s a huge advantage for this coaching staff. Four starting seniors is the recipe for the making of a special group.

At the Quarterback position, knowing the linemen have been there and done that, together makes learning the job much easier. That’s where Auburn is, in the QB spot. Learning and executing the complicated, and often spectacular, Gus Malzahn offense, with precision and fierceness, is the order of the day for Auburn’s quarterback.

At the running back position it’s the biggest blessing you could imagine to have this group in front of you. You can bet this group of backs knows how valuable an experienced line can be to production. Look for another 1,000 yard rushing performance from an Auburn running back this season. Coach Chizik has penciled in the name of Mario Fannin as the heir apparent to Ben Tate’s spot, vacated by graduation. He will have to earn the spot though.

As you can see, the offensive line is a primary reason for Auburn’s offense to succeed this coming season.
Making things easier for all the other players to complete their tasks on each play, having confidence that these senior linemen will do their part.
The future is now! Auburn has an opportunity to excel on the field this fall; with all the right pieces in place a special season is ahead for our Tigers.

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March 17, 2010

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Jay G. Tate had a few minutes t interview Mr. Ben Tate. The former Tiger star has a few interesting quotes. It's definitely worth your time.
http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/03/ben-tate-speaks.html

Our friends over at AuburnTron have a bracket style chart for you to see how Auburn won the "Best Uniforms in College Football" national poll.
http://www.auburntron.com/2010/02/18/who-has-the-uniform-to-win-auburn/

Those of you who need your recruiting monkey stroked, The Mayor of Chillville has your fix.
This very interesting and informative article is well done, and worth your time.
http://deskofthemayor.blogspot.com/

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March 16, 2010

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The football news around Auburn is really at a snail’s pace right now. What with spring practice around the corner, and all, this looks to be a good thing. Staying out of the news has perks. Making the news this time of year usually isn’t a good thing…
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/3/15/1374975/leaked-usc-ready-to-get-hammered

Over at Track ‘Em Tigers there is this plea for help, from an Auburn fan that just happens to be a Missionary. Please help if you can…
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/3/12/1370609/dress-mexico-in-auburn

Football related, and past Auburn great related. Here is a look at some “Bo Toys”…
http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/03/bo-toys/

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March 11, 2010

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Here are two good articles from our friends at al.com. They both deal with the recent Pro Day at Auburn.
http://blog.al.com/keepingscore/2010/03/video_nfl_draft_hopefuls_work.html

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/03/walter_mcfadden_makes_up_for_l.html

Jeff  Lebo, the Auburn Men’s basketball coach has probably coached his last game at Auburn. By all accounts Jeff is a great person although he has not brought the program to a higher level in his six years at Auburn.
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/3/8/1361734/lebo-death-watch-begins-now
Thanks to Jay at Track “Em for an insight to the situation.

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March 8, 2010

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The dream exists in Auburn fans minds that "we" can have a Championship team this coming season. This of course is possible, but highly unlikely. It would seem to be an unrealistic expectation to make the jump into the National spotlight after just one and a half recruiting classes this staff has assmbled.

Auburn fans would be wise to remember that most of last years class was recruited by the former coaching staff.

Still, this coaching staff that Coach Chizik has employed has all the right characteristics to get the most from their players.

It's nice to dream, that's our job as fans

The key will be what Coach Chizik and his staff will do for an encore on the recruiting front in February of 2011.

The most pressing needs for the '11 class will be Offensive, and Defensive linemen. Here's my list of where Auburn needs to fill in for graduating players, and attrition. The numbers go like this...

Offensive Line - 4

Defensive Line - 6

Linebackers - 3

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March 4, 2010

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The argument continues to this day. Which conference is the strongest? The latest article to come forth with evidence indicates the SEC is still the nations best in College Football.
http://dawg-extra.blogspot.com/2010/02/by-any-measure-secs-best.html

One of the most successful and published recruiting parties last year at Auburn was Big Cat Weekend.
Good news it’s back, without the secondary violations. You’ll remember last year that Trooper Taylor had received a suspension for NCAA recruiting violations. Here, Charles Goldberg has the scoop.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/03/big_cat_weekend_returning_to_a.html           

                                                                                                                                                           
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/353843-auburn-football-big-changes-in-the-defense

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March 3, 2010

 

Still the best video I’ve seen and heard about the 2009 Auburn Tigers. It mixes some old school names, some former players, and a little Jim Fyffe too. Excellent music, and content. Turn the volume way up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4MmDNnBNtE&feature=related

Here’s the news from the combines about our former Auburn players.
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/2010/02/ex-tiger_tate_runs_lifts_jumps.html
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/2010/02/they_say_im_a_tweener_auburns_1.html
Thanks to Charles Goldberg, and Don Kausler Jr. for the info.

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March 1, 2010

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The Auburn Eagle message boards are chock full of good conversations, and facts. Here is an interesting post from STAT.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/WEAForum/index.php?topic=10608.msg150278#msg150278

Good guy Jay Coulter over at Track ‘Em Tiger has this fine piece on the departure of Tyrik Rollinson.
It’s well worth your while. While you are there, tell Kool Bell sent you.
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/2/26/1326947/rollisons-departure-a-cautionary

Watch yourself on this one. EDSBS’s next going to publish “YOUR” secret numbers!
http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2010/2/25/1326326/for-your-eyes-only-the-auburn

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February 25, 2010

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Strike up the band, well let’s be happy, okay, this beats not being on TV.
http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/02/auburns-day-game-to-be-televised-by.html

We all want to know what goes on inside the mind of the Mad Doctor Gustav, the Malzahnian Maniac right?
Here, Jay G. Tate gets a few minutes of Gus Malzahn’s time.
http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/02/little-chat-with-gus-malzahn.html

Tiger Histalmos at the Bleacher report has this view of the running back position at Auburn this year.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/351822-auburn-football-spring-preview-tigers-look-to-

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February 25, 2010

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Well it seems the news may not be as slow this time of year as we initially thought.
In the sense that all news is not good news, this is not good news.
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/2/24/1324869/tyrik-rollison-to-transfer

The newest release from RC123au is here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHuwKwu_0AM
I just know you will love it.

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February 24, 2010

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Tyler Henderson over at Auburn Eagle has this fine piece for us on Auburn’s Linebacker corps.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=366:an-auburn-standard-returns&catid=36:auburn-football

Chris Low of ESPN has this about Auburn….
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/9148/auburn-to-practice-in-the-mornings

and, the about what to look for in the West division of the SEC.
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/9110/what-to-watch-in-the-sec-west-this-springis

Jay G. Tate of Montgomery Advertiser fame has this unique look into the season ahead of Kodi Burns. Stop by and visit Jay and the gang known as the Hotties. They are good people.
http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2010/02/looking-at-kodi-burns-senior-season.html

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February 23, 2010

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Once again we are trying to come up with news for you guys and this time of year it’s slow concerning football. There are lots of good vibrations around this Auburn team, from the fans, and the administration.
Expectations are running high., and reasonably so.

To look at the future, one must look at the past, so as not to make the same mistakes, and repeat what worked well.

War Eagle Atlanta, over at TRACK ‘EM TIGERS has an excellent read on the top 25 teams of the past decade.
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/2/22/1322374/the-top-25-teams-of-the-decade

Charles Goldberg at al.com has a nice video for us from Gene Chizik’s press conference Monday.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/02/post_58.html

Andy Bitter has another fine article in the Ledger-Enquirer concerning the start of spring practice and some players who will participate at the Tailback postion.
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/02/23/1025825/auburn-set-to-begin-spring-practice.html

We will continue to search the news and get all we can to you.

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February 22, 2010

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Beaver at The Latest in Auburn Football has a nice recap of this past weekend’s visitors to the Plains.
http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/02/weekend-wrap-up.html

Kevin McGrady has this fine article at The Bleacher Report for us.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/349657-auburn-football-potential-for-offensive-impact-for-2010

The official Auburn site has this Q&A with former Tiger, and soon to be pro Ben Tate.
http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/aub/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/021910aaa.html?utm_source=bleacherreport.com

Here’s neat video found on Youtube with Auburn’s 2010 signing day class.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MdiUul6LGo

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February 19, 2010

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Some very good news for Auburn fans and coaches today, courtesy of Charles Goldberg at al.com.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/02/cashing_in_auburn_football_coa.html

Also from al.com, for this piece about prospective 2011 recruit Jonathan Rose.

http://blog.al.com/sentell/2010/02/top_prospect_jonathan_rose_of.html

Beaver has got the recruiting groove working again, this time it’s broke down on Defense.

http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/02/some-top-names-for-2011-defense.html

I had a very interesting conversation about one of Auburn’s players with a gentleman the other day. The player we discussed? Eltoro Freeman. We agreed Eltoro Freeman has the best name for a linebacker in all of college football. Yes, we are both Auburn fans. The thing was, the guy I had the talk with thought Eltoro’s play and attitude last year were a disappointment. I respectfully disagreed with him on the attitude part. Then I reminded him of this. I want you to listen carefully to the part where Eltoro is talking about his commitment to Auburn.

http://videos.al.com/birmingham-news/2009/03/auburns_eltoro_freeman_ben_tat.html

Thanks again to Charles Goldberg, who covers the Auburn beat, for such a good job at al.com.

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February 18, 2010

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explosion

This seems to me an apt picture for the mood in Auburn.

The Tigers have seen their fortunes rise lately with a top five recruiting class, and the return of some veteran help in the defensive backfield. Depth at offensive, and defensive line, linebacker, and just about all aspects of the game has received some sort of boost in speed and athleticism.

All the pieces of the puzzle seem to be in place, if not a little young.

The excitement is building, and the coaching staff wants it to build. Coach Chizik has said he wants Auburn fans to be excited. The thing is with fans, excitement brings with it expectations. The kind of unrealistic expectations that may be, premature, considering the youthfulness of this very young Auburn team.

It would seem to me to be unrealistic, to expect contention for the West crown, and an SEC Championship Game.

I know anything is possible. I also know what one or two injuries during the season would do to Auburn’s chances at even going to a bowl game next year would be.

Let’s not put too many expectations on these young Tigers, revel in their display of courage, and sportsmanship. Give them all the support this Auburn family can give, and love them for all their efforts.
If they happen to take us to a bowl game next year, well then, great! If they win the West and go to Atlanta, then, great! If they happen to win in Atlanta, and go on to play for a National title, please remind me to eat these words.

I’ll gladly eat crow, to watch these Eagles soar to those heights!

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February 17, 2010

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As you can imagine the news is ssssslllllooooooowwwwww concerning Auburn football. All the while this day I have been perusing, and combing the net for tidbits.

We actually have a few pieces of interest like this fine look at the season past and grading the coaches. Jerry over at the War Eagle Reader does an excellent job of this.

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/02/coaching-staff-report-card-coordinators-and-special-teams/

Beaver who is in charge over at The Latest in Auburn Football has your 2011 recruiting groove covered.

http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/02/some-top-names-for-2011-offense.html

And Brooks Webb once again does an excellent job looking at the position of Quarterback on the 2010 version of our Tigers.

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=364:

breaking-down-the auburn-tigers-for-2010-quarterbacks&catid=36:auburn-football

Finally, Paul Stewart asks if Auburn got what it needed on signing day.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/347385-did-auburn-meet-its-needs-on-national-signing-day-2010

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February 15, 2010

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Larry Burton, a long time contributor at The Bleacher Report has this nice piece on Cam Newton.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/345773-sec-surprises-to-get-ready-for-chapter-one

Kevin McGrady has this opinion of how Gus Malzahn wants to use new recruit Ladarius Phillips when he gets to Auburn this fall.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/345757-auburn-football-just-a-little-thought-pure-power-for-2010

Here is an open and candid discussion with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. This fine piece of journalism comes from
Ben Bartley, copy editor at The Auburn Plainsman.

http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/5990897/article-Run-and-Gun-with-Malzahn?instance=Other_campus_stories

More of the interview can be found at The War Eagle Reader in Jerry’s column here.

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/02/its-like-talking-to-a-beautiful-woman-a-phone-call-

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Did I mention it snowed here the other day?

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February 14, 2010

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As we are to sometimes forget, football at our favorite places contains much more than just players, and coaches. Plays and results, are not the only impression left after the game for the combatants, and the support personnel.

Sure we keep score, claim victories, and such. Let us never forget those who make it possible to enjoy our favorite game and those who support the combatants of our favorite game.

There are many reasons to be proud of these young Tigers.

lead photo

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/comm-service/spec-rel/012510aaa.html

The Auburn Tigers football team has a lot of support from the University such as, cheerleaders, band, and of course the students. Here’s a story about one of those supporters.

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/comm-service/spec-rel/122209aaa.html

It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!

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February 13, 2010

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Coach Chizik spoke at the Montgomery, AL Quarterback Club Awards banquet the other night, here is the full context and video of his speech.
Thanks, goes to the Montgomery Advertiser and their web site for providing.

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/section/videonetwork?bctid=65864494001

Acid Reign over at Track ‘Em Tigers has a look back comparing the SEC against, or with one another here.

http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/2/11/1305206/the-decade-in-review

Here is an early look at ESPN’s fall football schedule. As is always the case it is subject to change.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4903371

Auburn is one the country’s overlooked teams according to Chris Low.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/8907/auburn-south-carolina-overlooked

The Sleeper Team gives us this fine piece if writing, listing the candidates who could possibly start and back up each other on the offense next fall.

http://thesleeperteam.com/2010/02/05/fun-with-the-2-deep-offense-or-whatever-gets-

you-from-signing-day to-spring-practice/

The Auburn family has a great deal of pride and passion for their Tigers. That being said, I think compassion has a lofty place at Auburn as well. So if you can find it in your heart to donate some amount to a reputable charity for the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti, please do. I know the event happened a couple of weeks back, but I didn’t want you to forget them in your prayers and contributions.

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February 12, 2010

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Here is proof.

Here is proof.


I was more than a little skeptical about the snow forecast in Enterprise, AL. Home of your humble blogger. I thought a follow up would be nice.

In spite of the weather, Auburn’s coaches are steadily working on next February’s recruiting class. Here are some of Scout’s, Inc. story lines. Thanks to Scouts for their info.

http://auburn.scout.com/2/945866.html

http://auburn.scout.com/2/945826.html

We’ll catch up later, gotta build a snowman.
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I was more than a little skeptical about the snow forecast in Enterprise, AL. Home of your humble blogger. I thought a follow up would be nice.

In spite of the weather, Auburn’s coaches are steadily working on next February’s recruiting class. Here are some of Scout’s, Inc. story lines. Thanks to Scouts for their info.

http://auburn.scout.com/2/945866.html

http://auburn.scout.com/2/945826.html

We’ll catch up later, gotta build a snowman.

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February 10, 2010

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While I’m sitting here staring at the weatherman in disbelief, trying to convince myself that a 90% chance of SNOW is impossible, I’m reminded of this little episode just last spring.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&oi=video_result&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CAkQtwIwAA&url=http%3A

%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DvLYGZizW76k&rct=j&q=snow+at+jordan-hare&ei=gFtzS-i_BI_KsAPek8n2Ag&usg=AFQjCNGLl8X9JVDdqm64SdGnjs0JTv1kDQ

It’s not just that it’s rare to see snow fall so close to Panama City Beach, FL, where I’m only an hour away. To hear our local weatherman report the chance for snow is increasing up to 90%! Wow!

It’s not often that a team gets an upgrade in talent level at any position from one week to the next while it’s the off-season. Recruiting aside, the upgrade in Auburn’s defensive backfield has been a bona fide shocker.

Just last week, we found out that Aairon Savage has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Add to that the return of Zac Etheridge yes, that Zac Etheridge, of laying motionless on the turf for several minutes fame. Mr. Etheridge has been rehabbing his fractured neck and is on course to play next fall!

I am praying for both of these young men to have a safe and healthy return. It’s exactly what I would do if it were my son. Pray for a safe return to the field, if he so chose. Both of these young men will add experience, depth, and leadership that will be greatly needed by a young Auburn defense.

There is still a whole lot of time for Zac to rehab, and then get medical clearance. When he does receive clearance to play we should all acknowledge the hard work and dedication it took for him to make a return.

Let us not forget the trials and tribulations of Mr. Savage. When he makes his triumphant return to Jordan Hare stadium, let’s let him know how much we appreciate him as well.

I can just see and hear it now, one side of the stadium cheering “AAIRON!” while the other side answers with “ZAC”

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February 9, 2010

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The good news just keeps on coming in. Courtesy of oanow.com Andrew Gribble shares this tidbit of juicy info with us.

http://www2.oanow.com/oan/oasports/comments/thigpen_etheridge_will_be_back_100_percent/129295/

Dunaway and Brown of dandbradio.com have posted a nice chat with former Auburn back and current member of the New Orleans Saints, Heath Evans. I was unable to link to it for you so, go to dandbradio.com
And check out.

This is the time of the year where college football is not thought about for most, though the Auburn coaches have been exhausting a lot of effort toward the next recruiting class already. I am hopeful that their work will pay off in a similar fashion as this current crop of recruits.

Happy hunting and War Eagle coaches!

In the real world we as individuals seldom pack up everything, wife, kids and the like to move because of a better job opportunity. Sometimes this happens, but nowhere on the scale of college coaches and their respective families.

Here is a look at what one Auburn fan believes will work to greatly reduce the turnover of coaches at Auburn.
In fact Eagle5 has several good articles over at The Auburn Eagle.

http://auburneagle.com/Eagle5/?p=227

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February 8, 2010

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In case you live under a rock somewhere, This happened…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEddg_xIao&feature=related

The amazing thing is that war with Alabama in recruiting, is in high gear. Here are some extra comments with young Mr. Region

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsvbIcnaWK4&feature=related

For those of you who would like to see some game film of Spencer Region look here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dlzd5b-Xjw&feature=related

While cruising the web yesterday, I ran across this gem from Brandon Henderson over at Auburn Eagle.

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=

360:519&catid=36:auburn-football

In case you have missed the hint here and there, I truly would like to single out the Auburn Eagle for there fine work on the recruiting front as well. War Eagle guys. Keep up the good work.

I have stated many times my association with Track ‘Em Tigers as a fan and part time contributor, as I was visiting this morning with coffee in hand, I ran across this article. It’s so good I wanted to share it.

http://www.trackemtigers.com/2010/2/6/1299165/mark-murphy-talks-au-2010-class

We will have more good Auburn info later, until then.

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February 6, 2010

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It’s going to be a short but sweet blog today ladies and gents. I am off to my hiding place for some well deserved R&R.

This insightful article come courtesy of The Auburn Plainsman.

http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/5766895/article-Chizik-preaches-value-of-character?instance=home_news_lead_story

Jerry Hinnen over at The War Eagle Reader has a very nice wrap up of the signing day class of 2010 for our Auburn Tigers.

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/02/signing-day-wrapping-it-up/

Here is a really neat look into Auburn’s class by Dr. Z over at Eyes on Auburn. He gives a unique perspective of what to look for from this 2010 class.

http://eyesonauburn.blogspot.com/2010/02/turning-tables.html

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February 5, 2010

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Video from Auburn All Access. Thought you guys would like to see this. My friends over at Track ‘Em Tigers put this up first.

http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=aub&media=165902

The guys over at AuburnTron have done it again! They seem to come up with quality info all the time. Enjoy.

http://www.auburntron.com/2010/02/03/welcome-to-the-plains/

From the desk of Evan Woodberry this shows it’s never too early.

http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/02/with_one_commitment_already_on.html

Great news reached the Plains again today when Aairon Savage was granted a sixth year of eligibility.
Thanks to Mr. Goldberg over at al.com for this fine write up.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/02/auburns_aairon_savage_granted.html

Thanks to Rivals.com for providing this for all to see.

SIGNED LETTER OF INTENT

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2
3

Joel Bonomolo
DE (6-3, 245)
Fullerton C.C.
Fullerton, CA
Profile | Video

4
5

Kenneth Carter
DT (6-5, 267)
Greenville
Greenville, AL
Profile | Video

6
7

Ed Christian
OL (6-5, 280)
Lowndes
Valdosta, GA
Profile | Video

8
9

Steven Clark
K (6-5, 230)
Park Hill
Kansas City, MO
Profile | Video

10
11

Shon Coleman
OL (6-7, 285)
Olive Branch
Olive Branch, MS
Profile | Video

12
13

Jessel Curry
LB (6-2, 215)
Buford
Buford, GA
Profile | Video

14
15

Chris Davis
ATH (5-11, 175)
Woodlawn
Birmingham, AL
Profile | Video

16
17

Justin Delaine
DE (6-5, 225)
Linden
Linden, AL
Profile | Video

18
19

Michael Dyer
RB (5-8, 201)
Little Rock Christian
Little Rock, AR
Profile | Video

20
21

Tunde Fariyike
OL (6-3, 295)
Upson Lee
Thomaston, GA
Profile | Video

22
23

Roszell Gayden
OL (6-7, 310)
College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA
Profile | Video

24
25

Antonio Goodwin
WR (6-2, 170)
Washington
Atlanta, GA
Profile | Video

26
27

Jake Holland
LB (6-1, 228)
Pelham
Pelham, AL
Profile | Video

28
29

Shaun Kitchens
ATH (6-3, 211)
Banneker
College Park, GA
Profile | Video

30
31

Corey Lemonier
DE (6-4, 223)
Hialeah
Hialeah, FL
Profile | Video

32
33

Eric Mack
OL (6-4, 315)
Calhoun County
St. Matthews, SC
Profile | Video

34
35

Demetruce McNeal
DB (6-0, 176)
Banneker
College Park, GA
Profile | Video

36
37

Jonathon Mincy
DB (5-10, 175)
Southwest Dekalb
Decatur, GA
Profile | Video

38
39

Brandon Mosley
TE (6-6, 285)
Coffeyville C.C.
Coffeyville, KS
Profile | Video

40
41

Dakota Mosley
TE (6-4, 252)
Little Rock Christian
Little Rock, AR
Profile | Video

42
43

Cameron Newton
QB (6-6, 247)
Blinn C.C.
Brenham, TX
Profile | Video

44
45

LaDarius Owens
LB (6-2, 225)
Jess Lanier
Bessemer, AL
Profile | Video

46
47

Cody Parkey
K (6-2, 195)
Jupiter
Jupiter, FL
Profile | Video

48
49

Ladarious Phillips
RB (6-1, 275)
Handley
Roanoke, AL
Profile

50
51

Trovon Reed
ATH (6-0, 173)
Thibodaux
Thibodaux, LA
Profile | Video

52
53

Jeremy Richardson
WR (6-4, 220)
Springville
Springville, AL
Profile | Video

54
55

Craig Sanders
DE (6-4, 230)
Ariton
Ariton, AL
Profile | Video

56
57

Chad Slade
OL (6-6, 316)
Moody
Moody, AL
Profile | Video

58
59

Ryan Smith
ATH (6-2, 208)
Cordova
Cordova, AL
Profile | Video

60
61

Jeffrey Whitaker
DT (6-3, 295)
Warner Robins
Warner Robins, GA
Profile | Video

62
63

Jawara White
LB (6-2, 220)
Henderson
Troy, AL
Profile | Video

64
65

Ryan White
ATH (6-0, 185)
Lincoln
Tallahassee, FL
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February 4, 2010

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We ran across some vids of Auburn commits this week. Have a look and enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6dlRzu_mBc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-bH_yiBT4E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuSngRZ2tNs

2010 started off great and is only getting better. Walt McFadden had a great New Years Day game against Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzbvu0u1vTk

I found this video and like it. One exception is that the artist jumped the gun on one recruit that did not commit to Auburn. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6dlRzu_mBc

Spring practice is scheduled to start on March 23rd with A Day to be April 17th. Let’s show these young men we support them and all go to the A Day game.

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February 4, 2010

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Here is a great look at Auburn’s latest recruiting class from Auburn Eagle. Those guys do such a wonderful job over there. Please add them to your favorites and visit often.

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=357:on-the-recruiting-trail-with-the-mayor-and-ausporttalk-qsigning-day-editionq&catid=37:auburn-recruiting

Kevin McGrady over at The Bleacher report has a brief look at some of the hidden talent in this year’s class.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/338984-auburn-football-is-there-hidden-talent-in-this-greatest-of-classe

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Here I sit. Waiting, no, anxiously awaiting When the Nurse asks, how do you feel? Between, when the movie previews end, and the actual movie starts. The moment when the alarm sounds, and I have to start getting ready for National Signing Day.

Confused? So am I.

You see, it’s not that this day has been historical in it’s own right. It has. This day, a day many Auburn faithful will remember as the day when the Auburn football program took a giant step forward.

I am afraid that I’ll wake up and this day will have been a dream.

This day has seen achievement of a promise fulfilled, by an extremely hard working and diligent coaching staff. 

Many said it couldn’t be done. Others said Auburn was irrelevant, suffering from delusions of grandeur. I even heard “little brother syndrome” tossed around.

How in the face of all the competition around our little piece of paradise, could Auburn even think of saying, much less doing, “We will go for the best athletes, no matter where they are, as long as they are right for Auburn”?

Well, burn my biscuits, and kiss my grits! Not only has Gene Chizik delivered on a promise, he emphatically states this is the “building block”. This class is the “start of what we need to do to get where we want to be”.

By now you should know Auburn has signed it’s best recruiting class since there have been people keeping up with such things. Which in short means EVER!

War Eagle coaches. Thanks to you, your families, and all the Auburn people involved in this magnificent effort.

This year’s most unusual name for a commitment goes to Tunde Fariyike. Here’s the way Coach Chizik pronounced his name: toon day// fara yock ee. I can’t wait to here Stan White with that one. Love you Stan, but that one will get you. I have a steak dinner riding on it.

Coach Chizik was questioned about several of his commitments and what sort of talent he thought they had. Here is what he said about Michael Dyer. “Dyer brings a rare combination of power, speed, and vision. Plus he has such a dynamic personality”

Here’s a terrific story on Auburn commit Justin Delaine.

http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/02/lindens_justin_delaine_finds_c.html

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February 1, 2010

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Here is a great story about Jay Jacobs. Mike Szvetitz went in depth, and personal with Jacobs here, and it’s well worth your time.

http://www2.oanow.com/oan/sports/college/article/au_athletics_faith_love_

of_university_guide_jacobs_as_athletic_director/126776/

Andy Bitter has his usual intelligent look at recruiting. Just two days from signing day, Mr. Bitter breaks down the outlook for some players Auburn is trying to land.

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/02/recruiting-watch-and-down-stretch-they.html

Kevin McGrady over at the Bleacher Report has this nice write up on the current push for defensive players from the Auburn staff.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/336753-auburn-football-recruiting-tigers-get-defensive-with-class

Maxwell Newfield of The Auburn Plainsman has a unique article from an Auburn professor, who was in Haiti during the tragic earthquake.

http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/5681522/article-University-professor-experiences-Haiti-disaster-firsthand?instance=home_news_1st_right

Finally and by no means is this a slight. Being last on this page in particular is the “SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST” emphasis, guaranteed!

http://www.gulfeast2.com/index.php/auburnversus/comments/au_gymnastics_tigers_finally_get_past_five-time_defending_champion_gym_dogs/

Congratulations, goes out to the Tigers of the gymnastics world. What an Ausome accomplishment. Keep up the good work!

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January 30, 2010

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If you haven’t seen this excellent video yet, I recommend that take the time to do so now. It’s Ausome!

http://www.auburntron.com/2010/01/29/auburn-2010-video/

What can I say about this next piece, just check it out for yourselves.

http://www.auburntron.com/2010/01/29/aairon-savage-is-van-wilder-of-football/

The guys over at AuburnTron do a magnificent job. I highly recommend adding them to your favorites.

Come join the crowd…

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National signing day is fast approaching. I’m thinking it should be a holiday, or something. Scott Reaves has the scoop on Auburn’s class so far with this fine piece.

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=354:countdown-to-national-signing-day-volume-iii&catid=37:auburn-recruiting

Beaver over at The Latest in Auburn Football has these for us.

http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/01/updates_28.html

Then there’s this http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/01/name-to-watch.html

January 29, 2010

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Splash?

When it was announced that Gene Chizik was going to become Auburn’s next football coach, emotions, and reactions ran wild. There were feelings of discontent. Some people were upset that Jay Jacobs, Auburn’s athletic director, didn’t seem to exhaust the effort to really find a proven coach.

Aside from the idiocy of the person who video tapped himself at the Auburn airport booing Jacobs after his return from seeing Chizik, sentiment varied widely.  Charles Barkley said that Auburn missed an opportunity to make a “SPLASH”. His feelings were broadcast nationally on ESPN and as true to his form, he told the country exactly what he was thinking. No apologies. In my humble opinion he does not owe anyone an apology. I also feel that discretion would have been better served, by announcing his feelings to the administration at Auburn, rather than publicly.

Splash by definition is to spatter, but more commonly used, as Mr. Barkley chose, as a synonym for impression, or sensation.

The splash Sir Charles wanted to make was to hire Turner Gill from Buffalo to be the Head Coach at Auburn. His reasoning has nothing to do with football per say, but socio-cultural intentions. The color of his skin seems to matter as much as, or more so than win-loss.

Without stirring up the proverbial hornets nest, I would hope the color of a man’s skin has less to do with his value as a potential coach. I for one could care less if he is polka-dotted, as long as he loves my Auburn, and treats it with the utmost care and respect.

That’s right “MY” Auburn. Mine by choice, mine by giving my heart to Auburn standards, Auburn’s creed, and Auburn athletics.

Clearly the issue here is that not only was Jay Jacobs not wanting to make a mere splash, but build a wave, a wave that can and will consume the SEC under sheer force. The method was questioned. The results are yet to be fully realized. Never the less, I have my surfboard waxed, and I’m ready to ride.

Splash indeed.

As I write this Turner Gill has been named as the Head Coach at Kansas. His staff is nearly intact, and his chance is before him. I for one wish him the best of luck.

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January 27, 2010

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We should all be very happy. Auburn’s coaching staff is putting on one heck of a good show for their first full recruiting class. Nothing says I’m working hard for you like positive results. No excuses, just positive results.

Scott Reaves over at Auburn Eagle has this update for us. As usual it’s magnificent!

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=352:roller-coaster-ride&catid=37:auburn-recruiting

The list of invitees to the NFL combines has grown to two from Auburn. Ben Tate, and Antonio Coleman are going to Indianapolis for the tryouts. Considering how few seniors there were on the 2009 squad, not bad.

National signing day for potential student athlete football players is Feb 3rd, 2010. I plan on being right here in the drivers seat from early to late. So if there are any major surprises, I will let you know.

Talk around the Internet about Auburn’s potential class is positive. Except where maybe Crimson is the color of choice. That can and should be expected, although tacky.

News is slow right now except for recruiting. After the big push for signing day, it will just crawl.

If any of you have any suggestions, or ideas you would like to see discussed here please feel free to let us know at koolbell4au@gmail.com.

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January 25, 2010

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I was cruisin’ the net and ran across these tidbits. Some are a few days old and some are fresh

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/01/never-to-yield/

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/01/war-drobe-eagle-cannonball-run-1981/

Kevin McGrady has done a fine job with this piece. Check out his comments about what to say to Marcus Lattimore about Auburn vs. So. Carolina, head to head rushing stats.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/332338-auburn-recruiting-tid-bits-from-the-weekend

Mr. Goldberg over at al.com has this nice write up.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/auburn_recruiting_a_weekend_up.html

Evan Woodberry of al.com let’s us know how many Auburn alum are in the Super Bowl.

http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2010/01/jerraud_powers_representing_au.html

Then, there’s just plain old fun. Finding this jewel on the net I couldn’t help but laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qopm8zYNL0g

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January 24, 2010

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With the coaching turmoil surrounding the carousel of change this post season. I thought it might be interesting to look at Auburn’s 2010 football schedule. An early look at what effect these coaches may have at their new schools. With a little prognostication thrown in as well.

Auburn’s 2010 football schedule is as follows:

9/04/10 vs. Arkansas State @ Auburn

090/09/10 @ Miss State

09/18/10 vs. Clemson @ Auburn

09/25/ vs. South Carolina @ Auburn

10/02/10 vs. La. Monroe @ Auburn

10/09/10 @ Kentucky

10/16/10 vs. Arkansas @ Auburn

10/23/10 vs. LSU @ Auburn

10/30/10 @ Ol’ Miss

11/06/10 vs. Tenn. Chattanooga (HC) @ Auburn

11/13/10 vs. Georgia @ Auburn

11/26/10 @ Alabama

In our previous blog we looked at the first half of the schedule. Now let’s dive into the second half.

KENTUCKY

The Wildcats are sporting a new coach, sort of, this year. Joker Phillips played the coach-in-waiting game and it worked in his favor. Phillips has been the offensive mind of the Lexington felines and now is the man.
I don’t look for there to be very much difference in this year’s version from what we saw last year in a loss at Jordan-Hare.

Auburn will have to find a way to take the Kentucky crowd out of the game early, and not let the home team gain any momentum if it wants to leave with a win.

ARKANSAS

Arkansas has hired two new assistant coaches one for defense, and the other for wide receivers. Both are known for being very good recruiters.

Steve Caldwell who coached at Tennessee previously, will work with the defense.

Chris Cinkovic who coached wide outs at UNLV the last six seasons will assume the same duty at Arkansas.

With the return of Ryan Mallett, and possibly an increase in production from the wide outs, Auburn will need to make full use of it’s home field advantage here.

LSU

While there were no major changes to this staff, Coach Miles could be on the hot seat by the time the Bengal Cats get to Jordan-Hare.

Who knows what will happen in this game. Figuring out Les Miles play calling, and clock management, can give one the impression that he may not be in full control of all his faculties. However, do not mistake this as a weakness. Coach “hat” as he is sometimes referred to, always fields a tough, and physical bunch whose speed can wreak havoc on opposing teams.

OLE’ MISS

No major changes here. The loss of 20 or more seniors is going to test this staff.

Auburn has to find a way to go to Oxford and come back with the “W”.
The Rebels are anxious to prove they can win the big games. By the time this one gets played, it may decide who still has a shot in the West.

U.T. CHATTANOOGA

It’s homecoming. Enough said!

GEORGIA

Mark Richt has found himself right smack in the middle of a family feud. Some of the Dawg nation wants him gone, while others want to give him time to turn it around in Athens. Richt tabbed Todd Grantham to be his new Defensive Coordinator. Grantham has 11 years NFL coaching experience, most recently with the Dallas Cowboys. The Bulldogs also hired Scott Lakatos as their new defensive backs coach. Lakatos was with the Uconn program prior to accepting the position.If by this time Georgia is slipping a little, look for desperation on the part of this coaching staff to win a big conference game on the road.

Auburn should be well past any excuses by now, and ready to end this miserable losing streak, against the Bulldogs.

ALABAMA

Coach Saban and the University were able to keep the most important parts of their staff intact, save for linebacker coach James Willis. Willis was hired away by former boss Tommy Tubberville to be the Defensive Coordinator at Texas Tech.

No worries here. Just play with the enthusiasm, and passion of the 2009 squad and be in the game late. With the added depth maybe, just maybe, Auburn can finish this one off with a victory on foreign soil.

Of course I kid. Alabama will be the best coached, and most difficult opponent Auburn goes up against.

I can’t wait!

WAR EAGLE!

January 23, 2010

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With the coaching turmoil surrounding the carousel of change this post season. I thought it might be interesting to look at Auburn’s 2010 football schedule. An early look at what effect these coaches may have at their new schools. With a little prognostication thrown in as well.

Auburn’s 2010 football schedule is as follows:

9/04/10 vs. Arkansas State @ Auburn

090/09/10 @ Miss State

09/18/10 vs. Clemson @ Auburn

09/25/ vs. South Carolina @ Auburn

10/02/10 vs. La. Monroe @ Auburn

10/09/10 @ Kentucky

10/16/10 vs. Arkansas @ Auburn

10/23/10 vs. LSU @ Auburn

10/30/10 @ Ol’ Miss

11/06/10 vs. Tenn. Chattanooga (HC) @ Auburn

11/13/10 vs. Georgia @ Auburn

11/26/10 @ Alabama

ARKANSAS STATE

Arkansas State has not had to look for a new head coach this off-season, although they did hire a new Offensive Coordinator. Clay Helton has spent the past 10 years coaching various positions at Memphis. He will assume the Red Wolves QB coaching as well.

I have little doubt this will affect the outcome of the game. ASU should be out manned, and no match for Auburn. That is not a knock against Arkansas State, just the reality of the situation.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

There is a consensus of opinion that the Bulldogs were a much better team last year under Dan Mullen.

The two coaching changes in Starkville, MS were made on the defensive side of the ball. A new coordinator in Manny Diaz, who will also coach the linebackers and the addition of Chris Wilson as defensive line coach will surely bring positive results.

While Diaz, has had a nationally ranked defense at Middle Tennessee lately Wilson has been the D-line coach at Oklahoma.

Last season State played Auburn tough in the loss on the road. Auburn will have to play mistake free ball to keep ahead of the resurgent Bulldogs.

CLEMSON

While there were no significant changes to the coaching staff under Dabo Swinney this year, look for some adjustments in play calling in 2010. The Tigers finished in the top 25 in his first full year at the helm. His staff is intact, and more familiar with each other.

Look for this to a major test for Auburn. Clemson should come into Jordan-Hare ready to prove they can compete against SEC teams.

SOUTH CAROLINA

The biggest change at USC east was the O- line coach. Eric Wolford left the Gamecocks to become the head coach at Youngstown State he will be replaced by Shawn Elliott who coached the same position at Appalachain State.

Unless Spurrier has lost his ability to recognize coaching talent, this move will have little effect on the outcome of this game.

LOUISIANNA MONROE

An entirely new staff has been brought to Monroe LA. The Warhawks have got to start over with a new coaching staff, and philosophy in 2010.

This is one of those games that just make your skin crawl. The potential is always there for the Warhawks to pull the upset. This game may be the only time they appear on National TV, so look for their best effort.

We will back later with the rest of Auburn’s opponents. Please come back and check it out. Feel free to leave comments at koolbell4au@gmail.com

January 21, 2010

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The “Not So” Special Teams

If any single area of Auburn’s team play on the field last year could be described as dismal, more than the Special Teams Units, I would have to argue that’s “Not So”!

Sure, I know Wes Byrum had a great year! I have voiced my opinion of that on numerous occasions. Simply put though, Auburn never found an adequate punt return specialist, a kickoff cover team, or punt cover team that worked to Coach Chizik’s expectations.

This weakness was a profound proponent in two of Auburn’s losses this past season.

**Against Arkansas Auburn was mounting a comeback, only to have the kickoff cover team allow a return 70 yards, which led to an easy TD effectively killing any momentum. The result would be the demise of the heart of this team until the coaches snapped them out of it against Ol’ Miss. Even in the win against the Rebels, Auburn’s coverage allowed a return for a TD.

True that while a special teams play kept Auburn close in the Georgia game, it was special teams’ play that allowed a punt return for a TD against Miss State, and a 56 yard return to set up Alabama in good field position.

For the season opponents averaged 23.5 yards per return, two first downs according to Coach Chizik’s philosophy.

Auburn’s coaching staff will spend an enormous amount of time on these aspects this spring and next fall. The dividends must pay off early and consistently.

WAR EAGLE!

** All stats are courtesy of Auburn’s Official Web Site

January 20, 2010

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I thought it would be interesting to see a profile of Auburn’s recruiting class. The one’s who have committed to playing for the Tigers. The source is rivals.com. It is from the freebie section so, no, I didn’t print anything confidential. Thanks to the guys at Rivals, by the way.

Let’s start with the defense. This side of the ball definitely needs the most influx of players ready to step in right away. Depth was a major concern in 2009 for this unit, so getting the right mix of talent was most crucial this go around.

At defensive line:
http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=102726   - Justin Delaine

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=98567   - Joel Bonomolo

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=86064   - Kenneth Carter

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=85394   - Craig Sanders

At Linebacker we have:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=87849   - Jake Holland

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=89598   - Ladarius Owens

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=88662   - Jessel Curry

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=84899   - Jawara White

At the Corner Back position we have:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=87477   - Jonathan Mincey

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=84713   - Demetruce McNeal The Athlete title comes from the players days at High school. These players generally can do it all. Including special teams. They include:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=80215   - Trovon Reed

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=84711   - Shaun Kitchens

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=91660   - Chris Davis

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=98126   - Ryan White

On the offensive side of the ball, we are counting on increased speed, and depth.
The offensive line looks to be the strongest area of Auburn’s recruiting efforts.
It starts with:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?sport=1&pr_key=87679  - Shon Coleman

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=84547  - Eric Mack

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=97661   - Roszell Gayden

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=87045   - Ed Christian

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=99717   - Chad Slade

At running back Auburn has hit the jackpot with:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?sport=1&pr_key=72082  - Michael Dyer

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=86052   - D. J. Howard

The receiving corps has got to be the strongest ever recruited by an Auburn staff. They include

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=88784   - Jeremy Richardson

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=85342   - Antonio Goodwin

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=96986   - Brandon Mosley

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=78742   - Dakota Mosley

Auburn really didn’t need a QB, but hey, why look a gift horse in the mouth?

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=95471   - Cam Newton

Kickers are:

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=103209   - Steven Clark

http://auburn.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=84292   - Cody Parkey

We hope these young men have made the wise choice for themselves and their families. Their future will be brighter with a college education. May they all stay healthy, graduate, and lead prosperous lives.

Signing day can’t get here soon enough!

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January 20, 2010

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The Auburn family has a new hope, a new enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Why? Well, let’s look at some of the reasons, shall we?

As we all know, a new coaching staff was brought onto the Plains for 2009. This new staff did an incredible job sewing together a respectable group of young Tigers. This group will be the leaders of this team in the very near future. Job one was accomplished with little fanfare.

After the defections, the suspensions, and the termination of the few players inherited by these coaches, Auburn found out what it had left to work with as a team. *This team would be picked to finish next to last in the West Division of the SEC, and to have a losing season to boot.

The so-called “experts”, many of who weren’t impressed with the staff, compared the failed attempts of the spread offense at Auburn in 2008 to what was coming. Oh, how wrong they were. 

By the end of the season Auburn had beat the expectations of the experts and many of the fans. Nothing taste as sweet as victory. Victory did come and the goal set by Coach Gene Chizik at the beginning of the season was realized. He said to his coaches “We won’t be sitting at home this Holiday Season”. Meaning no matter what we have to do, win enough games to get this team in a Bowl game.

All of this was to preface the “new hope”. This current recruiting class has brought with it some major national headlines. National rankings in recruiting are climbing. Auburn is relevant again in recruits’ minds, and the party is just getting started!

The current players are what has fueled this humble writers hope though. When you listen to their excitement, to what they think lies ahead for this team, it will give you goose bumps. To a man it seems they are stating **this only going to get better. Auburn is back!

Then think of the possibilities. When current recruits say things like *** “I came down this weekend to hang out with team, and help try and recruit some of these guys who aren’t committed yet”.

It is way too early to tell how and if these young men can help this squad. The depth will surely be a problem next season as well if these recruits can’t help right away. The most important thing for Chizik and his staff was to find the players that could get in right away and help. Time will tell if they got it right. If they get it right, then the sky is the limit. If not, we need the patience to give these coaches a couple of more years.

*   http://www.al.com/sports/birmingham/index.ssf/2008/05/its_always_time_for_football_p.html

**   http://blog.al.com/keepingscore/2010/01/video_auburn_player_postgame_i.html

http://www.dandbradio.com/audio.asp?CatID=362

***   http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/auburn_gets_high_marks_on_recr.html

Credits- Video goes out to al.com, and the guys who do such great work there.
Audio, of the Michael Dyer interview, courtesy of Dunaway and Brown. If you don’t visit this site, you should. Just add their station to your favorites and ENJOY!

The best free coverage of this weekends recruiting, was done by Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser.
His insight and questions to the potential players are second to none. Highly recommended that you add his site to your fav’s as well.

WAR EAGLE!

January 17, 2010

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As noted earlier, this past weekend was huge for Auburn’s recruiting efforts. Many of the recruits left with positive thoughts on Auburn, and the Auburn family.

Perhaps none were more important than the others, still it was relief to hear Shon Coleman has reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/more_recruiting_offensive_line.html

The player position this coaching staff has put the most emphasis lately seems to be defensive tackle. Auburn hosted two highly rated players this weekend.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/jeffrey_whitaker_likes_auburn.html

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/recruiting_update_defensive_ta.html

I like that Michael Dyer has seen fit to play himself an Auburn recruiter. He and his high school teammate Dakota Moseley drove down to Auburn to help with the recruiting effort this weekend.

Seems many of Auburn’s verbal commitments have taken an active role in recruiting the few left who haven’t made their decisions final.

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2010/01/auburn_gets_high_marks_on_recr.html

National signing day is soon. Excitement is building.

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January 14, 2010

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Recruiting is the talk of the day. Here are some links to a few of the better insights.
Brad Davis and Scott Reaves seem to have a firm grasp of the recruiting goings on. You should probably add this link to your favorites.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=344:on-the-recruiting-trail-with-the-mayor-and-ausporttalk-volume-iv&catid=37:auburn-recruiting

As usual Jerry of Joe Cribs Car Wash fame is spot on with his analysis. He’s over at The War Eagle Reader.

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/01/krootin-the-offensive-overview-plus-numbers/

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/01/krootin-the-defensivest-overview-plus-projection/

Kevin McGrady has a good look over at Bleacher Report.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/326170-auburn-football-gene-chizik-era-nsd-recruiting-update

This weekend Auburn will play host. Thanks to our friends at Auburn Eagle, Brandon Henderson let’s us in on the who’s who.
http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=342:big-men-on-campus-this-weekend&catid=37:auburn-recruiting

Mr. Phil Steele has this opinion of the players and post-season honors in the SEC for 2009.

http://philsteele.com/fbsinfo/FBSAllConf/2009allconf_freshman/SEC_postssn.html

I was one of the many Auburn faithful that howled at the media for not including Darvin Adams on the All-SEC team’s list. Not to mention the fact the best Place Kicker in the league was hands down, Wes Byrum. Don’t get me started on Walt McFadden; he had as good a season at DB as any in the league.
Thanks, Phil. I needed that. We needed that.

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January 12, 2010

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Oh my, how we love our Auburn Tigers. How about the defense in the West Virginia game? Heck, how about the FANS in the West Virginia game? How about the student section? How about nearly 4 inches of rain in less than 2 hours? Some of the recruits really were impressed with fans at that game in particular

Let’s just remember shall we?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU3xxXgnBcQ

How about breaking the early playing time jinx (if you believe in that sort of hype) against ‘Ol Miss?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcVBmUIXAsw

Put that fire out in Tampa too!

If this doesn’t make you love the 2009 edition of Auburn football, nothing will.

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2010/01/love-bombardment-2009/

This team. This special group of young men, they showed us that in the face of adversity, they, as a team could conquer even the most challenging of obstacles. Encouraging us to believe, If at the end of that day, we have not succeeded, then on the ‘morrow we shall rise again. With all our effort, alone if need be! This team will conquer all!

Alone they may have been in their belief that they would overcome the previous year’s disasters. Alone they may have been in believing in themselves.

This Auburn family is a special one. This Auburn family goes beyond measure. This Auburn family will never leave these young men, no matter what the outcome of the effort. For effort was surely there, and so were we!

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January 10, 2010

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Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks are in discussion about his taking the vacant Head Coaching position.

This could impact Auburn more than one might think at first glance. Carroll’s departure, because he holds the same title at USC, could cause an avalanche of recruits looking to play elsewhere. One player in particular that Auburn is recruiting has USC as a possible place to play.

Lache Seastrunk, a 5 star* Running Back, has the potential to be every bit as good as any back in Auburn history. He is explosive, fast to the corner, and very elusive. After a couple of years working on Coach Yox’s weight training, he should be ready to explode into national prominence.

Auburn fans might remember Mr. Seastrunk from the infamous statement he made during Auburn’s “Big Cat Weekend”. Lache said, “Tell Nick Saban he gonna be S.O.L. when we get here”. He later called Coach Saban and apologized.

*Source- Rivals. Listed as #1 Running Back in the class for 2010.
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I’d like to share with you these two videos found on Youtube. They have the words for the Auburn fight song along with the music. Helpful, if you can’t seem get them all right.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4qM6K_IBfU&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjX-QDyLVIA&feature=related

Former Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville has landed the Texas Tech Head coaching position. Kudos, to Coach Tubbs. We wish him well. I am confident that Tech made the right hire. He will have them playing much better defense sooner rather than later, and they will compete with Texas and Texas A&M.

January 8, 2010

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RUNNING BACK U

Auburn has been known as RUNNING BACK U for some time now. Some still try and compare USC, Ohio State, and a few others with the Tigers from the Loveliest Village, and that debate goes on.

With names like Bo Jackson, Rudi Johnson, Stephen Davis, Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, just to name a few, and now Ben Tate, you see why the Tigers claim, has some merit.

As for the claim it’s self, let’s look at the past some other time. Today we focus on the Ausome year Ben Tate had.

Ben Tate led all Auburn rushers with 1,362 yards on 263 attempts. He scored 10 touchdowns, and averaged 5.2 yards per carry, and 104.8 per game. Good enough for third* in the conference.

Before the season ever started, Coach Luper, the Auburn running backs coach, predicted Tate would rush at least 1,000 yards this season. I wonder if the coach has this weeks’ lottery numbers?

The overwhelming edge a good running back has is the offensive line’s ability to run block. The gentlemen in charge of clearing the road for Ben were recruited at Auburn for just that reason. Experienced, talented, and eager to put 2008 behind them, this group of offensive linemen, deserve a lot of credit for Ben’s success this year.

The tight ends, and receivers did an excellent job of down field blocking this season as well.

But the true measure of a great running back is how many yards he gains after initial contact.
Big Ben did an excellent job this year of staying on his feet, driving his legs, and leaning forward when he was going to the ground.

By all measures Ben Tate will be playing in the NFL next year. It seems that the league covets Auburn running backs, and they will really be eager to get Mr. Tate in the fold of professional football.

Now for Auburn the task is, who will replace Ben Tate?

Can you replace a Ben Tate?

Since this is RUNNING BACK U, my gut instinct is, that Auburn has a back up, waiting. Knowing full well, that the road to the NFL running back stardom goes through Auburn.

WAR EAGLE!

* stats come from cfbstats.com

January 7, 2010

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The season is over by the time this piece hits the blog page. ‘Bama or Texas will be crowned the mythical National Champion, and we will steadily go into a post football season shock. We may watch some NFL, just to get us by, but in the end, we will long for the start of a new season. Which, by the way, will begin September 4th, 2010. Auburn will host Arkansas State. Former coach Tommy Tubberville has ties to ASU, it’s where he first coached on the college level.

But alas, this is College football, and the season never ends here in the south. This part of the season will turn all it’s focus on recruiting. A glaring, searing, 350 degrees of heat will fall on the web as we try to uncover every last morsel about our Auburn Tigers. Hungry for information, news, stats, and the like, about potential “student athletes” as administrators are wont to call them.

Most sports blogs are already trying to figure out who will replace whom in 2010 on the starting positions of our favorite team.

Questions abound at the QB position. Very few teams can start a first year QB and be successful. Auburn has several that have had time to learn the position with Coach Malzahn. Only two, however, were recruited, to actually play that position by Coach Malzahn. They are Tyrik Rollinson, and Clint Moseley. The other QB’s were already there when Coach Chizik and his new staff were hired a little over a year ago.

Quarterback is arguably the most difficult position to learn, and master at any level. When we are talking about this kind of offense, and this level of athleticism, well were looking for that perfect individual. We are looking for someone who possesses speed, strength, accuracy, and quick thinking abilities. They must be able to recognize defensive alignments, schemes, and react with deft quickness to call an audible. Then he must be able to make sure he has his teammates lined up correctly, to have success on that play.

So, you see, it’s not that easy to play at this level, much less, with an offense as complicated as CGM’s. Barrett Trotter, and Neil Caudle are the only two who have enough time in to complete this mission.

Mr. Trotter was dressed and helping call plays into the games this year, after his surgery, and I personally think that single element helped beyond measure. He has the tools to be successful that we already discussed earlier. Game time experience is the only drawback here.

As for Neil Caudle, well, I frankly don’t know. He played admirably this season in mop up duty. Is that enough? 

The wildcard in all of this is the last minute signing of Cam Newton, which we discussed in an earlier blog. Mr. Newton has signed, and enrolled at Auburn, with classes reportedly starting on Jan. 8th, 2010. He will count back to the 2009 class.

All the guru sites are foaming at the mouth with praise for this young man. His potential is NFL hall of Fame if buy into all the hype. I can only hope he is that good.

WAR EAGLE!

January 6, 2010

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EXCUSE ME, I REALLY TRIED HARD TO GET IT RIGHT!

Please accept my apology. In my haste to get the Outback Bowl story to you, I kind of got myself confused in the order of how the events unfolded.

As we all know, after Ben Tate fumbled, Northwestern went on to score and converted on a Two Point attempt. The conversion of which was executed flawlessly.

That tied the score at 35 points apiece. Then the kickoff to Washington ensued, and as he returned the ball over the 40yard line, he fumbled. Auburn’s defense held. The field goal attempt by NU’s kicker, sailed off to the right. Sending the game into the most bizarre overtime period in Auburn football history.

Once again, I messed up. No one’s fault but mine. I accept full responsibility here.

There is an interesting interview with Michael Dyer,
 http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/01/recruit_video_auburn_commitmen.html

I really like this young man. I was hoping (greedy Gus that I am) that Auburn would land all three of the top running backs out of High School this year. It appears however, that Auburn has cooled somewhat on Lache Seastrunk. The five star recruit out of Temple, TX. The other top back is Marcus Lattimore.

Here is what Beaver had today on Mr. Seastrunk.
http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/01/seastrunks-options-narrow.html

I found this looking around yesterday. Thought you might like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOHrrpaeGV8&feature=channel

The really slow season of college football is around the corner. If you have any questions, requests, or complaints please feel free to send me an email. I would like to hear from you.

January 5, 2010

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I try to rationalize the difference of opinions, sometimes, mostly to get a look at how someone else thinks. I’ve been amazed at the varied ways we as people can look at one thing, in particular and totally see different images. You know, how when you look at a cloud, and see a dog, someone else might see a train?

Take for example the quarterback position at Auburn. In case you haven’t heard, Auburn has received a National Letter of Intent from Cameron Newton. He’s a stud QB rated 5 stars by Rivals, and is listed at 6’ 6” and 247 lbs. and has 4.5 speed! Of course this just means one thing, right? It’s inescapable, right? Rrrriiiigggghhhhtttttt!

To hear some people say it, this means the AU coaching staff has zero confidence in Neil Caudle to take the reins next year, as QB. If you listen to another camp, they’re saying that “we didn’t need another QB, we have plenty”. Why waste the scholarship?

My two cents worth is why pass, on a near perfect chance at a near perfect athlete, who just happens to play QB? At that size and speed, he could play almost anywhere. The competition is going to improve with Mr. Newton around. Heck, some of the QB’s already there maybe be able to push him enough to improve his game.

Keeping on the recruiting front, here is a good look from Beaver over at The Latest in Auburn Football.

http://auburnbybeaver.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-more-month.html

Rivals, has your Tigers ranked third currently in recruiting. It appears that this staff has taking a back seat to no one!

I have come to like this next gentleman’s work. I can’t say I like his music choices every time, but this one in particular is GREAT.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU3xxXgnBcQ

I am not a recruiting guru. I will however try to keep you posted when I can about the happenings with this part of the football season. We all know it never ends here in the South.

WAR EAGLE!

January 2, 2010

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Auburn 38   Northwestern 35

As I sit here ready to type this, I am grasping for the words to truly do this game justice. I keep coming up with crazy, incredible, stupid, bonehead, spectacular, phenomenal, terrible, far-fetched (okay that’s two words), You get my point here?

After a Mike Kafka 2 yard TD run, and during the ensuing PAT attempt Antonio Coleman gets a hand on the ball and it’s blocked (see spectacular). That gives Auburn an 8-point lead and the chance to get the ball back and run the clock out.

Up by the score of 35 –27 Auburn simply had to run the ball, get one first down and then go into what they call the victory formation and the game would have been for all intents and purposes over, well before it was. A Ben Tate fumble (see bonehead) left the NU Wildcats in good shape, with plenty of time for their fast paced offense to score. And they did just that.

Now don’t get me wrong here, Ben Tate is an extremely gifted back and will be seeing playing time on Sundays. It’s just that of all the times to fumble!

NU kicks the ball deep (see incredible), and Demond Washington returns it up the middle, breaking tackles, spinning dodging getting over the 40yard line and…(see crazy) fumbles the ball and Northwestern recovers, of course.

After what seems to be forever, unless you play on Auburn’s tired, wore out defensive unit, Northwestern starts their march towards the goal line, and scores. The extra point try is a fake reverse pass, which works to perfection (see phenomenal).

The overtime period was just plain (see crazy) lunatics loose in the hall stuff.

Auburn doing what they do best, in the red zone, they scored. This time a Field Goal to make the score 38 -35

Then it went bonkers.

Kafka throws a pass to Markshausen who seemingly fumbles the ball. Auburn is penalized for swatting a loose fumble, and it’s all overturned. Review shows the receiver was down prior to the fumble. NU retains possession. On the very next play, Craig Stevens sacks the NU QB Kafka and he again seemingly fumbles, after review he is ruled down and NU retains possession (see far-fetched).

Auburn’s defense stalls the Wildcats and they attempt the game tying Field Goal. It hits the upright and sails harmlessly away, Auburn wins! (See stupid) Auburn is called for roughing the kicker, a personal foul penalty with an automatic first down, and NU retains possession. The kicker is injured, and out for the remainder.

I do not infer that missing the field goal was stupid, nor the effort by Auburn’s defense. The unmitigated gall to give the kicker two hops past where he kicks the ball as “his space” and ruling a player who is sliding on the wet turf in the rain, mind you, underneath said kicker’s second hop as roughing the kicker is (see terrible).

Northwestern then can’t score, even on a fumblerooski style play where Neiko Thorpe makes the tackle at the two on fourth down to seal the win, Auburn had to check and see if there were any more flags left in the officials pockets. Nope, they kept the laundry this play and Auburn wins.

This was one of the most exciting, and most frustrating games I have ever seen. I was present at Jordan-Hare stadium when AU picked LSU for four fourth quarter TD’s. I think this tops even that. At least for now it feels like it does.

Auburn ends it’s season 8-5 and is currently ranked third in the Rivals recruiting poll. Brighter days are ahead, so it seems. I hope they don’t come as hard as this victory today.

WAR EAGLE!

December 31, 2009

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Well, here it is, the last blog of 2009 for us here at Tiger Bloggin’.  I hope each of you has a safe and very Happy New Year. Please be kind, generous, and most of all patient with your fellow travelers if you’re on the road this weekend.

Let us now get to the Outback Bowl. There are a myriad of articles for you to peruse. Many are guessing what might happen, and some are decent pre-game analysis. Here are a couple of good looks at pre-game.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/316579-auburn-vs-northwestern-unconventional-offenses-look-to-steal-the-show

There’s this.

http://eyesonauburn.blogspot.com/2009/12/outback-bowl-preview.html

And then again, there’s this.

For the stat guys, it doesn’t get any better than that.

I am enjoying my time here at philsteele.com. I would like however to take this time to thank all those who have helped me along this year.

A heart filled and sincere thanks go to the guys at Track Em' Tigers.

If you guys, and gals have not visited the superbness of Track ‘Em, then I suggest you quit wasting time, andget over there. Jay, Acid, and the rest of the crew truly bring an added delight to all things Auburn.

There are many places for those who cruise the web to visit. For those of you who take the time out to include us, I thank you.

May each of you have a prosperous, safe and Ausome New Year.

WAR EAGLE!

December 30, 2009

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Recruiting season must seem to never seem to end for coaches and their families. We are all guilty of sometimes complaining about working too hard, too long of hours, or having to work weekends. But imagine the pressure of coaching at the big time level of a major college football program.

The head coach has the majority of the pressure, but the assistant coaches have plenty on their respective shoulders as well.

Just for example the recruiting calendar, the NCAA web site has two and a half pages devoted just to the dates at which coaches can call, see, or in home visit, each perspective student athlete.

I’ll list the basic dates for you, but if you want more visit the ncaa.org site.

August 1 thru November 28 – Quiet period
November 29 thru January 30 – Contact period
(This period alone has 10 exceptions)
January 31 – Quiet period
February 1 thru 4 – Dead period
February 5 thru April14 – Quiet period
April 15 thru May 31 Evaluation period
June 1 thru July 31 – Quiet period

There it is, in print for all to see. It’s as simple as can be.

What’s that? What is the difference between a quiet period, and a dead period? I am glad you asked. Let’s look into the NCAA rules for their definition of the different periods.

  1. Quiet period – The college coach may not have any in-person contact with a perspective student athlete or their parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch an athlete perform via a visit to your school. A coach is allowed to call or write to the perspective student athlete, or their parents during this time. A perspective student athlete and/or their parents may visit the campus at this time.
  2. Dead period – The coach may not have any in-person contact with any perspective student athlete or their parents at any time during this period. The coach may write a perspective student athlete or their parents during this time.
  3. Evaluation period – The college coach may watch you play, or visit a school, but may not have any in-person contact with the perspective student athlete or their parents. The coach may write or call either during this period.

Now, we have only covered the calendar, and a few definitions here. It’s easy to understand how minor infractions can occur, with a rules book so laden.

Keep up the good Coaches, and as always,

WAR EAGLE!

December 29, 2009

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Well it’s game week. The last one for our beloved Tigers, for quite awhile.

Coach Chizik said the first practice was “rusty”. As evidenced here: http://blog.al.com/auburnbeat/2009/12/lakjdf.html.

It appears that tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen will play a lot more in the Bowl game than at anytime this season. He will fill in at the H Back position, which has been decimated with suspensions. Here’s how Mr. “Lutz” feels about it:

http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2009/12/lutzenkirchen_emerges_for_aubu.html.

Charles Goldberg of al.com fame has a look at what might possibly be up Coach Malzahn’s sleeves. http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2009/12/auburns_offense_looks_to_pick.html

Coach Chizik has been vocal about Wide Out Derek Winter this season. Check out what he says here, as posted by Andy Bitter over at War Eagle Extra.

WR Derek Winter is a Tampa native. Although he hasn't done much this year (his one catch came against Furman), Chizik had good things to say about the sophomore. "This kid works," Chizik said. "He's the epitome of hard work. When you look at Auburn's creed, in there it talks about work, hard work. He is what the creed says and he is what Auburn believes in."

High praise indeed.

It’s not all work this week in Tampa. Both teams went to Busch Gardens this afternoon. Enjoy Mr. Goldberg’s video here. http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2009/12/post_49.html

I was cruising the web as usual when I ran up on this unique perspective from Jay G. Tate at The Hottest Auburn Blog on The Net. It’s worth your time. http://jaygtate.blogspot.com/2009/12/freestyling-from-bay.html

We will catch up later in the week.

WAR EAGLE!

December 28, 2009

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With KoolBell

Every now and again I like to add a little twist to the regular stuff we write about.
This I like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf6Y2_dFhrs

No cussing that I can tell.

And this too;
http://vimeo.com/8212552

Happy New Year everyone!

WAR EAGLE

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December 27, 2009

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THE AUBURN QB RACE

There are many who see this upcoming spring Quarterback competition as the most crucial in anyone’s recent memory.

First let us examine why it is so critical that the coaching staff at Auburn get this right. Most important in the minds of the AU faithful is the absolute must of beating Alabama. This past Iron Bowl was a competitive, fun (in some ways), and exciting as any. That leaves Auburn fans with sense that the program may be closer to stepping into the National spotlight and competing with the best. Most of which just happens to reside in the SEC.

Secondly, this new offense has found much favor among the traditionalists at Auburn. To put it into perspective, run first to set up the pass. Auburn has a long line of running backs that permeate thru the pro ranks, and the SEC historical stats. The Tigers have very few QB’s that they can hang their history hat on. The Auburn faithful remember most of the quarterbacks that played at Auburn. The fact remains however, aside from Jason Campbell, and Pat Sullivan, few if any have made national headlines.

That leads us to the question.

This Malzahnian offense, can it produce a quarterback that can rewrite the books at Auburn, win, and create the buzz that could bring more favorable attention to the Loveliest Village?

If in it’s first year at Auburn, Chris Todd can set a new Touchdown passing record, the answer seems simple enough. Why, yes it can!

WAR EAGLE!

December 26, 2009

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Outback Bowl Preview

Welcome to our inaugural Auburn blog page here with Phil Steele. In our attempt to bring you an insightful, honest, and considerably biased opinion, news, and stats on Auburn Football. We will leave no stone unturned in trying to keep you, our faithful readers, up to date. Now on to the Bowl preview.

The 2009 edition of the Auburn Tigers have earned respect and loyalty from the hearts of their fans with a never say die attitude. The teams willingness to keep working hard and support the coaches, their teammates, and the Auburn way have led to an invitation to this year’s New Years Day Outback Bowl. Their opponent will be the Northwestern University Wildcats.

The teams match up well, with two very fast paced offenses, along with two athletic defenses.

Northwestern passes quite a bit more than our Tigers. A good pre-game breakdown can be found here:
http://www.trackemtigers.com/2009/12/17/1204356/gearing-up-for-the-northwestern

As I write this Auburn is a 7-point favorite over Northwestern. I find this hard to imagine, unless the odds makers are thinking Auburn’s schedule was tougher, or Northwestern will have a hard time trying to stop Auburns running game.

Please feel free to leave your comments, criticisms, and opinions with us. I do not however wish to have running down of players on this site. Let’s remember, the players are the soldiers on the gridiron. They deserve our respect.

Happy New Year,
WAR EAGLE!

P.S. As this is written it has been announced that Urban Meyer will step down at the Florida program. ESPN is saying that it’s due to health reasons.