With a SEC Championship ring and Auburn diploma in hand, Sammie's time at Auburn comes to an end. "I've decided to come out this year and enter the NFL Draft," Coates declared. "If I had not graduated, it would not have even been a thought to leave early. ... It's time for me to take the next step in my life." [...]
Auburn freshman football player, Jakell Mitchell, was shot and killed Sunday morning at an off-campus apartment complex.
Gus Malzahn: "I'm devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell. My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell's family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon." [...]
Before he can start constructing his defensive scheme, Muschamp has to figure out if the Tigers have the personnel to live up to the standards he's set at LSU, Auburn, Texas and Florida, where he's produced top 10 defenses in 10 of his 12 seasons.
Hours after the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Dolphins might have interest in Malzahn, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters in Miami that head coach Joe Philbin will return for his fourth season in 2015 after the Dolphins' 37-35 victory over Minnesota, according to ESPN.
Playing with two transverse process fractures in his back, quarterback Cam Newton led Carolina to a 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday that put the Panthers in position to play for the NFC South championship next week.
Running back Tre Mason wants to get back to having fun when the St. Louis Rams host the New York Giants on Sunday. Last week, he didn't have much. Arizona held Mason to 33 yards on 13 carries and the former Auburn star lost a fumble in the Cardinals' 12-6 victory.
How one determines which team showed the most improvement since the end of the season is a mystery, though Malzahn is sure to judge for himself after the Tigers play Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.
The silly season is in full swing. Gus Malzahn's name is being bounced around again in NFL circles following a report on the NFL Network.
08/30 vs. Arkansas (W 45-21) 09/06 vs. San Jose State (W 59-13) 09/13 -- Open Date -- 09/18 @ Kansas State (W 20-14) 09/27 vs. Louisiana Tech (W 45-17) 10/04 vs. LSU (W 41-7) 10/11 @ Mississippi State (L 23-38) 10/18 -- Open Date -- 10/25 vs. South Carolina (W 42-35) 11/01@ Ole Miss (W 35-31) 11/08 vs. Texas A&M (L 38-41) 11/15 @ Georgia(L 7-34) 11/22 vs. Samford (W 31-7) 11/29 @ Alabama (L 44-55)