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    #StatTiger: The Season In Review

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    Post Season Numbers & Thoughts: During the first 7 games of the season the Auburn defense allowed 5.88 yards per play during the first-half and 4.21 yards per play during the second-half. During the final 6 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 5.97 yards per play during the first-half and 6.76 yards per play during the second-half. During the first 7 games of the season, 49.0% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It i
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#StatTiger: Spotlight on D'haquille Williams

D'haquille Williams clearly lived up to all the preseason hype, catching 9 passes for 154-yards against the Razorbacks. He led all offensive players with 5 impact plays or plays of 15-yards or more. He became only the 4th Auburn WR to record at least 5 impact plays during a game against a conference opponent from 1992-2014. The play... On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 6 from the Razorback 18-yard line. The Tigers come out in a 4-WR set with D'haquille Williams lined up in the slot on th

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The Arkansas Review

You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Join my ESPN College Pick 'Em Group! CLICK HERE! The first SEC West divisional matchup is in the books. If you will recall, this is the first of its kind in many, many years. And, because of that, many people felt like this would be a dangerous matchup. I wrote my predictions way back on August 18th. Since that time, the Tigers suffered some injuries and the status of many key players was

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#StatTiger: Spotlight on Melvin Ray

On this play Auburn will show a run look, facing a second down. The Tigers come out in a 2-WR set with both TE's on the field. Just before the snap the boundary corner will begin to edge towards the line with the intent to blitz off the edge. Jeremy Johnson will play-action with Cameron Artis-Payne, knowing he has an open receiver in Melvin Ray. Johnson delivers his pass over the blitzing corner as Ray utilizes his vertical advantage to haul in the quick pass from Johnson. The safety comes i

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#StatTiger: Arkansas Postgame Numbers & Thoughts

The Auburn Tigers kicked off the season with a 45-21 victory that was a tale of two halves. Auburn jumped out to a 21-7 lead, only to see the Razorbacks rally to tie the game at 21 by halftime. The Tigers played an inspired second-half, dominating the Hogs, 24-0 during the final two quarters. As well as Jeremy Johnson performed during the first half, it was the return of Nick Marshall that opened up the Tigers powerful run assault. The second-half performance of the Auburn defense marked the

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#StatTiger: Arkansas Game Report Card

Great adjustments by defense during second half... Defense allowed 8.5 yards per play on first down during first half and only 2.2 yards during the second half. Game #1 Statistical Evaluation (Arkansas) 2014 Offensive Report Card 1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 9.79 (pass) 2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 64.2% pct (pass) 3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 6.29 YPC (pass) 4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 58.3% (pass) 5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33

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#StatTiger: Thoughts on Saturday (Auburn vs. Arkansas)

Basically the Auburn-Arkansas game will come down to the Razorbacks ability to defend space and Auburn's ability to defend mass. We witnessed South Carolina struggle dearly last night. Defending 60 pass attempts, the Gameocks mustered up only 1 sack, 2 QB hurries and had only 2 passes defended. In contrast, A&M defended 40 pass attempts but came up with 3 sacks, 6 QB hurries, 4 passes broken up and 1 pick. Go back and watch A&M's QB and he rarely had to go through any progressions. Hi

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AU CVM Alum Visits Kenya

Hello everyone, I have returned safely from my trip to Kenya. The trip was an overwhelmingly amazing and humbling experience. The team consisted of OBGYN specialists, Dermatologists, Nurse anesthetists, nursing students, and this silly old veterinarian. Because there was one less surgical resident to the number of surgeons, I was able to scrub in on several surgeries to assist (special thanks to Ms. Kim for teaching me proper sterile technique). I also spayed/neutered the cats that were on the

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#StatTiger: Defensive Notes

The following is a breakdown of the 2013 Auburn defense by quarter. Run-Defense: 1st Qt: 4.93 YPC (110th nationally) 2nd Qt: 4.04 YPC (89th nationally) 3rd Qt: 5.63 YPC (82nd nationally) 4th Qt: 3.88 YPC (36th nationally) Run-defense has been a major issue for the Auburn Tigers over the past 5 seasons, except for the 2010 season. The 2013 Auburn defense did manage to improve from No. 100 during 2012 to No. 62 in 2013. Except for a major slip during the third quarter, the nu

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#StatTiger: Note on Auburn's Inside Running Game

A primary area to watch for in 2014, when it comes to the Auburn offense will be their ability to run inside and throw over the top (over the LB's). Late in the 2013 season, opposing teams began to defend the edge to defend the running game to limit the damage caused by the Auburn running game.The following numbers will explain why... Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne accounted for 408 carries last season. Nick Marshall, Corey Grant and Ricardo Louis accounted for 257carries. Mason and CAP ac

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#StatTiger: Note on Auburn's Run-Defense

Will Auburn improve upon run-defense in 2014? It needs to for Auburn to make another championship run. Last season was the Year of the Quarterback in the SEC. I believe this season could be the Year of the Running Back in the conference. During the 125 games under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn's defense allowed over 200-yards rushing on 11 occasions or 1 every 11.4 games. During the 66 games since Tuberville left Auburn, the defense has allowed over 200-yards rushing, 23 times or 1 every 2.9 games.

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The Arkansas Preview

Football is almost here! It's time to start the Previews and Reviews for each game! As you all know, Arkansas is up! Take a gander at this latest blog post. Comment away! The Arkansas Preview

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#StatTiger: Note on Consistency and Perception

Last season placed Auburn back into the national picture but only continued success at this highest level will create the "perception" of being an elite program. Consider the percentage of seasons Auburn had with a win percentage of .750 or better... 1950-1959: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title 1960-1969: 20.0% 1970-1979: 40.0% 1980-1989: 60.0% - 4 SEC Ttiles 1990-1999: 30.0% 2000-2009: 30.0% - 1 SEC Title 2010-2013: 50.0% - 2 SEC Titles It is easy to see why the 1980's under Pat Dye is considered t

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House of Cards

Bryant-Denny isn't an impenetrable fortress like every Bama fan wants to believe. Quite the opposite, as statistics point out. Check out this blog pot on why BDS is a House of Cards

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The Wright Time

It was a strange and ballsy thing to do at the time. Nick Fairley was the newly christened Lombardi award winner and Auburn had won the National Championship only 2 weeks before, and Gabe Wright announced his intentions to play at Auburn. It was great news to hear, since he was a 4-Star player, one of the top 150 high school players in the nation. He was a local kid from Columbus and coaches were high on him, and that meant something coming from coaches like Auburn great Tracey Rocker. And, as

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Tiger Tales: The 2003 Iron Bowl

The Auburn Realist You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter! What was your first Iron Bowl experience? Now, I know a lot of people haven't been fortunate to make an Iron Bowl. My first one was....interesting. Check out my very first Iron Bowl Experience in Taylor's Tiger Tales: The 2003 Iron Bowl

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#StatTiger: Note on "Situational" Defense

Coach Ellis Johnson previously described the 2013 Auburn defense as being average overall but very good in "situational play". Auburn’s national rankings of No. 87 in total defense and No. 47 in scoring defense supports the “average” comment made by Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Auburn finished No. 13 in third-down defense and No. 10 in Red zone defense, which supports Johnson’s comment of being very good in situational play. Auburn was No. 10 in third-down defense against ranked opponents a

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Star27

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter! You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Star27 For a fan that had grown to love the punishing defenses that Tommy Tuberville had fielded, the years of 2008-2012 were painful to watch. Even in 2010, the defense managed to make stops and even game breaking plays, a la Nick Fairley. Yet the majority of the game play was fairly pitiful. Reactive play where the defenses seemed

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#StatTiger: The Challenge Ahead

Keys to a championship season... Talent: Auburn might not be the most talented team in the SEC but they have recruited well enough to be in the nation's top-15, if not top-10. The key in this category will be player development, which is too early to tell under Malzahn's staff. It appears they are off to a good start. Auburn is in good shape entering the 2014 season. Depth: In this day & age of college football, very few teams are stocked with depth across the board. Each team tend

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Tiger Tales: The Prayer in Jordan-Hare

The Auburn Realist You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter! Find the whole Post HERE! No Auburn Fan's list of Classics would be complete without talking about this game. But, only 87,451 people can claim to have been there. And, of those, a lot of them were fans that were rooting for the "other team". I have a confession to make that you will see here as well as

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#StatTiger: Note on Special Teams

During the Gus Malzahn era at Auburn (54 games), 20 games have been settled by 7-points or less (37 percent). Auburn is 16-4 in those close ball games. During the two SEC Championship seasons, 12 of Auburn's 28 games were settled by 7-points or less (43 percent). Auburn compiled an 11-1 record in those close games. Of all the plays executed on the field during the Malzahn era, 18.5 percent have been on special teams. Special teams have accounted for 31.6 snaps per game. These plays o

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Tiger Tales: The 1999 Mississippi State Game

The Auburn Realist You can find links to all of my Auburn Realist Blog posts here. The Auburn Realist: Overview Follow me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter! I got a late start on attending Auburn games, despite having been a lifelong Auburn fan. I attended my first game in 1993 and another in 1994, but not another game until 1999. Not that it was my fault, really. It just wasn't a priority of my parents, especially since my sister and I played ball games every Satu

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