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    & celebrate a recruiting class that met most of our needs. War Eagle & y'all have a great day!
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    We took our youngest for a Talons Day experience for incoming honors freshmen today. We are so blessed that he has qualified for a remarkable scholarship for this fall and will interview for another one next Saturday (Auburn two weeks in a row....woo hoo!). Just wanted to say that our time today made me so proud to be an Auburn Tiger. Photo with Spirit (bald eagle), visit with Marianne and two other precious little raptors, AUsome student ambassadors, enthusiastic faculty, so many changes compared to the mid-80's experience (the new Wellness Center has a two-year-back-to-back NC rep already), lunching with Aubie, seeing all of the Auburn Abroad opportunities and the focus on how Auburn students are making life better for people all over the world, giving and receiving in return...the list could go on forever. Of course, a Toomer's vanilla limeade was on the docket as well. He's not sure of his major (normal), but the opportunities are endless. Football was not mentioned the entire day. Honestly. The CREED was mentioned at least 20 times and "War Eagle!" was everywhere. I'm a hometown girl, late prof's daughter, 1988 alumni, and late-years football fan, but today reminded me that, no matter what we say in the heat of the moment, Auburn IS different...and though we may disagree from time to time regarding the best course of action for the football program, its personnel, and the product we see on the field from week to week, I am reminded today that Auburn is so much more. Mods, please feel free to post this elsewhere if not here. Never been prouder or more fortunate to be an Auburn Tiger. Micah 6:8!!
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    It was just the air going out of their National Championship expectations.
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    Although he might have been guided towards making moves, I really like the ones Gus has made this off season. He has made some great hires on O and allowed KS to get his guy in Brown. Teaching and recruiting has been upgraded across the board. As of now, it looks like Gus is starting to transition more to a HC role.
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    I guess I'm one of the few that likes Chizik and I'm thankful he coached us to a national championship.Hope nothing but the best for him and his family.
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    It's like calling your sister a tramp all over town and then wondering why she can't meet a nice guy. I just don't get some of our fans. All Auburn, all negative, all of the time!
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    It's still going to end up a top 12 class. This spreading of negativity from our fan base has gotten very old & stale & is not helping our staff on the recruiting trail AT ALL! Can we please wait til the class is completely signed before judging it?! Thanks!
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    One more win and it's the first non-losing season since the NIT appearance in the 2008-2009 season. I know for many casual watchers, judging by the social media comments after AUFAMILY makes a fb post/tweet/etc, if this team doesn't make the NCAA tournament then it will be considered "same ole Auburn basketball," but that's unfair to what CBP is accomplishing. I'll take a winning season and an NIT bid with a smile on my face.
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    It is time we start accepting our role and living up to expectations. No more running.
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    thewareaglereader.com Actually, Gus Malzahn’s quarterback development is good - The War Eagle Reader Jerry Hinnen Ask Auburn fans on the Internet what Gus Malzahn needed in a new offensive coordinator, and other than “not be Noel Mazzone,” one criterion emerged above all: He’s got to be able to develop quarterbacks. The No. 1 thing is developing quarterbacks. Just as long as he can develop quarterbacks. Even Malzahn himself seemed to agree: “I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” Malzahn said. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit.” This wasn’t a surprise, of course, since over the past two seasons “Gus can’t develop QBs” has become an outright article of faith among many Auburn fans. It’s an article of misplaced, misinformed faith, but an article all the same, and it’s not hard to understand why. If we roughly categorized the performance of the six quarterbacks who have won the opening-week starter’s job under Malzahn at Auburn, we’d do so like so: Smashing successes Cam Newton, Nick Marshall Successes Chris Todd Acceptableish Sean White Not great Barrett Trotter Disastrous Jeremy Johnson What do the first three names on that list have in common? They all arrived at Auburn as JUCO transfers. What do the last three have in common? They all arrived at Auburn out of high school and had multiple years of apprenticeship under Malzahn before ascending to the starter’s position. Quarterbacks that arrive with prior seasoning work out; those that Malzahn has to develop from scratch himself don’t. Simple! Except that it’s not. In fact, it’s simpler to argue that Malzahn is a good-to-great developer of quarterbacks, given that his starters other than Johnson have improved by quantum leaps-and-bounds at best, and played steadily in line with their recruiting rankings at worst. Taking it on a case-by-case basis: Tulsa Malzahn’s Golden Hurricane days are far enough behind us (and came against soft enough opposition) that we can’t put too much stock in them in January 2017, but still: in Gus’s first season calling plays for Todd Graham, Paul Smith improved his QB rating by 18 points, going from 29th to 4th nationally in that statistic. The following year, Smith’s apprentice David Johnson did even better, finishing 2nd with a 178.69 mark that would lead the nation some years. Chris Todd Todd, 2008: 5.8 yards-per-attempt, 5-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio, 106.64 QB rating. Todd, 2009: 8.0 YPA, 22-to-6 TDs to INTs, 145.73 rating (3rd in SEC), assorted Auburn records, etc. Cam Newton Yes, Cam was Cam. Please consider, though, that 1. before arriving at Auburn he was unpolished enough as a passer that Urban Meyer placidly let him walk, then made no effort to re-sign him as Auburn battled Mississippi State (!) for his signature 2. Cam made tremendous strides as a passer during the 2010 run, saving his three highest-rated regular season performances against Power 5 opponents for Georgia, Alabama, and the SEC Championship. I mean, honestly: regardless of Cam’s physical gifts, if you can’t give the offensive coordinator-slash-quarterbacks coach credit when his JUCO transfer QB posts one of the defining individual seasons in college football history, you’re the grade-A-est of grade-A haters. Barrett Trotter The 2011 season hasn’t gotten any less weird in retrospect, with Trotter opening the season with two outstanding performances against Utah State (did you remember he went 17-of-23 for 11.3 YPA and three TDs without a pick?) and Mississippi State before the gradual decline that saw Clint Moseley take over starting duties late in the year. Moseley was likewise up-and-down before getting knocked out of the bowl game … and watching Trotter make a triumphant early-seasonesque return to beat Virginia. As a team, Auburn finished 8th overall in SEC QB rating. Did Trotter and Moseley make Malzahn look like a quarterback coaching wizard? No. Do I believe Gene Chizik attempting to play defense-first clock-burnball had something to do with it? I do. Do I believe even moreso that Trotter (who took Tommy Tuberville’s offer over those from “UAB, Duke, Army and Samford“) and Moseley (who took an offer to join Chizik’s whirlwind first class over those from “Marshall, Arkansas State, South Alabama and UAB“) performed about as well against the likes of Clemson, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Alabama as they would have under any coach you’d care to name? I do. Nick Marshall Marshall’s quarterback rating went from 143.17 in Year 1 to 151.09 in Year 2, but those numbers drastically undersell his transformation from the guy who went 10-of-19 for 99 yards without a score against Washington State to the one that went 27-of-43 for 456 yards and 3 touchdowns against Alabama. It’s not easy to get more efficient even as you’re attempting 54 additional passes (as Marshall did from 2013 to 2014) and your powerhouse ground game takes a step back, but he did. Of his 13 career appearances in which Marshall attempted 20 or more passes for Auburn, his five highest single-game ratings all came in 2014. Most of those performances came against powerful opposition, too — Ole Miss, Alabama, Wisconsin, etc. — which is how Auburn went from No. 16 in passing S&P+ in 2013 to No. 1 in 2014. That’s right: Gus Malzahn stuck a once-and-future defensive back behind center and built arguably the best passing attack in the country around him. But he can’t develop quarterbacks, y’all. Jeremy Johnson Well, OK, he couldn’t develop Johnson, who somehow went from being the FBS’s active leader in career QB rating, career completion percentage and career yards-per-attempt as a backup to benched after three games as the starter. Whether that’s on Johnson or Malzahn (and his staff) is the crux of the “can he or can he not develop QBs” question, but suffice it to say that the rest of Malzahn’s track record argues forcibly that it’s on Johnson — particularly the part of the track record concerning … Sean White If Jeremy Johnson didn’t improve because Gus is incapable of developing quarterbacks, why did a second Auburn quarterback who was receiving the exact same coaching at the exact same time develop right on schedule? White took his lumps in his first career start against Mississippi State, then starting two weeks later threw 59 passes on the road at Kentucky and Arkansas without a pick, averaging 8.6 yards an attempt. Unfortunately he got hurt in Fayetteville, started 2017 in Gus’s carousel of stupidity, and didn’t get fully right until his start against LSU — whereupon White posted the highest QB rating allowed by those Tigers all season and in his next five games vs. Power 5 competition would reel off the five highest-rated performances against that competition of his young career. He’d become, in fact, the top-rated passer in the whole of the SEC. Then he got hurt. But unless you’re holding his frailty against Malzahn for some reason, by that point White had already confirmed that, yes, quarterbacks still develop and develop nicely on Gus’s watch. Not that his detractors have acknowledged this, mind you — I’ve heard from several Auburn fans that any improvements from his quarterbacks were due solely to Malzahn’s “system,” that their true development happened in JUCO, that anyone could produce the same results with the same batch of talent. Sorry, but: you make these arguments, you’re telling me that you’re simply not going to evaluate Malzahn fairly. From this viewpoint, if a Gus quarterback struggles, Gus gets the blame; if a Gus quarterback improves, Gus gets no credit; and there is no possible outcome in which Gus somehow proves that his (or his staff’s) coaching that’s responsible for the improvement. Short of Merlin stopping by practice one day and casting a spell on White so he glows blue when he makes a play he’s been coached to and green when it’s a play you or I could make in the “system,” there’s no fair way to separate what part of his improvement is hands-on development and what’s not. And if Gus’s “system” is quarterback-friendly to the point that Auburn’s signal-callers hypothetically get better even without intensive mechanical overhauls … this is a bad thing? The bottom line is that Gus should get the blame if a talented quarterback flatlines on his watch, but the only rational thing to do when his quarterbacks do develop is give him the credit as well. Unless you’re of the opinion that his quarterbacks haven’t developed enough, which … really? Chris Todd, whose arm was held together by Spiderwire and prayer by the time Gus got hold of him, should have broken more school records? Cam should have done more than ascend to Asgard? Marshall should have thrown for 556 yards in Bryant-Denny? White should have become the nation’s most efficient passer, not just the league’s? Yes, perhaps we could have expected more out of Trotter and Moseley, particularly the former, but if your standard for success for Malzahn is to wave a wand and turn every quarterback he encounters into a gamebreaker — even the low-end three-stars every other major program in the region has concluded aren’t physically capable at the SEC level — your standards are weird. Which is not to say that everything’s been peachy-keen the last two seasons, because duh. Gus’s quarterback development has been solid-at-worst. His quarterback management the past two years has been a disaster, one only amplified by Johnson’s collapse. Understandable as it seemed at the time, naming Johnson the 2015 starter was a mistake. Not having White more prepared to take over was a mistake. As I wrote last time out, signing John Franklin III as your 2016 insurance policy was a great big giant whopper of a mistake. And “mistake” doesn’t even begin to describe torpedoing the start to this past season with Gus’s Clemson wankery. However much you attribute the Johnson disintegration to rank misfortune or straight-up coaching failure, it’s Malzahn’s responsibility to ensure the quarterback position is seaworthy enough not to drag the entire team under. And the last two seasons it’s been the anchoriest of anchors. That’s on Gus. But the reason this topic is worth discussing it’s because it’s emphatically not on Gus in a manner that suggests Jarrett Stidham can’t change it singlehandedly. The naysayers would have you believe Gus’s alleged development failures mean Stidham is destined to failure, too. But the track record here — particularly with athletically blessed transfers — suggests precisely the opposite. And even if you believe Todd’s, Cam’s, and even Marshall’s experiences are too far in the rearview mirror to have any bearing on how Stidham fares, White’s certainly isn’t — and in every facet other than durability, White developed as precisely on schedule as we could have hoped. Combine that progression with Stidham’s obvious ionosphere-high potential and White as a terrific second-string security blanket, and we’re talking about, well, talking about Auburn’s quarterback position in very different tones in January 2018. There is, of course, one sudden and obvious caveat: not only is Chip Lindsey not Rhett Lashlee, but Gus is promising to let Lindsey do the quarterback developing himself in a way Lashlee never did. Lashlee may have gained an increasingly large voice in running the offense over the past few years, but every one of the quarterbacks mentioned above still performed in Gus’s offense. That may not be true of Stidham and Co. this fall. It may no longer be true that the past excellent performance of Malzahn quarterbacks is a predictor of future results. And even if I believe Gus’s skill in coaxing improvement from his signal-callers is intact, I have questions about whether the old go-for-broke spirit of his early days under Chizik (or on his own at the Auburn helm) still is as well. But this is the offseason. It’s a time for optimism. Whatever the impact of Lindsey’s arrival on Malzahn’s quarterback-coaching resumé, we can be clear that resumé should be a source of higher expectations for Stidham and the rest of Auburn’s quarterbacks going forward, not lower. The benefit of the doubt has still been earned — and until proven otherwise, I’ll believe Gus Malzahn’s quarterbacks will go right on earning it.
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    Weren't you the one referring to DC as the "common denominator" a few days ago? Well, maybe Gus wasn't the one to blame for this situation after all.
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    Great for Garner, but Fountain worked hard on this one. Just throwing him some love, k.
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    Everyone here knows I'm a huge Gus supporter but he needs to shut the frick up about hyping his teams or any player. He has put himself on the bubble of the hot seat with all this talk. Without his "NFL QB" talk about JJ6 maybe the fall in 2015 ain't so hard. Plus he's been saying the future is bright since 2014. Go do it coach and stop talking about it. Go win some games against our 3 main rivals now because the last decade our record against bammer, UGA, and LSU is putrid. I can understand confidence but you never know what might happen with a team, players fail out/transfer, get in trouble, don't live up to expectations, and of course injuries. So next tim Gus please just say we hope to get better every day and every year. War Eagle
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    We can miss em all...I honestly don't care. I watched a team play with more skill, heart, and desire last year than I have since the Cam team. They were legitimately ONE player away from a title contending team. We got that one player...AND we got the best LB and best OL out there. We also got another 17 guys that would kill to go to battle in O&B. My cupboard is full and happy. This is the first signing day in memory that I honestly don't care about. Bring on 2017.
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    Johnston went to another school because we told hm we didn't have room for him, the all-time tackle leader in Alabama high school history, at LB. Now we're scrambling to try to flip a guy that bad mouthed our coaches, has a history of lazy work ethic and now has a bum knee. I think he's here because bammer told him to take a hike. As much as I think we need to add at least one more LB to this class, I'd rather stick with the three we have and tell Benton there is no place for him at AU.
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    I'm torn. I can't stand Ole Miss, but I hate that Bama is untouchable under Saban. Reading the allegations, they have done nothing that Bama doesn't do on a regular basis. From the Dodge Chargers, to players parents getting jobs and homes, to T Town Menswear.
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    A Big-12 team just schooled AU in the Sugar Bowl in how to run an offense. 524 yds total offense, remember? If by 'tuneup'' you mean being able to throw the ball short, medium & long to our talented WRs whenever & wherever we choose rather than when the defense forces us to throw it, then yeah, I'm right with ya. WDE
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    Ummmm guys, we just secured our first winning season in 7 years. Sheesh, from some of the talk in here, you'd think expectations for this squad included an elite 8 berth. Enjoy the crucial, albeit small, turning point this program secured tonight. Now let's turn the focus to earning a postseason berth. I don't care if we almost blow 20 point leads the rest of the season. In fact, I'll take 4 or 5 more almost blown 20 point leads from here on out. It's not pretty, but the W/L column isn't biased
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    Gelco has great prices on insurance too
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    Any football player that earns a scholarship to Auburn will have learned how to catch a football as a pre-teen. There are no "magic techniques" to catching a football; therefore to suggest that a WR coach is going to come in and significantly change drop rate in either direction is asinine. For a guy who claims he knows so much about football, Mikey is clueless. There are a few rare cases wherein a guy can be taught to do something differently; but an entire team does not have drop-issues because the WR coach doesn't know how to teach the complicated art of catching a football. Most receivers who drop balls will do so throughout their entire career. Terrell Owens is a HOF receiver and he was among the league leaders in drops every season he played; he also played under multiple coaches and no one could "fix" his drop issues. Our drop issues are a direct result of a lack of repetition and a piss-poor amount of balls thrown. This is a flaw in Malzahn's offense, which is why you are now hearing so much about Lindsey bringing more passing elements. Our receivers spend far too much time blocking in practice, then they spend all game blocking and you expect them to catch every one of the few balls that actually come their way? Some of these guys go ~2 game stretches without even having a ball thrown at them. Ever notice how Air Raid teams never have any issues whatsoever with dropped balls? Its repetition; those guys catch hundreds of balls in practice thus when they actually get into a game scenario its like they're sleep walking.
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    A lot of college coaches have began their careers as HS coaches. FTR, Baylor completely saved their class by hiring a bunch of HS coaches. Believe it or not some know quite a bit and are pretty good coaches.
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    I'm still in utter that AU brought Benton in for a visit. Don't know what to say. Reeks desperation but AU has 3 legit LBers committed.
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    War Eagle!!!! hope yall enjoyed your time in Auburn today.
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    He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, according to the Washington County (Ark.) sheriff's office. We need to be recruiting whoever caught him and took him down.
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    Clearly there is a mistake. Casey Dunn was a BASEBALL catcher at Auburn.
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    Glad to see he's a member of House Gryffindor.
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    If a head coach doesn't meddle he's not doing his job. Since we have an offensive head coach, he'll meddle in the offense more than most and that's a good thing. The top three offenses in Auburn history have come with Gus calling the shots. We don't want that to change one bit. About all that slingin'.... We are a downhill, power running team that needs some tuneup in the passing game in order to make the run more effective. That's all we need and I hope that's all Lindsey hopes to bring, because this is not the Big-12 we're competing in. All we need or want is for the passing to be good enough to take some pressure off the running game.
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    YUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE YUUUUUUUUGE AMAZING HIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so beyond pumped at this hire. I wanted Porter or Tim brewster for TE coach. So glad we got 1 of them. Dude is a lights out recruiter with great ties to the key state of florida for us. So glad gus recognized he needed to upgrade the offensive recruiting some and went out and got one of the best in the country at it. for today WAR DAMN GUS!!! Welcome coach porter!!!!!
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    I am right there with you. The way he handled all the criticism toward Cam, the way he handled the rectal exam that Auburn University took, winning the National Championship, and especially the classy way he left Auburn will always make me grateful that he was our coach at Auburn. He is a stand up guy and represented us well.
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    I like Woody and Malik's potential in combination with Chip's QB development.
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    Because 2/3 of his teams were avg at best. Only kicking/punting was successful. Coverage was avg. and returns were terrible.
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    The next staff addition needs to be a top tier recruiter and have connections in Florida, if not it is a failed change, IMO.
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    We should bring back Boulware. I thought he did a good job while he was here.
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    I'm just surprised A4E hasn't asked for him to be our new running backs coach yet
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    Yeah, if he goes there they might finish #1 in recruiting or something. Oh, wait..... That's the place he can do us the least harm. UAT is going to get/buy almost everybody they want anyway, and if he gets their receivers to drop as many passes as ours dropped while he was coaching here, we'll benefit from him being at Tuskaloser.
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    That they wanted to become an Auburn Tiger!
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    But when FSU doesn't make a huge effort to hang on to him, then Auburn lets him walk, and now LSU is apparently willing to do the same, you have to ask yourself whether he's so abrasive to the head coach everywhere he goes that no one apparently thinks his recruiting prowess is worth it.
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    It always seems to work this way: If a kid has a rep for being lazy and a bad attitude, when he goes to bama all of a sudden he is a model citizen with a commendable work ethic, and 3 years later he goes in the first round of the NFL draft. When that kid chooses AU, he never sees the field, is divisive off the field, and about 2 years later either gets kicked off the team or transfers. I used to think it was luck. But now I believe there's something about "the process" that motivates these kids more effectively than most other places.
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    Can we just convince Benton to go to LSU so Taylor will pick us.
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    I'd seriously have to question how anyone could judge Bruce harshly. I mean really, cmon. The man has done an outstanding job all around and it's only getting better.
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    Is this your impression of Viper1?
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    I haven't been on that updyke site in more then 5 years
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    If he ends up at UAT, I'm done.
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    Besides the two obvious choices here I'd go with Tadarian Moultry. Not sure some of you here know how good of a kid Tadarian is. Will be a leader the day he steps on campus. Type of leader that everyone on the team will look up to.
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    Well...I guess the cbs were cloudy at LSU...Clear here in Cordele