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  1. 40 points
    Sometimes these little things are fun to write; sometimes they're not. And every now and then, they are a LOT of fun to write. Auburn finally exorcising their uga demons has given me an incredibly pleasant weekend. Going into the game, I hoped the pressure of being ranked Number One would weigh on Georgia, and Auburn would come out pressure-free and have a good time playing football. That appeared to be the case. I held some hope for the win based on the fact that Georgia hadn't really played anybody, and it was a certainty that the AU defense was the best they had seen. But I also thought going in that Georgia was better than they turned out to be. Auburn dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but the domination by the Auburn defensive line was beyond anything I imagined. To. A. Man., Georgia's offensive front was whipped play after play. And I don't mean whipped in the eyes of some imaginary "judge." I mean just flat-out WHIPPED. Over and over and over. Now that I've wasted your time re-hashing my feelings on the game, here are some things I think I saw..... The top rushing offense in the SEC had 21 running plays for 19 yards in the first half. As a player, that kind of domination by your opponent gets into your head. You know that something is not as it should be, but you get frustrated trying to figure out what it is and how to fix it. Chandler Cox has been dominant the past two weeks. An exceptional athlete, Cox has struggled with the technique of blocking in space since his arrival at Auburn and his subsequent assignment as THE H-back. Blocking in space requires getting there in a hurry, but coming under control just before contact, so that you don't miss.....then accelerating into the contact at the last instant to generate the necessary force to knock or drive somebody out of the way. Cox appears to have figured that out, and his blocking has been a major factor in Auburn's recent success in the running game. He is fun to watch. Darius Slayton is rapidly becoming a big-time wide receiver. He's dropped a few passes over the course of the season, but he's caught some good ones, and made lots of plays. His TD catch was a thing of beauty, both in terms of body control, and understanding what had to be done to keep the defensive back's hands away from the ball. Slayton actually pulled his own arms and the ball out of the way as he caught the ball, so the DB had no chance to rake the ball out. And Slayton had a key block on Jarrett Stidham's touchdown on a zone read play. A wide receiver who has speed, can catch the ball in traffic, and can block is a genuine treasure. And Slayton is only going to get better with age and experience. Georgia fooled our secondary a couple of times.....three times, actually. But they were only able to execute once.. The flea-flicker they ran was open for a touchdown, but there was enough pressure from the AU front that Fromm couldn't get the pass off and ended up taking a sack. Still, there were at least three busted coverages in the Auburn secondary, and that's too many. Linebacker Darrell Williams stood out to me as making a number of big plays. Williams has impressed me with his knowledge since arriving at Auburn, and did so again yesterday. The call (by Jarrett Stiham, or the sideline) on the screen play to Ryan Davis for a TD was beautifully done. As Alabama has done for years, Georgia showed a blitz from the wide side of the field. The first time they ran it, Stidham ended up keeping the ball for a small loss. The second time, he chose the pass part of the play, and got the ball to Davis, who took it in for a TD. No way I will be able to cover all the defensive players who had an outstanding game this week. One who surprised me, as I hadn't seen a lot from him recently, was Dontavius Russell. He was a brute at defensive tackle, throwing blockers aside and making plays on the Georgia running backs. He was also a factor in the fierce Auburn pass rush. Kudos to that Georgia kid for stepping up against his home--state school. Marlon Davidson was outstanding, but that is the norm for him. Jeff Holland is no doubt in Jake Fromm's dreams. He was, as he has been all season, a constant in the Georgia backfield. Speaking of Georgia kids shining against opponents from their home state, how about Derrick Brown? He stepped up his already formidable game this week, and refused to be blocked by what had appeared to be a decent uga offensive line. Due to dependency on the network TV crews (in this case, CBS), it's tough to get much of a look at the sidelines. But I did catch a shot of two uga players shoving each other near their bench, and the sideline reporter observed that "the Georgia players are fighting among themselves." When it gets to that point, you know you are dominating the game. Once again, Mike Horton was unavailable at left guard, and also once again, Darius James had to leave the game. I think at this point in the season, Auburn's best offensive line includes Tega at left tackle, Dunn at center, Golson at right tackle, and Harrell at left guard. Harrell has improved a great deal over these last three weeks, and Tega has improved well beyond what I'd consider reasonable expectations. He is incredibly quick and athletic, and once he truly knows what to do, he is going to be a genuine stud left tackle. I'm impressed with what he's accomplished since moving to OL. Braden Smith is just a beast. I don't really know how we ended up getting a highly-regarded kid from Kansas, but I'm sure glad we did. He just mauls people like no one else we have. Noticed that we stole a punt return technique from Texas A&M, who ran it against us last week. Two return men back, and one *pretends* he is running to catch the ball on one side of the field, while the other casually positions himself to actually field the punt. Covering a punt is difficult, because you are not certain where the ball is, or where it's going. The easiest way to get yourself to the right place is to watch the return man until the ball comes into your peripheral vision. With the little scheme that aTm ran (and we stole), you are running to the wrong place. I noticed aTm do that last week, and no less than FIVE of the guys covering the punt for Auburn went to the wrong return man. Anyway, AU ran that play yesterday, and Ryan Davis got a 26-yard return out of it. A personal foul penalty on Sony Michel added another 15 yards, so the net was 41 yards.....a big play in any football game. Eli Stove has become a huge factor in Auburn's running game. Credit to Chip Lindsey for finding multiple ways to get Stove the ball on the perimeter. I love a running back with great speed, and that's essentially what Stove provides us. Last I checked, he is averaging around ten yards per carry. How could anybody talk about "what I saw" without mentioning Kerryon Johnson? When he was being recruited as a high school kid, I thought KJ was going to make us an excellent all-around back. He is a LOT more than that. The patience he has in waiting for blocks to fall into place, and the burst he attacks the hole with are both remarkable. What an incredible football player! I'm reminded every week of what a gift we got when Casey Dunn transferred to Auburn. He is not a road-grader, and he is not going to move any buildings, but he is a football player, and having him to take over the center position, allowing Austin Golson to go wherever he is needed has been huge for Auburn's offense. Noticed little Jeremiah Dinson making plays yesterday. Great to see that his skinny body has recovered from the horrendous injury he suffered two years ago. He is the consummate dime back, and is always willing to sacrifice his body to make a play. Love that kid. Auburn played a lot of the time yesterday with a single safety, although they often made it appear they were using two. Playing a lot of press man with a single safety, Kevin Steele used Stephen Roberts as an extra run-support guy. Roberts did it very well, lining up as a safety, and drifting toward the box as the snap was about to come. Tray Matthews had to be happy with the game he had. He got some big-time licks in against his former team, and made some key plays. Thank goodness he is back in the lineup in time for Amen Corner. Noticed young T.D. Moultry a couple of times yesterday. He looks really natural and instinctive. Good things to come for that young man. Our QB is getting better every week. Stidham sold the throwback screen to KJ perfectly, never looking back until he was ready to throw the ball. A brilliantly conceived play, it was executed to perfection. I'd be willing to bet Chip Lindsey has watched it a hundred times already and will watch it a hundred more this week. In a great game like this one, I'm sure I've left out things that should have been mentioned. For that, I apologize. This was a gigantic win, for reasons Auburn people don't need reminding of. I felt like if we couldn't beat Texas A&M, we probably couldn't beat Georgia. Well, we did, and we did. I have also felt like if we could beat Georgia, we could beat Alabama. None of that has any logic or substance to it, but I like the way it sounds. If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time, and WAR EAGLE!!
  2. 6 points
    SIAP but last night was 100% swag and it started at the top. Thank you for this crow, Mr. Malzahn, sir. May I have another?
  3. 6 points
    I believe the cell phone flashlights in the stands were a response and carryover from the AUMB halftime show which featured their new light show. Each band member had an LED light strip on their hat/shako, the drums and sousaphones each had light strips. The light show was programmed and controlled on my son's computer. He designed and headed up the whole project. He is a junior in Electrical Engineering and former member of the AUMB. It was awesome to see in person at the game!
  4. 6 points
    what value does he bring? His players fight for him every game. He inspires them to play hard every game. Coordinators game plan and call plays. HCs influence scheme, inspire players and coaches, create a culture of winning, and motivate towards excellence. Gus' main value, IMO, is how he inspires his teams to always fight for him. They love playing for him.
  5. 5 points
    Gus looked like a HC tonight. He let his coaches coach, but there were Lots of good in game decisions that made a difference that can only be attributed to Gus, such as pooch kicks, challenges, and proper TO's. Previously he looked and meddled like a disgruntled OC that had his ball taken away.
  6. 4 points
    Here is the breakdown of the Touchdown play to Kerryon Johnson.. Once again guys, I am an artist.. So I'm sensitive about my work... I call this play..... THE WALL... Notice how AU pays tribute to its architect department by building a wall literally on the field... ENJOY....
  7. 4 points
    That, and I personally have loved Joey’s attitude and dedication from the beginning. Players like that are special. I believe KJ was the same way.
  8. 4 points
    I don’t want to jump to far ahead but for me it will come down to tackling and how well D. Williams and Paw-paw Atkinson does in spying Hurts. We can stop the run then let hurt run off 15-20 yards when we are playing good defense.
  9. 4 points
    I was a fan of how their offensive coordinator basically went from a genius (in their first drive) to an idiot in the span of one game thread.
  10. 4 points
    Watch the UGA players trying to start stuff, committing penalties, etc and we have guys that are getting guys calm and collected. The kickoff return that resulted in a brief scuffle, UGA let their bench mingle out on the field, we had multiple guys guiding guys back to the sideline, calming them down. Leadership, proud of this team, and think we have peaked with the right swagger at the right time
  11. 4 points
    It probably is something extraordinary for Stidham. Baylor's stadium has basically half the capacity of Jordan-Hare, Jordan-Hare channels all of that noise down to the field, and our fans always turn it up to 11 for games like that. It has to be an insane feeling to hear a crowd like that behind you after every big play, especially when it gets kicked up even louder after a touchdown. I do not think he even got to experience being on the opposing side of such a crowd while at Baylor. He should prepare himself for hearing loss in two weeks. Edit to add a message to Tray Matthews: Do that again in two weeks, and you will not have to go celebrate with fans, they will probably come to you.
  12. 4 points
    After his official visit, 4-star CB Christian Tutt to make Tuesday decision between Auburn, Ohio State By Benjamin Wolk Auburn Recruiting Reporter November 12, 2017 AUBURN, Ala. — Christian Tutt is ready to make his college decision. After his official visit to Auburn, the 4-star cornerback from Thomson, Ga., confirmed what he already believed coming into the weekend — that he wanted to commit Tuesday at his U.S. Army All-American Game jersey ceremony. It’s officially down to Ohio State and Auburn. Tutt admitted Nebraska’s coaching uncertainty and program instability steered him away from the Cornhuskers. “This weekend was great. I’m wrapping up my recruitment. I’ll be committing Tuesday. It’s going to be at Ohio State or here,” Tutt said. “This weekend meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me and my family.” Tutt’s official visit to Auburn gave him a first-hand look at the Tigers against the No. 1 team in the country. He officially visited Ohio State on Sept. 17. Based on timing, it might seem like the Tigers are a lock to land Tutt. But he already knew coming into the weekend he wanted to commit on Tuesday. He thought it was possible he’d have to push back that decision, but after this weekend, Tutt is sure he’s ready to commit on Tuesday to either the Tigers or the Buckeyes. This weekend certainly made an impression. “It did [change things for me],” Tutt said. “This weekend meant a lot. They showed me everything I needed to see. I seen a lot. I seen the way they played. I seen the way they finished. Everything. Down to preparation and schemes and how they run the defense. Coach [Kevin] Steele, he does a great job. That’s why I want to be a part of it.” Auburn has a need at cornerback. Carlton Davis is likely to leave for the NFL after this season, and so far, the Tigers don’t have any cornerbacks committed in this class. That was a big part of the conversation this weekend with Steele and secondary coach Greg Brown. They made it known where Tutt would fit in, and he liked what he heard. “Their schemes, I know exactly what defense they’re running and exactly where they want me to be in the defense. I know exactly what I need to do to come in and be successful, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
  13. 4 points
    That was my take, immediately. The odd thought crossed my mind that I wanted, I NEEDED this Georgia team to lose. I might have tolerated a Richt win, unhappily, but tolerated. This had "Saban Swag II" painted all over it and I was disgusted. They learned who had the house keys VERY early...as if, from the crowd noise, they actually had to enter the stadium to find out. I will always, ALWAYS be grateful to every single soul there in person, contributing to the "12th Man" factor. It shriveled "Dawgconfidence" mightily. Auburn stopped the run, which was another gut-punch. Wide receivers completed some excellently thrown passes when Auburn wasn't powering their own mighty run, kudos to the receivers, to Stidham, and to the O-line. I KNOW the bulldogs are scratching their heads today, singing the "What If" song. And one more thing...did anyone else SEE GUS's SMILE walking off that field at the buzzer? Sheer elation...I have NEVER seen him that pumped. That kind of feeling is one most want to repeat. Prayers that Mercer gives Alabama fits next Saturday. Hey, it's happened before. Prayers that we give Louisiana-Monroe the same respect and intensity EACH of our opponents deserve. There will be time enough for "future talk" later. One game at a time, just win, baby, chop that wood.
  14. 4 points
    Nope. Chip called plays, Gus added some wrinkles. Most if not all have saluted Gus for doing what he should’ve done earlier in the season. Time for you to move on sweetheart.
  15. 3 points
    Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is leading an offense that is the first to average 43.0 PPG in SEC play since Tim Tebow's Florida did it in 2008. Morning After: Auburn’s offense is doing something the SEC hasn’t seen since Tim Tebow By Justin Ferguson Auburn Beat Reporter November 12, 2017 AUBURN, Ala. — Even Gus Malzahn was at a loss for words when he heard the numbers Saturday night after Auburn football’s 40-17 drubbing of No. 1 Georgia. The Tigers scored at least 40 points for the sixth time in seven SEC games Saturday. Auburn is now averaging 43.0 points per game in SEC play, moving it just ahead of Alabama, which fell to 41.9 after scoring just 31 in a narrow win over Mississippi State. “Yeah, wow,” Malzahn said. “When you say that, that’s really something.” MORE: Gus Malzahn flips his big-game script with his most crucial win at Auburn Auburn averages more than six touchdowns per game in SEC play this season, even with the 23-point meltdown against LSU in October. The Tigers haven’t averaged more than 40 points against SEC opponents since the Cam Newton-led national champions in 2010 (40.2 points per game). The SEC hasn’t had a team average 43 or more since the Tim Tebow-led Florida national champions in 2008 (43.3). Fun fact: Newton was on that team, too. That number most likely will come down some after the Iron Bowl in two weeks, as Alabama has only allowed that amount four times in the last five seasons. Mississippi State’s 24 points Saturday night were the most the Tide have allowed all season. Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson has been on fire since returning to action at the start of SEC play. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) However, Georgia hadn’t allowed more than 28 points or 312 yards at any point in its first nine games of the season. Auburn hung 40 points and 488 yards on the Bulldogs en route to a memorable upset of the College Football Playoff rankings’ No. 1 team. “I think it’s just we’re balanced,” Malzahn said. “We can run the football. Our vertical passing, we’ve been pretty efficient with that. We’re playing with pace.” Malzahn is right. Auburn’s balance has almost been right down the middle in SEC play under first-year offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. OPPONENT RUSH YDS PASS YDS Missouri 269 219 Mississippi State 244 267 Ole Miss 326 235 LSU 189 165 Arkansas 348 284 Texas A&M 228 268 Georgia 237 251 Total 1,835 1,689 Perecnt 52.1% 47.9% With the exception of the second half against LSU, Auburn has been firing on all cylinders offensively in SEC play. The Tigers have fully tapped into their potential with the likes of quarterback Jarrett Stidham, running back Kerryon Johnson and a veteran offensive line. “I thought coming into this situation that we obviously have a great football team, and I knew what kind of team we could have,” Stidham said. “It’s just a matter of executing and being that team.” That meltdown at LSU has served an important purpose, too. Auburn’s offense has cleared the 250-yard mark passing in every game since then, including ones against an elite Texas A&M pass rush and an elite Georgia all-around defense. Instead of playing it safe after halftime, Auburn’s second halves have been better than their first halves in recent weeks. “I think the biggest difference is that we learned to finish,” Johnson said. “The LSU game we were doing the same things to those guys that we did here in the first half. We just didn’t finish, and we kind of took our foot off the gas. We learned to finish and we learned what was necessary to do, and I think the proof is in the pudding.” MORE: Gus Malzahn wants Kerryon Johnson in Heisman race after Auburn’s rout Johnson pointed to improved execution as a key to Auburn’s offensive success since the loss to LSU. That was apparent again Saturday against Georgia, as Auburn finally found a breakthrough offensively after a slow start. Malzahn preaches the importance of Auburn getting better each week. Even with an average of 43 points per game in SEC play, Auburn still thinks it can do that. “I feel like we still haven’t played our best ball yet,” junior receiver Ryan Davis said. “I feel like we still have some improvements to work on with certain things.” If that truly is the case, Auburn could be in for another one to remember in November, when Alabama brings its own high-scoring attack to the Plains.
  16. 3 points
    Yeah, me and 87,561 (or whatever the #is) of my best friends took personal offense to Kirby's remark.
  17. 3 points
    Derrick Brown and D. Russell completely dominated on the inside and made tackles. Even Davidson’s and A. Williams got in on the action inside. Not sure the total tackles of the DTs but our linebackers only needed to finish what was already started. Braden Smith on the other side dominated T. Thompson. I’m not sure which is having more nightmares this week, him or Fromm from Holland
  18. 3 points
    Tega. James should have always been inside. That’s why we need a quality OT in this years class.
  19. 3 points
    I wouldn't assume KJ goes pro just yet. Kid loves Auburn and is the type of kid who would stay. It would be smart if he can get a 1st or 3nd round grade but if not I believe he stays. He will have KP back next year also barring unforseen circunstances.
  20. 3 points
    We will see. If you can't see the difference in Gus snice the LSU game then you will never approve of him. What will you say when he wins the SEC this year?
  21. 3 points
    Can’t wait to see JG lead us to more victories against him
  22. 3 points
    Yes thank you for saying it. We may seem like buttholes for saying it but we can't be so quick to let him off the hook. He finally let Chip coach again. He just needs to stay out of the way like he did yesterday and we're good. We got the talent to dominate consistently. This needs to branch off into more big wins. No more miracles..We have a championship team and we can't waste it. We are afforded top 10 recruiting just like bama and uga and we need to act like it.
  23. 3 points
    I know you feel attacked by those of us who have a hard time buying this new Gus, but don’t. Thing is, we heard he was different before the season started. He wasn’t. I don’t expect him to change next year either. But the thing is, barring a crazy outcome next Saturday, AU will go into the Iron Bowl with a shot to get to Atlanta. After seeing the LSU game, that’s nuts. I no longer want him fired, but i really want this new Gus to be the Gus we get out of the gate next year. Yesterday was as creative as he and his staff have been offensively in a long, long time.
  24. 3 points
    One thing no one could ever take away from Gus is that at no point during his tenure here has he ever lost the team. I don't know how he's able to keep them focused with all the viral hatred being dished out on social media, but he has been able to do it.
  25. 3 points
    Head and shoulders above Lawson. Loved Carl but his hype greatly exceeded his production. More disruptive than Ford. Think his game is a level above each of those.