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  1. 80 points
    This isn't football related per say but I wanted to post here because this is the forum checked the most... I am joyfully overwhelmed right now! I've been hired by the Security/Event company who handles the events for Auburn University & Athletics. It had broken my heart to not have worked most of this season representing AU athletics. I had been working events with the previous company from 2010 til before this past football season. A new company came in & wouldn't hire me due to a worthless check conviction from 2012. The time has passed where that egregous mistake is no longer a factor. This may not mean much to some but working in a supporting role representing AU means the world to me! Just wanted to share with the family.
  2. 68 points
    So today was basically the best day of my life. I was able to go on a VIP tour of Mercedes Benz stadium, go to both team locker rooms, go to the media viewing windows for both Auburn and Georgia, and see all the behind the scenes production stuff! We also got to meet Marcus Spears, Steve Shaw, and the president of the Atlanta Falcons. All thanks to my awesome brother, Jake. Anyway, I thought I could come share what I saw. Kerryon came over and got Jake from the sideline to come out on the field with him. He took pictures and talked with Jake for a good 5 minutes. He was walking around, laughing, and seemed in good spirits. His left arm did look a little stiff, but I might be over-analyzing bc I'm so worried/paranoid. Jake told him he wants him to score 16 TDs tomorrow and Kerryon laughed and said "Man, that's a lot!" I did see him sort of stretching both arms out and up, so he definitely has movement. Then Kerryon went and got Jarrett Stidham and he came over and talked with Jake too. Jake told him "I saw you kiss your girlfriend after the Iron Bowl" and Jarrett laughed. They didn't really do anything during the media viewing window except walk around the field and chat. The guys seemed very cool, confident, and relaxed. Gus specifically asked to see Jake and Jake was the first person he greeted on the field, which was SO cool. Gus has this swagger now that just seems different. He didn't even seem nervous. Just calm, collected, and focused. Okay, now the part y'all are gonna LOVE. So a guy that works with Georgia football graduated from Jake's high school. He comes over during the Georgia viewing period and grabs Jake from the sidelines. Then, proceeds to take Jake out to meet Nick Chubb and Kirby Smart. Kirby told Jake he was wearing the wrong shirt (AU shirt) and Jake says "No sir. I'm sorry, but Auburn is going to win." ??? THEN Jake says "So what do you plan on doing about Kerryon Johnson? You know, he's really fast." Y'all, I was doing everything I could not to die laughing. To Kirby Smart's credit, he took it completely in stride. He just laughed and said "Yeah, he's good." He was really nice to Jake and talked to him a very long time. Maybe it's my orange and blue glasses, but the Georgia players seemed more tense than our players. The tone was noticeably more somber. If you've read this far, you're a trooper. Sorry for the novel, but I'm so excited I might not be able to sleep lol. I just had to share. I attached some of the pictures in case you are interested!
  3. 67 points
    Mods - move as desired. For all that have been following, I had my tests and doctor's appointment following round 6 of chemo and my CT scans and blood tests show my body is entirely cancer free! It could come back, but my doctor was amazed just how good everything looked. I still have to have surgery on my colon to deal with a growth that, at this point tests benign, so if I disappear again, for a while, it's because I'm recovering from that, but it's lathroscopic so it shouldn't be a huge deal. In any case, thank you for all of the prayers and good thoughts. Score one for the Tigers. WAR EAGLE! Tigers Are Stronger Than Cancer
  4. 57 points
    Auburn should not have lost to Georgia yesterday. The UGA offense is anemic and our defense totally controlled it aside from a few amazing passes from Eason. They held them to two FGs the entire game and anytime that happens, you should win. At the same time, Auburn is a very beat up team, far more beat up that the coaching staff has let on. Sean is obviously not himself and unable to generate any velocity on passes beyond 5-10 yards without really screwing up his mechanics and thus his accuracy. I think it's also causing him to throw the ball quicker to try and avoid hits because any strong hit could spell the end of the season in his mind and it's painful. Kerryon is not the same back he was early in the year because of the ankle and Pettway just bring another dimension to this offense. Not having all of those key pieces working properly are just too much to overcome. And finally, the JF3 thing has been an extreme disappointment not only in terms of evaluation by the staff (in hindsight we should have signed Jerod Evans) but in JF3's own development. He simply should be better now so that when Sean isn't 100% the offense can do something. But this is not a problem unique to Auburn. A&M is a totally different team without Trevor Knight. Louisville is a 3 or 4 loss team without Lamar Jackson. Who knows what Clemson is without Watson? You name me a team and virtually any of them are going to suffer greatly without their starter. Most backups are not stars who just haven't gotten their chance. They are backups because they are either flat out not as good, or because they are young and not ready for the lead role and there will be tremendous dropoff. All of that said, I feel like in many ways Gus has taken some steps forward as a coach this year. We finally have a defense that can carry a team and keep us in any game. That hasn't happened since Tubs was here. He finally understands his role as a HEAD coach and is allowing his assistants to do what he hired them to do. And while we are paying the price for missing on Jerod and JJ's mental breakdowns, I think what this team did when it was healthy shows great promise. So what do we do? We are likely to lose to Alabama and finish 8-4. Is it time to repeat the 4-year "Auburn gets a new head coach" cycle? Thoughts on that: 1. Well, I don't want to break up this defensive staff especially. It's taken 6-7 years to get an Auburn defense back around here and I love what T-Will and McGriff have done. And our D-line is killing it. It's nice to know we don't have to score 40 points every outing to have a chance. 2. Yesterday showed that every coach is susceptible to losing games they shouldn't. Clemson lost at home to unranked Pitt (giving up 43 points in the process), Michigan lost to unranked Iowa, only scoring 13 in the process, and Washington lost to USC, managing only 13 points at home. And other coaches have had their struggles this year: Jimbo at FSU, Stoops at Oklahoma, Herman at Houston. This is not an exact science. 3. What coach do you realistically think we go after and get? Herman maybe, but like Gus he's learning on the job as well. Jimbo has shown himself to be a monumental whiner and without Jameis is having a hard time of it. Petrino is having a great year but I don't think he's leaving Louisville a second time so quickly and the PTB at Auburn just aren't going to hire him. Briles is radioactive for a few years. So I'm struggling to come up with someone. Taking all of the above into consideration, I think we're better off staying with Gus for another year, hopefully adding Stidham as QB this offseason, getting Woody Barrett ready after a redshirt year and anticipating Joey Gatewood after him. It's not going to make a lot of folks happy, but I just don't think blowing things up again after 4 years is the right way to go.
  5. 55 points
  6. 53 points
    Mods, move if you like, but since may on this board have been asking, I wanted to let you all know that I started round 2 of chemo today, but more importantly, had blood tests yesterday. This morning, my oncologist informed me that all of my liver function numbers were normal. He was shocked. His exact words were "If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was looking at a healthy person's results". Thank you to all who are praying and sending good thoughts. We've got a long way to go, but we're kicking this things butt Tigers are Stronger than Cancer! War Eagle!
  7. 53 points
    At the end of this season, Gus needs to be told he has several options: 1) Bring in a new offensive coordinator with experience not affiliated with your coaching tree. It can be spread oriented if you like to expand on what you have already installed in the past. It is time for you to be a head coach and not an offensive coach. 2) If not, your employment will be terminated with five losses or more and fired with four losses if two of the games are against Georgia and Alabama. Going 0-8 against our two biggest rivals is not acceptable. Having witnessed first hand what occurred under Coach Gene Chizik, this should not come as a surprise. 3) We want you to decide Coach Malzahn what you truly believe is in the best interest of the program. If you are obstinate enough to stick with Rhett Lashlee or another OC that will only run your offense, then you will live and die by it during the 2017 season. The ceiling on this offense has been reached under the mutual guidance of you and Coach Lashlee. It is in the best interest for both of you to part ways. Previous Mulligans: We gave you a pass in 2014 because of the defense. You made a change at defensive coordinator, which proved to be a good move. We gave you a pass in 2015 because of Jeremy Johnson, though there must be an issue with quarterback evaluation or development. The fear is it could be a combination of both. You get a pass this season because of the late season injuries. Issues with the quarterback position surfaced again. We give you full credit with the way a healthy Sean White performed this season, but John Franklin III attempting only two passes during nearly 80 mop-up snaps proved to be a colossal lapse in judgment. Even if you win your bowl game, your last three seasons will equate to a 24-15 record over the past three seasons. Auburn expects more than a win percentage of 61.5%. It is important you remember; Gene Chizik was fired for winning only 63.5 percent of his games. You must make changes at offensive coordinator because... 1) It is wretched you run the ball 77% of the time on 1st down. Unless you are operating a triple-option offense, there is no reason for not attempting passes on 1st down 30-35% of the time. We understand you want to be a run-first offense and we support this basic concept. We only hope you comprehend you can still be a power running offense and pass the ball more often on first down. 2) It is ridiculous you have attempted only one pass to a TE during the last 25 games. Any offensive coach worth his salt attempts to utilize all of his skill players in their game plan. Forcing the defense to cover every aspect makes you less predictable. 3) It is distressing many of your passing plays are one man routes set up in the hopes a certain defensive back will react in the same manner from a previous play. 4) It is criminal you don't call better protection for your QB's facing third and long against blitzing defenses. This label was placed on you in 2009, and yet you have failed to recognize the issue. If you are going to place your quarterback in obvious passing situations as frequently as we have witnessed, at least give the young man a chance to throw the football. 5) Your pass-offense lacks slants, crossing routes, swing passes, and RB screens. What we have seen are WR-screens, outs, square-in, deep posts and wheel routes. Yes, there have been other routes, but you rarely attack the middle of the field vacated by LB's set on defending the run. 6) In six of seven seasons, your pass offense has attempted more passes on third down than first down. Once again, this is a strong indicator of how predictable your offense is to defend. 7) For a QB at this level to not have the ability to check out of certain situations shows how barbaric your offense can be. 8) You are now 4-11 against Power-5 teams, when your running game is held to 150-yards or less, scoring an average of 18 points. We believe in the running game too, but you have to know you cannot always rush for 250-yards week in and week out. Your running game has been tremendous but not unstoppable. 9) You are now 5-14 against Power-5 teams, when you are held to under 10 points by halftime, averaging just 15 PPG, when it happens. This clearly shows the lack of ability to adjust your game plan. 10) As a head coach, you are now 5-11 in games against Power-5 teams, when trailing at halftime and 0-6 when trailing by 10 or more points at halftime. Once again, this is an indicator of your failures to adjust. 11) During the 21 games your offense was held to just 6 points or less during the first period against Power-5 competition, your teams averaged only 22 PPG, winning only 9 of the 21 games. 12) While other offensive coaches change up their play-calling, schemes, and formations to regulate their offense during trying times, you only change out who is taking snaps at the QB position. For the record, this is not an "adjustment," it is called desperation. 13) We want to see an offense ready for action on opening day. Utilizing the first 3-4 games of the season to figure out what you have seems such a waste. Looking back at the Clemson and Texas A&M games, this team could have been undefeated before the injuries began to add up. Spring and Fall camps are when coaches should learn and discover their strengths and weaknesses leading up to the season. We want you to succeed at Auburn because it means "WE" are successful. This is one of the reasons why you are one of the highest paid head coaches in the country. We believed in you enough to hire you on two separate occasions, as an offensive coordinator and now as a head coach. We gave you a substantial raise when you put a championship team on the field and have continued paying you well even when you struggled. You made a change at the defensive coordinator position when the job was not being done. It is time to recognize the job is not being completed on the offensive side of the football. What you have accomplished since arriving at the collegiate level has been remarkable. You have blazed a trail for many high school coaches to break into the collegiate ranks. You implemented a new brand of offense that many copied because it was so successful. Your offense at Auburn has nearly rewritten the entire record book. For these accomplishments, we commend you. Long term success in coaching means the ability to adjust, adapt and change. What might have worked five years ago is no longer vogue, and has now become stagnant and anticipated. When the defense failed in 2014, you had the foresight to make a change. It was a sign of growth on your part as a head coach, and we are now reaping the rewards. Can you not see a change is needed on offense? The time has come for you to be accountable at Auburn and for you to return to the University in the manner, it gave to you. If this is too much to ask and you elect to resign, please let us know, and we will write a check for half your buyout. Your job is to place your players in the best position to be successful, and you have failed the last two years. We have wanted this to be your driving ambition since your hiring, and now we demand it to be the theme moving forward. We expect you to be the head coach at Auburn and to demand the best from your assistants. The Auburn fan base has supported you, and we had hoped you would recognize and overcome your shortcomings. Change for anyone can be a complicated process, especially when it comes to the ego of a head coach at a major program. Next year will be your fifth season on the Plains as head coach, and we only request you do what is in the best interest of a very proud program. We believe you can be a better head coach and we want you to succeed at Auburn. Recruiting has improved under your watch and it appears you have the defense pointed in the right direction, something Gene Chizik could not do despite being an accomplished defensive coordinator. Off the field distractions have been minimal and most importantly, your players have fought hard for you and your staff. The only glaring weakness right now looks to be the offense and the need to evolve. Changing and adjusting your offense will make for a better team and in the end, will make you a better head coach. Good or bad, everything that occurs under your watch, reflects the kind of head coach you are. We believe in you Gus, we just believe you can do more for the sake of the program. Good luck moving forward and War Eagle!
  8. 49 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!!
  9. 46 points
    My son is a severe hemophilia B patient with inhibitors and we are on day 8 of a hospital stay with a severe ankle bleed. Although the bleed seems to have finally stopped, his pain has been a steady 7 or 8 throughout our stay. We are looking at another week at least and he is starting to wear down. Please pray for strength and healing for James. Thank you
  10. 44 points
    To be honest.... the coaches are the same all the time. All of the coaches are direct in the form of being truthful. It has been a family environment since day one. Its always a warm feeling when dealing with the coaches. Our funny story was my 1st time at Auburn. It was before the Clemson game. Coach G always greets his top recruits one by one. So they come tell us that Coach G wants to see Worm. We are standing waiting &. I notice that the guys taking us to Coach G are talking to Worm but are looking at me weird. So when its our turn to go in, the guy says, Im sorry ma’am whats your affiliation to Shaun.... Im like his mother lol.... so then I find out that everyone thought I was his girlfriend instead of his mom because they said I looked really young lol. I guess because most of the other recruits brought their gf so they thought Worm did too lmao I didnt have a pitch, I wasnt a fan of him playing running back at all. Until I realized he was extremely good at it. I like him on defense. He was always a hard hitter & his football IQ was through the roof. But I knew his size would hinder him at some point with some defense positions. I dont really know the specifics of the scandal. But I do know that our coaches develop a great relationship with the athletes & their families as far as I can see. If you dont make it at AU, it is clearly because you did not do your part. So Worm’s dream was always to play for the team located in Tuscaloosa but Saban wouldnt extend the offer because Worm isnt the typical size for his RB’s or to play for UM, that also wouldnt extend the offer because of his height. Then Worm got the offer from AU. It was exciting because I am a Dillard High School Alumni. If you know about DHS relationship with AU then you know that at one time DHS had a pipeline with AU in regards to athletes. So AU was holding a camp & wanted Worm to come. But we had just come off a week long college tour so I couldn’t afford to hit the road again but I was able to afford to send Worm. At the time he didnt want to go. So I talked him into letting me send him for one day to the camp, he didnt have to participate in the camp but I wanted him to see the school. He agreed & I sent him & didnt hear from him all day until he arrived back at the airport that night. He got in the car & said Ma Dukes (thats what he calls me lol) Im committing there. I was like oh no hell your not. You havent fully seen anywhere else yet. He said, Coach Malzahn said this isnt a place for knuckle heads & Im no knuckle head. It felt like home & I love it there. & from that pointhe fell in love & never changed his mind about AU. Plus he spent alot of my money by making me bring him to games. So he was going to be stuck going there even if he changed his mind. Plus Im not into committing & decommitting. I explained to him before he committed to AU. Dont committ unless you are sure because its not a good luck to keep changing your mind.
  11. 43 points
    What gets frustrating is that the initial information is exactly what happened, yet for some reason, many folks have to have exact details and rehash the info over and over. Truth; he pulled something during the play in question and it hurt a lot. We don’t know what exactly it was. It was not a shoulder dislocation or any broken bones. Therefore, it will be sore and take some time to heal but looks like he will be able to play. Thank goodness! Let’s move on. Would that be ok?
  12. 42 points
    Game #1 Statistical Evaluation (Washington Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [5.81] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [50.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [3.3] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [41.7%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [8.3%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [7.6 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [80.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [40.0%] fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [35.0 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [56.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [2/0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [40.5] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: [ten] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [0] fail 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [145.1] pass Score: 9 of 15 (60.0%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [8.54] fail 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [35.7%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [3.1] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [36.4%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [27.3%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [9.3 yds] fail 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [66.7%] pass 08) TD red zone below 60%: [16.7%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [36.2 yds] fail 10) 40% or less of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [40.0%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [1/2] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [65.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [Nine] fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [2] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [138.0] fail * Bonus point for 1 TD allowed in 6 red zone possessions Score: 8 of 15 (53.3%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [39.0] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [14.0] pass 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [0.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [16.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [2 / 2] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [60.0%] fail Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. Before the season opener, Auburn under Gus Malzahn was 3-8 in games the offense was held to under 150-yards rushing and 1-7 against ranked competition. Jarrett Stidham's 26 of 36 performance for 273-yards was the key on offense to skate past the No. 6 Huskies. The heavy dose of intermediate routes over the middle was a breath of fresh air as Washington was content with not allowing anything over the top of their secondary. Of Auburn's ten impact plays, eight came via the passing game. During their previous 16 meetings against top-10 opponents (2013-2018), Auburn averaged 7.6 impact plays per game on offense. Of Auburn's 26 completions, 11 were completed to a running back or H-Back, a good sign for the Auburn moving forward. Spreading the football around will only make the offense more difficult to defend. Utilizing Chandler Cox as a runner and receiver was a nice touch and another sign of the offense being less predictable. I thought the running backs played well considering the lack of holes created by the offensive line. They ran hard and did not have many opportunities to break into the second level of the defense. The offensive line has adjustments to make, but they did play against a quality defense in the Washington Huskies. The lack of a consistent running game hurt Auburn the most inside the red zone as the Tigers scored only two touchdowns on five trips inside the red zone. Ryan Davis looks to be off to a great start returning punts as he did not hesitate to move upfield after making one move. With Jatarvious Whitlow the No. 2 running back, it might be a better move to have Shaun Shivers returning kickoffs. Speaking of Whitlow, there will likely be the fan expectation of moving him up to No. 1 at running back, primarily on the game-winning touchdown. He packs more power than Martin, but the winning score had more to do with design (double-teaming at the point of attack), than the run itself. I do believe Martin and Whitlow will end up being a good 1-2 punch down the road. After gaining 280-yards on offense, Auburn mustered only 146-yards during the second-half. Once again, the lack of a consistent running game hindered the Auburn offense. Despite the lack of explosiveness in the running game, the Auburn offense threw the football 42.4% of the time on first down. This was another indicator the offense is continuing to grow under Chip Lindsey and becoming less predictable. Only time will tell how impressive the season-opening win was, but it was wonderful to register a "team" victory against a quality opponent away from Jordan-Hare. War Eagle!
  13. 40 points
    Things I Think I Saw….. About three years ago, I started doing this little “column” after each Auburn football game. The idea was to just write down “observations” based on seeing a game once, whether live or on tape/DVR. I’ve always been a little surprised at how we can see something different each time we watch something over and over. I’ve watched a fair amount of football film/tape/DVR recordings over the years, and sometimes it’s hard to believe how I “thought” I saw something happen, but after looking at it again, I changed my mind. It isn’t practical for me to do that anymore, so I just write down my first impressions, and because of that, I decided to call this “Things I Think I Saw.” On last night’s game vs Clemson….The Auburn defense was even better than I expected, especially the DL and linebackers. There were some mistakes for sure, including a few missed tackles, guys getting pushed out of their rush lanes, and so on. But overall, the defense was pleasantly solid against one of the better offenses around in terms of skill position talent. The offense was almost as big a disappointment as the defense was a surprise. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more disorganized, poorly planned game at any level, be it middle school, high school, or college. It’s almost foolish to try to critique the performance of the AU quarterbacks, as none were given an opportunity to get into the flow of the game, or establish any kind of rhythm or continuity. With all that preamble, here are some things I “think” I saw…. DeShaun Davis was possibly the biggest surprise of the game. He played more downhill than any Auburn linebacker I’ve seen since at least Josh Bynes. And he brought the wood whenever he had a chance. He missed a couple of tackles, but I thought for a guy getting his first game action, he was outstanding. I saw flashes of the things I’ve heard about Darrell Williams. He is surprisingly athletic, and is much better in coverage than I expected from his body type. A very intelligent player. The Auburn offensive line, both individually and collectively, was as bad as I can remember it being in several years. IMO, nobody on the OL played well. Robert Leff did not play like a legitimate starter in this conference. His inability to pass protect was a huge factor in the game. Austin Golson looked very passive and passed up more opportunities to hit a defender than I could count without spending hours studying the tape. Alex Kozan was awkward on his pulls, and Braden Smith was awkward, period. Xavier Dampeer got man-handled most of the night. Kozan, Smith and Dampeer are three players I was expecting big things from this season. I think most of us had questions about Golson and Leff, and some of those questions were unfortunately answered.How an OL coach with Herb Hand’s reputation could put that group out on the field in a big game is a question I’ve asked myself since early in the game. For having had an entire off season to prepare and plan, the early offensive plays in the game were extremely disappointing. We have Kerryon Johnson, Bubba Pettway, and Chandler Cox available, and our early plays are designed to get the ball to Stanton Truitt? The seemingly haphazard shuffling of quarterbacks will always be a mystery for me. The old expression, “If you have more than one QB, you don’t have any” has never seemed more accurate. It seemed that Malzahn was drawing numbers out of a jar like a bingo caller on Saturday night at The Home….whatever number comes up, that’s who’s playing. Even if one of the three had some momentum going, out he came, and in went someone else. In that vein, the presence of JFIII in the game seemed to sort of “freeze” the Clemson defense. But he was replaced for no apparent reason, and Jeremy Johnson promptly threw an interception. I liked the aggressiveness our secondary played with vs Clemson’s passing game. On the other hand, some of the things DBs get away with in the NFL, officials don’t let slide in college. Some teams are allowed to get away with holding onto a receiver, but Auburn is not one of those, and will not be. Clemson’s Mike Williams was a physical mismatch for pretty much all of our defensive backs. He’s also very talented, and Deshaun Watson is exceptionally accurate. All things considered, I thought Auburn did a pretty decent job of coverage, other than vs Williams. Limiting Tight End Jordan Leggett was a solid accomplishment IMO. Daniel Carlson was even sharper than usual. I’d heard throughout fall practice that he was missing more kicks than usual, but it appears he got back into his form in time for the game. I was disappointed in the blocking of the wide receivers on the perimeter. I frankly expected better execution of that task from Kodi Burns’ group. I am impressed with WR Will Hastings. He was not used a great deal, with the quarterback management and the poor pass protection, but he is one of those guys who “just gets open” and catches the ball. Hopefully someone will get the offense in general ironed out, and Hastings will be a factor going forward. We lined up a few times with a tight end, in Jalen Harris. I don’t know what kind of receiver he is, but he’s got a long way to go in the blocking department. He didn’t exactly overwhelm my definition of “physical." I thought there was an excess of “cuteness” in the AU offense, and at least one “trick play” was actually so silly as to be embarrassing. The one where all the offensive linemen kind of run to the middle of the formation and some kind of play action pass goes to the running back behind the line of scrimmage. I apologize for not describing it better, but I don’t know how. I have no problem at all with trick plays, but they need to be well-designed and called at just the right time. Coming off your own goal line is not that time IMO. Ours resulted in a loss, by the way. Much like last season, the “coordination” of Auburn’s offense from the sideline seemed awkward and clumsy. Numerous times we were either called for delay of game or rushed to get lined up and run the play before the clock ran down. I don’t know if having Herb Hand in the press box helped or not, but if it did indeed help, the results were apparently minuscule enough to be mostly indiscernible. Our running game never looked sharp to me. It was extremely gratifying to see the AU defense stuff Clemson multiple times in short yardage situations. And despite the poor offensive performance, the AU offense was more successful on short yardage plays (the JJ run on 4th and two at the goal line notwithstanding) than last year. The sugar huddle breaking with an unbalanced line would seem to be something opposing defenses would have figured out by now, but it worked again as far as getting Clemson misaligned. Unfortunately, the OL didn’t block well enough to get the ball into the end zone. Where we go from here is up to the players and coaches. It looks like our defense may be good enough to keep us in games. If our offensive staff can figure out what they want to do/be, we have a chance to get through these next three games and be on our way to improving over the season. But, if there is more of what we saw on the offensive side last night, it’s going to be a long season, and there will likely be a new play-caller next year. For the most part, the effort was there against a very talented Clemson team. My feeling is that the players deserved better than they got from “management.” Let’s hope everyone is on the same page by next week.
  14. 39 points
    It's time for a divorce. Not talking about Malzhan. Can we have two websites? Some of you people are great. The rest of you can take a long walk off a short pier. You're the biggest group of whining, crying jackwagons on the planet and you don't deserve to call yourself Auburn fans. We won 10 games and beat UGA and Bama when they were ranked number 1. If that's not good enough for you, nothing ever will be.
  15. 37 points
    Alright so here it goes. There is always confusion and complaining about DBs and why they are not looking back for the ball. Hopefully this will help clear some of it up. The answer is different for each player, but concept remains the same. Basically, the rule is, when a DB is in phase and in a position of control they can turn and find the ball. Well, what does that mean? In phase vs out of phase. In phase means the DB is running hip to hip with the receiver. Out of phase means the DB is trailing and trying to catch up to the WR. Position of control Typically, the position of control is when the DBs shoulder is ahead of the receiver or when you can read his opposite number. The DB can affect the receivers speed and route and therefore can control the receiver. From this position, a DB can "lean and locate". By feeling the receiver with your off arm and body you are assured not to lose him. If the DB is not in phase and in a position of control and he looks back, he slows down and the separation increases. The DB should keep eyes on the receiver, track him down, and play the ball through the basket by raking or clubbing when the ball arrives. Any questions, ask away.
  16. 37 points
  17. 36 points
    He had to replace a legend and did so by becoming one himself. Life is so precious and my heart goes out to Rod and Paula as well as their family and friends. Rod's voice much like Jim Fyffe, will never be forgotten. https://youtu.be/sHq7SQ_B0hI
  18. 36 points
    Spare me the "don't blame refs" or "we had our opportunities." I'm not in the mood. LSU got bailed out multiple times to extend their drives late and we had two of our drives killed because the refs apparently only notice pass interference when Auburn does it. But Greedy Williams can grab and redirect a player off his route and flat run a WR over and no flag. Complete horse***t.
  19. 35 points
    The moment everyone has been waiting on. My complaints of a Gus run Auburn Football team in the current state of 2018. Please excuse the ramblings if they appear in this post. Gus as a head coach - I think he’s a tremendous ambassador for AU. A good man and a good coach. I think he’s a little to introverted to ever be accepted as a true Auburn Man. I think he’s to reactionary to critics as he seems to want to make people happy. Offensive scheme - I love our base offense and scheme. The complaint about route trees I understand but when the play action is working the deep pass game is devastating. Only real complaint about pass scheme is on shallow and intermediate crossing routes you need two receivers to put the linebackers in limbo not just one like we see most of the time. Our pass game has to throw the post or skinny post enough to free up the safeties from just crashing on the deep go or fly routes. Stidham is the first QB not to throw the post or skinny post so not sure if that’s Gus, Chip, or Stidham moving away from it. Our offense as far as blocking scheme and passing tree will only be successful when we are able to run the football. When that is shut down we will struggle but we should be able to run on any team because of our run scheme. However not making the right read on the zone read and not having a QB that can run the keep 10-15 times a game directly affects our ability to match 7 or 8 in the box. Just not enough blockers unless you are able to eliminate one or two on the read. So in my opinion I disagree with everyone else that wants to bring in another “passing” OC. I say bring in another run OC that maybe has some different alignments and maybe a couple more pass concepts out of those alignments. Offensive player usage - can’t stand the player personnel usage by Gus and the pigeon holing of players to specific plays. If they are a running back run all running back plays with them... if they are poor at something work around it. If they are a slot WR they should run all slot routes and speed sweeps regardless if they are the “best” at it. Stop whole package situations for every 3rd down and every 4th and short. Garbage time - please run the entire offense regardless who is on the field in garbage time even if it pisses off the sisters of the poor’s Coaches. They will enjoy their paycheck just the same. Just at the friendly handshake before the game just tell the other coach if it gets to a certain situation that you will bring in some young guys to run the full offense. They will understand because they would like the same opportunity if given. Game time management - in my opinion Gus is just average here not good or bad. 2 minute offense has been decent in his career. But time outs and ending the half and games I’d say he’s pretty average at best. What’s crazy is Chizik was probably the best I’ve ever seen with end of half and end of game time management. One more thing on time management if we call a fricking time out on first and 10 because we can’t get the call changed to the perfect play I’ll flip my lid. Just run the frickin original play call take the 2-3 yards and move on to 2nd down. This goes to the end of game and end of half situations when you only have 1 time out because you tried to get the perfect play called in earlier in the half. Spring and fall practice - all players unless injured should go full speed and full contact. We baby to many of the upperclassmen and QBs that they aren’t game speed ready to start the season. All they have really done is 7v7, normal grouping techniques, a few scrimmage plays, half speed reps, and possibly some thud stuff. This might be my biggest complaint. Auburn has always been feared just because of the toll it would take physically on your team when playing us. Let’s get away from the we gotta get our edge back stuff and just come out with your own players and every other team you play it’s gonna be a war when you play against Auburn. Sometimes the other team can out scheme you, that what Gus tries to do tries to out scheme other teams and he does a pretty good job most of the time but sometimes when they out flank you you just have to hunker down and say we are just gonna punch you in the mouth over and over until you quit and I’m not talking about run play after run play I’m talking the mentality you impose on your own players that I’m gonna kick the guy I’m assigned to ass all game long. Yes at a high level scheme and game plan are ultra important but so is desire and physical play which I think was lacking this year especially on offense. Overall team - please self scout hire some analyst that are better at it. Some outside of the program not GA’s trying to get into coaching that played for Gus. Please be more multiple on defense. I think Steele has brought a great approach of discipline and accountability to the defense but his defense is way to simple. Man to man almost every snap. I’m sure no one can scheme against that all they have to worry about is where a blitz may come from. We’ve all bitched about how predictable our offense is well the defense is 10 times worse. Grading - Gus at AU I would give him an overall grade of a solid B... 2018 I would give him a D+. Inexperience at major positions were more then I thought it would be. We never had that one player or one group step up to be leaders on and off the field. The team didn’t quit and that’s a good thing but I saw very little “desire” after the LSU loss.
  20. 35 points
    Things I Think I Saw: AU vs Washington…. In case you haven’t seen this before, I named it as I did because I’ve watched thousands of hours of film, tape, and video of football games, and always been surprised at how differently I saw things each time I watched. Rather than watch replays of our games endless times, I just go with my first impression in these columns. So I may be wrong, and you may see things entirely differently. These are just my takes on assorted things from the game. Jarrett Stidham seems much more confident than at any point last season. He wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but he was pretty darn good. Missed a couple, and made a bad decision or two, but given the magnitude of the game, the quality of the opponent, and the proficiency of Auburn’s pass protection, he was outstanding. We are fortunate to have him as our QB. I remember when Auburn grabbed Daniel Thomas from one of the Montgomery high schools after making a last-minute offer. The kid has seemed to play with a chip on his shoulder since then, and he was an exceptional tackler in this game. In fact, the secondary as a whole tackled really well, especially Thomas, Dinson, and Javaris Davis. All of those guys made huge plays in the open field. Jamel Dean came up with his first interception, even with a “club” on his hand to protect his injured finger. Dean’s a heck of a competitor, and it was great to see him starting such a big game after all the injuries he’s had. Remember, he originally signed with Ohio State, and only came to Auburn after failing his physical at OSU. While the Auburn defense gave up some plays and yardage, once it was over it was great to see that Myles Garrett was limited to 75 yards on 17 carries. Gaskin is one of the top running backs in the country, and the fact that he was unable to hurt AU is very impressive. One of the concerns for Auburn going into the game was the center position. Kaleb Kim eventually won the job in fall camp, and got his first-ever start in this game. Kim was neither “great” nor “awful”, but for his first game as the starter, against a great nose tackle like UW’s Greg Gaines, he did reasonably well. Won some battles and lost some, and looked very tentative at times, but logic says he will get better with experience. I was reasonably happy with what we got from him. I was disappointed overall with the offensive line play. Tega didn’t always keep his feet under him in pass protection, but most times he was able to use his long arms to keep his man off Stidham. Newcomer Jack Driscoll wasn’t quite as “finished” as I’d hoped he would be, but he may have been our best offensive lineman in this game. Marquell Harrell looked a lot like he did when he was forced into the lineup last year…..uncertain and tentative…. and Mike Horton played maybe the worst game I’ve seen from him. LOTS of work to be done by J.B. Grimes and his group, but I never saw a lack of effort, so I’m expecting the improvement to happen over the next two weeks. After Gus praising the improvement of punter Aiden Marshall, the kid shanks one for 30 yards in the first game of the season. To be fair, Mike Horton was one of the up-backs in the punt formation, and he just waved at a Washington player running by him, almost getting Marshall’s punt blocked. Arryn Siposs replaced Marshall after that. He punted reasonably well, but did look a little nervous. He will get better with experience, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Marshall doesn’t make a run at the starting job again. I’m sure some fans are frustrated with the officials for the game, as the two teams combined for over 200 yards in penalties. I didn’t see any obvious “bias,” just some inconsistencies in how pass interference was called. Bottom line from an Auburn perspective, we played a very sloppy game on defense. Numerous offside penalties, personal fouls, a face mask, etc. Not totally surprising for an opening game, but atypical for a Kevin Steele defense. I feel certain those issues will be cleaned up over the next few days. After getting good pressure on Jake Browning right out of the gate, Auburn seemed to struggle a bit generating pressure during the middle quarters. I didn’t check every play, but I did notice once that while AU rushed 4, UW kept 7 in to block. I don’t care how good your defensive linemen are; if your four are going against seven, it’s gonna be pretty tough. All of last season, Auburn fans were crying for Gus to let Chip (Lindsey) run the offense. I don’t know how involved Gus was in this game, but the passing game we saw from Auburn looked pretty close to those I saw when Chip was at Southern Miss and Arizona State. There were some frustrating things in this game, especially in the running game. Lots of inside zone, despite UW’s defensive alignment being less than “ideal” for that play stood out to me. I’m all for not backing away from a challenge, but pounding your head into a wall when there’s a door open doesn’t make a lot of sense. Converted corner Noah Igbinoghene got quite a workout from Washington receivers. In his first game at corner, Iggy was picked on by the Huskies. He wasn’t bad at all in coverage, but his ball skills have got to improve. Of course, it doesn’t help when the receiver is allowed to push off, which UW’s did all day. Was kind of fun to watch Washington run their pick play down on the goal line. Everybody in football runs some kind of pick plays, but Washington’s was one of the more obvious I’ve seen. West Coast teams are usually mostly about finesse, and I was surprised to see that “blunt instrument” play from UW. Nick Coe has worked hard since arriving at Auburn, and was impressive as a backup last season. I was happy and surprised to see him named a starter this week, and he really delivered. The play he made causing Browning to fumble on an option play on third and goal at our three was tremendous. I look for more big plays out of that young man. Noticed our interior offensive linemen struggling with a simple twist stunt by UW. That can (and hopefully will) be corrected right away. Andrew Williams was impressive as part of the DL rotation. Not surprising, as he was very effective last year as well, but it’s good to see him remind us that there’s no drop-off when he comes in the game. Speaking of defensive linemen, Dontavius Russell has become a dominant player, very quietly. He and Derrick Brown owned the middle vs Washington. Young TD Moultry is having his problems. Coach Garner has been pushing him pretty hard, and the kid made a couple of discipline errors in the game. Gonna be a week of tough love for TD and his coach. He’s a talent; I hope RG can get him on track. Speaking of youngsters and mistakes, Big Kat Bryant jumped in the air on a pump fake by Browning, allowing Browning to take off and pick up a key third down conversion. I’m sure Bryant has been told “Never leave your feet” before, but I’ll bet he will remember next time. Experience is a tough teacher, but also the best. When stories came out saying Gus was going to give Stidham more latitude to change plays at the line, I thought about the “teaching” that Gus and Chip would have to do to make Stidham proficient at doing that. Saw one time in this game where UW was obviously going to blitz from the secondary, and Stidham didn’t seem to see it, didn’t change the play, and was ultimately called for intentional grounding. The game is literally always “a work in progress.” I absolutely loved the blitz call by Kevin Steele on UW’s last offensive play of the game. Even a four-year starter like Jake Browning didn’t know what to do once he saw all those Auburn defenders heading in his direction. On Auburn’s failed two-point conversion after the first score, I was fine with the decision to go for two, but not crazy about the play, and certainly no fan of the execution. In defense of whoever drew it up, Auburn did appear to have the motion man wide open, but Malik Willis chose to run. After watching the game carefully, we have LOTS of things to improve on. But, the game actually played out very well for us, as we got some great teaching tape, and ALSO got a huge win on the national scene. As a friend told me right after the game, “It’s good that some of these problems showed themselves early. Otherwise, we’d have had some nasty surprises later in the season.” I agree. Now we have two weeks to get our issues corrected before we face LSU, and a game next week with Alabama State to hopefully get some things tuned up. War Eagle!
  21. 35 points
    Hate posting new topics, but maybe we can consolidate info here: Dean still day-to-day with metacarpal fx. May be held out next week. J Davis with Stinger vs Shoulder contusion. Day-to-day with likely held out next week. J Stidham with bruised shoulder from lick on the sideline. Sore but ok. Good to go. Noah I: bruised hand. Good to go. R. Davis: bruised chest wall/"wind knocked out." Good to go. Wde!
  22. 35 points
    While visiting home last week, Shivers stopped by some local inner city optimist teams that he use to play against as a youth. He spoke about the importance of education, working hard on the field & defying the odds. The kids & coaches were excited to see him & it was a wonderful experience to be able to give back mentally. Here are a few shots from the visits.
  23. 35 points
    The first 2 years of Gus' tenure was an anomaly. Instant success with another staff's players. The last 3 he has gone 6-6, 8-4, 10-3. He has built a strong foundation for the program. He has instilled discipline and accountability. The recruiting is only getting better. We are not to the level where we are reloading yet, but we are getting close. The stability and continuity of coaches has been huge the past two years and will pay higher dividends as it continues. It was time to marry or divorce Gus and AU decided to marry him. As fans, it's time to embrace him and support him and know he wants what's best for AU as much as we do.
  24. 34 points
    Since so many of you have been so kind as to continue to inquire about my health, especially here on the football board, I just wanted to let you all know that my doctor told me, today, that I am still cancer free (something he referred to as "extrordinary", considering how cancer riddled my liver was almost a year ago to the day, and the type of cancer it was). That being said, I don't want this to be about me. There are far too many Tigers on here who are fighting the good fight, so please, @Maverick.AU, @AUIH1, and anyone else who is winning the battle with cancer, use this thread to keep everyone informed so we can all pray for each other and keep the good thoughts going.
  25. 34 points
    During the last 448 Auburn games, the Tigers have led at halftime by at least 30 points on 30 occasions. It has occurred 6.7 percent of the time, so yesterday was indeed a treat. Of the 30 games where Auburn led by more than 30 points at halftime, only seven of those games were conference opponents. Since 1981, it has occurred just 2.5 percent of the time in conference play. Auburn led Ole Miss 35-3 at halftime, the identical halftime score of the Alabama-Ole Miss game, which included a defensive score for the Crimson Tide. By halftime, Auburn had outgained the Rebels by 187-yards, while Alabama outgained Ole Miss by 167-yards at halftime. Alabama closed out the deal more efficiently than Auburn, but that should be expected just because Alabama's has more talent on their depth chart than Auburn. By the end of the third quarter, Auburn held a commanding 41-10 lead. The Rebels gained nearly 33 percent of their yardage and over 60 percent of their points during the final period when Auburn was playing backups on defense. If we learned anything from comparing the two games, it is Alabama has better talent and depth across the board. I think if we are honest, we already knew this to be the case before the season began. Coach Matt Luke said his team quit during the second-half of the Alabama game. During their week of preparation for Auburn, Luke reminded his team they had to learn to play two halves. No matter what happened against Auburn during the first half, they were not going to quit as they did against Alabama. I will admit it is very tempting to focus on how Auburn finished the game rather than how they started with all hands on deck. Yes, the lack of production the second-half wasn't entertaining to watch. It revealed what subbing and shutting down the offense will do in conference play. Lesson learned. If we return to how the first-half played out, it is clear the game plan on offense was sound and executed very well. The offensive personnel played with passion, building a lead that only occurs during 2.5 percent of Auburn's conference games. The defense stumbled coming off the line, giving up 107-yards during the first two possessions defended. They however closed out the first half with 97-yards allowed during the next five possessions. It was the best first half played this season. Can anyone really question whether or not this team was prepared to play against the Rebels? Would it have been better for the team had the other running backs played sooner? Yes. Would it have been better to give Malik Willis more valuable reps on the field to provide him with more experience? Yes. Would it have been better had Chip Lindsey called a more creative second half? Yes. After defending 49 snaps during the first half, it was clear Auburn wanted to grind clock, knowing the game was safely in hand. The way I see it today (Sunday)... the team I watched crush Ole Miss during the first half was pretty darn good. The second half performance tells me the coaches and players are still working towards improving, but it doesn't change the fact of how well the Tigers played when fully operational. Now it is time to get ready for LSU in Death Valley. This Auburn team is far from perfect, but there is no doubt, they are a better team than six games into the 2016 season. During the last three games, Auburn has outscored the opponent 42-6 during the first quarter and 87-20 by halftime. If the team that opened up against Missouri, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, shows up in Baton Rouge, I like our chances for coming home with the victory. War Eagle!
  26. 33 points
    I barely know where to start. If you have followed my posts, you know I grew up in Auburn, daughter of the late Dr. John Freeman, AU botany professor and my sweet mom, an Auburn High biology teacher who still lives there. Daddy was a rabid football fan, and his job, as part of the Lions Club, was to guard the TV tower, so he always got in free. Though AU student tix for football cost only $4 when I was there, guess who couldn't care less about going? RIGHT. But my parents were part of a botany/microbiology department supper club that lived and breathed hoops. I can remember all of the guests coming back to our bedrooms to greet us where we were company-confined, hopefully watching "The Brady Bunch" or if we were really blessed, "The Wizard of Oz" on its reruns. Those were the Sonny Smith years, and his daughter was one year ahead of me in school. Those were also the "Coach Pat Dye" years, with his son one year below me. (You know, these coaches have real kids with real lives and to us, they're just people we know.) Did I care one thing about basketball? NOPE. Elitist I, "college is for academics", thank you. Go ahead and laugh at my transformation. Fast forward to now. No one is more surprised than I at myself and how I have changed over time into a college sports fanatic...pretty much Auburn primarily and whomever plays "the other." It brings me into new memory moments and great conversations with my husband, too. I've followed the ups and the downs of "the sport in spring training" right now, and I'm not going there. (My posts already do.) But several days away from the threshold of the Final Four, I just cannot get this thought out of my mind: "Pearl and the team have abso-blooming-lutely made basketball FUN, fun, fun." They have united our fanbase behind a deserving bunch of never-quitters. The sheer enthusiasm and passion of Coach Pearl has captivated us...especially G.Will Mac, and I am right there with you! They have gone high when others would go low, and they have left sports media with their jaws dropped. They have, by being themselves, taught the bluebloods a thing about humility and perseverance. They HAVE made Auburn University a basketball school, and they have made "the other" insanely jealous that they are not. I guess my memory lane is to say, if any of them read AU Family...thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for giving us something fun and meaningful behind which to rally. Thank you for taking my mind off of other sports (truly). Thank you for being so passionate to let us in to who you are. I truly, truly believe it's YOUR year, and I believe YOU will take it all. But even if not...this run has been more than I could have ever imagined. I don't know these young men personally, but I want to adopt every one. I saw Coach Pearl going into the movie theater on East University Drive a couple of years ago when I took my mom to a movie...AND he autographed my phone when I took it to an early game. He was as intensely marvelous then as he was now. He is his own cheering section, but he'll have the most reluctant on his feet before long...you just can't NOT. Life is short. I believe in leaving it all on the field, the court, the mission field. There is no question in my mind that Coach Pearl is changing lives beyond how to nail a 3-pointer, and it's clear to see why the young men continue to play and pray as they do. I can't EVEN...and I'm glad. What an amazing surprise it all continues to be. Carry on, now...this is the place to pour out your soul... ❤️ P.S. Daddy would have LOVED this. Mama is having a blast.
  27. 33 points
    After Auburn defeated No. 1 Alabama to finish the regular season 10-2, I mentioned this would have meant Auburn winning the Southeastern Conference outright prior to 1992. This is the very reason why Auburn coaches now should not be compared to Auburn coaches prior to 1992 when it comes to winning conference titles. What if the 1987 team had to play Tennessee a second time to win the conference? What if the 1983 team had to play Florida again at a neutral site to win the SEC? What if the 1989 team had to play Tennessee again to win the conference? I enjoyed every conference championship Auburn has won since 1983, but the road to winning one now is much more of a challenge than the 1980's. What stings about the loss to Georgia yesterday was the fact Auburn had to defeat a very good Georgia team twice to win the SEC this year and Georgia needed just one victory against the Tigers. We now know how LSU must have felt having to play Alabama two times in one season a few years ago. Even with Auburn's victory over Georgia, the Bulldogs conference loss had no barring on them winning the East because the East was so putrid this season. Tennessee and Florida need to make good coaching hires to become competitive in the East again. For now, Georgia has a cake-walk to make it to Atlanta. Auburn defeating No. 1 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama was an amazing accomplishment but leave a hollow feeling right now with yesterday's loss. Auburn would have likely benefited from a bye-week before the conference championship. The road to winning a national championship will be a near-impossible task for any Auburn head coach as the teams in the conference currently stand regarding ability. Had Auburn won the rematch with Georgia it was going to take another two victories over Top-4 ranked teams to win the National Championship. Had this goal been accomplished, it would have required Auburn to defeat five consecutive Power-5 teams ranked in the Top-6. How many teams in the country right now would be able to accomplish this task? The 1983 Auburn team went 4-1 against Top-10 teams, but those games were spread out over 12 games. Pat Dye was 11-15-2 against Top-10 teams and 4-10-2 against Top-5 teams during his tenure at Auburn. His teams never defeated a No. 1 ranked team during 12 seasons not to mention two in one season. The 1983 squad might be one of the greatest teams in school history, but it was loaded with plenty of talent and depth. The 85-scholarship rule was not in place back then, and injuries were far more manageable back then compared to today. I have always felt Auburn deserved the MNC that year but what if there was a playoff format back then. Would Auburn have defeated Nebraska that year or Texas in a rematch in 1983? It is all for speculation, but it certainly brings a hard dose of reality to the challenge to win it all today. Clemson is healthy now and looks strong enough to capture another National Championship. What if they had to play Georgia twice and Alabama once in four weeks with an injured quarterback? Auburn could finish 11-3 this season, ranked in the top-10 but some will undoubtedly focus on the three losses more so than the 11 victories. The 2017 Auburn Tigers are a good team and a team that would be conference champions during the Pat Dye era. The coaches and players deserve more praise than criticism. Were they perfect? Absolutely not but I do believe when healthy, this football team could beat anyone in the country. Looking back at every season since 2017, how many times could anyone realistically make this statement? I do believe it is in the best interest of Auburn and Gus Malzahn to come to an agreement to keep him in place as the head coach. He has shown an abundance of growth as a head coach this season and the foundation is in place to build a championship team. War Eagle!
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    Here is the breakdown of the Touchdown play from Stidham to Hastings... No need to thanks me... I was happy to do it.. Took me a lot of hard work and time...
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    This season is special to me, it was about a year ago today that I found out I had an enlarged lymph node (which turned out to be non Hodgkin's lymphoma) and I had surgery right after the Clemson game. If I have any message, it's enjoy this season. Enjoy family and friends regardless of the ups and downs. Cherish this season and remember how fortunate we all are to be able to not only enjoy football but to enjoy time with people that we care about. As always WDE, and let's go get this Natty
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    We all have heard of 72's story. Many have asked me privately about what they can do or how they can help. Through prayer and council from his pastor, his family has decided to set up a go-fund-me account. This was a struggle for him because, like most of us, we don't like to admit that we need help. Well, I'll say it for him. He and his family do need some help. That said, do not feel obligated or coerced to help. However, he is part the Auburn family and this is a chance to live that. Imagine what a blessing we could provide if we all just skipped a cup of coffee or a Coke. A single dollar compounded would be a huge gift to one of our friends and brothers. Just take a chance and read his story. If you feel like you want to help, great! If not, that's okay too. If you don't feel led to support financially, another way to help is just to pass on or repost his story to other friends or social media. That exposure can be a great help. https://www.gofundme.com/help-fund-nathan039s-cancer Again, please do not feel obligated. This is just a chance to help one of ours.
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    Prayers work! James slept almost 10 hours through the night and woke this morning with almost no pain. The micromovements from last night have turned into almost full range of motion and he literally hopped out of bed and walked to the bathroom when he woke. The docs are baffled and thrilled at the same time. There is no other way to say it, there was divine intervention. Thank you to everyone that prayed and had others pray on his behalf. Please share God's healing of James with others as proof of his grace and love. We are humbled by the love you have shown us. Thank you.
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    http://gridironnow.com/auburn-qb-joey-gatewood-doesnt-celebrate-signing-works/ Earlier this year, I wrote a column about what kind of worker newly signed Auburn QB Joey Gatewood is; Wednesday was a great example. Wednesday morning, Joey – I call him Joey because I’ve known him for years now, watching him mature, helping develop his game as his quarterback coach – sent his paperwork to Auburn with no ceremony at his school. He is in work mode. Most high school players celebrate signing day as the incredible accomplishment it is; not Joey Gatewood. I try and visit the signing day ceremonies of all of the college-bound quarterbacks I train so that I can enjoy the moment with them and get a picture of this very special day. The only picture I got with Joey was later in the day when he was in Boost Sports Performance in Jacksonville, FL working out as hard as he ever does. Joey didn’t celebrate, Joey worked! Denny Thompson and Joey Gatewood. (Photo credit Denny Thompson / GRIDIRON NOW) This is the kind of young man who is heading to Auburn. Auburn is getting a guy who on the very first morning of his Christmas break, was in my training facility getting back after it again. He received several hours of personal QB work from me, followed by a couple of hours of lifting and training with some of the top trainers in the southeast. I try not to write too much about the guys who I personally work with as a quarterback coach, but I am amazed by what Joey’s mindset is right now. I personally picked him up before his 9:00 AM session Thursday morning and didn’t leave the facility until after 6:00 PM. That’s how it always works with Joey – I pick him up when I am starting my day and take him home when I am completely done. Joey is willing to sit in one place all day in order to put three hours of work in. I’ve made my prediction before on how I think the Joey Gatewood era will go at Auburn and I will say it again: Joey will leave Auburn with a Heisman Trophy! I know that sounds like crazy-talk to say about a 17-year-old who doesn’t turn 18 until April, but I’ve never seen someone with the skillset of Gatewood combined with his work ethic and focus. I know that a 6-foot-5, 230-pound Auburn quarterback will instantly draw comparisons to Cam Newton. Heck, even Gus Malzahn compared the two Wednesday. I want to set the record straight: Joey isn’t going to Auburn to be the next Cam Newton, Joey is going to Auburn to be the first Joey Gatewood.
  34. 31 points
    Can't speak for you but I've had a pretty rotten 2018 by most standards. Whether agreeing or disagreeing on the state of Auburn Football or whining about whining (pretty funny actually), I have had so much love and support from people who post on this forum. Even from those who disagree vehemently with each other regarding various subjects, they all had one thing in common....an ability to pray for, love & support someone they've never met in person. I have been truly blessed by so many here. Regardless of our position on the state of Auburn Football. They treated me like AUFamily. So, in my experience, yes.... AUFamily is the PERFECT name for this group of people. War Eagle & God bless you ALL!!!
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    This is how a leader sounds.
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    Tubberville was once asked how he kept four running backs happy. His reply: "I don't have to keep them happy. They have to keep me happy."
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    Sitting out under the stars tonight with my lovely Bride drinking coffee and enjoying a c-o-o-l. breeze. Current temp is 67 (forecast low of 64 overnight) with a quite obvious lower humidity than recent days. Mowed the lawn this afternoon and noticed that “different” scent of late season clippings. Could hear the rumblings of HS marching band practice echoing “Eye of the Tiger”...(Our HS mascot is Tiger as well). Some years it is a real stretch to make THE call.....not this year. ............The Nip was declared @ 10:15 pm CST on this day of our Lord 8-22-2018. (Per protocol, my brother David and best friend Jeff have been notified) ?? The Auburn Tigers are in preparation for Our Season Opener. The 2018 Season is upon us. God is in His heaven...and all is right with the College Football World!! Rejoice my Brothers and Sisters ...Rejoice!!! War Eagle and bring on the Huskies!!! ??
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    Thank you AU players for playing your hearts out for us this year. Thank you for not quitting on us. I wish each and every one of our players and coaches as much success as possible. It was an AWESOME year!!!!!!!
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    I'm done. Literally the dumbest display of going into a shell I've ever seen, including the Tubershell years. Three quarters worth of KJ up the gut for two plays then flinging it into a crowd 40 yds downfield. The man is just so ******* stubborn and stuck in his ways he cannot and will not change. Hit the bricks, Gus.
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    Update: Had my PET scan Wednesday, 9 months after treatment, and my cancer is still in remission and everything is looking great! Scheduled to meet with my surgeon about getting my port taken out. WDE, thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers over the past year plus!
  41. 30 points
    Things I Think I Saw: Auburn vs Miss State…. For the typical football fan, this was a game where a “reasonably comfortable” win was the hope going in. That hope virtually assured in the first half, hope quickly became expectation, and then some discomfort and even disappointment in the second half. Fans…of which I am one….are weird that way. The fact is that the Auburn defense has played well pretty much throughout the season thus far, while the offense has improved steadily over the past three weeks. Auburn has superior talent to Mississippi State, but State had to be heavily outplayed, to be down by five touchdowns at the half. Credit for that goes not to the aforementioned talent advantage, but to preparation, effort, and execution by the players and coaches. That said, here are some “things I think I saw” while watching the game. I haven’t gone back and re-watched any of it, so odds are good that I missed some things, or saw some things wrong. So if you saw it differently, you may well be right…especially if you went to the trouble to watch it more than once. I thought Sean White had his best game as an Auburn QB. White looked sharp in most areas, and executed well. He missed a couple of deep throws, but that is always a possibility when you go for a big play. Sean’s pre-snap reads looked nearly perfect, and his anticipation of routes by the wide receivers was the best I’ve seen from an Auburn QB in a while. Chandler Cox has improved his blocking over the last couple of games, although he still lets himself get overextended prior to throwing his block at times. There has been improvement there for sure, though, and I’d expect that to continue. I really like the kid, and hope he is eventually as good as he wants to be. There was some discussion prior to this season about just how effective the young freshman receivers could be for Auburn right out of the gate, given the lack of experience at that position. I’m still not sure we know the definitive answer to that question, but I think Kyle Davis is making a case for young ones being able to contribute. I love the way he runs his routes, and catches the ball away from his body. Speaking of wide receivers, a couple of suggestions for Coach Kodi Burns to work on with his group this week: For the second week in a row, Tony Stevens has tried to catch a ball with his shoulder pads. Last week it ended up being a drop of what would have been a first down pass. This week it turned into an interception of a very well-thrown ball. This was also the second week in a row that one of our wide receivers has lined up off the ball when he was supposed to be on the line of scrimmage. Both times, all the player had to do was look at the side judge, who holds his arm out to his side to indicate whether the outside receiver is on, or off, the line of scrimmage. Our inability to develop a blocking tight end continued through this game. If we are not going to use the tight end in the passing game, maybe we should move one of the better young offensive linemen there, to at least provide blocking. I’d almost bet the staff has discussed that possibility, and after this week, it might happen. Braden Smith continues to pull away from the mean as an offensive lineman. He is blessed with all the tools, and is beginning to master the use of those. I’m a huge Alex Kozan fan. AK is one of those guys who gets it done with knowledge, technique, and the application of basic physics, rather than with brute strength and/or exceptional speed. However, he has gotten in the habit this season of playing entirely too high at times, especially on the goal line, and it’s becoming a problem. I hope someone is pointing this out to him so he gets it corrected. I don’t really know what to make of the Golson/Dampeer/James situation. Based on what’s been said, I guess we can probably accept that Dampeer is not 100% recovered from injury. But I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of Darius James at left tackle. I don’t think we’ve seen DJ go against an elite speed rusher yet, but he sure looks good in his pass set, and is an excellent drive blocker. Will be interesting to see how the OL situation plays out over the rest of the season. On the subject of speed rushers, Carl Lawson appears to be approaching full health status at last. I’ve never thought of Carl as a speed guy, but he definitely looked like one this week. Great to see him open up the tool box of pass rush moves he's worked so hard at developing. Mon Adams and Dontavious Russell continue to dominate inside. Lots of talent there, and copious amounts of hustle and effort to go with it. I’m also seeing more and more “real football player” stuff from Andrew Williams. He has been (to me) surprisingly effective this season, and it’s primarily through effort supported by excellent technique. As I think I’ve said here in previous weeks, young Darrell Williams continues to make rookie mistakes, but is destined to be an outstanding linebacker. He missed some reads this week, and is beginning to let his eyes overpower his brain at times. Hopefully T-Will keeps bringing him along; talent like he has doesn’t come along often enough. I think pretty much anyone who pays attention to football could see very early that Carlton Davis was going to be a tremendous cover guy. I recognized it, like most other people, but even so, I’m surprised by how good he is already. The kid is really good, and seemingly, determined to get better. Most of us were disappointed that we didn’t dominate in the second half yesterday, after such a strong performance early. Sometimes, for reasons not easily discerned, teams just let off the throttle after getting everything going. It can be a particular play, an injury, or any number of things that cause it, but once you’ve let up on the throttle, it’s really difficult to push it forward again. The best way to go about things is to never let up in the first place, of course, but we’re talking about young men 18 to 22 years old, not 50-year-old men with years of training and experience. Our guys will learn to keep the hammer down, and I’m happy that failing to do that yesterday didn’t really cost them anything. Experience is a great teacher, but she can be very expensive. Not so this week. War Eagle!, and let’s get ready for Bert and the Hawgs!
  42. 30 points
    John Franklin III There is no doubt JF3 would bring an explosive element to the offense. Coach Rhett Lashlee commented on the topic this week... "That's stuff we'll continue to look at," Lashlee said. "I feel like he's getting better each week. That's the challenge: You don't want to disrupt the rhythm of your offense and get into a quarterback shuffle, and we're not going to do that. But John is an explosive player for us. We'll just kind of take that week to week and see what we think we can do there." IMO, Coach Lashlee's comment about not wanting to disrupt the rhythm of the offense is a valid and essential point. Some have suggested utilizing JF3 on the speed-sweep. I don't agree primarily because it is way too easy to defend the play and the moment he sets foot on the field and moves in motion, opposing defenses will sell out for the sweep option. There are few options from the jet-sweep, which is why I believe the "orbit" motion is the best option. The key is placing JF3 in space to take advantage of his speed. The orbit motion allows Auburn to utilize him as runner, receiver, QB and decoy. Every time he orbits over the backfield... Defenses will be less likely to crash on the mesh-point because they must respect the end-around option. This opens up the inside running game. Think back to how Tennessee used this orbit motion against Auburn during the 2004 SECCG to break two long run plays between out tackles. When he takes the handoff on the end-around he has more space to maneuver than the jet-sweep because he is deeper in the backfield. There is a passing option off this play, and the orbit-player is often left open in the flat after the QB fakes the inside give to the RB and fakes the handoff to the orbit-player. Onterio McCalebb was often left open in the flat but Auburn rarely took advantage of it. There is a second passing option, where JF3 takes the handoff or lateral in the orbit-motion and sets up to pass himself. Here is red zone play from 2014, utilizing the orbit motion with Ricardo Louis. Auburn could runs 4-5 different plays on one series with JF3 in motion over the backfield on every play. The orbit-motion becomes more than "eye candy" because JF3 has to be accounted for, every time he motions over the backfield. You could still toss in the jet-sweep during the series, depending on how the defense is defending the edge. Thoughts?
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    Jeff can you try to not antagonize the medical staff? We don't need our closest source to the program to be run off. Sincerely, The Rest of the Board.
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    And the lack of a program. Each year is a toss up. There is no guiding principle, no foundation, no direction, no focus, and no identity. We don't have a football program. Each year is unknown. We never seem to build or develop towards the future.
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    Sorry ben very busy lately. I am very confident in saying this. Fields to AU
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    ^^^never misses an opportunity to be a jackass.