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  1. 79 points
    Im here.... still just replaying the play in my mind🤦🏾‍♀️Thanks guys! I saw something fly & thought it was the ball... I was thinking he fumbled & that nobody was trying to recover the ball so I was mad & everybody else was happy. I looked at the jumbo tron & realized he scored... me & my momma cried like babies. Its like Ive been battling all year listening to people doubt him & say what he cant do... all the while trying to make people see that he is beast that was born to do this & I know what he could do...given the opportunity. He got his chance on that one attempt & he has solidified his career for sure! So tonight.... I am proud & if he never plays another down of AU football he will still remain a legend in the history books. His height means nothing to us, only to the non believers! I know what type of heart he has & his mental toughness to fear no one is like! I thank you all for your support & for believing in him.... & to the others that watch doubt him day in & day out... TOLD YOU SO❗️ 😝
  2. 76 points
    First a little reminder: This thing is so-named because of the fact that it's virtually impossible to see everything on a play or series of plays without watching over and over and over. Being unwilling to invest that much time, I just watch the game, make little mental notes, and then jot down what I THINK I saw. So, if you saw it differently, that's fine; you may well have seen it correctly and I did not. Auburn just beat Alabama for the second time in the past three games. Not many programs can say that. Yes, Alabama was without their outstanding quarterback. That's truly unfortunate, but we'll never know how the game may have gone had he been available. I thought backup QB Mac Jones played very well, save two pick sixes, one of which was not his fault. Lots of things impressed me about Auburn in this game. I don't recall ever seeing the kids play harder from start to finish. It was an incredible effort, against a very talented opponent, and every bit of that effort was required to win the game. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation. As is the case in most any game against a quality opponent, I'm sure there are some things they would choose to do differently, like kickoffs. But altogether, I thought it was a very well-planned and well-schemed game. Enough of my thoughts on the game overall; here are some Things I Think I Saw...... I recall during Tommy Tuberville's time as coach, the scout team was instructed to hold on every play during the week leading up to the game. The intent was to prepare the defensive players for the holding Alabama has been known for in the past. I don't know if that took place in practice this week, but I saw holding on pretty much every Alabama offensive snap. I didn't keep track, but I believe it was called ONCE. Yet another awesome game from Derrick Brown. I believe the big guy had 7 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He has been a joy to watch, and he has set the bar extremely high for the defensive linemen that come to Auburn after him. I can't say enough about Marlon Davidson. He plays all-out on every down, regardless of the score or the circumstance. Little wonder that he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season. Losing Anthony Schwartz on the very first play of the game was a huge setback to the AU offense. I have to think the staff had plans to utilize his outstanding speed, and having that possibility disappear right out of the gate had to be disappointing. With Schwartz injured, Eli Stove got more snaps than he has in a while, and he did not disappoint. It was good to see Stove on the field and making plays. No look-back at this game would be complete without recognizing the contribution of the Auburn crowd. Watching Bama get five false start penalties reminded me of our struggles with the noise at Florida Field earlier this season. Great to be on the other side of that factor. I might be being a little generous here, but I thought the Auburn secondary played pretty well, given the quality of the Alabama wide receivers. Our guys were aggressive and tackled well in space. They got beaten a few times, but I haven't seen any secondary not struggle to stay with those guys. I was a little surprised at the somewhat successful AU running game. It was a long way from great, but it was enough to keep our offense from being one-dimensional. The counter with the backside guard and tackle leading was executed a couple of times really well, and good yardage came from those. Bo Nix had a fairly typical game for him this season. He missed a few, and bailed early on the pocket a few times. But he seemed to make good decisions and good throws when we most needed them. He was also very good in the run game, adding critical yards when most needed. Bo got some great help from his wide receivers in this one. There was one series, with AU down 24-17 the last few minutes of the first half, where THREE wide receivers make outstanding plays to keep that scoring drive alive. Seth Williams pulled in a one-handed catch with the Bama DB hanging on his other arm (not called), Will Hastings snatched a throwaway ball out of the air at the sideline, and Sal Cannella made an awesome tightrope catch for the score. Gus and Kodi Burns were having some kind of argument on the sideline during that drive, and I have no idea who was "right," but I'm gonna side with Kodi as long as his guys are making those kind of plays. Shedrick Jackson got a lot of snaps in this one, as he is considered our best-blocking wide receiver. Because he was hustling to make a block on the first snap of the game, Shed was in position to recover Anthony Schwartz' fumble. He also ran a nice route and made a tough catch on the two-point conversion following Auburn's last TD. Kudos to everyone involved...players and coaches....on executing the successful field goal on the last play of the first half. To get the kick off with only one second on the clock required discipline and prior rehearsal. Very well done! Speaking of field goals, hats off to Anders Carlson. He got his mojo back just in time, going five-for-five on field goal attempts, all over 40 yards. Only four of the five counted, as Gus chose to accept an offsides penalty on Carlson's 55-yarder. Pretty unusual decision there, as the old coaching axiom goes, "Never take points off the board." Was great to see Big Kat Bryant get instant pressure on the Bama QB on Zacoby McClain's 100-yard interception return. I have been looking for that kind of edge rush from Big Kat all season, and it finally arrived, at a critical time. Exceptional job this week by offensive tackle Jack Driscoll. He had some key blocks in the run game. Driscoll's transfer from UMass was a good get for us. How about Shaun Shivers' TD on the jet sweep! At 175 lbs, Shivers ran OVER one of Alabama's best tacklers, knocking his helmet off in the process. Reminded me for all the world of the time Ronnie Brown trucked the Tennessee safety. Now that the regular season is over, I hope Coach Cadillac will spend time working with Boobee Whitlow on ball security. I don't remember Caddy having problems with ball security, but Boobee is as sloppy with the ball as I've seen in a while. I've been surprised this season when he's back in the game after a fumble. We can all recall a time when a fumble put a running back in Gus' doghouse for weeks at a time. Lastly, I need to tip my hat to Gus. He had a solid plan, had his team well-prepared, and kept his composure throughout the game. And he's beaten Saban two out of the last three. Big win, and I'm happy for the coaches and players, especially the seniors. I'm also happy for the thousands of Auburn fans and alumni who now have a full year ahead without having their neighbors looking down their nose at them. I am more looking forward to this year's college football playoff than any since the playoff began. WAR EAGLE!! First a little reminder: This thing is so-named because of the fact that it's virtually impossible to see everything on a play or series of plays without watching over and over and over. Being unwilling to invest that much time, I just watch the game, make little mental notes, and then jot down what I THINK I saw. So, if you saw it differently, that's fine; you may well have seen it correctly and I did not. Auburn just beat Alabama for the second time in the past three games. Not many programs can say that. Yes, Alabama was without their outstanding quarterback. That's truly unfortunate, but we'll never know how the game may have gone had he been available. I thought backup QB Mac Jones played very well, save two pick sixes, one of which was not his fault. Lots of things impressed me about Auburn in this game. I don't recall ever seeing the kids play harder from start to finish. It was an incredible effort, against a very talented opponent, and every bit of that effort was required to win the game. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation. As is the case in most any game against a quality opponent, I'm sure there are some things they would choose to do differently, like kickoffs. But altogether, I thought it was a very well-planned and well-schemed game. Enough of my thoughts on the game overall; here are some things I think I saw...... I recall during Tommy Tuberville's time as coach, the scout team was instructed to hold on every play during the week leading up to the game. The intent was to prepare the defensive players for the holding Alabama has been known for in the past. I don't know if that took place in practice this week, but I saw holding on pretty much every Alabama offensive snap. I didn't keep track, but I believe it was called ONCE. Yet another awesome game from Derrick Brown. I believe the big guy had 7 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He has been a joy to watch, and he has set the bar extremely high for the defensive linemen that come to Auburn after him. I can't say enough about Marlon Davidson. He plays all-out on every down, regardless of the score or the circumstance. Little wonder that he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season. Losing Anthony Schwartz on the very first play of the game was a huge setback to the AU offense. I have to think the staff had plans to utilize his outstanding speed, and having that possibility disappear right out of the gate had to be disappointing. With Schwartz injured, Eli Stove got more snaps than he has in a while, and he did not disappoint. It was good to see Stove on the field and making plays. No look-back at this game would be complete without recognizing the contribution of the Auburn crowd. Watching Bama get five false start penalties reminded me of our struggles with the noise at Florida Field earlier this season. Great to be on the other side of that factor. I might be being a little generous here, but I thought the Auburn secondary played pretty well, given the quality of the Alabama wide receivers. Our guys were aggressive and tackled well in space. They got beaten a few times, but I haven't seen any secondary not struggle to stay with those guys. I was a little surprised at the somewhat successful AU running game. It was a long way from great, but it was enough to keep our offense from being one-dimensional. The counter with the backside guard and tackle leading was executed a couple of times really well, and good yardage came from those. Bo Nix had a fairly typical game for him this season. He missed a few, and bailed early on the pocket a few times. But he seemed to make good decisions and good throws when we most needed them. He was also very good in the run game, adding critical yards when most needed. Bo got some great help from his wide receivers in this one. There was one series, with AU down 24-17 the last few minutes of the first half, where THREE wide receivers make outstanding plays to keep that scoring drive alive. Seth Williams pulled in a one-handed catch with the Bama DB hanging on his other arm (not called), Will Hastings snatched a throwaway ball out of the air at the sideline, and Sal Cannella made an awesome tightrope catch for the score. Gus and Kodi Burns were having some kind of argument on the sideline during that drive, and I have no idea who was "right", but I'm gonna side with Kodi as long as his guys are making those kind of plays. Shedrick Jackson got a lot of snaps in this one, as he is considered our best-blocking wide receiver. Because he was hustling to make a block on the first snap of the game, Shed was in position to recover Anthony Schwartz' fumble. He also ran a nice route and made a tough catch on the two-point conversion following Auburn's last TD. Kudos to everyone involved...players and coaches....on executing the successful field goal on the last play of the first half. To get the kick off with only one second on the clock required discipline and prior rehearsal. Very well done! Speaking of field goals, hats off to Anders Carlson. He got his mojo back just in time, going five-for-five on field goal attempts, all over 40 yards. Only four of the five counted, as Gus chose to accept an offsides penalty on Carlson's 55-yarder. Pretty unusual decision there, as the old coaching axiom goes, "Never take points off the board". Was great to see Big Kat Bryant get instant pressure on the Bama QB on Zacoby McClain's 100-yard interception return. I have been looking for that kind of edge rush from Big Kat all season, and it finally arrived, at a critical time. Exceptional job this week by offensive tackle Jack Driscoll. He had some key blocks in the run game. Driscoll's transfer from UMass was a good get for us. How about Shaun Shivers' TD on the jet sweep! At 175 lbs, Shivers ran OVER one of Alabama's best tacklers, knocking his helmet off in the process. Reminded me for all the world of the time Ronnie Brown trucked the Tennessee safety. Now that the regular season is over, I hope Coach Cadillac will spend time working with Boobee Whitlow on ball security. I don't remember Caddy having problems with ball security, but Boobee is as sloppy with the ball as I've seen in a while. I've been surprised this season when he's back in the game after a fumble. We can all recall a time when a fumble put a running back in Gus' doghouse for weeks at a time. Lastly, I need to tip my hat to Gus. He had a solid plan, had his team well-prepared, and kept his composure throughout the game. And he's beaten Saban two out of the last three. Big win, and I'm happy for the coaches and players, especially the seniors. I'm also happy for the thousands of Auburn fans and alumni who now have a full year ahead without having their neighbors looking down their nose at them. I am more looking forward to this year's college football playoff than any since the playoff began. WAR EAGLE!! First a little reminder: This thing is so-named because of the fact that it's virtually impossible to see everything on a play or series of plays without watching over and over and over. Being unwilling to invest that much time, I just watch the game, make little mental notes, and then jot down what I THINK I saw. So, if you saw it differently, that's fine; you may well have seen it correctly and I did not. Auburn just beat Alabama for the second time in the past three games. Not many programs can say that. Yes, Alabama was without their outstanding quarterback. That's truly unfortunate, but we'll never know how the game may have gone had he been available. I thought backup QB Mac Jones played very well, save two pick sixes, one of which was not his fault. Lots of things impressed me about Auburn in this game. I don't recall ever seeing the kids play harder from start to finish. It was an incredible effort, against a very talented opponent, and every bit of that effort was required to win the game. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation. As is the case in most any game against a quality opponent, I'm sure there are some things they would choose to do differently, like kickoffs. But altogether, I thought it was a very well-planned and well-schemed game. Enough of my thoughts on the game overall; here are some things I think I saw...... I recall during Tommy Tuberville's time as coach, the scout team was instructed to hold on every play during the week leading up to the game. The intent was to prepare the defensive players for the holding Alabama has been known for in the past. I don't know if that took place in practice this week, but I saw holding on pretty much every Alabama offensive snap. I didn't keep track, but I believe it was called ONCE. Yet another awesome game from Derrick Brown. I believe the big guy had 7 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He has been a joy to watch, and he has set the bar extremely high for the defensive linemen that come to Auburn after him. I can't say enough about Marlon Davidson. He plays all-out on every down, regardless of the score or the circumstance. Little wonder that he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season. Losing Anthony Schwartz on the very first play of the game was a huge setback to the AU offense. I have to think the staff had plans to utilize his outstanding speed, and having that possibility disappear right out of the gate had to be disappointing. With Schwartz injured, Eli Stove got more snaps than he has in a while, and he did not disappoint. It was good to see Stove on the field and making plays. No look-back at this game would be complete without recognizing the contribution of the Auburn crowd. Watching Bama get five false start penalties reminded me of our struggles with the noise at Florida Field earlier this season. Great to be on the other side of that factor. I might be being a little generous here, but I thought the Auburn secondary played pretty well, given the quality of the Alabama wide receivers. Our guys were aggressive and tackled well in space. They got beaten a few times, but I haven't seen any secondary not struggle to stay with those guys. I was a little surprised at the somewhat successful AU running game. It was a long way from great, but it was enough to keep our offense from being one-dimensional. The counter with the backside guard and tackle leading was executed a couple of times really well, and good yardage came from those. Bo Nix had a fairly typical game for him this season. He missed a few, and bailed early on the pocket a few times. But he seemed to make good decisions and good throws when we most needed them. He was also very good in the run game, adding critical yards when most needed. Bo got some great help from his wide receivers in this one. There was one series, with AU down 24-17 the last few minutes of the first half, where THREE wide receivers make outstanding plays to keep that scoring drive alive. Seth Williams pulled in a one-handed catch with the Bama DB hanging on his other arm (not called), Will Hastings snatched a throwaway ball out of the air at the sideline, and Sal Cannella made an awesome tightrope catch for the score. Gus and Kodi Burns were having some kind of argument on the sideline during that drive, and I have no idea who was "right", but I'm gonna side with Kodi as long as his guys are making those kind of plays. Shedrick Jackson got a lot of snaps in this one, as he is considered our best-blocking wide receiver. Because he was hustling to make a block on the first snap of the game, Shed was in position to recover Anthony Schwartz' fumble. He also ran a nice route and made a tough catch on the two-point conversion following Auburn's last TD. Kudos to everyone involved...players and coaches....on executing the successful field goal on the last play of the first half. To get the kick off with only one second on the clock required discipline and prior rehearsal. Very well done! Speaking of field goals, hats off to Anders Carlson. He got his mojo back just in time, going five-for-five on field goal attempts, all over 40 yards. Only four of the five counted, as Gus chose to accept an offsides penalty on Carlson's 55-yarder. Pretty unusual decision there, as the old coaching axiom goes, "Never take points off the board". Was great to see Big Kat Bryant get instant pressure on the Bama QB on Zacoby McClain's 100-yard interception return. I have been looking for that kind of edge rush from Big Kat all season, and it finally arrived, at a critical time. Exceptional job this week by offensive tackle Jack Driscoll. He had some key blocks in the run game. Driscoll's transfer from UMass was a good get for us. How about Shaun Shivers' TD on the jet sweep! At 175 lbs, Shivers ran OVER one of Alabama's best tacklers, knocking his helmet off in the process. Reminded me for all the world of the time Ronnie Brown trucked the Tennessee safety. Now that the regular season is over, I hope Coach Cadillac will spend time working with Boobee Whitlow on ball security. I don't remember Caddy having problems with ball security, but Boobee is as sloppy with the ball as I've seen in a while. I've been surprised this season when he's back in the game after a fumble. We can all recall a time when a fumble put a running back in Gus' doghouse for weeks at a time. Lastly, I need to tip my hat to Gus. He had a solid plan, had his team well-prepared, and kept his composure throughout the game. And he's beaten Saban two out of the last three. Big win, and I'm happy for the coaches and players, especially the seniors. I'm also happy for the thousands of Auburn fans and alumni who now have a full year ahead without having their neighbors looking down their nose at them. I am more looking forward to this year's college football playoff than any since the playoff began. WAR EAGLE!! First a little reminder: This thing is so-named because of the fact that it's virtually impossible to see everything on a play or series of plays without watching over and over and over. Being unwilling to invest that much time, I just watch the game, make little mental notes, and then jot down what I THINK I saw. So, if you saw it differently, that's fine; you may well have seen it correctly and I did not. Auburn just beat Alabama for the second time in the past three games. Not many programs can say that. Yes, Alabama was without their outstanding quarterback. That's truly unfortunate, but we'll never know how the game may have gone had he been available. I thought backup QB Mac Jones played very well, save two pick sixes, one of which was not his fault. Lots of things impressed me about Auburn in this game. I don't recall ever seeing the kids play harder from start to finish. It was an incredible effort, against a very talented opponent, and every bit of that effort was required to win the game. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation. As is the case in most any game against a quality opponent, I'm sure there are some things they would choose to do differently, like kickoffs. But altogether, I thought it was a very well-planned and well-schemed game. Enough of my thoughts on the game overall; here are some things I think I saw...... I recall during Tommy Tuberville's time as coach, the scout team was instructed to hold on every play during the week leading up to the game. The intent was to prepare the defensive players for the holding Alabama has been known for in the past. I don't know if that took place in practice this week, but I saw holding on pretty much every Alabama offensive snap. I didn't keep track, but I believe it was called ONCE. Yet another awesome game from Derrick Brown. I believe the big guy had 7 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He has been a joy to watch, and he has set the bar extremely high for the defensive linemen that come to Auburn after him. I can't say enough about Marlon Davidson. He plays all-out on every down, regardless of the score or the circumstance. Little wonder that he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season. Losing Anthony Schwartz on the very first play of the game was a huge setback to the AU offense. I have to think the staff had plans to utilize his outstanding speed, and having that possibility disappear right out of the gate had to be disappointing. With Schwartz injured, Eli Stove got more snaps than he has in a while, and he did not disappoint. It was good to see Stove on the field and making plays. No look-back at this game would be complete without recognizing the contribution of the Auburn crowd. Watching Bama get five false start penalties reminded me of our struggles with the noise at Florida Field earlier this season. Great to be on the other side of that factor. I might be being a little generous here, but I thought the Auburn secondary played pretty well, given the quality of the Alabama wide receivers. Our guys were aggressive and tackled well in space. They got beaten a few times, but I haven't seen any secondary not struggle to stay with those guys. I was a little surprised at the somewhat successful AU running game. It was a long way from great, but it was enough to keep our offense from being one-dimensional. The counter with the backside guard and tackle leading was executed a couple of times really well, and good yardage came from those. Bo Nix had a fairly typical game for him this season. He missed a few, and bailed early on the pocket a few times. But he seemed to make good decisions and good throws when we most needed them. He was also very good in the run game, adding critical yards when most needed. Bo got some great help from his wide receivers in this one. There was one series, with AU down 24-17 the last few minutes of the first half, where THREE wide receivers make outstanding plays to keep that scoring drive alive. Seth Williams pulled in a one-handed catch with the Bama DB hanging on his other arm (not called), Will Hastings snatched a throwaway ball out of the air at the sideline, and Sal Cannella made an awesome tightrope catch for the score. Gus and Kodi Burns were having some kind of argument on the sideline during that drive, and I have no idea who was "right", but I'm gonna side with Kodi as long as his guys are making those kind of plays. Shedrick Jackson got a lot of snaps in this one, as he is considered our best-blocking wide receiver. Because he was hustling to make a block on the first snap of the game, Shed was in position to recover Anthony Schwartz' fumble. He also ran a nice route and made a tough catch on the two-point conversion following Auburn's last TD. Kudos to everyone involved...players and coaches....on executing the successful field goal on the last play of the first half. To get the kick off with only one second on the clock required discipline and prior rehearsal. Very well done! Speaking of field goals, hats off to Anders Carlson. He got his mojo back just in time, going five-for-five on field goal attempts, all over 40 yards. Only four of the five counted, as Gus chose to accept an offsides penalty on Carlson's 55-yarder. Pretty unusual decision there, as the old coaching axiom goes, "Never take points off the board". Was great to see Big Kat Bryant get instant pressure on the Bama QB on Zacoby McClain's 100-yard interception return. I have been looking for that kind of edge rush from Big Kat all season, and it finally arrived, at a critical time. Exceptional job this week by offensive tackle Jack Driscoll. He had some key blocks in the run game. Driscoll's transfer from UMass was a good get for us. How about Shaun Shivers' TD on the jet sweep! At 175 lbs, Shivers ran OVER one of Alabama's best tacklers, knocking his helmet off in the process. Reminded me for all the world of the time Ronnie Brown trucked the Tennessee safety. Now that the regular season is over, I hope Coach Cadillac will spend time working with Boobee Whitlow on ball security. I don't remember Caddy having problems with ball security, but Boobee is as sloppy with the ball as I've seen in a while. I've been surprised this season when he's back in the game after a fumble. We can all recall a time when a fumble put a running back in Gus' doghouse for weeks at a time. Lastly, I need to tip my hat to Gus. He had a solid plan, had his team well-prepared, and kept his composure throughout the game. And he's beaten Saban two out of the last three. Big win, and I'm happy for the coaches and players, especially the seniors. I'm also happy for the thousands of Auburn fans and alumni who now have a full year ahead without having their neighbors looking down their nose at them. I am more looking forward to this year's college football playoff than any since the playoff began. WAR EAGLE!! First a little reminder: This thing is so-named because of the fact that it's virtually impossible to see everything on a play or series of plays without watching over and over and over. Being unwilling to invest that much time, I just watch the game, make little mental notes, and then jot down what I THINK I saw. So, if you saw it differently, that's fine; you may well have seen it correctly and I did not. Auburn just beat Alabama for the second time in the past three games. Not many programs can say that. Yes, Alabama was without their outstanding quarterback. That's truly unfortunate, but we'll never know how the game may have gone had he been available. I thought backup QB Mac Jones played very well, save two pick sixes, one of which was not his fault. Lots of things impressed me about Auburn in this game. I don't recall ever seeing the kids play harder from start to finish. It was an incredible effort, against a very talented opponent, and every bit of that effort was required to win the game. I thought the coaches did a great job of preparation. As is the case in most any game against a quality opponent, I'm sure there are some things they would choose to do differently, like kickoffs. But altogether, I thought it was a very well-planned and well-schemed game. Enough of my thoughts on the game overall; here are some things I think I saw...... I recall during Tommy Tuberville's time as coach, the scout team was instructed to hold on every play during the week leading up to the game. The intent was to prepare the defensive players for the holding Alabama has been known for in the past. I don't know if that took place in practice this week, but I saw holding on pretty much every Alabama offensive snap. I didn't keep track, but I believe it was called ONCE. Yet another awesome game from Derrick Brown. I believe the big guy had 7 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He has been a joy to watch, and he has set the bar extremely high for the defensive linemen that come to Auburn after him. I can't say enough about Marlon Davidson. He plays all-out on every down, regardless of the score or the circumstance. Little wonder that he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season. Losing Anthony Schwartz on the very first play of the game was a huge setback to the AU offense. I have to think the staff had plans to utilize his outstanding speed, and having that possibility disappear right out of the gate had to be disappointing. With Schwartz injured, Eli Stove got more snaps than he has in a while, and he did not disappoint. It was good to see Stove on the field and making plays. No look-back at this game would be complete without recognizing the contribution of the Auburn crowd. Watching Bama get five false start penalties reminded me of our struggles with the noise at Florida Field earlier this season. Great to be on the other side of that factor. I might be being a little generous here, but I thought the Auburn secondary played pretty well, given the quality of the Alabama wide receivers. Our guys were aggressive and tackled well in space. They got beaten a few times, but I haven't seen any secondary not struggle to stay with those guys. I was a little surprised at the somewhat successful AU running game. It was a long way from great, but it was enough to keep our offense from being one-dimensional. The counter with the backside guard and tackle leading was executed a couple of times really well, and good yardage came from those. Bo Nix had a fairly typical game for him this season. He missed a few, and bailed early on the pocket a few times. But he seemed to make good decisions and good throws when we most needed them. He was also very good in the run game, adding critical yards when most needed. Bo got some great help from his wide receivers in this one. There was one series, with AU down 24-17 the last few minutes of the first half, where THREE wide receivers make outstanding plays to keep that scoring drive alive. Seth Williams pulled in a one-handed catch with the Bama DB hanging on his other arm (not called), Will Hastings snatched a throwaway ball out of the air at the sideline, and Sal Cannella made an awesome tightrope catch for the score. Gus and Kodi Burns were having some kind of argument on the sideline during that drive, and I have no idea who was "right", but I'm gonna side with Kodi as long as his guys are making those kind of plays. Shedrick Jackson got a lot of snaps in this one, as he is considered our best-blocking wide receiver. Because he was hustling to make a block on the first snap of the game, Shed was in position to recover Anthony Schwartz' fumble. He also ran a nice route and made a tough catch on the two-point conversion following Auburn's last TD. Kudos to everyone involved...players and coaches....on executing the successful field goal on the last play of the first half. To get the kick off with only one second on the clock required discipline and prior rehearsal. Very well done! Speaking of field goals, hats off to Anders Carlson. He got his mojo back just in time, going five-for-five on field goal attempts, all over 40 yards. Only four of the five counted, as Gus chose to accept an offsides penalty on Carlson's 55-yarder. Pretty unusual decision there, as the old coaching axiom goes, "Never take points off the board". Was great to see Big Kat Bryant get instant pressure on the Bama QB on Zacoby McClain's 100-yard interception return. I have been looking for that kind of edge rush from Big Kat all season, and it finally arrived, at a critical time. Exceptional job this week by offensive tackle Jack Driscoll. He had some key blocks in the run game. Driscoll's transfer from UMass was a good get for us. How about Shaun Shivers' TD on the jet sweep! At 175 lbs, Shivers ran OVER one of Alabama's best tacklers, knocking his helmet off in the process. Reminded me for all the world of the time Ronnie Brown trucked the Tennessee safety. Now that the regular season is over, I hope Coach Cadillac will spend time working with Boobee Whitlow on ball security. I don't remember Caddy having problems with ball security, but Boobee is as sloppy with the ball as I've seen in a while. I've been surprised this season when he's back in the game after a fumble. We can all recall a time when a fumble put a running back in Gus' doghouse for weeks at a time. Lastly, I need to tip my hat to Gus. He had a solid plan, had his team well-prepared, and kept his composure throughout the game. And he's beaten Saban two out of the last three. Big win, and I'm happy for the coaches and players, especially the seniors. I'm also happy for the thousands of Auburn fans and alumni who now have a full year ahead without having their neighbors looking down their nose at them. I am more looking forward to this year's college football playoff than any since the playoff began. WAR EAGLE!!
  3. 62 points
    This made me super excited to see! I’m still in disbelief..... especially since people focus on what they say he can’t do & he did it all in 1 play with 1 touch! No matter what people say negative about him, you will walk in that complex and see that smallest #8 destroying a Alabama top player, placed right next to Cam Newton accepting the Heisman Trophy....FOREVER! I’m a proud mom 😉 #ICouldntStopCrying #Traveled2AUJust2SeeIt #WarEagle #History
  4. 62 points
    Some here know...some don't, but my son has a very rare and severe bleeding disorder. He has been in and out of the hospital his entire life and many of y'all have walked through each stay with us. My wife and I typically can take care of his issues at home. Unfortunately, we have been chasing a severe knee bleed the last 10+ days and the pain and continued swelling has once again led us to another hospital stay. He is beginning to show some beginning signs of compartment syndrome in his lower leg and his pain meds have now become ineffective to handle the level of pain he is having. James is unbelievably strong and resilient. That said, due to the pain and a sense of things not getting any better, he is emotionally drained and is starting to spiral into a depressed state. Please pray that the pain subsides quickly, the swelling doesn't lead to more complications, and for his continued strength and resilience. Thank y'all for always being here for times like these.
  5. 53 points
  6. 43 points
    Lol. I get the feeling if Gus gave everyone on here a gold ingot, there would be a majority who complained that he placed it in their wrong hand...
  7. 42 points
  8. 41 points
    Fire him tonight. Make Steele interim. Go get Cristobal or Bob Stoops for next year. Tired of seeing inept offense from a guy hired to field dynamic offenses. Whether it's a failure of recruiting, evaluation, play calling, game planning or some of all of it, it's just not working and it's not going to get better. EDITED TO ADD: Two points of clarification since people don't read context... 1. I'm not done with Auburn, I'm done with Gus. 2. This was posted when we were down 21-0 and looking left for dead. I fully realize that won't happen after we made it a game. Carry on...
  9. 40 points
    Just wanted to stop by and wish you all a belated congrats on a good season and especially in beating that team in the Iron Bowl. There was a time when I was really into message boards. Even ran a LSU one of my own where lots of our users and some from here cross-posted. Had a passing thought today about this message forum and just logged in for the first time in five years. PS: Thanks for giving us heart burn in our annual game. Rarely does it disappoint in competitiveness!
  10. 40 points
    Not so far from Auburn, 40 miles, plus or minus. First stop is at the grocery store. Numbers of people in AU gear, some locals and others from out of town stocking up for their tailgating on the morrow. Lots of high fives and a War Eagle here and there. One checkout clerk has a bammer shirt on. There are some bammers around, but not many. Next at the feed and seed store, the young guy loading my truck is in a great mood. He's taking his new girlfriend to her first Auburn game tomorrow. I tell him he should remind her to wear comfortable walking shoes. Then on to the drug store to pick up a prescription. The pharmacist, wearing an orange shirt with the AU logo on it comes out from behind the counter to talk a little Auburn football. We both think Plumlee, the Ol' Miss QB, can cause us some trouble. He's a great athlete, Auburn and other major schools recruited him as a DB. Then a stop at the cafe for lunch. There's a young family there with their little girl dressed up in one of those AU cheerleader uniforms for tots. Across the isle from her sits an older man, old enough to be somebody's great-grandpa. He and the little girl are doing War Eagle cheers back and forth to each other. He tries a "Track Em' Tigers" and the mom says she hasn't mastered that one yet. My veterinarian calls on the cell phone. He's got two unexpected out of town guests arriving and he's looking around for some extra tickets for tomorrow's game. I don't have any extras but he asks about one of my horses that has a bad foot and I ask about his kid that's been sick. Then I'm driving home and I think what a pleasant couple of hours it was. This is the Auburn I know and love. Lots of positive AU fans, proud of their team and their school. Not a single person walking around with his or her head down. I didn't hear anyone gripe, whine or crybaby about our team, which has a 6-2 record against what was acknowledged as the toughest schedule in college football. There's a whole world of Auburn people out there with smiles on their faces and the Auburn Creed in their hearts. Maybe more of us should push back from the keyboard and join them.
  11. 39 points
    ... take a break or leave but stop it with all the insults and criticisms of other posters and players. I'm just a nobody on here but it's ridiculous reading multiple pages of posters who can't find their way to a PM. Now we've lost another member who brought an informative viewpoint and a perspective that we all need sometimes, all because a poster wanted to try to get cute with the insults. I come here for information and to have fun. I have zero inside info and so I lurk, post when I feel like it and try to make someone else smile when I can. If you're on here just to be critical and pick an argument with someone then I feel really bad for you. I have gotten to the point where I just skip a couple of posters on here because they're either self promoting, attacking or just ultra sensitive. I'm just trying to get everyone to think before you post and stop with the insults. When you think about it if you aren't able to enjoy coming on here then why are you doing it anyway?
  12. 38 points
    What we just witnessed. At least from the posts I have seen. That was one of the gutsiest wins in Auburn history. A true freshman just brought us from 15 down on national TV in Jerryworld against the #11 team in the country. You don't just DO that. You don't just take the team down the field for the game winning strike after having a ROUGH debut. The kid brought us back from the dead. We witnessed the birth of the next Auburn great tonight in Dallas.
  13. 37 points
    Jarrett Stidham 2018 Stats 2794 passing yds (214.9 yds per game), 60.7% completion rate, 18 TDs, 5 INTs through 13 games 72 yds rushing on 13 attempts, 3 TDs Totals: 2866 yds, 21 TDs Bo Nix 2019 Stats 2366 passing yds (197.2 yds per game), 57% completion rate, 15 TDs, 6 INTs through 12 games. 301 yds rushing on 91 attempts, 7 TDs 2667 yds, 21 TDs If Bo were to have a decent passing day in the bowl, say around 250 yds - between his best performances against weak teams and his worst vs strong ones, he'd end up within 180 yds of Stidham's year in passing yds and would surpass him in total yds. The reason I'm making this comparison is that Stidham had basically the same offensive supporting cast as Bo had this year. Same offensive line, same WR corp except Stidham had Ryan Davis - one of the best and most reliable WRs Auburn has ever produced, basically the same RBs. The difference is, Stidham was a junior in his third year starting, second at Auburn. Nix is a true freshman in his first year. Nix has had his ups and downs, his share of mistakes and bad decisions and tendencies, but if his floor is a season that ended with a guy getting grabbed by the Patriots, I think there's a lot of reason for optimism. The ceiling seems quite high.
  14. 36 points
    A Facebook snag...LOVE this! "I'd like to give a shout out to a very kind young man. Marquel Harrell is an Auburn Football offensive lineman. It was Auburn’s Director Of Player Development Jorrell Bostrom who, upon visiting a local Auburn retail store, saw Marquel volunteering for the Salvation Army. As an offensive lineman, Marquel doesn’t get much attention- and he doesn’t mind! Why the volunteering? Because it was the right thing to do. Who is Marquel Harrell? He’s a tough football player, but he’s also a young man who has already earned his degree, is fluent in French, and as a high schooler was VP of the National Honor Society. It’s time that the unsung Marquel Harrell receives some attention: I know that you will congratulate him for giving back..." --Rick Karle
  15. 36 points
    In the spirit of being positive this week...and as an olive branch to those radical pumpers I’ve offended...I want to show that I can see positives in Gus too. I’m not being a smart ass here. This is a real attempt at being positive. I encourage everyone to follow with positives... 1. Gus is a great ambassador for Auburn- class act, honest, nice guy, seems to genuinely care about his players. 2. Has stabilized the program- no losing seasons, no wheels come off seasons like his predecessors. Six straight bowl appearances. 3. Less off field issues- seems to run a fairly disciplined program. Few off field problems. 4. Hired Kevin Steele- took some criticism initially but Steele has brought defense back to Auburn. 5. Recruits well- consistently good classes 6. 2013- for all we had been through in 2011 and 2012...he gave the players confidence again and took us all on a hell of a ride. Overall I like Gus. I believe he does want to win and cares about Auburn. For this week at least and maybe longer, I’m going to refrain from being negative about him. Im going to get up Saturday and enjoy a big game day and just pull hard for Auburn. If we win Saturday then possibilities open up. Who knows right? There, thats the best I can do with positivity on Gus. I genuinely and deeply hope we win this week and win big the rest of the year. War Eagle friends...
  16. 36 points
    Let's not forget that Oregon truly was a quality, well coached and talented opponent. I don't care how it happened, that was a great win that will serve us well throughout the season. We should all be pleased!
  17. 35 points
    I mean...I’m the average fan. I’m just beyond emotions or words at how bad our offense is. I put 75% on head coach issues/scheme, 15% on QB play, and 10% on OLine play. I DESPISE being mediocre, and quite frankly, I’d rather be bad and be getting somewhere than consistently average and never beating our biggest rivals unless there’s an alignment of the stars. I really hope that some AU fans don’t take the narrative that “our boys didn’t quit.” Of course they didn’t! They are amazing men that play this sport for fun/career, and we love them for it. I also hope that this doesn’t get to the narrative of “Welp, who else would we get any better?” That to me is a secondary question that presupposes that we need to make a move first. As for any insight that I have, I called my shot before the season started: We are getting the football-only facility done, and we are going to be a great team with an 8-4 record going into our bowl game. The folks with $ are going to make a move, as Gus’ last friends in the world were Leath and Harbert and one is gone and the other is being replaced. I don’t know if anyone noticed but during the game we announced that we got $10MIL from a new donor. That’s huge. The $ noticed that fans left at the end of the 3rd. Of course we can’t score 3 times! As far as a replacement, I said it then and I will say it again (and folks can take it or leave it) that we have a guy in mind and the guy has already heard from us. War Eagle! In other news, glad the photo-student is OK—That was scary. Prayers for Tua. Classy kid that has a devastating injury. Davidson played through a bad back tonight and Seth played through that same pesky shoulder. Proud of our guys. They deserve better.
  18. 35 points
  19. 34 points
    Really good coach. It's telling he was Luke's 1st hire and the man he wanted as OL coach. His lines have always had a little bit of an edge to them. He is a good developer. I'm not sure how he is as a recruiter but know he has brought in some deep classes at OM
  20. 34 points
    How does it feel to know your son just became an Auburn football immortal? A hundred years from now, they'll still be playing that helmet-pop on the pregame hype video. WAR EAGLE!!!
  21. 32 points
    @doc4aday just posted in the recruiting forum he’s been recently tested positive for COVID-19. Doc is one of the nicest, sweetest guys and is a great example of an Auburn man. He’s always positively refreshing to be around when he comes on the board. Let’s pray that the good Lord is with him and that his symptoms stay minor to the point where he doesn’t need to go to the hospital and that he recovers quickly. Godspeed and we love you Doc!
  22. 32 points
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  24. 32 points
    Auburn under Gus Malzahn as head coach was 2-13 in games they trailed by at least 6 points at halftime, coming into the Oregon Game. It included a 0-8 record when trailing by more than 7 points at halftime. So when Auburn trailed 14-6 , it was almost certain the Tigers were destined to lose their season opener against the No.11 Ducks. An Auburn defense that was expected to be dominating, looked overrated during the first period as Oregon gained 176-yards and scored 14 points. After the first three possessions, the Tigers settled in on defense, allowing just 14.2 yards per possession during the final eleven possessions defended. The Auburn offense sputtered during the first half, scoring only six points and turning the ball over two times. The Tigers hung around on defense until the offense found it’s footing during the second-half, gaining 227 yards and scoring 21 points during the second-half.With so many teams struggling during their season openers against lesser competition, Auburn’s come from behind victory on the road against a solid Oregon team was a good start to the season. There were plenty of mistakes made by the players and coaches but it is always good to learn from your mistakes and still capture a victory. The manner in which Auburn won the game might be a blessing in disguise, as the Auburn coaches should find it easier to keep the team motivated to work hard. Jeremiah Dinson was a beast on defense, limiting Oregon’s yards after receptions, while totaling 13 stops on the night. JaTarvious Whitlow delivered during the second-half, finishing the game with 110 yards on 24 carries. Except for one big pass play allowed, Auburn’s plan of keeping everything in front of them was extremely successful. Take away the two 30+ yard plays allowed and the Auburn defense allowed 248 yards on Oregon’s remaining 68 snaps. Take away the 47-yard pass in the first period, Oregon gained only 195 yards on their remaining 27 completions.There is plenty of room for improvement moving forward. Auburn could lose four games during the remaining regular season based on their overall performance against the Ducks. Bo Nix pressed at times but the good news is that the game never appeared to be too big for the true freshman. When given the opportunity, he was very effective in the running game, something Auburn needs to do more often down the road. He will never be as productive as a Nick Marshall but he proved he could extend drives with his feet. Some will focus on the negatives but Auburn’s comeback after trailing by 15 points was a good sign of leadership and effort to fight through adversity. Auburn fought to overcome their early mistakes and came away with a victory on the road against a quality opponent. Very few Auburn teams under Malzahn have been able to do the same. Auburn has two games to become a better team before moving into conference play. ================================== Game #1 Statistical Evaluation (Oregon Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [6.37] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [41.2%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [4.79] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [35.7%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [35.7%] fail 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [5.53 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: [27.3 yds] fail 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [41.3%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3 / 2] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [25.0] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: (8) pass 14) At least 2 big plays: (3) pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [95.2] fail 16) Yards to Point Ratio of 17.0 or under: [14.2] pass Score: 9 of 16 (56.2%) PASS Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.75] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [28.6%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [2.73] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [21.4%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [35.7%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.54 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [60.0%] pass 08) TD red zone below 60%: [60.0%] fail 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [23.7 yds] pass 10) 40% or less of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [32.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [3 / 1] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [23.3] fail 13) Less than 8 impact plays: (4) pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: (2) pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [139.5] fail 16) Yards to point ratio of 17.0 or higher: [15.8] fail Score: 12 of 16 (75 %) PASS Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [45.0] pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [43.7] fail 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [12.8] pass 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [28.5] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [20.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [3/3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [66.7] fail Score: 3 of 7 (42.8%) FAIL * 50% is a passing score. War Eagle!
  25. 31 points
  26. 30 points
    Man oh man if our offense had just scored some points. Pretty sure that missed holding calls on LSU's offensive line didn't prevent that. Auburn fans are heavy with the moral victories today because of how our defense played against LSU. I'm just that much more frustrated that our self-appointed play caller turned a playoff-caliber team into a 4-loss team. Again. If this was intended to be a Kevin Steele & Co. appreciation thread and I missed it, my apologies.
  27. 30 points
    I think the name for this one (like "Kick Six" or "Punt Bama Punt") should henceforth be: "Unfair in Jordan-Hare"
  28. 30 points
    Again, it's not that we lost. It's how inept and pathetic the offense looked losing it...
  29. 30 points
    This was a long ways from a "pretty" game, although it wouldn't fall into the "ugly win" category, either. I reserve that title for those where we were clearly out-played but somehow ended up with the win. I put this one more in the "didn't look good" box but as any Tennessee fan will tell you, it could have been a lot worse ... Let's hope the old axiom, "The biggest improvement is from week one to week two" is wrong in this case. While the defense played well most of the time, the offense seemed to take a step backward. I like to focus these columns on the positives as much as possible but there are not as many opportunities for that as I'd like. In any case, here are some of the Things I Think I Saw..... The problems with the clock to start the game were unfortunate, and made it difficult for the Auburn offense to get into any kind of rhythm/flow. There was basically an official's timeout after every play on the first series. That may seem like a small thing but it does cause problems. Bo Nix's heroics at the end of last week's Oregon game probably raised expectations for his play unfairly. He was definitely not sharp this week, missing some throws, and leaving the pocket prematurely a few times. I still expect great things from Bo, but we are definitely going to have to endure some growing pains with him. Was good to see Joey Gatewood get some playing time, although I do wish it had been a good bit more. Was disappointing that with a comfortable lead and only a few minutes left, Gus didn't allow JG to throw, even in a series where AU was second and 16. From his play, Joey obviously needs more game experience and a chance to build his game. Hopefully before anyone reading this gets impatient, I'll touch on the offensive line. I did not see any improvement at all from last week. Pass protection was actually worse, and run-blocking, especially in the first half, was downright poor. Yes, Tulane was stuffing the box. That doesn't necessarily mean the offense can't get three yards. "Movement" is your friend on the offensive side of the ball, and we are getting very little of it. If defensive players are being driven off the ball, even if the defensive players outnumber the blockers in the box, there is usually some room to make plays. Not always, but often. Coach Cadillac is likely finding out why coaches seem to age so quickly, with our running backs often missing the occasional hole, and Boobee Whitlow putting the ball on the ground three times. It's amazing how many times a twenty-year-old will fail to do what you told him, even if he really would like to. Boobee was downright sloppy with the ball and it would not surprise me to see his role reduced this week. Looked to me like Tega regressed this week in his pass protection. With his physical abilities, he should be one of the top left tackles in college football by now. His performance this week was disappointing. Marlon Davidson had a big game this week. Despite Auburn almost exclusively only rushing four, Marlon had several QB hurries and was definitely a factor. Derrick Brown played well, despite drawing a double-team most of the game. Nick Coe has not been much of a factor in the two games to date. I expected more from him, and still do. Kaleb Kim had the highest pass-pro grade among the offensive linemen. Good thing, as his run-blocking on Tulane's 340-lb. nose tackle was not good. I thought Noah Igbinoghene played really well. His growth as a corner since moving to defense a year ago has been really impressive. Roger McCreary is really coming along. He made some great plays in this game, both in coverage and on run plays. He is going to be a force in the secondary if he continues to improve. I've heard that the injury to Seth Williams is not believed to be serious. Don't know the veracity of that report and it looked serious to me when it happened ... Didn't like the cheap shot to the head on Will Hastings. It was intentional, and egregious. I gave Spencer Nigh kudos last week for his 9-yard pass reception on Auburn's winning drive. This week, I'm taking back my kudos based on his blocking from the H-back position. Poor technique, and not-great effort almost always yield a bad result. I am certainly no "expert" on the passing game. Even so, it bothers me that I am unable to understand the passing game portion of the Auburn offense. There does not appear to be any kind of rhythm or flow, and not much of one route or pattern setting up another. Punt coverage was a problem once again. This week, Auburn seemed to have people hustling down the field, but they couldn't tackle anybody when they got there. I expect Gus to have Sippos kick the ball higher and shorter, to force fair catches and eliminate the returns. I was impressed with the play of Auburn's young linebackers after a shaky start early in last week's game. I felt like that group as a whole regressed this week, with poor run fits and missed tackles. Freshman Owen Pappoe was impressive last week; this week he looked like a true freshman is expected to look. Bo Nix was not helped by his receivers this week. Eli Stove, Kam Martin, and Harold Joiner all dropped catchable passes. There exists in the coaching ranks a condition known as being "right-handed," wherein a coach will call plays to his right more than to his left. I've wondered if Gus has that condition, as a significant majority of our plays, especially running plays, go to the right. With Tega and Harrell on the left, one would think we would go there more often. Still time to make changes and improvements before SEC play begins in two weeks. Hopefully the offense can get off to a faster start this week vs Kent State, and backups can get more playing time and game experience. I realize a lot of Auburn people are discouraged but the fact is, Tulane is not bad and has some good players and excellent coaches. I think we all wish we'd "looked better", so we had some confidence in the offense. Maybe some of that will come this week. If not, the defense seems to be good and still improving ... a lot of games can be won by being great on that side of the ball. War Eagle!! Photo Credit: @AUPHOTO
  30. 30 points
    I'm not going to speak for anyone else, but for me it's not necessarily the record. It's, after 7 years, the complete mess we look offensively. Stale play calling, telegraphed plays, poor player utilization, bad passing concepts, little to no evolution, lack of rhythm, terrible player development, etc. These are some of the things that bother me about Gus. It's not his record (which isn't great with inexplicable losses and game plans), it's not his handling of players, it's not discipline, it's not recruiting, and it's not him being the face of the program. The coaches being compared in the OP are different in that each one of them evolved over their initial seasons...maybe not Les, but he's at Kansas for a reason. Gus hasn't evolved and in some areas has seemed to devolve from the coach we thought we were bringing in. He was brought in to run a high powered, explosive offense. We haven't had one since 2014. That's what I'm upset with, not his OJT or his record
  31. 29 points
    I wouldn’t normally put something like this in the football forum but I’m scared so I wanted as many eyes on it is possible. My dad just took my mom hoping to get her tested for COVID-19. She’s high-risk if she contracts the disease. She has respiratory issues, typically doesn’t have what is considered adequate levels of oxygen in her blood, had no energy today, & is over 60. My dad took her temperature a while ago and it was 102 and she’s having shortness of breath. As I said earlier I’m scared y’all so please pray for her.
  32. 29 points
    Good morning all, I hope everyone has had the chance to recover physically and emotionally from Saturday and are able to be productive today at work. It is hard to believe this season is almost over. Time flies I suppose. With Thanksgiving around the corner I know everyone has a busy week ahead of themselves so let's dive in shall we? Atmosphere: This was well worth noting. The vibe in the stadium this time around was noticeably different. From the get-go, fans were in the stadium early and were loud. When our players took the field we cheered and when their players took the field we booed. We were loud almost every defensive snap. Many stood up on almost every defensive possession. That has yet to happen this year until Saturday. It honestly felt like one big party. A huge reason for that feeling was the video and audio staff... Video/Audio Staff: I do not believe I have ever made a specific point to talk about this crew. I will today however. I was extremely impressed with the job they did. By far, the best they have ever done in any game I have ever been to. Almost every defensive snap Auburn showed a small defensive hype video on the board that just got everyone riled up. Every other game it has been just the 3rd downs. Most of them we UGA clips too. Every song was just about perfect as well getting everyone hyped, and keeping us that way. There was a glitch in one of the pre-game hype videos but they are definitely forgiven. At halftime they even brought back the Takeo Spikes "Tick Tock" hype video. By far the best moment was when Georgia tried to play their fight song during warm-ups. When they did Auburn played a song over them. This made their band play louder to be heard so Auburn turned up the music. It was funny because Georgia just was not going to win that battled against our custom JBL sound system. They just weren't. That just made me so happy. Photographer: This is all worth mentioning that I/we continue to keep the Georgia student photographer in our prayers. That was a scary injury and to see an unconscious woman laying on the ground for that long really shakes you up. The stadium was dead silent. I am glad to see she will be just fine. Scary situation. Officiating: I will defer to those that watched on television the bad calls but in the stadium there seemed to be plenty. Our video staff did a great job of pointing this out on the video board and freezing the clip making sure the referees saw this. It was just appalling in the second half and reminded me of the LSU game last year. They just did not want Auburn to win. One or two bad calls I can live with and give the benefit of the doubt, but nothing went our way. Nothing. Bo Nix: I have been thoroughly impressed with Bo. This game he really did not look like a freshmen. Bo did not panic in the pocket when facing pressure and the only sacks he took were when the blitz came so fast there was no time to safely throw the ball away. Saturday he had a 60% accuracy with some balls dropped in there as well. He knew when to run, and those drives in the second half looked like he was calling the plays. He looked like a veteran out there. It will be fun to watch Bo in the Iron Bowl. Anders Carlson: I am no where near ready to throw in the towel on him. I do think we have put too much pressure on him with who his brother is and our expectation to have amazing kickers every single year. I also recognize that his typical snapper and holder were different again this game. I also wonder if his major in aviation is taking away too much of his time as well. I know you have to fly all of the time in that major. I have no idea, maybe someone else on here can speak to the time demands of such major. Outcome: I will not lie, this outcome really hurt. It really did. And we were just one play away, one dropped pass to a wide-open man from a big gain that would have kept our drive alive. I wish in the first half we just kept throwing it like we did in the second half. I also recognize that many on here are saying we only got yards because Georgia was in prevent defense. I do not find that be be true because we still riddled off big plays of of that type of defense built to stop those. In our last drive they should have come out of it and we were still having great success. This game definitely stung, but we still have two games left to enjoy. Gus Malzahn: Almost everyone on here are not on good terms with Gus. I understand that. I was also disappointed in the loss. I am still siding with the man however. Before you jump on me here is the reason why as I have said this before and posters seem to glaze over my reasoning. As long as our players support and fight for him, I will. Our players never once have given up on Gus. It would have been easy to give up when we were down 21-0. But they fought back into the game. I did the same with Tubberville and Chizik. If we do get a new coach, I will do the same with him as well. Auburn: You know, there is just so much more to Auburn than a win or loss. Auburn is not a football school, or basketball school. What makes Auburn so great are the people that enjoy wearing the AU. Our little college town attracts a certain type of people. One that does not mind having to fight for everything and I would not have it any other way. This is why we all have such a great bond, and are a family. We all look out for each other. We all enjoy yelling "WAR EAGLE" no matter where we are in the world. And when someone says that to you, you can't help but smile. Auburn's football is a byproduct of this amazing place. A loss will never affect my love for Auburn. Auburn men and women are what make Auburn special, not a sports program. Auburn is where I will be buried. Auburn is where I hope to see my future kids graduate from. Auburn is my home.
  33. 29 points
    The majority of the fans have given up on the coach...not the team and certainly not the players.
  34. 29 points
    https://www.dothaneagle.com/sports/auburn/auburn-players-from-sunshine-state-eager-to-play-at-florida/article_9a3ee066-e492-11e9-bbdd-9359b0d9ba4d.html
  35. 29 points
    WDE! I was highly disappointed in our punting average and our inability get the punter more involved in the game.
  36. 29 points
    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.
  37. 28 points
    Gus Malzahn has been a part of the Auburn offense for ten seasons now, and we have witnessed enough games to know his strengths and weaknesses. His offense has always been one to run to set up the pass. There are 123 games in the Auburn record books, documenting the productivity of Malzahn’s offense. As much as we want his offense to evolve or to become more exotic when it comes to the passing game, Malzahn will always be Malzahn. If the running game is clicking, Auburn is almost certain to win, and when it struggles, a loss is likely to happen. Of the ten seasons, there have been four when Auburn produced more impact plays running the football than passing. It includes this season with 17 impact plays on the ground and 11 through the air. These four teams combined for a record of 37-7. The remaining six teams that produced more impact plays, throwing the football, combined for a record of 49-30. The bottom line is winning and winning football on offense usually is the result of making the most of the available talent. If we’re honest about Auburn’s best skill players, it screams for Auburn to be a run-heavy offense. Auburn’s two quarterbacks can make plays with their feet, and Jatarvious Whitlow currently leads the team with six impact plays. Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz and Eli Stove give Auburn two more playmakers in the running game. I still believe Shaun Shivers will be a significant component in the offense if provided the touches. If D.J. Williams can return healthy, he will give Auburn another solid downhill runner. Auburn is 68-12 from 2009-2019 with over 200 yards rushing and 26-3 with at least 140 yards rushing combined with a Kevin Steele defense. Auburn is playing with two freshman quarterbacks, and the starter is a true freshman. At least for now, Auburn needs to lean on their running game and defense until Nix matures on the field. This is an offense that could transition into a similar version of 2014 with the added ability of RPO plays. Bo Nix will never be the caliber of runner as Nick Marshall, but he certainly can make first downs and score inside the red zone, running with the football. Add Joey Gatewood to the mix as the wildcat quarterback and Auburn has some of the inside power element from 2010. Like Nix, the more reps Gatewood takes, the more plays that can be added to his menu as the season progresses. If this is the direction Malzahn is taking the offense, then it is one step closer to finally having an offensive identity in 2019. Is this the perfect offensive solution? Perhaps not but it is ideal for a Gus Malzahn offense and the personnel currently available. War Eagle!
  38. 28 points
    I think more that having a good day or bad day is the fact that they were put in situations that they could have success. They weren't asked to run IZ against a Tite front with double A blitzes. They did enough most of the time to be successful in the positions they were asked to be in. Gus' play calling was what helped them the most In this game.
  39. 28 points
    I'd almost wager that 90%+ of the Auburn fans in the stands don't do message boards. Message board posters are a different breed. Yes, I know.......I'm one of you....we are not taken seriously outside of these little confines. I truly do not take any of the things we all say on this forum as anything more than being like a group of friends (mostly friends) at a sports bar or tailgate etc, venting to each other. None of the stuff (positive or negative) should be taken so seriously. It's just our opinions regardless, as "facts" & statistics can always be manipulated to suit one's argument. I know there's an occassional parent on here, and perhaps a player or three might check it out due to curiosity but that would be ill-advised. ...and that goes for ANY team and ANY message board. If what us knuckleheads say on here actually affects any player then that's pretty sad. We are not a majority. We need to not take ourselves so seriously. Just my 2 rusty pennies... War Eagle Y'all!
  40. 28 points
    Defense still very good. Smoke was all over the field. LBs played very well. OLine looked a little better, held blocks especially in passing. Going to be key to get rid of the ball early. Still underwhelming. WRs looked rough today. Not crisp routes. Dropped passes. RBs are tough and fight for everything. Cadillac has them tough and hitting holes in the interior hard, even if there’s not a lot of room. Several backups played well...always tough to gauge. Qbs...all I keep hearing is how Nix is going to start, but still looks like JG is the leader to most I talk to...so who knows!?! No INTs today. What does the QB do when the play breaks down? The QB that handles that better will be the starter IMO. No major injury updates. Lots of sore dudes but came out OK. It was blazing hot! Certainly not Nip-worthy...yet.
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    Will one of the Gus apologist please explain or defend what we are witnessing on offense today? Also, please explain why Gus should remain our HC. Tell me what has changed over the last 5 years and how we are better with him as our HC. Also, please defend how our offensive talent will be better utilized under Gus and how another will be be just as bad or worse. #itsoverforgusleavehiminthebayou
  44. 27 points
    The leaves-the grass-the setting sun. All were pointing in the right direction. Then, sitting on the sun porch this morning, an undeniable Cool breeze and the smell of hickory smoke pushed Me over the top. The Nip was declared at 7:07 am est this day of our Lord August 25th 2019. Rejoice!! The Auburn Tigers are in preparation for the Season. God is in His Heaven....and all is right with the world.
  45. 26 points
    @gr82be, thank you....you're WAY too kind! No, I don't mind you spreading the word, I just wasn't going to start yet another thread.....about myself. With the brazen ridiculousness going back & forth in today's current political climate coupled with the covid stuff going on, I've just found the weak & sinful part of myself feeling ever harsher, disappointed, judgemental.... Because of this, I've failed myself and have just been trying to "lessen my online footprint" as I've heard it said. And, perhaps my situation is thus because I'm not thinking & behaving as I should. Anyway, I was slowly DM'ing those who have shown a particular interest, my updated news and asking for further prayer but since it's out, I'll go ahead and update all those who might be interested. First of all, Thank You to those who have already replied to me personally and to this thread. As always, y'all bring me to tears of humbleness & joy to know so many care. Thank you!!! That said, I have good news & bad news. The bad news is that my cancer has returned. Luckily, I have scans so often now that it's easy to catch things early but my lymph nodes in 3 separate areas of my body show the return as well as some fancy blood numbers they use to determine cancerous activity. Apparently my numbers are currently higher than they've ever been. Okay...that's the bad news. The GOOD news! It just so happens that there is a trial drug being tested for cancers with certain mutations. The Good Lord has seen fit for me to fit this mold! I have the exact mutation this drug is primarily designed to fight (at least that's how I understand it). So......I get to be a guinea pig, YAY ME!!!! LOL!!! I go tomorrow for the initial screening but then May 5th my trial (almost literaly) begins. So, my message to those was to please, again, pray for me and hope God has HIS miracle in store for me. However, as HIS plan is not always our plan, I ask y'all to please pray for the safety & security of my wife & 2 daughters in case of the worst. If I'm to leave this world, that's fine with me, as there's a whole better (by a LONG shot) place awaiting me. But my earthly self is more concerned with my family right now and seeing our nation (& world) heading in such a bad direction scares me for them. Again, please pray extra for them as they are my life! Note: even if this doesn't work, that's not the end. I'll keep fighting & trying new things as long as I have breath....but we just don't often know the Lord's plan, so we must always be prepared. Im praying this new drug is the miracle I need. Thank you so much for your prayers too!!! Once again, I'm way over the top wordy....I apologize. But thank you for your time, love & support! God bless you all, truly!!! Nathan
  46. 26 points
    I saw this post and I was going to post a response in the thread, but decided this warranted its own thread to discuss. Gus acts as if we can't have 2 mold-breaking prototypes in at the same time. For what good our H-Back does for the run game, we might as well go 4 wide every time because it seems like Gus sends mixed signals. He wants a QB tailored for a passing offense but still uses formations that signal run 90% of the time and tries to pass out of them. He runs a Spread-To-Run type of power scheme but at the same time does not spread the field out near enough. He has running backs that bend edges well but consistently tries to run in the box. Data Consistently Shows: The Run Game is Significantly Improved Under a 4 WR Set. Another Pro of running this offense is that it boosts recruiting tremendously for these positions. Having a 4-wide offense is very attractive to young pass catchers (WRs, TEs, & Receiving Backs). It makes it easier on you to find guys you can fit into your scheme because now you can stick that extra large WR that you have either at X if he is a true number one or make him the Jumbo slot where he doesn't HAVE to be as good of a blocker but can still bolster your run game and get some valuable catching yards to make him have a better chance at going to the next level. And lets face it, pass catching TEs are much easier to find than H-Backs. If someone is going to be recruited as an H-Back, then they will evaluate their options which means you have to convert a DL or RB to that position who won't really excel at what you need them to do. Running backs will like this because they get more green grass to run through and it simplifies their job a lot more. You can use any RB for this versus having to use a specific build of back. Big Backs will always have a chance to match up against smaller perimeter defenders, small backs can use their speed and break games open, and pass catching backs will benefit from not being keyed in on. If we would simply go 4 Wide and run our receiving personnel as such: Outside WR 1: True X We keep Williams here because he does an excellent job in this position consistently. Allow him the deep shots on PA, let him run slants from the nub side or even in Trips. He can work well as a blocker to allow you to get your runners to the edge and hold it off even against very stout boundary corners. This is the one thing that doesn't need tweaking. Slot WR 1: True Slot or Speed Slot The True Slot still allows you to keep one WR in the game that can be a small separation-type possession receiver. This way you're not struggling if your deeper routes aren't free. Schwartz should also get time here because again, putting a speeding vertical threat in the slot is a nightmare for defenses that typically use their nickel corner for guys with better horizontal mobility rather than being the fastest guys. This also doesn't allow Big Nickel teams to keep their hybrid defender in the game because he can get exposed. Switch up as needed because it will give defenses fits trying to match up. Motion him, have him run sweeps, play w/ defenses with buck motions and pitches off the buck from here. Slots could be our biggest asset if we use them correctly. Can line a RB here as well for your speed slot and have him still run routes or assist as the pitch man. Slot WR 2: Speed Slot or TE (Canella) We would fix a lot of problems in the pass game. The speed slot receiver goes vertical or runs routes that stretch the field vertically natural giving him a higher probability of matching up w/ a safety or LB. Also provides a lot of versatility in terms of stressing a defense w/ various threats to go deep or block. Combine edge bends w/ crack blocks and you have worried DEs. (I know this from experience. Crack blocks are not nice & require special attention.) Outside WR 2: True Z or Speed Slot or TE (Canella) This position is your wildcard. Can literally be anyone you would like depending on match ups and strategy. Ideally a mix between possession and X receiver. I'd say this should really be your best receiver in typical personnel while the X is the most physically imposing. If you want, keep a TE out here and place real WRs in the slot to either pull a safety down, require an LB, or outmatch a smaller corner because the bigger corner will be on the X. If they drag an extra corner out to deal w/ TE and leave corners in the slots as well then you bolster the run significantly. This also gives the QB a nice tell on zone and man coverage based on personnel. Below, I drew up what a typical zone run could be. Notice the default is outside zone because I think the inside zone is trash unless you run a lot of single back and have maulers at Center and Guards. (Spoiler Alert: We Don't.) This single play allows us to do what Auburn is known for: INCREASING THE NUMBER OF HANDS THAT CAN TOUCH THE BALL AT ANY GIVEN TIME WHILE WEARING A DEFENSE OUT WITH TEMPO. It is better than the simple Jet sweep because the angle and option to pitch allows the QB to turn any play into a speed option if he so chooses which minimizes the damage from incorrect reads. The RB is able to get off-tackle in a hurry while looking for cutbacks and if the corner is playing off the X, then the QB can simply throw an RPO slant. You can also have the F (Slot 2) run a bubble screen off of this & possibly turn into a lead blocker if the QB pitches. Otherwise the Corner/LB/Safety has to respect this threat of a screen by following him or risk giving up a big play because the Z will have his man blocked on the edge. Meanwhile the H is also possibly coming behind as well. This offensive play can be ran w/ tempo, out of a sugar huddle, or any of the other gadgets that Gus likes to employ and there are so many variations that really you don't have to call a bunch of different run plays w/ personnel and formations like these because this one play gives the defense so much to think about alone. 4 Wide & Spread to Run. Let me know if I missed anything. And also, there are plenty of other things that can be added on to this play. Or you could break this play into separate pre-determined calls, but it works best if the QB has the ability to read and direct on their own. Also, running QB is best for this with a threat to be a good passer. Add Ons: A versatile pass play w/ safety nets built in that stresses all natures of defense. 3 routes that go vertical in some manner to stress Cov2. (One of which is a opposite seam route.) Built in hot mesh by the X in case of blitz. Also a wheel route to replace the X's spot which forces LB (assuming they're in nickel and only use 2 LBs to first read the mesh and then have to get out on a wheel w/ a back with plenty of space to cover.) H runs a 10 Yd. Out which can be a safe throw in case of perfectly played Cov3. And Z goes Vertical to clear out space or provide a home run throw should DBs miss assign or get tangled up. Another run play, this time out of a stacked look to the left. TE/Slot 2 is detached and in slot and can run a tunnel screen for QB to pitch after reading & choosing not to pull or hand off should the backside backer flow too aggressively. Or he can hand off if the playside backer gets stuck in mud at which point the TE or slot simply walls off that backer through the hole like a FB would allowing for a cutback should the center or guard & tackle cut their men off. QB has option to read edge defender & pull it should they crash the mesh at which he can look to throw the screen to the H (kind of a tricky throw if he pulls it but can be done.) Or he can throw the screen if he sees favorable leverage. Also has the option to hit the RPO slant depending on CB leverage on the Z. Just another basic run play that has many ways to make the defenders wrong regardless thanks to playing with 4 receivers all spread out. This play works because the extra spacing gives the QB more time to make reads than if they were lined up closer.
  47. 26 points
    You just hope that other parts of the offense can make up for it. But the running game has mostly struggled. Pass blocking has been spotty at best. So when it’s on him to make all the plays, sometimes he’s going to be antsy and press and not get it done. Especially on the road at a place like Florida. All you can do is reset and get him ready for the games ahead.
  48. 26 points
    This is a tweet from Peter Michael Green and , to me , it hits the nail on the head.... It seems the Auburn fan base is pretty divided these days. That’s really sad, because we all have something very great in common - Auburn. Just so there is no confusion, if we’re picking sides—and it looks like we are, I’m on the side of those who believe in Auburn, and love it. There is a huge following in this forum that is hyper critical of every minor or major misstep the coach makes, I mean really expound to the point where it becomes obnoxious. It overtakes every topic on the football, recruiting and even the basketball forums. Believe it or not my expectations are 10 wins or bust every season and yes I do believe CGM should have us in a better position than we are now but I also realize that these are 18, 19, 20 and 21 year old kids who play their guts out for this man, believe in him regardless of his short comings and I would rather be represented by this coach and win SEC championship and National Championships as he has and be proud of the way our program is run. I am not calling out names or pointing fingers. If it fits you than it is what it is. There are so many more people that live Auburn and support the coach that expect to be winning 10+ games every season but can go about without the distasteful remarks being made about OUR HEAD FOOTBALL COACH!
  49. 26 points
    A pumped up Boobee is always better than a deflated Boobee! ....I just....I'm sorry. Low hanging fruit is just hard to resist...
  50. 25 points
    pretty big deal for our purist approach