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  1. Malzahn wants to be loved/paid

    Could be way off base but Here's my thinking. There was a problem with CGM that he couldn't win the big games. I know we are disappointed with the SECCG and our performance but we had to go through our biggest rivals who happened to be the top teams in the country and we beat them handily, so if not for those huge wins we wouldn't have had a chance to be disappointed in losing the SECCG. Since the LSU game we played the best football I've seen in a loooooonnngggg time. Injuries, exhaustion and turnovers did us in. It was a great run. My point being is don't let you disappointment overshadow what happened this season In other words, don't cut off your nose to spite your face
  2. Thank You AU Players and Coaches

    War Eagle! We did way better than anyone thought aft5the loss to LSU! Ga had something to prove and they were hungrier than us. It is what it is.
  3. I have a nervous confidence about the game today. Got a feeling it's going to be close till the end. War Eagle!
  4. Amen! War Eagle! It's OUR TIME!
  5. Gus, The Alpha

    Sure gonna miss ole Gus when he leaves for Arkansas after the playoffs...
  6. Rodney Garner

    Should be “ fired” at the end of the topic sentence
  7. Rodney Garner

    I am so glad the fans don’t run the asylum like Tennessee fans do! Rodney Garner proving he's more than just an ace recruiter for Auburn By Tom Green Updated 10:02 AM; Posted 10:00 AM Auburn associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner talks to players Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, during the second half at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. (Julie Bennett/ Bennett) From his perch in the coaches booth, Kevin Steele radioed down to Rodney Garner as Auburn's defense walked off the field with 2:29 to play in last weekend's Iron Bowl. Holding on to a 12-point lead against the nation's No. 1 team and the Tigers' biggest rival, Auburn defense forced its third straight turnover on downs, this one to clinch a second win in three games against the top-ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings. "Rodney, you need to tell those guys they just made that series real, real easy," Steele told Auburn's veteran defensive line coach. Those guys, of course, referred to Auburn's front four on the defensive line, a unit consisting of starters Jeff Holland, Dontavius Russell, Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson, and key rotation pieces Nick Coe, Andrew Williams and T.D. Moultry. "Everything we do starts and ends with the guys up front, run and pass," Steele said. "Everything we do. They are a talented group. They work very hard.... They are a well-coached group with a lot of talent and they play hard." The productivity and effectiveness of Auburn's defensive line has helped spur the nation's No. 9 scoring defense and No. 11 total defense, as the Tigers have gone 10-2, won the SEC West and are one win away from earning a berth in the College Football Playoff. A lot of that success traces back to Garner, who is in his fifth year back at his alma mater and is quietly reshaping his reputation, proving he's more than just a relentless recruiter. "Man, it's something that you know, I've very conscientious of," Garner said before the season. "I would love for people to go and do the research, look at all the guys I've coached, guys that went to the league, guys that graduated, all those different things and acknowledge that. if you really just sit down and look at it, it's a bunch of guys. But obviously being in college ball, recruiting is such a life blood of what we do. So you still have to be a good recruiter." *** Garner has helped put 32 players, including six first-round picks, in the NFL during his 28-year coaching career, which spans stops at Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia. Despite that, he had largely been known for his prowess on the recruiting trail. In his five seasons back at Auburn, he has been responsible for landing five-star prospects Derrick Brown, Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and running back Roc Thomas, as well as four-star recruits like T.D. Moultry, Markaviest Bryant, Marlon Davidson and Dontavius Russell, among others. "To me, you can evaluate him any kind of way you want to," said Pat Dye, who coached Garner at Auburn from 1985-88. "He's a good recruiter because he's a good man and people sense that about him. He looks after them when they come to school and stays involved with the families, does all the little things that a lot of people wouldn't do from a standpoint -- calling the mom and dad, calling the high school coach -- he's more than just a recruiter and more than a coach. He's more like a father figure to all of them." For as much attention Garner gets as a recruiter and a closer -- he has closed the deal on several key recruits on National Signing Day throughout his career -- he likes to point to what he does with those players once they get to campus. On his Twitter account, Garner likes to tout the hashtags #GroomedByGarner and #BuiltByG to advertise how he develops those recruits at Auburn. It's a long list of success stories, the most recent of which is Lawson, who has been among the NFL's most productive rookie pass rushers this season after totaling nine sacks as a redshirt junior at Auburn last season. Garner's coaching philosophy is, if nothing else, rather simple: Coach 'em hard, love 'em harder. It's admittedly not for everyone. Different players respond differently to his intense mannerisms on the field, but every player meets Coach G sooner or later in practice, and each of them tends to respect him like a father figure. Freshman Tyrone Truesdell learned firsthand what that was about during fall camp, when he was on the receiving end of one of Garner's intense tirades. Brown learned that same lesson a year prior, when he was a freshman in fall camp. Angry Auburn coach lays into freshman during fall camp Not long after Truesdell became acquainted with Garner's tough-love coaching persona, and following a defensive line meeting about trusting the process, the freshman was eating breakfast with Brown and defensive graduate assistant Charles Moore at the wellness kitchen on campus. Truesdell looked up from the table and said to the other two, "now I get it; now I understand what (Garner's) trying to get done." "My thing is that I try to apply to them the way I was brought up," Garner said. "Everybody knows I love coach Dye. That is my second father. He raised us and he raised us on toughness and pushing us to levels that we didn't think we could get to, but the thing he always did too, I always thought he loved us harder than he ever pushed us. "That's the thing I really try to apply to my guys. ... You can't push them if they don't know you love them. They have to know that first if they got any question about this man's motives then it's not going to work." It's the same coaching style Garner has had throughout his career, dating back to when he coached Richard Seymour for three seasons at Georgia from 1998-2000. Garner credits Dye for instilling that philosophy in him when he was first on the Plains in the 80s. "He pushes them to the limit," Dye said. "He's the guy they play for. Let me put it this way: When he's on the field, they're his men. When he goes off the field, they're his babies." *** Even Tray Matthews wasn't expecting this from the defensive line, certainly not after losing Lawson and Adams to the NFL. Auburn had to replace its two best defensive linemen and two most productive pass rushers from a year ago -- the cogs in Steele's defense. Adams and Lawson combined for 74 total tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks and 39 quarterback hurries. Despite losing those two, however, there has not been a drop-off in play from the Tigers' defensive line. In fact, the unit has gotten even better this season under Garner. "These guys are amazing," Matthews said. "They're great. They're very fast to be so big, like Marlon Davidson, Jeff Holland, the interior with Derrick Brown and Dontavius, they're second to none. They're so big and can clog up any gaps. Very strong and physical. They're definitely one of the best defensive lines I've ever played with." Auburn's defensive line has been one of the most disruptive in the nation this season. The unit has accounted for 43 tackles for a loss, 23.5 sacks and 49 hurries, and it has served as the foundation for one of the nation's most relentless defenses. That has included two dominant performances against the nation's No. 1 team in a span of three weeks, as the defensive line manhandled the offensive lines of Georgia and Alabama to help the Tigers clinch the SEC West and set up a rematch with the Bulldogs this weekend in Atlanta. Watch as Auburn's defense sacks Georgia QB Jake Fromm over and over again "They're a very talented group," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "We knew we had a chance to be pretty good up front this year but what they've done is they've gotten better each week. They're just playing with that edge and that confidence. They've been controlling the line of scrimmage and we're going to have to continue to do that." That has started with Garner, who has pushed the defensive line to its limits in the wake of losing the likes of Lawson and Adams. Holland is having a breakthrough season at Buck, the Tigers' crucial hybrid defensive end position, matching Lawson's sack total from a year ago with at least two (and possibly three) more games to play. Russell and Brown are having career years, Davidson has picked up where he left off after his strong freshman season and Coe is limiting opposing teams to a 6.9 percent success rate on plays during which he made a tackle. Collectively, those players are producing what Malzahn called the best defensive line he has ever had. Offensive lineman Austin Golson, who has gone up against nearly every defensive lineman in practice, believes Auburn's front four is the best he has gone up against -- a list that includes Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Georgia, among others. Their play has Golson wondering why none of Auburn's defensive linemen is up for any awards this season. Another win Saturday against Georgia will at least get them one: the SEC championship. If the Tigers can pull off another big-time performance against the Bulldogs, much of the praise will fall to the defensive line -- and in turn Garner, who can put a stamp on perhaps the best coaching performance of his career and cement his reputation as more than just an ace recruiter. "I'll tell you what, he coaches all four of the front four at Auburn, and you can make your own judgment," Dye said. "There ain't no question he deserves to be known for more than his recruiting."
  8. Holland is out!

    You know times are good when we start this click bait crap again! Uggggaahhh
  9. Auburn #2 in latest CFP rankings

    I want the top 4 to remain the same. I want to play Oklahoma, beat them, the beat the snot out of Clemson. War Eagle!
  10. I hate re-matches. Ga is better than the score indicated the last game. Revenge is a great motivator. It is going to be a good game. Our team is confident, they believe and they are playing together. I worry though because Ga will be hungry and very talented. If we come up short I will not be surprised but... Auburn 27 Georgia 20 War Eagle!
  11. Time to Stand in the Gap!!

    Amen and War Eagle! I know our boys are tired and weary. Praying for their strength, endurance and focus.
  12. 2019 4* QB Bo Nix

    As always, I'm a day late and a dollar short. I still appreciate all you do for us at aufamily
  13. PHOTOS: 2017 Iron Bowl

    Thank you. You have a great eye and masterful sense of timimg
  14. 2019 4* QB Bo Nix

    No offense but Elliott reminds me of Sheldon from big bang theory.