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  1. I think it will narrow down to Gatewood and Nix at the end of Spring, but will be a whole new competition between them in fall practice. I could see us playing both a fair amount in the early games. Ultimately I think it will come down to which QB makes the fewer number of mistakes (interceptions, fumbles, incorrect reads, etc.), rather than particular skill.
  2. Saban has some personal goal in his head. I truly believe Saban thought he would win the NC at Bama in the 2013 season (his 4th at Bama and 5th overall), then go to Texas and win two or three more, making Saban the greatest coach in college football history, and the only coach to win NCs at at least three schools. Once the plan for him to go to Texas fell apart, and it was clear he would serve out his college coaching career at Bama, Saban created some new goal to achieve at Bama. Saban has 6 NCs. He has tied Bryant's 6 NCs. Saban's next NC will beat Bryant overall and tie Bryant's Alabama record. In theory he then becomes the greatest coach in college football history. But he will only be equal to the Bear. How can you be the greatest overall if you are merely tied for the lead at one place. However, if Saban wins two more NCs he will beat Bryant's Alabama record and be not only the greatest college football coach overall, but also the greatest ever at Alabama. So my gut says that is Saban's goal. Two more NCs, then ride off into the sunset. Something to think about. With the retirement of Bill Snyder, Saban is the oldest football coach in the Power5. While he may want to work forever, his age will become a drain in a few years, just like it did for Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, and Bill Snyder.
  3. Then why was Gatewood not used more as a QB in high school? Why did he split reps in high school? Was he such a freak they needed to use him in a variety of positions? I assume that could be an explanation. The other issue I see is CGM does not have a track record of developing a QB. The closest attempt was Nick Marshall in the 2013-2014 off season. Other than that, CGM inherited QBs, and the ones he recruited from high school did not pan out. Can CGM and CKD develop Gatewood? Or Willis? Or Sandberg? Or is the real Auburn QB coach Pat Nix, and Bo comes in having been coached from elsewhere, like a transfer QB?
  4. I have a thought on the QB situation. Under CGM's tenure as OC and HC, Auburn has struggled to find success with non-transfer QBs, but has had good success with transfer QBs (Cam Newton in 2010, Nick Marshall in 2013, and Jarrett Stidham in 2017). There has been plenty of criticism at CGM's and staff's inability to develop QB talent and relying on transfer QBs. Given that, I don't quite understand the theory Joey Gatewood is a likely starter. He was only a part-time QB in high school. He certainly has the physical tools, but has he been coached to become a starting SEC QB? Bo Nix is different. He has benefited from being coached by a former QB who also spent time as a college QB coach. He has benefited from getting that coaching not only during the season, but during the off-season as well. I can imagine even watching an NFL game on a Sunday afternoon growing up was a learning experience under the tutelage of Pat Nix. My gut says Nix comes into Auburn more "coached up" than a typical true freshman. He might be at a similar level Jarrett Stidham was at in 2017 with one year as a player for a major college football team under his belt. He may have fewer bad habits to coach out. He may have a higher "football IQ" that a typical true freshman. He may have more in common with a transfer QB because of the additional coaching he has received. For that reason, I do not see how Gatewood has an advantage over Nix. I think any advantage Gatewood gets from being "in the system" for a year is matched by Nix's additional coaching. I think they start even. My gut says Gatewood and Nix emerge from spring training as the two leaders, but I think in the summer we may see Nix pull away.
  5. Sal didn't take any crap from that DB. Gotta like that.
  6. I wish he had stayed for his senior year at Maryland to get another good year under his belt. I hope the NFL works out for him. What Cowart said does not surprise me at all. The transition from being at the top of the world at one level, purely based on innate talent, to being a newbie at the next level among many talented teammates can be a challenge for many athletes.
  7. From a raw talent and experience standpoint, this OL could be very good. The question is coaching, technique, and execution. I would love to see some position battles in Spring and Fall camp. Brahms and Kim at Center, Driscoll and Troxell at RT, and Hamm pushing for an OG spot.
  8. Probably a 4-3 strong-side DE. Not a 4-3 hybrid end (Buck/LEO). He is too light to play a 3-Tech DT in a 4-3, but could be used as a 3-Tech on passing downs where his smaller size could be better for pass rushing. My guess is he is a little small for a 3-4 DE position, which would want more height and weight.
  9. Clueless. College football recruiting has always been a facilities war. When I was at Auburn in the mid-to-late 1980s the talk was about football-only weight rooms, and the king of the hill was Nebraska. That was what drove the new Athletics Complex in the late 1980s. The dedicated football weight room. I remember articles saying the women's basketball team had to have weight training at 4:30 am in the shared weight room in the coliseum because there were so many programs sharing it. They all were looking forward to the football team getting out, and freeing space and time for other sports.
  10. This whole thing seems to be stuck. Something should have happened years ago and didn't. Ever since Auburn Arena was opened in 2010 and the Recreation and Wellness Center was opened in 2013 the plan was for Beard–Eaves to be demolished to use the space in another manner. For years they talked about a parking deck. But reading these interviews, the athletic department continues to use space in Beard-Eaves. What I would like to see is a new athletic department building built in the area where Beard–Eaves is today, perhaps starting with the parking lot between Beard-Eaves and Plainsman Park. Then refurbish all of of the athletic department facilities adjacent to the football practice fields into a new, state of the art, football-only facility. This means the current Auburn Athletic Complex, the Lowder Development Center, and the Watson Fieldhouse could all be part of the new football-only facility. As office spaces in the Athletic Complex and Beard-Eaves were replaced with a new building, Beard-Eaves could be demolished and new additional athletic facilities (weight rooms, tutoring classrooms, etc.) could be built in the new space.
  11. The question is: Is the quality of Saban's staff declining over time? Last year, before the CFP NCG, the stats suggested the 2018 Alabama team was the best college football team of the modern era, and perhaps ever. 247 ranks Bama's 2019 signing class as #1.
  12. Clemson TE/H-Back Garrett Williams, a redshirt senior, is expected to graduate and leave team to pursue military career: Clemson football expects Garrett Williams to opt for military, leaving void at tight end
  13. Here is a list of Auburn's 5-Star recruits from 247 based on their composite ranking. I have ordered it by year. I list any player who transferred as a "Bust" if they never played significantly at Auburn. There are 5 of 12 "Busts" in the Chizik/Malzahn era (41.6%). In the Tubberville era, we had 2 of 5 "Busts" (40%). Owen Pappoe, 2019 - TBD Bo Nix, 2019 - TBD Calvin Ashley, 2017 - Bust Derrick Brown, 2016 Byron Cowart, 2015 - Bust, Invited to 2019 NFL Combine Roc Thomas, 2014 - Bust, Currently in the NFL Tre' Williams, 2014 Montravius Adams, 2013 Carl Lawson, 2013 Christian Westerman, 2011 - Bust, Currently in the NFL Michael Dyer, 2010 - Bust, Not Currently Active Trovon Reed, 2010 Tray Blackmon, 2005 - Bust, One Season in CFL Ben Obomanu, 2002 Carnell Williams, 2001 Lemarcus Rowell, 2001 - Bust, Two Seasons in CFL Jason Campbell, 2000 Ashley and Cowart supposedly had work ethic issues. Dyer, Blackmon, and Rowell had discipline issues. Playing time issues were factors with Thomas and Westerman. The majority of these "Busts" appear to be behavioral. Good sports psychology in the recruiting process could probably identify potential behavioral risks and how to manage them. Saban is a big believer is sports psychology. Also, Saban instructs his recruiters to not look at film until they have talked to the prospect's coach. What do they talk about with the coach? Probably not how fast the kid is, or how hard he hits. That's on the film. More likely they talk about work ethic and behavior.
  14. I think what people miss is exceptional players in high school is often based on exceptional talent, not exceptional player development. For example, with Byron Cowart, he was a world-beater on defense, big, lean, strong, and fast. So his HS coach puts him out as a weakside defensive end in a "Wide-9", standing edge rusher, and tells him to just rush the QB. And he was stellar at that. The recruiting services saw him and said, with his height, strength, and side, he projects as a strongside defensive end, not weakside DE or an edge rusher. 4-3 base defensive teams recruit Cowart as an SDE, and 3-4 base defensive teams like Bama recruit Cowart to be a 3-4 DE, not a Jack/Buck edge rusher OLB. We don't know what Muschamp was promising Cowart at either Florida or Auburn. He may have been promising Cowart would be a pass-rushing Buck. But Cowart was listed at 277 lbs as a freshman on the 2015 roster. By the end of his career Maryland listed him at 293 lbs. Cowart gets to Auburn and is put in the SDE role, and has to learn to actively engage blockers, not avoid them or discard them. He just wants to fight off the blocker and get the QB. Which may be fine for the Buck, but is how you get burned on a draw or a screen as an interior lineman. Cowart benefits from an SEC strength and conditioning program. He spends more time being coached by a hard-ass Rodney Garner, who wants a particular behavior out of each and every position on the DL. It is no longer high school, where it was about Cowart's exceptional physical skills overwhelming opponents. Eventually we move Cowart over to 3-Tech DT, as we have more SDEs who are simply performing better for the role. Garner figures Cowart would be a good passing down 3-Tech, playing to his physical attributes as well as his natural ability to rush the QB. Cowart quits AU, and eventually lands at Maryland, who puts him at 4-3 SDE, where Cowart wins the starting role and performs well. But it was the years spent at AU that developed Cowart into a successful interior defensive lineman. Maybe, by being the most talented and most coached up SDE on the roster allowed Cowart to finally be confident in his role. Maybe he finally realized he was never meant to be a dedicated edge rushing Buck, but was destined to be a 4-3 SDE, or a 4-3 3-Tech DT, or a 3-4 DE. That acceptance and confidence is why he declared for the draft. He is going to project as a 4-3 or 3-4 DE. He is not a "tweener" 4-3 DE or an "edge" player who might play a 4-3 hybrid DE or a 3-4 OLB. I think Cowart's comfort and confidence in his role finally caught up to what the coaches saw in him years before. There are a lot of high school athletes who are the biggest and baddest bullfrog in their small pond. Then they get to the big lake called Division 1 and their egos get checked. But that happens to many of us in some form or fashion. It is called life.
  15. I think TV had a lot to do with it. The NFL may be 100 years old, but it is, and has been, for half of that time, a sport of, by, and for television.