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  1. seccountry.com Auburn football building formidable offensive line under Herb Hand's steady guidance Lauren Shute Posted 16 hours ago 3-4 minutes After securing a spot on the All-SEC second team and picking up a few All-American honors, the door to the NFL seemed propped open for Smith at the end of last season. Still, the Kansas native felt he couldn’t pass up another chance to play under Herb Hand. “Personally he’s made me I feel like, I’ve made a lot more strides,” the senior said at SEC Media Days. “He’s really taught me some things. He’s been a key developer for the offensive line. He was a factor, also.” Hand is also largely why a switch from right guard to right tackle is less daunting for Smith. And the senior isn’t the only one benefiting from Hand’s guidance — that’s yet another reason Smith wanted to wear orange and blue for one more season. MORE: From Media Days to new spot, Braden Smith is willing to do whatever Auburn asks in senior season “Definitely because I knew that there was going to be something special that was going to go on this year,” Smith said. “We have all the pieces. I think we have a chance to compete for titles and championships.” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his Media Days player representatives were vocal about this year’s team being one of the deepest Malzahn has had. That especially applies to the offensive line, where Hand has helped players grow to a point that mixing and matching along the offensive line is possible. “Our O-line coach Herb Hand, I really like how he’s developed our players and helped me develop,” Smith said. “I think he’s really helped me going forward, and the rest of my teammates as well.” Auburn led the SEC in rushing offense last season and ended up with a Sugar Bowl berth in January. And it’s not the first time Hand has helped Malzahn’s team find success. Tulsa boasted one of the nation’s best offenses in 2007 and 2008 under the duo. RELATED: Mike Horton is primed to be Auburn football’s next great offensive lineman Of course, Malzahn is expected to love his staff. He again voiced his admiration for what he considers “one of the best staffs in all of college football” last week in Hoover, Ala.” “Our program’s to that point where this is an important year,” Malzahn said. “We’re excited. We think we’ve got a real chance.” It doesn’t hurt that Hand helped the Tigers pick up FCS All-American Casey Dunn and Florida State transfer Wilson Bell. The two grad transfers bring signifiant experience and could have an immediate impact for Auburn — especially early in the season. Hand has the offensive line under control, giving new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey the ability to focus on coaching his quarterback group and perfecting his new scheme.
  2. alexcityoutlook.com Translating coach Malzahn at Media Days By Andy Graham 4 minutes Published 11:47 am Wednesday, July 19, 2017 I’ll finish up my preview of Auburn’s 2017 football schedule next week, because the aftermath of SEC Media Days demands some attention. After being the first coach on the podium the previous two years, Gus Malzahn had to patiently wait until the final day to have his say this year. No one’s ever going to confuse Malzahn with a bombastic Steve Spurrier or an enigmatic Les Miles. He is often times considered by many to be rather boring in press conference situations. That’s because most people aren’t fluent in coach-speak. I actually minored in that at Auburn so I feel it’s my duty to translate Malzahn’s comments for the public. Here are some quotes from last week attributed to Malzahn and their proper translation. Quote No. 1: “Just a quick recap of last year. We started out, we had some major adversity. I was real proud of our team, the way they rebounded. We went on a six-game win streak, and I really felt like we were playing as good as anybody in the country.” Translation No. 1: I totally screwed up the first game last year against Clemson and I was nearly as bad against Texas A&M in week three. Those two losses were completely my fault. I don’t even know what I was thinking not playing Kamryn Pettway against Clemson. That was really dumb, but we figured it out eventually. Quote No. 2: “We had some key injuries late. We kind of limped home. Just had that bad feeling the way we finished. We felt like we had a real opportunity there and just didn’t seize the moment.” Translation No. 2: Everything was going real well until Sean White got hurt against Ole Miss and Pettway went down against Vanderbilt. We had nothing remotely comparable as a backup to those two guys. I also fully admit the Georgia loss was one of the most horrifically ugly offensive performances in the history of mankind. Quote No. 3: “We hired Chip Lindsey. I’m excited about Chip. I got a lot of confidence in Chip. He’s going to provide more balance for us. And he’s a quarterback guru too.” Translation No. 3: We have been awful throwing the football the last two years and we desperately needed some help. I hired Chip Lindsey because he brings a much more sophisticated passing offense and he’s been pretty successful. He’s also supposed to be really good at working with quarterbacks. Considering every great high school QB I have recruited over the years has been abysmal in college, I thought it might be about time for a new quarterback coach. Quote No. 4: “Like I was saying, the biggest comfort right now is we have quality depth at the quarterback position. And we got two of the better quarterbacks, I feel like, and we got a young one in Malik Willis.” Translation No. 4: I know everyone wants me to name Jarrett Stidham as the starter, but I’m not going to do it right now. I also know no one believes me, but Sean White will have an opportunity to win the job in fall practice. We don’t expect him to and he probably won’t, but he’ll at least have a chance. We think Jarrett Stidham has a chance to be really, really good. Andy Graham is a regular columnist for The Outlook.
  3. Tommy Tuberville joins ESPN as college football game analyst Updated on July 19, 2017 at 12:21 PMPosted on July 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM 11 Gallery: Tommy Tuberville Through The Years 1.9k shares By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com After passing up on running for governor of Alabama, Tommy Tuberville is headed to television. The former Auburn coach is joining ESPN as a game analyst for the upcoming college football season, the network announced Wednesday. Tuberville will call games each week across ESPN networks or ABC. His broadcast partners will be named soon. "Tommy has been a staple in college football for many years, having experienced nearly every situation as a head coach" ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said in a statement. "We want him to bring that experience to our telecast, informing fans on the dynamics of a head coach's thought process, not only in a given moment but leading up to and following that moment." Tuberville comes to ESPN after an offseason in which he considered, but ultimately decided against, running for governor. He coached at Cincinnati the past four years, prior to which he was at Texas Tech (2010-12), Auburn (1999-08) and Ole Miss (1995-98). Tommy Tuberville Joins ESPN, ABC from ESPNFrontRow on Vimeo.
  4. Marcus Spears on Auburn: 'They're dangerous' Updated on July 18, 2017 at 12:16 PMPosted on July 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM 32 Gallery: Auburn Football Visits SEC Media Days 2017 873 shares By Matt Zenitz mzenitz@al.com Thinking about Auburn's potential for this season, Marcus Spears brought up the Tigers' 18-13 win over LSU last September. Led by its defense, Auburn beat LSU without scoring a single touchdown. The Tigers' defense was great last year, a unit that ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense. Spears, the former NFL defensive lineman and current SEC Network analyst, expects the defense to play at a high level again this season. To Spears, Auburn has the talent to have a special year. The primary question mark for him, as it is for many in the football world, is the quarterback position. While the competition for the starting position is ongoing, Jarrett Stidham is a much-hyped transfer who threw for 267 yards in one half during Auburn's spring game and will enter fall camp as the favorite to win the job. "It hinges on Jarrett Stidham," Spears said. "Auburn is successful when the quarterback is good. We can talk about all these narratives, but Auburn has won when their quarterback has been dynamic. Gus Malzahn's offense has been very hard to defend when he has a guy that can run the (run-pass option) system at a high level." Auburn was picked to finish second in the SEC West behind Alabama in the SEC preseason media poll that was released last week. In May, Sports Illustrated had Auburn at No. 10 in its post-spring power rankings. "They're dangerous this year," Spears said. "They're dangerous to everybody. ... The defense is going to be very good again. So, legitimately, if (Stidham) is like this crazy good quarterback, the Iron Bowl's going to be epic."
  5. my puter will not allow me to delete this. i have same post with pics on the other one. sorry for the screwup.......
  6. What Auburn expects from defensive linemen Marlon Davidson, Jeff Holland, Derrick Brown Posted on July 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown (5), Auburn linebacker Jeff Holland (4), Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson (3) and Auburn defensive lineman Dontavius Russell (95) celebrate a fumble recovery in the first half Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, during an NCAA football game against Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) ORG XMIT: ALBIN(JULIE BENNETT) 0 shares By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com Auburn hopes Derrick Brown, Jeff Holland and returning starter Marlon Davidson can make up for the departures of Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams on the defensive line. The Tigers lost players responsible for 14.5 of their 25 sacks and 34.5 of their 83 tackles for loss last season. "We need some guys," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, "to step up and fill that void." Davidson, who started all 13 games at defensive end as a true freshman, had 38 tackles with six for loss, most of any returning defensive lineman, including 2.5 sacks en route to freshman All-SEC honors. "From the moment he got on campus, he didn't look like a true freshman; he looked like a veteran just with the way he practiced, his work ethic, how tough he was," Malzahn said. "And he's a handful. He got a chance to be an impact player. I can't say enough good things about Marlon." Auburn post-spring depth chart analysis: DE | DT | NT | Buck Davidson will be asked to do more along with Holland, who had 13 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery as a sophomore and Brown, who had 11 tackles with a sack and fumble recovery as a true freshman. "A lot of that is going to be placed on their shoulders," defensive line coach Rodney Garner said of Davidson and Brown. "They need to. I think Marlon is a pretty productive player himself last year. ... I was pleased with Derrick's spring. I actually have been pleased with Derrick overall, period. He and Marlon were two really mature young men coming in. I think they've done a really good job of handling expectations. I think you can see constant growth and their maturity.
  7. What Auburn expects from defensive linemen Marlon Davidson, Jeff Holland, Derrick Brown Posted on July 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown (5), Auburn linebacker Jeff Holland (4), Auburn defensive lineman Marlon Davidson (3) and Auburn defensive lineman Dontavius Russell (95) celebrate a fumble recovery in the first half Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, during an NCAA football game against Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) ORG XMIT: ALBIN(JULIE BENNETT) 0 shares By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com Auburn hopes Derrick Brown, Jeff Holland and returning starter Marlon Davidson can make up for the departures of Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams on the defensive line. The Tigers lost players responsible for 14.5 of their 25 sacks and 34.5 of their 83 tackles for loss last season. "We need some guys," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, "to step up and fill that void." Davidson, who started all 13 games at defensive end as a true freshman, had 38 tackles with six for loss, most of any returning defensive lineman, including 2.5 sacks en route to freshman All-SEC honors. "From the moment he got on campus, he didn't look like a true freshman; he looked like a veteran just with the way he practiced, his work ethic, how tough he was," Malzahn said. "And he's a handful. He got a chance to be an impact player. I can't say enough good things about Marlon." Auburn post-spring depth chart analysis: DE | DT | NT | Buck Davidson will be asked to do more along with Holland, who had 13 tackles with two sacks and a fumble recovery as a sophomore and Brown, who had 11 tackles with a sack and fumble recovery as a true freshman. "A lot of that is going to be placed on their shoulders," defensive line coach Rodney Garner said of Davidson and Brown. "They need to. I think Marlon is a pretty productive player himself last year. ... I was pleased with Derrick's spring. I actually have been pleased with Derrick overall, period. He and Marlon were two really mature young men coming in. I think they've done a really good job of handling expectations. I think you can see constant growth and their maturity.
  8. decaturdaily.com Matthews expects Auburn's defense to be better in 2017 | Auburn Sports Josh Vitale For The Decatur Daily 6-7 minutes Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews (28) expects the teams defense to be even better this season in defensive coordinator Kevin Steele's second season. [BUTCH DILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS] Tray Matthews has heard ever since last season ended about how Auburn had a top-10 defense in 2016. About how much that defense improved in its first year under coordinator Kevin Steele. All of that is good, the senior safety said last week at SEC Media Days in Hoover. But it also no longer means much of anything. “We did some great things last year, but that was last year,” Matthews said. “We can’t worry about things that happened in the past. We’re focused on the future.” Steele’s first defense on the Plains was the best Auburn has had in 10 years dating to 2007. The Tigers’ mark of 361.9 yards per game allowed ranked 28th nationally, which was up from 71st in 2015. Their mark of 17.1 points per game allowed ranked seventh nationally, which was up from 45th in 2015. Matthews expects more in 2017. “Our defense will be aggressive. We’ll be physical, we’ll be fast and we will be hungry,” Matthews said. “We’re a very good team. We want to be great. We have the components to do that. We have the culture to get that done.” He knows there are areas the defense can improve, too. Auburn’s ranked 88th nationally with 17 turnovers forced and scored only one defensive touchdown — Montravius Adams’ 13-yard fumble return at Mississippi State on Oct. 8 — in 13 games. Matthews said Steele emphasized both during the spring and summer. The Tigers have to replace a number of talented pieces — Adams and Carl Lawson on the defensive line and Josh Holsey and Rudy Ford in the secondary — but they also return seven starters from last year’s breakout unit. “I really like where our defense is right now. They're so much further ahead,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “They had that edge, they had that confidence, and I think we've got a chance to be really good on defense.” Last year, sitting in the same third-floor suite at The Wynfrey Hotel he was Thursday, Malzahn said he thought the 2016 Tigers had a chance to have “one of the better defenses we’ve had since I’ve been here.” Back then, Auburn was coming off a 2015 campaign during which it ranked as one of the worst defenses in the SEC. This year, given the 2016 success, any claim that Auburn will “be really good on defense” isn’t nearly so hard to believe. In fact, it’s become the expectation. “I believe we will perform up to expectations,” Matthews said. “We’re not buying into the hype, and we’re not thinking about any of that other stuff in the news. We’re ready to play football.”
  9. anyone up on bell from fsu? i got a buddy that is a fsu fan and he said bell rarely ever started and was lazy etc. anyone know? i figured he was messing with me but you never know..........thanx ahead of time....
  10. with chip being a qb guru i bet al looks for ways to take advantage of other teams d's.
  11. i would bet the farm al earns his pay.....but that is just me.
  12. maybe they pull our big dog rb's and the young receivers get more reps for the upcoming schedule? or maybe they show little other than vanilla to hold a few things for clemson...
  13. Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams named to Butkus Award watch list Updated on July 17, 2017 at 7:48 AMPosted on July 17, 2017 at 7:47 AM 47 Gallery: Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams 13 shares By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com Tre' Williams added to his list of preseason accolades on Monday. The Auburn senior linebacker, who was named preseason Second Team All-SEC on Friday, was among the 51 linebackers on the Butkus Award watch list on Monday. Williams is expected to resume his role as Auburn's starting middle linebacker, where he was second on the team with 67 tackles including 3.5 for loss last season. Tre' Williams quarterbacks Auburn's defense A breakdown of Auburn's middle linebackers following spring practice An Auburn player has never won the Butkus Award, which was won by Alabama's Reuben Foster last year, and six finalists and one finalist from last year are on this year's preseason watch list. Semi-finalists will be named on Oct. 30 with finalists named on Nov. 20 and the winner will be notified on or before Dec. 5. Williams is the seventh Auburn player named to a preseason watch list. Safety Tray Matthews was named to the Bednarik Award watch list, quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kamryn Pettway were named to the Maxwell Award watch list, center Austin Golson was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, kicker Daniel Carlson was on the Lou Groza Award watch list and offensive tackle Braden Smith was on the Outland Trophy watch list. Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams: March 4, 2017
  14. Auburn opponent early scouting report: Georgia Southern Posted on July 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM 5-7 minutes We're taking an early look at Auburn's opponents for the 2017 regular season. This 12-part series will feature analysis and occasional insight from beat reporters who cover the 12 teams Auburn will play this year. Georgia Southern Game date & time: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Sept. 2 game time TBA 2015 record: (5-7, 4-4 Sun Belt) Coach: Tyson Summers, second year Betting line: Auburn by 35 Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense, 3 specialists Most important returning players: RB Wesley Fields, RB L.A. Ramsby, WR Myles Campbell, DB Joshua Moon Most critical departures: QB Kevin Ellison, RB Matt Breida, QB Favian Upshaw, WR BJ Johnson III, LB Ironhead Gallon, LB Ukeme Eligwe, K Younghoe Koo Auburn story lines: Debut of Jarrett Stidham Though he technically has to win the starting job, the widely accepted reality is Jarrett Stidham is going to be Auburn's starting quarterback and for good reason. Stidham has a vastly superior skill set to Sean White and showed his arm strength on A-Day. How much Stidham stretches the field in the opening game will be an early indicator of what Auburn's offense is capable of this fall. Differences with new offensive coordinator Speaking of the offense, Chip Lindsey takes over as play-caller and should provide a boost to a passing game that ranked last in the SEC last season. However, don't expect Auburn to abandon its identity as a power running team when Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson are in the backfield. Does a top wide receiver emerge? It would be a lot to ask from the receiving corps in the season opener for one player to immediately emerge as the go-to guy but with Lindsey calling plays and Stidham throwing the ball it's possible. Realistically, it'll take time for a leader of the group to emerge but even getting a clearer idea of defined roles would be a big step in the first game. If Auburn is able to pull away quickly, any diagnosis of the receivers will become harder as the offense sh**s to killing the clock. New starters on defense There will be no way to assess pass rush against a triple-option offense so determining whether Jeff Holland, Paul James III, Nick Coe, Derrick Brown, Andrew Williams and others are able to make up for the losses of Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams will have to wait. But those are only two of the holes that have to be filled. The secondary lost Josh Holsey and Rudy Ford and while Javaris Davis or Jamel Dean and Jeremiah Dinson or Daniel Thomas are capable replacements at the respective spots, this will be a game about run support. Auburn could be in a true 4-3 or even 4-4 more than it is in Nickel. Run stopping Auburn ranked 27th in run defense last season but ended with a dud. Nobody is going to compare Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby to Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine but fact is the Sooners ran all over the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Even amid a year in which GSU got away from its roots, the Eagles still ranked 29th in rushing. Georgia Tech ranked 9th and that's the offensive coordinator in charge now so containing the run will be the key defensively. Georgia Southern story lines: Return of the triple option Bryan Cook taking over as offensive coordinator is expected to bring Georgia Southern back to its roots. Cook will have to bring back the triple option with a new quarterback and without GSU's lead back from a year ago. Expect Ramsby, who led the Eagles with eight touchdowns last season, to be the focal point offensively. New quarterback Starter and leading rusher Kevin Ellison is gone, as is Favian Upshaw so GSU will be turning to either sophomore Seth Shuman, who was 34 for 72 for 357 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions with 39 rushing yards, or junior college transfer Kado Brown, who accounted for 2,184 yards of offense and 17 touchdowns at Moorpark C.C. It appears Brown, a two-star recruit who previously redshirt at Army, could have the bigger arm of the two. Developing pass rush With Auburn expected to air it out more than in the past, GSU needs to be able to put pressure on Stidham but that could be a very tall order. The Eagles, who lose two starters off the defensive line, ranked 124th in sacks last year and lose their top defensive back. Former Auburn support staffer Chad Lunsford Eagles H-Backs and Slot receivers coach and special teams coordinator Chad Lunsford was a spent four years at Auburn as director of scouting and later as director of player personnel. Legal distraction Georgia Southern's co-offensive coordinators last season, David Dean and Rance Gillespie, who were fired after a 5-7 season filed separate lawsuits against the school's athletic association, head coach Tyson Summers and athletic director Tom Kleinlein among others. How GSU's leaders handle the legal distraction won't have an impact on the outcome of this game, but it could longer-term ramifications. An Auburn win would mean: The Tigers did as they were expected. This game isn't about the outcome, that's a sure thing, it's more about appearances. How does Stidham look? How does the new offense compare? How do the new starters on defense look? It's all about delivering as promised and having nothing but wonderful things to think about and work on when heading into Clemson a week later. An Auburn loss would mean: The greatest win in Georgia Southern history and one of the worst losses in Auburn history. That's simply not happening though. Auburn is 25-0 all-time against Sun Belt teams and this will be another victory.
  15. What they're saying nationally about Auburn at SEC Media Days 2017 Auburn Football Updated on July 14, 2017 at 1:18 PMPosted on July 14, 2017 at 7:25 AM 32 Gallery: Auburn Football Visits SEC Media Days 2017 Auburn was among the closing acts of SEC Media Days this year and the storylines were focused on Gus Malzahn and where the Tigers could fall in the conference, particularly if Jarrett Stidham delivers. With Braden Smith representing the offense, Tray Matthews the defense and Daniel Carlson for special teams, the focus of attention remained on the team as a whole and quarterback play. Other topics were discussed and we had you covered throughout the day on AL.com. Here are some other perspectives from the media that we surveyed from the national scene. Gus Malzahn senses same hunger in '17 team he saw in '13 'Kick Six' team (ESPN) The SEC's 'second-best' team, Auburn looks to new faces for offensive revival (CBSSports.com) SEC coaches including Malzahn, Sumlin facing questions about job security (AP) Auburn isn't ready to cede SEC West to Alabama just yet (Orlando Sentinel) Braden Smith says Auburn poised for special season (Kansas City Star) Jordan Rogers: John Franklin III was a 'cancer in the quarterback room' (SEC Country) Jarrett Stidham could be the difference Auburn needs (Sporting News) Former Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham ready to start over at Auburn (Houston Chronicle)