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  1. Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey's Auburn relationship has Georgia roots Updated on May 28, 2017 at 7:03 AM Posted on May 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM 5-6 minutes Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey's relationship first blossomed over the course of five weeks more than eight years ago. Long before Lindsey rose through the coaching ranks to be Auburn's offensive coordinator, and Malzahn's right-hand man, he was an innovative high school coach at Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga. It was there, in January 2009, that he and Malzahn first became acquainted with one another. At the time, Lindsey was the head coach of four-star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who had been committed to Auburn since the previous summer when Tommy Tuberville was still the Tigers' head coach. Tuberville resigned at the end of that season, and Auburn hired Gene Chizik to replace him while Malzahn joined as Chizik's offensive coordinator. "Philip was the first player I actually recruited when I was the coordinator at Auburn," Malzahn said. Malzahn made Lutzenkirchen a priority upon taking the job, and rightfully so. Lutzenkirchen, who went on to become the greatest tight end in Auburn history, was one of the first players to commit to Auburn's 2009 class and the first four-star recruit to pledge to the Tigers that cycle. "(Malzahn) had just gotten there from Tulsa, and Philip had been committed to Auburn but was wavering a little bit with the coaching change, and Gus came in and in that time period in the January period, you go see your committed guys every week," Lindsey told earlier this month. "You get that one visit. He came every week, and as the coordinator, I thought that was a big thing. He was trying to make a statement that he didn't want to lose Philip." History lesson: How Lindsey's teaching background powered his rise through coaching ranks Before Chip Lindsey was a fast-rising offensive coordinator in the college ranks, he was a high school history teacher with a keen attention to detail. That played a role in getting Lindsey to where he is today as Auburn's offensive coordinator. And Lindsey meant every single week. Just days after taking the job at Auburn, Malzahn made a trip to Lassiter -- approximately two hours from Auburn's campus -- to check in on Lutzenkirchen and make sure that commitment stuck. It was during that time that Malzahn and Lindsey first built their bond -- though it was nowhere near what it is now. It started with discussions about football, and Lutzenkirchen, over cups of coffee. There were trips to a nearby Mexican restaurant "every time" Malzahn was in town. The Tigers' then-offensive coordinator has a well-known affinity for Mexican cuisine. "We did that for five straight weeks or whatever, and just kind of created a friendship," Lindsey said. "I was always intrigued; his offense had been different than what I had done for years. You're always trying to grow as a coach, so I'd always been intrigued." Lindsey always tried to pick Malzahn's brain for offensive ideas. Malzahn's Hurry Up, No Huddle offense -- with its run-heavy scheme -- contrasted to what Lindsey was doing at Lassiter, where his Air Raid-influenced offense set Georgia state passing records the following season in 2009. Malzahn, who plays things close to the vest and has admitted he's "probably more guarded than most," was hesitant to divulge too much information about his offensive philosophy to Lindsey at the time. That didn't deter their budding friendship, however. "Now, he didn't tell me a whole lot when I first met him," Lindsey said. "He was very secretive. But just watching him and things, we had a good time. We ended up having a lot in common." RELATED: How Lindsey's college offenses compared statistically to Auburn That five-week span in early 2009 set in motion the events that brought Lindsey to Auburn the first time as an offensive analyst four years later in 2013. After wading into the college ranks as Troy's quarterbacks coach in 2010, Lindsey returned to Alabama as the head coach at Spain Park in 2011 and 2012 before Malzahn -- who just returned to Auburn as head coach -- approached him about an analyst position. Lindsey accepted, and it was at that point that Malzahn truly began to open up. Their relationship evolved from friends to coaching confidantes. Lindsey spent an abundance of time with Malzahn that season, when Auburn put together a remarkable turnaround, won the SEC title and came within 13 seconds of a national championship. When Malzahn gameplanned each week, Lindsey was closely involved in that process. "The way he used to gameplan was a lot of times by himself, and he always had a guy with him, and I ended up being that guy the year I was there," Lindsey said. "I think we grew and our relationship grew. Like I said, it's been good and I owe him a lot." Four years later, they're reunited again, this time with Malzahn ceding full control of Auburn's offense over to his new right-hand man. "He's been a huge part of where I am today, and I owe him a lot for that," Lindsey said. "I'm excited to be back with him now, and I'm looking forward to the season." Malzahn adjusting to life after play-calling After spending most of his career calling offensive plays, Auburn's Gus Malzahn ceded full control of the Tigers' offense to new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey this year.
  2. Auburn looking for 'special talent' Eli Stove to take next step at receiver Posted on May 25, 2017 at 1:38 PM 3 minutes Kodi Burns likes to tell his young receivers that they can't truly be themselves until they reach a certain level of comfort within the offense. In that sense, fans may see the real Eli Stove this fall. "I feel like I can step out and I have more confidence playing here," Stove said in March. That bodes well for the sophomore flanker receiver after a noteworthy freshman season for the Tigers. As a freshman in 2016, Stove was fourth on the team with 224 receiving yards while finishing third with 23 receptions. Only Tony Stevens (31) and Ryan Davis (25) caught more passes than the 6-foot, 183-pound speedster. Stove also added 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, including a 78-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep during the first play from scrimmage against Arkansas. "He's a special player, a special talent," Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns said Monday before speaking to the Barbour County Auburn Club in Eufaula. "As we all saw, you can turn on the Arkansas game and you can see that pretty easily." Stove has the versatility Auburn asks from its flanker A breakdown of Auburn's flankers after spring practice Stove is projected to start at flanker for Auburn this fall, as his speed and versatility -- paired with last season's effort -- give the Tigers precisely what they look for in the position. Now, Burns said, it's all about taking the next step to become a true impact player and offensive weapon for new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. "Eli had a decent spring," Burns said. "He's got to continue to progress. He's one of those guys who I think took a step forward, but he was up and down a little bit, inconsistent." Burns wants to see more of that big-play capability from Stove on a more frequent basis. He specifically pointed to the long touchdown against Arkansas, as well as Stove's 55-yard reception on a pass from John Franklin III in the Iron Bowl -- a play that went down as Auburn's longest pass of the season. If Stove, who said this spring he has focused on his releases off the line of scrimmage and getting out of his routes quicker, can get comfortable in Lindsey's revamped offense and be himself, Burns likes the possibilities it brings to Auburn's talented but youthful receiving corps this fall. "Eli is a guy that's special," Burns said. "He's talented, can make plays. As long as he just stays consistent, understands the offense, working hard, being tough, he's going to be a special player."
  3. do our recruiters not have a way of knowing if a kids grades are not up to par? i mean did his high school coach know? not seeking blame to anyone or anything like that but i just thought in thiis day and time we would be past that? anyone want to enlighten me please? thanx
  4. Auburn running back/athlete signee Alaric Williams will not be part of the 2017 Tigers class after all, can confirm. Instead, after coming up short in his qualifying efforts Williams will head to Garden City Community College in Kansas. He confirmed the news via Twitter -- it was first reported by's Drew Champlin.
  5. so mr golf did y'all use face masks back then? lol i played football for one year in germany at an american school. i learned to dred the words bull in the ring. i heard that is outlawed now. i sure got my behind kicked in that drill enough.
  6. if i am not mistaken did we not hire porter to take up where craig left off? was he not voted a national recruiter or something like that as well? kodi earned a shot at coaching for being a quality kid and he deserves the benefit of the doubt for a year or two. i am willing to bet the kid needed a fire lit under his butt to motivate him. you call it throwing him under the bus. nossir i disagree. once again i look at it as kodi trying to get the kid doing what he needs to do so he can hopefully get that chance at some big money. he will not get it if he does not get serious. i mean we are talking football players and not girl scouts.the kid has been there a year. from what kodi says he does not know the play book. and calling people names like snowflakes just makes you look bad. and i mean that nice. you do not like what is said so instead of saying we will disagree you had to sneak a little shot in there. you just took the whole argument thing way down a few levels.
  7. i Auburn2Eugene i believe in my heart you are doing the same thing with kodi. mm has been here a year and apparently whatever happened during that year did not bode well for him and the team so kodi changed gears. and you seem to be willing to throw kodi under the bus when he clearly is adjusting from a rb coach to wr's. kodi got his job because they saw talent and a hard working coach. it is just that simple. i doubt few will admit it but i smell sour grapes. i mean come long has craig been a coach?
  8. i like kodi. and different kids need different motivation. and kodi owes it to the kid to bring the tough love if needed. there could be millions at stake. i bet he has already tried the nice guy type thing. if one thing does not work try something different. and for what it is worth i like coach lindsey and he seems high on kodi. and maybe kodi deserves a little more of our trust. i am sure coaches have growing pains as well. i mean come on the young man has just started coaching receivers. and i bet he has a ton of ga's etc helping him along as well. for me i trust kodi and believe maybe the kids does need to be called out. schollies are too valuable to let someone go through the motions..especially with that much talent.
  9. Marquis McClain has 'a lot of growing up to do' before cracking Auburn's receiver rotation Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM 3 minutes Marquis McClain had the longest reception on A-Day and the lone touchdown catch of the day for Auburn. Thanks to a 69-yard touchdown, McClain finished the spring game with two receptions for 73 yards -- third most among all receivers. The redshirt freshman still has a way to go before working his way into the Tigers' regular rotation at receiver in 2017. "Just a lot of growing up to do," Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns said of McClain before speaking at the Barbour County Auburn Club in Eufaula this week. "He's one of the more talented guys we have. I think just as far as the skillset, he's really, really good, but not it's just about really growing up, understanding how good he really is. "I think if he takes that to a tee and develops, I think he can be a really good player for us." McClain isn't quite there yet. After signing with Auburn as a three-star prospect out of Crestview, Fla., McClain redshirted in 2016. He was the only one of Auburn's four freshman receivers to not see the field last season, as Kyle Davis, Nate Craig-Myers and Eli Stove all had their moments in the spotlight as true freshmen. This spring, McClain was looking to break through and into the Tigers' rotation at receiver, and his long touchdown on A-Day capped a spring in which the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder made progress, according to offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. "You see flashes," Burns said. "With him, it's just kind of inconsistent. If he can begin to be a consistent guy who does that once every two catches or makes a big play consistently, he can really become a guy for us." That has been McClain's biggest deterrent to this point, and the main reason he remains behind a handful of teammates at Auburn's split end position, including Darius Slayton and senior Jason Smith, though Craig-Myers and Davis could also see time in that role. Before he can break into the rotation at receiver, however, McClain has some areas he needs to improve upon to reach that level of consistency Burns expects of his receiving corps. According to Buns, McClain needs to work on improving all-around, from hands, to route-running to, most importantly, understanding Lindsey's offensive system. While McClain hasn't reached that level yet, Burns is excited to continue to help develop the big-bodied receiver over the next several years, adding that he believes McClain can be a "special" receiver down the road. "The sky's the limit for that guy," Burns said. "His potential is big, and he's got a chance to really help us out at some point."
  10. 9. Auburn The Tigers are the biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC. With the addition of former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the offense now has a difference-maker under center to go with one of the conference’s top ground attacks. Stidham impressed this spring and possesses the arm strength and accuracy to open up the passing game downfield. He’s also surrounded by a cast of promising playmakers on the outside, including sophomore Nate Craig-Myers. Kamryn Pettway emerged as one of the SEC’s top running backs after posting 1,224 yards in 2016. He’s joined by Kerryon Johnson to form one of the league’s top tandems, while the offensive line is once again a strength with the return of three starters. Kevin Steele’s defense also is in good shape for 2017. Sophomore Marlon Davidson should fill the void left behind by Carl Lawson in the trenches, while the linebacker unit is anchored by Deshaun Davis and Tre Williams. Depth is an issue at safety, but cornerback Carlton Davis is one of the best in the SEC. A Week 2 road trip to Clemson is a huge opportunity to make an early statement, while contending in the West is likely to come down to an Oct. 14 road date at LSU and the Nov. 25 Iron Bowl.
  11. What Chip Lindsey 1st saw in Auburn wide receiver signee Jatarvious Whitlow Updated on May 23, 2017 at 2:09 PM Posted on May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM 5-6 minutes Chip Lindsey had less than two weeks to recruit for Auburn prior to National Signing Day in February after being named the Tigers' new offensive coordinator on Jan. 21. While that wasn't a lot of time -- and while Auburn had most of its class secured -- Lindsey was able to add his own touch to Auburn's 2017 signing class. Lindsey was responsible for two late additions on the offensive side of the ball in tight end John Samuel Shenker, who was the first player Lindsey offered after arriving at Auburn, and wide receiver Jatarvious Whitlow, who was a signing day surprise for the program. While Lindsey was already well aware of Shenker, whose high school coach was Lindsey's one-time boss, Rush Propst, it was his interest in Whitlow that was one of the most intriguing aspects of signing day for Auburn. "To me, (Whitlow)'s similar to a lot of really great Auburn players," Lindsey told last week at an Atlanta Auburn Club event in Johns Creek, Ga. "He's really blue-collared, was somewhat under the radar from his recruiting standpoint, and we just feel like he's a great fit." It didn't take long for Lindsey to realize that, either, once he arrived on the Plains in January. Whitlow can make defenders miss in open field Whitlow, a three-star athlete from LaFayette, joined Auburn on National Signing Day as a wide receiver. Whitlow, a three-star athlete from just down the road in LaFayette, first garnered Auburn's attention last summer when he attended one of the team's summer camps. There, Whitlow said, he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and made some one-on-one plays. A day later, while camping at UAB, he received a phone call from Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele with a scholarship offer. There was one caveat, however: Auburn wanted 6-foot, 200-pound Whitlow as a defensive back -- something Whitlow was reluctant to do. He had experience at defensive back for LaFayette, where he was a do-everything player for the Bulldogs. Along with being the team's starting quarterback, he also played some receiver, running back, defensive back, linebacker and on special teams, where he was both punter and return man. In his heart, Whitlow wanted a future on the offensive side of the ball. As his senior year at LaFayette progressed, Auburn's interest cooled. Other schools came into the picture, including Troy and Tulane. After taking his visits, Whitlow was set on signing with the Green Wave on National Signing Day. Whitlow discussed the decision with his parents and then informed Tulane's coaching staff the Sunday before signing day that he planned on coming. Then, one phone call changed all of that. Just prior to signing day, Whitlow went to speak with his high school coach, James Lucas, between classes, which he routinely does. Lucas just received a call from Steele, informing him that the Tigers wanted Whitlow to join their class on the offensive side of the ball. "I took off, ran upstairs and said, 'Hey Mr. Nelson, I got to go down here to talk to Coach,'" Whitlow recalled. "Everybody was like, 'what's wrong with you?' I said Auburn just called and offered me at receiver. I ran back down there and the minute I got on the phone with Coach Steele, he said 'Coach Chip likes you. He wants you to come down here and play receiver.' I said, 'say no more. I'm coming. That's it. I'm coming.'" Whitlow ready to 'be dangerous in space' at slot receiver Whitlow knows his football future will be at a new position – slot receiver – after signing with Auburn Lindsey had seen Whitlow's highlight film and was immediately impressed by what he saw. As a senior at LaFayette, Whitlow passed for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns while rushing for 2,147 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also earned ASWA Class 2A Back of the Year honors. "When I saw the ball in his hand, he just made plays," Lindsey said. "A lot of times, you line guys up and run the 40 and measure their height and weight, and then you say 'OK, this is the kind of guy we want.' But I think sometimes you can't overlook the things that make up a different player, and I think he's got all those intangibles." Lindsey made up his mind and ran the decision by head coach Gus Malzahn and receivers coach Kodi Burns, who said he was "all in" with the decision to offer Whitlow as a receiver. On signing day, Whitlow surprised many when he revealed his decision to stay close to home and play for Auburn. After spending the last four months working out on his own and preparing for Auburn, he'll arrive on campus next week as one of Lindsey's first signees as offensive coordinator. "He did a lot of things for his high school," Lindsey said. ".... He's a guy that we think can do a lot of different things, and I'm excited to get him on campus."
  12. taking a breather boys but i might start back. i do admit the admins were correct when they said i should add diff stories about the same person in the same thread. as far as being suspect if i go the that dreaded site i grew up on gay street in the summers at my grandparents. my dad played football for auburn one year and my mom her both her sisters attended auburn. it is said my grandfather taught horse back riding for the rotc at auburn but i have nothing but word of mouth and have yet to verify anything. the kicker is i did it for my auburn brethren....... some whom were not very brethren like. but pity party over.
  13. once you have several posts arguing you are just doing it for attention.lying am i? then why subject everyone to it? why not take it to pm, chat, or hell like they joke about on another board go meet in the sonic parking lot. a lot of the same points are being made over and over. just agree to disagree.....
  14. i got discouraged posting. folks did not like to see stories from when many days they were the only ones. i was just rying to help.then i was posting too many articles. then one of the admins suggested i altered each story to make it quick and to the point. that was too much for an old geezer like me. shorten the story. shorten the title. it just became to much and to be honest i am still disappointed.
  15. i remember two things about the game. first is they say terry bowden was so nervous the team had to calm him down. and i do not remember why but i remember bostic grabbing stan whites face mask and appeared to chew his behind for some reason. as my memory is bad i have to hope i am right............will watch the replay later.