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  1. Auburn WR Kyle Davis: Tigers' new-look offense is 'gonna sling it' in 2017 Justin Ferguson Auburn Beat Reporter AUBURN, Ala. — Shortly after Auburn football’s 2016 season ended, wide receiver Kyle Davis was asked about new quarterback Jarrett Stidham‘s arm strength and what that means for the future of the Tigers’ offense. Davis glanced over at quarterbacks Sean White and John Franklin III, who will compete with Stidham for the starting job in 2017, and offered a simple projection. “I think they can sling it down the field, too,” Davis said. “We’re gonna sling it.” Since Davis said that in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome locker room, the Auburn passing attack has been the talk of the offseason on the Plains. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn hired former Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey — who has an Air Raid background and a resume filled with more pass attempts than the Tigers are used to seeing — a couple of weeks after the Sugar Bowl. MORE: What Auburn football fans can expect from a Chip Lindsey offense Lindsey will take over Malzahn’s offense, which will fuse new concepts with fresh blood at the quarterback position in Stidham and a receiver room filled with developing stars heading into their sophomore seasons. “Our freshmen receivers, I think we did very well for ourselves,” Davis said. “We’re proving a lot of people wrong. A lot of people were all projecting us to have like three or four receptions and that we would just block the whole year. We all had more than that.” Davis is the biggest name of those young receivers. He led the Tigers with 20.67 yards per catch last season and will be the only returning wideout who caught multiple touchdowns in 2016. The former 4-star recruit had Auburn’s catch of the year in his second career game and quickly became a household name with his confidence and energy on and off the field. “He’s a confident guy,” White said in October. “A lot of times freshmen, especially true freshmen, they’re just like, ‘Oh, man, this is college football. This is crazy.’ He’s just out there, like, ‘Throw me the ball. I’ll be open.’ And he’s just confident. He knows he can make the play. Then he goes out and does it.” Alongside the likes of Darius Slayton and Eli Stove, Davis provided an instant impact under the guidance of first-year wide receivers coach Kodi Burns. “I learned how to be a receiver,” Davis said. “In high school, I didn’t have a receivers coach like (Burns) that could teach me to do this and that. It helped me develop a lot better into a better athlete. Coach Burns has done a great job at just coaching me up, as well as Coach Malzahn.” MORE: 5 reasons to get excited about Auburn spring football And heading into his sophomore season, Davis already has hit it off with the transfer who is expected to be Auburn’s starting quarterback in 2017. “(Stidham) hasn’t really even talked about football,” Davis said. “It’s been more of a relationship-type thing.” Judging by Davis’ Twitter account, the connection between quarterback and receiver started early in December, when Stidham was still deciding where he wanted to play his college ball. After Stidham landed on the Plains, Davis wanted to make sure they were on the same page. But Davis, of course, isn’t playing any favorites in the upcoming quarterback competition between Stidham, White, Franklin, Woody Barrett and Malik Willis. The Georgia native watched White and Franklin compete with the now-departed Jeremy Johnson last spring, and he’s excited to see similar competition happen again. “It’s going to be fun to watch in the spring, having people react to that competition,” Davis said. “It was fun last spring, even though I didn’t get to do anything (due to injury). It was fun watching it. Who’s going to outdo the other? It’s very entertaining.”
  2. popo is not a slight. it is aubie shorthand. got fam that served in law you guys look for slights when none are there
  3. maybe so but he sure was trying to hurt folks that night. now if it shows where he went to therapy etc to make amends that might change my mind but it would be hard. i have been toasted and pissed but i never threatened anyone nor hurt anyone. i got an about we let the popo he attacked make that decision? too many people go way over the line and expect no blow back from it. tell me something to change my mind. did he rehabilitate? did he do any charity work and that sort of thing?
  4. screw kelly. wanted to spay an ak47 in a packed bar and then attacking the popo and some of you want to give him a pass? not me.........
  5. i read somewhere it was his interest in politics which is fun but really? this is pay news? you guys act like i dislike tubs when in fact i have his autographed pic on a wall in my sports room.
  6. of course it is. well maybe except for the tubs haters. i wish he was doing it like dye tho. it is hard to get excited when you cannot afford to read his comments tho. would you not agree with this? and the big secret is laughable in that it should be a news story and probably will be later.
  7. i understand why some might not want pay info to get out. but for most of us it means if we do not know a sympathetic soul here then we have to leave the board to go to other boards to try and find info. sometimes more than one. so that is time taken away from aufam. it just seems like if someone pays for info it is not theirs to do with as they wish? do they sign or agree to some non disclosure clause? just wanted to post a couple thoughts on this tho mods i am well aware most of you would never agree with me. same with rumors. if it is posted as rumor and put in the right category are we still not concerned about members leaving the board to find out the news or the latest "scoop"? not fussing but just throwing out a differing point of view. shrugs.
  8. Under-the-radar recruit: Auburn Tigers Greg OstendorfESPN Staff Writer After signing four wide receivers a year ago, including three ranked in the ESPN 300, the position wasn’t a priority for Auburn in its 2017 class. The staff addressed other needs like linebacker and only signed two wide receivers, Noah Igbinoghene and JaTarvious Whitlow. Neither was ranked in the ESPN 300. One didn’t have an offer until signing day. And the other has a name that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn doesn’t even know how to pronounce. “I’m just going to start calling him ‘Iggy,’” Malzahn said on signing day. Well, “Iggy” might not be headlining the class like fellow wide receivers Nate Craig-Myers and Kyle Davis did the year before, but he’s also not a name to overlook. The in-state product is likely the fastest player in the class and he might even challenge Javaris Davis as the fastest player on the team. He played running back and wide receiver for his high school team and finished with over 1,700 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. “A dynamic guy,” Malzahn said. “We think he’s got unbelievable upside. He’s extremely fast. Both his parents actually ran track in the Olympics. And he’s a young guy, too, as far as age goes. We really think his upside is really big.” For further proof of Igbinoghene’s speed and athleticism, just watch him at one of his high school track events this spring. He recently won a gold medal in both the triple jump and long jump, and he broke the state record -- held by him from the year before -- in both events. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete also plans to run track while at Auburn. As for football, it’s unclear how Igbinoghene will fit into the wide receiver rotation, but Malzahn always seems to find a spot for guys who are fast and can jump. His guy "Iggy" can do both.
  9. tigerland Auburn sets kickoff time for 2017 A-Day game Tom Green | Auburn officially set the time for its annual A-Day spring game. The program will hold its annual intrasquad scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium on April 8 beginning at 1 p.m, the school announced via Twitter on Monday afternoon. The school revealed the date for A-Day back in July, prior to the start of fall camp, but had not set a kickoff time for the event. Spring practice for Auburn begins Feb. 28. With the A-Day game set for April 8, it will mark the earliest date for the scrimmage during coach Gus Malzahn's tenure. Last year's game was played on April 9. Auburn traditionally charges fans $5 for admission to the game, but additional details have yet to be made available. Auburn also announced the date for its 2017 homecoming game. The Tigers' homecoming game will come on Sept. 16 against Mercer during the third week of the season. It will be Auburn's earliest homecoming game under Malzahn.
  10. tigerland Auburn freshman Malik Willis works out with private quarterback coach Tom Green | Gus Malzahn's restriction on his quarterbacks working with private quarterback coaches in their spare time may be a thing of the past. Last month at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Malzahn -- who has been one of the few SEC coaches to prohibit his quarterbacks from working with private gurus -- said he was going to leave that decision up to new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, to whom Malzahn handed over full control of the offense last month. "I'm going to leave that up to Chip," Malzahn said at the time. "Chip is our offensive coordinator. He's going to have ownership. We are going to have our same run game and run-play action. He's going to add some wrinkles. He's very good with developing quarterbacks. He's very good with the RPOs. There's going to be some nice additions to our offense." Fast forward three weeks, and while Lindsey has not been made available to the media for comment on the status of the restriction, one of Auburn's newest quarterbacks has been spending some time before the start of spring practice working with his own private coach. Freshman early enrollee Malik Willis, a three-star dual-threat prospect out of Georgia, spent part of Sunday working with private quarterback coach Sean McEvoy. Willis returned home to Atlanta for the weekend and spent about 90 minutes working with McEvoy on the campus of Willis' alma mater, Roswell High. RELATED: Lindsey 'excited' to work with, develop Auburn QBs "As much as we can we wanted to continue to get some work in and make sure he's as ready as he needs to be for spring ball here," McEvoy told ".... He's probably going to have an opportunity to get a lot of work done in spring." McEvoy, a private quarterback coach at Premier Quarterback Training, began working with Willis back in August, just prior to the start of Willis' senior season at Roswell. The intent was to help Willis -- who didn't play quarterback until his junior year -- to develop a consistent and mechanically sound throwing motion. The two worked together multiple times each week during the season and up until Willis enrolled at Auburn last month. Sunday marked the first time McEvoy worked out with Willis since he began classes in January. McEvoy posted a short video clip of their workout to Twitter on Monday. "He's really taken some great strides to get to where he is now," McEvoy said. "He certainly wasn't consistent throwing the football before. He had enough natural talent to throw the ball pretty well at times, but like I said, without that consistency he struggled in key moments.... The idea is that if we want to be consistently accurate, we want to make sure the motion is the same every single time, so whether we're throwing a hitch to the right, or a slant to the left, or a curl, or a comeback, or a post or all the deep-ball stuff, the upper-body mechanics are always the same. The idea to us is that we're throwing as much down a straight line as we can. "He bought into that over the season and into winter now as he heads to Auburn, it's just continuing to build and develop all of those pieces." McEvoy, who is also certified through National Football Academies, said he only recently became aware of Malzahn's traditional ban on quarterbacks working with an outside coach, adding that he personally had not had any discussions with Malzahn or Lindsey about continuing to work with Willis in the quarterback's spare time. He did say, however, that Willis had "some conversations with Coach Lindsey" about the matter and that there didn't appear to be a problem as of now. "Obviously to the point that they're comfortable -- I mean, Malik knew that we took video," McEvoy said. "He knew it was going to be out there, so it's nothing we're trying to hide. That's the point, too." In the past, Malzahn's quarterbacks have not been allowed to work with personal quarterback coaches because he wanted his players to remain within the bubble of Auburn's system. Gus Malzahn's quarterback island Auburn faces a quandary at quarterback as it hits the halfway point of the season. Sean White and Jeremy Johnson are competing for the starting job after several weeks of disappointment at the position. Questions abound, and while we may not know the root of the issue, there is one piece of philosophy at quarterback that stands out from the rest of the SEC: Why doesn't Malzahn let his quarterbacks work with gurus and private coaches in the offseason? "Well, it's been that way for a long time," Malzahn said in 2015. "We just really want our guys within our system. You get a lot of different ideas from outsiders that don't fit within your system and sometimes it can be confusing." As a result, former quarterback Nick Marshall wasn't allowed to work with private quarterback guru George Whitfield during his two seasons on the Plains, and rising junior Sean White has not been able to work with his own private quarterback coach, Ken Mastrole. White previously worked with Mastrole from eighth grade through his senior year of high school, and Mastrole indicated last month he'd work with White again if Lindsey and Malzahn lifted the resctriction. "I definitely think if they're open to it, Sean's going to come back and work with me," Mastrole said. "There's no question about that." Last May, quarterback John Franklin III posted a short video on Twitter of him working out in South Florida with former NFL quarterback Michael Vick and private quarterback coach Oliver Boseman, among others. At the time, Malzahn said he didn't have a problem with Franklin's workout because "he's not paying anybody or anything like that," adding that Auburn's coaches encourage players to work on improving while they're back home. To that end, McEvoy said he was not being paid for his work with Willis. "If I in any way can help Malik, and then through that... if Malik is better for whatever they find a way to use him, then I want to be able to do that," McEvoy said. "If they don't want that, then that's totally OK as well. It's certainly about just trying to do whatever's going to be helpful for Malik. I get guys have their own opinion on that. It's definitely a conversation that really between Malik, Coach Lindsey and Coach Malzahn -- he can get whatever direction they want to get on that. "My idea is if it's acceptable to those guys at the program, I'm certainly here and available with Malik to help him as much as I can."
  11. Who is Larry Porter? 10 things to know about Auburn's newest assistant coach Tom Green | Larry Porter is the newest member of Auburn's coaching staff. The former North Carolina running backs coach and special teams coordinator for the last three seasons was hired by Auburn on Saturday, filling the vacancy on the coaching staff left by Scott Fountain, who was relieved of his duties as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator earlier in the week. Porter will serve as tight ends/H-backs coach and recruiting coordinator, the team announced Saturday afternoon, while running backs coach Tim Horton will oversee special teams. Here are other things to know about the newest member of Auburn's coaching staff: -- Porter has been a college coach since 1998, when he got his start with Tennessee-Martin. All but two of his seasons in the college ranks have come as a running backs coach, as he served as Memphis' head coach from 2010-11. He also has stops at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, LSU, Arizona State and Texas. -- Porter was named the 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year in 2009 while at LSU. He earned the same honor from Rivals in 2009 and 2007. Porter to Auburn 'a big deal' in recruiting world named Porter its National Recruiter of the Year twice -- Porter went to Memphis, where he was a running back from 1990-93. He rushed for 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career, ranking seventh in program history in yardage and tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns. -- Like Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, Porter got his coaching career started in the high school ranks. Porter was first hired at Memphis' Wooddale High, where he was the head track and field coach and helped coach running backs and defensive backs for two seasons before being hired at UT-Martin in 1998. -- As a running backs coach, Porter has produced eight 1,000-yard rushers during his career. In 2015, UNC's Elijah Wood rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2008, LSU's Charles Scott rushed for 1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Jacob Hester had 1,103 yards in 2007. In all three seasons at Oklahoma State from 2002-04, the Cowboys finished with a 1,000-yard rusher under Porter: Tatum Bell rushed for 1,096 yards in 2002 and 1,286 in 2003, and Vernard Morency had 1,474 yards in 2004. In 2000 and 2001 at Arkansas State, Jonathan Adams put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons under Porter, rushing for 1,002 yards in 2000 and 1,004 yards in 2001. -- Porter has won one national championship during his coaching career, doing so while an assistant at LSU during the 2007 season. -- In 2015, under Porter's tutelage, North Carolina finished second in the ACC with 224.43 rushing yards per game, a mark that ranked 18th in the nation. The Tar Heels had the nation's most improved rushing attack that season, averaging 1.99 yards per carry more than they did in 2014. -- Several of Porter's former players have moved on to the NFL, including Dontari Poe, Jacob Hester, Joseph Addai, Quinn Johnson, Trindon Holliday, Charles Scott and Tatum Bell. Since 2004, Porter has coached four running backs who have been selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft: Hester (2008), Bell (2004), Morency (2005) and Addai (2006), the latter being a first-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts. -- Porter was making $279,125 annually at North Carolina, according to the USA Today assistant coaches salary database. He was tied for the sixth-highest paid assistant on staff and was making as much as then-defensive coordinator and former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, who stepped down from his position on Thursday. -- Porter is married and has three children. His wife's name is Sharmane, and their three children are Brandon, Omari and Olivia.
  12. What else would you expect Gus Malzahn to say? Kevin Scarbinsky | It's always amazing to see how the most innocent utterance from a college football coach can spark a bonfire of discussion and dissent. It happened again the other day. Gus Malzahn said something positive about the Auburn football program, and some fans and members of the media reached for their smelling salts. What exactly did the head coach say? Did he predict his fifth Auburn team will win the national championship? Did he guarantee the Tigers will win the SEC title and reach the College Football Playoff? Did he say Alabama's going down? No. Of course not. Malzahn said nothing of the sort. Here's what he did say during Auburn's in-house broadcast on National Signing Day, as reported by's Wesley Sinor: "We have quality depth here, really probably quality depth in all three phases, maybe for the first time since I've been here," Malzahn said. "So there won't be the stress on these (new) guys to come in and do it immediately. Now a lot of these guys will help, and a lot of these guys will be in the mix, but just our depth -- our depth's in great shape as far as our program. Add in this group to what we've got, I mean, I think we've got a chance to really do something special in the next three or four years." Malzahn: Auburn's 'got a chance to win a championship' Malzahn signed another top 10 recruiting class last week on National Signing Day Imagine that. A head coach expressed belief in the direction of his program. Stop the presses only when he tells us he's run out of ideas and has no hope. Malzahn also said this: "I'm ready to get back on the field with the guys, and I think our guys are, too. You can just kind of sense that excitement when you've got a chance to win a championship; you kind of sense that excitement from a coach's standpoint and a player's standpoint. We're ready to get out there." That would be a bold prediction if those words actually were bold or a prediction. Yet the word "championship" coming out of Malzahn's mouth in any context after three seasons without one certainly rubbed some people the wrong way. You win two SEC titles and a national championship in four years while playing for another big ring in that span, as Auburn did from 2010-13, and you create an expectation of more to come. So the distaste for public displays of optimism from the head coach is understandable in a way. 10 things to know about new Auburn assistant Larry Porter Auburn hired former UNC running backs coach and special teams coordinator Larry Porter as an assistant coach on Saturday. You can argue the less Malzahn says between now and the Sept. 2 opener against Georgia Southern, the better. After seasons of 8-5, 7-6 and 8-5, the fan base wants to see significant and immediate bottom-line improvement, which is a totally reasonable expectation. Malzahn's not exactly a chatterbox, but they want him to talk less and win more. Just the same, what would you expect to hear from the head coach's appearance on an in-house broadcast on National Signing Day? Gloom, despair and agony? What Malzahn said Feb. 1 matters little compared to what he, his staff and their players do on the field when spring practice starts Feb. 28. He could take a crash course in poor-mouthing from Pat Dye, play up the schedule and play down his team's chance to handle it, and it won't lower the bar for the 2017 season one inch. Auburn fans know the Tigers just landed their fifth straight top-10 recruiting class under Malzahn, finishing No. 9 in the 247Sports composite rankings. They also know three SEC teams finished with better classes - No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 7 LSU - and Auburn has to play all three as usual. That means three of the most important teams on the schedule probably aren't getting any weaker. How Auburn recruits panned out in 5 years under Malzahn When Auburn has gone outside its traditional recruiting footprint in the four-plus year tenure of coach Gus Malzahn, there have been nearly as many examples of great success as there are dramatic disappointments. Is Auburn stronger with a staff now complete after the hiring of the veteran Larry Porter? Is Jarrett Stidham the answer that's been missing at quarterback? Can Kevin Steele overcome some significant losses to produce another national top-seven scoring defense? Malzahn can't answer those questions. Only his football team can. He can't satisfy anyone with anything he says during the off-season, but consider this: If he doesn't believe in the Tigers, who will?
  13. thanks for the time you put in to keep some of us informed!
  14. i will always have big love for coach chiz........
  15. i am willing to bet he knows saying something like this just put more heat on him. so i believe him knowing that and saying that he might have great reasons to think that/