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  1. Looking Ahead: Who replaces Tre’ Williams at linebacker in 2018? | Football Josh Vitale | AU Writer Follow on Twitter Like on Facebook 6-8 minutes Auburn linebacker Richard McBryde (51) looks on during practice on March 21, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. Shanna Lockwood/For the OA News Auburn lost at least one key contributor at every level of its defense following the 2017 season — Jeff Holland on the defensive line, Tre’ Williams at linebacker, Carlton Davis at corner, and Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts at safety. The position where the Tigers are perhaps best suited to make up for what they lost is linebacker, where they return leading tackler Deshaun Davis as well as Darrell Williams and Montavious Atkinson. But position coach Travis Williams has gone into each of the past two seasons with four players he felt were capable of starting, and to do that again in 2018, he’ll need one of he team’s younger linebackers to step in and fill Tre’ Williams shoes. They’re big shoes to fill: Despite missing three full games and significant portions of multiple others with a shoulder stinger that affected him from Week 2 through the end of the season, the senior finished the year ranked fifth on the team with 50 tackles to go along with 2 ½ sacks. “I think the example and the leadership he has set, minus the injury, is huge,” defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said prior to the Peach Bowl. “But the work ethic and the resolve to go practice when he was not at his best, and practice at a high level with a great focus, has been a huge, huge example to young guys.” Veterans Davis, Darrell Williams and Atkinson should be able fill the leadership role Tre’ Williams vacated in 2018. They already took on some of those responsibilities in 2017. They produced on the field, too: Davis had 23 more tackles (82) than anyone on Auburn’s defense to go along with 3 ½ sacks, Williams recorded 57 tackles and five quarterback hurries, and Atkinson finished with 43 stops. Auburn does have some talent coming up behind that group, though. The most experienced of those players is rising junior Richard McBryde, a former four-star recruit out of Troy who served as the team’s de facto fifth linebacker this season and recorded 13 tackles and two tackles for loss. Rising sophomores Chandler Wooten and K.J. Britt could also be ready for bigger roles after getting some experience playing as reserves as true freshmen this past season. Davis compared Wooten, a former three-star recruit who recorded eight tackles in eight games, to Darrell Williams for his ability to play in space but also fill gaps against the run. Britt, a former four-star recruit who played in all 14 games and recorded four tackles, earned the nickname “Downhill Britt” from his teammates. “He don’t make a false step going downhill,” Davis said. “He sees the ball, and he’s gone.” Both were forces in their senior seasons at North Cobb (Ga.) High and Oxford (Ala.) High, each totaling 124 tackles and 15 or more tackles for loss. The Tigers also signed 2018 four-star linebackers Zakoby McClain and Michael Harris in December, as well as versatile three-star defender Josh Marsh, who could play either outside linebacker or safety. So while they might not have an obvious choice to step up in the absence of Tre’ Williams, they should have no shortage of potential options. “We have really good linebackers. Coach T-Will, the job he has done his first year of coaching and his second year of coaching, has been amazing,” Williams said. “I already know those guys are going to step up and take care of business next year.” Josh Vitale is the Auburn beat writer for the Opelika-Auburn News. You can follow him on Twitter at @AUBlog. To reach him by email, click here.
  2. Malzahn's new contract

    Clearing up a few details on Gus Malzahn's new contract Brandon Marcello 2-3 minutes (Photo: Inside The Auburn Tigers, Scout.com) AUBURN, Alabama — Gus Malzahn's new contract has not been signed, but the particulars are becoming clear more than one month after agreeing to stay at Auburn. The seven-year, $49 million deal is still being hammered out between Auburn and Malzahn’s representation, Auburn University president Steven Leath said Friday. The primary question concerning Malzahn’s new massive deal is the guaranteed money. Rumors swirled in December the contract was 100 percent guaranteed, meaning Malzahn would be owed the entirety of his contract if he were to be fired. “I don’t remember the percentage but it’s above 50, but well under 100,” Leath said. Malzahn agreed to basic framework of the new deal the day after Auburn’s 28-7 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Arkansas was courting Malzahn for its opening at the time, but Malzahn decided to stay on the Plains. He enters his sixth season as Auburn’s head coach in the fall. “We’re still working through the final details,” Leath said. “I’m a trust guy. Gus and I are functioning well together. We know the basic tenants, we’ve drawn things up, sent to his attorney, so we’ll get that cleaned up pretty soon. You know the basic part of the deal: seven-year deal, $49 million and all the other nuances will be in there. We’ll get that done and I’m sure people will request it.” Until Friday, Auburn had not responded to requests for information concerning the details of Malzahn’s contract. Leath did not confirm whether the promise for a new football-only facility will be included in the contract, but he said there have been discussions. Details concerning new contracts for Malzahn's assistant coaches have also not been released.
  3. JB Grimes Returns to Auburn

    some folks come on here and spew so much hate, anger, and often ignorance i often wonder if some of these guys like themselves. i understand constructive criticism but some of the negative talk on here amazes me.if pulling for auburn made me as unhappy as some folks on here i believe i would find another team to pull for. if anything it might help folks live longer ridding themselves of all that negative energy.
  4. i think this could be a great hire but i think people are missing the point to an extent.any new hire is never guaranteed to work out. sometimes things just do not work out. my worry is if our new AD somehow does not work out i just hope we do not wait a decade or two to make a change if it is needed. that being said i like the hire and i hope it works out great for all of us.
  5. Herb Hand to Texas

    i am not taking up for or dissin anyone. i just read where coach hand had to change the scheme he likes the o line to run. heck it could be coach hand wanted more input in the o scheme thus the move to tejas since coach lindsey was hired. my pardons i was actually asking if that could be the reason for him leaving and i just did not state that right. sorry for any confusion........
  6. Auburn Football Grading Auburn's offensive line for the 2017 season Updated 6:02 AM; Posted 6:00 AM Auburn offensive lineman Darius James (78), offensive lineman Casey Dunn (50), quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) and offensive lineman Austin Golson (73) line up against Mississippi State during the first half Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)(Julie Bennett) 3 shares By Tom Green tgreen@al.com With Auburn's season in the rearview mirror, AL.com is taking a look at how the Tigers performed at each position during the 2017-18 season. The fifth part of this 10-part series takes a look at Auburn's offensive line. Offensive line Grade: B- Overview: It was an up-and-down season for Auburn's offensive line, which saw a strong midseason stretch bookended by poor performances. The Tigers entered the season expecting the offensive line to be the strength of the offense, but it took nearly a quarter of the season for the line to settle in with its best five-man lineup, and the team wound up starting seven different lineups in 14 games. Austin Golson proved valuable as a versatile piece who started four of five positions up front and played all five spots, while grad transfer Casey Dunn helped solidify the line by taking over at center, Braden Smith continued to be a fixture at right guard and Marquel Harrell emerged as a surprise late in the season. The offensive line was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, which is given annually to the nation's top unit up front, but a stellar middle of the season was marred by an 11-sack performance against Clemson in Week 2 and a six-sack effort in the Peach Bowl to close the season. In all, the unit ranked 114th nationally in sacks allowed with 36, but nearly half of those came in two games. The line also helped pave the way for a top-26 rushing offense and generally gave Jarrett Stidham time to work in the pocket as Auburn surged during the second half of the season. Top performer: While Golson's versatility was key to Auburn's offensive line staying afloat as it dealt with injuries and toyed with lineups, it's hard to overlook what Smith did as a third-year starter at right guard. The 6-foot-6, 303-pounder was the Tigers' most dominant offensive lineman, and he entered the Peach Bowl with a pass-blocking efficiency of 99.0, according to Pro Football Focus, which was eighth nationally among draft-eligible guards. As positions shifted around him, Smith was the lone constant on Auburn's offensive line, starting all 14 games this season while earning All-America honors. Biggest surprise: Harrell. The redshirt sophomore didn't start the season among Auburn's top-five offensive linemen, but he certainly ended it as one. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder -- who appeared in just four games as a reserve last season -- made his first career start on the road against Arkansas in Week 8 and then started the final four games of the season at left guard. High point: Arkansas. In a 52-20 road win against the Razorbacks, the Tigers' offensive line dominated despite being down two of its usual starters. The unit did not allow a sack for the first time all season, keeping Jarrett Stidham clean in the pocket as he completed 19-of-28 passes for 218 yards. The line also paved the way for Auburn's best rushing performance of the season, as the team accumulated 345 yards on the ground while averaging a season-high 7.34 yards per carry and five touchdowns. Low point: The Week 2 loss to Clemson. In what was the worst offensive output of Gus Malzahn's coaching career, Auburn's offensive line was historically bad against Clemson's defense, which registered 11 sacks and limited Auburn to a season-worst 38 rushing yards on 42 attempts. Who's returning: Auburn loses five seniors up front, including four starters, but returns key pieces in guards Harrell and Mike Horton, as well as tackle Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. The Tigers also bring back Kaleb Kim, Bailey Sharp, Tyler Carr, Prince Michael Sammons and redshirting freshmen Austin Troxell, Nick Brahms, Calvin Ashley and Brodarious Hamm. How will Auburn replace 4 OL starters in 2018? No Auburn position group is impacted more by turnover this offseason than the offensive line. Who Auburn adds in 2018: Auburn signed two offensive linemen during the early signing period in four-star guard Jalil Irvin, who could also play center, and three-star tackle Kameron Stutts, who could also project as a guard at the college level. The Tigers would like to add a couple more linemen by National Signing Day. NOTE.good grief i have been having the devil to pay to simply copy and paste articles from that birmingham site. seems some of the content seems shady so my puter was blocking things. i guess some of y'all were right eh? lol i still want my auburn brothers and sisters to be able to read ALL articles when i have time and ind them.
  7. Herb Hand to Texas

    did coach hand not have to change the blocking scheme that chip wanted? i wonder if he was not happy with that and wanted to stick with what he felt the most comfortable with? but people should give gus props for making a change at coaching he really hated to make? someone certainly pulled the trigger for a change and i believe maybe gus is trying to build the best staff he can get? i think this is a great sign gus is evolving but i am just guessing here.
  8. Grading Auburn's defensive line for the 2017 season Updated Jan 10, 1:02 PM; Posted Jan 10, 1:00 PM By Tom Green tgreen@al.com With Auburn's season in the rearview mirror, AL.com is taking a look at how the Tigers performed at each position during the 2017-18 season. The sixth part of this 10-part series takes a look at Auburn's defensive line. Offensive line Grade: A+ Overview: Auburn's defense had its best season since 2008, and that was in large part due to the play of the defensive line. As second-year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said throughout the season, all of the Tigers' defensive success starts and ends with the guys up front. The unit helped Auburn finish the year ranked 35th against the run, allowing just 137 yards per game, and also kept pressure on opposing quarterbacks by finishing 25th nationally with 37 sacks. That success was thanks to a deep defensive line rotation that included starters Jeff Holland, Dontavius Russell, Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson, as well as key backups Nick Coe, T.D. Moultry, Andrew Williams, Markaviest Bryant, Tyrone Truesdell and Paul James III. Top performer: Holland. "Sensei Mud," as he became known in 2017, emerged as one of the top pass-rushers in the SEC after spending the previous two years learning behind Carl Lawson. Holland was a menace in the backfield this season, finishing with 45 total tackles, including 13 for a loss and 10 sacks. The latter two led the team, as did his 22 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles. The 6-foot-2, 249-pound Buck led the SEC in quarterback pressures this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Biggest surprise: Coe. After redshirting in 2016, Coe was primed to step up in 2017 after plenty of chatter about his progress -- which began during Sugar Bowl practices at the end of 2016 and continued through the summer, with defensive line coach Rodney Garner talking him up in July. Still, few expected the kind of impact Coe had on the defensive line this season as he earned Freshman All-SEC honors. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder appeared in all 14 games, with one start against Mercer, but was a de facto fifth starter along the line for the Tigers. He finished the year with 29 total tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and two sacks, and he added six hurries and a pass breakup. Coe was crucial to Auburn's third-down success while playing in the team's Rabbits pass-rushing package in those situations, and perhaps most impressive was that teams had just a 6.9 percent success rate on plays that he made a tackle. RELATED: Coe "just touching on the surface of his potential" High point: The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. In knocking off the nation's No. 1 team, which entered the Nov. 11 meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium undefeated, Auburn's defensive line dominated throughout the game. The unit accounted for three of Auburn's four sacks of Georgia's Jake Fromm and five of its six hurries. Most notably, though, was how the group controlled the line of scrimmage and suffocated the Bulldogs' run game, limiting them to 46 yards on 32 attempts -- with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel limited to a combined 48 yards on 20 carries. Low point: The SEC Championship Game. After two wins over No. 1 teams in a three-week span, Auburn then had to bounce back the following week with a rematch against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. Round 2 went to the Bulldogs, whose offensive line won the battle up front despite the Tigers getting two early sacks against Fromm. Auburn struggled to control the line of scrimmage, which allowed Chubb, Michel and D'Andre Swift to run free to the tune of 238 yards -- the most Auburn allowed all season -- and gave Fromm time to work as he completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 183 yards and a pair of scores. Who's returning: Auburn will only lose Holland, who declared early for the NFL Draft, meaning the Tigers will return the rest of their deep rotation in 2018: Russell, Brown, Davidson, Coe, Moultry, Williams, James, Truesdell and Bryant, as well as redshirting freshmen Alec Jackson and Tashawn Manning. Who Auburn adds in 2018: Auburn signed two defensive linemen during December's early signing period -- four-star defensive end Kayode Oladele and four-star JUCO tackle Daquan Newkirk. The Tigers also hold commitments from four-star edge-rusher Richard Jibunor and four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller.
  9. Lashlee headed to SMU

    Former Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee headed to SMU by Brandon Marcello 1-2 minutes Former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is on the move again. Lashlee is headed to SMU after one season at UConn, where he improved one of the nation's worst offenses (14.8 points per game) in 2016 to averaging 23.6 points in 2017. Lashlee will serve as Sonny Dykes' offensive coordinator at SMU. Lashlee was Auburn's offensive coordinator under Gus Malzahn from 2013 through 2016. Lashlee, who played quarterback for Malzahn in high school, was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2013. He left Auburn following the Allstate Sugar Bowl in January 2017 to join UConn as OC. Lashlee's hiring at SMU was first reported by 247Sports. Auburn's offense broke school and SEC records in 2013 and 2014 while the SEC champions in 2013 became the first team in conference history to lead the nation in rushing (328.3 yards per game). Lashlee served as Malzahn's coordinator at Arkansas State in 2012 and was also the play caller at Samford in 2011.
  10. Football policy changes

    College football coaches 'unanimously' want redshirts able to play 4 games, address other policies Updated Jan 10, 2:30 PM; Posted Jan 10, 2:33 PM Louisiana Monroe coach Todd Berry, right, talks with quarterback Kolton Browning (15) during an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) 16 shares By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com For the second straight year, the American Football Coaches Association left its annual convention with full-throated support of legislation to allow players who are redshirting to appear in up to four games. The ACC has proposed such legislation, which has been discussed for years, that would go into effect next year. "This is all about the student-athlete and if anybody cares about the student-athlete this is the first thing that should be passed," AFCA executive director Todd Berry said Wednesday. "... Very rarely will you find any coaching group or probably any part of society that is unanimous across every level. This week, just like last year, we went across every level and every level voted for this because they recognize the impact that they're having on these kids' lives. They just don't want to be put in that situation (of playing an athlete in one game and burning their redshirt late in a season) or put the kid in that situation. This needs to pass and needs to pass right now." ADVERTISING Berry, formerly the coach at ULM, stressed there was absolutely no dissent at any level of the college coaching ranks to the change. "We've taken a stance, two years in a row, where it's been unanimous," he said. "That just doesn't happen, ever." Berry said he's not heard a valid argument against the proposal, whic will be among the legislation reviewed by the NCAA Football Oversight Committee at the annual NCAA convention next week in Indianapolis. "Until this thing was brought up last year, I don't know that anybody looked at this as a thought process and said, 'You know what you're right, we're not playing 10 games anymore,'" Berry said. "We're asking these kids to play 15. We want to keep them safe. "The only argument that I've heard is that the other sports are going to want to do the same thing. Well if it's right, then it's right. If it's right for the student-athlete, what's wrong with the other sports doing the same thing? ... This is the time. It's antiquated, it's archaic and things change. We're not asking for a fifth year, we're not trying to impact how people view college, we're trying to protect this young kid that it looked like he was going to not play and then he got thrown out there." The AFCA addressed a series of other issues, including staff size, players being able to transfer within the FBS without sitting out a year and various aspects of spring recruiting. Support staff size has been a topic of conversation for several years across the FBS and Berry said the coaches want "fairness" and refined definitions of "vagueness" in regulations as to what is and is not permissible for support staffers to do in terms of recruiting. "When it comes to the support staff sizing, the things that were most importance to us were that there is fairness in practice, that there's fairness on game day and then there's fairness in recruiting. Really in that order," Berry said. "Outside of that, if someone wants to have specialized individuals that are doing specialized things with the coaches, quite honestly that's just fine with us. We're OK with that." While Berry said the right number of support staffers is "up to debate," there is a proposed concept of having FBS programs limited to 30 people who can participate in on-campus recruiting and written electronic correspondence. As for transfers, Berry said there are "major concerns" about the possibility of players being able to change FBS schools without having to sit out. In October, the NCAA announced proposed legislation to permit athletes who meet a certain academic threshold to have immediate eligibility would not be considered for 2017-18. There is a proposal to eliminate a coaches' ability to restrict aid to athletes transferring to other schools. "Our coaches really like the current roles," Berry said. "They think if a young person is unhappy to the point that they want to leave and make sure they can go play they can always move down to another level, move from FBS to FCS, still play a high quality of ball. ... Understanding that the school that you're going to, that should be important to you, this is not just about football, this about the university. "That's important to our coaches, we've talked about that from a student-athlete standpoint. We've also looked at some of these places where they have open transfers: state of Florida, state of Georgia, where they can go from high school to high school to high school and what has happened in those states. There's some pretty good - and I think we need to learn from some of those things." The NCAA Transfer Working Group was formed to review and address various aspects of transfer rules, which have come under greater scrutiny as coaches and administrators, who are free to change schools as they please, continue to earn increasing compensation and attempt to place greater restrictions on players wishing to leave. "You'd like to think the student-athlete is coming to that university because he loves the university ad he wants to get an education form there," Berry said. "Coaches and athletic directors and all the other people, librarians, they come not because they necessarily love the university, because they're paying them; it's my job. I think that you run into some of that. The other thing is when coaches leave, they don't get to leave for free. I leave and I go to XYZ school, then generally I owe X million dollars back to the university that I just left." Berry said "most" of the FBS coaches still support the early signing period because it brought "more clarity and transparency," but the "majority" are against spring official visits, which was another part of last year's massive recruiting legislation package. "They think it's too early, that it's too long," Berry said. "A young person could conceivably take five official visits thinking this is wonderful, but understand that these are business decisions by everybody and those five visits, just because you have a visit doesn't mean that necessarily you have a scholarship. We have concerns quite honestly for student-athletes that they could take five visits because of the duration of that, and then not end up with a scholarship and then come next December look around and say 'I've already burned all my visits and I don't have a scholarship.'" The AFCA also supports a change to allow preseason squad sizes to increase to 110 from 105 and was against a proposal to eliminate restrictions on recruiting correspondence. James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea.
  11. Keith Jackson Died This Morning at Age of 89

    loved me some keith!
  12. rick and bubba show

    sorry for the off topic but these guys just stated on their show that dogs left outside will not freeze to death which is absolutely not true. i won three rescue dogs and know tons of rescue people and i have seen pics that will haunt me with my dying breath. if they are not corrected people will leave their dogs out and many will die when it gets cold enough. will anyone email them and tell these guys they are condemning some dogs to death for saying that? thanks from the bottom of my heart.....
  13. Gus Malzahn wants 8-team playoff, believes only AU could beat Alabama, clarifies SEC Network comment Updated Jan 10, 5:33 PM; Posted Jan 10, 5:35 PM 100 Gallery: Auburn in the Iron Bowl 2017 43 shares By Tom Green tgreen@al.com Gus Malzahn is in favor of expanding the College Football Playoff field. Making an appearance on The Triple Threat radio show in Houston on Wednesday, the fifth-year Auburn coach said he would like to see the playoff expanded from four teams to eight teams and believes that's the direction the system is heading, though there would have to be uniformity in scheduling across the nation. "I would love for there to be eight teams," Malzahn said. "I'm an old high school football coach -- quarterfinals, semifinals..." Malzahn believes that if the field were to expand from four to eight teams, it would require eliminating FCS teams from the schedule and require every conference play a nine-game schedule. The SEC currently plays an eight-game schedule, and Malzahn -- and several SEC coaches -- has previously been against expanding the conference slate to nine games, which was a topic of discussion at SEC spring meetings in 2013. "I think (eight teams is) where it's going," Malzahn said. "We'll see what happens, but I'd personally like to see it." Had the field been eight teams this year, Auburn would have likely been in the playoff as the No. 7 team in the final CFP rankings, which would have pit the Tigers against No. 2 Oklahoma in a potential quarterfinal. As it was, Auburn missed out on the playoff after dropping the SEC Championship Game to Georgia, which left Auburn with a berth in the Peach Bowl against undefeated UCF, a Group of Five program. Auburn lost its bowl game and finished the season No. 10 in the AP poll, while rivals Georgia and Alabama -- both of which lost to Auburn in the regular season -- played for the national championship on Monday night. Malzahn said it "was pretty tough to watch" the game, which Alabama won 26-23 in overtime, knowing that his team handed both programs their lone loss of the season entering the final. While seeing his team's two biggest rivals play on the game's biggest stage was a hard pill to swallow, Malzahn said he did take solace in knowing the Tigers were the only team to beat the Bulldogs and Tide. "We felt all along this year that we were the only team that could beat Alabama, and of course it ended up being that way," Malzahn said. "We got a lot of guys coming back, and I know they're very hungry. Any time you've been close and you have a lot of guys coming back, it really helps you. I know we're going to be a hungry team. Now, you got to earn it in in our league. The SEC West is a monster. Every week you got to bring your lunch, but I really like where we're at." Malzahn expresses displeasure with SEC Network to AFCA Gus Malzahn is not a fan of the SEC Network. Malzahn also touched on other topics during the segment in Houston, including voicing his opinion on the early signing period (he's not a fan and liked how things were but accepts that this is the new normal) and clarifying the remarks he made on Tuesday at the AFCA convention in Charlotte about the SEC Network. During his roughly 30-minute speech at the annual convention, Malzahn expressed his displeasure with the network, which he said is now all about "trying to get the coach fired about every other day." Malzahn backpedaled those comments when asked about them Wednesday, saying they were meant to be tongue-in-cheek. "Really, I was having fun with that comment," Malzahn said. "I'm a big fan of the SEC Network. Now, did they say I was going to get fired? They probably did, but I was really having more fun with that." Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
  14. Mods - Sub-forum request

    it is not a problem barnacle. like i said you were nice about your request and it might surprise you to know you are one of my favorite posters on here. i was more confused than upest. but if i was running this site [ god help us } i would want aufam to be the one stop shop for ALL auburn news and discussion. it might not matter but i would think getting folks here and keeping them here versus searching other sites would be key. but i do want to be a team player. and i certainly would not want to hurt anyones experience on here.
  15. Mods - Sub-forum request

    once again someone asked me this morning on a post about woodson. tho the titles were close in nature there was a ton of info in the article i posted that was not in the first one because i went back and looked. the only i might could have done better was add it to the fist post. shrugs. not mad with you barnacle but i am 62 and confused easily when it comes to puter stuff so i think the safe thing is to quit posting until i figure it out if i can get a friend to show me or just wuit and not run any posters off by screwing up.
  16. Mods - Sub-forum request

    not one single person has told me exactly what i am doing wrong unless it is my typing skills and i have had that pointed out as well.. if someone was to suggest in a way i could understand on how to correct thing it might have gone down a little easier. right now my best is not good enough its all i got until i know a better way. i thought maybe i was messing up folks on phones somehow. anyway until something changes i am done because i am screwing the pooch somewhere because four or five people have complained over the past season. and many have not been very nice about it. at least you attempted to be nice barnacle and i thank you for that.
  17. Mods - Sub-forum request

    the only article i know was double posted was the woodson as coach and if anyone bothered to check there was a lot of stuff on my article that was not in the orrginal post. like the money ball thing and others. but hey if i am messing the board up i will quit. too many people bitch about my posting tho many that do never post any articles they just discuss things. but yes with enough people saying something every couple of weeks i think it might be piling on. certainly no other name was mentioned other than mine. no more articles from aubie. and for the record i was just trying to make the board better and allow folks who refuse to go to certain sites to read what is being said. anyway not mad but disappointed. i spend a ton of time posting stuff which i do not get paid for. it is what it is. no hard feelings with anyone.........no hard feeling to anyone. i will just let other sites that take me from aufamily it is what it is.
  18. Auburn Football Grading Auburn's H-backs/tight ends for the 2017 season Updated Jan 9, 1:02 PM; Posted Jan 9, 1:00 PM Auburn fullback Chandler Cox (27) blocks Alabama defensive back Levi Wallace (39) for Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) during the first half of the Iron Bowl Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) By Tom Green tgreen@al.com With Auburn's season in the rearview mirror, AL.com is taking a look at how the Tigers performed at each position during the 2017-18 season. The fourth part of this 10-part series takes a look at Auburn's H-backs and tight ends. H-backs/tight ends Grade: C+ Overview: After limited tight end usage in recent seasons, Auburn reincorporated the position into the offense under first-year coordinator Chip Lindsey while still relying on the H-back position to serve as a lead blocker in the run game. Although the Tigers saw an uptick in tight end sets, it did not translate to an increase in production from the position, as Auburn's tight ends and H-backs combined for 12 receptions for 114 yards, with eight of those catches and 78 of those yards coming from H-back Chandler Cox. Sal Cannella finished the year with three catches for 21 yards, while Jalen Harris had one 5-yard reception. For as little as the positions were used as actual weapons within Auburn's scheme, there was a noticeable improvement in terms of blocking, particularly from Cox, Harris and converted tight end Tucker Brown, who often got reps near the goal line. Chandler Cox doing 'dirty work' for Auburn's run game Chandler Cox has proven himself to be a reliable lead blocker for Kerryon Johnson this season. Top performer: Chandler Cox. Hailed as somewhat of an unsung hero on Auburn's offense, Cox took strides as a lead-blocker this season and came through with key blocks on several of Kerryon Johnson's big runs this season. His development as a blocker has caused Gus Malzahn to draw comparisons to former H-back Jay Prosch, who is now with the Houston Texans. Biggest surprise: Sal Cannella. When Auburn signed Cannella during the JUCO signing period at the end of last season, it was seen as a step forward in the process of the Tigers getting the tight end more involved in the passing game due to his receiver-like skillset and ability to be a "matchup nightmare" in the red zone. That never materialized, as Cannella appeared in just 10 of Auburn's 14 games and caught three passes for 21 yards while being targeted just eight times -- giving him the lowest catch rate (37.5 percent) on the team. High point: Cox's performance in Auburn's win vs. Georgia. Cox's ability as a lead blocker was key during Auburn's 40-17 win against then-No. 1 Georgia on Nov. 11. Cox helped pave the way for Johnson's 167-yard rushing effort, and he added what was, at the time, a career-long 17-yard reception. Low point: The Week 2 loss to Clemson. Early in the season, it was expected Auburn would target its tight ends and H-backs more in the passing game, but the group was not targeted once in the 14-6 loss to Clemson. It was certainly a low point for Cox, who had one questionable carry on third-and-goal from the 1 in the first quarter but was dropped at the line of scrimmage, causing Auburn to settle for a field goal. The junior also struggled at times in pass protection during a game that Auburn allowed 11 sacks, and on the team's opening drive he got in the way of Kamryn Pettway, who stumbled after a short gain that could have netted more yards. Who's returning: Cox, Harris, Cannella, Brown and John Samuel Shenker, who redshirted this season, are set to return in 2018. Who Auburn adds in 2018: Auburn has yet to receive a commitment from an H-back or tight end for the 2018 class, though the Tigers hope by National Signing Day to add a combo-type player who can play both positions.
  19. What Marcus Woodson will stress to Auburn's defensive backs Updated Jan 10, 11:30 AM; Posted Jan 10, 11:32 AM Marcus Woodson was hired as Auburn's 10th assistant football coach last week. He spoke at the AFCA convention in Charlotte on Sunday. (James Crepea/jcrepea@al.com) By James Crepea jcrepea@al.com Marcus Woodson opens the year with a message to freshmen defensive backs: The ball is money. "If I slapped $100 bill on the wall and I say the first guy to get to that ball gets a $100 bill, how hard would you play?," Auburn's newest assistant coach said during a workshop session at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte. "They all say, 'I'm going to get that ball.' It's money, treat it like that. The more you get the ball back, the more money you make as a football player." Hired as Auburn's 10th assistant football coach last week, Woodson shared insight about the core techniques he teaches entering his 14th season coaching defensive backs. The three areas Woodson said he stresses and works on every day in practice, regardless of whether it's in helmets only, shells or full pads, are block destruction, tackling and playing hard. "In everything we do, every drill that we do, you've got to finish in a dominant position," Woodson said while showing clips of his players at Fresno State and Memphis perform drills and in games. "You've got to let (players) know how you want them to finish." Woodson said it's still to be determined whether he'll coach corners or safeties at Auburn, where Greg Brown coached the entire secondary this season. "Coach Steele and coach Malzahn, those guys have been successful way before I got there," Woodson said. "For me, I'm not coming in and reinventing any kind of wheel. I'm just trying to do my part to the best of my ability to take that next step as a program. ... For 13 of my years I had the entire secondary for nine (and) four of those 13 I either had the safeties or the corners. Even if coach Steele came and said, 'I want you to coach the outside backers,' I'm going to find a way to critique my craft and perfect it and get better to make those guys better. "Either way, coach Brown has been coaching football as long as I've been living. To get a chance to work with him and learn from him is going to be something I'm looking forward to." Woodson showed mostly highlights of the play of his cornerbacks both against the run and pass to a packed room of coaches. He teaches corners to backpedal as opposed to shuffle. "I believe the more that I can stay square on the receiver to maintain my cushion and drive top-down on the route, the more successful we're going to be," Woodson said. Auburn's defensive backs will likely spend a lot of time tackling large rolling donuts, which Woodson prefers to stationary dummies. Woodson said the relationships between the coaching staffs at Auburn and Memphis, specifically between Mike Norvell and Gus Malzahn as being helpful in him ending up on the Plains. He also cited the satellite camp at Memphis last summer, which Auburn coaches attended, as being critical to showing Steele and Brown his ability to coach. "That specifically was when coach Steele and coach Brown were able to watch me work a little bit," Woodson said. "We had 1,000 DBs at that one camp and having to manage that many kids and organize the drills, they got a chance to see me work on the grass." Norvell said Woodson will bring a "tremendous work ethic" to Auburn. "He's a great person (and) teacher," Norvell said. "Obviously, he's deep-rooted in his ties in this region and did an exceptional job for us at Memphis. You hate to see anybody go, but the opportunity that's presented itself there at Auburn. I know the people that are there, I know the leadership. I'm excited for Marcus and his family and also what he's going to bring to Auburn football." James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea.
  20. Jarrett Stidham on returning in 2018: Auburn 'on the ledge of making that next step as a program' Updated Jan 10, 6:21 PM; Posted Jan 10, 6:25 PM By Tom Green tgreen@al.com Jarrett Stidham treated his decision to return to Auburn the same way he treated his decision to leave Baylor after the 2015 season. The Auburn quarterback, who announced last week he would return to school in 2018 instead of declare early for the NFL Draft, discussed his decision-making process on Wednesday during an interview on ESPN radio's "You Make the Call" in Waco, Texas. "I had to put the pros and cons like I did with transferring from Baylor," Stidham said. "I looked at the pros and cons of both, and honestly, I felt like our team this year, we were really close to where we wanted to be. I mean, we were one game away from playing Oklahoma in the playoff, and so on and so forth. It is what it is, but I feel like the team was right there on the ledge of making that next step as a program." In his first year as Auburn's quarterback, Stidham guided the Tigers to a 10-4 record, an SEC West division title, New Year's Six bowl game and a top-10 ranking to close the season. Auburn beat rivals Georgia and Alabama at home during the regular season after both teams came to Jordan-Hare Stadium undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but the Tigers lost a rematch with the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game with a CFP berth on the line and then lost to undefeated UCF in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. Last week, following a three-day hunting trip in the "middle of nowhere" north of the Mexican border, Stidham cited "unfinished business" as the main reason he wanted to return for at least one more season instead of turning pro. "I still want to give this team everything I have, give the coaches everything I have," Stidham said. "I can improve as a player and try to finish some business, really. It's just, in the SEC it's a really tough league, and like I said, I thought we were really, really close this year. Sure enough, I decided to come back, and we're going to obviously get back to work and see what we can do." Grading Auburn's quarterbacks for the 2017 season The first in a 10-part series grading Auburn's performance by position during the 2017-18 season. Stidham, who won the starting job during fall camp, completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,158 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions while adding another four touchdowns rushing. He finished tied for sixth nationally in completion percentage and was 19th among all qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating (150.99). The redshirt sophomore also became just the second quarterback in Auburn history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season, joining Dameyune Craig in that club. Following the Tigers' Peach Bowl loss to UCF, Stidham said there was a lot he could improve on during the offseason. He struggled with turnovers late in the year, losing a fumble in each of Auburn's final four games and committing three turnovers in the Peach Bowl. "First of all, we're blessed to have him," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said during a radio appearance in Houston on Wednesday. "He was an inexperienced guy; there was a lot of expectations early. He grew, he got better and better. Played his best football, probably against Georgia and Alabama when we had them at home. I think he's in a great spot. He's a hard-worker. "He wants to protect the football better; there's a lot of different things he thinks he can improve on. That's exciting. He's the leader of our team, and I think we're in good hands with his leadership." Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
  21. Auburn Football Grading Auburn's linebackers for the 2017 season Updated 6:03 AM; Posted 6:00 AM 64 Gallery: Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis 5 shares By Tom Green tgreen@al.com With Auburn's season in the rearview mirror, AL.com is taking a look at how the Tigers performed at each position during the 2017-18 season. The seventh part of this 10-part series takes a look at Auburn's linebackers. Linebackers Grade: A- Overview: Auburn's linebackers continued to flourish under defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and position coach Travis Williams, both of whom were in their second year in their roles. The veteran-heavy unit helped bolster one of the nation's top defenses thanks to team leaders Tre' Williams and Deshaun Davis, as well as juniors Montavious Atkinson and Darrell Williams, and redshirt sophomore Richard McBryde. The Tigers got production from all five of those experienced linebackers, with Davis, Tre' Williams and Darrell Williams finishing among the team's top-six tacklers -- and Davis leading the entire defense in that category. Top performer: Deshaun Davis. The redshirt junior finished the year with a team-best 82 tackles, including 37 solo stops. He also had 6.5 tackles for a loss, including 3.5 sacks, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. Davis' development has been so impressive that both he and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele have joked that Davis could be (or already is) the Tigers' defensive coordinator. Biggest surprise: Davis (again). The fact that Davis had the kind of season he did wasn't the surprise, but few likely expected him to lead the team in tackles this season. The meaning of Deshaun Davis' graduation poem to mom Deshaun Davis' entire career, both academically and athletically, has been about proving the doubters wrong. High point: The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn's linebackers helped contribute to a dominating defensive performance against then-No. 1 and then-undefeated Georgia on Nov. 11. The Tigers held the Bulldogs to 46 yards rushing and 1.44 yards per carry in a 40-17 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Davis had five total tackles and one of Auburn's four sacks of Jake Fromm, while Tre' Williams had four tackles and Darrell Williams had two as Auburn flummoxed Georgia for 60 minutes. Low point: Tre' Williams' shoulder injury. While Williams finished his senior season with 50 tackles, the season was marred by a nagging right shoulder injury that cost him three games and parts of others, including most of the SEC Championship Game. The injury robbed the senior linebacker, who had 25 tackles through the first three games of the season, of what was expected to be an All-SEC caliber season. Who's returning: Auburn is only set to lose outgoing senior Tre' Williams, while Davis, Darrell Williams, Atkinson, McBryde, Chandler Wooten and KJ Britt. Why Malzahn compares 3 LB signees to Travis Williams All three of linebackers to sign with Auburn on Wednesday are under 215 pounds or less Who Auburn adds in 2018: The Tigers signed four-star linebackers Zakoby McClain and Michael Harris during the early signing period, as well as three-star prospect Josh Marsh, though he is expected to play defensive back at Auburn. The Tigers could add another linebacker by National Signing Day.
  22. By Tom Green tgreen@al.com Former Auburn quarterback/wide receiver Jonathan Wallace has joined the coaching staff at Bethel University. Wallace, who has served as an offensive graduate assistant at Auburn the last two seasons, announced the career move on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, noting that it was "time for the next chapter." Wallace will serve as the wide receivers coach and director of football operations at Bethel, a small Presbyterian university in McKenzie, Tenn. "I thank the Lord for the relationships, experiences, education, love, and support shown to me and my wife these past six years," Wallace posted. "The memories are imbedded in my life. I look forward to developing and ministering to the young men at (Bethel)." Wallace has spent the last six years at Auburn, with the first four as a player. The Phenix City native started at quarterback the final four games of his freshman season in 2012 and set the school's freshman record for quarterback efficiency (139.60) during the Tigers' disastrous 3-9 campaign that year. Over the next three seasons, Wallace threw a combined five passes, and he did not record an offensive statistic during his senior season while splitting time at quarterback and receiver in 2015. Wallace long expressed the desire to get into coaching after his playing career ended, and shortly after his senior season he joined Auburn's staff as a graduate assistant working with wide receivers. "That's something I have always wanted to do ever since I started playing this game," Wallace said of coaching back in April 2015. "I think it's a great career. I have played football for a very long time and I know the game. I just want to give back to young people and help them and develop young men. That's something that coach (Gus) Malzahn and this entire coaching staff has inspired me a lot to want to do because they do a great job at it." Wallace's wife, Ashley, works in Auburn's athletic department as football recruiting coordinator. Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
  23. a two qb system? i know we will probably never do it but it seems like it might be harder for other teams to prepare for us? the reason i ask if joey g was in a two qb system and he sure looks good and i wonder if the other qb he shared time with was that good as well. also if one qb went down we would pretty much have a replacement on hand under a two qb system. anyone want to add the pro's and con's? and yes i do understand not many qb's would go for the two qb system. anyone want to contribute?
  24. tenth in AP top 25

    The AP Top 25 Poll You are here Home » The AP Top 25 Poll (###) Number of first place votes 1 Alabama (57) SEC Record: 13-1 PV Rank 4 Points 1,521 2 Georgia SEC Record: 13-2 3 1,454 3 Oklahoma Big 12 Record: 12-2 2 1,374 4 Clemson ACC Record: 12-2 1 1,292 5 Ohio State Big Ten Record: 12-2 5 1,286 6 UCF (4) The American Record: 13-0 10 1,248 7 Wisconsin Big Ten Record: 13-1 6 1,194 8 Penn State Big Ten Record: 11-2 9 1,120 9 TCU Big 12 Record: 11-3 13 974 10 Auburn SEC Record: 10-4 7 917 11 Notre Dame Division I FBS Independents Record: 10-3 14 857 12 USC Pac-12 Record: 11-3 8 839 13 Miami (FL) ACC Record: 10-3 11 769 14 Oklahoma State Big 12 Record: 10-3 17 758 15 Michigan State Big Ten Record: 10-3 18 705 16 Washington Pac-12 Record: 10-3 12 668 17 Northwestern Big Ten Record: 10-3 20 528 18 LSU SEC Record: 9-4 16 368 19 Mississippi State SEC Record: 9-4 24 359 20 Stanford Pac-12 Record: 9-5 15 336 21 South Florida The American Record: 10-2 23 267 22 Boise State Mountain West Record: 11-3 25 251 23 North Carolina State ACC Record: 9-4 - 232 24 Virginia Tech ACC Record: 9-4 22 126 25 Memphis The American Record: 10-3 19 119 Others receiving votes: Washington St. 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa St. 36, Army 33, FAU 32, Troy 14, Fresno St. 13, San Diego St. 3, Iowa 2.
  25. more balanced offensively, best defense since 2008

    you folks enjoy those stats........not my bag much but posted for you guys to discuss...........