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  1. Correct. What's even crazier was he went for 1,000 his freshman year (averaging 19 yards a catch!) to less than 400 his sophomore year.
  2. Red Phillips is the only Auburn receiver to ever make the Pro Bowl. Also, Terry Beasley and Ronney Daniels are the only Tiger receivers to ever produce a 1,000 yard season. Darvin Adams had back to back 950+ yard seasons in 2009 and 2010 but that's about the closest anyone's come since 1999. Darvin Adams and Terry Beasley are also the only two Tigers with 10 or more TD catches in one season.
  3. Slightly different note but if we don't play for a natty this year then Daniel Carlson would be the first Auburn kicker since 2007 to never start a national title game during his career. He would also be the first Auburn kicker since 2002 to never start for an SEC Championship winning team.
  4. I would argue that this is the ONLY time we've had a truly "elite" passing offense. Efficiency has been the name of the game at Auburn for practically the program's entire history. Les Miles had more 3,000 yard passers in his time at LSU than Auburn has in its entire history.
  5. Yeah, the federal government sucks at managing money no matter who's in charge. I don't think you can necessarily blame this on any administration necessarily. Great example: The Pentagon has never been audited. Ever. The defense department has the largest budget of any cabinet agency and even they don't know where all of the money goes and that's not even getting into the giant money pit that is the acquisitions process. Some highlights from the last 25 years: the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter- $7 billion spent, never adopted. The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle -$3 billion spent, never fielded. I won't even discuss the mountains of money thrown at overpriced contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade and a half.
  6. Honestly, I think until we fix the structural and cultural problems inherent in the state's political system, it doesn't matter who's elected. The Alabama state government is broken as a fundamental system. Because so much power is concentrated in the hands of the state government, there is tremendous incentive to abuse that power. Add to that the fact that we don't really punish our public officials for malfeasance, at least not in any meaningful way, and you have a recipe for systemic corruption inherently baked in.
  7. I used to strongly believe in lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices. I thought that having a more or less permanent presence in one branch of government would balance out the other two. However, I think now that term limits are probably a good idea. Firstly, as the article pointed out, because lifetime appointments have effectively broken the nomination process to the point of actually handicapping the government. Second, I think it's a good idea to get fresh ideas into the court. Five of the current Supreme Court justices were born before 1950 and four of those have served for at least twenty years. How much can they possibly know about the lives of the people their decisions impact?
  8. Guys, question marks and all, I'm super pumped about this upcoming season. I think Auburn has the chance to field something this year that I don't think we've ever really had or at least haven't had in a VERY long time: a genuinely scary passing offense. As successful as this program has been, historically we are downright awful at throwing the football. We haven't produced a 1,000 yard receiver since 1999 (Ronney Daniels) and only TWO all time. Terry Beasley is the ONLY Auburn player in the SEC top 50 for career TD catches. There are only 4 Auburn QBs in the career top 50 for TD passes and the highest any of them are on that list is 30 (It's Pat Sullivan). The single season stats aren't much better. Obviously none of this matters if the wins aren't there but I'm hopeful that this is the year we finally start to scare people throwing the ball.
  9. I think every good passing offense needs a player in the mold of what Will Hastings appears to be: a lightning quick jitterbug type with soft hands who can consistently get open underneath. Not everyone's going to be the big play superstar guy. However, having a shifty slot receiver who can consistently get open and catch the ball when you need him to on 3rd and 6 or 7 is priceless and WH seems to be very much that dude. I would argue that Auburn hasn't had that kind of player since Darvin Adams.
  10. From what I saw, JS looked very much like what we saw in the A-Day game, i.e. someone who makes mostly smart decisions, throws the ball on time and with velocity and accuracy, and can easily target all parts of the field. I would argue that both of his interceptions in that game can be attributed to pressing in an effort to make a play (although I will concede that neither were great throws). I was surprised by how little he was used in the run game.
  11. For those in the know, what are the odds that Malik winds up redshirting? Given our current QB situation it seems the sensible thing to do. JS is more than likely our starter with SW as the backup. That leaves either Woody or Malik as your QB3. Malik is clearly better but I think it would be smart to save his eligibility. In this scenario, either Sean or Woody gets your garbage time reps and you can always burn the RS in the hopefully unlikely event that both JS and SW get hurt.
  12. Honestly, did anyone other than us ever actually make that their offense? I know a lot of teams went read heavy in the running game around the same time but I can't remember anyone making it the focal point of their entire system the way we did.
  13. I don't think this is entirely true (the no one runs it part) but I think it's primarily because the triple option is an offensive system whereas the read option is a specific play design. Alabama and Louisville definitely ran some read option concepts last year and had success. If you have the athletes and you execute the concept well within an already existing offense, you can absolutely make it work. However, I don't think you could design an entire offense around it anymore the way we did in 2013 and 2014.
  14. I think the fact that this particular pass play sticks out to you kind of makes my point. If running a fairly common pass concept sticks out because it never happens, that's usually a sign that something has gone awry.
  15. A large part of that is playcalling. Pass blocking is much harder when the defense knows that you run on first down and throw on third down (as they did roughly 80% of the time last year).