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  1. Cam threw for nearly 3000 yards in the air. That's more than Stidham last season. Marshall was less, but still had 14 TDs in the air. In 2014, it seemed defenses had less respect for Marshall as a passer and crashed the line, attacking the exchange point. Against better defenses, I don't see being a one-dimensional read option team as a winning strategy, but we will see. In either case, I hope Gatewood can make some throws beyond screens if he gets the job.
  2. If Gatewood can't pass, it's going to be a long season if he's our starter. If he can bring an option back to the offense and make the throws to keep defenses from attacking the exchange point without fear, he can be special. I'm interested to see how it plays out, but I would be very surprised if we have any success with a QB who can't throw.
  3. Unless he learns to be an effective passer, we'll be in as bad a shape with Gatewood as with Willis. If we're limited to RPO, screens and hail mary's, Gus will be coaching his last season here.
  4. B minus. I think we recruited well defensively, all things considered. Nix was a huge pickup we'll likely need right away. Williams appears to have nice potential in the backfield. We continue to fail on offensive line recruiting, which will continue to reflect in our record going ahead. As always with Malzahn classes, we racked up stars on projects. We're going to have a tough time competing at the top of the league with that direction.
  5. If we had hired Ladainian Tomlinson out of some FCS school, many of the same ra-ra'ing this would be scratching their heads. At this point, I don't know that it matters. I'm happy Carnell gets the opportunity to add to his resume but all this hire tells me is Gus is truly a lame duck.
  6. I don't see Cord starting. Willis and Gatewood need to be able to throw. Both of those have made themselves with their feet, but if we're just a read-option team next year with no significant passing game...we're toast. Nix will be new. I doubt he starts game one, but given Gus' penchant for taking half a season to figure everything out, I think he'll be the starter by the end of the year.
  7. Gus has done his most important recruiting job for next season. So far, things are looking better than I expected. We have a lot we need to accomplish this spring.
  8. ...and four of them on the road. (or far away neutral site)
  9. If Auburn's high water mark is 6-13 against the top teams in the conference, we need to rethink how much we're sinking into this football program. Two other coaches managed two wins against Saban. Both are no longer coaching in the SEC. bama and Saban couldn't care less about Malzahn. Even when he's beat them, they still find a way to get the upper hand. I don't know who we get that's "better" than Malzahn because people asking that question are usually looking for another Saban situation. There isn't one. But I look at a lot of fundamental problems we have across our program despite good "stars" in the recruiting game and a coach who doesn't seem to adjust. Now he's finally got his sink or swim moment. If we improve against the schedule he's got next season, he'll be earning that check. If we look like this year against that schedule, we'll be fortunate to get bowl eligible.
  10. ...sounds like a healthy portion of our current QB roster.
  11. If running ZR option is all we have next season, we may be replacing a coach before the season is over. The better defenses were starting to blow up even Marshall on that toward the end. We don't have a Marshall on the roster nor any running back or line remotely close to what we had when he was here.
  12. It's hard to tell anything from this game. Neither QB made any throws of consequence. Unless they can keep SEC defenses off the line of scrimmage, we'd better hope Bo Nix is the real deal fast.
  13. AU - 38 Purdue - 24 Gus wins big against an overmatched team, everyone starts the "the Gus bus is back!" talk yet again, and yet again we get abused in the SEC for another 5 or 6 loss season next year. Rinse, repeat.
  14. Before the first buy week, either a true freshman straight out of high school, an elder sophomore with virtually no experience, a glorified running back or a pure project are going to have to go on the road to Dallas to play Oregon and then go on the road at College Station and Gainesville...with a returning OL that looked average at best this season. If he can turn those feelings into "very good" results, he might have earned coach of the year.