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A Murky Look at the Offense

By on April 28th, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
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Tigers still apparently looking for a signal-caller.
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     War Eagle, everybody! This week, we’ll take a look at what we might expect to see out of the Auburn offense in 2016. The real question in everyone’s mind is whether this team will return to shredding SEC defenses regularly for 30 or more points per game, or has the spread-to-run concept become dated? I’m really not convinced the latter is correct.

     What we’ve noted in the past seven seasons of the Gus Malzahn offense is that quarterbacks either break records or look pretty shaky. Uneven quarterback performances during this past A-Day are worrisome. What’s more worrying is that various news outlets are reporting that Auburn may be looking at adding Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins as a graduate transfer this summer. Is Jenkins the answer? Or would this move signal desperation?

     What’s more encouraging is that this year’s offensive group seemed more than capable of running the ball on A-Day. We saw an apparently random mix of run calls and, at least half the time, backs were handed the ball going away from their H-backs and tight ends. I understand the need to keep defenses honest, and misdirection will do that. Still, a running offense needs to attack the strong side at least 65–70 percent of the time. When the Tigers ran the ball on A-Day with both the H-back and tight end leading, big plays tended to happen.

     Auburn looks to have a very solid and capable offensive line put together for 2016. I’d expect that there are at least 3 future NFL draft picks in the starting lineup, and possibly 4. What’s more, this group has been cross-trained over the past couple of seasons. Left tackle Austin Golson played center last season. Guard Braden Smith has played tackle. Robert Leff has played guard and tackle on both sides. Center Devonte Danzy has playing experience at guard. The Tigers should have the ability to move guys around, if necessary.

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Go Crazy, Cadillac!

By on April 27th, 2016 in Football, Memories 3 Comments »
ChCadaAVEAA__Cn When news came recently that former Auburn running back Carnell Williams had taken a job coaching at the University of West Georgia, my mind immediately went back to his time on the Plains. Affectionately known by Auburn fans as "Cadillac," Williams is one of the all time Auburn greats.I recall a conversation I had with him at t... Read Full Story

What are Auburn Baseball Chances of Making the SEC Tournament?

By on April 26th, 2016 in Baseball Comment »
6_4328970 (1) There was room for optimism last week for Auburn baseball. The Tigers had won an SEC series against Tennessee and pounded Alabama State 11- 2, prompting this writer to say the Tigers could still make the NCAA field with a good showing in the SEC Tournament.However, with just four weeks left in the regular college baseball season... Read Full Story

The What If Machine: Offensive Position Swaps

By on April 25th, 2016 in Football 4 Comments »
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Like many teams, Auburn has depth, quality depth, and then question marks at a myriad of positions. This is no more true than on offense, where Auburn has five quarterbacks and only 12 offensive linemen. Questions surrounding depth and ability at running back and receiver make the 'What if Machine' wonder who could move positions and make an impact. Take a look at a few ideas.

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Tigers Split Double Header with FSU, Look to UGA – (Update: Tigers sweep Bulldogs)

By on April 22nd, 2016 in Other Sports Comment »
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The red-hot Tigers welcomed 10th Ranked Florida State to Jane B. Moore field in a tough nonconference matchup. The Tigers and Seminoles split the doubleheader.

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A Bruising Defense!

By on April 21st, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
Bruising Defense Tigers expect to return to elite status this season.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, we'll take a look at what we might expect to see out of the Auburn defense in 2016. To me, it seems like yesterday when Auburn was regularly shutting opponents down. I can remember an early season knock-down dra... Read Full Story

Three Questions for Auburn Baseball

By on April 20th, 2016 in Baseball 6 Comments »
14464227-mmmain "We had to look each other in the eye and tell each other that we've got to be more fundamentally sound if we want to be competitive in our league,"said Auburn Baseball Coach, Butch Thompson after losing to Missouri the second week of April. "We feel like we've matched up pretty good every SEC weekend, and we don't have a serie... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Beats UAB, Crushes Hogs 54-0 in 3-Game Sweep

By on April 19th, 2016 in Other Sports 5 Comments »
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Auburn's No. 3 ranked softball team headed to Fayetteville, but made a short stop in Birmingham to play in-state UAB. They left both teams in the dust with a combined 62-1 run differential which included two grandslams and home runs by eight different players.

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Kenny Chesney Prepares for Special Night at Jordan-Hare Stadium

By on April 18th, 2016 in Business - Entertainment Comment »
kenny chesney For as long as anyone can remember, A-Day has been THE spring event on Auburn’s campus. This year will be different. Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert plan to fill up Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night in the venue’s first ever big-time concert.While the number of tickets sold has not been disclosed, fans are expected to exc... Read Full Story

Auburn Equestrian Wins National Championship in Dramatic Fashion

By on April 17th, 2016 in Other Sports 1 Comment »
Auburn Equestrian "It was a dramatic finish," said Auburn Equestrian Coach Greg Williams after his team won the Tigers' fourth National Championship in Waco, Texas.Auburn competed in the finals against TCU, sweeping the Horned Frogs in Equitation on the Flat. However, the Tigers only held a 7-5 lead entering the final event. Then Blair McFarlin d... Read Full Story

Post-Spring Wrapup

By on April 14th, 2016 in Football 36 Comments »
Orbit handoff Ryan Davis is shown gearing up for a big orbit handoff run!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! Spring drills are done, and the long offseason enters its longest stretch. We've all now had several days to digest the A-Day game and to read various opinions on what it all meant. Gloom and doom over the quarterback ... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Heads to Arkansas, Makes Stop at UAB First

By on April 13th, 2016 in Other Sports 1 Comment »
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Auburn stayed steady at No. 2/3 in the two national poles while Michigan and Florida battled for the top spot. Auburn heads to play the Razorbacks this weekend, but first makes a stop in Birmingham to take on the UAB Blazers .

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Vanilla Offense, Poor 3rd Down Execution and Now Another Transfer QB?

By on April 13th, 2016 in Football 14 Comments »
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The limited movement at the QB position has led to a lot of questions about Auburn's future with the current QBs. Though the coaching staff preached a "vanilla" play calling approach, the Tigers were 1-22 on 3rd down and simply awful in the redzone, a continuation from 2015. Now, word is that Auburn is getting looks from yet another transfer QB.

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What Can Auburn Fans Expect from Marlon Davidson?

By on April 12th, 2016 in Football 3 Comments »
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Auburn signed one of the very best players in the nation in Marlon Davidson. What can Auburn fans expect from the 29th best player in the last recruting cycle? Take a look!

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An Inconclusive A-Day – (breaking down the game)

By on April 10th, 2016 in Football 32 Comments »
A Day Carlson Daniel Carlson was the leading scorer, shown here about to nail a 53 yarder!(All photos by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! T'was a fine A-Day in Auburn, with perfect weather Saturday. After the past half dozen A-Days, the announced crowd of 45,000 folks seemed like the game was sparsely attended. Still, I'm told that ... Read Full Story

A-Day is Here!

By on April 9th, 2016 in Football Comment »
A Day Thread A-Day open thread.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! It's Auburn football game day once again! It's A-Day on the Plains. This game will be televised on the SEC Network, in it's entirety! The game starts at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It's a great opportunity for us Tiger fans to see what this year's team loo... Read Full Story

Five Burning Questions for A-Day!

By on April 7th, 2016 in Football 7 Comments »
Quarterbacks burning I don't think anyone will argue that quarterback is the top issue.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     It's A-Day week, folks! I don't know about you, but I'm fired up! I'm preparing to make my nigh-annual spring trip down to Auburn to watch, basically, a carefully scripted practice. Yes, I'm a football nut, and I'll watch any Auburn ... Read Full Story

Encouraging to See New Auburn DC Kevin Steele Going Old School in Spring Drills

By on April 6th, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »
11763716 “We are not going to tolerate anything less than the best effort you have," said Auburn Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele after Auburn's 12th spring practice. "We came into it and preached every single day, all day long, that we are going to play with extreme effort.”Steele met the press Tuesday afternoon and said his playe... Read Full Story

Could Postseason Play be in Auburn Baseball’s Future for 2016?

By on April 5th, 2016 in Baseball 5 Comments »
11832489 Coming off a dominating performance against No.21 Alabama, Auburn baseball seemed to be soaring as they welcomed LSU to town. After all the Tiger bats have been on a tear the last few weeks, lighting up the scoreboards and leading the league in several categories.Auburn is batting .322 as a team and has had eight or more hits in... Read Full Story

On the Move: Auburn’s Offensive Line Shuffling

By on April 4th, 2016 in Football 3 Comments »
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in the limited press access, Auburn beat reporters have told of shuffling on the offensive line. Back in January, Zach Taylor predicted a starting five that many didn't agree with, considering wholesale moves of entrenched players. Take a look at how things currently look and how Zach thinks they will shake out.

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Malzahn Uses Third Scrimmage of Spring to Zero in on John Franklin III

By on April 2nd, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »
20062145-mmmain Coach Gus Malzahn met the press Saturday afternoon after Auburn's third scrimmage of the spring. He made the usual statements i.e., "Our energy was very good, the defense is starting to gel and a player or two has "caught my eye."However, of more interest is what he had to say about newcome, quarterback John Franklin III. He and... Read Full Story