Liner Says Goodbye; Loeffler Finds Employment
Heralded four-star defensive lineman Dee Liner’s decommitment from Auburn yesterday was hardly a surprise. Rumors have been circulating for weeks; and when he took a visit to Alabama over the weekend, you had to know it was over.
The Muscle Shoals native said he just didn’t mesh with Auburn’s new staff.
“I just didn’t feel comfortable with the coaching staff. I’ve been holding it in, I just had to get it off my shoulders,” Liner told Auburn Sports.com.
“Alabama is one of my favorites, but my de-committing from Auburn has nothing to do with Alabama.”
Liner is rated the number 10 defensive tackle by 247 Sports…
Here’s a head scratcher: Virginia Tech has hired former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new coordinator. Frank Beamer is looking to shake things up after an up-and-down season that ended with a 7-6 record.
There’s no arguing Beamer’s success, but you have to wonder if he’s lost his mind. Loeffler’s offense ranked 115th in the nation in yardage (305 per game) and 112th in scoring (18.7 per game) this past season at Auburn.
Despite the uneven season, the Hokies still managed 377 yards per game while averaging 25 points a contest. My guess is, this will make a lot people unhappy in Blacksburg…
We talked about Carver-Montgomery quarterback Jeremy Johnson yesterday and his plans to make a run at the starting job this fall. He may have picked up some more competition on Monday – or then again, maybe not.
Nick Marshall, one of the top JUCO quarterbacks in the country, says he plans to sign with Auburn (see highlight here). The 6-foot-2, 205 pound dual threat quarterback from Garden City Community College in Kansas plans to head south if Gus Malzahn will have him.
That may be the catch. Auburn coaches say they will wait to view his grades before making a decision. Marshall comes with some baggage.
He was dismissed from Georgia prior to the start of last season following reports that he allegedly stole money from teammates. The story was never confirmed, but apparently it was enough for Georgia coach Mark Richt to send Marshall packing.
He played cornerback while in Athens and most believe he’ll play the same position at Auburn.
“Coach [Gus] Malzahn is a nice guy and recruited me when he was at Arkansas State,” Marshall said. “And Dameyune Craig, he tried to get me in high school when he was at Florida State. When he came back to Auburn, I felt like that was big and I didn’t want to miss out on playing for him.”
This past season, Marshall passed for 2,837 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for another 949 yards and 18 touchdowns. He said he plans to graduate in May and enroll at Auburn over the summer.
I trust Malzahn, but in light of what has happened over the last few years, I’d tread lightly with these kinds of athletes. Time will tell.