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Malzhan Serves Notice

By on February 7th, 2013 in Football 16 Comments »

                                         Notice was served to Auburn’s front seven!

     War Eagle, everybody! It’s the morning after, and it’s one of the greatest Auburn days in some time. Gus Malzhan took over a recruiting effort that had rats jumping off the ship in all directions, and took Auburn to a number 11 in the nation finish by most accounts.

      A  high profile pair of defensive linemen flipped at the end, Montravius Adams and Elijah Daniel, giving Auburn one of the best line classes this season. Notice was served to the existing guys who’ve been pushed around for the past two season: produce, or get out of the way for the talented youngsters.

     The Tigers also loaded up at running back, securing four highly regarded guys to complement returning offensive MVP Tre Mason. With the signing early of JUCO offensive lineman Devonte Danzy, Auburn has made a serious move towards being the strong team up front that they once were.

     This class of players represents a strong mix of linemen, and playmaking skill players, and a definite bent towards winning right away.  There was not a strong emphasis on the secondary, as Auburn is probably as deep there as any team in the conference.

     The real concerns remain linebacker, and quarterback. At quarterback, coach Malzhan will have a choice of about five scholarship guys. At linebacker, Auburn signed Kenny Flowers, Cameron Toney, and Brandon King. Flowers is a tough JUCO guy who could play right away, as could either of the other two if they can make the transition to SEC ball.

     Once again, Auburn will have a wide-open quarterback race in the spring. This will be the sixth season in a row for that sort of uncertainty. For the sake of the team, and us cardiac fans, I certainly hope that someone separates themselves quickly this year!

     There’s a lot of development that needs to happen in the next six months, but no aspect is as important to the success of the Malzhan offense as the quarterback position. The guy selected must be able to master the complex ball movement requirements, as well as making accurate throws to the outside when defenses try to pack it inside to stop the run.

      How good Auburn is at quarterback will determine if Auburn is able to move back on the winning side of the ledger this fall.

     War Eagle , and congrats to the new staff on this class! Exciting times are ahead for Auburn football! We await spring drills with great anticipation!


  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I am hearing that AU has 3 more spots it would fill if the “right” people come along.

    Any idea who we are STILL looking at or said another way… who is still shopping around?


    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      The only “spot” that comes to mind is Rivals 4* Toby Johnson a 6′ 4″ 305 lb Defensive Tackle that has decided to wait until the 15th(don’t hold me to this) to announce. Johnson has one more Official Visit left, and he is spending it at Miss State. He has already been to Auburn.
      This kid is so good he has 27 offers. He does like Auburn, but he hasn’t let anyone know where he is leaning.

      • autgr4life says:

        I also noticed that the Hearns kid out of Florida has not signed anywhere yet. He is a 4* linebacker that was committed to FSU but then backed out. He visited Auburn but has not signed anywhere yet. I also heard he was going to have trouble qualifying but that is just rumors.

        There is also the Elder kid out of Tennessee who wants to play football and basketball. He is a 4* all purpose back. He visited Auburn but it sounds like he might be GT bound.

        If I had to make an educated guess on who Gus was referring to though I would say it was Toby and maybe Hearns since we need help at linebacker and you can never have to many big time defensive lineman in this league.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    I am looking forward to your observations on Auburn’s A Day performance. I don’t think any secrets will be revealed, also expect discipline on the line of scrimmage to be much improved with all the talent and experience returning.
    The defensive front is the most disappointing area of Auburn’s defense the last two years. I hope that “It’s a new day” indeed for their sake. Auburn can’t win without being able to stop the run. We have been pushed around for far too long.

  3. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    I have to say, Gus and his crew did an outstanding job on finishing the recruiting season. When he came on board we had roughly 15 commitments, including the 2 kickers….lost about half those to Trooper-itis, but when it was all said and done, he still came in with 24 commits including a couple of the biggest recruits in the country who weren’t even on the radar when he came aboard. In fact more than half this class was put together in the last month….which is pretty amazing, especially considering that we were 7TH(!!!) in the SEC according to most of the agencies and still managed to field a top 15 class. If Gus can get us back on track as quickly on the field, I can only imagine what our recruits will look like next year.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      If Gus and staff can guide our ’13 Tigers to a successfull season, this years crop of signees may look bush league copmared to what they haul in in the next recruiting class.Successful to me means 8-9 wins, a winning SEC record and to be competitive in any losses that may occur.

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Did anyone else notice this?

    Yesterday it was published as:

    Scouts: AU ranked #13 (3284)

    Rivals: AU ranked #10 (2384)

    ESPN: AU ranked #11

    But today Rivals has revamped their score and AU is now #8.

    Does anyone know why? Did someone fall out of the top 10?


    • WarEagleEngr says:

      I noticed that as well. Texas A&M and UCLA were dropped two spots, Auburn and Fla. St. bumped ahead of them. Don’t know why, all four teams have the same number of recruits as yesterday. I can only surmise that Rivals rechecked its math overnight.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Kevin Sumlin and Jim Mora must have somehow ticked off Saban last night. There was just a little lag time in posting the rankings as approved by Saban.

  5. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    What really stands out to me is that 5, that’s right 5 SEC West teams are in the top 10. We are 3rd in the division, but 8th nationally.
    Yeah but, the SEC is down this year…..

  6. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    What killed me is the number of stars Lawson was awarded. Rivals had him as a top 5 in the nation recruit with 5 stars and Scout had him as only a 4 star middle of the pack player. Wonder who was watching him from Scout.

    All that being said, give a good coach a wagon load of 3 stars who can develop and he will kick the butt of a team loaded with 5 star players.

  7. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    I’m tickled at the class they’ve signed… Would’ve liked a couple more linebackers and I wish we had kept Bower. But all in all a very solid class and an excellent job in the short time the coaches were available for AU. If these coaches can develop talent as well as they recruit the future is very bright indeed.

  8. mikeautiger says:

    With this much success, you have to know discipline played a large roll. I think it will translate to the field and we will have a good year. The future is bright and looking at the picture at the top of this article, I think we might finally get that stadium expansion in the north end zone, some shade would be nice too.

    I look forward to seeing fosters head on a swivel when the Gud Bus offense runs over him the next few years.