Monday Musings: Taming Dogs Edition
Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) and Auburn guard Malik Dunbar (4) made things miserable for Georgia (photo: Julie Bennet/al.com)
If you’re an Auburn fan few things feel better than a dominating win over your oldest rival. The men’s basketball team did that Saturday in a 93–78 victory over Georgia.
It was evident that Bruce Pearl had worked his Tigers on the inside game after Auburn struggled in the paint in a road loss at Ole Miss. And, it resulted in a hammering of Georgia. The Tigers only scored 12 in the paint in Oxford but put up 40 points there Saturday.
The feel-good story of the game belonged to Anfernee McLemore. The junior made a spectacular return from a season ending injury to block shots, grab nine rebounds, and score 15 points—all in the paint.
More changes to the Auburn football staff.
Following Chip Lindsey’s departure for Kansas (and later Troy), Gus Malzahn announced over the weekend that running backs and special teams coach Tim Horton would be reassigned to an off-field position. Lindsey had said he was ready to make a change, but there’s no news as to why this switch is being made.
Every coach has the right to make staff adjustments, however, this move is a head scratcher. Horton is a popular coach both among the players and on the recruiting trail. He’s coached 10 different 1,000-yard rushers and nine All-SEC running backs, including Heisman finalist Tre Mason and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden. And he is the only coach in SEC history to have both a running back and special-teams player to be named All-SEC.
Now that Malzahn will be his own offensive coordinator he may have plans for Horton to help with administrative off-the-field issues since he lost Patrick Suddes to Georgia Tech last week. Suddes headed up Auburn’s recruiting, an administrative area that Horton has experience.
Speaking of off-the-field changes, Gus announced he was adding former Auburn All American and first round draft choice, Kendall Simmons,to his staff. The hire has the potential to pay big dividends for the program. The two-time Super Bowl offensive guard will have a positive influence on the Tigers’ O-line.
You’ve got to be happy for former Auburn linebacker Dee Ford.
In Kansas City’s NFL playoff win over Indianapolis Sunday, Dee Ford had two quarterback hits, forced a fumble, and made four tackles, including a sack of the quarterback on the first play of the game.
And now another Auburn linebacker is getting set to make a big impact on the NFL. Yesterday Deshaun Davis was accepted to the NFL combine.
Auburn recruiting class currently ranks 12th nationally.
As we get closer to National Signing Day recruiting is getting more attention. After five top-10 recruiting classes in the last six years, Auburn is poised to bring in another stellar group.
It would be nice to see Auburn bring in a running back or two and shore up the offensive line. The early signing period didn’t leave many O-line prospects available, but three-star Kamaar Bell of Colquitt County, Ga., who is considering Auburn along with Florida, says Auburn is in the lead.
Saturday, the Tigers hosted five players, including Bell and Jamious Griffin, the nation’s No.21 RB prospect. The Rome, Ga. native is currently committed to NC State, but sources say the Tigers made an impact on the four-star running back. Can he be flipped? That’s one of the questions we’ll be waiting for an answer to on February 6th.