Morning Musings: Preparation
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Auburn’s recruiting win this week… came in the form of a commitment from the top running back in the state of Alabama, Asa Martin. In this era, any time Auburn and Alabama are gunning hard for the same in-state guy and the Tigers come out on top, it’s cause for celebration. Huge pickup for the Auburn coaching staff.
Auburn’s depth chart was released today… and with the starting spots laid clearly out on paper, it’s clear that the defense is going to be a commanding force this season. The unit is loaded with not only talent but, more importantly, experience. Eight upperclassmen line up on the defensive side of the ball this year. I have very high hopes for the 1–2 punch of Deshaun Davis and Tré Williams. Expect the pair to be household names by the year’s end.
On offense… Chandler Cox will need to be the team’s most versatile player. Expect him to line up from the wildcat again this year, but also expect to see more passes to the junior H-back. Remember how vital Jay Prosch was as a lead blocker to the 2013 offense? Cox will carry the very same role and needs to match Prosch’s effectiveness if the Tigers want to play at a championship level this season.
God forbid… something happens to Jarrett Stidham this year, but I do feel great about the alternatives in veteran QB Sean White as well as freshman Malik Willis. I mean, how many FBS teams have alternatives as good as these guys? I hold firm to the belief that a healthy Sean White would have taken Auburn to the Iron Bowl with a conference championship and playoff birth on the line.
Thankfully Auburn doesn’t have to start with Clemson again this season as Stidham, who hasn’t played an official down of football in two years, will be given time to settle in before the bulk of the schedule hits him starting in week two. Not much of a buffer period, but at least it’s something.
Lastly… if any of you are planning on making the trip to Mizzou this season, hit me up at my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have about the city. Columbia, in my humble opinion, is second only to Athens as the best SEC college town/campus. There is plenty to do, see and eat while you are here, so please don’t be afraid to reach out with any questions you may have. Words truly can’t describe how much I’m looking forward to seeing the orange and blue flock to my college campus this fall.