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Auburn picked to win SEC at SEC Media Days

Auburn picked to win SEC at SEC Media Days

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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The competitiveness of the Southeastern Conference was showcased in the annual media voting at SEC Media Days, as for the first time in the 23-year history in the poll, media were divided on divisional champion and overall SEC Champion. By a narrow margin, the Auburn Tigers were picked by media in attendance to capture the 2015 SEC Championship. Auburn received 96 SEC Championship votes, while the Alabama Crimson Tide was close behind with 80. The Georgia Bulldogs were third with 28 votes.

Alabama, however, was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,405 total points, while Auburn was second with 1,362. Alabama received 92 first-place votes in the West, while Auburn collected 108. The Crimson Tide won the Western Division vote due to receiving just three votes for fourth place or lower in the Western Division, while Auburn received 26 such votes. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,498 points, including 166 first-place votes. Tennessee was second with 1,231 points and 36 votes to win the division, while Missouri was third with 1,196 total points. The two-time defending East representative in the SEC Championship game also received 20 votes to win a third consecutive division title.

Five times since 1992 the SEC Media Days predicted champion has proceeded to win the SEC Championship, including Alabama last season.

The preseason All-SEC Team will be announced on Friday.

WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School
Points

Alabama (92)
1405

Auburn (108)
1362

LSU (10)
870

Arkansas (6)
821

Ole Miss (3)
732

Texas A&M (4)
628

Mississippi State (2)
482

EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)
School
Points
Georgia (166)
1498

Tennessee (36)
1231

Missouri (20)
1196

South Carolina (1)
830

Florida (1)
768

Kentucky (1)
534

Vanderbilt
243

SEC CHAMPION
School
Points

Auburn
96

Alabama
80

Georgia
28

LSU
9

Ole Miss
3

Arkansas
3

Texas A&M
2

Tennessee
2

Mississippi State
1

Florida
1

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UGA swept by Auburn

UGA swept by Auburn

Posted on 25 April 2015 by Allen

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Auburn completed a sweep of visiting Georgia Saturday with a 4-1 win at Plainsman Park in front of a crowd of 3,358.

The Tigers (29-16, 10-11 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out, RBI-single by Daniel Robert. The base hit scored Kyler Deese who led off with a base hit, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a wild pitch. Auburn right-hander Dalton Rentz pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering four hits with four strikeouts before giving way to left-hander Izaac Yarbrough. Because it was predetermined the Tigers were planning on using a few pitchers Saturday, Rentz was able to pick up a win. Georgia junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor fell to 4-6, allowing four runs on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Auburn made a couple of sterling defensive plays to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard early in the contest. In the first, right fielder Damon Haecker threw out Keegan McGovern tying to score and then a diving Deese snagged a smash from Daniel Nichols at third base with two on and two out in the fifth. With two outs in the sixth, Bulldog junior Trevor Kieboom (3-for-4) notched his first career triple but Yarbrough came back to retire Bell. In the sixth, the Tigers extended their lead to 4-0, adding three runs on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and an RBI-double from pinch-hitter Bo Decker.

Georgia scored its lone run in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, and it came on a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Mitchell Webb. McGovern scored the run as he finished 6-for-11 in the series including three hits and a walk Saturday. The Bulldogs left 11 on base Saturday and finished 3-for-29 with runners in scoring position in the series.

“We had another chance to score early and they made a great play and then another one in the fifth, it was two big-time plays they made,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “They got the early momentum in every game this series, and we needed to create more than a couple of scoring opportunities. We didn’t get the leadoff guy much, it seemed like only after two outs and that’s tough to score. I believe in the players, the team and the program, and we’re going to get this thing going in the right direction.”

Auburn’s Trey Wingenter pitched the ninth for his third save while the Bulldog bullpen of Bo Tucker and Jared Cheek combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings.

Georgia (21-23, 6-14 SEC) will be back in action Friday when it plays host to Florida in a three-game series. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7:05 p.m. (SEC Network+).

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Auburn Edges Georgia 4-2

Auburn Edges Georgia 4-2

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Allen

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Auburn edged Georgia 4-2 Thursday at Plainsman Park in game one of a Southeastern Conference series.

The Tigers (27-16, 8-11 SEC) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first, sending nine to the plate, and they left the bases loaded. Anfernee Grier, Daniel Robert and Blake Logan registered RBI. Georgia got a run back in the second as Zack Bowers led off with a double and later scored on a groundout by Skyler Weber. In the third, the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 3-2 after Mitchell Webb singled and scored on a groundout by Nick King. The Tigers answered in their half of the inning to make it 4-2 but stranded two more for a total of seven to that point with five in scoring position.

Auburn right-hander Cole Lipscomb pitched seven innings for the win while Bulldog junior right-hander David Sosebee dropped to 2-2 after allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings. Lipscomb scattered six hits, two runs (only one earned) with one walk and two strikeouts. Georgia got two scoreless innings of relief from senior Taylor Hicks. The Bulldogs are now 21-21 overall and 6-12 in the SEC.

“It was a crazy game, we hit a few balls on the nose, but they were caught, and the big early inning hurt us along with a couple of plays we didn’t make, and that’s the difference,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “David battled, both starting pitchers did and then settled in after a rough start, and it was good to see David give us six innings.”

Georgia’s Stephen Wrenn went 3-for-4 with a stolen base to give him 21 on the year, which ranks second in the SEC. Both teams missed scoring opportunities throughout the night as the Bulldogs went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position while the Tigers were 3-for-11. Auburn’s Trey Wingenter picked up his second save by taking care of the final two innings.

The series continues Friday with first pitch slated for 7:03 p.m. ET. The SEC Network is televising the entire series.

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Auburn Announces 2015 Recruiting Class

Auburn Announces 2015 Recruiting Class

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen

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Auburn Football Class of 2015

Auburn – 27 of the nation’s top high school and junior college football players have signed to play for Auburn in 2015, head coach Gus Malzahn announced this afternoon.

Montavious Atkinson DB 6-1 200 Fairburn, GA/Langston Hughes
Tyler Carr OL 6-5 310 Southside, AL/Southside
Jordan Colbert DB 6-3 200 Griffin, GA/Griffin
Byron Cowart DE 6-4 250 Seffner, FL/Armwood
Chandler Cox HB 6-2 225 Apopka, FL/Apopka
Carlton Davis DB 6-1 182 Miami, FL/Miami Norland
Javaris Davis DB 5-11 185 Jacksonville, FL/Ed White
Ryan Davis WR 5-10 170 St. Petersburg, FL/Lakewood
Jeremiah Dinson DB 6-0 180 Miami, FL/American
Marquel Harrell OL 6-3 295 Fairburn, GA/Creekside
Jalen Harris TE 6-5 245 Montgomery, AL/St. James
Jeff Holland OLB 6-2 230 Jacksonville, FL/Trinity Christian
Mike Horton OL 6-4 310 Atlanta, GA/Lakeside
Tim Irvin DB 5-9 190 Palmetto, FL/Westminster Christian
Jaunta’Vius Johnson DL 6-3 330 Lincoln, AL/Lincoln
Kerryon Johnson RB 6-1 205 Madison, AL/Madison Academy
Kaleb Kim OL 6-4 285 Buford, GA/Mill Creek
Richard McBryde LB 6-2 210 Troy, AL/Charles Henderson
Tyler Queen QB 6-2 230 Kennesaw, GA/North Cobb
Jovon Robinson RB 6-0 235 Memphis, TN/Georgia Military College
Ian Shannon K/P 6-4 200 Marietta, GA/Marietta
Bailey Sharp OL 6-5 285 Marietta, GA/Sprayberry
Darius Slayton WR 6-2 185 Norcross, GA/Greater Atlanta Christian
Jason Smith QB/ATH 6-1 185 Mobile, AL/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Maurice Swain DL 6-5 290 LaGrange, GA/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Prince Tega Wanogho DE/OLB 6-8 250 Elmore, AL/Edgewood Academy
Darrell Williams LB 6-3 225 Hoover, AL/Hoover

Montavious Atkinson (DB, 6-1, 200; Langston Hughes HS; Fairburn, Ga.) Dominant physical prep defender who is a safety prospect for the Tigers … had 137 tackles each season as a junior and senior; four-year starter totaled 531 career stops, 7 interceptions … first team all-region as a junior and senior for Coach Willie Cannon … GSWA all-state, AJC all-area … ranked among the top 60 prospects in Georgia by ESPN, 247 Sports and Rivals … Scout rates him the best safety prospect in Georgia … PrepStar all-South … also a basketball and track letterman

Tyler Carr (OL, 6-5, 310; Southside HS; Southside, Ala.) Outstanding offensive lineman for Coach Ron Daugherty at Southside High … enrolled at Auburn in January … ASWA Alabama Class 6A Lineman of the Year … helped the Panthers advance to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs his senior season … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Rivals lists him as No. 4 in-state player … 247 Sports ranks him as a top 25 offensive guard and top 16 player in Alabama … ESPN ranks him No. 11 in Alabama and among the top 30 offensive linemen … Scout lists him as the No. 2 line prospect in Alabama … AL.com A-List No. 5 … Rivals 250 Underclassman Challenge … PrepStar top 100 … also played basketball … member of National Honor Society, Beta Club … son of Rhonda and Dr. Phillip Carr … father is an Auburn graduate … has a brother, Taylor … will major in building science

Jordan Colbert (DB, 6-3, 200; Griffin HS; Griffin, Ga.) Prominent athlete with all the skills to be an impact defender … Class 4A state title as a junior … AJC first team all-region for Coach Jarrett Laws … Under Armour All-America Game … MVP of Adidas Georgia Showcase … Top 25 safety prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals … PrepStar top 100 … also a basketball and track letterman

Byron Cowart (DE, 6-4, 250; Armwood HS; Seffner, Fla.) Nation’s top defensive prospect … led Coach Sean Callahan’s Hawks to the state championship game as a junior and senior … 185 career tackles, 29 sacks … Under Armour All-America Game … nation’s top-ranked recruit by ESPN and Rivals … Scout and 247 Sports rank him first among recruits at his position nationally … USA Today All-USA … Florida Class 6A player of the year … Tampa Bay Times Blue Chipper of the Year … PrepStar top 10 … also a basketball and track letterman … son of Lacoria Wilson

Chandler Cox (HB, 6-2, 225; Apopka HS; Apopka, Fla.) Versatile offensive weapon for Coach Rick Darlington at Apopka High … enrolled at Auburn in January … nearly 3,000 total offense yards during his career, with 21 rushing and 15 passing touchdowns the past two seasons … U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitee … helped the Blue Darters to the Florida Class 8A state championship as a senior and sophomore and state runner-up spot as a junior … Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60 … 247 Sports No. 2 fullback and Florida top 55 players … Scout top-ranked fullback prospect … ESPN No. 10 TE/H-back … Rivals top 50 Florida players … son of Sherri and Darin Anderson and Tom and Gretchen Cox; Tom played football at Southern California … brother Dakota plays football at New Mexico and brother Jordan played baseball at Cal Lutheran … also has a brother Asher and a sister Halle … will major in business

Carlton Davis (DB, 6-1, 182; Miami Norland HS; Miami, Fla.) Outstanding cornerback prospect from South Florida … 50 tackles and six interceptions as a senior for Coach Daryle Heidelburg … Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … Class 6A all-state and first team all-Dade … MVP of the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders … Rivals and 247 Sports rank him among the top 25 prospects in Florida … PrepStar all-South … district 100m/200m dash finalist … son of Sonia Mannings and Carlton Davis II

Javaris Davis (DB, 5-11, 185; Ed White HS; Jacksonville, Fla.) Swift, physical defender who can make an impact at corner … first team Class 6A all-state for Coach Paul Pierson … also played running back and receiver for the Commanders … Times-Union Top 25 … Rivals and 247 Sports have him among top 50 Florida prospects … top 10 CB in South according to Scout … PrepStar all-South … state runner-up at 100 meters and 4×100 relay

Ryan Davis (WR, 5-10, 170; Lakewood HS; St. Petersburg, Fla.) Gifted offensive playmaker who led Lakewood to back-to-back 10-win seasons for Coach Cory Moore … passed for 2,140 yards (18 TD) and rushed for 1,233 yards (17 TD) as a senior … Pinellas County career passing record (6,760 yards) … four-year starter who won BCP player of the year honors … first team Class 5A all-state … top 40 receiver prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals … ESPN 300 … PrepStar all-South

Jeremiah Dinson (DB, 6-0, 180; American HS; Miami, Fla.) Standout defender for Coach Anthony White at Miami’s American High … Miami-Dade North-South All-Star Game … ranked among top 100 cornerback prospects for 247 Sports and ESPN … PrepStar all-South

Marquel Harrell (OG, 6-3, 295; Creekside HS; Fairburn, Ga.) Accomplished offensive line prospect with multiple skills … first team Class 5A Region 6-B honoree for Coach Olten Downs … Semper Fi All-American Bowl … 2013 state champions … Class 5A honorable mention all-state … Scout ranks him the No. 1 OG prospect in Georgia … ESPN 300 … among the top 35 players in Georgia by 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … PrepStar all-South

Jalen Harris (TE, 6-5, 245; St. James School; Montgomery, Ala.): Talented tight end prospect who led the St. James Trojans to a 2014 regional title for Coach Jimmy Perry … averaged 16.9 yards per catch for his career … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ASWA honorable mention all-state … top 20 TE prospect by Scout, Rivals and ESPN … … rated among the top 30 players in Alabama by 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN … PrepStar all-South … all-metro in basketball

Jeff Holland (OLB, 6-2, 230; Trinity Christian Academy; Jacksonville, Fla.) Talented pass rusher with plenty of tools … led Coach Verlon Dorminey’s Conquerors to a second straight Class 3A state title as a senior … Under Armour All-America Game … Florida Times-Union Super 11 … Class 3A first team all-state … all-First Coast as a junior and senior … Scout rated him No. 1 among Florida players … 247 Sports and ESPN rank him top 10 at his position … PrepStar top 175 … also a basketball starter

Mike Horton (OG, 6-4, 310; Lakeside HS; Atlanta, Ga.) Imposing offensive lineman for Coach Jarrett Troxler … first team Class 6A all-region 2 … Semper Fi All-American Bowl … 247 Sports ranks him among 60 top prospects in Georgia … No. 23 overall OG by ESPN … No. 6 OG prospect in Georgia by Scout … PrepStar all-South … also a basketball letterman

Tim Irvin (DB, 5-9, 190; Westminster Christian HS; Palmetto, Fla.) Talented athlete who is a top-ranked safety prospect … enrolled at Auburn in January … played running back, receiver and safety for Coach Sedrick Irvin (his uncle) at Westminster Christian … 2,100 career rushing yards, 1,145 receiving yards, 231 tackles, 43 TD scored … Class 3A all-state, U.S. Army All-American Game … Miami-Dade North-South Game … a top 50 player form the state of Florida by Scout and Rivals … PrepStar top 150 … also a basketball letterman and a state finalist in track … son of Timothy Irvin Sr. and Sheimeka Irvin … has two siblings, Shemar and Timeka … uncle Michael is an NFL Hall of Famer … will major in business and entrepreneurship

Jaunta’Vius Johnson (DL, 6-3, 330; Lincoln HS; Lincoln, Ala.) Imposing defensive line prospect … led Coach Brad Wallace’s Golden Bears to the region championship … Class 4A ASWA honorable mention all-state … ranked among the top 35 at his position by Rivals and Scout … PrepStar all-South

Kerryon Johnson (RB, 6-1, 205; Madison Academy; Madison, Ala.) Accomplished running back who is the 2015 Alabama Mr. Football … 1,659 yards, 25 TD as a senior … Class 3A Super 7 MVP, and set a championship game record scoring six TD … 5,274 career yards rushing and 109 total TD scored (rush, rec., INT, KR) … led Coach Eric Cohu’s Mustangs to three straight state titles … MVP of Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Under Armour All-America Game … three times ASWA first team all-state … AL.com A-List … Gatorade state player of the year … ranked the No. 1 prospect in Alabama by 247 Sports, Scout and ESPN … top five RB by ESPN, Rivals, Scout … Max Preps small school All-America … PrepStar top 40 … also all-state in basketball

Kaleb Kim (OL, 6-4, 285; Mill Creek HS; Buford, GA) Four-year starter on the offensive line for Coach Shannon Jarvis at Mill Creek High … team captain who recorded more than 120 pancake blocks with an average grade of 89% … Class 6A all-state as a junior and senior … 2014 county lineman of the year … all-county as a sophomore, junior and senior … U.S. Army All-American Game … Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 … Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six … ranked No. 5 OL prospect by 247 Sports and Scout … Georgia top 30 prospects by ESPN, Rivals, 247 Sports … PrepStar top 200 … also throws the shot put and discus … honor student and active in FCA … son of John and Cindy Kim … father played football at Gardner-Webb … has one sister, Hanna

Richard McBryde (LB, 6-2, 210; Charles Henderson HS; Troy, Ala.) Competitive defensive force for Coach Brad McCoy at Charles Henderson High … recorded 147 tackles (74 solo, 18 TFL), seven sacks, two PBU, a FG block and a fumble recovery … Under Armour All-America Game … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … USA Today Alabama defensive player of the year … 2013 ASWA Lineman of the Year and 2014 finalist … AL.com A-List … ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout list him among top five prospects in Alabama … top 20 among OLB by Rivals, ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout … PrepStar top 100 … also played basketball, baseball and track … National Physical Fitness Award … son of Brenessa Banks and Wayne Rodgers … has two brothers, Nicholas and Meldrick, and a sister, Albrenica

Tyler Queen (QB, 6-2, 230; North Cobb HS; Kennesaw, Ga.) Talented dual-threat signalcaller from Georgia’s North Cobb High … enrolled at Auburn in January … 2,342 passing yards, 27 TD as a senior … also rushed for 10 TD as North Cobb advanced to Class 6A playoffs … threw for Cobb County-record 89 TD and more than 8,500 yards in high school career, both marks in the Georgia state top 10, and rushed for 43 career TD … coached by his father Shane Queen … Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen … AJC Super 75 … Macon Telegraph Top 50 … also played baseball at North Cobb … 247 Sports top 12 QB and Georgia top 45 … Scout top-ranked Georgia QB … ESPN top 40 in Georgia and top 20 quarterback … Rivals Georgia top 65 … PrepStar all-South … father Shane Queen played at Tennessee Tech … mother is Tracy Queen … will major in physical education

Jovon Robinson (RB, 6-0, 235; Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Ga.; Wooddale HS, Memphis, Tenn.) Nation’s top-ranked JUCO running back … enrolled at Auburn in January … 2013 NJCAA national player of the year, setting JUCO records for season rushing (2,387), TD (34) and points scored (204) … rushed for 3,198 yards, 43 TD in two seasons for the Bulldogs … led Coach Bert Williams’ GMC squad to the NJCAA title game … played for Coach Keith Spann at Memphis’ Wooddale High … as a senior, rushed for 1,069 yards and 13 TDs; also returned a kickoff for a TD … 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Game … Top 10 running back by Rivals … top-ranked prospect from Tennessee according to Scout … 247 Sports Top 5 players in Tennessee … MaxPreps No. 8 “big back” … SuperPrep All-America … Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 … ESPN All-Tennessee … son of Tina Tabor … has three siblings: Kiva, Jibril and Jarvis … will major in public administration

Ian Shannon (K/P, 6-4, 200; Marietta HS; Marietta, Ga.) Top-rated kicking specialist for Coach Scott Burton at Marietta High, helping the Blue Devils to the Class 6A playoffs … punting average of 40.7 yards with only 22 total return yards allowed … also holds Marietta High records for longest field goal (51 yards), most field goals in a season (16), consecutive field goals (12) and touchbacks … kicking coach was Tom Guckian … Prokicker.com top-rated punter and kicking specialist … all-state, all-region, all-county as a junior and senior … TD Club of Atlanta metro all-stars … Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen … 247 Sports and ESPN list him among their top five kicking prospects … PrepStar all-South … also played soccer … son of Michael and Celesta Shannon … brother Innis, sister Ivy and he are triplets

Bailey Sharp (OL, 6-5, 285; Sprayberry HS; Marietta, Ga.) Offensive tackle who was team captain for Coach Billy Shackelford at Sprayberry High … enrolled at Auburn in January … Under Armour All-America Game … first team Class 5A all-state … Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen … Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 75 … Macon Telegraph Top 50 … also a varsity wrestler for the Yellowjackets … 247 Sports top 45 players in Georgia and top 45 offensive tackle prospects … Scout lists him as a top 45 line prospect … Rivals top 65 players in Georgia … ESPN top 25 Georgia players … PrepStar top 250 … son of Joe and Stacey Sharp … dad played football at Southern Miss … has a brother, Logan … will major in physical therapy

Darius Slayton (WR, 6-2, 185; Greater Atlanta Christian School; Norcross, Ga.) Athletic receiving prospect with great ability … first team Class 2A all-state for Coach Tim Hardy … all-region at wide receiver and defensive back … U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ranked by 247 Sports, ESPN and Scout among the top 15 prospects at his position … Rivals Georgia top 30 players … PrepStar top 200 … state sprint champion at 110m and 200m

Jason Smith (QB/ATH, 6-1, 185; Mississippi Gulf Coast CC; Perkinston, Miss.; McGill-Toolen HS, Mobile, Ala.) Quarterback who led Coach Chad Huff’s MGCCC Bulldogs to an 8-2 record and No. 7 national ranking … threw for 1,566 yards, 18 TD during 2014 season … also rushed for 10 TD … 110-169 passing for 1,566 yards, 19 touchdowns as a senior at McGill-Toolen High for Coach Bart Sessions … also rushed for 849 yards, 16 TD helping McGill Toolen to an 11-1 record … MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game playing receiver, with six catches for 134 yards … Mobile Press-Register Offensive Player of the Year … ranked No. 15 by Rivals … No. 32 by Scout … No. 6 in Alabama, No. 10 WR by 247 Sports … PrepStar all-Southeast … all-state in basketball and ran track … son of Yolanda Smith and Jason Smith … enrolled at Auburn in January … will major in business

Maurice Swain (DT, 6-5, 290; Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, Perkinston, Miss.; Troup County HS, LaGrange, Ga.) Powerful defensive lineman who ranked among the Top 40 JUCO prospects nationally … enrolled at Auburn in January … helped Coach Chad Huff’s Bulldogs to an 8-2 record and No. 7 national ranking … NJCAA Region XXIII All-Region … MACJC All-State First Team and conference MVP with 32 tackles, 6.5 TFL … two time all-state and three-year captain at Troup County High for Coach Lynn Kendall … 65 tackles, 15 TFL, 7 sacks as a senior … Georgia vs. Florida Bowl … son of Shani Garrett and Maurice Swain … has a brother, Markeece, and a sister, Maurissa … will major in business and marketing

Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. (DE/OLB, 6-8, 250; Edgewood Academy; Elmore, Ala.) Outstanding defensive prospect with unlimited potential … played his senior season for Coach Bobby Carr at Edgewood Academy … AL.com A-List … Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports and ESPN rank him among the top 10 prospects in Alabama … listed in 247 Sports and Rivals top 10 strong-side defensive ends

Darrell Williams (LB, 6-3, 225; Hoover HS; Hoover, Ala.) … three-year starter who led Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs to their third straight state title … two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the Under Armour All-America Game … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … finalist for Class 7A lineman of the year … all-state as a sophomore, junior and senior … AL.com A-List … Rivals ranks him the No. 5 prospect in Alabama … top 10 OLB by Scout and Rivals … PrepStar all-South … also a basketball and track letterman … son of Sherry Wells and Darrell Williams Sr.

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Muschamp and Malzahn talk about their relationship

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Muschamp and Malzahn talk about their relationship

Posted on 13 December 2014 by Allen

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Auburn made waves in the SEC today by hiring former Florida coach Will Muschamp to be their defensive coordinator. It was thought that Muschamp would wind up at South Carolina with Steve Spurrier but the Tigers swooped in and got the former Gators coach to lead their defense.

Muscham was a GA at Auburn and was also their defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 before going to Texas in 2008.

It turns out that Malzahn and Muchamp are fairly close and the two talked about their relationship today at the press conference.

According to Muschamp,

“I got to know him at the meeting we have every year down at Destin, and I’m just very impressed with him. I’ve faced him several times, and he’s a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for on the offensive side of the ball and the job that he does, so I’m looking forward to it. I really am. We’ve talked philosophically a lot about things and how you do things and how you practice and those sorts of things. We’re in line in all of those situations, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Malzahn:

“It didn’t take long. After I decided to make a change, my goal was to go out there and get the best defensive coordinator in the country. Also, I wanted a class guy, a true professional. Will fit all of that. He was the first guy that I contacted. He’s the guy I wanted and we are blessed to have him here at Auburn.”

“First of all, he’s a great coach. He’s got a proven track record. I love his energy. I’m an energy guy, too, and I wanted somebody that had great energy and intensity to have that defense take on his personality. He’s one of the best in the business, if not the best, so we got all the above in what we were looking for.”

With Malzhan leading the team’s direction on offense and Muschamp’s mind for defense Auburn could be a frontrunner for the SEC West next year.

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Auburn’s Reese Dismukes Outland Trophy Finalist

Auburn’s Reese Dismukes Outland Trophy Finalist

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Allen

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Auburn senior center Reese Dismukes is one of three finalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy, along with Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Tuesday.

“I think that’s awesome,” said Dismukes of being a finalist. “I think that goes to show it’s not just me. Those are team awards. I couldn’t do it without the guys next to me, my coaches and all these players pushing me and me pushing those guys every day.

“Right now, we have to beat Alabama. We have to do whatever we can do today at practice to get better.”

Dismukes, the mainstay of the offensive line as well as team captain the last two seasons, has started 48 games over four seasons, the third-most starts in Auburn history. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound product of Spanish Fort, Ala., is considered the glue of the offensive line that grinds out yards in a triple-option attack during this 8-3 season. Auburn’s rushing offense ranks No. 8 in the country (266.2 yards per game), No. 22 in total offense (476.4 yards per game) and 28th in scoring (35.1 points per game).

“Our center is like another quarterback,” said head coach Gus Malzahn. “He makes all the calls up front. Everything is on him, especially when you go pace. The center directs everything. He’s a very good athlete. He’s a tough guy. He’s been one of our leaders around here for a long time.”

Auburn has had two previous Outland Trophy winners: guard Zeke Smith (1959) and defensive tackle Tracy Rocker (1988).

The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 11, from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort. Awarded to the top interior lineman on offense or defense since 1946 by the Football Writers Association of America, the Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania. It is the third-oldest player award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.

For the 18th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha on January 15, 2015, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. The inaugural Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented at the dinner. Learn more about the Outland Trophy at www.FWAA.com.

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Auburn beats ULL 105-80

Auburn beats ULL 105-80

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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The Auburn Tigers hit 11 threes and outscored the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 60-42 in the second half on their way to a 105-80 win on Friday night at Auburn Arena.

Louisiana (1-2) put five players in double figures, led by Brian Williams’ 18 points and seven rebounds. But the Cajuns were just 3-of-15 from three-point range and surrendered 20 turnovers to the Tigers (2-1), who were led by KT Harrell’s 24 points.

“Auburn played extremely well, especially in the second half,” Louisiana head coach Bob Marlin said. “They shot it well from three and that was the difference in the game.”

Jay Wright, Johnathan Stove and Bryce Washington all had 11 points off the bench, with Wright’s coming all in the first half. Xavian Rimmer also finished with 10 points for the Cajuns.

That output helped lead UL to a 42-18 advantage in bench points, but the Tigers had five players in double figures of their own, including three – Harrell, Tahj Shamsid-Deen (21), Cinmeon Bowers (20) – to put in at least 20 points.

Auburn did most of their damage in the second half, hitting 69 percent from the floor after being held to just 43.2 percent in the opening period, and hitting seven of their 11 threes for the game.

Wright provided a spark for the Cajuns off the bench in the first half, entering after the midway point of the period and pumping in 11 points, including four of five foul shots. Williams added 10 of his own, and late 6-0 spurt cut a 10-point Auburn lead to as little as four before Bowers banked in a three as the halftime buzzer sounded.

“We were in a good spot at halftime,” Marlin said. “We didn’t play great, but we were in a good spot.”

Auburn led by as much as 10 on two occasions in the opening half, taking advantage of the offensive glass with nine offensive rebounds and a dozen second-chance points, including nine in the half’s final eight minutes.

The teams traded blows before UL took its first lead of the game at 17-16 on a three from Stove, one of just two triples in the half for the Cajuns. But a pair of foul shots on the next possession from KC Ross-Miller put Auburn back in front and sparked a 13-3 Tiger run that pushed the lead to 29-19 with just under 10 minutes to play.

Wright then subbed in and immediately made a difference, scoring five points in his first two minutes on the floor. A pull-up jumper from him cut the lead to 35-30 before consecutive Auburn scores pushed the lead back to 40-30. But the Cajuns scored eight of the next 10 points, including a layup from Stove to trim the lead to 42-38 before Bowers’ shot provided the halftime margin.

Louisiana stayed within striking distance early in the second half before a 14-3 Tiger run in a span of just over four minutes pushed their lead to 18 points with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.

Rimmer gave UL some life with buckets on consecutive possessions, including a three with just under seven minutes left in the game; however, the Tigers again answered with a quick 7-2 burst of their own, capped by a layup from Bowers that peaked the lead at 27 with 5:43 remaining.

Washington added four of his five buckets for the game in the final five minutes of play, accounting for eight of UL’s final 12 points.

The Ragin’ Cajuns will now travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the neutral-site portion of the MGM Grand Main Event. UL will take on Milwaukee on Monday before facing off with Oral Roberts on Tuesday. Both games will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel.

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Georgia routes Auburn 34-7

Georgia routes Auburn 34-7

Posted on 16 November 2014 by Allen

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The No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs scored 34 unanswered points as it upset the ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers 34-7 on Saturday, Nov. 15 in front of a sold out crowd of 92,746 and a nationally-televised ESPN audience in Athens, Ga. UGA led 17-7 at halftime then scored 17 in the second half to route the Tigers.

The Bulldogs improve to 8-2 on the season that includes a 6-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn falls to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in league action. The win marked highest ranked team Georgia has beaten since outlasting No. 6 LSU here last year 44-41.

Georgia was 6 of 6 in red zone scoring opportunities. The Dawgs had four touchdowns and 2 field goals. Anytime you are that successful in the red zone you are going to have a good day.

The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb carried the Georgia offense. Each runner went for over 100 yards marking the first time since 2012 that the Bulldogs have had two 100-yard rushers. Chubb led the team with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while Gurley finished with 138 yards and one touchdown on 29 attempts. Along with his 144 yards, Chubb became the 12th Bulldogs in program history to rush for 1,000 yards. All in all Georgia had 300 yards rushing on the day.

Hutson Mason was 10-for-19 for 123 yards and touchdown on the night. Chubb was hit top target, finishing with 48 receiving yards. Michael Bennett added 29 yards, while Malcolm Mitchell registered 13 yards and a touchdown.

Amarlo Herrera led the team defensively, finishing with 12 tackles, including two solo stops and one tackle for a loss and an interception. Damien Swann and Ramik Wilson finished with eight tackles each. Leonard Floyd had the lone sack of the night.

Auburn struck first, taking a 7-0 lead on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that took just over four minutes. Cameron Artis-Payne scored the touchdown on a 26-yard run.

A muffed punt and a fumble recovery by Lucas Redd breathed new life into the Georgia offense. Sitting at the 20-yard line, Gurley got the call on first down and rushed 11 yards. Three plays later, Mason found Mitchell at the goal line for a touchdown that tied the game at 7-7.

The Bulldogs took the lead on their first drive of the second half. Chubb was the star of the drive, racking up 51 of Georgia’s 83 yards. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Auburn 9-yard line, Georgia called a timeout and decided to go for it. The gamble paid off as Chubb carried it nine yards to the end zone for a touchdown that put the Bulldogs up 14-7.

Georgia was forced to punt on its next drive, but Auburn was flagged for roughing the kicker, which resulted in 15 yards and a first down for the Bulldogs. Georgia worked its way into Auburn territory but settled for a 32-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan that made it a 17-7 game.

Auburn got the ball back with 23 seconds left in the first half, but did not connect on the deep ball as time expired, allowing Georgia to enter the locker room with a 17-7 lead. The seven points was the fewest by Auburn this season.

The Bulldog defense shut down Auburn on its ensuing possession Georgia got the ball back near midfield and stuck to the ground on the drive. Chubb went over 1,000 yards on the drive, racking up 51 yards on five carries. Gurley finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run that put Georgia up 24-7 with 7:28 left in the third quarter.

Auburn turned the ball over on downs with 4:56 left in the third quarter after a Nick Marshall fourth-down pass to C.J. Uzomah fell incomplete. Georgia then put together a nine play, 46-yard drive that resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Morgan. A pass interference call and a 27-yard run by Chubb set up the field goal.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Auburn marched all the way down to the Georgia 15 yard line, but couldn’t get any further as Georgia’s defense had an answer for every play call. The Tigers went for it on 4th-and-13, but Herrera picked it off at the two-yard line, ending the chance for an Auburn score.

The Bulldogs kept the hammer down, driving 98 yards on 11 plays and taking up 6:34 on their next drive. Georgia methodically worked the clock and got the first downs when needed before Chubb rushed 11 yards up the middle for the touchdown, his second of the game, that extended Georgia’s lead to 34-7.

Auburn got another chance, but a fumble with just over two minutes left in the game was recovered by Davin Bellamy. Georgia then got the ball back and ran out the clock, sealing the 34-7 win.

The Tigers were 0-2 on fourth down. Both times were crucial points in the game when Auburn needed to keep the chains moving.

Georgia continues its home stand next Saturday, Nov. 22 at noon when it welcomes Charleston Southern to Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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South Carolina Falls Short, 42-35, at No. 4 Auburn

South Carolina Falls Short, 42-35, at No. 4 Auburn

Posted on 26 October 2014 by Allen

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South Carolina went into Jordan-Hare Stadium and pushed No. 4 Auburn to the brink in a shootout, but ultimately came up short, falling 42-35, as redshirt senior quarterback Dylan Thompson tied a school record with five touchdown passes and threw for 402 yards.

The Gamecocks got off to a quick start after electing to receive to start the game. On their second play, junior tailback Mike Davis busted a 24-yard run to get the ball out to midfield. Three plays later, facing a third-and-nine, Thompson hit sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper for a 12-yard gain. After a one-yard run from Davis, Thompson hooked up with junior wideout Shaq Roland for a 32-yard touchdown along the right pylon.

South Carolina was able to force a punt from Auburn, and subsequently marched right down the field again with 32 yards on two receptions from Cooper and a 28-yard run from Davis. Facing a second-and-11 at the Tigers’ 12-yard line, Thompson was intercepted by Tiger Cassanova McKinzy. Aubrun took advantage of the Gamecock turnover and put together an 11-play, 92-yard drive that Brandon Fulse capped off with a three-yard touchdown reception to equalize the game late in the first quarter.

The Gamecocks answered back with a 10-play drive that ended with Thompson connecting with a Cooper for the third time on the possession, this time for a 16-yard touchdown. After an illegal block on the return, Auburn opened its drive inside its own 10-yard line for the second-straight possession, but the Tigers were able to move the ball 93 yards on 10 plays, eight via its ground game, including a two-yard touchdown run from Cameron Artis-Payne.

With the game level at 14-14 midway through the second quarter, South Carolina was forced to punt, but after a 28-yard return by Auburn’s Quan Bray, the Tiger had the ball knocked loose and redshirt safety Chris Moody jumped on the ball for the Gamecocks. Facing a third-and-10, a facemask penalty on Auburn kept the Gamecocks’ drive alive. On the ensuing drive, Davis scored on a 27-yard run. The Tigers though responded two-and-half minutes later as quarterback Nick Marshall found a seam and ran for a 37-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 just minutes before the end of the second quarter.

Coming out of the half, Auburn grinded out a 13-play drive with 11 plays coming on the ground. Marshall’s four-yard run gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 28-21. The back-and-forth affair continued as Carolina, on a second-and-four from midfield, saw Thompson connect with Cooper across the middle and the receiver was able to outrun the Auburn secondary for a 51-yard touchdown.

Just 11 seconds later though, Auburn’s Ricardo Louis gave the Tigers the lead back with a 75-yard touchdown return on the kickoff. Trailing midway through the third, and unable to stop the Tigers’ offense, the Gamecocks went for it on a fourth-and-six from their own 45-yard line. Thompson found Cooper for a nine-yard gain to extend the drive. Davis followed that up with a 23-yard run, and three plays later Thompson found redshirt senior wide receiver Nick Jones for a 10-yard score to level the game at 35-35 with 2:20 left in the third quarter.

The Gamecocks continued to gamble as they attempted an onside kick on the ensuing play, which sophomore linebacker Skai Moore recovered to give the offense a chance to regain the lead. Carolina moved the ball down into the red zone, but Thompson was intercepted for the second time on the night.

As they did in the first half, the Tigers capitalized on the turnover. After moving the ball 71 yards on five plays, Marshall ran for a nine-yard touchdown, his third rushing score on the night, to take a 42-35 lead with 11:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Carolina was able to get back into the red zone on the ensuing possession, having extended the drive twice on fourth down, but Thompson was unable to connect with Roland on a fourth-and-14 from Auburn’s 19-yard line.

The Gamecock defense was able to stop the Auburn offense on the ensuing possession to give its offense a chance with 1:08 left in the game. Thompson and the offense was able to convert on two third downs on the drive, but Auburn’s Jonathan Jones came up with his second interception of the night on a 41-yard pass attempt as time expired.

South Carolina returns home to Williams-Brice Stadium on Nov. 1 to host Tennessee. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., ET, and will broadcast on the SEC Network.

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Bruce Pearl turns Auburn Marketing Class into Pep Rally

Bruce Pearl turns Auburn Marketing Class into Pep Rally

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Allen

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Bruce Pear Auburn

Bruce Pearl and the Auburn basketball team hijacked an Auburn marketing class and turned into a pep rally. The team will kick off their season against West Alabama on Nov. 7th at home.

The Tigers were picked to finish 8th in the SEC this year by the media at SEC Media Days earlier this week. Kentucky was the favorite and Florida was picked to finish second.

The big game this year for Auburn will be when the Tigers face Tennessee in Knoxville on January 31 2015. It will be the first time Pearl has faced his old team and been back to Knoxville since he was named the head coach at Auburn.

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Breaking down Auburn at Miss State

Breaking down Auburn at Miss State

Posted on 08 October 2014 by Allen

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The stage is set for the first matchup of two top-five teams in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field history as No. 3 Mississippi State hosts No. 2 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday on CBS. ESPN College GameDay makes its first appearance in Starkville live from the Junction at 8 a.m.

This week MSU earned its highest poll rankings ever. Its previous best was No. 7 in the Associated Press poll on Oct. 31, 1981. The Bulldogs also received two first-place votes this week.

MSU is coming off back-to-back wins over top-10 teams for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs have put up at least 34 points in every game this season, including a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M last Saturday.
Dak Prescott accounted for 356 yards of total offense, 5 TDs in the win.

MSU and Auburn meet for the 88th time and the first time as both top-five opponents. The Tigers lead the all-time series 61-24-2 and have claimed five of the last six meetings. This is the first time since Sept. 10, 2011 that both teams will be ranked when facing each other. Auburn leads the series in Starkville with a 12-5-1 mark. The Bulldogs, however, won the last meeting between the two teams in Starkville, 28-10, in 2012.

In a tough ending last year for the Bulldogs, Mississippi State fell 24-20 in the final minute to Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 2013 Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Auburn jumped out to an 11-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal and 76-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Quan Bray before MSU climbed back into the contest in the second quarter, trailing only 14-13 at halftime. MSU got on the scoreboard with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter as Jameon Lewis ran for a 14-yard touchdown. Auburn answered with a field goal to make it a 14-6 advantage, but the Bulldogs responded again, this time on a five-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dak Prescott.

In the second half, State seemed to take control of the contest, taking a 20-14 lead in the third quarter on a Prescott two-yard touchdown run. The defense helped turn the game around, holding the Tigers to just 18 yards during the third frame. Clinging to a 20-17 advantage with under a minute to play, Auburn drove the length of the field and scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 second to play on an 11-yard toss from Marshall to C.J. Uzomah. Despite the setback, Prescott became the first MSU quarterback to reach 200 passing yards (213) and 100 rushing yards (133) in a game since Chris Relf (224 passing, 103 rushing) against Arkansas in 2010.

Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen is 1-4 all time against the Tigers.

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Auburn thumps LSU 41-7

Auburn thumps LSU 41-7

Posted on 04 October 2014 by Allen

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Fifth-ranked Auburn scored on its first four possessions of the game to defeat the LSU football team, 41-7, on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

No. 15-ranked LSU (4-2, 0-2 SEC) lost its first two league games in Les Miles’ 10 seasons as the Tigers head coach, with both losses coming to undefeated and soon-to-be top-10 SEC West foes.

Starting a true freshman at quarterback for only the seventh time since NCAA rules allowed freshmen to play in 1972, LSU was unable to keep its defense off the field in the first-half onslaught.

Quarterback Brandon Harris finished 3-of-14 passing for 58 yards, while sophomore Anthony Jennings entered in the third quarter and was 5-of-10 passing for 84 yards.

Leonard Fournette led LSU with 42 rushing yards on 10 attempts, while Harris added 36 and Terrence Magee managed 23. Kenny Hilliard scored LSU’s lone touchdown with a 1-yard run that followed a 52-yard catch by Malachi Dupre.

John Diarse and Travin Dural each had 40 receiving yards for LSU.

LSU was outgained 566-280 and was 0-for-13 on third down.

Defensively, LSU’s Danielle Hunter (12 tackles), linebacker Lamar Louis (9), safety Jamal Adams (7) and tackle Christian LaCouture (6) each set career marks for tackles.

LSU remains on the road next Saturday, Oct. 11, as the Tigers will travel to face Florida in Gainesville. Kickoff time and the network television are expected to be announced Sunday.

Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) built a 31-7 halftime lead with big plays and never looked back.

Quarterback Nick Marshall ran the show efficiently for the home team, completing 14-of-22 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns while gaining 119 yards and scoring twice more on the ground.

Cameron Artis-Payne led Auburn with 126 rushing yards, while Sammie Coates caught four passes for 144 yards including a 56-yard back-breaking touchdown catch.

LSU lost the coin toss for the seventh-straight game dating to the 2014 Outback Bowl, and Auburn deferred its decision until the second half

The visiting Tigers couldn’t find an offensive rhythm in the opening quarter, punting on their first three drives without gaining a first down. A raucous environment contributed to a fumbled snap and a false start that kept LSU from finding continuity behind its true freshman signal caller early in the contest.

Meanwhile, national runners-up Auburn started fast behind senior Marshall. Auburn gained 247 yards in the opening quarter, mostly on big plays.

Marshall gained 18 on his first play to the Auburn 40 and picked up his first third-down conversion with a 19-yard pass to Bray to the LSU 34. The LSU defense forced a field goal attempt when Marshall’s pass intended for Williams fell incomplete. A career-long 46-yard field goal by freshman placekicker Daniel Carlson put Auburn ahead 3-0 with 10:16 left in the quarter.

On his second possession, Marshall dumped off a 19-yard pass to Artis-Payne to the LSU 48. Through a holding penalty on second down put Auburn in a second-and-18 hole, Marshall launched a 56-yard touchdown pass to Coates that LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson was in position to make a play on but missed his attempt to bat down.

Auburn’s third drive also included a big play. Backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson threw a 38-yard pass to Coates at the LSU 20 and Marshall scored with a 7-yard scamper two plays later. Auburn led 17-0 with 3:38 left in the opening quarter.

LSU finally found running room on its fourth drive of the game, with Fournette gaining two first downs rushing to the LSU 47. On the next play, Harris rolled out of the pocket and fired a 52-yard strike to Dupre who was tackled at the 1.

Kenny Hilliard scored the 1-yard touchdown on the following play to put LSU on the scoreboard. With 1:24 remaining in the first quarter, LSU trailed 17-7.

LSU’s defense nearly swung the momentum in its favor for the first time when Kendell Beckwith batted a pass into the air, but Ricky Jefferson was unable to come up with the interception. The next two plays went for 26 and 34 yards to the LSU 11. On second-and-goal from the 9, Marshall drifted to his right and waited for tight end C.J. Uzomah to slip undetected into the endzone for a touchdown.

The eight-play, 72-yard drive put Auburn ahead 24-7 with 14:27 remaining in the half.

After five-straight punts, Auburn took over at its 19 and again overcame a negative play – a sack by LaCouture – with a long pass in Coates’ direction. The 29-yard reception moved Auburn to its 43 before Marshall added 15 yards with his feet and Artis-Payne moved the chains to the LSU 31 with an 11-yard run.

Auburn pushed its advantage to 31-7 with the seven-play, 81-yard drive.

In the closing minute, LSU coverted a fourth-and-1 with a 14-yard run by Williams to the LSU 48. Harris’ 32-yard run to the Auburn 25 put the Tigers in field-goal range with 10 seconds left and one timeout. LSU didn’t use the timeout and Harris’ pass intended for Travin Dural was batted away with no time remaining.

On its second drive of the third quarter, Auburn used a 21-yard pass from Marshall to Coates to setup a 42-yard field goal by Carlson that added to the Auburn lead, 34-7, with 7:33 on the clock.

LSU’s defense earned a turnover when Marshall fumbled at his 35. However, with Jennings under center, LSU managed only three yards and gave the ball back on downs.

Following an Auburn punt, Jennings’ 37 yard pass to Diarse gave LSU a first down at its 45. Jennings ran for nine yards and Fournette moved the chains with a short run. On the final play of the third quarter, Auburn was flagged for pass interference on Dupre at the goalline to give LSU a first down at the Auburn 28. LSU was unable to advance in four downs and turned the ball back to Auburn.

With four plays of more than 10 yards – all on the ground – Auburn added to its lead with a nine-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a Corey Grant 12-yard touchdown run around the right end.

Auburn led 41-7 with 8:44 remaining in the game.

LSU’s second touchdown of the game came in the final four minutes. After a Fournette first down rushing, Jennings connected with Dural for 40 yards to the Auburn 20. For the third time in the second half, LSU passed up a meaningless field goal for a shot at a touchdown. But, LSU was denied each time.

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Malzahn wants Auburn to have a balanced offense

Malzahn wants Auburn to have a balanced offense

Posted on 02 September 2014 by Allen

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Backup Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson played really well Saturday before giving way to Nick Marshall in the second half in Saturday’s win against Arkansas. Johnson threw for 243 yards in two quarters but when Marshall came in he only passed for 50.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talked about wanting to balance out the offense today in his press conference.

“Like I said all off-season, our goal is to be more balanced,” said Malzahn. “It just so happened that we were successful doing a few things, so, as a coach, you keep doing it if something is working like Jeremy throwing the ball. We have a lot of confidence in Nick throwing the ball and really feel like he will be very successful this year. And I’m going to say the same thing about Jeremy — he can run the zone read and he can do all the running stuff that we need him to do in our offense. Each situation dictates different things. They give you some things, they take away some things and the challenge of being really good on offense is being able to take what they give you and answer it and being able to execute that answer.”

Malzahn was singing a different tune when he spoke about the pressure Marshall put on the defense.

“When Nick is on the field, they are concerned with him on the edge and that opened up some alleys for our run game,” explained Malzahn. “He did a solid job, even in the passing game, I think we had a drop, but he did a good job when he did throw it. We have a lot of confidence in him.”

Auburn will host San Jose State at home on Saturday. This time Marshall, barring injury will play the entire game.

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Bruce Pearl picks up 4th commit in 9 days

Bruce Pearl picks up 4th commit in 9 days

Posted on 01 September 2014 by Allen

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Bruce Pear Auburn

Bruce Pearl is killing it on the recruiting trail with his 2015 recruiting class. Yesterday he picked up 4 star guard New Williams from California. Williams is one of the top guards in California and had offers from Louisville, Oregon, Arizona State, and a few other programs. According to ESPN New ranks as the 53rd best shooting guard in the country and is the 90th best player in the country according to Rivals.

Last month Pearl picked up commits from 4 star Danjel Purifoy, 4 star Horace Spencer and 3 star T.J. Dunans. All in all it’s shaping up as a Top 10 recruiting class for the Tigers.

Auburn should be competitive this year but when Pearl starts bringing in his own kids next year the Tigers could be unstoppable.

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