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Friday, February 5, 2016

Auburn Finishes 2016 Recruiting Class


That's the only word for it, really. 

After a dismal finish to their 2014 season, and a disaster throughout the 2015 season. Plus, the former defensive coordinator left for the head coaching position in South Carolina, and he took 3 position coaches with him. All from the defensive side of the ball I might add.

This Auburn coaching staff worked like crazy and ended up with a Top 10 recruiting class  Considering the obstacles against this staff, the #9 ranked class in America is quite the accomplishment.

Auburn ended the day with 21 signees. 

Tashawn Manning has an NCAA waiver and 

won't count against the 25. The total will 

actually be 22 because Auburn includes 

Jamel Dean, who transferred from Texas and 

Kevin Phillips.

What this means is Auburn will have three

scholarships left to use for a transfer or roll 

over into next year's class. Auburn could 

potentially sign 28 next year if this is how it 

ends up. These numbers could fluctuate 

depending on, among other things such as 

transfers, what Stephen Davis Jr. decides 

to do.

This coming season will be monumental in Auburn football. All signs point to a very talented team that will have everything it needs to compete for championships. 

Gus painted himself into a corner saying things like;  "We have the tools to produce a Top 10 defense" "We have targeted this guy as our future QB for 3 years." In several instances Gus expounded on the relationships that were built over the last 2 or 3 years since he's been at Auburn. 

With the 4th consecutive Top 10 recruiting class for this staff, the time is now. It is time to produce a championship caliber football team. In the near future we will examine the players along with their coaches.

We will take a look at Auburn's football schedule, and what it will take to get thru that schedule, and make the College Football Playoff. Until then,

War Eagle!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Special Signing Day for Auburn Football

Coaches Gardner and Malzahn celebrate a great defensive class. photo by Auburn Athletics

 Auburn finished this day in the top 10 for the 4th consecutive year and probably has one of the best defensive line and wide receiver classes in the country. 

Two of the big announcements today that I saw was Derrick Brown, a 5 star defensive tackle from Buford, GA and Nate Craig-Myers, a 4 star wide receiver from Tampa, Florida.  I was actually surprised at the news about Derrick Brown since I was led to believe all day by the Atlanta news media that he would certainly sign with Georgia. 

This will be the first time that Auburn has signed the number 1 player in Georgia. Here are some of my thoughts about this recruiting class:

1. The defensive front should be solid next season with the addition of Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson, Antwan Jackson, Paul James, Nick Coe and Dashawn Manning. 

I expect Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson to be starting on the defensive line this season and both could make an instant impact. Both players are destined to be all SEC players.

2. It does appear that Auburn intends to throw the ball a lot next season with the recruitment of Kyle Davis,  Nate Craig-Myers, Eli Stove and Marquis McClain. 

I do believe that all of these receivers will see the field next Fall. Kyle Davis and Nate Craig-Myers are destined to be immediate impact players.

3.  The QB competition will come down to Jeremy Johnson, John Franklin and Sean White. It will be interesting to see how the QBs performs in the Spring game on April 9. John Franklin is a dual threat.  The decision on the starting QB at Auburn will define the season.

 Auburn did sign Woody Barrett, a 4 star QB, although it's reported that he is scheduled to take the SAT again so I wish him well.

4. Prince Sammons , a 4 star defensive lineman from Cincinnati, Ohio. Auburn will most likely convert him to the offensive line. Also, Brodarious Hamm, a 3 star offensive tackle from Griffin, GA will add some depth to the offensive line.

5. Malik Miller, a 3 star running back from Madison, Alabama will add some depth to the Auburn running back rotation now that Peyton Barber has left for the NFL.

6. Marlon Character, a 3 star safety from Atlanta, Jayvaughn Myers, a 3 star corner back from Dade City, Florida and Daniel Thomas, a 3 star safety from Montgomery, Alabama and John Broussard, a 4 star corner back from Phenix City, Alabama will add some needed depth to the defensive backfield. 

7. Tre Threat, a 3 star linebacker from Spanish Fort, Alabama and Landon Rice, a 4 star tight end from Calhoun, GA was signed.

The foundation has now been laid for the future of this Auburn Football program under Gus Malzahn and I look forward to the next football season. 

War Eagle!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Congrats Cam!

Congratulations to Cam Newton for being named the MVP of the NFL. I am sure that we all remember this TD run in the Auburn/LSU game in 2010.
War Eagle!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Auburn Basketball Stems the Tide

In our great state, it doesn't matter what the sport is. When you play against the team from Tuscaloosa, it's serious! Last night in the Auburn Arena the Auburn Men's basketball team defeated Alabama 83-77.


In what Coach Bruce Pearl described as his best performance, Cinmeon Bowers played like a man on a mission. 

From the AUfficial Auburn website: "Having him out there at power forward is a good matchup for him because he can do things on the perimeter. He can guard on the perimeter and he's very powerful inside. He's at a good place right now."

Video from 247Sports:

 This writer would like to give a special shout out to Kareem (Ka3reem) Canty for playing on what was undoubtedly a very sore ankle. Canty twisted his ankle severely in Auburn's win against Kentucky last Saturday.

For the record, I really like saying that Auburn defeated Kentucky and Alabama in the same week. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Blue Grass Boogie

One of the sweetest moments in any sport happens when the underdog takes down the formidable favorite. When it happens at home, the taste of victory is so much more sweet.

On a Saturday night in Auburn, Alabama the sweet taste of victory came calling. Auburn's Men's basketball team answered the call by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 75-70, and the celebrations began. 

Trailing by just 5 at the half, the Auburn Arena crowd was buzzing. Then Kentucky started strong in the second half and led 47-35 at one point. The Tigers climbed back into the game and with 10:37 to go and from that moment on, it was a battle that only those who wanted it most would win.


From the AU Plainsman

Auburn has defeated Kentucky's Football team, Men's AND Women's Basketball Team's, Gymnastics Team, & Swimming Team!