Mobile four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis down to 3, committing soon

One of the state’s top prospects is set to commit by the end of the week.

Mobile four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis set for Friday commitment

One of the state's top prospects is set to commit by the end of the week.

One of the state’s top prospects is set to commit by the end of the week.

Jalyn Armour-Davis, a four-star cornerback from St. Paul’s in Mobile, confirmed with AL.com that he will choose between Florida State, Alabama and Auburn on Friday.

Armour-Davis is slated to make his announcement on his Twitter feed around 12:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Armour-Davis is ranked as the state’s No. 4 prospect, No. 15 cornerback and No. 127 national recruit per the 247Sports composite.

Armour-Davis, also a track star, visited Alabama in mid-April. The Crimson Tide did not make his first top six, but now seem in good position along with Auburn and Florida State.

The first-team Class 5A All-State andAll-Coastal Alabama selectionfinished his junior season with 31 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He also had three TD receptions and one rushing score on offense.

Mountain Brook’s Harold Joiner invited to The Opening finals

A third in-state player has been invited to Nike's The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

A third in-state player has been invited to Nike’s The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

Harold Joiner,a four-star recruit from Mountain Brook, was officially added to the roster on Wednesday. The Opening Finals will be from June 28-July 3 in Oregon.

Joiner has offers from around the country, and added one from Southern Cal earlier this week. LSU is his leader, as the Tigers have given him the best opportunity to play running back.

Many schools see the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Joiner as one who could shine at almost any position on the field, including running back, receiver, tight end, linebacker or safety.

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Joinerjoins Park Crossing offensive lineman Tank Jenkins and Central-Phenix City receiver Justyn Ross as players who earned an invite to the Opening from Alabama. Ross shined at the Atlanta Regional and was picked that day. Jenkins, the offensive line MVP at the Charlotte Regional, becomes No. 2.

Joiner also participated and did well at the Atlanta Opening Regional.

Two quarterbacks – Sidney Lanier’s James Foster and Saraland’s Jack West – earned invites to the Elite 11 finalsnext weekend in Los Angeles. They could advance from there to The Opening Finals.

Read more on Alabama, Auburn and in-state recruit notes from The Opening regionals so far.

Opening finals, here I come!![?] @TheOpening pic.twitter.com/qXKWjlzlvR

— Harold Joiner (@hkjoiner3) May 24, 2017

Mountain Brook’s Harold Joiner invited to The Opening finals

A third in-state player has been invited to Nike’s The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

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Pat Dye: ‘We don’t need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn’

Former Auburn coach: “I’m fixing to make a statement that won’t be a popular statement, I guarantee you. I’d rather see Auburn in the East than us play Alabama every year.”

Pat Dye: ‘We don’t need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn’

Former Auburn coach: “I'm fixing to make a statement that won't be a popular statement, I guarantee you. I'd rather see Auburn in the East than us play Alabama every year.”

Pat Dye isn’t backing down from his belief Auburn should move to the SEC East.

In fact, he said Auburn shouldn’t let Alabama dictate what the Tigers do.

Last week, theformer Auburn coach said Auburn and Missouri should trade places in the SEC East and West divisions.

On his weekly radio show,which airs later Wednesday evening, he re-iterated that point.

“I’m fixing to make a statement that won’t be apopular statement, I guarantee you,” Dye said. “I’d rather see Auburn in the East than us play Alabama every year. I know the Iron Bowl, (and) I’m not the least bit afraid of Auburn playing Alabama. We can play them on a rotating basis like everyone else.”

The current set-up was approved in order to help preserve inter-division rivalry games, such as Georgia-Auburn and Tennessee-Alabama.

“If we do what we are supposed to do and Alabama does what they are supposed to do, weplay them one time a year anyway in Atlanta.”

Dyesaid Auburn recruits in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, so being in the East is a natural fit. He pointed out the Tigers don’t recruit Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

“We don’t need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn,” Dyesaid. “That’s what happened when they divided the teams up in the conference.”

Did Auburn make the Top 5 list of Bo Jackson’s great-nephew?

Hoover receiver Shedrick Jackson on Wednesday afternoon moved one recruiting step closer to signing with a college football team. And yes, the great-nephew of Auburn football legend and NFL great Bo Jackson is still considering War Eagle.

Did Auburn make the Top 5 list of Bo Jackson’s great-nephew?

Hoover receiver Shedrick Jackson on Wednesday afternoon moved one recruiting step closer to signing with a college football team. And yes, the great-nephew of Auburn football legend and NFL great Bo Jackson is still considering War Eagle.

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Hoover receiver Shedrick Jackson on Wednesday afternoon moved one recruiting step closer to signing with a college football team. And yes, the great-nephew of Auburn football legend and NFL great Bo Jackson is still considering War Eagle.

Jackson announced his Top 5 list, a mixture of SEC schools with a sprinkle of ACC and American Athletic Conference representation.

Here’s his list (In no particular order, as far as we know):

Memphis.
Auburn.
Missouri.
Mississippi State.
Georgia Tech.

Jackson is preparing for his senior season this fall at Hoover, the defending Class 7A state champions.

Top 5[?] !![?]
Thank you to al the coaches that recruited me and I’m grateful for the oppurtunities I have been given! pic.twitter.com/ErFnp6XfwI

— Shedrick Jackson (@shedrickj85) May 24, 2017

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Jackson, listed at 6 feet, 200 pounds, caught a 44-yard pass during Hoover’s spring game win last week against Park Crossing. He’s expected to have a bigger role in Hoover’s 2017 offense, which will feature a new starting quarterback.

Last season, Jackson caught 43 passes for 661 yards and threescores.

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Javier Arenas, Duke Williams among state players preparing for CFL season

Three wide receivers with Alabama roots are trying to continue their football dreams with the Edmonton Eskimos. Tuskegee’s Larry Cobb, Murphy’s Jarvis Turner and Auburn’s D’haquille “Duke” Williams are among 21 players from Alabama high schools and colleges on CFL rosters as the Canadian circuit heads into training camp.

Javier Arenas, Duke Williams among state players preparing for CFL season

Three wide receivers with Alabama roots are trying to continue their football dreams with the Edmonton Eskimos. Tuskegee's Larry Cobb, Murphy's Jarvis Turner and Auburn's D'haquille “Duke” Williams are among 21 players from Alabama high schools and colleges on CFL rosters as the Canadian circuit heads into training camp.

Three wide receivers with Alabama roots are hoping to continue their football dreams with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.

Canadian Football League teams opened training camps for first-year players and quarterbacks on Wednesday, and full training camps for the league’s nine teams start on Sunday.

Larry Cobb, Jarvis Turner and D’haquille “Duke” Williamsare trying to earn places on the Eskimos as rookies. They’re among the 21 players from Alabama high schools and colleges on CFL rosters as on-the-field preparations for the 2017 season begin.

A standout at Demopolis High School, Cobb was a team captain at Tuskegeeas a senior in 2014. Since then, he’s played indoor football, leaving the Duke City Gladiators of the Champions Indoor Football League for his CFL opportunity after impressing Edmonton during a tryout and at minicamp earlier this month. The Gladiators are based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A standout at Murphy High School, Turner played collegiately at Alcorn State. He went to training camp with the Washington Redskins last year, but was released when the NFL team trimmed its roster to reach the regular-season limit.

Williams was considered one of the top wide receivers in the 2016 NFL Draft class entering the 2015 season. But he caught only 12 passes for Auburn beforebeing dismissed from the team on Oct. 5, 2015.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn dismissed Williams five games into the season after the wideout wasinvolved in an altercationoutside a bar following the Tigers’ victory over San Jose State on Oct. 3. Thebrawl left reserve center Xavier Dampeerwith a jaw injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Williams went to training camp with the Los Angeles Rams last year, but was released when the NFL team trimmed its roster to reach the regular-season limit.

At the other end of the experience ledger among the Alabama players in the CFL are Bryant Turner Jr., a defensive tackle for the British Columbia Lions, and Bear Woods, a linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes. Both have six seasons of CFL experience.

Bryant, who played at Daphne and UAB, was a CFL All-Star in 2012. Woods, who played at Troy, received that honor in 2014 and 2016.

Woods was named Montreal’s Outstanding Defensive Player last year, when former Auburn standout Jonathon Mincy won the Alouettes’ Most Outstanding Rookie Award at cornerback.

Mincy and Williams are among five former Auburn players on CFL rosters. South Alabamahas four former players in the league, Troy has three, Alabama, Tuskegee and UAB have two apiece and West Alabama has one.

Among the former Crimson Tide players is cornerback Javier Arenas, who has five seasons of NFL experience, but he hasn’t played since he was with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014.

The first CFL preseason game is set for June 6. The CFL regular season kicks off on June 22.

The players with Alabama football roots on current CFL rosters include:

British Columbia Lions: Bryant Turner Jr., defensive tackle, Daphne, UAB; Swayze Waters, place-kicker, UAB.

Calgary Stampeders: Devonte Danzey, offensive lineman, Auburn; Maleki Harris, linebacker, Cordova, South Alabama; Cordarro Law, defensive end, Sumter County; Ucambre Williams, offensive lineman, Central-Phenix City, South Alabama.

Edmonton Eskimos: Larry Cobb, wide receiver, Demopolis, Tuskegee; Jarvis Turner, wide receiver, Murphy; D’haquille “Duke” Williams, wide receiver, Auburn.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Ethan Davis, defensive back, Troy; Desmond Washington, defensive back, Auburn.

Montreal Alouettes: Jonathon Mincy, defensive back, Auburn; Bear Woods, linebacker, Troy.

Ottawa Redblacks: Javier Arenas, defensive back, Alabama.

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Brandon Bridge, quarterback, South Alabama; Kennedy Estelle, offensive lineman, West Alabama; Desmond Reece, wide receiver, Valley, Tuskegee.

Toronto Argonauts: Qudarius Ford, defensive back, South Alabama; Chandler Worthy, wide receiver, Troy.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Darvin Adams, wide receiver, Auburn; Dominick Jackson, offensive lineman, Alabama.

The reason Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham does pushups after missed throws

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham tends to be tough on himself.

The reason Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham does pushups after missed throws

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham tends to be tough on himself.

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Jarrett Stidham dropped to the floor in Auburn’s locker room at halftime on A-Day and pumped out two sets of 10 pushups.

He had to after a pair of missed opportunities in the first half of Auburn’s spring game last month.

“If it’s in practice and I miss a wide-open throw or it’s not where it should be, I usually do some pushups,” Stidham said after the game.

On A-Day, Stidham rarely made mistakeswhile completing 16-of-20 pass attempts for 267 yards in the first half with the first-team offense, an effort that was good enough to earn him offensive MVP honors. Two of those incompletions, however, left Stidham wanting more.

Noted for being hard on himself and overly criticalof his own performances, Stidham was disappointed with two missed chances in the first half of the spring game that he felt he should have completed.

The first came on a first-and-10 play from the 20-yard line, when Stidham overthrew receiver Jason Smith on a sure-fire touchdown as Smith streaked toward the end zone wide open. It marked Stidham’s first incomplete pass after opening with five straight completions, and it denied the junior college transfer of what should have been his first touchdown pass of the day.

The other came midway through the second quarter, when Stidham misfired on a screen to walk-on running back C.J. Tolbert on a third-and-10, causing Auburn to settle for a field goal attempt from Daniel Carlson.

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The result? Twenty pushups for Stidham at halftime.

Part of the reason behind the pushups is because of how critical of himself Stidham can be. Sometimes, he said, “it’s kind of a self-inflicted thing.” Others, however, are thanks to offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

Since arriving on campus in January, Lindsey — who has built a reputation as a developer of quarterbacks early in his career — has tried to hold his quarterbacks accountable for their actions on the field in practice. The pushups on missed or errant passes are just one of those methods.

“We try to do some accountability stuff just to put it in their head,” Lindsey told AL.com last week before speaking to the Atlanta Auburn Club in Johns Creek, Ga. “But yeah, Jarrett’s hard on himself, which I think is a really good characteristic for a quarterback. At the same time, you got to be able to turn the page and play the next play. I do think he’s very critical of himself after practice when we watch film and obviously games. He wants to be perfect.”

Lindsey’s idea to dole out pushups for errant throws wasn’t completely organic, or even new to Auburn, for that matter. The Tigers’ new offensive coordinator got the idea from head coach Gus Malzahn, who regaled Lindsey with stories from 2010 — when Malzahn was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator and Cam Newton was his quarterback.

Malzahn, according to Lindsey, had a similar accountability system set up for Newton, who went on to win the Heisman and guide Auburn to its most recent national championship. Lindsey liked the idea so much he decided to implement it this spring with Stidham and the rest of the quarterbacks.

“I liked what he was saying, and if you can make Cam Newton do pushups, then we can make anybody do pushups,” Lindsey said. “That was kind of the attitude I took with our quarterbacks.”

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Running backs

Let's take a look at what's going on at the running back position for Auburn.

The evaluation period for college coaches to hit the road and scout prospects ends later this month just as college camps are about to get underway.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on at the running back position for Auburn.

Any commitments?

Shaun Shivers, an all-purpose back from Hollywood, Fla., committed last October. At 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, Shivers is also a track star but not an every down back. He’ll get some carries (not many on third and short), catch some passes and return some kicks.

RELATED: How Shaun Shivers fits in the offense.

The latest

Since Kam Pettway looks NFL-bound after this year and Kerryon Johnson will also be a junior, Auburn is looking to add another running back. Malik Miller has been injured and Kam Martin shows promise, but more depth is needed in this class.

Auburn offered Austin High star Asa Martin in February and looks to be a favorite for the in-state star. However, Auburn is also in the final three for Murfreesboro, Tenn., four-star Master Teague, along with Tennessee and Georgia. A commitment could come at any time, so perhaps Auburn is waiting to see what Teague does.

Mountain Brook star Harold Joiner is also a possibility, but LSU is his favorite since the Tigers have shown him the most love as a running back and others see him growing into other positions.

Watch out for Dameon Pierce, the four-star from Bainbridge, Ga., who recently decommitted from Alabama.

Bottom line

Auburn will sign Shivers and another running back. It’s tough to tell who that will be at this point.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Running backs

Let’s take a look at what’s going on at the running back position for Auburn.

AL.com All-Access: Random musings on a late May Wedneday morning

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Some random thoughts on a Wednesday morning.

** Alabama has just two commitments, but that will go up after the first camp from June 4-6. There are several players who have “offers” but won’t be given the green light to commit until the show up. Some, like JUCO defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, probably just have to be seen in person (without even camping) by Nick Saban to be given the green light. Others have to perform well in camp.

** Auburn, with six commitments so far, will add more in June as well and should get at least one on June 3 for Big Cat Weekend. Last year, Malcolm Askew committed on that date.

** Things couldn’t be going in further opposite directions than with Alabama and Auburn baseball, regardless of what happened on the field in Auburn earlier this season.

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** Auburn has turned things around as of late and, if it can pull off an upset of Florida in the SEC Tournament tonight, is a dark horse to win it with how its pitching sets up. But the regional next week is more important, and Casey Mize looked back to his dominant self in six innings of two-run relief in the win over Ole Miss. The Mize-Keegan Thompson 1-2 starting punch can get Auburn to a regional final.

** Meanwhile, Alabama seems to be revoking scholarshipsleft and right and it’s not going over well for a team that went 5-24-1 in SEC games. Alabama’s baseball roster will look entirely different next season.

** Alabama got great news with the return of Braxton Key. He’ll shine when he’s not the best player on the floor and get more open opportunities with freshman Collin Sexton commanding plenty of attention. This should be the best combined year for Alabama and Auburn in a long time as Auburn returns every key player and adds some big recruits.

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Marquis McClain has ‘a lot of growing up to do’ before cracking Auburn’s receiver rotation

Marquis McClain was the only freshman receiver to redshirt last season for Auburn, and he still has work to do before becoming a meaningful factor at receiver for the Tigers.

Marquis McClain had the longest reception on A-Day and the lone touchdown catch of the day for Auburn.

Thanks to a 69-yard touchdown, McClain finished the spring game with two receptions for 73 yards — third most among all receivers. The redshirt freshman still has a way to go before working his way into the Tigers’ regular rotation at receiver in 2017.

“Just a lot of growing up to do,” Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns said of McClain before speaking at the Barbour County Auburn Club in Eufaula this week. “He’s one of the more talented guys we have. I think just as far as the skillset, he’s really, really good, but not it’s just about really growing up, understanding how good he really is.

“I think if he takes that to a tee and develops, I think he can be a really good player for us.”

McClain isn’t quite there yet.

After signing with Auburn as a three-star prospect out of Crestview, Fla., McClain redshirted in 2016. He was the only one of Auburn’s four freshman receivers to not see the field last season, as Kyle Davis, Nate Craig-Myers and Eli Stove all had their moments in the spotlight as true freshmen.

This spring, McClain was looking to break through and into the Tigers’ rotation at receiver, and his long touchdown on A-Day capped a spring in which the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder made progress, according to offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

“You see flashes,” Burns said. “With him, it’s just kind of inconsistent. If he can begin to be a consistent guy who does that once every two catches or makes a big play consistently, he can really become a guy for us.”

That has been McClain’s biggest deterrent to this point, and the main reason he remains behind a handful of teammates at Auburn’s split end position, including Darius Slayton and senior Jason Smith, though Craig-Myers and Davis could also see time in that role.

Before he can break into the rotation at receiver, however, McClain has some areas he needs to improve upon to reach that level of consistency Burns expects of his receiving corps. According to Buns, McClain needs to work on improving all-around, from hands, to route-running to, most importantly, understanding Lindsey’s offensive system.

While McClain hasn’t reached that level yet, Burns is excited to continue to help develop the big-bodied receiver over the next several years, adding that he believes McClain can be a “special” receiver down the road.

“The sky’s the limit for that guy,” Burns said. “His potential is big, and he’s got a chance to really help us out at some point.”

Marquis McClain has ‘a lot of growing up to do’ before cracking Auburn’s receiver rotation

Marquis McClain was the only freshman receiver to redshirt last season for Auburn, and he still has work to do before becoming a meaningful factor at receiver for the Tigers.

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A breakdown of Auburn's split ends after spring practice

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Auburn Advances in SEC Tournament

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Day one certainly didn’t come easy for an Auburn team that has struggled mightily in the month of May, but they live to see another day in the SEC Tournament following a 5-4 win over Ole Miss in the first round. 

The Rebels took an early 2-0 lead before the Tigers broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from an RBI double from Will Holland and an RBI triple from Jonah Todd. Auburn then allowed an unearned run in the top of the sixth to tie things back up at 3-3.

But with a full count in the bottom of the sixth, Blake Logan smacked one over the fence in left to take the lead that Auburn would then hold for the rest of the game.

Keegan Thompson struggled a bit on the mound early in the game, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk through just three innings of work. 

Casey Mize came into the game in the fourth inning to relieve Keegan Thompson and delivered six innings of work and earning the win. Mize’s commanding performance was crucial for a pitching staff that will need plenty of rested arms for the remainder of this week’s tournament.

The win was an important one, as the Tigers have now seemingly locked up a spot in an NCAA regional game next week.

Next up for Auburn is a matchup against No. 1 seed Florida. It will be the final game played on Wednesday night.

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Jermaine Whitehead ticketed for driving 110 mph on interstate

Green Bay safety Jermaine Whitehead, a former Auburn standout, was ticketed for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone with three of his Packers teammates in the car.

Jermaine Whitehead ticketed for driving 110 mph on interstate

Green Bay safety Jermaine Whitehead, a former Auburn standout, was ticketed for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone with three of his Packers teammates in the car.

Former Auburnstandout Jermaine Whitehead was ticketed for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone with three of his Green Bay Packers teammates in the car last week, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reportedon Tuesday afternoon.

Citing the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department incident report, Cohen reported Whitehead was pulled over at 3:39 a.m. Friday on Interstate 43 near Holland, Wisconsin.

“Jermaine originally said he was going 75 to 80 when I asked him how fast he was driving,” deputy sheriff Chad Baumann wrote. “I told him his speed and the fact he was passing a semi at a high rate of speed. He did not contest this speed.

“I learned he and the three occupants were heading to Green Bay as they have to work at 8 a.m. I then learned they were Green Bay Packer players.”

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Whitehead made his NFL debut during the 2016 season, playing 13 plays on special teams in the Packers’ games against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 30 and the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 6. Whitehead was on Green Bay’s practice squad when he was signed to the active roster, and he returned to the practice squad after his two-game stay on the 53-player roster.

Whitehead earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2015. He stayed there almost the entire season until the Baltimore Ravens signed him to the active roster on Dec. 23, 2015. However, Whitehead didn’t get on the field in the Ravens’ two remaining games.

After being released by Baltimore on May 13, 2016, Whitehead signed with Green Bay five days later and went through the Packers’ offseason program and training camp before landing on the practice squad to start the 2016 campaign.

Green Bay held its first practice of Phase 3 of its offseason program on Tuesday.

Park Crossing OL Tank Jenkins invited to The Opening finals

A second in-state player has been invited to Nike’s The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

Park Crossing OL Tank Jenkins invited to The Opening finals

A second in-state player has been invited to Nike's The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

A second in-state player has been invited to Nike’s The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

Tank Jenkins, a four-star recruit from Park Crossingin Montgomery, was officially added to the roster on Tuesday. The Opening Finals will be from June 28-July 3 in Oregon.

Jenkins is one of the top interior linemen in the country and ranked as the state’s top offensive linemen by recruiting services. He has an Auburn offer and is expected to camp at Alabama in hopes of earning a Crimson Tide offer.

Both Alabama and Auburn’s offensive line coaches were on hand to see Park Crossing and Jenkins perform in their spring game against Hoover.

Park Crossing coach Smitty Griderindicated that some out-of-state power 5 schools are recruiting Jenkins hardest right now.

Jenkins joins Central-Phenix City receiver Justyn Ross as players who earned an invite to the Opening from Alabama. Ross shined at the Atlanta Regional and was picked that day. Jenkins, the offensive line MVP at the Charlotte Regional, becomes No. 2.

Two quarterbacks – Sidney Lanier’s James Foster and Saraland’s Jack West – earned invites to the Elite 11 finalsnext weekend in Los Angeles. They could advance from there to The Opening Finals.

Read more on Alabama, Auburn and in-state recruit notes from The Opening regionals so far.

Congrats to OL Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) of Park Crossing (AL) on earning his invite to #TheOpening Finals! pic.twitter.com/03FpystFaA

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Casey McCrackin provides boost to bottom of Auburn’s batting order during Regionals

It wasn’t difficult for Clint Myers to pinpoint why Casey McCrackin struggled so often for so long this season. The reasons were easy to indentify from his perch in the third-base coach’s box.

Auburn signee JaTarvious Whitlow takes the backflip challenge with a former gymnast

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JaTarvious Whitlow has many talents.

During his career atLaFayette High School he played quarterback, receiver, running back, cornerback, safety, linebacker, defensive end, and even nose guard while also returning kicks and punting on special teams.

In addition to football, he wasan All-State selection in basketball and track.

What about gymnastics? In the video above, AL.com reporter and former college gymnast Lauren Sisler puts Whitlow to the test.

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Auburn softball took care of business this past weekend as they thumped East Tennessee State 11–0, outlasted Cal 4–3 in extra innings, and then sent the Bears home on Sunday with a solid 8–2 thrashing. ETSU had no chance at Auburn, but it took a questionable call at the plate Saturday for Auburn to stay in the game with Cal before Alyssa Rivera knocked in Brittany Maresette to win the game. Sunday’s 8–2 score wasn’t nearly that close. Auburn cruised to the win after the Tigers scored seven of their eight runs in the first two frames. Auburn will now host Oklahoma in a Super Regional rematch of last year’s national championship finals. First pitch will be at 3:00 p.m. CT Friday and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The other stick team, Auburn baseball, plays today in the SEC Tournament. By a twist of fate the Tigers will play Ole Miss in a rematch of last weekend’s final regular season series. The Rebels won the last game, but the Tigers won the series. Today’s winner will get the opportunity to play No. 1 seed Florida tomorrow in the double-elimination part of the tournament. The loser will go home.

The much anticipated return of Auburn receiver Kyle Davis came to fruition as he was part of team meetings the night before the summer courses began. It is very interesting that the story of a player with such limited impact last year has had such a rabid following. Much of that has to do with the media. Auburn has continued to stay out of the limelight this late spring, which is a terrific thing as only bad things seem to happen this time of year. As a result, Davis’ story has been one of the lone talking points during this slow time. While Auburn has been quiet about the reason Kyle Davis missed the entire spring, the rumor mill was consistent that the “personal business” Gus Malzahn gave for his absence involved taking care of his sick mother.

At any rate, it’s certainly good news to have the talented receiver back in the fold. In his Track ‘Em Tigers’ Scouting Report, Davis was described as a big-bodied, ideal deep threat guy with terrific size who fights hard for the ball. That’s exactly what Auburn fans saw when he had opportunities. While it was no surprise that he would return to Auburn, it is important that he is making summer workouts. Of course, fans hope that his “personal business” has come to a satisfactory conclusion. Auburn will have a quartet of young receivers now with Davis rounding out the talented group of Darius Slayton, Nate Craig-Myers, and Eli Stove. 

His return is absolutely massive, and it impacts no one more than potential starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham hit long ball after long ball in Auburn’s spring game, specifically to Nate Craig-Myers. No one should take anything from Craig-Myers, but he isn’t the optimal deep threat on this roster. In fact, he might be third behind Darius Slayton and, you guessed it, Kyle Davis. The combination of Slayton and Davis could allow for  play after play of deep shots against tired defensive backs. 

Vegas released the over/under on win totals for many college football teams last Monday. Included in that list are the Auburn Tigers, for whom Vegas set the line at eight wins. Auburn fans know that Auburn finished the 2016 season 8–5 last season after a letdown in the Sugar Bowl. 8–5 has been the calling card for Auburn teams other than some spectacular years such as 2004, 2010, and 2013. 

Eight wins is one way to look at it. Five losses is another. Outside of Clemson and Alabama, every single game on Auburn’s schedule is winnable. Whom do they believe will beat the Auburn Tigers? Obviously, Georgia comes to mind, which has been nearly unbeatable against Auburn since Tommy Tuberville left. Likewise, that game against LSU in Baton Rouge. Make no mistake, that’s a tough place for anyone to win, but it is folly to give Ed Orgeron so much credit this early.

 In other words, oddsmakers must have no faith that Jarrett Stidham will succeed as Auburn’s starting signal caller. If they did, they would notice that Auburn’s last nine-plus win seasons came with JUCO quarterbacks. Outside of a very bad call against Texas A&M in 2014 and, later, a fumbled snap, Auburn would have three nine win seasons – all with JUCO guys. Still, eight wins seems low for a team with this much talent, whether Stidham starts or not.

Speaking of Stidham and odds, Vegas finally added him as a 40–1 shot at winning the Heisman. That puts him in the same bracket as three other quarterbacks: Texas’ Buechele, Mississippi State’s Fitzgerald and South Florida’s Flowers. All three were essentially day-one starters last season, something Stidham cannot boast about.  Truly, outside of Stidham, only Texas’ Buechele has a legitimate chance, which is no reflection on the other two. South Florida and Mississippi State do not have what Texas and Auburn have: a legitimate chance at national prominence. And, of the two teams, Auburn is really in a much better place than Texas due to the Longhorn’s simply awful defense. 

Until next time …

War Eagle!

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Meet the celebrity lookalikes for all 14 SEC head football coaches.

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Troy coach Neal Brown on scheduling Alabama and Auburn: ‘We’d love the opportunity’

Trojans in talks with ACC and SEC schools, according to Troy coach Neal Brown.

Troy coach Neal Brown on scheduling Alabama and Auburn: ‘We’d love the opportunity’

Trojans in talks with ACC and SEC schools, according to Troy coach Neal Brown.

Troy football is on the roll.

Coming offthe program’s first 10-win FBS season, coach Neal Brown joined me on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 on Monday to discuss the upcoming season as well as future scheduling.

The Trojans open at Boise State and play at LSUin non-conference action. In fact, Troyplays in-state foesAlabama State and South Alabama.

Would he want to playAlabama and Auburn?

“Without question, we’d love the opportunity to suit up and play Alabama or Auburn,” Brown said. “We tried to initiate talks. Those talks haven’t moved forward. I don’t know. We’d love to play them obviously.

“That’s going to have to be a decision Alabama and Auburn make. I think it would be a cost-prohibitive measure for them. If you look, they are playing similar teams in our league. Alabama’s playing Arkansas State for 1.7 or 1.8 million. I’m sure not only Troy, but South Alabama would love the opportunity to get on the field with those two guys as well.”

Here is the 2017 Troy schedule

Sept. 2 at Boise State
Sept. 9 Alabama State
Sept. 16 at New Mexico State
Sept. 23 Akron
Sept. 30 at LSU
Oct. 11 South Alabama (ESPN2)
Oct. 21 at Georgia State
Oct. 28 Georgia Southern
Nov. 2 Idaho (ESPNU)
Nov. 11 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 25 Texas State
Dec. 2 at Arkansas State

Brown has a philosophy on scheduling future opponents.

“We’re going to play one FCS level team at home,” he explained. “We want to ensure six home football games. We’re going to play a money game – however the best way to say that – a year. That will be on the road. We want a home-and-home with a group of five or Power 5 opponent.”

He cited contracts with N.C. State and Boise State.

“We have some talks with ACC and SEC on some home-and-homes. We’re out of the 2-for-1 business. We feel like we’ve risen our program to a point where it doesn’t make financial sense for us to play 2-for-1 any longer.”

Troy’s2018 non-conference includes Boise State (9/1), Presbyterian (9/8), at Nebraska (9/15) and at Liberty (10/13).

In 2019, the Trojans’ schedule includes Southern Miss (9/7), at Akron (9/21) and at Missouri (10/19).

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AL.com All-Access: Picking through the 2017 SEC football over/unders

The CG Technology Race and Sportsbook at The Venetian Las Vegas has released projected win total over/unders for 2017 for most of college football’s power 5 teams.

AL.com All-Access: Picking through the 2017 SEC football over/unders

The CG Technology Race and Sportsbook at The Venetian Las Vegas has released projected win total over/unders for 2017 for most of college football's power 5 teams.

Over/unders for the 2017 college football season are out, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The CG Technology Race and Sportsbook at The Venetian Las Vegas has released projected win total over/unders for 2017 for most of college football’s power 5 teams. That list includes 12 SEC teams, leaving off Ole Miss (pending NCAA sanctions) and Vanderbilt (not sure why, other than they are Vanderbilt).

You can view the complete list for the SEC and select other teams in college football by clicking here, but a few of them caught my interest. Here are five interesting SEC football over/unders for 2017, with my picks for each (for entertainment purposes only).

*** Reminder: These over/unders are for the 12 REGULAR SEASON GAMES ONLY, not any potential conference championship games, bowl games or College Football Playoff games.

1. Mississippi State OVER 5.5 wins –I’ve picked the Bulldogs to be a contender for third place in the SEC West, so it stands to reason they’d win at least six games. MSU has five very likely wins –Charleston Southern, Louisiana Tech, Kentucky, UMass and Ole Miss, so they’d only need to pick up one more to reach six. Home games with LSU (Sept. 16) and BYU (Oct. 14) are the likeliest candidates.

2. Tennessee UNDER 7.5 wins –With all the talent they lost from last season, the Volunteers just look like a 7-win team to me. That could cost coach Butch Jones his job. If you figure they lose at Florida and at Alabama, the season-opener against Georgia Tech and home games against Georgia (Sept. 30) and LSU (Nov. 18) will be the keys to Tennessee’s season.

3. Auburn OVER 8 wins –I believe Auburn is the second-best team in the SEC West, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Tigers will win eight games. Games at Clemson in Week 2 and against Alabama in the regular-season finale are likely losses, and the Tigers haven’t won at LSU since 1999. The Nov. 11 home game with Georgia could make all the difference for Gus Malzahn’s team. (I was tempted to go “push” on Auburn, but that wouldn’t have been very sporting).

4. LSU UNDER 9 wins –I’m not high on LSU this year for a number of reasons, including the talent drain on defense and five SEC road games on the schedule (thanks, Hurricane Matthew) and because I’m simply not a believer in Ed Orgeron. Games at Alabama and at Florida look like losses, leaving the Tigers no margin for error against Mississippi State (Sept. 16), Auburn (Oct. 14) and Tennessee (Nov. 18).

5. Alabama OVER 10.5 wins –Every rational part of my brain says it’s crazy to pick a team to go (at least) 11-1 in the regular season. But then I remember that Alabama has won fewer than 11 games in the regular season just once since 2007 (when the Tide went 9-3 in 2010). The opener with Florida State, the Nov. 4 home against LSU and the season-ender against Auburn are the biggest potential stumbling blocks for the Crimson Tide this year, but I can’t see them losing more than once.

So what do you think about these picks? Any other over/unders you particularly like?

I’ll take your questions and comments on that or anything else on your mind beginning at 10 a.m.

Auburn recruiting snapshot: Quarterbacks

Taking a look at Auburn's QB recruiting

The evaluation period for college coaches to hit the road and scout prospects ends later this month just as college camps are about to get underway.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on at the quarterback position for Auburn.

Commitments

Auburn has a longtime commitment at this position in Jacksonville, Fla., four-star Joey Gatewood

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gatewood is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 athlete. He played many offensive skill positions last year for Bartram Trail, but said after Auburn’s A-Day that he’ll play only quarterback this fall.

He’ll split time with another FBS prospect in Riley Smith, per 247Sports.

Other schools haven’t stopped recruiting Gatewood. Georgia is making a big push to flip. Alabama has offered and would like to see him in camp. Remember that Gatewood has been committed for nearly 18 months and if he hasn’t flipped or decommitted by now, why would he later? Just a thought.

Spring updates

Auburn will go after a second quarterback and try to sign two, thanks to the departures of Tyler Queen and Woody Barrett. Auburn offered five-star Penn State commit Justin Fields of Kennesaw, Ga. Earle, Ark., quarterback Gerry Bohanon tweeted out a top six, but it didn’t include Auburn. Franklin, Ga., five-star Emory Jones still seems locked in with Ohio State, so it’s hard to tell who a second quarterback will be.

Bear in mind that Auburn has to be considered the front-runner for Pinson Valley 2019 quarterback Bo Nix, son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix. The younger Nix is elite, with many major offers, and says he wants to take his time. It would be a shock if, even as Nix makes visits, that he does not end up at Auburn.

The spring evaluation period gave new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey a chance to go out and see quarterbacks, including Gatewood.

Bottom line

Auburn will try and sign two quarterbacks in this class. Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis are poised to return in 2018, and so would Sean White, but what if he’s not the starter? It would be ideal to have four scholarship players at the position. Maybe a junior college prospect emerges.

Auburn recruiting snapshot: Quarterbacks

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What Chip Lindsey 1st saw in Auburn wide receiver signee Jatarvious Whitlow

Three-star Auburn wide receiver signee Jatarvious Whitlow was one of two late additions to the Tigers' signing class hand-picked by new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

Chip Lindsey had less than two weeks to recruit for Auburn prior to National Signing Day in February after being named the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator on Jan. 21. While that wasn’t a lot of time — and while Auburn had most of its class secured — Lindsey was able to add his own touch to Auburn’s 2017 signing class.

Lindsey was responsible for two late additions on the offensive side of the ball in tight end John Samuel Shenker, who was the first player Lindsey offered after arriving at Auburn, and wide receiver Jatarvious Whitlow, who was a signing day surprise for the program. While Lindsey was already well aware of Shenker, whose high school coach was Lindsey’s one-time boss, Rush Propst, it was his interest in Whitlow that was one of the most intriguing aspects of signing day for Auburn.

“To me, (Whitlow)’s similar to a lot of really great Auburn players,” Lindsey told AL.com last week at an Atlanta Auburn Club event in Johns Creek, Ga. “He’s really blue-collared, was somewhat under the radar from his recruiting standpoint, and we just feel like he’s a great fit.”

It didn’t take long for Lindsey to realize that, either, once he arrived on the Plains in January.

Whitlow can make defenders miss in open field

Whitlow, a three-star athlete from just down the road in LaFayette, first garnered Auburn’s attention last summer when he attended one of the team’s summer camps. There, Whitlow said, he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and made some one-on-one plays. A day later, while camping at UAB, he received a phone call from Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele with a scholarship offer.

There was one caveat, however: Auburn wanted 6-foot, 200-pound Whitlow as a defensive back — something Whitlow was reluctant to do. He had experience at defensive back for LaFayette, where he was a do-everything player for the Bulldogs. Along with being the team’s starting quarterback, he also played some receiver, running back, defensive back, linebacker and on special teams, where he was both punter and return man.

In his heart, Whitlow wanted a future on the offensive side of the ball.

As his senior year at LaFayette progressed, Auburn’s interest cooled. Other schools came into the picture, including Troy and Tulane. After taking his visits, Whitlow was set on signing with the Green Wave on National Signing Day.

Whitlow discussed the decision with his parents and then informed Tulane’s coaching staff the Sunday before signing day that he planned on coming. Then, one phone call changed all of that.

Just prior to signing day, Whitlow went to speak with his high school coach, James Lucas, between classes, which he routinely does. Lucas just received a call from Steele, informing him that the Tigers wanted Whitlow to join their class on the offensive side of the ball.

“I took off, ran upstairs and said, ‘Hey Mr. Nelson, I got to go down here to talk to Coach,'” Whitlow recalled. “Everybody was like, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ I said Auburn just called and offered me at receiver. I ran back down there and the minute I got on the phone with Coach Steele, he said ‘Coach Chip likes you. He wants you to come down here and play receiver.’ I said, ‘say no more. I’m coming. That’s it. I’m coming.'”

Whitlow ready to ‘be dangerous in space’ at slot receiver

Lindsey had seen Whitlow’s highlight film and was immediately impressedby what he saw. As a senior at LaFayette, Whitlow passed for 2,292 yards and 29 touchdowns while rushing for 2,147 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also earned ASWA Class 2A Back of the Year honors.

“When I saw the ball in his hand, he just made plays,” Lindsey said. “A lot of times, you line guys up and run the 40 and measure their height and weight, and then you say ‘OK, this is the kind of guy we want.’ But I think sometimes you can’t overlook the things that make up a different player, and I think he’s got all those intangibles.”

Lindsey made up his mind and ran the decision by head coach Gus Malzahn and receivers coach Kodi Burns, who said he was “all in” with the decision to offer Whitlow as a receiver.

On signing day, Whitlow surprised many when he revealed his decision to stay close to home and play for Auburn. After spending the last four months working out on his own and preparing for Auburn, he’ll arrive on campus next week as one of Lindsey’s first signees as offensive coordinator.

“He did a lot of things for his high school,” Lindsey said. “…. He’s a guy that we think can do a lot of different things, and I’m excited to get him on campus.”

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There probably aren’t many people in Alabama who will have a better few days than JaTarvious Whitlow will have this week. If there are any at all.

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Auburn and Ole Miss Meet in a Rematch Today in SEC Tournament

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For most of this baseball season, Auburn was near the top of the league standings. Then came a seven game skid precipitated by the loss of ace Casey Mize. In less than three weeks the Tigers slipped from No.1 to the middle of the pack. And today the No.23 Tigers will begin play the SEC Tournament.

Instead of getting a first round bye as a No. 1 or 2 team, Auburn (34-22, 16-14) was seeded No.8 and is scheduled to play No. 9 Ole Miss (36-20, 14-16) in a rematch of last weekend’s series on the Plains.

Auburn won the series 2-1 marking the 11th series win of the year and ending the seven game losing streak. While the skid was disappointing, to be back in Hoover after missing the tourney last season is a major accomplishment for second year coach Butch Thompson.

“We’re supposed to be up there,” said Thompson. “I think Tuesday is huge. I think it’s great for Auburn folks to be in Birmingham and for Auburn to be in that tournament.”

Today’s winner will get the opportunity to play No.1 seed Florida tomorrow in the double elimination part of the tournament. The loser goes home. In addition the more wins the Tigers can pad their resume’ with, the better the chance at receiving an NCAA Tourney bid next week.

While some think Auburn has done enough already to make it to the big dance, their .43 RPI is not a good barometer.  A couple of wins could certainly help their case on selection Sunday.

The SEC Tournament kicks off this morning in Hoover with No. 6 seed Vanderbilt taking on No. 11 South Carolina. Auburn and Ole Miss will meet at 4:30 p.m. with the game being broadcast by WatchESPN.

The Tigers’ other ace, Keegan Thompson (6-4), who pitched 6 1/3 innings without allowing a hit in Auburn’s 4-1 win over the Rebels Thursday will get the start. Here’s to hoping the Tigers go all the way! 

First Round Tournament Schedule:

9:30 a.m.: No. 6 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 South Carolina

1 p.m.: No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Missouri

4:30 p.m.: No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 9 Ole Miss

8 p.m.: No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia

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Auburn QB commit Joey Gatewood invited to Elite 11 finals; see who else was selected

See which QBs made the cut

Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood, the nation’s top-ranked athlete per the 247Sports composite, was invited to the Elite 11 finals on Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gatewood committed to Auburn in late 2015. He has since earned an Alabama offer. Gatewood preps at Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Elite 11 finals will be held June 2-4 in Los Angeles and of 24 finalists, 12 will head to Beaverton, Ore., for The Opening Finals with around 140 of the country’s top prospects in late June.

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All 24 invitations have now been handed out. Two quarterbacks are from Alabama. Here is the complete list.

James Foster, Montgomery (Sidney Lanier), Ala. – Missouri commit

Jack West, Saraland, Ala. – Stanford commit

Gerry Bohanon, Earle, Ark. – uncommitted (Auburn target)

Carter Bradley, Jacksonville, Fla. – uncommitted

Cammon Cooper, Lehi, Utah – uncommitted

Matt Corral, Long Beach, Calif., – USC commit

Justin Fields, Kennesaw, Ga. – Penn State commit (Alabama, Auburn target)

Joey Gatewood, Jacksonville, Fla. – Auburn commit (Alabama target)

Emory Jones, Franklin, Ga. – Ohio State commit

DaKereon Joyner, North Charleston, S.C. – uncommitted

Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville, Ga. – 5-star nation’s No. 1 prospect, Clemson commit

Devin Leary, Sicklerville, N.J. -North Carolina State commit

Jalen Mayden, Sachse, Texas – uncommitted

Tanner McKee, Centennial, Calif. – uncommitted (Alabama target)

Joe Milton, Olympia, Fla. – Michigan commit

Re-al Mitchell, Bellflower, Calif. – Iowa State commit

Quincy Patterson, Chicago, Ill. – Virginia Tech commit

Justin Rogers, Bossier City, La. – uncommitted

Tyler Shough, Gilbert, Ariz. – uncommitted

Jacob Sirmon, Bothell, Wash. – Washington commit

Blake Stenstrom, Denver, Colo. – Colorado commit

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Las Vegas – UCLA commit

Jack Tuttle, San Diego, Calif. – Utah commit (Alabama target)

Jarren Williams, Lawrenceville, Ga. – Kentucky commit (Alabama target)

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Kodi Burns: Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis ‘seems a little bit more mature’ since rejoining team

Kyle Davis missed all of spring before rejoining the team last week at the start of summer semester.

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Kodi Burns has already noticed a difference in Kyle Davis since the Auburn wide receiver’s return to campus last week.

“He seems a little bit more mature,” Burns said Monday evening before speaking to the Barbour County Auburn Club in Eufaula. “He’s grown up.”

Davis missed all of spring while dealing with what coach Gus Malzahn described as “personal business.”His absence was originally expected to last the first two weeks of spring practice, but that timeline changed and Davis wound up missing all 15 spring practices before rejoining the team last Wednesday.

During his time away, Burns — Auburn’s wide receivers coach — said he believes Davis bettered himself as he heads into his second season on the Plains. Burns has been in contact with Davis every day since his return to campus, and the two even played pickup basketball on Sunday in a game that featured Burns and the rest of Auburn’s receiving corps against “basically the entire team because there’s not a position group good enough to beat us,” according to Burns.

Chip Lindsey ‘excited’ about return of Kyle Davis, receiver’s role in Auburn’s offense

Burns reiterated a sentiment expressed by offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey on Friday, saying that “it’s good to have (Davis) back” with the team and in the normal flow of things as the team enters the second week of offseason workouts.

“He’s doing good,” Burns said. “They’re all beginning to work out now, just the normal summer routine. It’s business as usual, so he’s good.”

Davis, a former four-star recruit, was third on the team in receiving last year as a freshman, behind only then-senior Tony Stevens and then-redshirt freshman Darius Slayton. Davis finished the year with 12 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in all 13 games, including one start against Alabama A&M.

Although Davis was away from the team for the duration of spring practices, Burns doesn’t believe the rising sophomore is too far behind the rest of the group, specifically Slayton and Nate Craig-Myers, with whom Davis will be competing for playing time at split end.

“He’s just got to continue to work each and every single day this summertime and I think he’ll be fine,” Burns said.

The biggest challenge for Davis will be learning the terminology of the new offense under Lindsey, who joined the program in January and said he has had ample interaction with Davis since then. Still, with changes at offensive coordinator, Davis will have to play catch-up in learning the verbiage Lindsey uses in his system.

Burns doesn’t see that being a problem, especially between captain’s practices and NCAA rules permitting coaches limited time in meeting rooms with players during the summer.

“We’ll make sure he’s up to speed as far as the plays,” Burns said. “He’s no longer a freshman, and kind of as a freshman you don’t know what to expect and it’s kind of a shock to you how we practice, a shock how much of a load it is, but he knows what to expect. He’s been here for a year, so I’m not too much concerned about him falling behind. Definitely, summer’s going to help.”

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NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma didn’t ask for this route, but the Sooners advanced through the Norman Regional the hard way.

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Austin Golson Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

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It seems like the pre season football polls and award season watch list gets earlier every year. Today, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced their Watch List for the Rimington Trophy. The award recognizes the nation’s best center in college football.

Auburn senior Austin Golson was one of eight SEC centers to make the list. The 6-5, 312-lb. senior from Pratville transferred from Ole Miss and has started 24 games for the Tigers.

The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association and is named for former All-American Nebraska center Dave Rimington.

Should Golson win the award he woulf be the second Tiger to do so as former Auburn center Reese Dismukes won the trophy in 2014.

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Recently offered Thompson OL Amari Kight ‘a good fit’ for Auburn, coach says

Kight has two SEC offers

Recently offered Thompson OL Amari Kight ‘a good fit’ for Auburn, coach says

Kight has two SEC offers

Alabama commit and Hewitt-Trussville standout Pierce Quickand Oxford’s Clay Webbhave established themselves as national recruits in the offensive line class of 2019.

Thompson’s Amari Kightis heading in that direction as well.

The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Kight is Thompson’s left tackle. He earned an Auburn offer last week. Mississippi State has also offered.

“Just a potential, the athlete he can be,” Thompson coach Mark Freeman said about Auburn’s interest. “They love his feet. His feet are good. They like his length.

“Amari is a good fit for them because of what they do offensively. He’s long. He’s got good feet. Amari has probably improved as anybody we’ve got in the offseason.”

Kight said he was informed that he should call Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand.

“We had a great conversation,” Kight said. “He likes how I’m an in-state guy and that I have good length and good footwork, stuff like that.

Kight noted positives about Auburn are the fact it’s close to home, the quality of the school and his relationship with Hand.

Kight grew up an Alabama fan. He plans on competing at Alabama’s camp this summer and earning an offer. He said he has a good relationship with Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key.

“I think they want to see him in camp,” Freeman said.

Kight said he doesn’t think he’ll make any commitment decision before this fall.

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Auburn OL Austin Golson named to Rimington Trophy watch list

Award watch list season rolled on on Monday, with Auburn senior Austin Golson being named a candidate to win the Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the best center in college football.

The biggest area Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham needs to improve in this offseason

Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey explains what quarterback Jarrett Stidham needs to work on this summer heading into fall camp.

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Jarrett Stidham put on a remarkable performance his first time playing in front of Auburn fans last month during the Tigers’ A-Day spring game.

The former Baylor quarterback completed 16-of-20 passes for 267 yards and ran for a touchdown in one half of playwhile working exclusively with the first-team offense. He completed four passes of at least 33 yards, including a 50-yarder early on, all while positioning himself as the favorite to win the starting job this fall.

For as impressive as Stidham was this spring, however, there is still at least one big area offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey wants to see him improve in this offseason: the ability to decipher defensive coverages.

“Just I think continuing to grow as a player learning defenses and coverages, fronts and blitzes — being able to use things to help him get hints on coverages,” Lindsey told AL.com on Friday before speaking with the Atlanta Auburn Club in Johns Creek, Ga. “Those are things as a young quarterback, I think — and he’s still a young quarterback — (he has) to continue to have to grow on.”

Stidham says ‘there’s a lot of weaknesses’ he’s working on

Stidham was the first to admit that he was far from perfect in his first spring at Auburn, saying in late March that he has “a lot of weaknesses” as a quarterback that he needs to improve on. While he did not delve into specifics, Stidham said he wanted to work to become an “all-around better football player” heading into his first season on the Plains.

Although he wowed on A-Day and earned offensive MVP honors, Stidham still made mistakes this spring. During the Tigers’ second scrimmage, for example, he threw a pick-six to linebacker Tre’ Williams. Auburn’s defense also got the better of the offense in the team’s first scrimmageof the spring.

Lindsey didn’t seem concerned with Stidham’s ability to read defenses–after all, Stidham completed nearly 69 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a freshman at Baylor in 2015 — but believes there is room to improve in that regard. The fact that Stidham has not played in an actual game since Nov. 21, 2015, likely has a hand in that area.

“I think the year off, you always have to come back and brush up,” Lindsey said.

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Stidham did a good job of that during the spring, according to Lindsey, and earned the respect of his coaches and teammates due to the excess of time he spent in Lindsey’s office and the athletics complex studying film and trying to soak in the offense and read defenses.

“He does show a really good command of what we’re doing,” Lindsey said. “Obviously, our job is to make sure that we do what those guys are already capable of doing; let’s not try to do too much. I think he does a nice job. He’s got a good knack of getting along with our players but at the same time pushing them, and I think all those things will serve him well as a quarterback.”

The biggest area Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham needs to improve in this offseason

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The Rimington Trophy is awarded to college football's most outstanding center each year within the NCAA Division I-A. The trophy was created to highlight the position, as center was the only position that did not receive an award at the end of each season.
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