Scenes from Auburn’s final day of preseason camp – 247Sports

Scenes from Auburn’s final day of preseason camp  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Another preseason camp has ended at Auburn. The Tigers ended preseason camp with a morning practice that ended in the early …

Yes, Australian punter Arryn Siposs has tried Outback Steakhouse – 247Sports

Yes, Australian punter Arryn Siposs has tried Outback Steakhouse  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Arryn Siposs is all about the American life. The Australian punter arrived at Auburn before the 2018 season, and now that he’s been in the …

Malzahn basically pleased with Auburn’s progress in camp – 247Sports

Malzahn basically pleased with Auburn’s progress in camp  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–After wrapping up the camp portion of practice with a two-hour workout in shorts on Sunday, Coach Gus Malzahn said he has seen …

Everything Gus Malzahn said at the end of preseason camp – 247Sports

Everything Gus Malzahn said at the end of preseason camp  247Sports

Gus Malzahn met with the media to recap preseason camp Sunday. The Tigers conducted their final practice of preseason camp in shorts Sunday mostly …

2 Minute Drill: Auburn done with camp, Oregon on deck – 247Sports

  1. 2 Minute Drill: Auburn done with camp, Oregon on deck  247Sports
  2. Alabama vs. Auburn: Which offense is better in 2019?  Saturday Down South
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Quarterback decision could come in next 24 hours – 247Sports

Quarterback decision could come in next 24 hours  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — The battle between Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood may come to an end Monday. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said coaches will review the …

Analyst Names College Football’s No. 1 Tailgate Location In 2019 – The Spun

Analyst Names College Football’s No. 1 Tailgate Location In 2019  The Spun

The debate over where the best college football tailgates are is one that rages every year.

‘Head-to-head’: Auburn’s other big position battle at middle linebacker will take center stage soon – Opelika Auburn News

‘Head-to-head’: Auburn’s other big position battle at middle linebacker will take center stage soon  Opelika Auburn News

Travis Williams tilted his head to one side. His ears perk up when he hears all the talk outside the athletics complex walls. The question all camp, burning like the …

ESPN reveals CFB Preseason Power Index Top 25 – 247Sports

ESPN reveals CFB Preseason Power Index Top 25  247Sports

It’s hard to believe we’ve entered game week in college football, mere days away from Florida and Miami crunching pads in Orlando to open the 2019 season.

BPD Officer Charged; New Voice Of Auburn Tigers: The Week In News – Patch.com

BPD Officer Charged; New Voice Of Auburn Tigers: The Week In News  Patch.com

The Week In News: August 12-18 – Birmingham, AL – Take a look at some of the stories that made headlines on Patch during the past week.

Jarrett Stidham throws touchdown in second NFL preseason game – 247Sports

Jarrett Stidham throws touchdown in second NFL preseason game  247Sports

With starting quarterback Tom Brady sitting out the first two NFL preseason games for the New England Patriots, former Auburn Tigers quarterback Jarrett …

AuburnSports – Auburn’s red zone ‘freak show’ ready to take next step – Rivals.com

AuburnSports – Auburn’s red zone ‘freak show’ ready to take next step  Rivals.com

AUBURN | By all accounts, Seth Williams had a fantastic freshman season, finishing third on the team with 26 receptions, tying for first with five touchdown …

WATCH: Former Auburn DL Byron Cowart steamrolls offensive lineman en route to sack – Saturday Down South

WATCH: Former Auburn DL Byron Cowart steamrolls offensive lineman en route to sack  Saturday Down South

Former Auburn DL Byron Cowart was a 5-star recruit when he arrived on The Plains, but he never lived up to expectations. He finished his career with the …

10 best college football tailgate locations for 2019 – 247Sports

10 best college football tailgate locations for 2019  247Sports

The 2019 college football season is almost here. Many fans are excited for their favorite teams to get a *fresh* start, but they are also happy for another reason …

14 Days to Kickoff! – Bo Nix – College and Magnolia

14 Days to Kickoff! – Bo Nix  College and Magnolia

As we continue our march to kickoff, we take a look at the top 100 recruits to sign with Auburn of all-time*. The rankings are based on 247’s composite recruit …

Cadillac Williams, Gus Malzahn emphasizing ball security with Auburn’s running backs – The Albany Herald

Cadillac Williams, Gus Malzahn emphasizing ball security with Auburn’s running backs  The Albany Herald

As the clock winds down on the final periods of Auburn’s practices this fall, one more task typically remains for the Tigers’ running backs.

Tigers still working to build front four depth – 247Sports

Tigers still working to build front four depth  247Sports

Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner discusses the team’s front four as the Tigers continue preparations for the 2019 season.

WATCH: Former Auburn CB Jamel Dean snags INT in first NFL game – Saturday Down South

WATCH: Former Auburn CB Jamel Dean snags INT in first NFL game  Saturday Down South

In his NFL preseason debut, former Auburn CB Jamel Dean recorded his first pro interception. Dean’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers were taking on the Miami …

‘We’re a world ahead’: Auburn offensive line swears on strides made after building experience together – Opelika Auburn News

‘We’re a world ahead’: Auburn offensive line swears on strides made after building experience together  Opelika Auburn News

Kam Martin sees the difference, every time he tucks the ball away, when he starts to churn his legs, and his eyes dart up from under his helmet.

WATCH: Former Auburn WR Duke Williams makes a circus catch for TD – Saturday Down South

WATCH: Former Auburn WR Duke Williams makes a circus catch for TD  Saturday Down South

Duke Williams is getting a second opportunity to play in the NFL, and plays like this are certainly going to boost his chances of making it this time around.

AuburnSports – Burns remains confident in WRs – Rivals.com

AuburnSports – Burns remains confident in WRs  Rivals.com

AUBURN | Four of his top receivers have been out or limited with injuries. The rest have struggled at times with dropped passes, especially in Auburn’s first two …

Battle for QB1: Between the Lines

There has been virtually no real information coming out of Auburn on the battle for the most important position on the field. As preseason hype ramps up for college football, every perennial powerhouse in the land is being scrutinized. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? Who is going to take over for the departed in different positions? 

Auburn isn’t getting a ton of talk nationwide, and it isn’t because Auburn isn’t a powerhouse program. It’s the fact that the info gathered from the spring game months ago is still the only true, unadulterated insight anyone has into the quarterback battle between the two highly touted competitors, Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix. 

Here is a recap of the of the information we all know.

Gatewood is a physical freak, who gets compared to Cam Newton even though he doesn’t like it. The six-foot-five monster finally got on the field in the Music City Bowl game blowout last season and looked the part. Of course, so did absolutely every Auburn player on the field, except he was playing against an abused and bleeding Purdue team by the time he made a SuperCam dive towards the end zone.

Before an injury held him out last year, he looked lost against the Auburn defense, but so did every QB that played on A-Day. This year was quite different. Gatewood was 7 for 10, passing for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half, a solid stat line, and he did that without being able to show off his best asset, his running ability. 

Nix was 11 for 14 for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, though he added an interception. However, he had complete command of the offense, pulling the defense offsides twice with one of those becoming a free play for a touchdown. What little we know about Nix’s fall camp is that the interception bug showed up again, even though one of those picks was attributed to his receiver.

Nix isn’t Gatewood’s size, and he may not have the speed, but Bo isn’t a statue in the pocket, and his predecessor, Jarrett Stidham, showed what just a bit of mobility could do in his time on the Plains. 

You’ve read this time and time again, but not many of the popular websites are really reading between the lines. 

First, of course, is the assumption that both players are going to play against Oregon. This has never worked for Auburn or for many teams across the nation. There’s a reason the old adage goes “if you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” This Oregon team isn’t an Arkansas State, a team that will push you just enough to get in good reps but is not quite good enough to put the game in jeopardy. No one has tried this more than Gus Malzahn, and no one has made it look worse. 

Auburn fans are naturally split on whom they believe is going to be the trigger man for the Tigers. While everyone wants to win, there are a lot of people who would like to see Nix be the man simply because of the nostalgia of having a No. 10 named Nix heading the offense.

Everyone agrees that Nix is the better passer, and the true freshman already has the polish of an upperclassman. Surely his father/coach had a lot to do with that. The spring game was very much like watching his father, Pat, in the no-nonsense-do-the-small-things way that won a lot of games for Auburn when dad Pat wore the Orange and Blue.

However, love him as fans might, he has a lot of things working against him that have little to do with his ability. 

First is the obvious: the Gus Malzahn offense has been at its best with a mobile quarterback. Debates run aplenty on this, and I believe that it has more to do with the individual players and their abilities than it does play calling. In the end, it’s not about having a mobile quarterback, but having the right player. Truth is, Gus has had only a few of those, and while they made him look really good, they artificially inflated a lot of opinions, possibly including Gus’ opinion of himself. Remember he’s now declared that he will again be calling plays. If that’s the truth, Nix is in trouble before Auburn even takes the field in Dallas. 

That may not sit well with some fans. But folks have to set their feelings aside and take a really objective look at a few things.


Auburn has tried to go with the field general under Malzahn several times now. It started with his first stint at Auburn, preceding Cam Newton, and continues today. Consider this: only Chris Todd and Jarrett Stidham were successful pocket passers, and both looked severely mediocre in crunch time.

There are a lot of factors to consider with a quarterback, such as the defense he played behind or the weapons around him. Yet, but in the end, the product from Todd to Barrett Trotter to Sean White to Stidham looked almost identical despite the fact that there was a gulf of ability between these guys, ending with Stidham who now looks the part of Tom Brady’s replacement in Foxboro. 

Auburn has had plenty of dual-threat quarterbacks come through the program. Some never saw the field. Unfortunately, some like John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson did, and the resulting product wasn’t very good. So, it’s not that Auburn needs a dual-threat QB to succeed, especially when Gus calls plays. It has to have the perfect player, and Gus has to call the right plays for that guy, whomever he may be. The question is, can Gus call plays for anything other than the right dual-threat guy? 

Auburn has some great things going for it this season like the offensive line, which is supposed to be among the league’s best with five seniors. Auburn has a group of good backs, and Boobee Whitlow may be a breakout player this season.

However, at some point, Auburn is going to throw the ball. There is receiving depth as the Tigers have Eli Stove and Will Hastings coming back from serious injuries, although Anthony Schwartz had hand surgery and is doubtful for Oregon and Seth Williams was limited this week. Even a guy like Shedrick Jackson, who has yet to see the field, was held out.

In Auburn’s second scrimmage, drops were a serious issue. The quarterbacks apparently played a lot better, but drops got the best of them. On any other team, this wouldn’t be a surprise, considering the number of potential starters that are out. But at Auburn, there’s been a continual lack of development at that position under Kodi Burns. Auburn’s pass catchers looked incredible in the spring game, but their fall practice perfomance is troubling news, especially for Nix. If Gus is truly calling plays, there is little to no need for a field general. Gatewood is just as good at handing off the speed sweep, running the RPO and throwing the occasional play action pass to a wide open receiver. 

One other thing that is a serious strike against Nix is his dad, the very reason he is who he is. As a legacy QB who really wants to be at Auburn, Gus and Co. can roll the dice on Gatewood, knowing that Nix won’t pack his bags.

In today’s college football landscape, the transfer portal is busier than Atlanta’s MARTA at 5:00 PM on a Friday before game day. Switching it up, if Nix were to be named starter and play all twelve games, would Gatewood stay? To answer that, just take a look at Auburn’s recruiting at the QB position versus the current roster. 

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College Football’s 2019 Preseason SEC Power Rankings – SBRpicks.com – Sportsbook Review

College Football’s 2019 Preseason SEC Power Rankings – SBRpicks.com  Sportsbook Review

As we inch closer to the college football season, how do SEC teams stack up against each other? Here are your SEC Power Rankings.

Interesting Tidbits on Football, Harvey Updyke, and the Happiest Village on the Plains

Happy Friday. We’re back! I know all seven of our readers have been waiting in anticipation for the return of tidbits. Well we’re back and we’re here to stay. Waste your Friday and get ready for football with us here. Enjoy.

– Football is almost back! Check out which Tigers made the preseason All-SEC Team. Also, meet the new voice of the Tigers.

– Auburn opens its season in Jerry World against the #13 ranked Oregon Ducks. See who Vegas thinks will win the game. How important is it for Auburn to win the opener?

– On the coaching front, catch up with new OC Kenny Dillingham and RB’s Coach Cadillac Williams.

– See what WR Coach Kodi burns had to say about his WR group, including a twitchy newcomer and a senior looking to prove something.

– The first two scrimmages did give us a good look at the RB’s. It’s clear that ball security is a point of focus this season.

One RB thinks that Auburn is RBU. It’s hard to argue with him with weapons like Harold Joiner, and another 4-star on the way next year.

Auburn’s defense will be a sight to see this year. Catch up with a versatile junior and a converted DB.

– Auburn will face one of the toughest schedules in the country this year (shocker). Speaking of Auburn’s competition, here’s a handy list of the QB’s Auburn’s D-line will dominate this season.

– The offensive line’s development has been one of the biggest offseason stories. See what JB Grimes said about the starting unit.

– While we may not know the outcome of the actual QB battle yet, we’ll now forever have this Bachelor parody of Gus picking a QB. Where am I?

– A few months ago, Auburn had barely cracked the top 25 in the 2020 team recruiting rankings. See where Gus’s bunch stacks up now.

– A big reason for the recruiting uptick seems to be Cadillac’s recruiting prowess. Meet the latest addition here.

– In case you missed it, the SEC changed up the 2020 Football schedule. See how Gus reacted to the change here.

– Our least shocking tidbit, potentially ever: Harvey Updyke isn’t paying his court-ordered restitution.

– The great (awful) logo saga will live on forever. Does Auburn have a new logo?

– I didn’t think I could love anything the Patriots ever did, but this TD made me shed a tear.

– Lots of non-sports news this week. First, Alabama high school students prefer Auburn. Second, Auburn is not only the loveliest village on the Plains, but also the happiest campus in the nation.

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

2019 Auburn football game day – know before you go – NBC 15 WPMI

2019 Auburn football game day – know before you go  NBC 15 WPMI

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn consistently ranks among the nation’s best in football game day experience. As Auburn continues to work to provide a safe and fun game …

2019 Auburn football game day – know before you go – NBC 15 WPMI

2019 Auburn football game day – know before you go  NBC 15 WPMI

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn consistently ranks among the nation’s best in football game day experience. As Auburn continues to work to provide a safe and fun game …

Auburn Football’s 2019-20 Team Photo

We’re so close to football being back that the team photo is news. Which double numbers are driving you crazy? Can you spot Auburn Jesus? Who will be the starting QB? Enjoy.

The data determining who is Auburn’s starting quarterback – 247Sports

The data determining who is Auburn’s starting quarterback  247Sports

What Auburn’s coaches are using to determine the winner of the quarterback battle.

Tennessee football: Ranking all head coaches of Vols 2019 opponents – All for Tennessee

Tennessee football: Ranking all head coaches of Vols 2019 opponents  All for Tennessee

Tennessee football will need Jeremy Pruitt to out-coach opponents for wins this year. Here is a ranking of all the coaches on the Volunteers’ 2019 schedule.

ESPN ranks Top 50 programs in college football history – 247Sports

ESPN ranks Top 50 programs in college football history  247Sports

ESPN’s Stats & Information Group recently ranked the top programs in college football history.

Our favorite quotes from Auburn’s assistant coaches media day – 247Sports

Our favorite quotes from Auburn’s assistant coaches media day  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn brought its 10 assistant coaches, along with strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell, to the Raymond Harbert Family …

WATCH: Auburn’s J.B. Grimes talk starting five chemistry – 247Sports

WATCH: Auburn’s J.B. Grimes talk starting five chemistry  247Sports

Coach J.B. Grimes talks about his offensive line group and why he’s excited about his starters.

Friday Auburn football, golf & soccer Tiger Tidbits VIP – 247Sports

Friday Auburn football, golf & soccer Tiger Tidbits VIP  247Sports

Updates on the Auburn football Tigers are featured along with AU golf and soccer in Friday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

Where every SEC football stadium currently stands on alcohol policy – Saturday Down South

Where every SEC football stadium currently stands on alcohol policy  Saturday Down South

On Friday morning, the University of Tennessee announced that it would sell alcohol to the general public this year at Neyland Stadium. The Vols became the …

Jason Caldwell’s Friday Auburn mailbag column – 247Sports

Jason Caldwell’s Friday Auburn mailbag column  247Sports

Check out another loaded Friday Auburn Mailbag as Jason Caldwell of Inside the Auburn Tigers answers questions from readers.

1-on-1 VIDEO: Kodi Burns answers questions on Auburn receivers – 247Sports

1-on-1 VIDEO: Kodi Burns answers questions on Auburn receivers  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–With the Auburn Tigers having to replace two key receivers from last year’s football team, position coach Kodi Burns hopes that a mixture of …

#PMARSHONAU: Lessons of leadership as Tigers seek a championship – 247Sports

#PMARSHONAU: Lessons of leadership as Tigers seek a championship  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama – Cadillac Williams, Travis Williams, Rodney Garner and Kodi Burns are all back home, back to the place that nurtured them and taught …

Phillip’s unhinged thoughts: Auburn coaches speak and do it well – 247Sports

Phillip’s unhinged thoughts: Auburn coaches speak and do it well  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn’s coordinators and assistant coaches met with reporters for an hour or so Monday. It was, as always, entertaining and informative.

AuburnSports – Grimes identifies next men up on o-line – Rivals.com

AuburnSports – Grimes identifies next men up on o-line  Rivals.com

AUBURN | There’s never really been any question about who would start on Auburn’s offensive line this fall: the same five as last season. But Auburn offensive …

Auburn’s Greatest Backfield Reunites – A Night of Hope – Alabama News Network

Auburn’s Greatest Backfield Reunites – A Night of Hope  Alabama News Network

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Arguably the greatest backfield in Auburn football history will be together again at the first “A Night of Hope,” benefitting the Henry Tellis …

Check out Auburn’s team photo, scenes from photo day – 247Sports

Check out Auburn’s team photo, scenes from photo day  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn took a break from practices Thursday, but the Tigers still spent some time under the hot sun inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting Snapshot – 247Sports

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting Snapshot  247Sports

With just four months until the Early Signing Period and just over six months until February’s National Signing Day, the Georgia Bulldogs’ 2020 recruiting class …

Auburn OC Kenny Dillingham discusses QB battle, sees growth in both players – Saturday Down South

Auburn OC Kenny Dillingham discusses QB battle, sees growth in both players  Saturday Down South

The Auburn Tigers have yet to name a starting quarterback, as a battle between true freshman Bo Nix and redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood continues. It doesn’t …

Biggest jumps into AP Top 25 Poll by unranked teams – 247Sports

Biggest jumps into AP Top 25 Poll by unranked teams  247Sports

The preseason AP Top 25 Poll for the 2019 college football season is set to be revealed on Aug. 19, and it will feature many of the teams that have been pegged …

Biggest jumps into AP Top 25 Poll by unranked teams – 247Sports

Biggest jumps into AP Top 25 Poll by unranked teams  247Sports

The preseason AP Top 25 Poll for the 2019 college football season is set to be revealed on Aug. 19, and it will feature many of the teams that have been pegged …

Kodi Burns: Tigers not worried about Eli Stove injury – 247Sports

Kodi Burns: Tigers not worried about Eli Stove injury  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn’s top four receivers are not on the practice field this week. Various injuries, soreness and precautionary measures have forced the …

Former Auburn LB Richard McBryde reportedly picks transfer destination – Saturday Down South

Former Auburn LB Richard McBryde reportedly picks transfer destination  Saturday Down South

LB Richard McBryde has spent the last 4 years with the Auburn Tigers, missing the 2018 campaign with a neck injury. Earlier this offseason, he entered the …

Is ‘RBU’ back at Auburn? – 247Sports

Is ‘RBU’ back at Auburn?  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn’s streak of 1,000-yard rushers ended at nine seasons in 2018. The running back who led that group believes the Tigers will begin …

Gus Malzahn promises to be a new coach, but will it matter for Auburn in the end? – Saturday Down South

Gus Malzahn promises to be a new coach, but will it matter for Auburn in the end?  Saturday Down South

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is a different man heading into a season where he must win big. Will it make a difference on the field or will this be his last stand?

Camp Notes from the Plains

Who is running ahead in the quarterback competition?

     War Eagle, everybody! The two-a-days portion of Auburn fall camp is nearly over, and next Auburn will begin with preparations for the season opener against Oregon. As always this time of year, there are a few surprises and a few disappointments.

     First off, I must apologize for being AWOL in this space for the last 6 weeks. Real life and career intervened, and I was just not able to spend the time my usual season previews require. I suppose I could have thrown a few things together, copying from the opinions of others, but I don’t see the point in that. I have always tried to voice my own opinion, rather than just parroting the newspapers.

     As expected, the defensive line has won most of the wars up front in fall camp. Auburn has 3 starters that would have been NFL draft picks had they left school last spring, and Derrick Brown has been named a first team All-American on some lists this summer. There have been a few nicks and dings, but I’d worry if there were not in fall camp.

     I’ve seen different philosophies in fall camp, depending upon the program and the situation. Some coaches, particularly those whose team doesn’t have a lot of depth, will try to minimize the contact in August. The idea is that all hands need to be on deck in September. Others, I’m thinking of Tommy Tuberville, work the team as hard as they can in the fall, hoping to produce a team that will be tough all the way through November.

     Tuberville’s teams were notorious for stumbling wounded out of the gate and struggling early. I’m remembering ugly wins over teams like Appalachian State and Wyoming, ugly losses to Southern Cal and Georgia Tech, and a narrow escape from Kansas State. Auburn lost early games in 2007 to South Florida and Mississippi State at home before regrouping. It is worth noting that Tuberville’s teams at Auburn had 20 wins in November, vs. only 10 losses. That’s with Georgia and Alabama on the schedule every year.

     Auburn will have new starting linebackers across the board this season, but by most accounts the reason the defense has been so dominant in fall camp has been stellar linebacker play. In the middle, Kenny Britt knows the defense well, and this unit may well be faster and more athletic than the units that did so well the past 3 seasons.

     Auburn returns a veteran secondary, and it has been quite unusual to find any open receivers down the field in scrimmages. Auburn stumbled at times last season with grabbing and pass interference. I think with more experience and with Wesley McGriff back coaching the secondary, those problems won’t manifest this season.

     With kicker Anders Carlson and punter Arryn Siposs returning, Auburn should have great special teams in 2019. The only worry in fall camp has been a number of dropped punts. My vote is that whoever is dropping the least balls should start. Of particular note has been that Anders Carlson has been nailing the long field goal kicks and the pressure kicks at the end of practice.

     Auburn should field a solid, all-senior offensive line this season. This unit was used and abused at times last season but improved as the year went on. Depth remains a problem, but Auburn now has at least 3 backups it can turn to if injuries happen this season.

     One of the big surprises this fall for me has been the play of Arizona State transfer H-back/tight end Jay Jay Wilson. I don’t think any of the preseason projected depth charts had him contributing much this year. I figured he’d need a year to get used to the physicality of the SEC, having come from the PAC-12. I was apparently wrong. From all reports, Jay Jay is very physical at the point of attack and has great hands. If Wilson doesn’t start against Oregon, it will be because other guys on the team know the playbook better.

     Wide receiver might be the most disappointing group in fall camp. Word is that guys can’t get open, and that balls are being dropped regularly. Some of that is to be expected as every one of Auburn’s projected starters have been held out for part or all of fall camp due to injuries. The speed guys like Eli Stove, Will Hastings and Anthony Schwartz have yet to have live reps, and Seth Williams has missed time as well.

     Auburn should be loaded at running back. JaTarvious Whitlow is said to have improved since last season. Kam Martin is having a good camp. Malik Miller seems to have improved, and he’s long been Auburn’s most consistent pass blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Younger guys like Shawn Shivers, DJ Williams and Harold Joiner have done well in camp, also.

     All eyes are on the quarterback race between redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix. Nix has been the first one on the field with the starters in recent days, and some in the press have anointed Nix as the starter for game one. I think I will wait on an official announcement from head coach Gus Malzahn. My concerns about Nix from the spring game remain, in that I felt like Gatewood did a better job of taking care of the ball while still being effective. We really haven’t seen Gatewood run the ball, except near the end of the Purdue game in the Music City Bowl. He made some Boilermakers look silly!

     Oregon will likely sell out to stop Auburn’s running game. That’s pretty much true of any team playing against the Malzahn offense. If you allow the offense to run the ball and control the clock, it’s hard to keep up with Auburn on the scoreboard. It may be that the coaches believe that they will need the arm of Bo Nix to keep the defense honest. I worry, though. The guys Nix is practicing with now, won’t be the guys likely starting in Arlington in a couple of weeks.

     I suppose I’m remembering 2010. I remember that Cam Newton was not considered a polished passer, and early teams sold out to stop the run. By game 4, Auburn was running against those stacked fronts and blitzes and moving the ball on the ground, anyway. Auburn piled up the yards and finished with both Newton and Michael Dyer going over 1,000 yards. I’d argue that Auburn has better runners and receivers on the roster no, than in that year.

     I plan to get back into my regular swing of Thursday posts leading up to the start of the season, and I’ll be in place with an open thread for the Oregon game. Wow, I can’t wait for football season to start!

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Thursday Auburn football Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Thursday Auburn football Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Updates on the Auburn football Tigers are featured in Thursday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

MAC Football: Ranking the Non-Conference Schedules – Hustle Belt

MAC Football: Ranking the Non-Conference Schedules  Hustle Belt

Which MAC teams have the easiest, and toughest, match ups this season?

Irvin stepping up in search for second Auburn O-Line – 247Sports

Irvin stepping up in search for second Auburn O-Line  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama—Closing in on the end of preseason camp for the Auburn Tigers, offensive line Coach J.B. Grimes has his starting five intact with Prince …

SMU lands Auburn grad transfer Richard McBryde – 247Sports

SMU lands Auburn grad transfer Richard McBryde  247Sports

SMU added its 16th transfer of the offseason to its roster with the addition of Auburn linebacker Richard McBryde, who is continuing his playing career for the …

VIDEO: Auburn DC Kevin Steele talks secondary versatility – 247Sports

VIDEO: Auburn DC Kevin Steele talks secondary versatility  247Sports

Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele talks about the Tigers on that side of the ball.

Auburn places nine players on coaches’ preseason All-SEC team – Opelika Auburn News

Auburn places nine players on coaches’ preseason All-SEC team  Opelika Auburn News

The Auburn football team had nine players picked to the coaches’ preseason All-SEC team released Thursday, including two on the first team and two on the …

ESPN ranks Alabama as top college football program all-time – Roll Tide Wire

ESPN ranks Alabama as top college football program all-time  Roll Tide Wire

The Alabama Crimson Tide has seen a large amount of success over the years, especially during the eras of legendary coaches such as Paul “Bear” Bryant and …

Harvey Updyke failing to pay for Toomer’s poisoning – 247Sports

Harvey Updyke failing to pay for Toomer’s poisoning  247Sports

Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan made infamous for poisoning Auburn’s iconic oaks at Toomer’s Corner, has been summoned to court after it was discovered he …

Bama fan who killed Auburn trees not paying up – ESPN

Bama fan who killed Auburn trees not paying up  ESPN

AUBURN, Ala. — A prosecutor wants to know why a University of Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning landmark oak trees at Auburn University isn’t …

Ranking SEC schedules in order of toughness – 247Sports

Ranking SEC schedules in order of toughness  247Sports

It just means more. In the SEC, every weekend matters and there’s always the threat of a loss — or several — detonating a potentially special season. Alabama …

Auburn to open 2022 season at home against Mercer – FBSchedules.com

Auburn to open 2022 season at home against Mercer  FBSchedules.com

The Auburn Tigers will open the 2022 season at home against the Mercer Bears, FBSchedules.com has learned.

Auburn Football Recruiting: 2020 Offensive Targets – College and Magnolia

Auburn Football Recruiting: 2020 Offensive Targets  College and Magnolia

So we’ve talked commits, now it’s time to talk remaining targets. With 18 commitments, Auburn has somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 spots remaining in the …

ESPN College Gameday Visits Disney World Before Oregon Football vs Auburn – Autzen Zoo

ESPN College Gameday Visits Disney World Before Oregon Football vs Auburn  Autzen Zoo

Before ESPN College Gameday heads to Fort Worth to hype up the Oregon Football matchup with the Auburn Tigers, they’ll make a pit stop at the Magic …

SDS Crystal Ball: Predicting every game for Mizzou football in 2019 – Saturday Down South

SDS Crystal Ball: Predicting every game for Mizzou football in 2019  Saturday Down South

Editor’s note: Our annual Crystal Ball series continues with Mizzou and the SEC East. Coming Friday: South Carolina. Usually there’s a certain narrative after a …

Hosting the Tigers: Preview of Arkansas vs. Auburn – Arkansas Fight

Hosting the Tigers: Preview of Arkansas vs. Auburn  Arkansas Fight

The fourth Southeastern Conference (SEC) game of the year, will the Hogs be sniffing bowl eligibility?

‘We’re starting to look like an Auburn offense’: Tigers rebound in second scrimmage – Opelika Auburn News

‘We’re starting to look like an Auburn offense’: Tigers rebound in second scrimmage  Opelika Auburn News

Gus Malzahn saw his Tigers pushed. He watched them struggle, strained out under the brutal sun in fall camp, worn down and bowled over in inescapable heat.

Ranking College Football’s Top-20 EDGE Rushers – Scout

Ranking College Football’s Top-20 EDGE Rushers  Scout

Edge rushers can swing the momentum of the game by getting to the opposing team’s quarterback and causing a fumble. I grouped College Football’s top …

AuburnSports – Sophomore DB ‘pound for pound’ one of Auburn’s strongest players – Rivals.com

AuburnSports – Sophomore DB ‘pound for pound’ one of Auburn’s strongest players  Rivals.com

AUBURN | Senior Javaris Davis and junior Noah Igbinoghene should line up as Auburn’s starting cornerbacks in the opener against Oregon Aug. 31.

Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks Football Betting Prediction and Odds – Best Online Sportsbooks

Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks Football Betting Prediction and Odds  Best Online Sportsbooks

Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks College Football betting prediction, odds, stats and analysis for the 2019 AdvoCare Classic game on August 31st.

4-star 2021 ATH says he’s committed to Auburn – 247Sports

4-star 2021 ATH says he’s committed to Auburn  247Sports

Auburn red-hot recruiting summer has not been limited to the 2020 class. The Tigers now have three summer commitments for 2021 recruits, including the verbal …

Scenes from Auburn’s second scrimmage of preseason camp – 247Sports

Scenes from Auburn’s second scrimmage of preseason camp  247Sports

Check out the photos and video from the closed Auburn scrimmage.

Auburn Tigers football – WagerTalk Sports News

Auburn Tigers football  WagerTalk Sports News

Direct from the WagerTalk TV Studios in Las Vegas, WagerTalk.com’s Kelly Stewart talks with sports betting experts Bryan Leonard and. Read more …

Auburn Tigers football 2019 – WagerTalk Sports News

Auburn Tigers football 2019  WagerTalk Sports News

Direct from the WagerTalk TV Studios in Las Vegas, WagerTalk.com’s Kelly Stewart talks with sports betting experts Bryan Leonard and. Read more …

Confident Auburn RB Boobee Whitlow proclaims ‘RB U is back’ – Saturday Down South

Confident Auburn RB Boobee Whitlow proclaims ‘RB U is back’  Saturday Down South

The Auburn Tigers struggled offensively last year without coach Gus Malzahn calling plays. In 2018, the Tigers also saw their string of 9-straight years with a …

Podcast: Breaking down Auburn’s second scrimmage – 247Sports

Podcast: Breaking down Auburn’s second scrimmage  247Sports

Brandon Marcello and Jason Caldwell break down the second scrimmage of Auburn preseason camp.

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