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Auburn redshirt sophomore WR Darius Slayton (hernia) is back to practicing at full speed.

Remarkable healing powers by young Mr. Slayton. He had been expected to miss the entirety of spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia at the end of February. He was (for the most part) a non-participant over the first two weeks of that practice, but returned to action in earnest this week following the school's spring break. "We didn't just throw him in and let him go; we tried to be strategic and smart about it, but he got quite a few reps, and each practice we'll bring him a little more along," said HC Gus Malzahn. During the past campaign, the 6-foot-2, 191-pounder notched a 15-292-1 receiving line. Playing in a thin receiving corp with a shiny new transfer quarterback in Jarrett Stidham, Slayton is a prime candidate to receive a potentially significant statistical bump during the coming campaign.
Source: AL.com
Mar 23 - 8:01 PM

Auburn sophomore WR Kyle Davis (personal) could sit out the rest of spring practice.

Tigers HC Gus Malzahn said earlier in March that Davis, who has not been taking part in spring practice as he deals with some of what the coach termed "personal business," would be returning after Auburn's spring break. Spring break has come and gone, but the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder is still absent from practice. Malzahn revealed on Tuesday that he might not return to spring work at all, though August camp is looking probable. A year ago, he caught 12 passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 21 - 9:40 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Tyler Queen will transfer.

This is a logical enough transfer, as the starting quarterback battle for the Tigers will be coming down to Jarrett Stidham and Sean White (with Stidham our favorite to win the job). Queen's relatively brief career at Auburn was marred by a pair of surgeries. He underwent one on his right elbow in September of 2015 and another on his right (throwing) shoulder in April of 2016. A three-star recruit in the 2015 class, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Queen will have to sit out the 2017 season should he transfer to another FBS program.
Mar 21 - 5:04 PM

Auburn senior T Braden Smith squats 600 pounds and can broad jump 9-feet-10 inches.

Per ESPN, the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder's teammates call him "Drago," "The Terminator" and "The Hulk." That Smith is a physical freak isn't a big surprise considering his genes. His father played football and was on the track team at Kansas.
Source: ESPN
Mar 15 - 6:43 PM

Auburn sophomore LB Tre Threat has transitioned to defensive end.

With several Auburn linemen currently on the mend from injury, Threat is receiving extended reps this spring. "His linebacker background allows him to drop back in coverage, which frees up a chance for the Tigers to send an extra defensive back on a blitz," writes SEC Country's Justin Ferguson, who adds that "Threat has natural pass-rushing skills, and he could earn some solid playing time if he keeps turning heads at a position that’s up for grabs." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder was used mostly in a backup/special teams capacity.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 14 - 10:43 PM

SEC Country's Justin Ferguson relays that junior CB Jeremiah Dinson looks "like a favorite to win a starting job."

Dinson used the 2016 season as a recovery period for a severe right knee injury suffered in November of 2015, one in which he tore three out of four ligaments. The 6-foot, 177-pounder looks healthy once more, though, and Ferguson passes along that he has worked with the first-team defense in nickel packages during spring practice. Daniel Thomas would be the man to step in if Dinson is either unable to continue his current upward trajectory in practice or should he be hit with a setback on the knee.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 14 - 8:39 PM

SEC Country's Justin Ferguson relays that Auburn junior LB Montavious Atkinson has been one of the strongest performers this offseason.

Working mostly in a backup role last season, Atkinson registered 30 tackles, 4.5 of which went for loss. The 6-foot-1, 217-pounder could see a heavier workload during the coming campaign, with Ferguson noting that "[d]uring a pace drill last Tuesday, Auburn ran Atkinson out as a first-team linebacker next to [Deshaun] Davis in a 4-2-5 nickel formation." Along with Davis, Tre' Williams and Darrell Williams are set to return as starting linebackers in 2017. Atkinson could prove a critical cog should injury strike. And even if it doesn't, he should still be a meaningful contributor.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 14 - 6:20 PM

AL.com's James Crepea reports that former Auburn sophomore TE Landon Rice has transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Rice left the Auburn team in August after he was accused of first-degree rape near the end of July. That accusation stemmed from an alleged sexual assault on April 12. All HC Gus Malzahn said of his departure was that it was due to "personal reasons." The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has not been charged in the case.
Source: AL.com
Mar 12 - 3:09 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn expects sophomore WR Kyle Davis (personal) to rejoin the team after spring break.

Davis has not been with the Tigers this spring, as he has been "taking care of some personal business" according to Malzahn. Auburn will resume spring practice on March 21. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder logged a 12-248-2 receiving line. He was a four-star recruit in the 2016 cycle.
Mar 11 - 1:09 PM

Auburn S Johnathan "Rudy" Ford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds during the program's pro day on Friday.

Ford did not run at the NFL Scouting Combine, but it might have behooved him to do so given the times he put up on pro day. In addition to that 4.34-second dash, he also turned in a run of 4.38 seconds in the event. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder registered 64 tackles (5.5 for loss) and seven passes defended without missing a game this past season. He did not intercept a pass, but had picked off five combined over the previous two seasons. Despite his speedy 40 runs on Friday, he will likely have to find an NFL home via street free agency after the draft.
Source: AL.com
Mar 11 - 12:32 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham has been running with the first-team offense when the Tigers run tempo in practice.

HC Gus Malzahn and his staff say they'll wait until the summer to name a starter, but we've been expecting Stidham to win as a formality since the day he announced he was signing with Auburn. "I think we’ll know when we know," OC Chip Lindsey said. "I’m not ready after four practices to say this guy is this or that. I think it’s a continued evaluation throughout spring ball. We don’t play until September, and I think our guys – we do a great job of practicing fast and getting a lot of reps, so I think we’ll kind of just know when we know." Due to Stid's presence, the Tigers have already begun to move John Franklin III to wide receiver.
Source: ESPN
Mar 8 - 1:37 PM

Auburn senior QB John Franklin III worked exclusively as a wide receiver during practice on Tuesday.

247Sports' Brandon Marcello passes along that this might just be one step along the way to Franklin transitioning over to wideout for good. In early October, the 6-foot, 183-pounder indicated that he would be open to work beyond quarterback, so this does not exactly come as a surprise. Franklin attempted just 26 passes this past season. We like Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham to eventually assume quarterback starting honors. Incumbent starter Sean White continues to work his way back from a fractured arm, but even if healthy, we would still like Stidham's chances here.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 7 - 6:57 PM

Auburn is shifting senior OL Braden Smith from guard to right tackle.

Smith started 25 games at right guard over the past two seasons. He's been working at right tackle in spring practice. "The great thing about Braden is he’s a veteran guy," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. "He can play anywhere, but he’ll start out at right tackle." New offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey wants better pass blocking out of the RT position than Auburn has asked for in the past. "It will be more oriented toward pass protection at that position," Smith said. "It’s still going to be heavy run block, but I’ll be going more against pass rushers, speed rushers and things like that." The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Smith is an intriguing NFL prospect.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 1 - 6:09 PM

Auburn sophomore WR Kyle Davis will miss the start of spring practice as he attends to a personal matter.

"He should be back here in the next week or two, but he’s part of the team. He’s taking care of some personal business," said HC Gus Malzahn. It doesn't sound like his absence is related to any sort of disciplinary issue. This past season, the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder -- a four-star recruit in the 2016 class -- caught 12 passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 28 - 8:01 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he "doubt[s]" that he will be naming a starting quarterback out of spring practice.

No real surprise there. Malzahn did not settle on Sean White as starter until near the end of August camp a year ago. We like Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham to win the job over incumbent starter White when all is said and done, but either way, the situation should clarify as the offseason continues its slow roll toward Week 1 of the 2017 campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 28 - 7:47 PM


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