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ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. notes that Auburn coaches believe that freshman T Calvin Ashley will compete for a starting job in August camp.

Ashley was not an early enrollee, so there is still some work to do to secure a starting gig. Still, it looks like the 6-foot-7, 330-pounder -- a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle -- will be getting into the fray relatively early assuming he holds his own in August camp. As for where he will fit on the Tigers' line, Kahn believes that he will either be competing for the open spot at right tackle or that he could stick on the left side, pushing 2016 starting left tackle Darius James over to RT.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 12:54 PM

Auburn OC Chip Lindsey said that senior WR John Franklin III will serve as an emergency quarterback this coming season.

Franklin transitioned over to wide receiver this spring, but with backup quarterbacks Tyler Queen and Woody Barrett both transferring out, Auburn's depth at the position behind Jarrett Stidham and Sean White has thinned out considerably. Said Lindsey of Franklin as a backup option, "He's done it his whole life, so I think he could definitely do that if we needed him to, for sure." The 6-foot, 183-pounder initially joined Auburn out of the JUCO ranks as a quarterback, but was unable to beat out Sean White for starting honors last year and looked to be behind both Stidham and White in terms of the team's competition for 2017 starting honors, hence his shift to wide receiver.
Source: AL.com
May 22 - 12:13 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that he is "grabbing all the stock (of Auburn sophomore DE Marlon Davidson) [he] can before the midseason rush."

"Davidson has a magnificent blend of quickness, power and hustle. His technique needs refining, and he must deal without having Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson alongside, but Davidson has the potential to lead the SEC in sacks," Connolly notes. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder (a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle) logged 38 tackles (6.0 for loss), 2.5 sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble while appearing in all 13 of Auburn's games as a true freshman.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 9:56 PM

Jacksonville State senior C Casey Dunn transferred to Auburn.

Dunn played in 36 games with Jacksonville State and made 27 starts at center. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was named an FCS All-America standout each of the past two seasons. At Auburn, he will have an opportunity to compete with Austin Golson, who has been working mostly at center over the past two years. It is not out of the question that Dunn could win this job outright in August. OL coach Herb Hand said of his newest toy, "Any time you can get a guy who has that type of experience and has excelled at it, he's going to be a nice addition."
Source: AL.com
May 18 - 6:15 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman DT Antwuan Jackson Jr. will transfer.

Auburn is out a pair of former four-star recruits as the week draws to a close, with DB Marlon Character Jr. also deciding to try for a fresh start. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Jackson landed at No. 98 overall on Rivals' 2016 master list. He ranked as their No. 9 defensive tackle prospect in the class. In March, Auburn DL coach Rodney Garner spoke somewhat critically about his development, saying, "He still has to get a better grasp on the type of effort and execution that it’s going to take to perform at this level." Unless Jackson downshifts to the FCS or a junior college, he will have to sit out the 2017 season.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 5:45 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman DB Marlon Character Jr. will transfer.

Per 247Sports' Brandon Marcello, Character was "nudged to leave after an apparent incident with a teammate in recent weeks." The 6-foot, 190-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, with Rivals slotting him into their master list for the class at No. 239. Should he transfer to another FBS program, Character would have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: 247Sports
May 18 - 4:15 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore CB Javaris Davis spent the spring with the first-team defense and appears poised to start in 2017.

"Some people think he is one of the fastest players in the SEC," noted ESPN's Edward Aschoff. Davis was highly active as a reserve who started five games in 2016. He had 37 tackles, six TFL, nine passes defensed and two interceptions.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 3:58 PM

Auburn WR coach Kodi Burns is not concerned that sophomore WR Kyle Davis (personal) missed spring practices.

Davis missed spring practices due to what HC Gus Malzahn referred to as "personal business." He returned to campus this week and will be ready to go for summer camp. It appears that the coaching staff isn't holding the missed time against him. Davis figures to compete for a starting job once the Tigers re-take the practice field. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Davis logged a 12-248-2 receiving line as a true freshman last year. A former four-star recruit, Davis projects as a big perimeter weapon for presumed starter Jarrett Stidham.
Source: oanow.com
May 16 - 3:02 PM

Auburn sophomore WR Kyle Davis posted on social media that he has returned to campus.

Davis played in 13 games last season with one start, catching 12 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He left the team due to personal reasons back in February, however, coach Gus Malzahn expected Davis to return every time he was asked about it.
Source: AL.com
May 16 - 9:53 AM

Auburn sophomore WR Nate Craig-Meyers said, "I feel like I know the game now."

As an incoming freshman last summer, Craig-Meyers made the bold claim that he would lead the Tigers in receiving for the 2016 season. That did not come to pass, as the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder finished with just four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in four games played. If this spring is any indication, he could go supernova during the coming season. Craig-Meyers caught five passes for 154 yards. The addition of Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham could be key to his development. Craig-Meyers spoke to that connection, explaining, "We’re clicking on the right timing. During the summer, I still feel like we’ve still got a lot [to improve on]. But it’s a pretty good relationship."
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 6:40 PM

Former Baylor DB coach Cris Dishman called new Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham "a taller Drew Brees."

"We used to sit in our defensive meeting room at Baylor and be like 'OK, we've got one right here. We've got something special at quarterback,'" Dishman said. This certainly won't slow down the hype train that Stidham is firing up during Auburn's offseason and spring activities. In the Tigers' spring game Stidham completed 16-of-20 passes for 267 yards. Head coach Gus Malzahn is acting like he is being patient in naming a starter, but we all know it will be Stidham.
Source: AL.com
May 10 - 10:25 AM

Auburn director of football operations Jamie Croley is leaving his position.

Croley will be moving on to work in helping to boot up a foundation started by Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and his wife, Kristi. He had been with the Tigers since 2013 and also worked with Malzahn as director of football operations at Arkansas State in 2012.
Source: 247Sports
May 9 - 9:22 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he believes that the Tigers will compete for a national championship this season.

"The big thing is I feel like we have quality depth at the quarterback position and that's been kind of an Achilles heel the last couple of years," Malzahn said. It's a fair enough statement, as last year's team was working with a quarterbacking stable of Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III. With Jarrett Stidham coming over from Baylor, though, the team now has two players with respectable starting experience in Stidham and White. OC Chip Lindsey spoke glowingly of the team's work this spring, saying that he was "really pleased with the progress we made all the way around." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is one analyst intrigued by Auburn's potential for the coming campaign -- he ranked them at No. 8 in his springtime top-30.
Source: AL.com
May 7 - 2:23 PM

Redskins selected Auburn CB Joshua Hosley with the No. 235 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hosley projects as a special teamer but has experience at both corner and safety. He missed time with a torn ACL in both 2013 and 2015. However, since he played at Auburn since 2012, he has played in 44 games with 31 starts.
Apr 29 - 6:13 PM

Cardinals selected Auburn S Johnathan Ford with the No. 208 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ford (5’11/205) made 34 starts in Auburn's secondary after converting from running back as a freshman, seeing action at nickel corner and safety and amassing 11.5 career tackles for loss with five interceptions. Ford led Auburn in tackles in two of his three years as a starter. He blazed 4.4-flat at the Tigers’ Pro Day. A standout special teamer throughout college, Ford’s ability to run down kicks and punts increases his chances of being an early contributor.
Apr 29 - 5:00 PM


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