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Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee noted tempo and playing fast will again be an emphasis for the team in 2015.

"That’s something we are really stressing to get better at this year," Lashlee said. ESPN's Greg Ostendorf points our AUburn dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 in total plays in 2014. Junior Jeremy Johnson will be the school's starting quarterback this season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 11:40 AM

Michigan graduate CB Blake Countess will transfer to Auburn.

"Excited to attack the next chapter in my life! WarEagle BoomEra," Countess posted on social media Tuesday morning. Countess posted two solid seasons in 2013 and 2014 with Michigan after missing the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury. The 5'10/182 lbs corner should help the Tigers immediately. Auburn was not one of the schools to offer Countess a scholarship out of high school. He will be eligible to play immediately in Will Muschamp's defense.
Source: Instagram
May 26 - 9:19 AM

NFL Media ranks Auburn sophomore S Tray Matthews as the No. 3 transfer impact in the nation.

The No. 10 safety prospect in the 2013 recruiting class was dismissed from Georgia by coach Mark Richt, forcing his move to a conference rival. "His athleticism should help an Auburn secondary that repeatedly was torched last season. New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp asks a lot of his defensive backs, and Matthews has the skill set to become a star," writes College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Matthews started six games and collected 36 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble as a freshman in Athens.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 6:34 PM

NFL Media ranks Auburn WR Jason Smith as the No. 11 most impactful transfer.

Smith was one of the 10 best JUCO transfers nationally last year. "Smith (6-1, 180) was a quarterback in high school and in his one season in junior college, but he will be a slot receiver for Auburn. He looked comfortable in his new position during spring ball and gives Auburn another playmaker," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Smith will not be Auburn's go-to receiver -- that role belongs to senior D'haquille 'Duke' Williams, another Mississippi Gulf Coast alum -- but he does give new Tigers starting QB Jeremy Johnson a dangerous receiver in space." Auburn has one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the country.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 3:55 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams is the No. 3 receiver in the country, according to Walter Football.

"Williams is a raw receiver, as one could expect given his lack of experience. He needs to improve his route-running and hands," reads his scouting report. "Williams dropped some passes deep downfield that could have gone for big plays." Duke had 45 receptions for 730 yards (16 yards per catch) with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year. The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder is graded currently as a Rds. 1-2 prospect.
May 23 - 4:37 PM

NFL Media ranks Auburn true freshman DE Byron Cowart as the No. 13 impact freshmen in the nation.

"Cowart will play a key part in coordinator Will Muschamp's retooling of the Tigers' defense," wrote Bryan Fischer. Cowart, 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, was the No. 1 overall recruit in the country. "The team lacked a strong pass rush last season, and though he might not earn a starting job right away, Cowart should still be able to rush the quarterback and contribute in a number of situations that require him to get after offenses," Fischer wrote.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 1:02 AM

NFL Media compares Auburn senior WR Duke Williams to Dez Bryant.

"The Cowboys star is the best in the business at using his body to shield the ball from his defender, and that's what made Williams Auburn's most reliable receiver -- even more so than third-round draft pick Sammie Coates," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Williams (6-2, 224) is primed for a huge season as the No. 1 target for new quarterback Jeremy Johnson." Williams is just about the same dimensions as the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant. Is he as good a prospect? Not yet. Williams hasn't yet shown Bryant's ball skills. We hope to see a progression in that area this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 9:06 PM

Michigan graduate CB Blake Countess will have an official visit with Auburn on Friday.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder had a visit with Arizona last week, and is eager to visit Auburn. "I have heard really good things about Auburn," Countess told Rivals. "I'm really excited to get down there and see what it's all about." The graduate transfer has 38 total games under his belt, with 30 starts on his resume. With the Tigers looking to add quality depth to their secondary, Countess could find a role in Gus Malzahn's defense. Countess still plans to make a visit to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State later this month.
Source: AL.com
May 22 - 2:28 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson "has the ability to be a monster off the edge for a team looking to return to championship contention," noted NFL Media.

Lawson's national coming out party was delayed a year after he suffered an ACL tear during spring practices in 2014. Now healthy, Lawson is a centerpiece of former Florida head coach Will Muschamp's new-look defense. Expect the school's pass rush to improve significantly in 2015, which should greatly help its defensive backs.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:05 PM

Redshirt freshman Kamryn Pettway is expected to be Auburn's H-back.

Pettway joined Auburn as an oversized running back and added 20 lbs during his redshirt season. He will fill the role made "famous" by Jay Prosch. It is an extremely important position in Auburn's read running game. Freshman Chandler Cox could challenge for the starting gig if he flashes quickly.
May 21 - 1:40 PM

Auburn released DB Derrick Moncrief to any Big 10 school except for Michigan.

Moncrief just joined Auburn last summer via JUCO, where he was the top safety recruit in the country. The safety is from Mississippi and did not receive an offer from any Big 10 program last summer. His other offers came from Kentucky and Oklahoma State.
May 20 - 10:20 AM

Michigan graduate CB Blake Countess visited Arizona on Monday.

Countess announced last week he will play his final season of collegiate football at a different program. Countess is from the Maryland area, but the link to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona makes sense, as Rich Rod recruited and signed Countess out of high school.
May 19 - 10:16 AM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has serious talent and just needs to put it all together," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The site ranks Duke as the No. 21 preseason draft prospect overall and the No. 2 receiver. "He just needs to play with more consistency and dropped too many easy ball. It's a concentration issue," Newberg wrote. "Other than that, Williams has everything - size, speed and athleticism." The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams led the Tigers with 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season in only 10 games played.
Source: Scout.com
May 18 - 11:30 PM

Former Texas redshirt sophomore G Darius James will transfer to Auburn.

James started two games at RT for the Longhorns and appeared in six last year before he tore an ACL in November. The 6-foot-5, 304-pounder must sit out the 2015 season. He'll have two remaining seasons of eligibility beginning in 2016. James, a recent five-star recruit, was ESPN's No. 17 ranked recruit in 2013.
Source: 247 Sports
May 17 - 7:54 PM

Auburn defensive backs Derrick Moncrief and Joe Turner will transfer.

The Tigers have had a mini DB exodus over the past week, as defensive back Kamryn Melton also recently announced he intended to transfer. "Kamryn, Derrick and Joe have decided to transfer and purse playing opportunities elsewhere," head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "We thank them for their time at Auburn and wish them well in the future." Moncrief was ranked as the No. 1 JUCO safety in the nation when he arrived last year. "I came in as the No. 1 safety in the country and things are just not going well there," Moncrief said. "But Auburn was a good place, I just want to thank them for everything, for them recruiting me, and I wish them the best of luck." Moncrief said he can't transfer to any SEC schools or any team playing Auburn in the next two years.
May 16 - 6:05 PM


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