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Auburn redshirt senior S Robenson Therezie will play in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

Therezie spent two seasons in a hybrid linebacker-safety role in DC Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 alignment before transition to more of a corner role. This past year, he was asked to primarily line up in the slot and cover receivers one-on-one; essentially an NFL nickel assignment. The 5-foot-9, 212-pound Therezie, a converted running back, is a projected undrafted free agent.
Source: AL.com
Jan 31 - 1:23 PM

Auburn co-OC Dameyune Craig says the team will focus on "the pass game" more in 2014 with junior QB Jeremy Johnson starting.

"That means the ball will be spread out a little bit more than it has in the past," Craig said. "I think the receivers will prosper from Jeremy Johnson's emergence as quarterback next year." Johnson started the opening game of the season last year in place of Nick Marshall, throwing for 858 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in two seasons of backup duty. Johnson also sports a completion percentage over 70-percent.
Source: AL.com
Jan 30 - 2:29 PM

Athlon Sports' Steven Lassan expects Auburn sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson "to thrive in his first year as the starter for Auburn."

"The junior isn’t as dynamic of a runner as Marshall but has 40 rushing yards on 11 attempts in two seasons. Coming out of high school, Johnson was ranked as the No. 165 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was regarded as a four-star recruit. Malzahn’s offense is adaptable to mobile quarterbacks or pro-style passers. Expect Johnson to thrive in his first year as the starter for Auburn," Lassan wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Johnson has completed 57 of 78 passes for 858 yards and nine touchdowns, in his two-year career at Auburn.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 30 - 2:23 PM

AL.com's Joel A. Erickson notes that Auburn needs sophomore DL Montravius Adams "to come up big against elite SEC competition" next season.

"His biggest plays have come against the weaker opponents on Auburn's schedule; the Tigers need him to come up big against elite SEC competition, particularly now that he steps into the lead role as Auburn's No. 1 defensive tackle," Erickson wrote. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Adams will be the only player returning for the Tigers, with experience at the defensive tackle position. In Adams first two years at Auburn, he has become the Tigers' most productive defensive tackle recording 43 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks in 2014.
Source: Al.com
Jan 28 - 3:21 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne showed "balance, lateral agility and determination to run through would-be tacklers" in last week's Senior Bowl.

Tre Mason's former backup stepped out of the shadows in a big way this season. His breakout campaign ended with 1,608 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. "He displays easy lateral burst with a strong plant foot to get north-south, knifing through holes with his jump cuts and lower body explosiveness," Rang's Dane Brugler wrote last month. ESPN's Todd McShay believes Artis-Payne "could hear his name called in the middle or later rounds" this spring. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 6:07 PM

Auburn senior DL Gabe Wright "possesses the prototypical frame and quickness off the ball for 4-3 teams looking for a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle," noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Wright explodes off the ball and has active, aggressive hands," Rang wrote. "At times, he's too aggressive, getting his hands near the face of would-be blockers, but his energy and combative style made him a tough matchup for all of the South's offensive linemen." An AFC personnel director speaking with NFL.com in late November said Wright had the ability to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3. "He's a talented player with good size and speed," the executive told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "He's been playing a little inconsistent, and he has a chance here to show up against a big offensive line and improve his stock."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 4:33 PM

Auburn QB/DB Nick Marshall had five tackles for the South -- matching the game high -- at Saturday's Senior Bowl.

Your optimism should be tentative -- evaluators respect the game itself so little that many bolt after practices conclude -- but optimism is optimism. Marshall's shift to defensive back on short notice went as well as could have been expected. CBS Sports' Rob Rang reported that he showed off "undeniable athleticism" in his shift to CB. "Given that the 2015 class of cornerbacks is considered average, at best, it isn't out of the question that he could emerge as a top 100 candidate with a strong performance this week," Rang wrote.
Jan 27 - 12:53 AM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates surprised onlookers by reporting to the Senior Bowl up 10 pounds from his collegiate weight, reported The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Coates might not be a carbon copy of Terrell Owens, but the added muscle could help his cause in the coming months," Rybaltowski wrote. "On Saturday, he appeared to make a spectacular touchdown catch on a back-shoulder fade from Blake Sims, but was unable to get his second foot down in the left corner of the end zone. Coates’ stature and skill set are similar to that of Dwayne Bowe, a 2010 Pro Bowl wideout with the Chiefs. With Bowe on the wrong side of 30 and the Chiefs struggling at receiver, Coates could be a nice fit in Kansas City." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

Auburn senior C Reese Dismukes "was a highly decorated SEC center as part of Auburn's explosive offense, but his physical shortcomings were accentuated [at Senior Bowl] practice," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Dismukes struggled to consistently anchor up in one-on-one drills on Thursday and was unable to sway scouts that question his ability to block on the move and play with consistent functional strength," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder requested an evaluation from the draft advisory board last winter and nearly declared for the draft early. He returned to school, but doesn't at present moment look likely to be the top-50 pick some had believed he would become.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 1:30 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports that Auburn QB/DB Nick Marshall showed off "undeniable athleticism" in his shift to CB this week.

"While Marshall certainly looked out of place, at times -- he was hesitant in run support, for example -- he showed impressive fluidity when covering the South's receivers, including Miami speedster Phillip Dorsett, who may just be the fastest player in this year's game," Rang wrote. Marshall trained as a CB at the EXOS facility in Pensacola to prepare for the Senior Bowl, so his switch wasn't as on-the-fly as the storyline some analysts were spinning. "Given that the 2015 class of cornerbacks is considered average, at best, it isn't out of the question that he could emerge as a top 100 candidate with a strong performance this week," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 9:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that the "quarterback-to-cornerback transition for Auburn's Nick Marshall has been a bumpy experience in Mobile."

"The quarterback-to-cornerback transition for Auburn's Nick Marshall has been a bumpy experience in Mobile. He has been grabby and overly physical with a lot of guesswork at the new position, struggling with his new responsibilities," Brugler wrote. We actually like some of the traits Marshall shows as a quarterback, but nothing that warrants more than a sixth- or seventh-round consideration. Brugler notes that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Marshall "seemed to gain more respect from some evaluators for his decision to try the new position at the Senior Bowl," and believes he'll "get several chances before scouts give up on him."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 2:40 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Auburn QB/CB Nick Marshall could be drafted in the middle rounds.

Marshall shifted to CB on Tuesday at Senior Bowl practices. His play drew mixed reviews, but Marshall showed potential at a position he hadn't played in three years. "To do it now, you can say well, yeah, it's risky but NFL teams will understand he's going to be a little raw and he's going to have his ups and downs as he's had so far," Kiper said. "He's had some good moments and some shaky moments, which you expect." Marshall is expected to accept a combine invite. "If he can flash here, which he is, there will be quite a bit of intrigue," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said. "This is not a particularly storng cornerback class to begin with, so with that being said he might be able to jump into the mix here." We may have given Marshall a late Day 3 grade as a QB, but he should be able to garner a higher pick as a DB. "I think Marshall becomes a mid-round pick, maybe in the third or fourth round," Kiper said.
Source: AL.com
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates "has an outstanding combination of size and straight-line speed, and he played his best in big games," noted ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He has a ton of big-play ability and ranked third in the nation in yards per catch in 2012," McShay wrote. "The issue is that he was highly inconsistent this past season, and he needs to improve as an intermediate route runner. I also want to see him attack the ball more; he needs to high-point the ball rather than let it get into his pads as much as he does. Coates has a chance to be a Day 2 pick, but he needs to show a more complete game this week." The 6-foot-2, 201-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Jan 21 - 1:20 AM

Auburn QB Nick Marshall announced he will play CB in the NFL.

It is interesting, but not necessarily wrong of Marshall to say this. He is attending the Senior Bowl as a quarterback but previously played defensive back at Georgia. Marshall talked the decision over with his family and announced the news on Tuesday. "It won't be a hard transition for me to make. It's something that I know if I put my mind to it I can do anything that I want," he said. We actually like some of the traits Marshall shows as a quarterback, but nothing that warrants more than a sixth- or seventh-round consideration.
Source: AL.com
Jan 20 - 12:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates "has the physique and straight-line speed that evaluators covet at the receiver position."

Coates is the rare fourth-year junior who will play at the Senior Bowl. "He is not yet the sum of his parts with inconsistent routes and unreliable hands and needs to show better polish this week to show he's more than just a project," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 8:43 PM


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