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Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson believes sophomore DE Carl Lawson won't return to the field prior to the middle of the season.

"It’s been a remarkable rehab and recovery," Johnson said on SiriusXM’s College Sports Today. "He’s way ahead of schedule, but I would say half a season would be optimistic." Lawson suffered a torn left ACL in May and has steadfastly said he hopes to play by the end of the season. "We don’t know when we’re going to get (Lawson) back," Johnson said. "I think we’ve got some guys who can step up." If he can't return prior to November, Auburn might be best served telling Lawson to take the season off so he can apply for a medical redshirt.
Aug 18 - 11:14 PM

Auburn backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson says senior QB Nick Marshall will win the Heisman Trophy.

"He led us to the national championship, and we were 13 seconds away," Johnson said. "And this year he got better at passing, better at running, better at making reads. He’s become a leader on this team and I’ve never seen him so amped at practice every day the way he is, the way he comes out. So, I know for a fact he’ll win the Heisman." Marshall is certainly a frontrunner after collecting 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year. He will not start in the opener against Arkansas as punishment for offseason marijuana possession charges.
Source: AL.com
Aug 17 - 11:20 PM

Auburn redshirt senior S Robenson Therezie may not be eligible at the start of the season.

"We're working through some eligibility issues right now with him," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "We should know in the near future." Therezie, a converted running back, is Auburn's starter at the hybrid "Star" position in DC Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 alignment. Johnson said the team is "not sure (Therezie)’s going to be able to play early." Junior Justin Garrett is the team’s backup "star." "We’re getting Justin ready and right now we’ve got to get some depth out there," Johnson said.
Source: USA Today
Aug 17 - 9:48 PM

Auburn senior WR Quan Bray "offers vision, lateral agility and burst," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Bray hasn't been featured to this point in his career -- posting 54 career receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns -- but he's about to become far more popular, especially if QB Nick Marshall's throwing mechanics progress this fall. "Bray offers vision, lateral agility and burst," Rang wrote. "He is quicker than fast and projects as a slot receiver and returner at the next level." The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder runs a 4.49 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 12:28 PM

Auburn redshirt senior S Robenson Therezie is "instinctive, athletic and tough," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Therezie, a converted running back, is now Auburn's starter at the hybrid "Star" position in DC Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 alignment. "Therezie finished fifth on the team with 57 tackles last year and led the Tigers with four interceptions," Rang wrote. "While shorter than ideal, Therezie is instinctive, athletic and tough and is expected to take over as Auburn's primary punt returner this fall." The 5-foot-9, 212-pound Therezie runs a 4.52 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 11:37 AM

Auburn senior FS Jermaine Whitehead "lacks ideal size and ball skills but he's a fluid athlete with speed, agility and smarts," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound DB runs a 4.54 40-yard dash. "With 26 career starts and experience at both the strong and field safety positions in Auburn's unique defensive alignment, Whitehead is expected to take over as the Tigers' primary leader in the secondary this year," Rang wrote. "Whitehead lacks ideal size and ball skills but he's a fluid athlete with speed, agility and smarts."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 3:40 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang says Auburn junior ILB Cassanova McKinzy "doesn't possess great speed or agility."

McKinzy has led a charmed existence since the day he walked onto campus. He started at middle linebacker as a true freshman, and then led the squad with 75 tackles (eight for loss) from the weakside last year. "Physical and tenacious, he's been asked to move back inside to the 'mike role this fall," Rang wrote. "He doesn't possess great speed or agility and therefore has some coverage limitations but takes on and shed blocks aggressively in the hole."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 9:46 PM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"If [Corey] Grant was the outside speed threat in Auburn's offense, Artis-Payne was the battering ram a year ago," Rang wrote. "The well-built, highly-regarded JC-transfer finished with 610 yards and six touchdowns, showing an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability that could make him the Auburn back set to explode." The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 9:15 PM

Auburn redshirt senior RB Corey Grant's "vision and speed make him a legitimate breakout candidate," believes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The Tigers may turn to an Opelika, Ala. native -- and former Crimson Tide signee -- to replace Tre Mason, a Heisman finalist who rushed for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2013. Grant redshirted at Alabama in 2010, sat out the 2011 season due to transferring rules, and has been backing up Mason since. "Grant's vision and speed make him a legitimate breakout candidate, though scouts would like to see him turn upfield to run between the tackles more often, rather than rely on his speed to attack the perimeter," Rang wrote. Grant finished with 647 yards last season with an incredible 9.8 yards per carry.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 9:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Auburn senior TE C.J. Uzomah provides "precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for."

Uzomah enters his senior campaign having caught only 18 career passes. So why does he have the NFL's attention? "Uzomah is a projection to the NFL but the former receiver and current tight end/H-back/slot receiver is precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for," Rang wrote. "Uzomah needs to gain strength and nastiness as a blocker if he is to grow into a more traditional tight end but he sports an NFL-caliber frame, as well as an impressive body control and soft hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 8:32 PM

Auburn senior CB Jonathon Mincy "has the size, agility and speed to earn NFL attention," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Mincy (5-foot-10, 196 pounds, 4.52 forty) will not start Auburn's first game of the season versus Arkansas after being arrested and charged this offseason with second-degree marijuana possession (QB Nick Marshall has the same punishment). "Mincy has the size, agility and speed to earn NFL attention but his one career interception during that time is an obvious blight on his resume," Rang wrote. "Mincy is at his best facing the quarterback, showing an aggressive burst to close and is a solid wrap-up tackler."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 8:03 PM

Auburn redshirt senior DT Jeff Whitaker "is expected to re-emerge as a key contributor on a talented defensive line" this fall, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Whitaker missed all of last season with a knee injury. He used a redshirt, and heads into the fall with 18 career starts. "[Whitaker] previously caught my eye due to his NFL-caliber combination of size and agility," Rang wrote. "Respected for his work ethic and leadership, Whitaker is expected to re-emerge as a key contributor on a talented defensive line."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 7:34 PM

Auburn redshirt junior OLB Kris Frost's "speed and agility could help him enjoy a breakout campaign," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The former highly touted recruit has battled injuries and position changes during his time on campus. Now settled at a position and hoping for a healthy campaign, could he break out nationally? "Frost's athleticism helped him rack up 59 tackles in mostly rotational duty (one start) at middle linebacker a year ago but he never looked comfortable in this role," Rang wrote. "Moved outside in defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 scheme this season, Frost's speed and agility could help him enjoy a breakout campaign."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 6:40 PM

With a "breakout senior campaign" Auburn senior DL Gabe Wright "could have his stock skyrocketing," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"So-called "undersized" defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Dominique Easley were first round picks a year ago. A breakout senior campaign from Wright could have his stock skyrocketing, as well," Rang wrote. Wright is down from 309 pounds to the "285-290 range as Auburn is hoping to feature him not only in the middle but at defensive end in 2014 as part of their "Rhino" package," Rang notes. Wright started in 11 games for the Tigers last year recording 35 tackles, with 8.5 tackles for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 5:40 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall is "not as accurate on the move and had a number of passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage a year ago."

"Marshall is not as accurate on the move and had a number of passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage a year ago, two areas that must improve in 2014 if he is to be a legitimate quarterback candidate for the NFL," Rang wrote. While there is no denying Marshall's "agility, speed and arm talent," when he sets his feet - the "ball explodes out of Marshall's hand, according to Rang. The Auburn prospect threw for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 12 - 4:50 PM


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