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An NFL scout said Auburn DT Angelo Blackson is one of his early breakout players nationally.

The scout visited the campuses of Alabama and Auburn and issued the following warning to the Crimson Tide: "They better watch out, because Auburn is coming." He believes The Tigers have more NFL prospects on defense than Alabama. "It really shocks me," the scout said. "Alabama’s not there yet defensively. If you want to play bully ball and smack heads with them, you’re probably going to be in trouble. But when those guys get in space, it seems like they’re heavy-legged. You’ve seen it against Auburn and Oklahoma. When they play a fast team that’s good in space, they struggle." Blackson was named the nation's No. 31 DT and the No. 2 player from the state of Delaware by back in 2011. Auburn got itself a steal from the Blue Hen State.
Sep 15 - 6:58 PM

Montgomery Advertiser reports that Auburn hopes to have redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates return to action, against No. 20 Kansas State on Thursday.

"Sammie is progressing very well," Tigers offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We're still very optimistic he'll be ready to roll." The 6-foot-2, 201 pound Coates missed the 59-13 blowout win versus San Jose State due to an undisclosed injury to his left leg, but has been able to practice as of late. The big-play-threat has only one catch on the year for 18 yards in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas. In 2013, Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions.
Sep 14 - 11:47 PM reports that Auburn senior WR Quan Bray ranks second in the country in punt returning at 28.7 yards per return, and "has looked like a completely different player through the first two weeks."

Last fall Bray was replaced by Chris Davis (San Diego Chargers)for the punt return spot even though Bray had returned 41 punts in his career for the Tigers. This season under the guidance of of running backs coach Tim Horton, the Tigers prospect has taken a more aggressive approach to his role as the Tigers return man. Bray's best mark was 8.5 yards per return in 2012.
Sep 14 - 6:24 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams "could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He jumped on my radar last season when he simply destroyed junior college competition for a second straight year at Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we saw more of the same [against Arkansas in the opener]," Kiper wrote. "Consider that Auburn completed 16 passes this week and Williams accounted for nine of them. He has good size (6-2, 216) and is a great leaper who can win at the catch point but is also explosive after the catch. He could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season. A possible Big Board debut awaits." Way back in December, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters he expected to throw more in 2014 thanks to the signing of Williams. Yeah, he's that good.
Sep 10 - 6:37 PM

In his first start of the season, Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall threw and ran for more than 100 yards apiece in Saturday's 59-13 romp over San Jose State.

He finished 10-for-18 passing for 101 yards, one touchdown and an interception, and ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. The Tigers raced out to a 38-10 lead at halftime, which allowed Jeremy Johnson to get a little garbage action in the second half. Of course, Johnson started in the first game because Marshall was suspended for the beginning of the opener against Arkansas as punishment for offseason marijuana possession charges. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back.
Sep 7 - 7:03 PM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne had 16 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 59-13 victory over San Jose State.

Auburn has scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games -- dating back to Oct. 5, 2013 -- a new school record. As for Artis-Payne, he is now averaging 6.9 yards per carry through two games. CAP is Tre Mason's replacement. Artis-Payne said after the game that he is "more comfortable knowing that I'm going to be in the game and not having to worry about playing time." CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that Artis-Payne displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability."
Sep 7 - 6:49 PM

NFL scouts have stamped Auburn redshirt senior DT Jeff Whitaker with a poor preseason grade, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Whitaker sat on the sidelines last season with [a knee] injury, the primary reason scouts have stamped him with a poor grade," Pauline wrote. "But go back to his junior film of 2012 and Whitaker displayed tremendous next level potential. He’s a strong, wide bodied lineman with a large degree of upside." Pauline grades Whitaker as a Round 6 prospect.
Sep 1 - 8:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "loves" Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall's running ability and projects him as an NFL running back.

He projects Marshall as a Round 6 prospect. "Marshall was the catalyst on offense for Auburn’s title contention last year and while he lacks the passing skills to play under center at the next level, I love his ball carrying skills," Pauline wrote. "Marshall runs with vision, instinct and shows the ability to elude defenders and create yardage. He offers solid size and plays with good speed which, in my opinion, adds up to a third running back at the next level." Marshall collected 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year.
Sep 1 - 8:00 PM

Auburn senior TE C.J. Uzomah's combination of pass catching ability and blocking should garner him consideration to get drafted in the spring, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Auburn really doesn’t use the tight end much but when his number is called C.J. Uzomah answers the call," Pauline wrote. "He offers great size, adequate speed and enough pass catching and blocking skill to at least get late round consideration in 2015." Uzomah entered his senior campaign having caught only 18 career passes, but CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that the former wide receiver provides "precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for."
Sep 1 - 7:11 PM

Auburn redshirt senior RB Corey Grant "does not get much love in scouting circles," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Grant finished with 647 yards last season on an incredible 9.8 yards per carry. "Grant does not get much love in scouting circles but based on the film he looks like a tremendous third down back/situational player," Pauline wrote. "He’s a blazer that can take it the distance any time the ball is in his hands. Grant is also a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield who creates yardage, making defenders miss and beating them into the open field. He lacks the size to be a feature runner and I’d like to see Grant add return skills to his game but I really like him as a late rounder next April." Pauline grades him as a Rds. 5-6 prospect.
Sep 1 - 6:09 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams caught nine passes for 154 yards and one touchdown in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas.

This was Williams' debut for the school, and it was a good one. The JUCO transfer mostly played out of the slot but displayed positioning, contested catches and speed to pick up yards on the ground. He could be the next one and done receiver prospect, however, it is very early. Expect Auburn to throw more often this season.
Aug 31 - 6:50 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates was held to one catch for 18 yards in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas.

Coates was touted by many as one of the top receiver prospects in the country, and he still might be. However, the pass catcher dropped an obvious touchdown on a post route in the fourth quarter and did not otherwise flash. Perhaps he is generating more attention from defenses this season. Regardless, Coates is a prospect worth keeping tabs on.
Aug 31 - 6:06 PM

According to Auburn's sports information director Kirk Sampson, Auburn redshirt senior S Robenson Therezie will be eligible to play against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"Robenson Therezie is eligible to play for @FootballAU and will be in uniform Saturday in the opener," Sampson tweeted. Two weeks ago, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn mentioned that Therezie was "working through some eligibility issues." The 5-9, 212 pound Therezie, a converted running back, is Auburn's starter at the hybrid "Star" position in DC Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 alignment.
Aug 30 - 9:47 AM

Auburn announced sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson will start the opener against Arkansas on Saturday.

Perhaps the bigger news -- though it was expected -- is that Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Tuesday that Nick Marshall will play on Saturday. "We have a plan, and they know the plan," Malzahn said. Marshall isn't starting as punishment for a marijuana citation he received over the summer. "We have a lot of confidence in [Jeremy] to run our entire offense, and like I said before, he's very talented," Malzahn said. "The two games he played last year, he was the freshman SEC offensive player of the week." Johnson, who will be making his first SEC start, threw for 422 yards and six touchdowns in starts against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic in 2013.
Aug 26 - 8:08 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates as the No. 12 overall prospect.

This is a generous projection based entirely on Coates' freakish athletic ability. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound Coates had 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions in an offense built around the running game and play action passing last year. "Coates' production pales in comparison to others throughout the country but he's a freakish athlete just scratching the surface of his potential," Rang wrote. The Tigers' prospect runs a 4.36 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:15 PM

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