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Al.com reports that Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead has been reinstated.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Whitehead was suspended for a verbal altercation he had with a coach and has missed the last four games for the Tigers. Prior to Whitehead's suspension he started 28 straight games at safety. Since the Auburn prospect has not practiced with the Tigers for over a month, Malzahn notes that it "doesn't automatically mean he'll be back in game action against the Gamecocks." At the moment, Whitehead is not running with the Auburn starters on defense.
Source: Al.com
Oct 21 - 3:01 PM

Auburn sophomore DE Carl Lawson is not expected to play this season with lingering knee issues.

Teammates and coaches previously stated Lawson was on track to return from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn left ACL, but that seems unlikely now. "We've not gotten to the point yet it's good enough to talk about coming back," head coach Gus Malzahn said. If he does not play this season, Lawson would likely earn a redshirt label for 2014. He is one of Auburn's top defensive players.
Oct 21 - 10:27 AM

Al.com's Brandon Marcello notes that Auburn redshirt senior RB Corey Grant "reps at tailback have taken a considerable hit."

"You're right, his touches the last few games have been down, but he has still made plays with it," Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told Al.com. "It's a good problem with those guys, but we've got to do a better job managing and making sure that we're getting them the touches when they need it and the right kind of touches." In the first four games of the season, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Grant averaged 18 snaps, but in the last two games for the Tigers he's only 6.5 snaps. Marcello notes that Grant has seen a decrease of playing time of 63.9 percent. Last week versus Mississippi State, Grant only had two carries during their 38-23 loss. Last season, Grant finished with 647 yards last season with an incredible 9.8 yards per carry.
Source: Al.com
Oct 16 - 3:53 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams has helped his cause with NFL scouts" and "continues to wow with his athleticism, strength and hand-eye coordination."

"Dak Prescott and a deep Mississippi State defense certainly looked the part of the No. 1 team in the country in their dismantling of Auburn, the SEC's reigning champion. Ironically, however, it was a member of the Tigers who may have helped his cause with NFL scouts the most in this contest, as junior wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams continues to wow with his athleticism, strength and hand-eye coordination," Rang wrote. The Auburn prospect hauled in six receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Mississippi State. Rang adds that, Williams "composure, competitiveness and body control to make several circus catches as the game went on will not go unnoticed by scouts."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 2:57 PM

Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead's indefinite suspension has now lasted a month, and no end is planned right now.

"Nothing's changed at this point," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. AuburnUndercover.com previously reported Whitehead was suspended for a verbal altercation he had with a coach, but Malzahn would not confirm the transgression. The safety started 28 straight games prior to the suspension.
Oct 14 - 10:29 AM

Auburn senior C Reese Dismukes only allowed on hurry on 39 pass protection snaps versus Mississippi State, according to Pro Football Focus.

Dismukes posted a + 4.8 overall grade, including a + 4.1 score in the running game. "The Auburn offensive line is often difficult to evaluate in the running game as they create so much backfield deception... regardless, it was a strong effort by Dismukes who opened holes in the running game throughout the afternoon," writes Steve Palazzolo. Dismukes requested an evaluation from the draft advisory board last winter.
Oct 13 - 11:08 AM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams hauled in six receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Mississippi State.

Williams, who spent the last two years annhilating junior college competition at Mississippi Gulf Coast, is up to 31 catches for 493 yards, and has scored at least one touchdown in four of six games. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder's presence has made the Tigers' coaching staff more comfortable taking chances through the air in 2014.
Oct 12 - 4:49 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said senior S Jermaine Whitehead remains indefinitely suspended.

When asked if Whitehead would return for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Mississippi State, head coach Gus Malzahn said, "No, he won’t be." Whitehead earned an indefinite suspension last month for yelling at an assistant coach. Whitehead has already missed tilts against Kansas State, Louisiana Tech and LSU. "I know Whitehead is extremely apologetic for it. I’ve talk to him," DL Gabe Wright said. "Even as a 21-22-year-old kid, it’s always hard to get down to the end and you know just have to fight. That’s what he’s doing and I’m proud of him. I honestly know he’s apologetic."
Oct 7 - 8:23 PM

Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates "has excited scouts with his big play ability in 2014" despite playing through a knee injury, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Sized well, the junior plays strong as well as fast, winning out in battles but at the same time beating opponents down field for long gainers," Pauline wrote. "He tallied 4 receptions for 144-yards (36-yards per catch) with one score in his most recent effort against LSU. Coates is fluid on the field and deceptively fast. He has the physical skills and upside to develop into a second receiver for an NFL team." Prior to that contest versus the Tigers, Coates hadn't caught a touchdown pass or surpassed 24 yards receiving. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Oct 6 - 6:23 PM

Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates grabbed four passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-7 victory over LSU.

To put this performance in context, consider this: Prior to this game, Coates hadn't caught a touchdown pass or surpassed 24 yards receiving. The gigantic outing against the hated Tigers was much needed for the projected first-rounder. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Oct 5 - 11:17 PM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne had 24 carries for 126 yards in Saturday's win over LSU.

He also gained 35 yards on three catches. Tre Mason's replacement has gone over 100 yards rushing in four of five games. Artis-Payne is up to 594 yards on 110 carries (5.4 YPC). The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that he displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability."
Oct 5 - 11:01 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that he's having a "hard time" projecting Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall "as a legitimate NFL prospect at QB."

This is not an uncommon criticism for a signal-caller with a career 55-percent completion percentage. "Even more concerning is that Auburn's scheme consistently manufactures simple reads and large throwing windows by utilizing play-action off of their run game," Weidl wrote. "Defenses are consistently loading up the box with seven, eight and sometimes nine defenders in an attempt to stop the run, often leaving a single-high safety or no safeties in the middle of the field. This won't be the case at the next level, where coverages are more complex and throwing windows are tighter and close much quicker." Weidl believes Marshall could shift to RB or DB in the pros. "Scouts will likely be intrigued with his athleticism, speed and experience at his former position while at Georgia, which might be enough for a team to take a flyer on him as a developmental prospect," he wrote.
Oct 5 - 9:06 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams hauled in two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Louisiana Tech.

Williams wasn't really asked to exert himself in the 45-17 blowout. He's up to 23 catches for 357 yards, and has scored a touchdown in three of four games. Williams, who goes 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has impressed us with his speed and ability to win in contested situations. It'll be fascinating to see the gifted junior against physical SEC defensive backs.
Sep 28 - 7:42 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall both threw and ran for more than 100 yards in Saturday's 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech.

He finished 10-for-17 through the air for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and added 105 yards on the ground across 13 carries. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this month that Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming: "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Sep 28 - 7:25 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates had just two catches for 19 yards in Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

Coates has been dealing with a mysterious left leg injury. Coates told reporters that he played last week's game against Kansas State, in which he caught two balls for 24 yards, at 80 percent health. He has only five catches this season. If he can't shake the nagging injury, one wonders if he'll elect to return to campus for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty is a first-round talent. He posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Sep 28 - 7:09 PM


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