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Auburn senior OG Chad Slade accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Slade has been a steady interior presence since he began starting in 2011, making 45 straight starts. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder is a former three-star recruit made good. As an Auburn blocker, you already know he can run block.
Dec 25 - 11:56 PM

Auburn senior DL Ladarius Owens accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Owens hoped for a better season in his final year of eligibility. He only started two games and finished with 19 tackles, including one for loss. In 43 career games, Owens has 69 tackles (11.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks.
Dec 25 - 11:43 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates accepted an invitation to the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The exhibition expressed interest in Coates immediately after he indicated he'd opt into the NFL Draft, and the receiver finally made it official on Monday. Coates has collected 30 receptions for 717 yards and four touchdowns this season. He's coming off his best career performance, torching Alabama for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the Iron Bowl. "Sammie has the unique opportunity of participating in our game as a fourth-year junior graduate," said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "On the field, he has the size and speed to project well to the next level as evidenced by his performance in the Iron Bowl."
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 23 - 10:29 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn remained noncommittal regarding junior WR Duke Williams' status for the school's bowl game against Wisconsin.

Williams missed three games with a sprained MCL and bruised knee but returned against Alabama. He has dominated form the slot on underneath routes, which is a great complementary piece to Sammie Coates' vertical ability Coates has already announced he will enter the draft, and Williams could follow suit.
Source: AL.com
Dec 20 - 11:44 AM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn confirmed the school will file for feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board on behalf of redshirt sophomore OT Avery Young.

"He's a huge athlete," center Reese Dismukes said. "He's got very good feet and he's really come along this year. He's moved around and really accepted that responsibility very well. That's not easy -- to be here one week and then here the next week." Young, a third-year sophomore, has experience at both guard and tackle. Young (6-foot-6, 309 pounds) is the brother of Bears DE Willie Young, and Panthers LB Thomas Davis is his cousin. "I've got a year of tackle up under my belt, and we made it to the championship game, so I've got everything I could do from that position," Young said earlier this season. "I feel playing guard will just open up the window even more."
Source: AL.com
Dec 20 - 12:27 AM

Auburn junior ILB Cassanova McKinzy is "weighing whether to go pro," reports Brandon Marcello of the Alabama Media Group.

McKinzy made 82 tackles with 10 for losses this year. McKinzy is described by CBS Sports' Rob Rang as "physical and tenacious," though Rang notes that the linebacker "doesn't possess great speed" and "has some coverage limitations" because of this. McKinzy has the versatility to play inside and outside.
Dec 19 - 11:27 PM

Auburn redshirt junior OLB Kris Frost filed paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Brandon Marcello of the Alabama Media Group reports that Frost is considering jumping to the NFL. We like the improvements Frost has shown on the field this season, leading to this possibility. Frost is a 6-foot-2, 234-pound athlete who projects as a weak-side 'backer. He can make plays sideline-to-sideline and also is skilled in pass coverage.
Dec 19 - 10:59 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft on Monday, according to Justin Hokanson.

Coates will also accept his Senior Bowl invitation, which he is eligible for since he graduated this month. The receiver recorded 1,733 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns during his career. Coates wins as a vertical receiver, using outstanding speed to get downfield and take the top off coverages. He can be inconsistent at the catch point, specifically high pointing, but he has made some ridiculous acrobatic highlights. Coates will test like a phenom at the Combine, but needs plenty of refinement.
Source: 247 Sports
Dec 15 - 3:26 PM

Auburn redshirt freshman TE Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday morning at an apartment complex near campus.

It was the same complex where another shooting took place in recent years. Mitchell tok a redshirt in his only season with Auburn after signing as a three-star recruit. No arrests have been made and police are still investigating.
Dec 14 - 9:46 AM

Former Florida HC Will Muschamp has joined Auburn as their new defensive coordinator.

He will be college football's highest paid assistant. Florida beat writer Robbie Andreu crunched the numbers, and if you include his Gators' buyout Muschamp will earn more in the next three year's than Florida HC Jim McElwain. Some coaches are just meant to be coordinators, and Muschamp was a great defensive one at Texas. Expect him to get another shot in a head coaching role down the line, however.
Dec 13 - 10:26 AM

Will Muschamp has interviewed for the University of Houston's head coaching vacancy, according to Joseph Duarte.

Muschamp has been heavily mentioned as a defensive coordinator candidate for Auburn, Texas A&M and South Carolina. He is a sought after commodity and will only be unemployed for as long as he wants to be.
Dec 12 - 12:59 PM

The Senior Bowl has expressed interest in Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates.

With a new change in rules, if a fourth year junior graduates before or during the month of December he is eligible to play in the all star event. Coates fits the bill. "We would welcome him with open arms if that's what he wants to do," Phil Savage said. Coates needs a lot of work to round out his game, but he is a crazy athlete or wins in a vertical role.
Source: AL.com
Dec 12 - 10:28 AM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Artis-Payne's hugely productive senior campaign has him at 1,482 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns headed into bowl season. "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," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote late last month. The analyst added that Artis-Payne is an "older prospect and unproven in the passing game" but "has proven himself to be a draftable running back prospect."
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 10 - 12:50 AM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams was compared by NFL scouts to Chicago's Alshon Jeffery and Tampa Bay's Mike Evans.

"Big, long, physical," one scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He can run a little bit." In his first season with Auburn, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound Williams, who missed a few games with an MCL sprain, leads the squad with 43 catches for 730 yards. Williams is rather unpolished and would be best served returning to school, but if he hears late-Round 1 or high-Round 2 buzz, all bets are off.
Dec 9 - 7:32 PM

Will Muschamp's deal to become Auburn's next defensive coordinator is "getting closer," according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman notes "staffing issues" as the current hold up. A previous report stated Muschamp also had an offer on the table from Texas A&M. Obviously Muschamp will not be unemployed long, and the Auburn gig is an excellent one.
Dec 4 - 11:22 AM


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