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ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Auburn four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Tray Bishop "possesses explosive reactions and quickness, especially for a tall, young athlete."

While Bishop plays quarterback at Terrell County High School, Luginbill does not expect him to stick at the position -- his passing acumen remains a ways off in terms of what would be needed to compete at the FBS level (let alone in the SEC). The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder offers intriguing upside as a possible wide receiver, particularly for an Auburn team that could use help at the position. "Offensively," Luginbill wrote, "he shows an explosive surge in the open field as a runner. You really appreciate his speed when he gets in space." Bishop ranks as ESPN 300's No. 126 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 25 - 2:12 PM

Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson said that he has changed the way that he works out this offseason.

Lawson has been waylaid by a torn ACL (2014) and a balky hip (2015) during his career. He is hoping for a fully healthy 2016 and said that in order to facilitate that, he has changed the way he exercises. "I’ve gotten bigger, faster, stronger from resting," he said, later adding that "[r]esting, plus taking your workout seriously, is way more effective than just burning your body out." The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder said that rather than simply lift and run at every opportunity, he now occupies his weekends with stretching, yoga and the like. A complete 2016 campaign would do wonders to shore up his draft stock.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 6:32 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn believes that his program's early schedule is among the most difficult in the country.

"You know, I’m really, really excited that we’re playing at home [for the first five games]. You know, our players and our coaches and I know our fans are excited," Malzahn said. "We got a real schedule starting out. I would probably put our schedule up against anybody in college football, especially early." He isn't joking. The Tigers open the season against Clemson, Arkansas State, Texas A&M, LSU and Louisiana Monroe (all home games for Malzahn's crew). That collection of teams went a combined 42-24 last season. And that's including Louisiana Monroe's 2-11 record.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 17 - 7:53 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that sophomore RB Kerryon Johnson "has got a chance to be one of the most versatile guys in the league."

"Just from a play calling standpoint, from an offensive standpoint, he gives us a lot of flexibility because he does a lot of things well," Malzahn said. "He’s going have a good role for us this year." First up, though, a return to health. The 6-foot, 195-pounder underwent shoulder surgery in January, but is expected to be a full-participant in August camp. Last season, he rushed for 208 yards (4.0 YPC) and a trio of touchdowns while catching 14 passes for 159 yards. He also returned 14 kickoffs and averaged a stellar 27.6 yards per run-back. This ability to contribute in multiple facets should help him to see more opportunities than if he was being used solely at running back -- Jovon Robinson is expected to carry the bulk of the load on the ground in 2016.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 16 - 3:32 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he "expect[s] to be here a long time."

Malzahn was awarded a one-year extension earlier this offseason and his contract is not set to expire until 2020. "It shows that the administration has confidence in you," Malzahn said. "Like I said, I love coaching at Auburn, love being here and expect to be here a long time." The only reason this is a discussion at all is that the Tigers managed to take a 2015 preseason ranking of No. 6 and turn it into a 7-6 record. They have lost nine of their last 11 in-conference games. For what it is worth (probably not much), AD Jay Jacobs has voiced steady support for Malzahn. "This league is tough every day. It doesn’t matter what year it is — year in, year out, how many years you’ve been here or whatever it may be," Jay said. "There is no doubt about it: [Malzahn]’s the right guy for Auburn."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 15 - 2:54 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that "[junior QB John Franklin III] is the guy to be impressed with."

"[Franklin's] really won his teammates' respect," Malzahn said, "which is always important for a new guy coming in. It's very important to him. He's a hard worker." Back in the spring, Malzahn noted that Franklin was showcasing something of a "wow factor" with his running ability during practice. He remains high on the 6-foot, 183-pounder, but wouldn't go so far as to name him the starter for 2016. Jeremy Johnson and Sean White are the gentlemen who will compete with Franklin for starting honors this August.
Source: Rivals
Jul 12 - 1:42 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he would be open to discussing a plan that would allow undrafted underclassman who declared to retain their collegiate eligibility.

"I think that is something to definitely look into. I know Bret [Bielema] from Arkansas, we talked about that, and I thought that was probably a good idea at least to discuss," Malzahn said. Credit to Bielema for keeping the momentum on this one. Arkansas' strange-cat-of-a-coach has been publicly pounding the pavement for undrafted underclassmen throughout the offseason and Malzahn's comments make it pretty clear that this isn't just Bielema saying things for public effect. For the time being, though, this outwardly logical idea has yet to gain enough traction in practicality for implementation in the immediate future.
Source: Rivals
Jul 12 - 12:50 PM

Auburn will not suspend sophomore DE Byron Cowart, sophomore CB Carlton Davis III, sophomore CB Jeremiah Dinson or sophomore WR Ryan Davis for their May arrests for marijuana possession.

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that the quartet has been punished, but will not miss any actual games. "That's behind us," he said. "They're four fine young men, they made a mistake and I'm confident that they won't make any more." While they dodged the suspension bullet here, the four players in question are still facing misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession. They are due in court on July 21. A cynic might point out that Auburn opens the season against Clemson, giving Malzahn cause not to levy any suspensions -- particularly in the cases of Cowart (ESPN 300's No. 1 overall prospect for 2015) and Carlton Davis (named All-SEC Freshman last season). Malzahn insisted that his decisions were not made with that in mind, saying that the opening opponent had "zero" impact on the fates of Cowart and company.
Source: AL.com
Jul 11 - 2:20 PM

Four-star 2017 JUCO WR Brandon Martin de-committed from Auburn.

Well, that was fast. Martin committed to Auburn just five days ago. He took to Twitter to withdraw that pledge on Thursday, writing, "After meeting with my family and coaches I am decommiting from Auburn to focus on academics and football." The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder isn't a completely lost cause for the Tigers, as he indicated that the program remains in the running for his eventual, actual commitment. Martin was initially a member of LSU's 2015 class, but academics barred him from hooking up with the Tigers.
Jul 7 - 2:21 PM

Auburn freshman WR Nate Craig-Myers said that he expects to be the team's leading receiver in 2016.

In the spring, SEC Country asked Craig-Myers who would stand as the top two receivers at Auburn come the start of the 2016 campaign. "Myself and whoever wants to tag along," said the 6-foot-3, 208-pounder. His prediction might not be far off. With lead receiver Ricardo Louis heading to the Browns, the Tigers have a need at the position. Craig-Myers' former coach at Tampa Catholic, Mike Gregory, sees a place for his star pupil. "He can do whatever he wants as long as he puts the work in. I have no doubt or question about his work ethic. He’ll find a way."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 5 - 1:31 PM

Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee told ESPN's Cole Cubelic that Auburn freshman WR Kyle Davis is "basically Sammie Coates right now -- he’s big, physical and can run."

A former South Carolina commit who flipped over to Auburn in January, Davis sat out spring practice due to a shoulder injury. WR coach Kodi Burns noted that despite not being able to practice, the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder remained locked in regarding the mental aspect of the game. "He was in the meetings, he was at practice, we worked with him after practice, before practice," Burns said. "He got mental reps as well as physical reps. Just having him around was really big this spring." ESPN's Tom Lugbinbill views him as a three-and-out candidate should he develop to his potential.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 2 - 3:25 PM

Four-star 2017 JUCO WR Brandon Martin committed to Auburn.

Martin attended Auburn's Big Cat weekend in June, which helped serve as a springboard to his eventual commitment. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder ranks as the No. 1 JUCO wideout in the country for 2017 by 247Sports' composite. His coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Chad Huff, noted that Martin is "a big kid who can stretch the field," one who is "[l]ong with good speed." Auburn's receiving corps will thin after this season with the presumed departures of seniors Tony Stevens and Marcus Davis, making Martin's commitment all the more important as the Tigers look to fill those gaps.
Jul 2 - 12:47 PM

Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson did not make Lance Zierlein's top 10 prospects at the position.

"I just need to see him do something. He's more of an urban legend than a guy you can count on to make plays at this point," the NFL.com writer tweeted. Zierlein's reasoning makes sense, as Lawson dealt with major injuries in both 2014 and 2015. However, we would make the argument that Lawson had the talent to be the No. 2 edge rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft if he elected to declare. That did not happen, as Lawson is set to return to college for one more season. More than sacks, Lawson likely needs to prove he can stay on the field. When in the lineup, Lawson impacts an offense on the edge and inside.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 9:04 AM

Auburn freshman RB Kameron Martin told SEC Country that he will have the opportunity to compete for carries this season.

"Nobody promised me playing time or anything but they told me I have the opportunity," Martin said. The four-star recruit was given a release from his Baylor NLI on Friday, quickly whittled his decision down to TCU and Auburn, then committed to the Tigers on Monday. He attempted to put the whole experience in perspective. "It’s just a blessing, man, because all of the stuff I’ve been going through these last few days with Baylor and the release part. I’m just glad I have a family at Auburn," the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder explained. Senior RB Jovon Robinson will be the starter for 2016, but after Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State earlier this month, there should be room for Martin to be an early contributor assuming he can make a smooth transition to collegiate play.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 27 - 1:58 PM

Auburn and Penn State are scheduled for a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.

Penn State will host the Tigers on September 18, 2021, with Auburn returning the favor on September 17, 2022. This will be the first time that Auburn has ever played a Big Ten opponent during the regular season. Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said, "This is another great opportunity for our players and fans to be part of something special. Bringing together elite programs rich in tradition is what college football is all about."
Jun 27 - 12:29 PM


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