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Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has a great blend of size and physicality, to go along with enough speed to challenge defenses vertically," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams only played in 10 games last season, but he still managed to post 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. Auburn lost Sammie Coates, but we don't see the WR unit regressing. Williams is joined by Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. All three are big and fast.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Auburn redshirt senior LB Kris Frost only missed two tackles during the 2014 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Frost and Cassanova McKinzy make up one of the best linebacker pairs in the country. The linebacker played very well against top competition in both 2013 and 2014. Off ball linebacker is a position of strength in college football at the moment.
Jul 25 - 7:45 PM

Auburn senior WR Ricardo Louis anticipates replacing Sammie Coates as the school's long-ball threat.

On the receiving end of bombs out of Jeremy Johnson's howitzer, Louis could be in line for a huge fall. Louis (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) shares a similar frame and comparable speed to Coates. "As the deep man, the big-play ability?" Louis said. "I'll be that. With me, Duke [Williams] and Jeremy coming back, we have a good relationship now, but moving on to next season, it's going to be even better." Louis has 51 catches for 556 yards and four touchdown and a 10.5 yards per carry average on 36 rushes across three years. A dangerous threat on speed sweeps, Louis' hands have been a question mark to this point. Sound like another prospect you know?
Source: AL.com
Jul 23 - 9:00 PM

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says senior WR Melvin Ray will be far more involved in his gameplans this fall.

Ray caught only eight passes last year, but led the team with 22.8 yards per catch. Ray is joined by D'haquille Williams and Ricardo Louis in forming one of the nation's best WR units. "They are talented. Not only those guys, but the entire team," QB Jeremy Johnson said. "We all have a different vibe about ourselves this year. Ricardo Louis, Melvin Ray and Duke Williams, they all have the potential to be in the NFL." All three are 6-foot-2 or taller. "They're moving really good," Johnson said. "I feel really comfortable with those three guys and I know they're going to make a lot of plays this year."
Source: AL.com
Jul 23 - 6:47 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said this is the best WRs corps of his 10-year coaching career and said the top three on the depth chart are all NFL prospects.

He's talking, of course, about seniors D'haquille Williams, Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. "The thing that probably stands out about this group is we've got three seniors that have a lot of experience coming back that have a chance to really lead our group and I think all three of the seniors we've got coming back will have a chance to play at the next level," Malzahn said. "I'm not for sure we've ever had that in the past." Tigers' receivers coach Dameyune Craig thinks new starting QB Jeremy Johnson will greatly aid his unit. "The receivers will prosper from Johnson's emergence as quarterback next year," Craig said in January. "I'm excited about it. The receivers are excited about it and I think the fans are excited about this new era in Auburn football."
Source: AL.com
Jul 22 - 8:35 PM

Auburn junior QB Jeremy Johnson is a "darkhorse Heisman candidate" and the QB most likely to break out in 2015, according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson, Alabama's Mr. Football in 2012, completed 27-of-38 attempts for 436 yards and a 3/0 TD/INT rate in place of Nick Marshall last year. This time around, he gets the job to himself. As he's already been named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list and is a 20-1 shot to win the Heisman (according to Bovada), we don't anticipate any opponent taking him lightly. "The combination of his size, rocket arm and toughness as a runner should worry even the toughest of SEC defenses," Reuter wrote. "In-state rival Alabama might have highly regarded Jake Coker taking the reins this year, but Johnson could be the one stealing the show in the Iron Bowl."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

Auburn freshman RB Kerryon Johnson "is one of those guys that has (Darren) McFadden-like ability," Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee notes.

"He's more than a scat back. He's an every down playmaker," Lashlee tol AL.com. "Kerryon is one of those guys that has (Darren) McFadden-like ability, when you look back at guys that Tim (Horton) and I and coach (Malzahn) have all coached, a guy that can really do it all. He's big enough, he's athletic enough to be an every down back, he can play receiver, he can probably take snaps at quarterback. The 6-foot, 195-pound Johnson rushed for 1,659 yards and 25 touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 598 yards and eight TDs as a senior at Madison Academy, earning Alabama's Mr. Football honors. Look for HC Gus Malzahn to try and find a way to get the versatile play maker on the field immediately.
Source: AL.com
Jul 20 - 2:49 PM

Auburn senior CB Jonathan Jones "has all the talent and athleticism you would want from a cornerback, but his ability to stay healthy is a big concern for NFL evaluators," cautions NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder had foot surgery in the spring and has a broken ankle in his recent past. "Jones' body type looks more like a slot receiver's than a cornerback's, but he makes up for that with smoothness in his transitions and an uncanny ability to make plays on the ball at the catch point," Zierlein wrote. "Jones shadowed Chris Conley throughout Auburn's matchup with Georgia and showed he could run stride for stride with the speedster." Zierlein ranks Jones, who broke up 10 passes and picked off six in 50 targets last season, as the No. 6 defensive back in the nation. "Auburn has a dangerous defensive front, which will make Jones that much more dominant in 2015 -- if he's healthy," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 6:14 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams was not one of the 48 wide receivers named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams has been seen as one of the best wideouts in the country, coming into the 2015 season. The Auburn wideout was already named to the Maxwell Award watch list, which is given to the Player of the Year in college football. However, Williams can still be added to the list throughout the season and could end up being a finalist for the award. Williams finished the 2014 season, with 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Jul 16 - 3:07 PM

Auburn junior QB Jeremy Johnson was one of the 24 quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list

That's another preseason honor for the Auburn prospect, who was previously named to the Maxwell Award watch list. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson completed 27-of-38 attempts for 436 yards, with 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions in limited snaps.
Source: AL.com
Jul 16 - 2:49 PM

Auburn junior QB Jeremy Johnson "has the arm strength to hit a target on any spot of the field, and he has a great receiving corps," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The analyst thinks Johnson is a darkhorse to earn All-American honors this fall. "Now that Nick Marshall has moved on to the NFL, it's Johnson's time," Reuter wrote. "Add in a solid defense, and the Tigers are primed for a big 2015 season, which could make the Montgomery, Ala., native a household name." The deep receiving corps Reuter mentioned includes Marcus Davis, Ricardo Louis and D'haquille "Duke" Williams.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 14 - 11:59 PM

Incoming Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp may mold Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson (ACL) "into one of the nation's best pass rushers," Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes.

"A five-star recruit in 2013, Lawson made an early impact as a freshman on the Auburn team that went to the national title game," Brown wrote. "He finished with only four sacks, but he flashed a high ceiling that set him up for big things in 2014." You know what happened next. Lawson suffered a torn left ACL last May before what many assumed would be a breakout 2014. Muschamp is prepared to unleash the gifted third-year sophomore on the SEC this fall.
Jul 14 - 11:26 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn declined to compare junior QB Jeremy Johnson to Cam Newton.

"I don't like to compare my players," Malzahn said. Good for him. Not only would that be unfair to Johnson, but the comparison seems to us a little backwards, as Newton is faster and a more skilled runner while Johnson may have a bigger arm. "[I can throw] about 70 yards," Johnson said. Interestingly, Newton sometimes plays Madden at Johnson's place in the offseason. After serving as Nick Marshall's backup for two seasons, Johnson is finally set to take over the offense; he's a darkhorse Heisman candidate. "I would say the majority of quarterbacks in that situation would have (transferred). That's just the world we live in," Malzahn said. "He has really waited for his moment. He's earned this."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 9:03 PM

Auburn junior DT Montravius Adams "has yet to reach his full potential, but he's a disruptive, versatile player who has played some defensive end as well," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Adams is a five-star recruit from 2013, like linemate Carl Lawson. As a sophomore last year, he started 10 games, posting eight TFL, three sacks, 43 tackles, 35 pressures and an interception. He also led Tiger defensive linemen in snaps with 42.6 per game. "He could be primed for a breakout, especially if the pass rush improves around him as [Carl] Lawson returns from his [knee] injury," Brown wrote.
Jul 14 - 7:55 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Auburn senior CB Jonathan Jones as the third-best senior cornerback prospect in the country.

"Really came on last season after a broken angle [sic] at the outset of 2013 cost him some developmental time," Kiper wrote. "Had 18 passes defended (No. 4 nationally) and a dozen passes broken up. Showed great instincts and ball skills and can play longer than his 5-10 frame." The 181-pound senior also underwent spring foot surgery. Durability is a concern.
Jul 11 - 6:24 PM


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