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AL.com's James Crepea passes along that Auburn redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham (shoulder) will take part in two late spring scrimmages "at most."

While Stidham could potentially play in Auburn's A-Day to wrap up spring practice, he's a long, long shot to participate in anything prior to Auburn's spring break (March 12-16). The quarterback is on the mend from what Tigers HC Gus Malzahn has termed "minor" shoulder surgery which the signal-caller underwent earlier this winter. So long as Stidham is sidelined, it'll mean extended looks for sophomore Malik Willis and incoming true freshman Joey Gatewood. Willis figures to see the majority of first-team snaps early this spring, but Stidham remains locked in as starter assuming a full recovery on the health front.
Source: AL.com
Feb 20 - 12:16 PM

Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom referred to Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson as a "'souped-up,' rich man's version of Wayne Gallman."

"What jumped out when watching Johnson at Auburn was his Zen master-level patience. When he gets the ball, he doesn’t blindly charge ahead," Nystrom writes, adding that the 6-foot, 195-pound Johnson is "very quick" and "trusts his eyes." The analyst ranks the Auburn standout as the No. 5 running back in this draft class. He figures to be off the board by the end of Round 2 come festivities in Dallas this spring.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 17 - 3:01 PM

One regional scout believes Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson plays with a style similar to Le'Veon Bell.

"He glides until he sees it and then 'bang'," the scout said. The evaluator believes Johnson can be helpful on third downs, which really elevates his evaluation for NFL teams. It can be difficult to project a ball carrier out of Gus Malzahn's scheme as it differs greatly from many NFL running concepts. The same could be said for Auburn tackles.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 8:59 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Auburn S Tray Matthews "elevate[d] his game" during the 2017 season.

In his tape study of Matthews' work in the past campaign, Pauline notes that the 6-foot, 209-pounder performed admirably both against the run and against the pass. His film showed strong development between the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. As of current, Draft Analyst stamps Matthews with a fifth-round grade. He was widely viewed as a likely UDFA candidate entering the 2017 season.
Feb 13 - 3:34 PM

ESPNU Recruiting Analyst Craig Haubert calls Auburn four-star 2018 WR signing Anthony Schwartz one of the fastest player in college football.

Schwartz not only runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.3 range, he's also been clocked in the 100-meter at 10.15. That's fast. Schwartz reportedly needs to work on his route-running and isn't always clean catching the football, but it's tough to ignore speed like that. Be it on special teams, trick plays or fly routes, it's easy to see Schwartz making an impact on the Auburn offense in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 2:13 PM
Bo Nix - QB - Tigers

Rivals does not currently assign a five-star grade to a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class.

The just-completed 2018 cycle was stocked to the gills with stellar quarterbacking prospects, led by Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Justin Fields (Georgia) and J.T. Daniels (USC). All three are five-star prospects. Daniels would have been the No. 1 quarterback on the 2019 board, but reclassified to part of the 2018 class and will be competing to replace Sam Darnold with the Trojans this summer. As matters currently stand, Rivals' highest ranked 2019 gunslingers are Auburn pledge Bo Nix (No. 31) and Oklahoma pledge Spencer Rattler (No. 32). All of this is subject to change depending on how the offseason camp circuit shakes out.
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 3:03 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham (shoulder) is unlikely to participate in spring practice until after the school's spring break.

Stidham underwent what was termed as a "minor" surgical procedure on his left shoulder earlier this winter. While it is not expected to give him issue by the time the 2018 season boots up, the Tigers will play it safe with their signal-caller early on. Auburn's spring practice will start on March 1 and break runs from March 12-16, meaning that Stidham will miss about three weeks of practice assuming he's ready to roll once the team reconvenes. In Stidham's temporary absence, sophomore Malik Willis and early-enrolling freshman Joey Gatewood figure to see additional reps.
Source: AU Now
Feb 9 - 10:18 AM

As part of his new contract, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn will draw a salary of $6.7 million in 2018.

Cover the ears of Ohio State AD Gene Smith, who just lashed out at the salaries made by Alabama's Nick Saban and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher, referring to them as "ridiculous." Malzahn's deal includes yearly escalating raises which would result in a salary of -- prior to bonuses -- $7.3 million for the 2024 season should he stay on for the duration of the contract. Malzahn was being hotly pursued by Arkansas after the close of the 2017 season before Auburn locked him up with a fresh seven-year contract.
Source: AU Now
Feb 6 - 3:31 PM

Bleacher Report's Brian Pederson believes that Auburn 2018 signing Joey Gatwood could be a "Swiss army knife" for the Auburn offense next season.

Pederson calls Gatewood (6'4/232) the most important commit to Auburn in the 2018 class, in part because he's the quarterback of the future, and in part because he can help the offense in so many other ways. "Might he be used as a hybrid offensive player, a ball-carrying tight end of some sort?" Pederson asks. Or could he end up being a defensive end, which is what he looks like at first glance? The possibilities are endless with Joey Gatewood, a massive, physical player who has so many tools that he might as well be known as the Tigers' Swiss Army knife." Where Gatewood lines up on the field will be fun to follow this spring and summer.
Feb 2 - 8:54 PM

Auburn signed 2018 four-star JUCO junior DT Daquan Newkirk.

The Tigers finally have landed their man. Newkirk was a member of Auburn's 2016 recruiting class, but he didn't qualify. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder is already on campus and with the team. Newkirk checks in as ESPN's No. 33 overall JUCO recruit. He can play on both the inside and outside.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 9:53 PM

Auburn hired Missouri special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge.

No word yet on his position, though SEC Country reports that Rutledge will likely be an analyst. Auburn's special teams were a problem in 2017, and Gus Malzahn is no doubt adding Rutledge to address that issue.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 31 - 9:47 PM

Auburn redshirt junior QB Jarrett Stidham underwent a minor surgical procedure on his left shoulder earlier this offseason.

Stidham, who opted to forego a draft declaration, is still expected to be ready to roll for spring practice. If he has any hiccups in his recovery, we'll pass along word, but there does not appear to be any concern that this procedure could sideline the redshirt junior for an extended amount of time. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw for 3,158 yards (66.5-percent completions) with an 18/6 TD/INT ratio during the 2017 season, his first active campaign with the Tigers after transferring over from Baylor.
Source: AL.com
Jan 25 - 4:28 PM

In the final release of the Rivals250 for the 2018 cycle, Auburn four-star 2018 verbal DT commit Coynis Miller climbed 69 spots.

A nice ascension for Miller, who had previously been sitting at No. 187 overall on Rivals' master list. He's up to No. 118, now. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder earned this bump in part due to a steady, consistent week of practice work leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game. As a prospect, Miller has slick athleticism for his size and a rough-and-tumble on-field demeanor, but is somewhat hit-and-miss with his immediate explosion off the snap.
Source: Rivals
Jan 24 - 4:21 PM

247Sports' Brandon Marcello reports that Auburn has signed RB coach Tim Horton to a new contract.

Horton has long been a member of Auburn's coaching staff, initially joining the Tigers prior to the 2012 season. He started out coaching up tight ends before shifting to the running backs room in 2013. The length and monetary details of his new contract have yet to surface. Auburn's 10-man staff is now locked in for the 2018 season barring any unexpected departures.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 23 - 6:36 PM

247Sports' Brandon Marcello reports that Auburn has signed WR coach Kodi Burns to a new contract.

Burns' previous deal was set to expire on Jan. 31. The exact monetary terms and length of his new contract have not yet seen the light of day. Burns has been on staff as receivers coach with Auburn for the past two seasons.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 23 - 6:31 PM


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