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Conflicting reports emerged as to whether Auburn junior RB Roc Thomas will transfer.

Auburnsports.com's Jay G. Tate had reported that Thomas would transfer to Jacksonville State, but Brandon Marcello of SEC Country hears that the 5-foot-11, 202-pounder has not even made a request for a transfer. A former five-star recruit, Thomas rushed for 261 yards and a touchdown last season. Auburn RB coach Tim Horton spoke highly of his work this spring. Stay tuned.
May 26 - 1:45 PM

Auburn sophomore DB Tim Irvin will transfer.

"I want to thank Auburn University for the time I was here and I appreciate the coaches and the fans. It was a great journey but it will be better for me to pursue my career elsewhere. #Wareagle," Irvin tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound sophomore was a four-star recruit out of high school. He had been committed to Texas as of January, 2015, but flipped over to Auburn several weeks before National Signing Day of that year. Irvin is the nephew of former NFL great Michael Irvin, who (according to 247Sports) has already contacted Longhorns HC Charlie Strong to see if Tim might be able to slide over to Texas. If that occurs, he would sit out the 2016 campaign.
May 25 - 12:46 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread noted that junior QB John Franklin III "arrives at Auburn with a wide-open opportunity to win the quarterback job."

Franklin ranks as Goodbread's No. 10 impact transfer for 2016. Even before transferring to Auburn, he had an interesting connection to the Tigers. Goodbread relays that during FSU's prep for Auburn prior to the final BCS Championship Game, the 6-foot, 183-pound Franklin (who transferred from the Seminoles to a junior college last summer) served on the scout team and acted as a stand-in for Auburn's Nick Marshall. Perhaps predictably, he has already drawn comparisons to Marshall now that he has taken on official tiger stripes. HC Gus Malzahn said in March that the gunslinger carries a distinct "wow factor" when he chooses to take off running from the pocket.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:31 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson is "an NFL-ready defensive end right now."

Rang describes Lawson as "[p]ossessing a compact, powerful frame and an explosive burst off the edge." The 6-foot-2, 261-pound redshirt junior lands as the No. 9 underclassman prospect for 2017 on the analyst's early rundown. A healthy 2016 campaign is a must for Lawson, as he missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL and was plagued by a hip injury which limited him to seven games in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 5:07 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that "spring practice was very successful for us."

"We were fortunate not to have any injuries," Malzahn said. "I really felt like we improved." He indicated that while the Tigers have yet to name a starting quarterback between Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III, he hopes to do so early in August camp. Last season, early hype gave way to a fractured season in which Auburn finished 7-6. The Golden Nugget has set their 2016 win-total over/under at seven victories on the dot.
May 20 - 3:16 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper pegs Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson No. 22 on his Big Board.

"This is a big season for Lawson, who was working his way back from injury in 2015," Kiper wrote. "The pass-rush potential is there, but so far, he's better at pushing with power and controlling the blocker." We're higher on Lawson than he is. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Lawson to the Buccaneers at No. 4 in an early 2017 mock draft. Norris believes Lawson could have been the first or second edge rusher selected in the 2016 NFL Draft had he entered.
May 16 - 11:47 PM

Auburn DC Kevin Steele is being paid less than former DC Will Muschamp was in 2015.

Muschamp drew a $1.6 million salary in his lone year as Auburn's defensive coordinator. That giant pile of money was not enough to see him through even a full season with the Tigers, as he promptly bailed on the program to take the head coaching gig at South Carolina in early December. Auburn hired LSU DC Steele to take Muschamp's place at the end of that month. This season, Steele will make $1.1 million -- $500,000 less than Muschamp did. Steele helped build many a beastly LSU defense during his tenure with the team and could well end up a steal for HC Gus Malzahn. His pedigree is as rock-solid as they come.
May 14 - 2:36 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that redshirt freshman QB Tyler Queen (shoulder) could be healthy by August camp.

On Tuesday, Dr. James Andrews performed a procedure to repair the AC joint in Queen's right shoulder. Andrews is most well-known for performing Tommy John surgery on baseball players, but thankfully, Queen did not have to undergo that procedure. And he could be back in relatively short order. "I expect him to recover fully and hopefully be back by fall camp," said HC Malzahn. Even if he does return to health by August, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Queen sits at fourth on the Tiger depth chart and is unlikely to see much playing time in 2016.
Source: SEC Country
May 12 - 12:45 PM

Auburn junior QB John Franklin III worked out with Michael Vick.

Franklin, an incoming JUCO dual-threat quarterback, will battle for the starting quarterback position with Sean White and Jeremy Johnson this summer. Often comped to Nick Marshall, Franklin reportedly ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash last month.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 6:35 PM

Rams signed Auburn WR Duke Williams.

Many loved Williams' projection after a strong 2014 season, but so much of that production came out of the slot that he did not profile as a top flight prospect. Williams then was dismissed from the program in 2015. He proceeded to flunk the Combine, running 4.72 with a 30-inch vertical. Williams combines major character concerns with sub-baseline-NFL athleticism and poor college production. It's been all downhill for Williams since his fantastic high school career.
May 11 - 10:33 AM

Auburn redshirt freshman QB Tyler Queen will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Coming back from elbow surgery, Queen injured his AC joint in the spring and was held out for the remainder of practice sessions. "I think (Queen) was getting better as spring went on," Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "He wasn't where he wanted to be, but he was getting better. Kind of a run of bad luck for him. It's a different injury and hopefully not near as severe, but obviously for him, I know he's disappointed." Queen is No. 4 on the depth chart behind Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III.
Source: AL.com
May 10 - 2:26 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson may have been the first or second EDGE selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Lawson elected to return to Auburn for a fourth season. It's very likely to be his last, assuming he can remain healthy. Norris slotted Lawson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 4 in an early 2017 mock draft.
Source: Rotoworld
May 9 - 8:46 PM

Four-star LB Tadarian Moultry committed to Auburn for 2017.

"I’ve known it was Auburn for a while, but I wanted to be sure. I’m sure now," Moultry said, adding that he has already been to the university "at least a dozen times." That comfort level was part of the reason for Friday's commitment. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 16 linebacking recruit for the 2017 cycle. Moultry stands as Auburn's fourth commitment to date.
Source: Rivals
May 7 - 1:44 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Tampa Bay's UDFA class No. 3 in the NFL.

"A year from now, we'll all be asking why Peyton Barber wasn't drafted," Reuter wrote. "Dominique Robertson has the athleticism to be an NFL starter at tackle or guard, while fellow lineman Taylor Fallin could work his way into a swing-tackle role as a rookie." The analyst also believes either Elijah Shumate or Isaiah Johnson could make the final roster as safety depth. "Luke Rhodes and Cassanova McKinzy are two of my favorite undrafted linebackers, and both could make the squad," Reuter wrote. "Throw in receiving tight end Kivon Cartwright and tough hybrid Alan Cross, and the Bucs have some interesting talent on board."
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 3:26 PM

Bucs signed Auburn RB Peyton Barber.

Barber (5'10/228) spent one season as the Tigers' starting tailback, managing 1,017 yards and 13 TDs on 238 carries (4.27 YPC). He only caught 11 passes in his college career. A grinding plodder with scant passing-game experience, Barber ran 4.64 with a sluggish 9-foot-3 broad jump in Indianapolis. Barber has drawn glass-half-full comparisons to Alfred Morris, but ultimately is likely to struggle to carve out a substantial NFL career.
May 3 - 7:36 PM


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