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Auburn freshman G Nick Brahms (leg) is unlikely to be a full participant in spring practice.

Brahms was a four-star signee in Auburn's 2017 class. While he enrolled in January, a broken leg sustained in August prior to his senior season at Navarre High School (Florida) will almost certainly prevent him from being medically cleared for full contact this spring. Tigers HC Gus Malzahn will have to exercise patience as the 6-foot-4, 286-pounder continues his rehab work, but Brahms ranked as ESPN 300's No. 160 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle and has the versatility to play either guard or center.
Source: Rivals
Feb 23 - 6:01 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill writes that Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham's "signing could have the biggest impact of any team['s signing] in college football during the 2017 season."

"Stidham is just what the doctor ordered," Luginbill writes. "He’s got a gun-slinging mentality with arm talent and athleticism. He has a nice feel for the game and a delivery that can’t be taught by coaching." While Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated in mid-December that the Baylor transfer will be competing with incumbent starter Sean White for the right to lead Auburn into the 2017 campaign, we expect Stidham to secure that job when all is said and done.
Feb 21 - 6:13 PM

Auburn G Alex Kozan was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Kozan was a first-team All-SEC honoree and a team captain this past season. Despite missing the 2014 season with a back injury, he logged 40 career starts. Kozan auditioned for scouts at the East-West Shrine Game last month. He could be an "attractive third-day draft option for a team looking to add some toughness to its interior offensive line," believes NFL Media.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 1:50 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Auburn will hire North Carolina RB coach Larry Porter.

Not quite clear what position group Porter will be coaching. He has extensive experience as a running backs coach, having spent 17 of his 19 seasons in the college game tutoring that position. 247Sports is reporting that he could potentially come in as a TE coach. He has been on staff with North Carolina each of the past three seasons.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 11 - 2:03 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says the Tigers will throw more to tight ends this year.

Auburn went from the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015 to the Ole Miss game on Oct. 29, 2016 without throwing the ball to a tight end. "We only had one tight end on scholarship was really the thing," Malzahn said. "We felt like we needed two tight ends, and [new OC Chip] Lindsey likes to use a tight end. We’re going to throw the ball more to the tight end." Though the Tigers ignored their tight ends in the passing game over the past two seasons, Lutzenkirchen and C.J. Uzomah have been productive in Malzahn's offense in the past. Auburn has to be hoping that three-star JUCO TE Sal Cannella (6-foot-6 and 230 pounds) can contribute immediately. "Chip is a guy that definitely is going to utilize the tight end, and he is a very strong in the RPO (run-pass option) world," Malzahn said. "He’s very strong in the straight drop-back world. ... I would definitely expect more balls to the tight end."
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 8 - 6:10 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and OC Chip Lindsey both liken three-star John Samuel Shenker to Philip Lutzenkirchen.

That's because Shenker projects to play multiple positions -- H-back, tight end and wide receiver-- just like the late Lutzenkirchen. "His versatility is what stood out to us. Of course, we kept up with him throughout the year and when Chip got here, that was the first guy he went to see," Malzahn said of Shenker. "He reminds him of Philip (Lutzenkirchen), reminds me of Philip. Got the same kind of skill set, that you can split him out, you can put his hand down, you can put him at H-back, and he’s physical enough at the point of attack to be effective." The three-star Shenker was the No. 77 tight end in this cycle, according to 247Sports.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 8 - 3:03 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Auburn DL Montravius Adams will "be peppered with questions during the [NFL Scouting Combine] on why he failed to produce every Saturday the way he did during Senior Bowl practice."

During the Senior Bowl practice week, Pauline notes, Adams "looked like a one-man wrecking crew," one who was "unstoppable." That hasn't always shown on film, though, with the analyst writing that the 6-foot-3, 281-pounder was "streaky and disappeared for stretches" during the 2016 season. Pauline views him as a potential draft selection early on Day 3.
Feb 7 - 6:03 PM

Auburn signed four-star JUCO TE Sal Cannella.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is the No. 36 overall JUCO prospect in the ESPN JC 50. "Confident pass catcher with good hands and ability to extend and catch ball away from frame," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "Displays good concentration and flashes ability to use frame to shield defenders. Displays adequate body control. Solid route runner that can use some savvy to find openings and create some separation." Cannella is more pass-catcher than fully-formed TE. He should fit nicely in Auburn's spread offense.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 3:03 PM

Auburn signed three-star 2017 DT Tyrone Truesdell.

Truesdell took official visits to both Louisville and Florida in January before ultimately settling on Auburn. He ranks as Rivals' No. 31 defensive tackle prospect for the current cycle. The 6-foot-3, 334-pounder is all strength and raw physical ability at this juncture of his development. He will need to continue to hone his technique -- particularly in his moves off the snap -- once he links up with HC Gus Malzahn's crew.
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 4:31 PM

Auburn signed three-star 2017 ATH JaTarvious Whitlow.

Whitlow was receiving heavy interest from the FCS, but he ultimately leveled up to the SEC. Not too shabby. While both Rivals and Scout list the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder as an "athlete," he sees a "running back" designation from ESPN. Scout.com's analysis crew notes that he's "not a burner in the open field and can work on his explosion on either side of the ball, but he can be a productive weapon at the next level."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 3:28 PM

Auburn signed four-star 2017 DE Markaviest "Big Cat" Bryant.

Auburn fended off rivals Georgia and LSU for Bryant's services. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end is obviously eying that vacant Buck defensive line role left by Carl Lawson. "I think Auburn (is the best place to start early)," Bryant said at the Under Armour All-America Game. "With Carl Lawson leaving, and they have a couple guys behind him. But coach has said he’s not sure if they can be as good as I can be." The ESPN 300 lists Bryant as the No. 100 prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 1 - 11:32 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 DE Markaviest Bryant is choosing between LSU, Auburn and Georgia.

The young man they call "Big Cat" is fresh off an official visit to Auburn this past weekend. Shelton Felton, Bryant's coach at Crisp County High, indicated that the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder would make his decision on Monday, but will not be committing until National Signing Day proper. Felton was understandably coy about where Big Cat might ultimately sign, but said that he believes Georgia is the leader, here, followed by Auburn and LSU. ESPN 300 ranks the defensive end as the No. 100 prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 30 - 8:31 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that redshirt junior QB Sean White's availability for spring practice remains uncertain due to his recovery from a broken arm.

"Right now, we are hoping he can go some in spring. I'll have more updates when it gets a little closer," Malzahn said. He would not place a concrete timetable on his quarterback's return, which is fair enough at this juncture. White broke his right arm against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl at the beginning of the month. Expect further updates as to his availability for spring work as that date (February 28) closes in. With Jarrett Stidham transferring over to Auburn, a relatively rapid recovery from this injury would seem crucial to White's chances of sticking in a competition.
Source: AL.com
Jan 26 - 6:44 PM

Auburn DB Johnathan "Rudy" Ford (ankle) was unable to participate in Wednesday's Senior Bowl practices.

Ford is still suffering from the right ankle injury he sustained during the Iron Bowl. That malady caused him to miss the Sugar Bowl, but Ford indicated that it's no longer considered serious. "(I) talked with the trainers and they just wanted me to be really safe on it today," Ford said after Wednesday's practice. "Had a good workout (Tuesday), just wanted me to be safe on it today." He went on to say that it'd be the trainer's decision whether he plays in Saturday's game. Ford is experienced at free safety and nickel, and Browns HC Hugh Jackson has said he'd like to see him lined up as a traditional CB. "We'll put him put as a corner; I think it's important for him to go outside and see if he can do that as well," Jackson said. The 6-foot, 204-pound Ford had 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks and seven pass breakups last season.
Source: AL.com
Jan 26 - 2:49 PM

Auburn hired Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey to serve in the same capacity.

Lindsey replaces Rhett Lashlee, who accepted the offensive-coordinating position at UConn earlier this month. In a statement, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession." As to the last point of Malzahn's statement, Lindsey has been hot in the head-coaching rumor mill each of the past two seasons (connected with jobs to Southern Miss and Georgia State). It wouldn't be a surprise to see him land a lead position next offseason. For now, though, he will work to help Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham transform a Auburn offense which often lacked passing juice under Lashlee. To wit, the Tigers ranked 112th in passing offense this past season. Lindsey previously worked with Auburn as offensive analyst during the 2013 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM


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