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Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams hauled in two receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Louisiana Tech.

Williams wasn't really asked to exert himself in the 45-17 blowout. He's up to 23 catches for 357 yards, and has scored a touchdown in three of four games. Williams, who goes 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has impressed us with his speed and ability to win in contested situations. It'll be fascinating to see the gifted junior against physical SEC defensive backs.
Sep 28 - 7:42 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall both threw and ran for more than 100 yards in Saturday's 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech.

He finished 10-for-17 through the air for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and added 105 yards on the ground across 13 carries. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this month that Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming: "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Sep 28 - 7:25 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates had just two catches for 19 yards in Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

Coates has been dealing with a mysterious left leg injury. Coates told reporters that he played last week's game against Kansas State, in which he caught two balls for 24 yards, at 80 percent health. He has only five catches this season. If he can't shake the nagging injury, one wonders if he'll elect to return to campus for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty is a first-round talent. He posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Sep 28 - 7:09 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates played last week's game against Kansas State at 80 percent health.

"Each day, he gets better and hopefully we'll have him close to 100 percent, if not 100 percent, by Saturday," head coach Gus Malzahn said. Coates has been dealing with an undisclosed left leg injury, which has been one factor in limiting him to three catches in 2014.
Source: AL.com
Sep 25 - 10:09 AM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead remains indefinitely suspended.

On head coach Gus Malzahn's Monday night radio show, he noted that "[n]othing’s changed at this point" when he was asked about the status on Whitehead’s suspension. Malzahn suspended Whitehead indefinitely last week, after he reportedly got into a verbal altercation with an assistant coach. The Tigers currently have Josh Holsey starting in replace of the troubled Whitehead. Last week, the converted cornerback Holsey, had a career-high 11 tackles in the win over the Wildcats and was earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Sep 23 - 3:44 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Auburn redshirt junior OLB Kris Frost has exceeded his optimistic expectations.

"Frost caught my eye during the summer when I graded him as a late round pick but the junior has exceeded expectations in the early going," Pauline wrote. "The athletic linebacker prospect displayed pass rush prowess in the victory over Kansas State, totaling 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss to go along with 6 tackles. Frost projects as a weak-side prospect and has consistently shown skill making plays in pass coverage but the newest element of his game, rushing the passer, will further boost his draft stock." CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Frost "must continue to add upper body strength and learn to use his hands better to disengage."
Sep 22 - 5:53 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

That said, Brooks believes Marshall is a good enough collegiate QB to potentially help Auburn win the National Championship this year. "From an NFL perspective, Marshall's performance [in Thursday's win against Kansas State] did little to convince scouts that he's a quarterback prospect at the next level," Brooks wrote. "He frequently missed open receivers on a variety of vertical routes that would've put the Tigers comfortably ahead early in the game. In addition, Marshall struggled finding passing lanes against the Wildcats' pass rush, resulting in a number of tipped or batted passes at the line." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming. "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:58 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Auburn redshirt junior OLB Kris Frost, is a "future NFL selection," and the "most intriguing" defensive talent on the Tigers defense.

"The Tigers' defense, however, may boast even more future NFL selections with junior linebacker Kris Frost perhaps the most intriguing,"Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Frost, played "a critical role in helping to "freeze" Kansas State's quarterback Jake Waters," according to Rang. Moving forward, Rang thinks the Auburn prospect "must continue to add upper body strength and learn to use his hands better to disengage."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 2:30 PM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne had 22 carries for 63 yards in Thursday's 20-14 road triumph over Kansas State.

Artis-Payne added a pair of catches out of the backfield for 31 yards. This was the first game Tre Mason's replacement hasn't broken the 100-yard mark this season. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that he displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability." This was the first time Auburn hadn't scored 30 or more points in 13 games, dating back to Oct. 5, 2013. That's the longest streak in school history.
Sep 18 - 11:37 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams hauled in eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win versus Kansas State on Thursday.

The JUCO transfer already has 21 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Williams, who goes 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has impressed us with two traits key to next level projection: Speed and ability to win in contested situations thanks to outstanding hops. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote last week that Williams "could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season," adding that the newcomer "jumped on my radar last season when he simply destroyed junior college competition for a second straight year at Mississippi Gulf Coast." Back in December, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters he expected to throw more in 2014 thanks to the signing of Williams. He'll continue to do just that.
Sep 18 - 11:19 PM

In his return to the field, Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates caught two balls for 24 yards in Thursday's 20-14 victory over Kansas State.

Coates missed Auburn's blowout victory over San Jose State a few weeks ago due to an undisclosed injury to his left leg. He returned to practice earlier this week and was cleared to play on Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder with a 4.36 forty is a first-round talent, but he only has three catches for 37 yards thus far. Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions last season.
Sep 18 - 11:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that both redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates and Junior college transfer WR Duke Williams are "physically impressive with size and speed."

"WR Sammie Coates and WR Duke Williams are physically impressive with size and speed. Both have the route quickness to be playmakers," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 201 pound Coates has only one catch on the year for 18 yards in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas. In 2013, Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions. Junior college transfer Duke Williams, has 13 catches for 214 yards this season.
Sep 18 - 3:18 PM

Auburn senior S Jermaine Whitehead did not travel for the school's game against Kansas State due to a suspension.

According to Phillip Marshall of Auburn Undercover, "Whitehead had a verbal confrontation with an Auburn assistant coach, resulting in his suspension. His future beyond Thursday’s game is uncertain." Freshman Stephen Roberts has been listed as Whitehead's backup.
Source: 247 Sports
Sep 18 - 11:33 AM

An NFL scout said Auburn DT Angelo Blackson is one of his early breakout players nationally.

The scout visited the campuses of Alabama and Auburn and issued the following warning to the Crimson Tide: "They better watch out, because Auburn is coming." He believes The Tigers have more NFL prospects on defense than Alabama. "It really shocks me," the scout said. "Alabama’s not there yet defensively. If you want to play bully ball and smack heads with them, you’re probably going to be in trouble. But when those guys get in space, it seems like they’re heavy-legged. You’ve seen it against Auburn and Oklahoma. When they play a fast team that’s good in space, they struggle." Blackson was named the nation's No. 31 DT and the No. 2 player from the state of Delaware by Rivals.com back in 2011. Auburn got itself a steal from the Blue Hen State.
Sep 15 - 6:58 PM

Montgomery Advertiser reports that Auburn hopes to have redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates return to action, against No. 20 Kansas State on Thursday.

"Sammie is progressing very well," Tigers offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We're still very optimistic he'll be ready to roll." The 6-foot-2, 201 pound Coates missed the 59-13 blowout win versus San Jose State due to an undisclosed injury to his left leg, but has been able to practice as of late. The big-play-threat has only one catch on the year for 18 yards in the school's 45-21 win over Arkansas. In 2013, Coates posted 902 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions.
Sep 14 - 11:47 PM


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