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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter noted that Auburn coaches asked sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson to "slow down a bit as he recovered [from a torn ACL] in the offseason to ensure that he would return as the same player who showed such promise in 2013."

In Lawson's 2013 campaign, he totaled 20 tackles and four sacks in 10 games, good for freshman All-American honors. All signs have been abundantly positive during August practices, with HC Gus Malzahn labeling the 6-foot-2, 261-pound sophomore "unblockable" after the team's first scrimmage and OC Rhett Lashlee adding that "[none of the offensive linemen] are doing good [when facing off with Lawson]." In Reuter's list of the Top-15 redshirt sophomores in the country, the newly-healed Tiger checked in at No. 3.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 29 - 5:18 PM

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said that redshirt freshman WR Stanton Truitt has "got some things you can't coach."

"[Truitt] can really run and you've got a guy like him with a lot of speed," said Lashlee, adding that the 5-foot-9, 184-pound redshirt freshman is still "learning to play the position a little bit." Truitt ran track in high school in addition to playing quarterback, which would explain why Lashlee still considers the burner a work in progress. Rivals listed him as the No. 16 wide receiver in the country out of high school. He caught just one pass last season before undergoing shoulder surgery in October.
Source: al.com
Aug 28 - 7:33 PM

Following a Twitter rant by Auburn true freshman DE Byron Cowart, HC Gus Malzahn shrugged off the incident with the comment "He's a young guy [who] will learn."

Cowart was a five-star recruit out of high school and is considered one of the best true freshman in the country, but he's been frustrated adjusting in camp. After the team's final scrimmage of the preseason, he tweeted (among other things) "Being penalized because i was number 1 player but I'm struggling i don't care about the stars." The 6-foot-3, 252-pound defensive stalwart later deleted the tweet, calling it a "freshman mistake." Head coach Gus Malzahn didn't seem particularly upset when asked about it on Tuesday, saying, "He's a young guy and he's going to be fine."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 4:51 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that "82.2 percent" of Auburn senior WR Duke Williams' catches went for first downs.

"Auburn's D'haquille "Duke" Williams combines strong hands with a great understanding of how to use his body to post defenders up and keep them in check. Williams' drop rate was just 4.3 percent, which is a solid number, but what is more impressive is that 82.2 percent of his catches went for first downs," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams recorded 45 receptions for 730 yards, with five touchdowns in only 10 games of play last year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 2:51 PM

Auburn views JUCO transfer Jovon Robinson as the school's best every down, between the tackles RB, according to ESPN's Travis Haney.

Haney starts by saying those who cover the team believe Robinson was in "the dog house" during camp, but the staff will rely on him to carry the load, like Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne. Expect Roc Thomas to see snaps on the edge in the hopes of creating explosive plays, likely off motion or sweeps. Head coach Gus Malzahn has really created a plug and play system, but it helps to have great talent.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 10:02 AM

Per the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, Auburn senior ILB Cassanova McKinzy "is not very rangy or very good at rushing the passer, but he is formidable against the run and [is] a good tackler."

"McKinzy will likely be an inside linebacker at the next level," he wrote. The 6-foot-3, 253-pound McKinzy "can take on bigger offensive lineman with ease" but "appears to know his assignments a bit better on passing plays than on running plays," according to the analyst. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades the Auburn product as a fourth-rounder.
Aug 23 - 8:11 PM

Auburn WR Marcus Davis believes senior WR Duke Williams' benching was a "humbling experience."

Williams was held out of practice for a number of days, the reasoning was never disclosed, and returned at the bottom of the depth chart. Williams has had an odd offseason, hinting he was unhappy this spring and then missing time via coach's decision. Williams shines in the slot, and expect him to be used heavily there.
Source: AL.com
Aug 23 - 11:09 AM

Auburn redshirt senior LB Kris Frost spoke glowingly of new DC Will Muschamp, noting that the team's defense is "light-years ahead of where [it] was before."

Muschamp's transition from head coach of the Gators to defensive coordinator of the Tigers has gone about as well as could have been imagined. For the draft prospects of players like Frost, Champ's presence is nothing but a good thing. The 6-foot-2, 234-pound redshirt senior was a first-time starter in 2014, when he displayed effectiveness in blitzing packages and showed an impressive amount of hustle in totaling 85 tackles (10 for loss), 3.5 sacks and an interception. In late July, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter posited that the linebacker can raise his stock if he shows further physicality.
Aug 20 - 8:49 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn sees junior QB Jeremy Johnson as having an "NFL arm."

Several days ago, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler compared Johnson's potential to that of Cam Newton, praising the 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback's physical abilities. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, "He's got confidence, which is good and he has high expectations for himself." Confident indeed: In the spring, Johnson set a goal of 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing this season, something that's only been done by five other quarterbacks in NCAA history. It's difficult to compare anybody to Cam Newton, who exploded into the NFL with ease, but at the very least, Johnson's a far more interesting draft prospect than Nick Marshall.
Source: al.com
Aug 20 - 4:57 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that JUCO transfer WR Jason Smith has begun to acclimate to his role as a receiver.

Smith initially transferred to Auburn as a quarterback, but the team's transitioned the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder over to wide receiver. Malzahn admitted that Smith's head "[spun] a little bit" at first, as would be natural for such a dramatic change. It sounds like he's started to grow comfortable catching passes, rather than dishing them out. Duke Williams figures to be the Tigers' go-to option at receiver, but Smith will give them an additional weapon out of the slot.
Source: Al.com
Aug 18 - 8:24 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams (ankle) participated in practice on Tuesday.

Williams suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's scrimmage and was spotted on crutches, wearing a walking boot on Sunday. Apparently, the mummification of his foot was just a precaution, as the 6-foot-2, 224-pound wideout returned to action on Tuesday. Williams has had a checkered summer to this point, as even before the injury, he missed six practices with a "disciplinary issue." If he can stay healthy and keep himself out of head coach Gus Malzahn's doghouse, he's one of the more talented receivers in the country.
Source: Al.com
Aug 18 - 8:00 PM

Auburn junior G Jordan Diamond is "doing well, getting a lot of reps," reported offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Diamond is a former five-star recruit, but injuries have largely prevented him from playing. He missed the 2012 season with a torn labrum and underwent back surgery that forced him out of most of 2014. He also had a procedure done to his knee which forced him to miss spring practices prior to that 2014 season. This all seems dire enough, but the team is optimistic given what they've seen to this point. Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said that the 6-foot-4, 304-pound junior is "getting all the reps with the [second] team," while OC Lashlee observed that "the fact that he's been able to stay out there [on the practice field] has been promising and he's getting better."
Source: AL.com
Aug 17 - 6:22 PM

CBS Sports' draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Auburn junior DT Montravius Adams has "the initial quickness and lateral agility to attack gaps."

Adams' quickness off the line allows him to "penetrate into the backfield," noted Brugler. Issues with consistency have drawn some red flags from scouts, but the draft analyst likes Adams' potential to work with new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. In late July, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown wrote that the 6-foot-3, 281-pound junior is still a "work-in-progress."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 5:09 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Auburn senior WR Duke Williams is "raw in several areas, but the natural tools are encouraging."

"Like Sammie Coates, who was a third rounder this past spring, he is raw in several areas, but the natural tools are encouraging. Lining up mostly inside in Auburn's offense, Williams is a good-sized target with long-striding speed to accelerate quickly into his routes, displaying hesitation with his footwork at the top of his patterns," Brugler writes. While the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder has the ideal size and physical gifts for the NFL, evaluators will continue to monitor if Williams is ready to be a professional at the next level. Williams is currently dealing with a discipline issue, and let's not forget, he was suspended for the Outback Bowl, after missing practices back in December.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 3:25 PM

Auburn junior QB Jeremy Johnson has "Cam Newton-like potential," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He is still unproven in many aspects of the quarterback position and Gus Malzahn's offense isn't known for grooming NFL style passers, but Johnson has Cam Newton-like potential at the position with his physical skill-set," Brugler worte. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson flashed his skill-set in limited snaps for the Tigers, completing 27-of-38 attempts for 436 yards, with 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions in 2014. Brugler notes that Johnson "is a very "toolsy" prospect with the size, athleticism, and arm talent that is easy to spot."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 2:54 PM


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