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Auburn received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 WR Shedrick Jackson.

Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Memphis and Missouri were also in play, here. Jackson (6'1/195) has one major claim to fame -- he is the nephew of all-universe athlete, Bo Jackson, who himself played at Auburn. "Obviously it’s going to get a lot of attention. But really what you’ve got to do is go out there and make a name for yourself," explained the newest baby Tiger to SEC Country earlier in the spring. "It’s not Bo Jackson going out there anymore. It’s not him scoring touchdowns or running 40-yard dashes." He also raised the bar on himself, saying, "There are tons of expectations, but really I just want to go out there and be better than he was." Good luck with that, Mr. Jackson. We will be starting up our old Tecmo Bowl games in anticipation.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 26 - 4:56 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said that the program has been in conversation with UAB regarding a future match-up.

"We've had conversations with them. We'd love to play them again if we can work it out on the schedule, but finding a common date is often difficult to do some times," Jacobs said. UAB AD Mark Ingram went a step further, saying, "I think it will happen." The two teams have not played since 1996. UAB is reentering the football fray this coming season after shutting down the program in December of 2014.
Source: AL.com
Jun 23 - 5:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Auburn junior FB Chandler Cox as the No. 3 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Scout.com ranked Cox as the No. 1 fullback recruit for the 2015 cycle. He wasted little time working himself into the fold with the Tigers and started 10 games as a true freshman. 20 of the 25 games in which the 6-foot-1, 239-pounder has seen the field with Auburn have been as a starter. As tends to be the case with most fullbacks, he has recorded limited offensive output during his collegiate career.
Jun 22 - 8:30 PM

Auburn promoted director of player personnel Patrick Suddes to assistant athletic director for football.

With Suddes heading up the ladder, Stefan Schmidt will take his previous gig as director of player personnel while Brett Whiteside moves into the position of director of football operations. Jorrell Bostrom -- a former offensive lineman with the program -- will serve as director of player development.
Jun 18 - 2:07 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Auburn sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham's "mental processing is what sets him apart."

"It’s not just his decision making, it’s the speed of the decisions. Everything is in double-speed. That makes RPOs a lethal part of any Stidham-based offense," Connolly explains. The analyst goes on to write that the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is "about to do big things in an Auburn system that will evolve to take advantage of the quarterback’s advanced skill-set." All signs point toward the Baylor transfer winning the starting job over incumbent Sean White in August camp. White has largely been a bystander this offseason as he recovers from a broken arm suffered against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl this past winter.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 15 - 8:48 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes that Auburn senior RB Kerryon Johnson has a shot at 1,000 yards rushing even with the presence of redshirt junior RB Kamryn Pettway.

"Even with Kamryn Pettway alongside him, Johnson hit 895 yards last year. Now, Pettway's injury helped him there," Aschoff writes, "but if coach Gus Malzahn can get his running game revving like in the past, Johnson won't need Pettway to sit to hurt his chances." The analyst sees presumptive starting QB Jarrett Stidham potentially stealing carries from both Johnson and Pettway, though we don't think Stidham will run so much that it will noticeably ding the numbers of either player. The Tigers are shaping up to have their most complete offense of the last few years during the coming campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 2:07 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah tags Auburn sophomore WR Nate Craig-Myers as a potential "breakout star" for 2017.

Jeyarajah notes that Craig-Myers has forged a "special relationship" with Baylor transfer QB Jarrett Stidham during spring practice, one which paid off for a whopping 154 yards receiving during the Tigers' spring game. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder spoke to that connection and his development, saying, "We're clicking on the right timing" and echoing Jeyarajah in calling it a "pretty good relationship." He is looking to improve on a decidedly transparent 2016 freshman campaign in which he caught a mere four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. SEC Country analyst Jeyarajah also takes a parting shot at incumbent starter Sean White, writing, "Having a quarterback who can convincingly throw the ball 20 yards downfield will be a help." Burn.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 9 - 7:53 PM

Auburn WR coach Kodi Burns said that sophomore WR Eli Stove was "inconsistent" this spring.

Burns believes that Stove is a "special talent," but was somewhat tempered in his assessment of the wideout's work this offseason. Said Burns, "Eli had a decent spring. He's got to continue to progress. He's one of those guys who I think took a step forward, but he was up and down a little bit." The 6-foot, 175-pounder caught 23 passes for 224 yards last season. He is expected to start at "flanker" for the Tigers, which will see him used both as a vertical threat and in backfield sweeps and the like (he rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries last season).
Source: AL.com
Jun 2 - 6:02 PM

Auburn WR coach Kodi Burns said that sophomore WR Kyle Davis "seems a little bit more mature" since rejoining the team in mid-May.

"He's grown up," Burns said, later adding that "[t]hey're all beginning to work out now, just the normal summer routine. It's business as usual, so he's good." The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Davis missed the whole of spring practice while dealing with what HC Gus Malzahn termed "personal business." As a true freshman, Davis caught 12 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Jun 1 - 6:39 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough wrote that "there’s a lot more that we don’t know about [Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham] than we do."

"Yes, he had a good spring game," Scarborough explains, "but that was against the second-team defense. And, yes, he showed promise when playing at Baylor, but he only started three games." We understand the reticence to immediately anointing a relatively unproven quarterback, but at the same time, all signs this offseason have pointed toward Stidham as a significant step forward from what Auburn has been trotting out at signal-caller over the past few seasons. During the spring game which Scarborough references, Stidham completed 16-of-20 passes for 267 yards and indications have him acclimating without issue this offseason. We like Auburn as a darkhorse Playoff contender and Stidham as a darkhorse Heisman candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 5:06 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy notes that Auburn four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Shaun Shivers' "versatility is undeniable."

"One of the fastest running backs in the 2018 class, the Auburn commit’s speed makes him a versatile weapon in a number of facets," Cassidy writes while singling out the 5-foot-5, 170-pounder as one of the standout performers from the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp series. As that measurement would indicate, Shivers' is on the very low end when it comes to height/weight. Cassidy believes that his versatility and speed make up for that size deficit. The analyst's outlet ranks Shivers as the No. 191 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 30 - 4:51 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore CB Javaris Davis led the team during spring testing with a 4.24s 40-yard dash.

This wasn't a hand-timed result either, as Auburn uses the Zybek timing system (ala the NFL Scouting Combine). Davis showed potential as a redshirt freshman last year, and he spent the spring with the first-team defense. Two of his cousins -- brothers Vontae and Vernon Davis -- played in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 3:20 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Auburn freshman T Calvin Ashley could make a push for starts as the offseason progresses.

"Auburn's right tackle was manned by veteran Braden Smith, but if Ashley, who is actually more natural at left tackle, proves himself, he could push for time on the right side and send Smith inside," Aschoff writes. Aschoff colleague Sam Kahn Jr. forwarded another possibility earlier this spring when it comes to the 6-foot-7, 330-pounder, noting that if Auburn keeps Ashley at left tackle, they could potentially move 2016 starting LT Darius James over to the right side.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:09 PM

Auburn freshman signee RB Alaric Williams didn't qualify academically and has signed with Garden City Community College.

Williams posted on Twitter that he was GCCC-bound because he "came up short academically." The 6-foot, 195-pound Williams, a four-star recruit, was ranked as the No. 12 player in the state of Alabama this past cycle. Based on his message on social media, he appears to be taking his schoolwork more seriously, good news for his prospects of moving back to the FBS ranks in 2018. "School is not something you play with," Williams wrote, adding, "I wish I would’ve realized that from the day I started high school."
May 26 - 2:07 PM

An NFL area scout mentioned Auburn redshirt junior DT Dontavius Russell as a potential first-round talent in a conversation with Walter Football's Charlie Campbell.

This is the first Rd. 1 buzz we've heard around Russell. Russell heads into his junior campaign as a two-year starter at defensive tackle. In his 26 appearances (23 starts), he's posted 71 career tackles. The former four-star recruit has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all three of his years on campus.
May 25 - 2:36 PM


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