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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

AL.com reports that Auburn senior WR Quan Bray ranks second in the country in punt returning at 28.7 yards per return, and "has looked like a completely different player through the first two weeks."

Last fall Bray was replaced by Chris Davis (San Diego Chargers)for the punt return spot even though Bray had returned 41 punts in his career for the Tigers. This season under the guidance of of running backs coach Tim Horton, the Tigers prospect has taken a more aggressive approach to his role as the Tigers return man. Bray's best mark was 8.5 yards per return in 2012.
Source: AL.com
Sep 14 - 6:24 PM

Auburn junior WR D'haquille Williams "could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He jumped on my radar last season when he simply destroyed junior college competition for a second straight year at Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we saw more of the same [against Arkansas in the opener]," Kiper wrote. "Consider that Auburn completed 16 passes this week and Williams accounted for nine of them. He has good size (6-2, 216) and is a great leaper who can win at the catch point but is also explosive after the catch. He could be the big juco breakout newcomer of the season. A possible Big Board debut awaits." Way back in December, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters he expected to throw more in 2014 thanks to the signing of Williams. Yeah, he's that good.
Sep 10 - 6:37 PM

In his first start of the season, Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall threw and ran for more than 100 yards apiece in Saturday's 59-13 romp over San Jose State.

He finished 10-for-18 passing for 101 yards, one touchdown and an interception, and ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. The Tigers raced out to a 38-10 lead at halftime, which allowed Jeremy Johnson to get a little garbage action in the second half. Of course, Johnson started in the first game because Marshall was suspended for the beginning of the opener against Arkansas as punishment for offseason marijuana possession charges. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline projects Marshall as an NFL running back.
Sep 7 - 7:03 PM

Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne had 16 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 59-13 victory over San Jose State.

Auburn has scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games -- dating back to Oct. 5, 2013 -- a new school record. As for Artis-Payne, he is now averaging 6.9 yards per carry through two games. CAP is Tre Mason's replacement. Artis-Payne said after the game that he is "more comfortable knowing that I'm going to be in the game and not having to worry about playing time." CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that Artis-Payne displays "an intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability."
Sep 7 - 6:49 PM

NFL scouts have stamped Auburn redshirt senior DT Jeff Whitaker with a poor preseason grade, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Whitaker sat on the sidelines last season with [a knee] injury, the primary reason scouts have stamped him with a poor grade," Pauline wrote. "But go back to his junior film of 2012 and Whitaker displayed tremendous next level potential. He’s a strong, wide bodied lineman with a large degree of upside." Pauline grades Whitaker as a Round 6 prospect.
Sep 1 - 8:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "loves" Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall's running ability and projects him as an NFL running back.

He projects Marshall as a Round 6 prospect. "Marshall was the catalyst on offense for Auburn’s title contention last year and while he lacks the passing skills to play under center at the next level, I love his ball carrying skills," Pauline wrote. "Marshall runs with vision, instinct and shows the ability to elude defenders and create yardage. He offers solid size and plays with good speed which, in my opinion, adds up to a third running back at the next level." Marshall collected 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns last year.
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