… given to the former Georgia player whose spring game performance is trolled the most at GTP as proof of the staff’s inability to judge talent, is – the envelope, please – Tray Matthews!
The former Georgia safety earned MVP honors with five tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
Congrats, Tray. I’m sure this won’t be the last time your spring game stats are mentioned here.
Here’s a modest aspiration:
Auburn’s bold goal: At least eight completions of 30 yards or longer per game.
“We just firmly believe in that,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “We’ve got wide receivers who can go down the field. We have quarterbacks who can. It puts pressure on the defense.”
Added Johnson: “I’m a good deep-ball thrower. Once we build that chemistry on the field, it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Keep in mind that in 2014, Auburn completed all of 24 passes of 30+ yards. If you’re counting on your fingers and toes, that’s less than two per game. And that was one of the better marks in the SEC.
In case you’re wondering, Baylor led all of college football last season in completions of 30 or more yards last season, with 39.
In other words, this is either classic bullshit, or somebody’s in for a big letdown. I know which way I’m voting.
Sounds like Boom isn’t taking kindly to Jim McElwain’s suggestion that the offensive line cupboard was left a little bare.
Muschamp said he was unaware of McElwain’s comments, but Auburn’s defensive coordinator offered a strong rebuttal.
“He said he could coach a dog and win,” Muschamp said. “Heck, (does he) like the dog better than his players?”
Riiight. Quoting the guy sounds totally unaware.
It’s a damned shame Auburn and Florida don’t face off this year.
Second Chance U news: About Tray Matthews, Boom discloses that he’s “been pleased with his maturity level.”
Well, it’s not like Matthews hasn’t had plenty of opportunity to work on that.
Chock full of goodies for your reading pleasure.
- According to Khari Harding’s dad, local media sussed on to the problem with the new NCAA transfer rule before Tulsa did. Ugh.
- Five reasons why Tennessee will win the SEC East in 2015… and five reasons UT won’t.
- Here’s Athlon’s Georgia spring preview. Nothing particularly revelatory.
- The NCAA is okay with a crowdfunding project for student-athletes? Count me skeptical; it’s probably more like the NCAA hasn’t figured out a way to shut it down yet.
- Auburn’s home/road splits over the last ten years are rather eye-opening.
- Hoo, boy: “Senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins said he thought there was an underlying issue in the team’s setbacks, though. The players who served as leaders weren’t very good, in his opinion.”
- And this is why they pay Cam Cameron the big bucks, I guess.
That is, adapt to a new defensive coordinator’s scheme.
Will Muschamp explained some of the ways he is changing Auburn’s defense last week. “There were a lot of hybrid guys,” Muschamp told reporters. “They played the Star position, which is a Nickel for us. We ask our nickel to do a little bit more coverage in our scheme and system.” Former coordinator Ellis Johnson used the Star as a safety/linebacker combo in his 4-2-5 scheme. Muschamp’s Nickel is more of a third safety or third corner, depending on the situation.
Muschamp also uses a hybrid position called the Buck, which is a 4-3 defensive end who can move around the formation like a 3-4 outside linebacker. At Florida, Dante Fowler Jr. filled that role. At Auburn, redshirt sophomore Carl Lawson should thrive in the position. “I think he’ll be very effective,” Muschamp told reporters. “I know he has very good initial quickness and a very good first step. That’s one of the critical factors at that position that you have to have to be successful.” The 6’2”, 261-pound Lawson is still working his way back from a torn ACL suffered last summer, but he should be at full speed by preseason camp.
Really, think about it. How many defensive line coaches have played under as many different approaches as Garner has over the last fifteen years? He ought to write a survival book about it.
Auburn – you know, the Auburn that supposedly is losing money running its athletic department – is about to spend somewhere between $70 and $120 million upgrading Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Starting with a $14 million scoreboard.