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jangalang
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Fall Camp Discussion- Bo Nix Named Starting QB
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So let’s begin with an article by BM:
Cadillac Williams: Boobee Whitlow 'left so many yards on field'

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HOOVER, Alabama — Cadillac Williams watched film of Boobee Whitlow in the offseason, and he grew frustrated. He wasn’t mad. He just saw so much untapped potential. The Auburn legend and newly-hired running backs coach knew so much more was possible for Whitlow to achieve on the field in 2018. The first-year player at running back wasn’t patient as a runner and he didn’t quite utilize the correct technique. “He was so fast on zone-read, gap-reads where he didn’t let the blocking scheme up front develop,”

Williams said Thursday before a speaking engagement at the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. “This spring I feel like Boobee, from watching him from last year to me being able to coach him in spring ball, think he’s grown as an individual, as a player and I think he better understands our offense and what it takes to be a successful running back.” Whitlow finished with 787 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, including six rushing scores, after moving from receiver to running back.

The nearby LaFayette native played quarterback in high school, so playing running back in the SEC was the ultimate crash course in learning the position. So, when a man like Williams, an Auburn legend and former first-round draft pick at running back, watches the film and sees the potential of what Williams can provide, it’s easy to understand the frustration.

“A guy who has never played the running position, his ceiling is so high,” Williams said. “I see so much growth. From watching his film, he left so many yards on the field last year and that’s just him not knowing any better — just hitting it and going off pure talent. Once he understands the position — and he had a heck of a spring slowing himself down and patient — and being dependable and taking care of the little things, I think Boobee can be one of the better ‘backs around the country.”

An Auburn tailback failed to record a 1,000-yard season for the first time in 10 years in 2018. The meeting room at Auburn is motivated to start a new streak. The man most likely to hit that mark is Whitlow, who finished the 2018 season as the primary tailback, though Kam Martin, D.J. Williams and Shaun Shivers will play, Williams might be the most talented player, but he’s also raw.

Williams sees potential and an opportunity to polish a future star. "It’s a whole different kind of coaching, so now it’s kind of just more of us being behind the ball," Whitlow said in the spring. "We ain’t up to the standard yet, but we’re working up to the standard. It’s going to take time. We ain’t going to get it right then as soon as he comes in, but I know just little baby steps. You got to crawl before you walk.” “I am very high on Boobee,” Williams said. “I think he’s going to have an awesome year if he can take care of them little things.”
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First


We still need more talented running backs. and more than one at a time



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From Jason Caldwell:

Position preview: Special teams should be a strength for Tigers

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AUBURN, Alabama--One of the key areas for any football team is in the kicking game. That’s where hidden yards come in to play and can be the difference between winning and losing games.

Going into the 2019 season special teams should be a strength for the Auburn Tigers with the return of junior punter Arryn Siposs, sophomore kicker Anders Carlson and junior kickoff return man Noah Igbinoghene. With a big group of players who could also help out in the return game, the Tigers are hoping to take another step forward in that area under the guidance of coordinator Larry Porter.

A preseason candidate for the Ray Guy Award that is presented to the nation’s top punter, Siposs is back after he averaged 44.2 yards on 56 attempts a season ago. With just four punts ending in a touchback, the Australian placed 17 inside the 20-yard line and had 10 punts of over 50 yards. Now with a better grasp of the game, Siposs has worked on punting spirals since last season to add to his end-over-end style he employed last year. That should increase his chances of pinning opponents deep. “He's got a chance to be elite,” Coach Gus Malzahn said. “He didn't even know the rules until halfway through the season.”

The Tigers also have a proven kicker with Carlson returning. Winning the job as a redshirt freshman, he connected on 15-25 field goals with seven of his misses coming from 50 yards or more. On attempts from inside 40 yards Carlson was almost automatic, going 10-11. With 51 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs, he was also a weapon for the Tigers in that area as well.

“Anders, first of all, he has got a year under his belt,” Malzahn said. “He is very talented. He is going to improve. He is going be a better player, I have no doubt.” In addition to his duties as the placekicker, Carlson could also serve as Auburn’s backup punter. Walk-on Sage Ledbetter is capable of getting the job done in both areas as well, giving the Tigers depth.

In the return game Auburn brings back one of the best in school history. In two seasons Noah Igbinoghene has become a weapon for the Tigers returning kickoffs. Bringing back 35 for 882 yards with one touchdown. His average of 25.2 yards per attempt is good enough for seventh in school history while his yardage total is just 62 yards shy of 10th place. “Noah's a dynamic player,” Malzahn said. “Real excited about him coming back.”

Auburn has plenty of other options to join Igbinoghene returning kickoffs with senior running back Kam Martin having experience in the role. Throw in three of the fastest players in college football, Anthony Schwartz, Javaris Davis and Shaun Shivers, and the Tigers have the ability to do some damage in that area of the game.

In addition to his work on kickoffs, Igbinoghene has also worked on catching punts this summer with the Tigers having to replace the dependable Ryan Davis in one of the toughest jobs on the field. “I know he's been catching punts, Javaris Davis has been catching punts, Eli Stove has been catching punts,” Malzahn said. “(Matthew) Hill's been catching punts. We'll see."

Christian Tutt, who averaged 13 yards on five punt returns, is back as a sophomore. “We're not ready to say who our (punt) returner is, but all those guys, as I've said, they are capable of making big plays,” Malzahn said.

Big picture on special teams–Auburn should have one of the strongest combinations of punter and kicker in the country and that could be a big deal when you pair it with what should be a good defense. Winning the field position battle and keeping opponents backed up would also be a big deal for an offense that will be playing a freshman at quarterback. In the return game Auburn has a group of players with speed that rivals any team in the country and any team in school history. Being able to turn that speed into big plays is another part of the game that could help the inexperienced quarterbacks by giving them shorter fields to work with and putting them in advantageous situations.


jangalang
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Despite Boobee not really knowing the position very well last year, I read that he still averaged 5.1 ypc against SEC defenses. That trumps KJ’s 4.7 in 2017. I imagine he will probably be our 1000 yard man unless he can’t stay healthy.


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By Jason Caldwell:

Garner looking for T.D. Moultry to take a step forward in 2019

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Going into the 2019 football season Coach Rodney Garner is looking for more stops behind the line of scrimmage out of his front four. One of the positions that will be called on to deliver that is at the buck where both Big Kat Bryant and T.D. Moultry will be expected to handle more of the load with Nick Coe potentially moving inside at times to play tackle alongside Derrick Brown.

Last season Bryant and Moultry combined for five sacks and six and a half tackles for a loss while playing behind Coe. With the potential for more opportunities in 2019, Garner says he likes what he has seen from Moultry since last season. “Big Kat was somewhat limited coming off the shoulder injury,” Garner says of the junior. “T.D., I thought had a really good spring.

"The challenge for T.D. is a year ago he had a really good spring and sort of hit a little rough spot in fall camp and in the fall. We just have to avoid that. We have to guard ourselves against that and not let that happen. We are just looking for the consistency of what it’s going to take to perform at this level.” Showing a burst off the edge and the ability to create pressure when he got on the field as a true freshman, Moultry went into his sophomore year with plenty of promise, but a poor performance in the opener at Atlanta was a sign of things to come for him.

Garner said that’s a cautionary tale the coaches will remember going into preseason camp this time around. “We have had some real honest and frank conversations about it because really that first game last year against Washington was a fiasco for him,” Garner notes.

“It was really indicative of the type of camp he had last year. He was dealing with some stuff personally and there are just some things he’s got to learn. “That’s a sign of maturity, just learning how to put things in the back of his mind and not let one bad play turn into two, turn into three, turn into four," the coach says. "Now you have had a bad ball game whereas if you made a mistake let’s put that behind us and move forward and learn from it and see what we can do better. I think he will. I really think he will.”

With Brown, Coe and Marlon Davidson returning after bypassing the chance to go early to the NFL, Auburn has a strong core of leadership returning on the defensive line. Even with those voices to take charge Garner points out that he has seen some of that from Moultry as well.

“He’s trying to be a leader,” Garner says. “He’s trying to take ownership. I’m pleased with the want-to. We just have to put it together. It just can’t be that (up and down). That’s the thing we have to guard against. We all have to be climbing (up).”



jangalang
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By Mark Murphy:

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Redshirt sophomore JaTarvious "Boobee" Whitlow is featured in Stuart Carter’s StatTiger column posted today. According to Whitlow’s teammates, the former quarterback has been pushing hard in the offseason conditioning workouts so he can be more productive in his second year as a running back.

Last season Whitlow averaged 5.1 yards per carry vs. SEC opponents, which compared favorably with the top two rushers in the league. SEC leader Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M averaged 5.5 yards per carry and Benny Snell, who was No. 2 in rushing yards for SEC games, averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Whitlow’s average also compared favorably with Auburn’s 2017 rushing leader, SEC Offensive Player of the Year Kerryon Johnson, who averaged 4.7 yards per rush vs. SEC defenses.

*A note to go with Jason’s special teams preview posted today, the Tigers ranked second among SEC teams last season in net punting at 41.8 yards. The Tigers ranked third in net kickoff average at 41.0 yards.


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Position preview: Special teams should be a strength for Tigers


Unless gus makes Carlson kick 30 field goals from +50 again


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Let’s get it boys


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Went back and watched Boobee (giggity) highlights again and came away more impressed than I remember. I think he can be a very good back. I’ve never been a big fan of Martin being anything more than a change of pace back with 4-6 carries a game. Hope DJ blows up to be a good option to spell Boobee
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Unless gus makes Carlson kick 30 field goals from +50 again




Gus snuck in so many bedrooms and touched you guys. Dude may be the tooth fairy

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Despite not having a set position throughout spring camp it appears HJ will be a RB. What Caddy had to say about it to BM
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"You know, Harold is a very talented runner. I know in spring ball, we had him doing some 3, which is kind of the H position. We had him playing receiver, we had him playing running back. He's a guy who can do multiple things, but I think he has found a home at the RB position. So I'm excited to get that opportunity, to get going with him and just let his talent shine. That guy is unbelievably talented. I just feel like it's our job now as coaches to get Harold going."


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I’ve never been a big fan of Martin being anything more than a change of pace back with 4-6 carries a game.

Same. He’s made some nice runs, but nothing to write home about despite supposedly being our HR hitter.


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Gus snuck in so many bedrooms and touched you guys


They hate him because Gus didn't do happy endings after the touching.


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They hate him because Gus didn't do happy endings after the touching
Ol’ Blue Ballin’ Gus


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it appears HJ will be a RB
seems like we have a log jam at RB. I hope a couple of the 5 or so RBs can break out


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Same. He’s made some nice runs, but nothing to write home about despite supposedly being our HR hitter.



He is not a every down back and never will be. When I said that a few years ago, I didnt know what I was saying

He is good for a substitute with a few carries a game. Nothing more.

Would like to see what Joiner can do. He had the size to pound the ball. If I am not mistaken, he came in late in a game last year and pounded it pretty well for a few carries. Just cant remember when.

Right now, if Whitlow goes down, we will be experimenting.


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jangalang
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BM has a podcast on 247 discussing primarily Joey Gatewood and it’s worth the listen if capable.
If includes interviews with his high school head coach and his current personal trainer.

BM concludes with saying that his gut tells him that he thinks Gatewood starts unless he takes a step back in fall camp- as in looking lost out there while Bo Nix is playing great.

Also expects an announcement will come around August 17th (same date Gus announced NM over JJ,) though he believes Gus will know after first scrimmage.
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I really hate our annual QB preseason hype. You can take what high school coaches and trainers say with a grain of salt. I give current players a little more credibility, but not by much. We won’t know what Joey looks like until he’s 100% live against Oregon, which is terrifying

I want to believe Joey has what it takes to run Gus’ optimal offense. He has the size and supposedly has the elusiveness to gain yards when plays break down. It looks like he has a capable arm. Jury is still out on decision making abilities.

Hoping for the best, expecting JJ 2.0


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When does Joey get his Cam moniker? My vote is for WoodyCam


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