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Coffee and Magnolia: 27 October 2014

Your daily look at Auburn around the internet

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FOOTBALL:

Saturday night was Auburn's first game with the SEC's experimental eight-man crew. I don't think it worked any better than the seven-man crews, to be honest. They may have gotten the ball spotted quickly when Auburn went full-speed, but they aren't improving the calls made on the field, that's for sure.

The Montgomery Advertiser has a recap of the coordinator's press conferences from last night.

Out of that press conference comes Ellis Johnson explaining just what happened on that final play where Auburn had two #1's on the field at the same time.

Cameron Artis-Payne is showing why he's the #1 tailback with his performance against South Carolina. Artis-Payne is only 57 yards behind the SEC's leading rusher Josh Robinson of Mississippi State.

If you didn't notice, Jermaine Whitehead saw some playing time for the first time since the second game of the year on Saturday night. It was only on special teams wearing #35 rather than his normal #9, but it was still his first game action. I don't anticipate seeing him in the defensive rotation anytime soon.

Senior H-Back/TE Brandon Fulse had the game of his career on Saturday night with his first career touchdown catch and a clutch 24 yard grab later on in the game. I was surprised that this was Fulse's first TD catch, but I guess what I remember was a two-point conversion grab and not a TD pass.

James Crepea discusses how Jonathan Jones is becoming a ball hawk in the end zone. Four of his five interceptions this season have been in the end zone and are a big part of why Auburn's red zone passing defense has been pretty effective. Do you want to see video of his leaping interception? Of course you do.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Watch Jonathan Jones make flying INT in end zone on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Auburn?src=hash">#Auburn</a>&#39;s Vine: <a href="https://t.co/tbX6RDmrFI">https://t.co/tbX6RDmrFI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarEagle?src=hash">#WarEagle</a></p>&mdash; Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnTigers/status/526713972939292672">October 27, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Looking ahead a bit, former Arkansas State quarterback, Ole Miss grad assistant, and now Auburn graduate assistant Ryan Aplin will be "watching film" to help Auburn prepare for Ole Miss. Cue the "stealing signals" stories, now. You know they'll be coming. Aplin was a quarterback for both Freeze and Malzahn at Arkansas State.

OTHER SPORTS:

Auburn Soccer defeated Alabama in the Iron Bowl of Soccer with an overtime Golden Goal by Chelsea Gandy-Cromer. War Eagle, ladies!

In fun basketball news (as we approach tip-off in the next few weeks) there's this tweet from Saturday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good turnout for today&#39;s scrimmage. Lots of Oohs and Ahhs and a standing O at halftime. Thank you for coming, we can&#39;t do this without you!</p>&mdash; Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnMBB/status/526112824725352448">October 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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How often does a team get a standing ovation in a scrimmage? You know these players have to be feeling good about the support they're going to get from the students.

Then there's Bruce Pearl operating the t-shirt cannon at the football game on Saturday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s t-shirt time with <a href="https://twitter.com/coachbrucepearl">@coachbrucepearl</a> at <a href="https://twitter.com/FootballAU">@FootballAU</a> <a href="http://t.co/QUDTZXz1P3">pic.twitter.com/QUDTZXz1P3</a></p>&mdash; Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnMBB/status/526167567912955904">October 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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MISC:

Dee Ford recorded his first NFL sack on Sunday against the Rams. I'm glad to see this since Dee didn't get any snaps last week. Tre Mason was limited to 32 yards rushing on only 7 carries for the Rams in the same game, but he was still the Rams' leading rusher in the game.