I'm starting with this one today so that we can congratulate former Auburn baseball player Tim Hudson on being a part of a World Series champion. It's sad he had to go to San Francisco to do it, but Barves will be Barves. War Eagle, Tim!
And, as was pointed out last night on Twitter, it's been a pretty good year for former Auburn baseball players.
If you haven't heard, Ole Miss has some injured starters in their rotation. Most of them are still going to play in some capacity on Saturday. The biggest loss is linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche who is out for the season. His brother (defensive end type) is suffering from a nagging injury but will still play.
In case you still need proof that Cameron Artis-Payne is an excellent running back, he's on pace to break Tre Mason's rushing records that Tre set last season. Now I know Tre was helped by that 300 yard performance against Missouri and that Tre didn't really get the nod as the feature back until a few games into the season, but that's still pretty impressive. Especially when you consider that it's in spite of an offensive line that has not been as dominant as last season's group.
Speaking of running backs, Roc Thomas could still see more carries, but his spin move brings questions of ball security. Ole Miss' defense excels at taking the ball away and Auburn can ill afford to get into a situation like they did at Mississippi State where two early turnovers bury the Tigers in a hole they can't climb out of.
The search is still on to find SOMETHING that resembles a pass rush. Getting pressure on Bo Wallace could go a long way towards winning this game for Auburn. Luckily Ole Miss doesn't have as much of a rushing threat as South Carolina did that will draw focus and attention from the defense.
Pat Miller is almost healthy enough to return to regular action on the offensive line. Gus stopped short of saying he's lost his starting job after the injury, but the line has been playing much better in its current configuration of late. The key thing for Auburn right now is the depth a healthy Pat Miller provides.
In Jermaine Whitehead news, he is no closer to getting back on to the field in a significant capacity on defense. Right now he continues to practice with the scout team and special teams.
AuburnUndercover's Justin Hokanson has an article in front of the pay wall about some players both Auburn and Ole Miss have recruited in the past few years and the choice those players made.
I missed this the other day, but it's worth a read to temper some of the unrealistic expectations of Auburn basketball. Bruce Pearl is concerned about rebounding and aggressiveness as the Tigers are in preseason practice and preparing for their first game next Friday night against West Alabama.