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Coffee and Magnolia: 17 November 2014

Your look around Auburn news on this dreary (at least in the south east) Monday morning.

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Now back to sports stuff.


If you missed it from yesterday, I had some thoughts about the Georgia game and the season going forward.

You may not be happy with Ellis Johnson right now, but it doesn't faze him too much. If you want to see his press conference from last night following practice, you can watch it in full here. For what it's worth, I don't believe Johnson is going anywhere after this season. There may be some other staff changes, but I think Johnson will stay. As I stated the other night though, I have absolutely zero inside information that leads me to that conclusion.

That defense is looking for some answers after Saturday. For all the criticism against it, the defense actually played fairly well in the first half this week. Special teams errors and offensive struggles kept giving the ball back to Georgia. They even held on the first series of the second half, only to have the offense give it right back on a three-and-out. It's hard to look good when you're on the field as much as they were the other night.

On the injury front, Senior DT Jeff Whitaker has been battling a nerve issue in his back for the past few weeks. That's why he didn't travel with the team to Athens. Duke Williams is coming along nicely, but there is still no word on whether he will play this weekend. I would be shocked if he suited up against Samford. I do expect to see him back for Alabama, though.

Auburn's special teams had a very bad night on Saturday night. They allowed a kick off returned for a touchdown (called back by a penalty), a fake punt that scored (also called back by a penalty), muffed a punt (which lead to another score), and roughed the kicker on what was a good defensive stand (also led to another score). I'd say that's a very bad night.

In former Tiger news, Tre Mason had his first 100 yard rushing game yesterday for the Rams against the Seahawks.


Tahj Shamsid-Deen is doubtful for tonight's game against Colorado after his shoulder injury last Friday night.

If you're willing to stay up for it, Auburn will take on Colorado tonight at midnight. The game will be on ESPN2 as a part of ESPN's 24 hours of college basketball.

The women's team plays at a more reasonable hour tonight of 6pm CDT in Auburn Arena against Grambling.


The soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a victory over Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday.