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Coffee and Magnolia: November 20th

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Thursday morning Auburn readings

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Around our neck of the woods yesterday, WarRoomEagle took a look at how penalties have been affecting the Tigers this season, Dr. Z wrote about a Tuberville-esque loss popping up last week and Everett tells us what we have to look forward to this weekend on the Plains.

If you think the last four years as a fan have been a wild ride, imagine experiencing them as a player. On Saturday, 20 seniors will play their final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium following one of the wildest four year runs in school history. Charles Goldberg talked to a few of them, mainly one of the leaders of the bunch, Reese Dismukes.

Joel Erickson's defensive film study sesh looks at how the Tiger D has slipped into this unprecedented run of games allowing 400+ yards and 30+ points.

Gus Malzahn is saying all the things he's supposed to this week, praising Samford and denying that this weekend offers a chance to take things easy as the team gets ready for a trip to T-town next week. Bulldog coach and Auburn legend Pat Sullivan is also talking about Saturday's game, and said this Auburn team is the best one his team has run into since he took over the Homewood-based program. Samford, like Auburn, is 7-3.

Injured wide receiver Duke Williams dressed for practice yesterday, but Malzahn said he's still considered day-to-day and isn't yet sure if he'll play this weekend.

Also seeing his playing time on Saturday up in the air is backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson. The sophomore threw his first passes in five games last weekend at Georgia, and Malzahn said if the circumstances are right, he'd love to get him in the game. However, the main focus of this weekend will be to tune up and get the edge back before the Iron Bowl.

Cameron Artis-Payne was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's top running back.

USA Today released a report on the salaries of the top collegiate coaches in the country yesterday. Malzahn ranked 12th with his $3.85 million per season, while Nick Saban's $7+ million is more than two million more than second place Kevin Sumlin.

Ben Tate, one day off his release by the Browns, was picked up by the Vikings yesterday.

At TWER, Jeremy posted a video you should see called Ahem Corner, or the Pat Dye-a-phragm.