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Coffee and Magnolia: 23 December 2014

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AUBURN FOOTBALL

Are you worried about next year's receiving corps? Senior WR Quan Bray says you shouldn't be. There are young Tigers ready to step up to the big time. If you've wondered why we haven't seen much of them, just ask yourself if you would have pulled Duke, Sammie, Quan, etc for unknowns in many of our games this year? AL.com takes a look at some of those who may be ready for prime time.

Speaking of Quan Bray, he's only one yard behind Kansas State's Tyler Lockett to be the #1 punt returner in the nation this season. If you're like me, you see who he's behind, remember back to the Kansas State game, and have to restrain yourself from RAGE at how at least two of Lockett's long returns should have been called back because of block-in-the-back penalties.

Carl Lawson is ahead of schedule in his rehab, and now back in pads. Hopefully he's still taking it easy and uses the bowl practices and spring practice to ease back into things. We definitely don't want him to re-injure the knee. A healthy Carl Lawson will go a long way towards making that defense much better next season, though.

The Ledger-Enquirer is now on the linebackers in their preview for next season. One name they leave off the list in their linebacker projection is Carl Lawson. I know you're wondering what I'm thinking by saying that, but Lawson is athletic enough to play in Will Muschamp's "Buck" linebacker slot at times.

Sammie Coates has joined Cameron Artis-Payne, Reese Dismukes, and Gabe Wright in accepting invites to play in the Senior Bowl. He is only a junior leaving early for the draft, but since he is a "fourth year junior" and has completed his degree, he is eligible for the Senior Bowl this season.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

KT Harrell was named the SEC's Player of the Week. Harrell leads the SEC in scoring so far this season.

Auburn basketball had one of its biggest wins in a long time on Saturday night, but now they've got to move on from that and get ready for tonight's game. Texas Southern comes in with a 2-8 record, but they did just knock of Michigan State at East Lansing.