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Coffee and Magnolia: August 27th

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Yesterday was Depth Chart Day on the Plains, and Gus spent a good twenty minutes giving his little preview of the Arkansas game, thoughts on the two-deep and left a few important questions up in the air.

A lot of the beat writers offered up their thoughts on the depth chart, and after reading our own write-up on it, check out Brandon Marcello's five thoughts at

Phillip Marshall wrote about the two running backs fighting for the carries left behind by Tre Mason. Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne were listed as co-starters on the two-deep. Gus said he wasn't pigeonholing either runner as an outside or inside guy, and said he's got the utmost confidence in either player to execute the entirety of the offense.

Malzahn also said he expects newcomers Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber to have significant roles in 2014.

Coach named Jeremy Johnson the starting quarterback (no surprise) and said Josh Holsey will start over Jonathon Mincy, but reiterated that both Nick Marshall and Mincy will play at some point Saturday, though he didn't say when exactly they'd make their appearance.

There was nothing new said on the up-in-the-air status of Robenson Therezie, outside of Malzahn saying he would share any news as soon as he was filled in.

In his stead at the star spot will be Justin Garrett, backed up by 6-foot, 175-pound freshman Nick Ruffin. Malzahn said he likes a lot of the defensive back skills exhibited by Ruffin so far, and said he's very comparable to Therezie.

Shon Coleman garnered a lot of praise from Malzahn in Tuesday's presser, and spoke with reporters a bit about his excitement and pride in starting Auburn's opener after his long road back to health and the gridiron.

The O-A News also posted video of self-proclaimed Old Man Jeff Whitaker talking about his leadership role this year as one of the more grizzled vets on the defense.

Lastly, a couple of articles of lesser importance...

CBS Sports ranked each FBS coach's playing career, from Steve Spurreir to Charlie Weis. Gus came in at number 97.

Also, an Arkansas pizzeria is offering pies for a penny "when" the Hogs beat Auburn. Okay.