Happy Tuesday everyone. With the bye week a lot of the stories from last weekend and previews of the game in Manhattan will be more drawn out than perhaps is usual.
Alex Byington wrote about Nick Marshall saying his play in his first start was "average," and he "could have done better." For his part, Gus Malzahn said that he's fine with where his starter is. That, however, didn't stop Gus from saying the idea of using both Marshall and Johnson in the same play is "interesting" and that we'll "see what happens" as the season progresses.
The official team site ran a story featuring quotes from the confident Cameron Artis-Payne saying he knew coming into this year he'd get the chances in this offense to show what he can do. He now leads the SC in rushing yards and touchdowns two games into the season.
We received reassuring, if not unexpected, news from Malzahn regarding Sammie Coates, who sat out Saturday's game against San Jose State. The head coach said his big time receiver was only being rested as a precaution for being dinged up, and isn't looking at missing any more time.
On the defensive side, Joel Erickson wrote about safety Rudy Ford settling into his new digs after playing running back and cornerback previously. Ford played solidly against SJSU after making a few early mistakes as a first time starter.
Also, the team site ran a Q&A with everyone's favorite senior Jermaine Whitehead, in which he says his travel wish is to see Antarctica because, "I just want to see how cold it is."
Jay Tate and Will Herring broke down two plays from Saturdays' win: the Whitehead pick and the long SJSU touchdown pass.
Brandon Marcello checked into what's being said in Kansas heading into the mutual bye week. Head coach Bill Snyder said of the Tiger offense, "You've got to defend the gamut of offensive football."
As Auburn preps for Snyder, Ellis Johnson has begun talking about the need to better clamp down on quarterback scrambles, particularly as the Wildcat Jake Waters is the reigning Big 12 offensive player of the week.
The War Eagle Reader brought our attention to a charity auction in which Malzahn's vest from the Iron Bowl is looking at raising upwards of $50,000. TWER also ran the second instalment in the series chronicling Siri's chronicling of Auburn's 2014 football expeditions.
And while I'm on TWER, here's my favorite professor ever, Austin Phillips, writing about some of the greatest bye weeks in Auburn history.
In a little bit of Auburn in the NFL news, Cam Newton is expected to be back this weekend, Onterio McCalebb was waived by Cincinnati and, as I'm writing, Jerraud Powers picked off fellow north Alabamian Phillip Rivers.
News from some other sports around campus brings word that the women's tennis squad has the sixth-ranked preseason doubles squad in the nation, consisting of No. 36 Pleun Burgmans and No. 94 Emily Flickinger. The Plainsman ran this interesting story about equestrian Lucy Igoe heading into her senior year with optimism for a challenge at the NCEA title. Auburn women's golf has the one-day lead at the Mo Morial tournament in Bryan, Texas.