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Coffee and Magnolia: 25 March 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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BRACKETS

Round 3 is up, now. Y'all go vote!

BASEBALL

The Tigers travelled to Atlanta and shook the lineup up a bit. it didn't work, though. The Tigers fell 4-1 to the Yellow Jackets and are now 15-10 on the season. They travel to Starkville to play Mississippi State this weekend.

BASKETBALL

Center Matthew Atewe is officially transferring from the basketball team. That link goes to a Montgomery Advertiser article on Atewe, but the news was first broken by ESPN in a tweet, and confirmed by AuburnUndercover. It's unfortunate that his injuries kept him off the court, this season. I think he could have made a real difference in how the team played. We wish him the best of luck wherever he ends up.

Freshman Center Trayvon Reed is set to face sentencing on April 21st for the charges that led to him not signing with Maryland - the team he originally committed to out of high school - and ultimately ending up at Auburn.

FOOTBALL

FoxSports.com says Auburn will be a major player in the 2015 College Football Playoff race. I'm beginning to like Auburn always being mentioned as a contender, even if we're coming off a "down" year. I just hope we can live up to it all.

JUCO signee Maurice Swain is fitting in well with his new teammates in Spring Practice. That's a very good thing, as Defensive Tackle is a position Auburn is sorely in need of experience and leadership in.

Speaking of, Dontavius Russell is looking to make a big move on the defensive line, as well. Russell redshirted last season, and looks to be a big contributor this fall.

Jovon Robinson is catching people's eyes in practice. There is a reason Robinson was one of the top players coming out of JUCO last season. I think he'll be the bell cow this season at running back. I really could see him in a Rudi Johnson "one and done" type situation. But, I thought that was what Duke Williams was going to do last season, and I was wrong!

Will Muschamp spoke about his linebackers. That is going to be a very intriguing unit to watch as the Tigers transition from Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 to Muschamp's 4-3/3-4/multiple scheme. And while we're on the topic of those linebackers, Kris Frost explains why he decided to return to the Plains for his senior season.