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Coffee and Magnolia: 17 April 2015

New and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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HOME ON THE PLAINS

A reminder that there's a TON of stuff going on in town this weekend and Everett has you covered on the details of all of it.

Coming in to town? Watch out for all of these road closures and areas where traffic may be an issue due to construction.

EQUESTRIAN

The equestrian team won their match yesterday in the NCEA Championship and advance to the next round. They'll be facing 4th ranked Texas A&M in this morning's round.

GYMNASTICS

The ladies will take part in the first round of the NCAA Gymnastics Finals tomorrow. It consists of two sessions of six teams. The Tigers will need to finish in the top 3 of their Friday session to advance to the final round. Auburn will also get their fourth shot at Alabama this season in their Friday session. Go get 'em, ladies!

SOFTBALL

For the first time ever Auburn and Alabama will play each other in softball when both teams are ranked in the Top 10. The Tigers host the Tide in a sold-out series in Auburn this weekend. Auburn has not lost an SEC series yet this season, and winning this series could go a long way towards giving the Tigers a much easier road through the post-season.

FOOTBALL

I reviewed the Quarterback position from 2014 yesterday, and in it I had to say thank you to Nick Marshall for the past two years. He has been such a joy to watch.

Since everyone can do a "what to watch for" post about the spring game, I decided to take the opposite approach for a bit and try to tell you the things you should NOT be watching for, because nothing about the spring game is really going to answer the questions you're looking for the answers to.

The forecast isn't looking too spiffy for Saturday, but things are going to go on as planned for Auburn when it comes to A-Day activities. Rain won't stop the game (though I'm sure a thunderstorm would).

Nick Ruffin came to Auburn as a defensive back, spent last season at the Star position, and now is back in the defensive backfield again. The experience at Star could help him see playing time as the Nickel/Sam hybrid in Muschamp's defense, though. He showed a lot of promise last year aside from his ejection for targeting against LSU.

We posted something real quick last night that Jonathan Jones undergoing foot surgery for an injury that has been nagging him for a while. Thankfully according to Brandon Marcello's sources, that surgery is not likely to sideline Jones in the fall. As Auburn's leading returning ball-hawk, the Tigers really need Jones to shore up the defense.

Jovon Robinson can't wait for his first A-Day experience and is aiming for 100+ yards according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Robinson is someone I'm definitely looking forward to seeing in action in Gus Malzahn's offense. The nation's #1 JUCO recruit has a ton of potential to be Auburn's next star tail back to continue the tradition of Running Back U. But, then again, so do the other tailbacks on the roster.

ESPN.com has a video about the hype of Jeremy Johnson. Watch it if you can stomach the Finebaum. I didn't care to try.

They also have "five things to watch" for Auburn's spring game and a no-brainer in saying that Alex Kozan could make a huge impact for Auburn this fall. Anyone who watched Auburn's offensive line in 2013 knows what kind of an impact Kozan can have. That's as a true freshman, too. Now he has experience and more study under his belt.