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Coffee and Magnolia: 21 April 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the internet

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

The Tigers face off against Florida A&M tonight at 5pm CDT at Plainsman Park. We'll have more info on that and other things going on this weekend around 11am CDT!

BASKETBALL

He won't be playing this coming season, but Auburn picked up a commitment from a 6'8" JUCO PF, yesterday. He'll walk on this season, so he won't count against the scholarship numbers.

Speaking of those scholarship numbers, Matthew Atewe has made his transfer location official. He's going about as far across the country as you can get to play basketball at Washington.

FOOTBALL

The official site has a feature on A-Day weekend as seen through the eyes of Athletic Director Jay Jacobs.

In one of the fastest times after A-Day in years, but obvious to everyone watching that it was coming, Jeremy Johnson was named Auburn's starting QB, yesterday. Sean White isn't going to ease up on his practicing, though. White will continue to prepare as if he's the starter. If Johnson does run the ball more often than many people think, then he's always going to be one bad play away from White needing to take over, so White continuing that preparation is essential.

Folks who were watching thought Will Muschamp's defense did pretty well in the A-Day game. The starters - even without a few players who will likely be starters themselves - pitched a shut out on the second team offense, which is what you hope to see.

The Montgomery Advertiser discusses Roc Thomas' speed and shiftiness that was on display during A-Day. Others have made the comparison too, but he really does look a lot like Carnell Williams in how quickly he can bounce outside and get going north-south again. Could we be looking at a 2004-type situation with Robinson and Thomas in the backfield? I certainly hope so!

Cole Cubelic and Natalie Pierre broke down parts of A-Day. Cubelic says Austin Golson is likely the starting center, and singled out Chandler Cox as a potential break out player. Meanwhile, Brandon Marcello gives us three things we learned from the 2015 A-Day.

Joel Erickson provides a piece on an offensive linemen whose name you've probably forgotten since he signed as part of the 2012 class. Robert Leff red-shirted in 2012, and now the Junior is one play away from taking over one of the spots on the line should the need arise. That's not because Auburn depth is thin, but rather because he's earned his way into the spot with his performance on the practice field.

Chadd Scott says Auburn is definitely capable of winning the SEC Championship based on what he saw during spring practice and A-Day. He also says Tray Matthews is poised to be Auburn's next "second chance superstar." That's something others agree on, as Brandon Marcello also spoke about Matthews' potential following his A-Day MVP performance.

In general SEC news, outgoing SEC Commissioner Mike Slive spoke to the media yesterday about his tenure and about the future of the conference under incoming commissioner Greg Sankey.

Oh, hey, SB Nation got The Read Option up while I was doing my final run-through before setting this for publishing. Check it out for all sorts of general college football goodness!