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Coffee and Magnolia: 14 August 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

TOOMER'S CORNER

The town is having a "Come Home to the Corner" day next Friday to celebrate the reopening of that wonderful corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue. The construction project is set to wrap up this weekend.

SOCCER

I missed this from Wednesday night in yesterday's link dump, but here's a video of Auburn's soccer practice. They also had an exhibition last night in Kennesaw against the KSU Owls. It went quite well, as the Tigers won 5-0 over the home team.

VOLLEYBALL

The ladies are picked 9th in the SEC Preseason Poll.

FOOTBALL

DUUUUUUKE. Duke Williams returned to practice, yesterday afternoon. He will have to work his way up from the bottom of the depth chart according to Gus Malzahn, but I'm sure he'll see the field against Louisville. It would not shock me if he didn't start that game, though. His return somewhat dampens this article Dr Z wrote, yesterday, but it's still a good take on the whole situation.

Emily profiled Avery Young yesterday, who is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Awards. Young will likely go pro after this season. If you don't already appreciate what he's done on the line for the Tigers the last two seasons, then I have a feeling you'll appreciate it after this one.

We know scrimmage #1 was run-heavy. Rhett Lashlee stated Wednesday night that the plans are for the Tigers to air the ball out a bit more in their next scrimmage. Gus Malzahn promised that this Saturday's scrimmage would be much more balanced in his Thursday press conference.

The hype train is going strong for Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson. But what if - God forbid - Johnson gets injured? Well, Auburn coaches are confident that backup Sean White is capable of taking over the starting role if he needs to.

Who will the passes be thrown to? I still think Duke is back before Louisville, but Ricardo Louis is poised to have a huge senior season on the Plains with Sammie Coates gone.

Will Muschamp is definitely not letting the fact that players started last season give them a leg up on starting this season. Justin Garrett is pushing his way towards a starting position at linebacker, and he may not be the only fresh face ahead of a starter last season.

Still over three weeks to go until the football season? It's never too early to talk about the Heisman! ESPN ponders a few SEC players who are likely candidates for the Award.

Where do the Tiger running backs stand in the SEC in terms of conference backs who could push for the Heisman? I think it will take an Auburn back taking over the workhorse role in Game 1 to be a candidate over someone like Nick Chubb. It's just the nature of the beast with how Gus figures out who will get the most carries.

How will Jovon Robinson contribute to Auburn this season? Tony Barnhart gives his opinion. This is assuming that Robinson ends up as one of the feature backs and doesn't stay behind Thomas and Barber.

In past seasons, Auburn has sold a few different replica jerseys. There's typically been the #34, and then one or two key players on the team. With the recent rulings against using a player's likeness and such, Auburn has changed to only selling the #1, #15, and #34. Yes, I know, two great players wear #1 for Auburn. However, that's also an easy jersey to sell just because it's #1. The other two are the year (2015) and then, of course, Bo.

How do former Tigers look when it comes to making NFL rosters or where do they stand on the depth charts? AL.com takes a look. It was after that article was published, but the Packers picked up former Auburn DB Ryan White, yesterday.