So quick thoughts...
Carl Lawson is a special young player.. I love that Muschamp praised his work ethic. We know from his comments in the off season that he was studying film all last season in an attempt to improve his game. I can't wait to see him back on the field, again.
Muschamp praised Petrino's offenses. I don't think this should be a shock or for one second interpreted as "coach speak." Everyone who has watched him knows that he's a special play caller. Auburn RB Coach Tim Horton (who coached under Petrino at Arkansas) said he's the best play caller he's seen. We know the Tigers' D is going to have its hands full facing Petrino.
No decisions on the linebackers, yet, huh? Muschamp said "all four will play," but just who does that mean? I assume it means Frost, McKinzy, Garrett, and Tre Williams. Muschamp also mentioned freshman Jeff Holland as someone who will play, so I'm guessing that means Holland will play as an end or at the Buck.
Speaking of freshmen, I'm guessing Byron Cowart is starting to live up to his recruiting ranking. Muschamp was clear he won't be a "situational" player. I'm looking forward to seeing what he and Lawson can do when they're on opposite ends of the line (with Adams and Russell in the middle).
Bonus! I included a bit from Marcus Davis at the tail end. He told the media that he's the starting punt returner. I really thought that might be Jason Smith, but I'll trust the coaches with that one. We've been pretty good at returns over the past two seasons, after all.
It's Game Week. Football is just days away.
And now to the tweets!
Muschamp now here. First question: Who will start at LB? "That decision won't be made until later in the week. Guys gotta practice well.— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) August 30, 2015
Will: All 4 linebackers will play.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) August 30, 2015
Auburn's Will Muschamp on Carl Lawson: "His most gifted talent is his work ethic."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 30, 2015
Will: Carl Lawson really enjoys the game of football. "He's always up in our office watching film."— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) August 30, 2015
Muschamp on Bobby Petrino "It's not the elaborate number of plays, but the execution they have"— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 30, 2015
Muschamp: Petrino's offense "attacks you in the same route concepts a lot of different ways".— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) August 30, 2015
Is freshman Byron Cowart only a situational pass-rusher in Game 1? Muschamp says it "doesn't matter what down it is. He's going to play."— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) August 30, 2015
Auburn's Will Muschamp on freshman defensive lineman Byron Cowart: "He's going to play, and he's going to play a lot."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 30, 2015
Muschamp: Cowart, Jeff Holland, Carlton Davis, Jeremiah Dinson, Montavious Atkinson among freshmen that will play.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) August 30, 2015
Marcus Davis: "(Special teams) Coach (Scott) Fountain told me I'll be taking the first punt return. I'm pretty excited about that."— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) August 31, 2015