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Link sAUsage: 5 February 2016

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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SOFTBALL

Emily Carosone was in the running for the Player of the Year last season. Before the 2016 season starts, she's on the list of Top 50 to watch for the award this year. She's not alone, though. She's joined by teammate Kasey Cooper.

The official site has a focus on the sophomores who were a big part of last year's trip to the Women's College World Series.

BASKETBALL

There's still no word on Danjel Purifoy's status. There was some speculation after Bruce Pearl's discussion on the Signing Day show that he was ineligible, but Bruce Pearl cleared up what he meant, yesterday.

The ladies picked up a nice victory last night over Vanderbilt in Auburn Arena. They're now at .500 in SEC play. Coach Flo's Tigers are on a much better track this season after last year's struggles.

FOOTBALL

So I attempted a bit of trolling, yesterday. It's not something I typically enjoy, but in this case I just couldn't help it. Someone once speculated that a lack of passing and a run-heavy offense would negatively affect Auburn when it comes to wide receiver recruiting. I recalled that argument late Wednesday afternoon after Auburn's stellar wide receiver class was official.

I somehow let this slip through the cracks Wednesday and Thursday, but Auburn defensive end Gimel President is leaving the program as a graduate transfer. President was playing fairly well by the end of the season in his reserve roll, and I was thinking he would provide some good depth. Looks like we're really going to need Byron Cowart and Paul James to step up, now. Along with a few freshmen.

The official site has a feature on John Franklin III. He's ready to take on the challenge of battling for the starting quarterback job. It should be a very interesting battle. There's footage of him out there playing QB in a Florida State spring game if you're interested. He's #11.

Gus Malzahn is loving Cam Newton's NFL success. He's using that on the recruiting trail to help the Tigers out.