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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Dakota Sumpter / Auburn Athletics

GOLF

Auburn's Michael Johnson was named a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Johnson has had a spectacular career at Auburn and has a bright future ahead of him.

SOFTBALL

ESPN gives us what's at stake in this weekend's softball match-ups. Spoiler Alert: it's a lot. Auburn is traveling to Knoxville to face the #12 Tennessee Vols, who are out for revenge after Auburn beat them in the SEC Championship Game and in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, the Tigers are tied for first in the SEC with Florida, who is taking on #22 Texas A&M.

FOOTBALL

Auburn has some fast football players. Like, really fast. We're talking all of them would have been tops at the NFL Combine fast. That's assuming the supposedly laser-timed 40-yard dash numbers are correct, of course.

One of the players running one of those fast times was redshirt freshman Jamel Dean, who has made a big move up the depth chart. He's fighting for a starting position opposite Carlton Davis.

With yesterday as the first round of the NFL Draft, I decided to look back at the biggest draft bust to come out of Auburn: Bo Jackson. Yep. I said it. And I mean it. Because I'm talking about when Tampa Bay drafted him and he never signed with them. That's pretty bad to waste the #1 overall pick in that way.

Hey, you remember the Satellite Camp

Oh, also on the satellite camp issue, Herb Hand was at Penn State when James Franklin really made this a thing with his first camp at Georgia State. So we're at least ahead of the game with someone who has experience!

ESPN wants to tell us what they've learned from the SEC West this spring. For Auburn, it's not really very informative and they really picked the low-hanging fruit. They could have gone with "the defense has a chance to be very good," but instead they went pointless and talked about something we knew would be the case going into Spring in the first place. They then went right back to the same topic for "what we didn't learn this Spring." Hey, ESPN, you have to pick one way or the other!

What are the post-Spring offensive line rankings for the SEC? Auburn is in the middle of the back on this one. I think they have a chance to be up at the top during the season if Kozan can return to his freshman form.

Speaking of the line, you have to feel happy for Xavier Dampeer. Beat out during what he thought was his senior season for the starting center position, jaw broken by Duke Williams and missed the rest of the season, and that could have been it. Instead, he got an extra year, came back and fought in the spring, and it looks like he's taken the Center position from Golson.

Oh, and some other stuff happened with other SEC schools, yesterday. However, I don't spend too much time on any other schools unless it is directly related to Auburn. I'm sure you can find out what happened if you look around the internet (at least, anywhere other than AL.com last I checked, who still hadn't reported on the story more than 12 hours later).