Sorry for the mid-afternoon lateness here, but I’ve had the dreaded plethora of Internet outages all over the place. As it stands, there hasn’t been too much news anywhere, except for, oh, more gloom and doom for the Auburn football team.
Nate Craig-Myers: "We all love Kyle (Davis). That's our brother. We wish nothing but the best for him." https://t.co/rcfRQT0tIa— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) October 17, 2017
Yet another short-lived and fleeting life as an Auburn football player for a former highly-rated recruit. Kyle Davis was one of the top gets from that huge receiver recruiting class, and he had some of the biggest upside out there. His size, hands, speed, everything really made him out to be a specimen on the perimeter. However, Mrs. Potts sang it best — “tale as old as time” — and Kyle Davis couldn’t stay out of trouble, whatever that kind of trouble may be. He became another victim of the dreaded “violation of team rules”.
It’s tough to see Auburn failing to take advantage of so much talent that comes in, as we look back to just a few weeks ago when Sean White and Byron Cowart both left the team. Davis is just another player to leave the Plains without fulfilling his potential.
As for Gus Malzahn and the rest of the Tigers, we look ahead to Arkansas with the looming disappointment from Baton Rouge following along like a shadow. It’s one of the toughest losses I’ve witnessed in some time, and there are a billion reasons why it happened. With Kerryon Johnson hitting over 150 yards again, the staff decided to also run Kam Pettway, who just doesn’t have it this season. It could be that he’s still injured, but for whatever reason, he’s not the 2016 version of himself.
Gus Malzahn said he thought Kamryn Pettway was "close to 100 percent" at LSU. He had 4 carries for 7 yards https://t.co/KYvjjfggU0— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) October 17, 2017
One thing that did come from this past couple of days is that a couple of Auburn players got their proper recognition. Braden Smith and Carlton Davis were named AP Midseason All-Americans.
And Braden Smith was the conference’s top-rated offensive player this past week.
PFF Week 7 - SEC Team of the Week - Offense pic.twitter.com/DfhGFRBut5— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 17, 2017
In other news, we’ve got other sports quickly approaching, like basketball. The Tigers will send a couple of players to Media Days, where Auburn’s been picked to finish 9th in the conference this season.
Juniors Bryce Brown, Horace Spencer to represent Auburn at SEC Men's Basketball Media Day https://t.co/oBTHZhOHGa— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) October 17, 2017
Here are the full standings from the preseason vote.
Until tomorrow, War Eagle!