Practice rolls along on the Plains, and today we’ll get you a look at a few of the position groups as well as one bond between two coaches on the offensive side. We’re 23 days to kickoff against Georgia Southern. Buckle up!
Yesterday we posted our look at the defensive backs and mentioned how Carlton Davis played much of last year injured. How injured? Head, shoulders, knees, and toes apparently.
.@MGMAdvertiser ICYMI: From shoulders to ankles - Auburn CB Carlton Davis admits to playing w/ injuries in 2016 - https://t.co/vTNc6gKU53 pic.twitter.com/Ix1NMBCELc— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 9, 2017
In front of Davis on the defense will be Auburn’s deep linebacker corps, with one guy in particular drawing the gaze of the Auburn coaches as he’s come to be known as a “rolling ball of butcher knives” -- horrific as that sounds.
"When I’m out there I’m comfortable. They give me the play, I get in & execute."— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 9, 2017
» Montavious Atkinson#WarEaglehttps://t.co/reG9Vlx6rU
But across the way, one of Auburn’s receivers is making a name for himself as a tough guy to guard.
WR Ryan Davis flying under the radar as ‘toughest matchup’ for Auburn football #WarEagle https://t.co/1hKdeXk1my pic.twitter.com/HThhIrpS67— SEC Country Auburn (@SECCountryAU) August 9, 2017
And finally, Auburn’s going to try to replicate the deep defensive line we saw last year, but it’ll definitely be a committee job to replace what Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams accomplished in 2016.
Replacing Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams could be a group effort for Auburn's pass rush this season https://t.co/H2wUj8OCrx pic.twitter.com/pTUPaA16vF— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 10, 2017
Off the field, the architect of Auburn’s 2004 offense that produced three first-round draft picks is trying to fit his philosophies and observations with new coordinator Chip Lindsey. Check it.
.@MGMAdvertiser BLOG (w/VIDEO): Back to the Future: Al Borges & Chip Lindsey merging Auburn’s past with its future - https://t.co/wTpyQ3zUC8 pic.twitter.com/OSHX7e1vh1— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 9, 2017
Across the pond, Auburn basketball is taking an Italian tour, playing a four-game stretch in the land of pasta. Yesterday was their opener and Bruce Pearl’s small lineup did some work on the opposition.
FINAL | Auburn takes down Stella Azzurra, 87-29. @Mheron_1 and @desean_murray with lead the way with 13 pts. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/nHOIW4Rg4g— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 9, 2017
Kansas played the same team last week and didn’t dominate nearly the way the Tigers did. It’s always difficult to compare, but it’s still nice to see.
"I thought our guys played well together. We showed our athleticism and strength.”— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 9, 2017
And to wrap up today’s news, one of Auburn’s eateries garnered a prestigious spot as one of the top college town meals to try. Disregard the top spot on the list.
Now it's time for the REAL top 25. The best college-town dishes in America. https://t.co/Ux0m1nwaTl pic.twitter.com/NfbDIu5OKu— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 9, 2017
Until later, War Eagle.