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Position Group Grades Week 2

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Let’s get your grades from Auburn’s performance against Tulane!

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QUARTERBACKS

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How did the quarterbacks perform?

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  • 3%
    A
    (3 votes)
  • 55%
    B
    (53 votes)
  • 40%
    C
    (38 votes)
  • 1%
    D
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now

Bo gets a B this week. I might go C+/B- but he didn’t turn the ball over and threw a TD. He did miss an open TD and could have thrown an INT, but he didn’t, so he gets the baseline grade of a B. Joey Gatewood also gets a B. He had one outstanding run, but beyond that didn’t do any more than was asked of him. I still would have like to have seen him run that third down wildcat play early in the game that was nixed(no pun intended) thanks to the clock issues.” - AUChief

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RUNNING BACKS

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How did the running backs perform?

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  • 2%
    A
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    B
    (11 votes)
  • 65%
    C
    (61 votes)
  • 18%
    D
    (17 votes)
  • 2%
    F
    (2 votes)
93 votes total Vote Now

C. Boobee struggled to get traction behind the offensive line. While some of it wasn’t his fault, he also didn’t help himself with 2 fumbles. Martin and Shivers were non-factors. I’m curious as to how DJ Williams might have done in relief, but he was injured.” - AU_Jonesy

WIDE RECEIVERS

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How did the wide receivers perform?

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  • 5%
    A
    (5 votes)
  • 56%
    B
    (52 votes)
  • 34%
    C
    (32 votes)
  • 3%
    D
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
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B. I thought Auburn’s WRs were just fine Saturday. Not awful but not game changing either. Stove had a REALLY bad drop in the first drive but I am not gonna ding this group for a one handed man dropping a pass. The other 2 drops came from running backs. Nix also missed some open guys which is gonna happen with a freshman QB. There were also 2 tremendous catches from Hastings & Williams. Blocking is still hit or miss with this group but really their main issue is health. Schwartz still working his way back, Williams expected to miss time, Hastings with 2nd straight game of taking a head shot & apparently Shedrick Jackson was banged up too. Need this group to get healthy before A&M.” - AUNerd

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H-BACK/TIGHT ENDS

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How did the HB/TEs perform?

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  • 15%
    A
    (12 votes)
  • 52%
    B
    (42 votes)
  • 31%
    C
    (25 votes)
  • 1%
    D
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
80 votes total Vote Now

“I’d give them a solid B in this one. Auburn ran a lot of 12 looks with both Shenker and Nigh on the field, and I believe we saw Jay-Jay Wilson get a few more snaps as well. The offense hasn’t really utilized this position in the passing game (stop me if you’ve heard that before), but Nigh has been a nice surprise as a lead blocker on several runs in both this game and Oregon. Nothing spectacular, but perfectly acceptable.” - Ryan Sterritt

OFFENSIVE LINE

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How did the offensive line perform?

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  • 0%
    A
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    B
    (2 votes)
  • 42%
    C
    (36 votes)
  • 43%
    D
    (37 votes)
  • 11%
    F
    (10 votes)
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Grade: C-. Make no mistake, this was a performance folks in the stadium, those watching at home, and especially the starting 5 would all like to forget. I would imagine grading film on this was rough on Sunday. I’m not going to mince words, the performance in the first half was a total and complete failure in run blocking. Furthermore, while there’s some folks who have been critical of Nix being quick to escape the pocket or miss a wide open second read, I’d like for you to go back and watch how many times he’s having to take his eyes off the field to ensure he grabs the ball off the snap, as it’s all over the place.It’s my opinion that this Auburn offensive line hit its ceiling last year somewhere around Alabama, had their best game against an overmatched Purdue, and what we saw against Oregon for a half was about as much promise as you’ll see out of this group. But you aren’t always going to be at your ceiling, and they certainly weren’t on Saturday. But if their ceiling is an above-average performance against maybe the 5th or 6th best defense we’ll see all season and a below-average game against an understated Tulane defense, we may be in some trouble.Now, for the positives I’ll say this… Bo Nix didn’t get sacked on Saturday. Granted, a lot of that is because of improved quarterback play in terms of releasing the ball, escaping the pocket, and knowing when to just throw it away, but there’s obviously some pass blocking component to it as well, and blitz pickup has been OK. Additionally, the left side does a fantastic job of pulling to the right side to seal the edge when we run outside, and I can tell you that is no easy task. Some things are working. There’s hope.If this line wants to improve, and for me to give them a higher grade I need a few things out of them: 1) Act nastier and finish blocks. Be a little dirty about it. Part of being a great lineman is letting the opposition know you are there to kick their ass. It’s an attitude. 2) Clean up our footwork at center and right guard. A lot of the inside A/B gap runs to the right side get log jammed immediately due to a real problem with getting the lower bodies a bit tangled up. This usually happens when you don’t have leverage on the guy in front of you. Which leads me to 3) I need to see Kaleb Kim get lower than a nose guard lined up on him. Too often against Tulane, he was getting stood up and knocked back a step, jamming the hole. If we want to see something open up, that’s got to change or we’ve got to find someone that can change it. We’re all rooting for Kim, and I believe that he is our best option at center this fall, but you simply cannot let a defender stay lower than you at the point of attack and expect to win battles in the run blocking game.” - Josh Black

DEFENSIVE LINE

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How did the defensive line perform?

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  • 72%
    A
    (57 votes)
  • 26%
    B
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    C
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    D
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
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“Is it possible to be quietly dominant? Because that’s what the defensive line did against Tulane. Yes, once again the first drive saw a few gashes in our defense and they gave up a field goal, and no, they didn’t get home on any sacks, but the Wave only gained 223 total yards on the night. Much of that frustration on their part was due to the wall of behemoths standing in the way. Derrick Brown regularly slapped aside unassuming Tulane blockers, and Marlon Davison got Defensive Lineman of the week in the SEC. Tulane seemed to employ the quick passing and moving pocket strategy to neutralize our pass rush, and eventually we’ll need to make good on some sacks, but that was a clean and efficient shutdown by the DL. Solid A-. If we’d had 4+ sacks they’d have gotten the perfect score.” - Jack Condon

LINEBACKERS

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How did the linebackers perform?

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  • 36%
    A
    (28 votes)
  • 57%
    B
    (44 votes)
  • 5%
    C
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
76 votes total Vote Now

B. They didn’t put up huge numbers as they did last week but were part of a defense that held Tulane’s offense to just 6 points. KJ Britt had 3 tackles to lead this group this week. Overall, a solid performance for this group.” - Will McLaughlin

SECONDARY

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How did the secondary perform?

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  • 63%
    A
    (47 votes)
  • 35%
    B
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    C
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    D
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (0 votes)
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“Definitely an A. Jeremiah Dinson has been dynamite so far, picking up an interception in thus game and contributing in stuffing the run. McMillan stayed away from Noah Igbinoghene’s receiver most of the night, opting instead to try and pick on Javaris Davis and Roger McCreary. That didn’t work out so well, as McMillan finished his night 10/31 with just 103 yards. The worst coverage bust of the night ended as an incompletion via a drop, but that was on the double pass play. I was very impressed by Roger McCreary specifically in this game.” - Ryan Sterritt

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SPECIAL TEAMS

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How did the special teams perform?

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  • 1%
    A
    (1 vote)
  • 8%
    B
    (7 votes)
  • 40%
    C
    (32 votes)
  • 37%
    D
    (30 votes)
  • 11%
    F
    (9 votes)
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“I really anticipated Auburn’s punt coverage to be one of the strengths of this team. Instead, it has become its second biggest weakness. Auburn HAS figured out the best way to cover kickoffs: have Carlson boot it out the back of the endzone! Tried and true. Carlson nailed his only FG attempt and Auburn’s punt/kick returns were definitely promising, but punt coverage will lose Auburn a game this season.” - joshdub_

COACHES

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How did the coaches perform?

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  • 0%
    A
    (0 votes)
  • 39%
    B
    (32 votes)
  • 45%
    C
    (37 votes)
  • 12%
    D
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    F
    (2 votes)
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“Coaching: B-. So long as this defense keeps putting out “A” level performances, I’m going to be a lot friendlier to the other two areas of focus in the overall. Because this defense is excellent. They’ll get burned in the secondary later on this year more times than we’ll expect, but this front 7 is truly the best we’ve had in a long, long time. I just wish we’d see the emergence of a true pass rushing defensive end, though I’m starting to believe if we had one that we would have already seen him.Offensively I’m going with a C. Honestly I was impressed that Gus realized the run game was as awful as it was, and leaned on his true freshman QB for as many pass attempts as he got in the first half. It was the only call he could’ve made, and though it didn’t produce much, it beat the alternative of more 3 and outs of drives killed by another fumble. Nothing I saw was inspiring with play calling, though if Nix had a split second longer to see the field, he’d have a better chance at seeing a Marquis McClain wide open. Coaching with this quarterback AND this offensive line has to be frustrating.Special Teams is a solid D+. We can’t cover a punt to save our lives through 2 games. With the athletes we have on this football team, with the kind of punter we have who can hit hang time and/or length, this IS on coaching. There’s no excuse for it.Bottom line is this, coaching is going to get better as Gus and co. get more comfortable with the personnel we have and as we start to get guys back healthy. Just give us some better production up front along the offensive line and this is a football team that can continually get better and win 9+ games. Don’t give us that and this is a team with a floor of 6 wins and a ceiling of 8.” - Josh Black