Monday, February 28, 2011

Eric Smith dismissed from team

By Charles Bennett

AUBURN – The troubled career of Auburn senior running back Eric Smith is apparently over.
Smith, who has been subject to previous disciplinary actions, has been dismissed from the team following a violation of team rules.
Auburn athletics department spokesman Kirk Sampson confirmed Monday evening that Smith has been dismissed but declined to offer further details.
Smith, a 5-10, 240-pound rising senior from Seffner, Fla., played in 13 games with four starts at h-back for the Tigers.
He finishes his three-year career with the Tigers with 42 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 25 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown.

SEC honors Tigers' pitcher Varnadore

This, from the SEC courtesy of Auburn's sports information staff

AUBURN – Auburn's Derek Varnadore has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Week following his 13 strike out, two-hit shutout of Radford on Sunday afternoon, the conference office announced on Monday.

A junior right-handed pitcher from Athens, Ga., Varnadore clinched the series win for Auburn as he held Radford to just four base runners in the Tigers' 2-0 victory, none of which advanced as far as third. Seven of his 13 strike outs were of the leadoff hitter and four more ended innings. The 13 strike outs were the most by an Auburn pitcher in a game since Chris Bootcheck struck out 15 against West Virginia on March 6, 1999.

In two outings this season, Varnadore has allowed just five hits and three walks, striking out 17 without allowing a run.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tigers going to Hawaii

The Auburn basketball team will play in the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Dec. 22, 23 and 25 on the University of Hawaii campus.
Joining the Tigers in the tournament will be Kansas State, Xavier, UTEP, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and Hawaii.
The tournament will feature 12 games in three days, with the Championship game scheduled for Christmas Day.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rocker goes to Tennessee

Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker has accepted a similar position with the Tennessee Titans, Auburn confirmed Wednesday.
Rocker, 44, a former standout lineman for the Tigers, leaves after two seasons with Auburn and is the first defection off the staff of head coach Gene Chizik.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cyrus speaks

The story from the Washington Post. He actually used the words "buyers remorse," I can tell you buy from the experiences of talking to high school kids, he's at least halfway smart.

You may have to copy and paste, Blogger isn't being real nice.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wright chooses Auburn

Gabe Wright, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Columbus, Ga., has signed with Auburn.
Wright was rated the No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN, No. 11 by Scout and No. 18 by Rivals.
Wright gives the Tigers 25 signees, which should wrap up the class, barring any late developments.

Bray makes it official

Auburn commitment Quan Bray, a 5-11, 178-pound RB/athlete from LaGrange, Ga., has signed with the Tigers, which just about wraps up this year's recruiting class.
The Tigers are hoping to sign Gabe Wright, a defensive lineman from Columbus, Ga., who will announce his decision later today.

Tigers land Kouandjios

One of the biggest fish still in the water on National Signing Day bit Auburn's hook.
Cyrus Kouandjio, regarded by most recruiting services as the top offensive tackle in the nation, has signed with Auburn.
Kouandjio chose Auburn over Alabama, where his brother Arie, just completed his redshirt freshman season.
The 6-7, 325-pound Kouandjio announced his decision on ESPNU. He is ranked the No. 3 overall recruit nationally by ESPN and No. 4 by Rivals.

Uzomah, Mason on board with Tigers

TE C.J. Uzomah and RB Tre Mason have signed with the Tigers.

Tigers add Garrett, Therize

Auburn commitments DB Robenson Therize and LB Justin Garrett are now signed on the dotted line.

Calloway reverses field once again

Brent Calloway, a long-time Alabama committment who changed his allegiance to Auburn only last month, re-considered and decided to roll with the Tide on National Signing Day.
Calloway, played both running back and linebacker in high school. He will likely play linebacker at Alabama.

Signings coming in for the Tigers

Signing day seems to be proceeding like clockwork early on for Auburn, although the Tigers lost out on offensive lineman Antonio Richardson, who chose Tennessee.

Previously committed players who have signed to make it official thus far include: LB Chris Landrum, S Anthony Swain, DE Keymira Harrell, DL Devaunte Sigler, QB Kiehl Frazier, OL Christian Westerman, WR Sammie Coates, DL Angelo Blackson, TE Brandon Fulse, WR Taylor Denson, LB Kris Frost, DL Jabrian Niles, and OL Greg Robinson.
Safety Erique Florence, who had not made a verbal commitment but who was considered a strong lean to the Tigers, also has signed. Cornerback Jermaine Whitehead, a former Mississippi State commitment, also landed with the Tigers.

Video goodness

If you don't want to waste your time on YouTube looking for highlights of these guys try this link.

Scroll down and there's video highlights up of the guys once their NLoI has come across the fax.

Now it's 17 ...

Here ya go ... that's four offensive linemen and three DBs in that group. Maybe it'll help those concerns.

Angelo Blackson, DL, 6-5, 295, Bear, Del. (Red Lion Christian Acad.)
Sammie Coates, WR, 6-3, 180, Leroy, Ala. (Leroy)
Jaylon Denson, WR, 6-3, 190, Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Reese Dismukes, C, 6-3, 290, Spanish Fort, Ala. (Spanish Fort)
Erique Florence, S, 6-2, 190, Valley, Ala. (Valley)
Kris Frost, ATH, 6-2, 215, Matthews, NC (Butler)
Brandon Fulse, TE, 6-5, 252, Fort Meade, Fla. (Fort Meade)
Chris Landrum, LB, 6-3, 235, Sweet Water, Ala. (Sweet Water)
Tre Mason, RB, 5-10, 190, Lake Worth, Fla. (Park Vista)
Jabrian Niles, DL, 6-3, 260, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson)
Thomas O'Reilly, OL, 6-3, 313, Marietta, Ga. (Pope)
Gregory Robinson, OL, 6-5, 305, Thibodaux, La. (Thibodaux)
Jonathan Rose, CB, 6-1, 175, Leeds, Ala. (Leeds)
Devaunte Sigler, DL, 6-4, 255, Mobile, AL (B.C. Rain)
C.J. Uzomah, ATH, 6-5, 235, Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Christian Westerman, OL, 6-5, 285, Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)
Jermaine Whitehead, CB, 6-0, 187, Greenwood, Miss. (Amanda Elzy)

Double digits

Auburn has letters already from just more than a dozen players. And for one of the bigger ones who saved his announcement for today the Tigers didn't have to go very far at all.

Enrique Florence of Valley picked the Tigers over Southern Cal. Both Rivals and Scout have Florence (6-2, 185) in the top 5 safeties in the nation.

Jermaine Whitehead was a signing day surprise for Auburn. The cornerback had been heavy between Ole Miss and State and then near the end of the recruiting process visited the Tigers and must have fell in love.

Cyrus Kouandjio, one of the top linemen in the country, will decide at noon.

While you're waiting, here's a highlight video of Florence.

(turn the volume down; the music is horrible)

Welcome to Signing Day

Nobody cares about a groundhog around here unless he can break five seconds in the shuttle run.

If you're away from a TV today, you're likely going to be logged on, and hopefully we can help.

While National Signing Day has become somewhat anti-climatic, there are still a few players who will make their announcements today. Here's a rundown of the big boys...

Cyrus Kouandjio - An offensive lineman Auburn could certainly put to work. Word is its between the Tiger, Iowa and Alabama. Kind of an odd mix, huh?
Tony Steward - No, this isn't the NASCAR driver. While he's shown some interest in the Tigers and arch-rival Alabama, the linebacker signing with either one is as likely as a Tony Stewart suiting up in orange and blue this fall.

Here's others Auburn is in the mix for with the other schools they are considering. (Auburn is understood).

Gabe Wright (DT) – Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama
Erique Florence (S) – Southern Cal
Antonio Richardson (OT) – Georgia, Tennessee
Javorius "Buck" Allen (RB) – South Florida, Southern Cal, Tennessee
Spencer Region (OG) – Clemson, Louisville, Wisconsin