The second-year head coach of the Tigers told Joe Tessitore that this group of Auburn wide receivers—which includes last year's star, Sammie Coates—is the best group of wide receivers he's had at Auburn, which also includes the 2009-11 seasons, when Malzahn was the offensive coordinator . . .
If there is no separation between the two during fall camp, Artis-Payne seems to have a slight edge over third-team All-SEC selection Grant . . .
How does a coach repeat a surprising run to an SEC title during his first season at Auburn? . . .
Even though that seems like an eternity, and anything can happen between now and then, it's worth acknowledging just how big of a deal it was for five-star receiver Nate Craig to commit to Auburn on Monday night . . .
If Marshall misses any time, Malzahn is at ease with Jeremy Johnson's ability to run the Tigers' offense . . .
"He'll have a price to pay . . .
"I tell you what, he's tough to replace . . .
Five-star receiver Nate Craig, a rising junior from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic that's listed at 6-foot-3, announced his desire to commit to Auburn late Monday evening from his personal Twitter account . . .
The backups gained valuable game experience and Garner sees it as a huge plus compared to where the youngsters were this time a year ago . . .
It's just one more reason the Iron Bowl will be the de facto SEC Championship Game again . . .
The loss to Florida State is the one that keeps popping back into his head, and he's said that the rest of his team, both coaches and players, feel the same way . . .
"Auburn is at the top right now . . .
Malzahn called Marshall the face of the program at SEC Media Days, and reiterated Monday on ESPN the Tigers have options behind Marshall . . .
In the video, players can be seen doing a wide range of training exercises, including change-of-direction drills and running in a sand pit, a wide variety of strength and explosion exercises and plyometrics, along with a lot of lower-body work designed to improve explosiveness . . .
Coach Gus Malzahn talks about the state of Auburn football and the new College Football Playoff . . .
It sure seems like Arkansas is putting a lot of emphasis on being ready to give Auburn a strong test on August 30th in what will be the season opener for both teams . . .
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The emergence of several more reliable receiving options could allow the Tigers' coaches to expand the playbook and introduce some different trick plays or unique formations that Malzahn has been known to pull out of his visor in the past but didn't much last season . . .
Johnson and Marshall are both capable runners, but their strengths are not necessarily the same, and that could affect Malzahn's play calls . . .
Tight end C.J. Uzomah believes the playbook would remain "as wide open as it's been" if Johnson were to start in place of Marshall . . .
Uzomah focused on all the good times the two shared, even before they were teammates . . .
Although the Auburn University drug policy doesn't necessitate any loss of playing time for a first-time drug offense, Malzahn has taken away playing time for violations in the past . . .
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been named to yet another preseason watch list, this time he is one of 50 "players to watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award . . .
Both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are using those plays — that heartbreak — as fuel for this season . . .
Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt said defending Auburn is as much a matter of concentration and focus as scheme . . .
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