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The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball and National Signing Day

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Dan Peck are joined by Jason Caldwell and Coach Sonny Smith to discuss Auburn Basketball and what’s happening around the SEC.

The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball and National Signing Day

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: The guys discuss National Signing Day’s early signing period
20:00- minute mark: Bill, Dan and Jason Caldwell discuss Auburn baseball
40:00- minute mark: Sonny Smith calls in to discuss Auburn Basketball

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The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball Further Separates Themselves from SEC

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Chuck Furlow are joined by Coach Pat Dye to discuss Auburn Basketball and what’s happening around the SEC.

The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball Further Separates Themselves from SEC

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show: The guys discuss Auburn’s road victory over Ole Miss
70:00- minute mark: Bill, Chuck, and Coach Dye joins to discuss Auburn Basketball
End of the show: The guys discuss LSU’s suspended players for tonight’s match-up against Tennessee

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The Drive Podcast: Auburn Basketball has arrived!

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Welcome to The Drive Podcast. On today’s show, Bill Cameron and Dan Peck are joined by Bryan Matthews to discuss Auburn’s dominant week against LSU and more SEC news!

The Drive Podcast:Auburn Basketball has arrived!

Use the following time marks to navigate the podcast:

Start of show:The guys discuss Auburn’s dominant home win over LSU
45:00 – minute mark: Bill, Dan and Bryan previews NSD
End of the show: The guys discuss Auburn football’s new special teams analyst

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BEFORE THE GAME: SEC CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

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November was quite a month for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, and he capped it off by knocking out the reigning, defending, heavyweight champion of the SEC.

I watched Saturday’s Iron Bowl with Auburn fans, hanging on every play. Watching your team play against Alabama is like driving in a car that you’re certain is about to break down; it’s difficult to get comfortable, let alone confident, because every snap of the ball could bring the disastrous play that changes the game.

As Auburn built its lead, though, people slowly realized what they were seeing. Auburn wasn’t just winning on the scoreboard; it was outplaying Alabama at its own game. Alabama couldn’t run the ball, Alabama couldn’t get stops on third down that would allow its defense to leave the field, and Alabama couldn’t convert when it faced third down on offense. Once Auburn had regained the ball with a twelve-point lead in the fourth quarter, Alabama’s goose was cooked. There would be no miraculous rally, there would be no historic collapse. 26-14.

Now, as Malzahn and the #2 Tigers head to Atlanta, the stakes only get bigger. A win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game will send them to the College Football Playoff for the first time in team history. A team that seemed dead and buried after a loss to LSU on October 14 is now just as alive as anyone else, and a coach who had seen his tenure become unsustainably turbulent weathered the storm with expert precision.

When Alabama had the ball, Auburn’s defensive line was consistently disruptive. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is deadly when he’s able to utilize his legs to buy himself additional time to find receivers, but Auburn’s ferocious pass rush was able to pressure him throughout the game. When Hurts was able to get rid of the ball, he rarely found open receivers. Alabama is typically able to impose its will to the degree that third downs are manageable, but it simply couldn’t keep drives alive.

When Auburn had the ball, it did an excellent job of keeping the Alabama defense off-balance by mixing up its passes and runs. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham ran the ball, running back Kerryon Johnson threw the ball, receiver Ryan Davis caught everything thrown his way, and the Auburn offensive line provided enough push to allow plays to develop to their fullest potential. Stidham’s passes gave his receivers an opportunity to gain yardage after the catch. After a fumble ended a red-zone possession in the first quarter, the Auburn offense made practically no mistakes.

It completes a remarkable turnaround; Malzahn teams were so prone to surrendering big leads and so frequently beaten by highly ranked opponents that Auburn fans were despondent after the team blew a 20-0 lead in Baton Rouge. Sure, Malzahn could recapture the confidence of his fanbase by rallying the team and defeating Georgia and Alabama for the first time since 2013, but how likely did that seem.

Seven weeks later, here they are. In Atlanta. One win away from a spot in the playoff.

WHAT TO WATCH:

–          Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson injured his ribs in the second half against Alabama, and his availability for Saturday is in question. How ready will he be? If not, will Kam Martin or Devan Barrett receive additional playing time?

–          Georgia’s offensive line was beaten soundly in the first meeting between these two teams, and quarterback Jake Fromm took a pounding. Have they been able to figure out a better way to attack Auburn’s defense in the last few weeks? Is there a better way?

–          Auburn has leaned on kicker Daniel Carlson all season, and his ability to help convert drives into points has proven invaluable. If Saturday’s game is closer than the first, and it all boils down to a Carlson attempt, Auburn should feel good about its chances.

PECK’S PICKS (LAST WEEK 1-4, YTD 40-33)

–          STANFORD +3.5 VS USC: The USC defense is still suspicious against the run, and Stanford’s offense has come around in the last few weeks. PECK’S PICK: STANFORD +3.5

–          OHIO STATE -6 VS WISCONSIN: The Buckeyes have pulled themselves off the mat after getting blown out by Iowa and look to clinch a playoff spot by overwhelming the Badgers. PECK’S PICK: OHIO STATE -6

–          TCU +7 VS OKLAHOMA: The Sooners look to take the nation’s best offense into the playoff and burst Alabama’s bubble in the process. PECK’S PICK: OKLAHOMA -7

–          NORTH TEXAS +11 VS FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Lane Kiffin took a moribund program and turned them into a force to be reckoned with. PECK’S PICK: FAU -11

–          GEORGIA +2 VS AUBURN: Georgia will be ready to compete, but Auburn is just too good for them at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. PECK’S PICK: AUBURN -2

Enjoy the games!

Dan Peck
Co-Host, THE DRIVE (4-6PM, ESPN 106.7 FM, ESPNAU.com)
Host, AFTER THE GAME (Immediately following Auburn University football games, Wings 94.3 FM, WingsFM.com)
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The SEC Report Players of the Week 10/2/17: Week 5

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Another week of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at The SEC Report’s Players of the Week.

Noah Gardner:

Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, 66-3 W vs. Ole Miss

12-19 197 YDS 2 TD, 10 CAR 101 YDS 10.1 YPC 1 TD

After his performance Saturday night, Jalen Hurts has people mentioning him in the Heisman race once again. With three total touchdowns and 298 all-purpose yards, Hurts showed why he is the most dynamic QB in the league.

 

Otaro Alaka, LB, Texas A&M, 24-17 W vs. South Carolina

9 TKL, 7 SOLO, 2.0 SKS, 5 TFL

Otaro Alaka roamed the field with a purpose against South Carolina. The statistic that stands out to me is the five tackles for loss that contributed to the Aggies’ defense holding the Gamecocks to only 17 points. His ability to create negative plays transformed this Texas A&M defense from one that struggled against Arkansas to one that was the difference in a tight game against South Carolina.

 

 

JJ Jackson:

Lamical Perine, RB, Florida, 38-24 W vs. Vanderbilt

15 CAR 58 YDS 3.9 AVG 3 TD, 1 REC 17 YDS

Lamical Perine carried the ball 15 times and picked up 58 yards on the ground. While those numbers might not be that significant, Perine scored three touchdowns. Florida’s running game hasn’t been that great so far this season, but Perine changes that Saturday in the Gators 38-24 win over Vanderbilt.

 

J.R. Reed, LB, Georgia, 41-0 W at Tennessee

3 TKL, 2 SOLO, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FR

J.R. Reed had three tackles, including one for loss in the Bulldogs 41-0 win over Tennessee. Reed also contributed to the dismantling of the Volunteers by recording an interception and recovering a fumble.

 

 

Painter Sharpless:

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia, 41-0 W at Tennessee

7-15 84 YDS 1 TD 1 INT, 7 CAR 20 YDS 2.9 YPC 2 TD

Jake Fromm’s passing statistics don’t jump off the page, but he led the Bulldogs to a 41-0 rout over Tennessee. With one passing touchdown and two on the ground, Fromm has aided Georgia in a surprising albeit successful transition as Jacob Eason’s backup to now front man of a surging Georgia squad.

 

Tray Matthews, DB, Auburn, 49-10 W vs. Mississippi State

3 TKL, 1 SOLO, 1 INT

Tray Matthews recorded an interception and three tackles in Auburn’s dominant performance against Mississippi State. His experience and vocal presence has helped lead Auburn’s defense this season as one of three teams to allow 14 points or less per game.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 18 Kodi Burns

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18 days until Auburn football kicks off the 2017 season.

Today we recognize a notable number 18; Kodi Burns.

Burns played quarterback and wide receiver for Auburn from 2007 until 2010. Burns started seven games at quarterback during the 2008 season. Burns was a wide receiver for Auburn’s 2010 SEC Champion and National Champion team. Burns caught a 35 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton in the 2010 National Championship game against Oregon.

In February of 2016, Burns was named wide receivers coach for Auburn and again work under head coach Gus Malzahn.

War Eagle Kodi!

Kodi Burns

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 33 Will Hastings

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Only 33 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 33; Will Hastings.

The Little Rock, Arkansas native went to Pulaski Academy before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2015.

Hastings tallied 2,040 receiving yards in his high school senior season, becoming just the second receiver in state history to gain 2,000 yards in a season.

Hastings appeared in two games in 2015 and had one kickoff against LSU. The kicker-turned-wide receiver appeared in 11 games in 2016. The first touchdown of his career came on a 29-yard catch against Arkansas State. Six of 11 catches in 2016 gained first downs.

2017 will be the junior season for Will Hastings.

War Eagle Will!