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AU Recruit Says Offense Will Be More “Pro Style”

Rumors have been swirling since Gus Malzahn announced he was leaving that Auburn might go from its current spread offense to a pro-style offense under its next coordinator.  Gene Chizik hasn’t hired a new O-coordinator yet an he’s not been interested in telling fans or media what his plans entail.

But he is giving Tiger recruits a hint of what’s to come.   According to wide receiver prospect Jaquay Williams:

“He said it’s going to be a little bit of the same.  Four receivers.  Three receivers.  It’ll be more a little pro-style.  It’s going to be good.”

According to Charles Goldberg of, Williams also said that he “got the feeling” that Auburn’s new coordinator will be announced “later in the week.”

Now, this is the word of a teenager so who knows if he correctly interpreted what Chizik was telling him.  That said, at least it’s a clue for info-starved Auburn fans.

Those close to the Tiger program believe Chizik would like to create more of a pro-style offense.  Problem is… he’s got a roster filled with players recruited to play in Malzahn’s hurry-up, spread system.  It makes sense, then, that he might try to marry the two concepts in 2012.

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Barbee Finally Signs Contract At Auburn

It took a while — 22 months to be exact — but Auburn coach Tony Barbee has finally signed his contract on the Plains.  The Opelika-Auburn News reports that the second-year coach actually inked the agreement back on December 7th.  It is a seven-year pact dating back to Barbee’s start date of March, 2010. 

The coach says he’s glad to have the issue put to bed:

“I’m glad it’s signed.  The contract was a bigger deal for everybody else but Auburn and me.  I was very comfortable with the letter of agreement we were working under.  It’s part of negotiations.  Things don’t always go as quickly as you want them to go.  It’s just part of it. 

Auburn had committed to me.  I had committed to them.”

Barbee’s contract — worth $1.5 million per year — includes a chapter on compliance that is identical to the wording in Gene Chizik’s contract. 

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Auburn Visits Receiver Patterson

Auburn is continuing to pursue junior college wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

The five-star prospect received a visit on Wednesday from Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

“It was a pretty good visit,” Patterson told “We talked about a lot of the same things we’ve been talking about, really. It was just good to  see the coaches again and have them come to my home. I feel better about Auburn now that Coach Chizik and Trooper came to see me. I really like the fanbase there, too.”

Patterson, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect by 247Sports, has already taken official visits to Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.

Patterson plans to take two more visits and is considering Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor and Oklahoma. He told 247Sports he has scheduled official visits to Ole Miss and Baylor on Jan. 13.

“I got two visits set up for the same day and I don’t know which on I’m going to take yet,” Patterson said.

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Report: AU’s Dyer Filing Paperwork To Enroll At Arkansas State

You can throw another log on the Mike-Dyer’s-leaving-Auburn-fire this afternoon.  According to the website, the suspended Tiger running back filed paperwork this afternoon to enroll at Arkansas State.

Two ASU players tweeted and Facebook’d “welcome” messages to Dyer a week ago, but Auburn coach Gene Chizik said at the time that there had been no change in Dyer’s status — he was still indefinitely suspended from the AU squad.  Still, Dyer was noticeably absent from Auburn’s bowl media guide and from a postseason highlight reel that was shown in the Georgia Dome during the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Dyer’s former offensive coordinator at Auburn — Gus Malzahn — has just taken the reins as Arkansas State’s head coach.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE — Matt Harris of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has now tweeted a follow-up to the above report/rumor from  “Hearing from a source close to Dyer the #AState transfer paperwork rumor is bunk.  Family wants to meet with Chizik at Auburn.”

And that’s why used the “rumors” icon in connection with this one.  When it comes to Dyer, we want to hear an official word from Chizik or Malzahn before we believe he’s moving from one school to the other.

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Chizik, Malzahn Making Final Plans For Bowl Game

Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia will feature Gus Malzahn’s departure from Auburn and Gene Chizik’s return to his defensive coordinator roots.  Both men are already making plans.

According to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, his offensive coordinator has big things in store for the Cavaliers.  “He’s going to throw the book at them,” he said of Malzahn’s gameplan.  Malzahn will take over as Arkansas State’s head coach after the bowl.

Chizik, meanwhile, is filling in for departed D-coordinator Ted Roof.  And he always coached from the pressbox as a coordinator in the past.  Any chance he coaches from on high Saturday?  Uh, no.

“Really and truly, my plan is to be on the sideline,” Chizik said.  “I’d give it 90-10.”

“That’s going to be the challenge for me, obviously.  Even when I was a defensive coordinator before all those years I never called a game before from on the field.  Obviously, I’m going to have to be involved in the total aspect of the game — third downs, fourth downs, ‘are we going to go for it?’  I feel like we’ve got a pretty good plan in place, but when everything starts flying fast out there, sometimes it gets pretty hairy out there.  But that’s going to be my plan right now.”

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LSU Fullback Copeland Says Auburn “Didn’t Want To Hit At All”

LSU fullback JC Copeland has fired a shot toward the Auburn football program that you can bet has fans of the Plainsmen riled up today.  The 280-pound bruiser remembers his Tigers 45-10 win over AU’s Tigers for the hits he didn’t have to dole out:

“The most memorable game I’ve had this year, I’ve got to say, was Auburn, because after the first couple of hits, everybody (on AU’s defense) was just backing up.  They didn’t want to hit at all. … Before I got to them, they just fell down and just laid on the ground.

I actually said, ‘C’mon man, you’re better than that.  C’mon, hit me.  That was like the only game I went home and had no nicks and bruises at all.”


Makes you wonder if Georgia’s Mark Richt was referring to Auburn’s D when he said pre-SEC title game: “I’ve seen people just start jumping out of the way of this guy, literally.”

One thing you can be sure of is this… you can bet that Gene Chizik will post Copeland’s comments all over Auburn’s football complex in the week running up to next year’s LSU game.

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AU Suspends RB Dyer For Bowl, Perhaps Beyond

Thousand-yard rusher Mike Dyer will miss Auburn’s Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia.  That much is definite.  Multiple sources have confirmed that news to The Birmingham News.

When he’ll return to the team?  That’s the indefinite part.

Gene Chizik has slapped an indefinite suspension on his offense’s biggest star due to the dreaded (and vague) violation of team rules.  The All-SEC back rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.  This after a 1,093-yard season in 2010.  He is one of just five Tiger backs to post consecutive 1000-yard seasons and the first to do it in his freshman and sophomore seasons. 

Auburn’s second-leading rusher on the season was Onterio McCalebb with 532 yards.  McCalebb serves as the lightning to Dyer’s thunder, however.  So expect true freshman Tre Mason to get Dyer’s share of the work in the bowl game.

For the season, Dyer accounted for 59% of Auburn’s rushing output and 31% of the team’s total offense. 

Oversimplified conclusion: This is an awfully big suspension for the Tigers.

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Chizik Says Youth To Blame For Auburn’s Woes

Before the season, we took a bit of a beating from Auburn fans for suggesting that the Tigers would have their fair share of troubles this year with so many young, inexperienced players having to fill the roles of departed veterans.

We haven’t been hearing much from Tiger fans the past few weeks.

That’s probably because in its last five games, Auburn has been hammered by Arkansas, LSU and Georgia by a combined score of 128-31.  Gene Chizik says he knows what the problem is — young, inexperienced players:

“Last year when things didn’t seemingly look like they were going very well, you had a lot of guys who had been through a lot of peaks and valleys during their careers.  You have experience with guys who have been in the valley — and they know how to get back up to the peak.  We need more leadership.”

With Samford and Alabama left to play, it’s likely the Tigers will finish 7-5 on the season and unranked.  So much for all the preseason talk of being disrespected by the media.  (And by this site.)

Starting a majority of freshmen and sophomores is a recipe for disaster in the SEC.  Regardless of the logo on the helmet or the titles won in prior seasons.

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Chizik: UM’s The Best 2-5 Team In The Country

Earlier this week we poked a little fun at MSU’s Dan Mullen for saying that Kentucky — if not for a few turnovers — would be a hot team right now.  When it comes to puffing up an opponent, that was a pretty good line because UK wouldn’t be considered “hot” right now if they were playing in the Arctic Circle.

But we’ve got a new King of Puff in the SEC and his name is Gene Chizik.  Chizik’s Auburn Tigers take on Ole Miss this Saturday and the coach called the Rebels “a very, very good football team.”

In fact, he actually said that Ole Miss is “the best 2-5 team in the country.”

How can these guys keep a straight face saying things like that?

“They’re probably a play here or a play there from winning five or six games.  I think the record is not an indicator of how good they are.”

In reality, UM did finish just one play away from beating BYU in its opener.  But they lost by 14 to Georgia, 23 to Vanderbilt and 45 to Alabama.  One or two plays probably wouldn’t have gotten the job done.

And while last week’s loss to Arkansas was close — 29-24 — the Hogs rolled off 29 consecutive points to zoom from behind.

Best 2-5 team in the country?  That should satisfy angry Rebel fans.

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Moseley Named AU Starting QB

With a road trip to #1 LSU coming up on Saturday, Auburn has a new starting quarterback.  Clint Moseley has gotten the nod after giving the Tigers a lift off the bench when he replaced Barrett Trotter against Florida this past weekend.

“We’ve been struggling offensively the last couple of weeks,” Gene Chizik said today.  “I don’t feel like that’s a secret.  We need a spark there.  I feel like in the second half of the Florida game, Clint came in and gave us somewhat of a spark when we needed it.  I think he’s earned the right for the opportunity to start.”

Chizik didn’t enjoy breaking the bad news to Trotter.  “This is the part of the business I don’t like.  You have to tell one guy one thing and another guy the other.”

In Auburn’s 17-6 win over Florida, Moseley was 4 of 7 for 90 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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