Auburn report, 8/30
Here's a quick list of Al Borges' games against WSU head coach Bill Doba, who was the Cougars' DC from 1989-01. Borges, of course, was a Pac-10 guy at three schools from 1995-2001.
1995 Oregon def. WSU, 26-7.
1996 UCLA def. WSU, 38-14.
1997 WSU def. UCLA, 37-34.
1998 UCLA def. WSU, 49-17.
1999 Teams didn't play
2000 Teams didn't play
2001 WSU def. Cal, 51-20.
So Borges went 3-2 in five games, averaging 33 points per. Not too shabby.
On with the list:
- DT Sen'Derrick Marks has been promoted to the first-team defense. I think he's going to be a top-tier player before his college career ends. He has the right attitude, he's still fast after adding 30 pounds and my instincts tell me Marks will be a durable player. Still, I think Marks and sophomore Pat Sims will play a nearly equal number of snaps for now.
- Reports from Al Borges say TE Tommy Trott is playing better now. I'm still not sure Trott is totally out of the doghouse yet, but Borges said Trott will play around 20 snaps against WSU. That's more than I would have predicted two weeks ago.
- Better keep an eye on that offensive line. The first-team guys are good, no doubt, but there is precious little depth behind them. Leon Hart provides a decent option at guard and tackle, but I don't think freshman Mike Berry (the guy behind Hart) is ready to make a substantive contribution.
- "W" (slot) receiver Robert Dunn is underrated. He's tough and he's quite fast. I expect casual Auburn fans who don't know about Dunn right now will know him well within the next month.
- Washington State will be staying in Prattville on Friday night, staying at the Marriott. Flying into Dannelly Field. Just in case you were wondering.