News of the day, 10/15
Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates yesterday. I finished my daily stories for Monday's editions, sat down to watch the last few minutes of the Cowboys-Patriots game ... and that's the last thing I remember from Sunday. I conked out big time.
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I saw this earlier today, a clip of Will Muschamp yelling during the Arkansas game, and thought I'd include it here. I'm writing a note about Muschamp's reaction for Tuesday's edition. NOTE: The clip includes foul language.
Tuberville said on Sunday that LT Ryan Pugh didn't suffer a serious injury at Arkansas. He has a very bruised shin. That's all. Knowing Pugh, he'll find a way to play this weekend in Baton Rouge. I'll say, though, that King Dunlap played at least OK in Pugh's absence during the third and fourth quarters at Arkansas.
I didn't know how LB Tray Blackmon's return would affect things on the defense. Now I do: It helps. DC Will Muschamp slid Chris Evans from the middle to the weak side to make room for Blackmon. Coaches seemed pretty stoked about how Craig Stevens played on the strong side. This is a nice set-up here. I don't think Evans has the size to play on the strong side, so it'll be interesting to see what happens when Merrill Johnson returns.
It's strange to say, but Auburn's defense hasn't dropped off at all since DE Quentin Groves went down with the toe problem at Florida. Antonio Coleman now is a de facto starter and he'll doing some nice work. Antoine Carter (17 years old) now is the No. 3 guy, and he hasn't been a problem at all. His speed makes up for a lot of small mistakes. This defense is pretty gross overall right now. Arkansas had almost nothing going for 95% of that game.
Looks like Auburn has a second competent option at wideout now. Montez Billings has played well in three consecutive games. He's bascially another Rod Smith. I wouldn't consider either guy "fast," but they catch the ball. That's what Auburn needs more than anything. Rob Dunn had a pretty awful night overall at Arkansas, but that 30-yard catch in the fourth quarter was a game-saver ... for him and the team. I've seen Cox and Dunn run that pattern so many times. Do you remember that night in August, I wrote about this over and over, when the wideouts and quarterbacks had to spend an hour after practice just throwing routes? That "shoot" route was one of 'em. In fact, that was the route that yielded the most dropped passes.