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10.04.2007

News of the day, 10/4

Hey everyone. Not much going on. Ever since the "Worst-Kept Secret In The World" debacle from a three weeks ago (Kodi Burns replacing Brandon Cox), game-week information seeps out much more slowly.

DE Antonio Coleman was saying that he believes Quentin Groves will be back for the Arkansas game next week. The follow-up scan on Groves' dislocated toes confirmed that he suffered no structural damage. Those toes will be sore for a while. It'll be a matter of when the pain subsides enough for Groves to feel somewhat comfortable on the field. He was on the practice field Wednesday working one-on-one with a trainer. At least he's out there.

It sounds like LB Merrill Johnson is getting pretty close. He has missed a month after suffering a shoulder injury against Kansas State. DC Will Muschamp said he's particularly careful with shoulders because they are so susceptible to re-injury. My guess is that Johnson returns against Arkansas.

Thanks for surfing in to see the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

Small recruiting note: Auburn commitment Reggie Hunt, a tailback at Daphne High, will be on ESPN2 tonight. Daphne and Foley are playing on national television beginning at 8 CDT. Also of note is Foley WR Julio Jones. The Tigers want him badly. So does everyone else.

Wes Byrum’s 43-yard field goal on the final play of Auburn’s 20-17 upset victory at Florida last weekend has earned Auburn the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" Award. The announcement was made on ESPN Thursday night. Auburn won the award with 62 percent of the votes cast.

The game was tied when Byrum was called upon to attempt the winning field goal with three seconds left. His first kick was nullified by a quick timeout call by UF coach Urban Meyer. Byrum calmly knocked through a second attempt to win the game.

Auburn will receive a $5,000 contribution from Pontiac toward the school's general scholarship fund. The Tigers now are eligible for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year" Award, which carries an additional $100,000.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Nate said...

Are you man enough to put up a percentage on how likely it would be for the Tigers to get Julio Jones?

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

Any observations on King Dunlap this week? I've heard he's practicing very hard. I know he's a heck of an athlete -- I still remember him getting downfield on a screen play two years ago and running as fast as the running back.

Clint

6:03 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nate: I say Auburn has a 20% chance on Jones. I think UF and Alabama are ahead, based on second-hand information I have received.

Clint: Yes, King Dunlap apparently has been busting his butt this week. He's trying to get back in this thing. I'm not sure he can actually crack the starting lineup without an injury either to Pugh or Jason Bosley, which would move Pugh to center. Hugh Nall still likes Dunlap a lot. We were just talking about that a few days ago.

7:56 PM  
Blogger AUQno4 said...

Hey Jay, after we played Florida, my friends and I felt like we may have played the toughest schedule in the country after we found out Kansas State won. The first part of the season, people were saying USC had the toughest. What do you think?
I saw your comments on King Dunlap and I have an opinion. My friends have never felt like Dunlap was a consistent player. He often takes some plays off(sorry, Clint). I think the freshmen have shown more intensity then he does.
One more thing since this is my first blog.... what's up with the the national media downplaying our win against Florida? Lou Holtz attributed the loss to Florida's mistakes on offense. I thought we just played excellent defense.

11:09 AM  
Blogger AUBURN FOOTBALL STUFF said...

Jay.. I put a couple good videos on my blog... check them out. I am still on this win and it is soooo fun wearing my Auburn Shirts down here in Daytona.

http://AuburnFootballStuff.blogspot.com as you know.

As soon as I figure out how to make videos for You Tube I have a couple I need to make.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm behind today. Sorry about that. I'll answer this stuff in today's (Friday) blog.

4:24 PM  

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