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9.08.2008

Stuff to Discuss, 9/8

Hey everyone. Auburn is off today, meaning the HABOTN flows from Montgomery today. It's just me and you and the (laptop) makes three tonight. (Swingers, anyone?)

So as I mentioned earlier, the media has protracted interviews with players and coaches on Sunday afternoons. Plenty was discussed. Honestly, the best snippets are included in last night's and today's videos.

I really like Tim Hawthorne. He doesn't meander with his answers. No secrecy with him.

  • Jason Bosley, now playing tackle apparently on a full-time basis, said he earned a 94% grade from the USM game. That's incredible given that Bosley learned about the position switch on Thursday. He had been playing center. That's Ryan Pugh's job now.

  • Asked if that move is permanent, Bosley said: "I think so."

  • He said the most difficult adjustment is handling a defensive end's speed.

    ``With guys inside you are on them quicker," he said. ``They're bigger and a little slower. When you are at tackle, they are so quick off the edge you have to have really good technique not to give up a sack. You are on an island all by yourself."

  • Some of you may have seen MLB Josh Bynes actually moving teammates around prior to snaps during the USM game. You know why they were out of position? Bynes made the wrong original call. Still, you saw him correcting things before the snap. No harm done.

  • Many of you have asked about how it seems like Bynes actually plays more snaps than the guy ahead of him, Tray Blackmon. That is a correct statement, though defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads doesn't think it means anything.

    ``I think people are trying to make something out of that and there’s really nothing there," Rhoads said. ``Tray’s playing well. Josh is playing well. I don’t think I’ve backed off the fact that we like to play a lot of people. People deserve to play and they’re not hurting our football team, we’re going to play them."

  • TE Tommy Trott said he was making "dummy calls" to Bosley -- working at a completely new position -- during the USM game. The gag worked. Bosley kept asking Trott to clarify himself to no avail.

  • The Sept. 20 LSU-Auburn football game will be televised by ESPN. It will begin at 6:45 p.m. Your other televised SEC games are as follows:
    • Alabama vs. Arkansas – 11:30 a.m. on Raycom
    • Florida vs. Tennessee – 2:30 p.m. on CBS
    • Georgia vs. Arizona State – 7:15 p.m. on ABC


Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

13 Comments:

Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

u saying Trott was trying to give Bosley a hard time for fun, or was he trying to confuse the D and JB didn't get it?

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Trott was messin' with Bos for fun.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Hawthorne need the ball. Plain and simple. He's big, he's strong, and he's a good athlete. You want him in 1 on 1.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm not really sold on him yet as a receiver. Have you ever seen him do something remarkable out there?

5:20 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

JGT why don't you like the 6:45 start?

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

No. But he's not gotten the ball in space yet. He's really strong and does have great hands. I just want to see him get a few thrown his way. He's a physical guy.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Deadline is 11:15. Games run long at times and that really curtails what I can write about.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous jhag said...

i see i see...i will be heartbroken if gameday is in tempe or something instead of AU on the 20th

7:02 PM  
Anonymous cotton said...

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, jhag. Gameday sure as heck ain't coming if Auburn drops one to Miss. State.

8:57 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i'm a bit intrigued by this trott/bosley deal. was he making dummy calls at the line of scrimmage or on the sidelines? that's awfully ballsy if they're on the field.

8:18 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

you answered my question in today's article, thanks. One thing he (Bosley) may change, though, is how often he listens to "Y" inside receiver Tommy Trott. During the USM game, Trott said he made intentionally confusing blocking calls in an effort to lighten the mood.

8:41 AM  
Blogger AUnMobile said...

Jay,
have you heard the news about U of A contacting Atchinson after the Clemson game. they are pressing him hard for a campus visit.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous jhag said...

sorry cotton

12:59 PM  

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