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1.03.2009

Antonio Coleman makes his decision

Defensive end Antonio Coleman, who considered a jump to the NFL, has told a press-conference crowd at Williamson High that he will stay at Auburn for the 2009 season.

Coleman, who plays on the weak side, was a first-team All-SEC selection for his work last year. He finished the year with 46 tackles including 10 for loss. Coleman was credited with six sacks.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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111 Comments:

Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

1
who hopes he stays

3:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You got your wish.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I hope that's a good omen re: Chiz.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

and I hope it influences Terrance Coleman

3:10 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Smart man!! Terrance said that would go along way towards getting his signature.

3:11 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Hi JGT
Hi Mon- I'm STILL full of the crud

3:12 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Has Powers gotten over this "might declare for NFL" phase yet? He must've bumped his head.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I wonder if Sen'Derrick is wondering about things. He technically has until Jan. 15 to change his mind because ... his draft stock isn't exactly high right now.

And, honestly, Marks doesn't strike me as a combine guy.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm pretty sure Powers will be back.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Great news!

3:13 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Wow, I am surprised on this one. It really helps AU for next year, hope it does the same for AC. Count me in the hoping for Terrance Coleman also.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Marks didn't sound like he was going to change his mind, but I wish he would.

3:15 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

JGT, my guess is that SenD's decision is pretty firm

3:15 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Academically, it might be better for Marks to make his move to the NFL now.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey Tar - So sorry you're still feeling under the weather. :-(

3:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

OK, We need to hire the rest of the staff, Malzahn will be back in Auburn Wednesday and it's time to go get Boyd and Brown.

Dre Kirkpatrick didn't do a darn thing in that Army game.
Tana Patrick got smoked by Bryce Brown.
Most the guys who were supposed to shine weren't so shiny in the Army game.

Just sayin

3:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Grrreaat decision AC! I was still on muy Utah high, now more good news. Ute Ute.

3:24 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

BigCat, is Marks shaky as far as academics go? He has never struck me as someone who would struggle in the classroom.

3:24 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

High coaching salaries will make it that much harder for others to steal them.

Good news about Coleman.

Where's the DC? Very few schools left to play if we're waiting for someone to finish.

3:29 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Good News on AC!!!!
I talk to Williamson High Coach Bobby Parrish and i had the impression all along we would get Terrance.... He really never decommitted. Just looked around is all

3:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

T Coleman "recommits" to AU.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

TC says he's recommitted yet taking other visits.

Sounds as open-ended as it was three weeks ago.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Okay, now that is behind us. On to the next topic. Any more news on Troop Taylor or DC candidates?

3:46 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

but considers himself an auburn pledge and looking forward to playing along side his uncle...

so why is he still taking visits?

those visits must be something "special"

3:46 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

It was fun watching the shoving match when Moss kept pushing Fluker down when he would try to get up. Fluker talked about wanting to get heavier, but I'll bet Bama pushes his weight down. He needs to be more quick.

Boyd sure raised his stock. Tennessee let a good one get away.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I would have ZERO complaints about Fluker coming to Auburn right now. His high school coach said he could go straight to the NFL and others have agreed.

3:48 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Welcome back, AC!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

OK, I go to the grocery story and A.C. says he's coming back and T.C. expresses positive things towards Auburn.

I'll be back ... I'm heading back to Winn-Dixie.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Will said...

If he's good enough to go to the NFL right away, someone needs to look at that Moss kid as well. He was, as they say, giving Fluker "tha bidness" after that little shoving match. I loved it when he grabbed the back of his pads and just kept driving him into the ground.

3:51 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Monica, I didn't say he wasn't good. High school coaches gush about kids to attract attention. There is NO WAY Fluker is anywhere near NFL material yet.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

AU women win, 79-56.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

His high school coach isn't the only who said that, but we could use your expertise at auburn! Get over there and turn in your resume, fella!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Will - Donte Moss is from and allegedly going to North Carolina.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Karlos Dansby plays hammer to Michael Turner's nail.

3:56 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

C'mon, Monica, be real. An NFL lineman would dominate HS kids and Fluker didn't do that. He wasn't even MVP! NFL - not yet.

3:57 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Jay G.
I agree it's a game plus those visits are all paid for and free to the prospect, why not take them...

My brother was a budding star in the earlier 90's Div II All American and was in the Blue Gray Game, Senior Bowl and was invited to got to Hula Bowl and he didn't gon on the advice of his stupid Agent..... i told him it was a free trip to the Islands that he may never get to do again in his lifetime and that his Agent was only looking out for his own $....

That's why i would always tell recruits to take all 5 visits as they are free and it's good to see what others have to offer.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Iam glad AC is sticking around, I think his stock will be even better next season...plus it is a bonus for any DC and Dline coach we get

4:02 PM  
Blogger nolaman123 said...

Fluker got beat a good bit today. Lots of upside but he isn't close to the prospect Andre Smith was coming out.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I don't know I'd put my money on Fluker if he was playing against Detroit.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Also to bring up a topic from last night, ESPN is now saying that UM may let QB Robert Marve transfer to a SEC school, as long as its not Tenn or Fla

4:06 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Favre is an over the hill team chemistry killer ... I don't want him.

Oh, Marve.

Well, that might be different.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Did anyone else see Phillip Lutzenkirchen interview in the allstar game last night...he acted more confident with Auburn that other times I have heard him

4:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Why don't they want him going to TN?

4:10 PM  
Blogger nolaman123 said...

I think LSU is also on that list of schools he cannot transfer to. At least that's what I was reading earlier today.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

They think UT and Florida "tampered" with him.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I love to see Coach Smith get all fired up...you can tell he wishes he could put on a helmet and hit someone

4:11 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

He was was a Bama guy before he backed out to stay closer to home, I think he may try his luck with them or in Athens

4:12 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

From ESPN
Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve may transfer to a Southeastern Conference school with the Hurricanes' blessing after all.

That is, any SEC school except Tennessee, Florida or LSU.
Miami lifted some of the sanctions regarding Marve's transfer late Friday, four days after the Hurricanes' starting quarterback this past season said he was leaving for a new school.

Marve is still prohibited from transferring to schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference and within the state of Florida. But those three SEC schools remain off-limits, Miami officials said, because of the belief that discussions about Marve transferring to one of those institutions has been going on for some time.

Sorry its so long, I cannot hyperlink from my Blackberry

4:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

thanks for the info, Emmett

4:17 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Marve almost went to Alabama, so there is probably a chance he'd go there.

4:18 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

yes thanks Emmett!

Great Infomation

4:18 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Auburn-Tulane Game about to start at what 5pm?

4:19 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

RK:

He was committed to Shula...

He decommitted after Saban arrived.

He won't be at Bama, IMO.

4:20 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Nice tackle by Rod Hood of the Cardinals

4:21 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

Chizik's best recruit so far is Coleman. I would like to see Coleman play some linebacker this year. This will be a position he will need to learn since he will play there in the NFL. The last big Senior move for Will Herring played out pretty well.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

5 p.m. hoops, AUn

4:28 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

The dark cloud hanging over the Bammer Nations head is heading up I65, I can hear the Thunder

4:29 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i think marks needs to stay--unless he's decided that he's not into getting a degree. marve is an intriguing proposition. the arizona cardinal game was almost blacked out in phoenix because it didn't sell out very quickly. they have underperformed for decades now.

4:30 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

AUnMobilz, you seem to know a lot of info from the Mobile area. Have you heard any recent news on Ryan Williams? Nobody seems to be saying anything one way or the other on his status. Thanks.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I hate myself for loving you
I can't break free from the things that you do

4:34 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica's rockin' the tunes today.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Why is Miami being so weird about Marve?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I might be mistaken but didn't Coach Chiz turn Reggie Torbor from just DL to a DE/LB his Sr year for the Pro's...plus he was the one that took Karlos Dansby from DB to a LB/DE hybrid

4:36 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

Why would he quit taking visits, mon? Girls and money are handed out at some of those things.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Maybe they think he'll be a real player, so they want him to be like a bird and fly fah, fah away.

4:37 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Monica, Bama fans theme song for Nicky?

4:37 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

"the wind in the wires made a terrible sound, as the waves broke over the railings". the wreck of the uat.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I think Marves Dads comments had something to do with it

4:38 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

The Red Elephant Club member stuck his head in and said, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya!"

4:38 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jet - I'm being influenced by the NFL bumper music. :-)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

'Bout to storm in East Vaughngumpery.

4:39 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

brilliant, jet

4:39 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Thanks Jay, that is wonderful news. I am not sure why he made such a big deal out of it.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

The church bell rang till chimed 39 times for each count in the Preliminary Letter of Inquiry!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Zteve ... don't care ... he's staying ... that's what matters.

If Mrs. Jet wants to hold a press conference to announce she's staying another year ... I'm calling the media for her.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

I agree, Jay G. Its to the point that they are being vindictive to the young lad over past disagreements. Make me look down on their administration a little, not that they care what I think.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

The legend it comes from Russellville on down,

To the hellhole they call Tuscaloosa...

4:45 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I never thought Matt Ryan would be the QB he has become....I am a Saints guy....but I am happy the Falcons are doing so well...I like the Blank Family as Owners and this year is all a big up yours to Mike Vick, DeAngelo Hall and Bobby P.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jet, Wifey reports that she's down to 35 mph on the interstate north of Montgumpery because of precip.

She's a speeder, too, so that's really saying something.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

True. Ryan is the best rookie ever imho. Go Dirty Birds!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Emmett ... I'm a Chargers guy since the days of Lance Alworth ... but you gotta like this Falcons team ... Smith has a done a great job.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Jay G/Peter - I have read on ACC post that most of the coaching staff did not even back him in his appeal over his missed classes, which it turns out he was only late for...then when his Dad came out about his illness they give him a little transfer room, but not much

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

It looks dreadful out there ... worse where you wifey is. Red on the radar was headed toward East Vaughngumpery, then jumped west toward Prattvegas, Millyork, and parts north.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

RE the Marve matter

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/337/story/443096.html

4:51 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I don't blame Marks if he goes to the NFL as long as he goes in the first couple of rounds. If not, it can turn into a disaster. There have been players go pro and remain undrafted. Marks is an overachiever, so the NFL may wonder about him.

I think I will schedule a conference at my high school to announce I am not going to turn pro.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

If I'm L.T., I'm thinking Darrin Sproles out to be playing tonight.

Torn tendon in groin. Not good.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

I don't understand what the deal is over there. He apparently has an attitude problem, and I think the class thing was to teach him a lesson, but they still liked him enough to start him most of their games. The U is a bizarre place.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

hang up and drive

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

You gotta make that pass, Ryan.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica = Anti-Multi-Tasking

4:56 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Jet - I liked Smith...but when he and Antonio Bryant got into it I was standing up cheering...then the remark that he was giving him a "Recipe For Cookies" won me over.

4:57 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

depressed
I haven't heard anything but i will have to check into it next week n make some calls to check...

his H.S. Coach play college ball with my brother so i will check and get some information to share he next week.

It's rainig cats n dogs here in Mobile Direct TV is going in n out!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

by hang up, that's just talking, right, Mon? HABOTNing is allowed while driving, right?

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

MobileZ!!!!!

5:00 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

i guess i will watch AU- Tulane game then!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

Gorgeous sunset capping a nice spring-like 80 degree day in south Florida...


Live blog on the 5pm game?

5:01 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

hey guys on the Stream Brad Law said Kiki Carrier is Madear....

I spit up my Crown n Coke... that was funny as heal

5:02 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

mon = anti anything that puts mon/mon's loved ones in danger

5:03 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Jet!!!!

How's the wife Hilo n the other planes doing?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Coach Smith - Falcons Forever!!

5:05 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

ok i'm gonna watch the game and let go Tigers!!!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

later mobilz

5:05 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Later AUnMobilz - War Eagle

5:07 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

"the searches say they have made mobile bay if they'd put 15 points more behind her...."

'does anyone know where the love of God goes when you play the utes in new orleans?'

5:10 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll take Eric Dickerson as the best NFL rookie ever. Over 2200 total yards and 20 TD's.

Or Dan Marino who led the Dolphins to the Superbowl as a rookie.

Either way the class of 83 was amazing when you consider John Elway, Jim Kelly, Bruce Matthews, Darrell Green, Henry Ellard & Roger Craig all came from that draft.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

WarEagleRK-
But this Draft had Chris Johnson, who was the best rookie and maybe the best RB ever....just ask him....Just dont let him know about Joe Flacco's year...or that Matt Forte had better numbers with even less threat of a passing attack behind him....But I guess Forte had plenty of experience with that when he was Tulanes Offense last year

5:20 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

The love of God went away on a bicycle.

5:32 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i like bicycles.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Wow - just read AC's comments about his conv w/ Coach Chizik.

"I talked to coach Chizik again a couple of days ago and I believed every word out of his mouth. I want to be one of the guys that turns it back around at Auburn.


Let's do this in living room's as well Fo Chizzel.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

FYI - I think everyone is in the new post

6:39 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Good News on AC. I sure wish someone would talk to Sen'derrik. Phil Savage (Former GM of the Browns) says he should absolutely return for his senior year. I would think he knows even though he did get canned.

6:59 PM  

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