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SEC Media Days Breakdown: Auburn Tigers


Coach speak: As expected, Gus Malzahn played his cards close to the vest.  His posturing means that he has a playoff contender.

Team strengths: Just like all other Gus Malzahn led offenses, this year’s Auburn team will score lots of points. Offensive skill positions are the team’s obvious strength. On defense, its front seven is formidable with elite linebackers.

Weaknesses: Auburn’s 2014 defense was putrid. Exit Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson enter former Bull Gator Will Muschamp. Last season, the Tigers surrendered 30 plus points in five separate SEC contests. On the Plains, that’s historically bad. This year, its front seven will be good, but the back four is questionable.  This will make the defense susceptible vs. the pass. On offense, replacing long-time starting center Reece Dismukes will be a challenge.

Offense personnel to watch: QB Jeremy Johnson, WR D’haquille Williams, RB Javon Robinson, and OT Avery Young

Defense: OLB Carl Larson, LB Kris Frost, LB Cassanova McKinzey, and DT Montravious Adams

How UK can lose: Big play Auburn scores can doom the Cats. Duke Williams has the ability to expose UK’s smaller cornerbacks.  Williams is a big, physical receiver which recently has been Kentucky’s Achilles Heel. From the spread, the Tigers are a uniquely physical run team. Yet another Wildcat liability. If the Tigers have a 100 yard rusher, game over. 

How UK can win: Play a squeaky clean game with no turnovers or pointless personal fouls.  Most likely the UK’s offense will be called on to match touchdowns. I see this as a track meet.  First team that folds serve will lose. Kentucky will need to score early and often to push the decision deep into the fourth quarter.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

4 Comments for SEC Media Days Breakdown: Auburn Tigers

  1. Martin
    2:34 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Your Football contributions are great and are the most informative pieces written anywhere. Keep it up!

  2. Tomas
    2:52 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    I would like to think that the atmosphere of a Thursday night game will keep this one close, but I am not sure it will. And that is not me being down on the year, I just think Auburn is that good.

  3. JC3
    2:54 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    I agree. I realy, really like that KSR has taken a bigger interest in UK football. Freddy is a great addition to KSR and does a wonderful job explaining it. Thanks Matt and thanks Freddy!

  4. katmandue2you
    7:03 pm July 13, 2015 Permalink

    Freddy I do really enjoy your football analysis and the fact that KSR is at least half-heartedly trying to emphasize football. As my buddy from west ky says…”a football team has 22 players plus special teamers and basketball has just 5 but we have to be told about every time WCS goes to take a crap in lieu of what could be good football stories”….and he’s totally right at least figuratively if not literally. By the way Freddie….its’ “hold serve” not “fold serve”. But I read comparable mistakes by all the other writers, Matt included, regularly. By and large , its good for “all intensive purposes” (lol…I know I know…jk!!)