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The Auburn football team huddles up before a spring practice in the Auburn Athletics Complex.

Auburn football: The man behind the scenes; positive vibes from top 2019 prospects

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss Auburn’s strength and conditioning coach and a few important players in the Class of 2019. 

The man behind the curtain 

The next time you see your Tigers they might look a little different.

In fact, tuned-in Auburn fans may have already noticed a few changes when coach Gus Malzahn’s team scrimmaged on A-Day. Players are taking full advantage of this offseason, putting on the right kind of muscle that will help them survive the SEC this fall.

Auburn writer Jeff Shearer wrote about the man who makes it all happen — and someone you probably rarely see.

That would be strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell. Auburn players couldn’t keep Russell’s name out of their mouths through the spring and that was just the beginning.

Outside of player-led practices, most of the focus is on getting bigger and stronger. Fans might not realize the work that’s been done when Auburn players put on their pads for fall camp in August. Still, it’ll be noticeable (pretty quickly) in the way they play.

Looking way ahead 

Auburn’s coaching staff typically eyes their top prospects years in advance, so it’s not surprising in the least that the Tigers have 2019 on their mind.

The reciprocation, however, isn’t always there. Yet, when it comes to three of the highest-priority prospects on the list, Malzahn and his fellow coaches received good news.

Dominick Blaylock, a 5-star WR according to 247Sports composite rankings, is deciding between Auburn, Georgia and Clemson.

Jammie Robinson — the defensive back also is a Crisp County Cougar; think Montravius Adams and Markaviest Bryant — told SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk that he’s “definitely looking forward to” a return trip to the Plains.

And last, but certainly not least, is Austin Stogner. He’s a 4-star tight end prospect from Plano, Texas, who told Wolk he will “for sure” be back on campus before he makes his final decision in January of 2018.


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