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A remarkable turnaround
Not too long ago it seemed like the sky was falling. Auburn was 1-2 and head coach Gus Malzahn’s seat was so hot he couldn’t sit down for a week. Then everything changed.
Well, some things changed.
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee started calling the plays, Carl Lawson began sacking people left and right and Auburn’s defense became the most dominant it has been since 2008.
There are numerous players and coaches to credit for this year’s turnaround, but a couple of them were honored on Monday.
First off, senior Montravius Adams was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Perhaps the best thing about Adams’ play this season isn’t that he’s a sack machine. It’s not even that he scored a big man touchdown against Mississippi State.
— SEC (@SEC) October 24, 2016
One of the coolest parts of Adams’ dominance this season is that he’s been a huge component of the changes on the Plains. He’s fulfilling dreams and checking off goals with every game. Here’s what Adams said to the media on Sunday night:
'It really means a lot to me.'
Montravius Adams happy people are recognizing Auburn's shutdown defense. Video pic.twitter.com/z3AJ50z2QF
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) October 24, 2016
Yet, after a game in which the offense annihilated the Razorbacks with production that rivaled the 2013 SEC Championship game, you can’t forget the offense, either.
Senior Alex Kozan played a huge role in Auburn’s ability to move the ball all over Jordan-Hare on Saturday, and as a result, he was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
— SEC (@SEC) October 24, 2016
Kozan has been a part of some pretty talented offensive lines in his time at Auburn. He was a redshirt freshman in 2013 when Auburn throttled Missouri on its way to the BCS National title game. Still, he was impressed and proud of the team’s complete game on Saturday.
'It definitely speaks to our team and coaches,' says Auburn's Alex Kozan after dominating 56-3 win over Arkansas. Video pic.twitter.com/Aoo7duLHP9
— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) October 23, 2016
Please don’t stop the highlights
You’ve seen the numbers and read the stories. You’ve watched the recaps and probably a replay of the game. But that’s no reason to stop. Here are a few more images from the Tigers’ big win weekend:
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 24, 2016
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 24, 2016
Quite the coaching staff
Being a coach — whether you’re coaching your child’s Little League team or standing on the sidelines in the SEC — is hard work. Your days are filled with long hours, endless examinations of game film and time away from family and loved ones. Your job is to be tough on players and make even harder decisions.
That’s all true for this year’s staff, yet somehow the group has found a way to have a lot of fun along the way.
Whether it’s in media interviews or celebrating big plays on the sideline, this Auburn coaching staff seems like a group any football player would enjoy playing for (the winning helps, of course).
This year’s team has been vocally appreciative about their coaching staff since the beginning of the season. Even with the rough start Auburn experienced, Tigers had plenty of good things to say about their coaches.
Need more evidence?
— Laura Ghostman ? (@GOODasGOLDman) October 24, 2016
- Gridiron Now’s Zac Blackerby says Auburn is the best team that no one is talking about.
- Auburn writer Jeff Shearer writes about former football player Bill Jordan’s first homecoming to the Plains in 50 years.
- Staff writer Greg Ostendorf details Auburn’s turnaround from a 1-2 team to an SEC contender for ESPN. Malzahn also shared some insight into how the Tigers used the bye week to their advantage.
- Fly War Eagle’s Dutch Dixon explains how head coach Gus Malzahn may have saved the Tigers’ season and his job.
- The Clarion Ledger’s Antonio Morales says Ole Miss has to find its fastball against Auburn.
- College and Magnolia’s Dr.ZeyesonAU recalls how Auburn turned the Arkansas Razorbacks into pulled pork.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn softball star Kasey Cooper received some good news on Monday. The senior third baseman’s made the Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball’s initial list of invitees for the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Selection Camp.
The camp will take place over five days in January 2017 in Clearwater, Fla.
Congrats to Kasey Cooper for being invited to the @USASoftball National Team Selection Camp! ??
— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) October 24, 2016
Cooper, the first player to wear a U.S. uniform in Auburn history, could return to the U.S. roster that won the 2016 World Championship (for the first time in six years) and a silver medal at the World Cup of Softball.
As if she couldn’t find enough ways to be awesome, Cooper was recognized as the espnW Player of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year. She was also the 2016 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the year — because really, why not be good at everything?
If Montravius Adams and Alex Kozan start a club for SEC players of the week, they’ll have to extend an invitation to Auburn volleyball’s Alexa Filley.
The junior was named SEC Setter of the Week on Monday.
The Tigers have currently won five straight matches, including two road victories, with the help of Filley.
Against Ole Miss, Filley recorded the second triple-double of her career, totaling 10 kills, 45 assists and 18 digs. She’s also the only athlete in the conference to record a triple-double this year.
At Arkansas, the Louisville, Ky., native finished the day with 42 assists and 19 digs as the Tigers defeated Arkansas. This season, Filley has 13 double-doubles and is averaging 9.78 assists per set.
Auburn (13-10, 7-3) has a bye week before heading to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Volunteers.
— Auburn Volleyball (@AuburnVB) October 24, 2016
If you can’t make it to Game 1 of the World Series tonight, you can still catch some great baseball. Here’s Auburn baseball’s schedule for the week.
— Auburn Baseball (@Auburn_Baseball) October 24, 2016