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  • Nick Marshall continues to show 'knack' for coming through in clutch

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 21, 2014

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) is pressured by Kansas State defensive back Randall Evans (15) as he throws a pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.

    AUBURN, Ala. — For some players, leading a drive to run out the clock and seal a single-digit road victory against a ranked opponent would be a career-changing moment. For Nick Marshall, it became just the latest entry in a 17-game career at Auburn filled with clutch plays.

    The drive that Marshall authored Thursday boiled down to one make-or-break play: On third-and-9 at their 37-yard line and only 2:06 remaining — and most importantly, clinging to a narrow 20-14 lead — the Tigers called timeout. Once Auburn retook the field, the decision had been made: Marshall would get to take to the air.

    And as has become commonplace with Marshall at the helm of the offense, that decision paid off, with the senior signal-caller hitting D'haquille Williams for a 39-yard gain to put the Wildcats away for good.


  • Auburn's Oct. 4 game versus LSU slated for 7 p.m. ET kickoff

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 22, 2014

    In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo, an Auburn cheerleader runs across the field with a flag after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against San Jose State in Auburn, Ala.

    AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn and LSU are set to tussle under the lights Oct. 4 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and air on ESPN, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. Auburn, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll, is coming off a 20-14 non-conference road victory against Kansas State last week. No. 17 LSU, on the other hand, fell to Mississippi State 34-29 at home last Saturday in its SEC opener.

    LSU leads the all-time series with Auburn 27-20-1 and has won the last three meetings. Auburn does have a winning record against the Bayou Bengals at Jordan-Hare Stadium, however, owning a 10-7 mark at home.


  • Ellis Johnson: Josh Holsey to remain at boundary safety with Jermaine Whitehead suspended

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 21, 2014

    Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) is tackled by Auburn defensive back Joshua Holsey (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    AUBURN, Ala.Ellis Johnson has no idea how long Jermaine Whitehead will be out. That, Auburn's defensive coordinator said following Sunday's practice, is something only coach Gus Malzahn could answer.

    The only details Malzahn has given thus far on the senior free safety's status with the team came after Thursday night's victory against Kansas State, when the coach said Whitehead was "suspended indefinitely." Auburn Undercover has reported that Whitehead's suspension stemmed from a verbal altercation with an assistant coach.

    No one affiliated with the Tigers' football program has confirmed whether this incident took place, with Malzahn simply stating that he wouldn't get "into any specifics." With Whitehead gone for the foreseeable future, Auburn altered the look of its secondary last week, moving Joshua Holsey — who has been playing cornerback — to boundary safety. It was a familiar spot for the junior, who started at the position in the first six games of 2013 before he suffered a season-ending knee injury last October.


  • Auburn football: Sammie Coates not 'full speed' versus Kansas State

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 21, 2014

    According to Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, receiver Sammie Coates wasn't 100 percent health-wise during last week's victory at Kansas State.

    AUBURN, Ala. — After sitting out Auburn's 59-13 rout of San Jose State on Sept. 6 with a minor leg injury, receiver Sammie Coates was back in the starting lineup last Thursday.

    That doesn't mean he's back to 100 percent yet, though.

    "Sammie made it though the game fine. He wasn't full speed, but he made it through the game fine," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Sunday night. "He’s getting better. I know he’s eager to get back into 'Sammie form' that he knows he can be at and we need him to be at to beat some really good teams left on our schedule."


  • Auburn football: Tigers still No. 5 in AP, coaches polls

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 21, 2014

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn talks to an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. Auburn won 20-14.

    AUBURN, Ala. — A victory on the road against a ranked foe did little to change the opinion of Auburn in the mind of voters in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches' polls.

    Even after a close, 20-14 victory over then-No.20 Kansas State last Thursday, the Tigers remained No. 5 when both polls were updated Sunday. Auburn has been at No. 5 in every edition of the coaches' rankings since the beginning of the season and has held down that spot in the past four weeks of the AP's list.

    The Tigers staying at No. 5 in both polls was emblematic of the four teams ahead of it in both polls; the only change had Oklahoma moving up to No. 3 in the coaches poll, dropping Oregon to No. 4. The top two in that poll had top-ranked Florida State followed by Alabama.


  • Auburn WR D'haquille Williams delivers on promise with game-sealing catch versus Kansas State

    Posted by RYAN BLACK on September 20, 2014

    Auburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (1) gets past Kansas State defensive back Danzel McDaniel (7) for the game-sealing catch with less than two minutes to play Thursday night. Auburn won 20-14.

    AUBURN, Ala. — D'haquille Williams knew he could seal the victory for Auburn Thursday night.


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