Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean declares for NFL draft
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Dean announced his decision to leave Auburn on Instagram Friday night, hours after the Tigers' 63-14 win over Purdue in the Music City Bowl.
Dean had 30 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior.
He's the second Auburn player to declare for the draft, joining quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
Stidham, Auburn throttle Purdue 63-14 at Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn finished its up-and-down season with a spectacular performance.
A record-setting encore in the Music City Bowl.
Jarrett Stidham threw for a career-high 373 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game , and Auburn pounded Purdue 63-14 on Friday.
Auburn, Stidham looking for win vs Purdue in Music City Bowl
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham has put his NFL draft preparations on hold, hoping to help the Tigers get their first bowl victory since 2015.
Coach Gus Malzahn plans to make it worth Stidham's time now that he is sticking around for the Music City Bowl against Purdue on Friday. That means playing his quarterback.
"Bottom line is we're playing to win the game," Malzahn said Thursday.
Auburn class includes 5-star linebacker, highly rated QB
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has signed a five-star linebacker and a dual-threat quarterback who could quickly contend for the starting job.
The Tigers' class includes linebacker Owen Pappoe from Georgia and Pinson Valley (Alabama) High School quarterback Bo Nix. Auburn signed 15 players on Wednesday to start the early signing period.
Auburn freshman RB Asa Martin announces plans to transfer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn freshman running back Asa Martin says he plans to transfer.
Martin announced his plans Saturday on Twitter but didn't indicate any possible destinations. The former Alabama Mr. Football says signing with Auburn "was the opportunity of a lifetime."
Martin carried only 13 times for 57 yards this season. He played in five games, one too many to qualify for a redshirt year.
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham to enter draft after bowl game
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
The junior announced his decision Tuesday but plans to stay for the Tigers' Music City Bowl matchup with Purdue on Dec. 28.
Stidham started all 26 games the past two seasons for Auburn after transferring from Baylor. He was a second-team AP All-Southeastern Conference pick in his first year as a starter and ranked ninth nationally in completion percentage.
No. 1 Alabama tries for perfect regular season vs Auburn
Auburn (7-4, 3-4 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 24 ½.
Series record: Alabama leads 45-36-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Alabama wants to complete a perfect regular season and avenge a loss that kept the Crimson Tide from a shot at the Southeastern Conference last season. The Tigers can largely change perception of a disappointing season with an upset.
No. 1 Alabama hosts rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl
Auburn (7-4, 3-4 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS)
Line: Alabama by 24½.
Series record: Alabama leads 45-36-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Alabama wants to complete a perfect regular season and avenge a loss that kept the Crimson Tide from a shot at the SEC title last season. The Tigers can largely change perception of a disappointing season with an upset.
Stidham-to-Williams lifts Auburn past No. 25 Texas A&M 28-24
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Seth Williams figures there's only one likely outcome on a mid-air battle for the ball, and it's exactly what happened with the game in the balance.
The Auburn freshman came down with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham with 1:41 left and the Tigers rallied to beat No. 25 Texas A&M 28-24 on Saturday.
"Zero chance I wasn't coming down with it," Williams said. "It's going to come down with me if it's up in the air."
Guarantano leads Tennessee to upset of No. 21 Auburn, 30-24
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — In the sixth game of Jeremy Pruitt's tenure as Tennessee coach, the Volunteers have a victory that shows a clear sign of progress.
Jarrett Guarantano passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns and Tennessee snapped an 11-game SEC losing streak with a 30-24 victory against No. 21 Auburn on Saturday.
Misfires plaguing Stidham, No. 21 Auburn’s offense
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Darius Slayton was sprinting downfield without a Mississippi State defender in the vicinity.
But on a trick play that otherwise worked to perfection, No. 21 Auburn's quarterback Jarrett Stidham badly overthrew his streaking wide receiver.
It's been that kind of year for Stidham, who has struggled at times this season and knows it.
No. 8 Auburn, Mississippi State work to improve offense
Auburn and Mississippi State are teams that still harbor hopes of challenging Alabama for the Southeastern Conference Western Division title.
That probably won't happen unless the Tigers and Bulldogs can fix their offense.
Both the eighth-ranked Tigers and Bulldogs have struggled to move the ball and score points this season, especially against good competition. Auburn (4-1, 1-1 SEC) ranks 12th out of 14 teams in the league in total offense with about 376 yards per game.
Auburn’s biggest concern: The running game of all things
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers can usually be counted on for a strong running game with tailbacks routinely churning out 1,000-yard seasons and 100-yard games.
Now, an unproductive ground game is the biggest concern for Gus Malzahn and the eighth-ranked Tigers going into Saturday night's game at Mississippi State.
It's even more of a pressing issue with leading rusher JaTarvious Whitlow and two starting offensive linemen battling injuries.
No. 10 Auburn beats Southern Miss 24-13 after long delay
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jarrett Stidham threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns and No. 10 Auburn beat Southern Miss 24-13 on Saturday night in a game disrupted for nearly three hours by lightning.
Playing behind a shuffled offensive line, Stidham completed 19 of 33 attempts, including touchdowns of 46 yards to Seth Williams and 2 yards to Chandler Cox, while enduring three sacks.
No. 10 Auburn aims to rev up offense against Southern Miss
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are still trying to get their offense going, but that won't likely be an easy task against Southern Miss.
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the 10th-ranked Tigers (3-1) face a Top 10 defense when the Golden Eagles (2-1) visit on Saturday.
No. 9 Auburn rides special teams to 34-3 win over Arkansas
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — One week after Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham had to talk about a loss, he didn't mind discussing the Tigers' flaws exposed in a lopsided win.
Noah Igbinoghene scored on a 96-yard kickoff return, and a partially blocked punt by Jordyn Peters set up another touchdown as big plays on special teams helped No. 9 Auburn beat Arkansas 34-3 on Saturday night.
No. 9 Auburn aims to rebound against Arkansas
Arkansas (1-2, 0-0 SEC) at No. 9 Auburn (2-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Auburn by 30.
Series record: Auburn leads 15-11-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Both teams need a win. The Tigers are coming off a last-second loss to No. 6 LSU and face an uphill climb in the SEC West. The Razorbacks have dropped back-to-back games against Colorado State and North Texas.
No. 9 Auburn seeking more big plays, fewer penalties
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are racking up too many big penalties and not enough big plays.
The combination already has hindered the ninth-ranked Tigers in a close win against No. 10 Washington and a loss to No. 6 LSU .
No. 7 Auburn doesn’t need ‘rah-rah stuff’ for LSU rematch
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Before Auburn beat two No. 1 teams and played for a league title last season, the Tigers stumbled against LSU.
Going into Saturday's rematch, No. 7 Auburn is determined to mine the embarrassing loss for a silver lining while trying to avoid a repeat. Then-No. 10 Auburn (2-0) quickly jumped ahead 20-0 only to see the lead evaporate into a 27-23 defeat .
No. 7 Auburn routs Alabama State 63-9
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn was pleased with Auburn's performance in its Week 1 victory over Washington but said in the days following that the running game left some production to be desired, and that it would be the primary focus in practices leading up to the home opener.
The Tigers left no questions on Pat Dye Field about their ability to run the ball Saturday night.
Game of Week 1? Easy. No. 6 Washington vs No. 9 Auburn
Some things to watch in Week 1 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
No. 9 Auburn opens with marquee matchup vs. No. 6 Washington
Here are a few things to watch during the opening week of the Southeastern Conference football season:
No. 9 Auburn’s offense aiming for better start to season
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn and Auburn are trying to avoid their customary slow start offensively.
The ninth-ranked Tigers surely can't afford a sluggish opener Saturday against No. 6 Washington in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where they dropped their final two games last season.
Auburn is 1-4 against Power Five opponents in the first three games going back to 2015, and the offense has looked downright messy at times even against FCS opponents.
Stidham, Auburn aiming for repeat SEC West title _ and more
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The big question facing Auburn is no longer whether the Tigers can beat rivals Georgia and Alabama.
They answered that emphatically last November, wresting the Southeastern Conference Western Division title from the rival Crimson Tide. Winning an SEC title and January bowl game proved more elusive.
ATLANTA (AP) — Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers are coming off an interesting 2017 season, enjoying the highs of wins over eventual SEC champion Georgia and national champion Alabama before losing to the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game.
Auburn also lost to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl to finish their season.
Malzahn returns 14 starters, including quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and will discuss the Tigers' outlook on the final day of the SEC Media Days on Thursday.
Talladega: Malzahn talks Stidham, NFL draft before serving as grand marshal
TALLADEGA — Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn is spending Sunday enjoying the GEICO 500, but in a visit to the media center, he gave a brief update on quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jarrett Stidham threw a few passes in 7-on-7 drills before Auburn's spring game and then headed to the sideline as a spectator and "encourager".
Stidham's role Saturday pretty much summed up his spring. The Tigers' starting quarterback opened it with his left arm in a sling after surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder that bothered him most of last season.
AUBURN — In the middle of the 2017 season, Nate Craig-Myers began to understand playing wide receiver at Auburn was a version of a trust exercise.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn opens spring practice with competition at running back and a recuperating Jarrett Stidham.
The Tigers quarterback will be limited in the early part of spring practice, which opened Thursday, while still recovering from left shoulder surgery. He's out of the sling but isn't expected to throw before the team returns from spring break following the first four practices.
Georgia, Auburn split top awards on AP All-SEC football team
ATLANTA (AP) — After meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia and Auburn split the top awards on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Monday.
ATLANTA — Auburn got physically whipped in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia, and a hurt Kerryon Johnson doesn’t account for all of that.
He doesn’t play defense, where the Bulldogs gashed Auburn pretty good, especially after a tentative first quarter.
AUBURN – Take a bow, Gus Malzahn.
The true measure of a football program, especially in the SEC, isn’t about flashy tricks. It’s about getting better over the course of a season. Developing talent and confidence. Building momentum.
It’s taking a team with great expectations and teaching it to believe.
Playmaking QBs: Hurts, Stidham lead teams into Iron Bowl
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is effusive about playing in his first Iron Bowl.
Alabama's Jalen Hurts had much less to say when asked whether he likes playing in these kind of big-game environments. "I like winning," he said simply.
Writers: UM-Ohio State takes back seat to Iron Bowl
For Michigan and Ohio State fans, all eyes are on Saturday for The Game, the annual grudge match between bitter rivals.
But, it's not the jewel of "Rivalry Week" in college football. Not this season, at least.
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham triggered a powerful Auburn offense that led the 16th-ranked Tigers to a 42-27 Southeastern Conference victory over Texas A&M on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham’s college football journey returns to Texas today
Last season, Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kellen Mond picked apart defenses at the high school level.
In a weird twist of fate, so did Auburn sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
Jarrett Stidham likely will never see himself as a running quarterback, but he has learned that maybe on rare occasions he should.
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Scott Rabalais: Taking stock of the SEC with midseason awards, observations
So quickly, as it always seems, we’ve reached the midway point of the college football schedule.
For your halftime entertainment, here’s a look at the first half of the Southeastern Conference season:
Resurgent offense propels streaking Auburn into top 10
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers have ridden an all-around offensive resurgence into the top 10.
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham and tailback Kerryon Johnson have delivered big plays, the young wide receivers have come through more consistently and the offensive line has undergone a shuffling.
Numbers can lie.
In its 24-10 homecoming win against Mercer this past Saturday, No. 15 Auburn (2-1) finished with a satisfying stat sheet.
No. 15 Auburn opens SEC play with visit to reeling Missouri
No. 15 Auburn (2-1) at Missouri (1-2, 0-1 SEC), Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU).
No. 15 Auburn’s troubles continue going into SEC play
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn's offense has piled up big numbers the past two weeks: First in sacks allowed and then in turnovers committed.
No. 15 Auburn overcomes 5 turnovers to beat Mercer 24-10
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn turned in another ugly offensive performance.
This time, the No. 15 Tigers couldn't pin it on their opponent.
No. 15 Auburn hoping to get offense going against Mercer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are hoping to change the view for both offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
The 15th-ranked Tigers (1-1) are moving Lindsey from the sidelines to the press box starting with Saturday's game against Mercer (1-1). As for Stidham, they're aiming to ensure he spends more time upright.
No. 15 Auburn aims to regroup against FCS Mercer
Mercer (1-1) at No. 15 Auburn (1-1), Saturday 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: No line.
Series record: Auburn leads 11-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Auburn is trying to fix an offense that produced 117 yards against Clemson, the lowest total of coach Gus Malzahn's career as a college head coach or offensive coordinator. FCS Mercer is trying to spoil the Tigers' homecoming with a huge upset.
Sapakoff: Brent Venables’ Clemson democracy rolls again; Lamar Jackson up next
CLEMSON – It doesn’t always work the way Brent Venables draws it up. Clemson’s routinely astute defensive coordinator sent linebacker Kendall Joseph on an up-the-middle blitz on third-and-10 early Saturday night against Auburn. Only to watch quarterback Jarrett Stidham sidestep his way to a 9-yard gain before a fourth-and-1 conversion inside the Clemson 10.
Dabo Swinney knows what’s different about Auburn in 2017 and it didn’t take the national championship coach long to point it out Tuesday afternoon in his weekly media session.
Stidham, No. 12 Auburn top Georgia Southern, 41-7
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers didn't have their star tailback or a top receiving threat. Things got tougher when another standout runner went down with an injury.
The 12th-ranked Tigers didn't let suspensions or that injury to tailback Kerryon Johnson spoil quarterback Jarrett Stidham's debut in a 41-7 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday night.