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(Y7) Your 2016 Auburn Tigers Preview!

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by egofailure, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. egofailure

    egofailure Sim habits die hard!

    Aug 19, 2010
    When both Brad Freeman and Brad Pickens announced their plans to return for the 2015 season, Tigers fan proclaimed, "National Championship or bust!" The NFL's 2016 1st overall selection embraced the challenge, admitting that his sole purpose for delaying his pro career was to fulfill his dream of bringing a title to Auburn. "I think we have the pieces to get it done. I don't want to look back and regret not giving it one more go. 1957 was a long time ago."
    But like years past, it just wasn't meant to be, as Freeman and the Tigers seemingly fell one big play short in every must-win game. The soon-to-be NFL star would end his Tiger career not only ring-less, but without an Iron Bowl victory, as well. Despite the accolades and passing records, that one fact may outshine all else.
    So, now, the Tigers turn to junior Jonathan Jordan, the player who single-handedly saved Auburn's season two years prior after season-ending injuries to both Freeman and Pickens sent the state of Alabama in a frenzy. Just a young, unproven freshman then, the versatile player-maker has patiently bided his time, awaiting a second chance to shine.
    Joining him at center stage is his halfback, Daniel Phillips, a Freddy Jackson clone who has often gotten lost amidst Brad Pickens' shadow. Phillips has surely made Auburn alumnus Bo Jackson proud, as the fan-favorite has created countless highlights throwing passes from the Wildcat formation, turning 3 yard screens into 80 yard touchdown passes, and stiff-arming cornerbacks as if they were pre-schoolers on route to the endzone. There's no question that Phillips has shown glimpses of star potential, but can he carry the load for an entire season?
    Coach Ego boasts perhaps his best defensive unit since his tenure began three years ago, as he's put together an aggressive unit predicated on speed and intelligence. Stand-out linebackers Rodney Ferguson and Nate Carter lead the way as this year's captains, while strong safety Joseph Davidson has NFL scouts lickin' their chops. The surprising departure of defensive back Ryan Henderson, who opten to transfer to FSU, may make Auburn's secondary their biggest deficit, but junior Joseph Moore and sophomore Gavin Smith are both confident that they can fill the void.
    So, how far can the Tigers go this season? Can Jordan and Phillips fill the Brad Brothers' shoes? Despite three winning seasons, will a fourth-straight Iron Bowl defeat turn the temperature up on Coach Ego's hot seat? We'll find out soon enough, won't we?
    Prediction: 11-2 (6-2) with an Iron Bowl victory
    QB Jonathon Jordan (JR), Shaun Edmonds (FR)
    RB Daniel Phillips (SR), Jermaine Jenkins (FR)
    FB Josh Maxwell (JR), Nate Bailey(FR)
    WR Tyler Hayes (JR), Isaac Lewis (SR), Beau Carey (SR)
    TE Luis Long (JR), Julian Prince (FR)
    LT David Johnson (SR)
    LG Doug O'Donnell (JR)
    C Chad Henry (JR)
    RG Jamie Jordan (JR)
    RT Ricky Ellis (JR)
    LE Tim Brooks (JR), Jesse Scott (SO)
    RE Reggie Walton (SO), Mason Patrick (FR)
    DT Jayson Harris (JR), Sammy Taylor (FR)
    LB Rodney Ferguson (JR), David Tyson (SO), Nate Carter (SR)
    CB Joseph Moore (JR)
    CB Gavin Smith (SO)
    SS Joseph Davidson (SO)
    SS Chris Crawford (JR)
    FS Michael Miles (SR)
    Special Teams
    K Bo Fenton (SR)
    P Max Heffner (FR)
    KR/PR Tyler Hayes (SO)



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