Manny talks Auburn and player development - Hit the link to watch Coach Diaz mix it up with the media. If you'd rather read the highlights, Robbie Faulk has you covered. Some interesting stuff in there about freshmen defenders' playing time, among other things.
Dap for Calhoun - Post-grad DB Taveze Calhoun is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell trophy, a national award given the best "football scholar-athlete" every year. The criteria for the award seem to be simple: great performance as a scholar, great performance as an athlete, and great performance as a community leader. (Specifically: a nominee "must hold a GPA of at least 3.2, be a starter or significant contributor on their team and have a history of strong leadership and citizenship away from the field.") Calhoun graduated earlier this year with at 3.51 gpa, is currently in grad school at MSU, is one of our starting corners, is a team captain, and has spent time doing volunteer work for the Salvation Army, Starkville Manor Nursing Home, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society, and Deuce McAllister’s Catch 22 Foundation. Man. This is one of those guys who probably does more in his sleep than I do on a busy day. Good luck, Taveze. Sounds like you're more than deserving.
Muschamp on Dak - Dak's fared pretty well against Auburn in his career at State and Auburn DC Will Muschamp is a believer.
Auburn's defense may be in for an overhaul - Muschamp is tired of all the communication problems his players are having on defense, so he's dumbing things down a shade in advance of the game Saturday. And he's being pretty blunt about it:
"We don't talk enough," Muschamp said. "We've tried to reduce our package week to week to week and it's frustrating, you know, in order to make it a strength call and things like that that you've seen to sometimes as a college coach take for granted. Again, this comes back on me. I haven't done a good enough job of preparing the players, obviously. We'll continue to reduce and find out what we can do. I mean that in sincerity."
It's not just the scheme that's getting tinkered with, either. Muschamp is probably yanking some playing time from dudes who aren't cutting it.
More warm fuzzies from the men's basketball program - Craig Sword and Fred Thomas talk about their upcoming senior year and about how they expect to be team leaders. Thomas also talks about the development of his shooting technique in the months since Howland took over.
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