Auburn Lands Receiver Commit

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Auburn landed one of its top offensive targets  as Snellville, Ga., receiver Matthew Hill announced his commitment to the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hill is a four-star recruit at Brookwood High School, ranked as the No. 160 national prospect, No. 32 receiver and No. 18 recruit in Georgia.

 The Tigers hope to add 2 more prospects; Central-Phenix City’s Justyn Ross and Cottondale receiver Seth Williams who are both being recruited hard by the Tigers.

“2nd Chance U”?

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In a report by CBS Sports Dennis Dodd, Lane Kiffin’s Fla Atlantic school may soon be referred to as “2nd Chance U”. FAU now has 3 high profile former “Last Chance U players” on his roster including former Auburn player John Franklin. Other players include;

  • De’Andre Johnson. The quarterback who was dismissed from Florida State after allegedly punching a woman in a bar. And Tim Bonner who Left Louisville after being accused of having a gun.
  • Nothing Kiffin is doing with these transfers is revolutionary. It is, however, the number of high-profile roster additions that’s making waves in college football.

Like many other coaches before him, Kiffin will be judged not only on wins and losses, but what these kids do off the field. Asked why he’s taking a chance on these players Kiffin simply said- “we have to fix our roster”.

Missing Teens

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The Auburn Police Division is searching for two teens who have been missing for over a week. Carolina McKenzie Harrelson, 16, and her brother, Charles Rhett Harrelson Jr., 14, were last seen at their residence on Aug. 6th in the 700 block of Hunter Court in Auburn. Investigators say they may have left the residence in anticipation of a custody hearing. Although the 2 are believed to be in hiding, police are actively investigating the matter to determine their location and ensure their well being. Pictures of the 2 can be seen on the OA Now website. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line 334-246-1391.

Sean White-1st Class Player-Will He Transfer?

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Yesterday Sean White said Jarred Stidham “deserves to be the starter.” “He’s a great quarterback,” and said  “I know I’m not going into it as the starter, but I’m excited. I think we have a great team and we’re going to do really well this year. I’m all in for this season for whatever they ask me to do.” White had a feeling that’s what the decision would be when he was called in to meet with coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey on Monday. He had been “mentally prepared” for the possibility that Stidham would take his job ever since the Baylor transfer arrived in December. And since White has spent two seasons playing for Auburn and has seen a lot of the defenses the Tigers will face in the SEC this season, he thinks he can help the starter when it comes to film study and game preparation. There remains a good chance that White will play at some point this season, too. It’s a fact that has not been lost on him. Three quarterbacks took snaps for the Tigers last season. Lindsey’s Arizona State offense had the same number of guys play the position. White is on track to graduate in December, so there’s a chance this season could be his last at Auburn. A quarterback who can boast a season of 63.9 percent completion, 1,679 yards and nine touchdowns in the SEC would be sought after as a graduate transfer. White didn’t dismiss the possibility on Tuesday, either, rather saying that he hadn’t yet thought about it and likely wouldn’t until later down the road.

Will Clemson Use Multiple QBs?

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-The defending national college football champs could play more than one QB when the teams meet next month. Following yesterday’s practice, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said junior Kelly Bryant would start at quarterback if the season began today, but others will get a chance to play early in the season.

 Bryant is 13 for 22 for 75 yards with 178 yards rushing on 35 carries in 12 career games. He threw an interception on a tipped pass during Clemson’s first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday while true freshman Hunter Johnson threw a touchdown, while redshirt-freshman Zerrick Cooper is also in the mix. Auburn plays at Clemson at 6 p.m. (ESPN) on Sept. 9. and the defending College Football Playoff champions are 7-point favorites. Auburn has won 34 of the 50 all-time meetings in the series.

Suspect Wanted for Road Rage Related Shooting Arrested

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Officials have confirmed that the second suspect wanted for shooting a 4-year-old during a road rage incident in Ohio has been arrested in Goodwater. The U.S. Marshals announced that both members of the “Road Rage Duo are now in custody. Police arrested 21-year-old Leon Edwards early yesterday morning in connection to the Aug. 7th incident. U.S. Marshals said, the 2 posed a serious risk to the community. And that Members of the community did an excellent job in assisting the capture of these violent fugitives. Police say, the 4 yr. old was in a car with his mother & 7-year-old sister in a parking lot when the mother honked her horn at a car blocking the street. After waiting about 5 minutes, the woman drove around the car & she says they followed her onto the freeway and started shooting. The women stopped, and called 911. The boy was treated at University Hospital for a gunshot wound to his head. Police say he underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments, and  remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Lee Co.-Please VOTE!

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Lower voter turnout is expected in next week’s U.S. Senate primary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that he is projecting that 20 to 25 percent of voters will go to the polls next Tuesday. Merrill said a typical primary brings turnout of 30-32 percent. The summer special election comes at a time that voters aren’t accustomed to going to the polls. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Luther Strange who was appointed. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Congressman Mo Brooks and state Sen. Trip Pittman are among the Republican challengers. A runoff between the top two finishers is anticipated. Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones and environmentalist Michael Hansen are among the contenders in the Democratic primary.

Auburn Football-Full Scrimmage

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 The Auburn Tigers held their first scrimmage of the fall Monday and the plan was to run “a lot” of plays. The scrimmage  provides Auburn the first chance to put its biggest camp position battles — quarterback, third running back, offensive line, defensive line, secondary depth and punter among them — through real game situations.

It gives the Tigers’ newcomers a chance to prove their worth as potential contributors in their debut seasons. Running back Devan Barrett, wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene, left tackle Calvin Ashley are some of the true freshmen who have been talked about this fall and have a chance to help themselves

One thing you should not expect, is for Auburn to come out of the first scrimmage with a decision made about who will be the starting quarterback. Malzahn has pointed to the two-week mark of camp, which would be a week from today.

Malzahn said quarterbacks have thrown the ball probably even more than in years past and thinks all their arms are holding up. He feels all three can run the offense.

Road Construction to Finish Today!

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The portion of Society Hill Road in Opelika that is being resurfaced is scheduled to be reopened today, according to city engineer Scott Parker. The final 2-inch layer of asphalt is scheduled to be applied this morning, completing a project that began late last month.

Massive Drug Busts

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18 suspects from Auburn & Opelika were among 26 suspected drug traffickers with ties to East Alabama who were arrested after an 18-month narcotics investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Eleven of 16 suspects from Auburn are facing federal charges. The remaining 5 from Auburn, along with 2 suspects from Opelika, will be prosecuted by the state.   The investigation began after Auburn Police Division met with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Montgomery to discuss drug-related concerns in the community. The arrests were announced yesterday by A. Clark Morris, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.  Thirteen of the 26 suspects were arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering charges.  An additional 13 suspects were arrested on state narcotics charges. According to the 6-count federal indictment, the suspects conspired to possess with intent to distribute or did distribute a variety of drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and meth. In addition to the drug charges, the indictment alleges four of the defendants were involved in money laundering. Authorities say more arrests are expected.