To the casual observer, Staphisa McMillian may be just another homeless woman, sleeping in cars and living on the streets of Fort Meade, Fla. But for Auburn football commitment Onterio McCalebb, the images of his mother’s suffering provided incentive to move 750 miles north to Chatham, Va., and enroll at Hargrave Military Academy. McCalebb signed with Auburn as a running back and kick returner last February. When he didn’t qualify, he decided to attend the private boarding school and continue his maturation as a college football player and person.
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Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks are “no longer welcome” at Tucker High in Georgia, one of the state’s top producers of college football prospects.
GMAC BOWL VS BALL STATS:
Total Yards – 612
Rushing – 419
Passing – 193
Plays run – 89
First Downs -29
Turnovers – 0 Amazing with all that rain
HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS: PAY ATTENTION
Auburn scored 93 points in eight SEC games last season. That’s an average of 11.6 points per game.AU’s offensive coordinator-in-waiting, guided Tulsa’s offense to 45 points in Tuesday night’s GMAC Bowl win. In 14 games this season, Tulsa averaged 47.2 points, which ranks second in the country.
You get the picture. Tulsa’s offense is good. Auburn’s old offense was bad.
But that’s about to change. Malzahn was hired by AU head coach Gene Chizik Dec. 28 and will assume his full-time duties with the Tigers Wednesday after splitting time between Tulsa and Auburn the last 10 days.
“It’s very exciting to get a chance to coach at Auburn and get started,” Malzahn said shortly after the game. “I’m heading to Auburn right now. I’m fixing to take a shower and head that way.”
Tulsa’s offense was on full display in Mobile and on national T.V. Tuesday night, giving potential recruits and AU’s current players a glimpse of what’s to come under Malzahn.
What they saw was a fast-paced, no-huddle attack that featured a bonanza of different formations, shifts, motions, fakes and misdirections. The plays were called from the sideline but instead of the funky hand signals of AU’s previous offense, Tulsa used a wheeled cart with flip numbers for each call.
The Golden Hurricane offense piled up 634 total yards on the night, 365 of those coming in a rain-drenched second half. The totals included 441 rushing yards, backing up Malzahn’s promise of a physical, run-first attack that utilizes a lot of play-action passes.
“The old perception that we throw it a lot, obviously, you can see that we’re a run, play-action team,” Malzahn said. “It’s the same offense we’ll run at Auburn. We’ll be playing fast and getting after it.”
Tulsa senior running back Tarrion Adams rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Wide receiver Damaris Johnson caught six passes for 135 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 76 yards on three carries.
“I love this offense, honestly,” Adams said. “It’s because you spread everybody out and the defense, they have to spread out to honor the guys who are spread out. That opens up running lanes and then they try to pack up the box and everybody is still spread out so you can throw the ball over the top. It’s a huge advantage, I think everyone should run the offense.”
Adams said Auburn’s running backs and skill players will thrive under Malzahn.
“There’s different style of running backs that can be successful in this offense, whether you’re a power runner or a speed runner. It’s an offense that showcases your abilities,” he said. “Coach Malzahn, he knows how to put the ball in the air. He’s a mastermind. He has a lot of, I don’t want to call them trick plays, but special plays and they always work.”
Quarterback David Johnson completed 15-of-25 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries.
Malzahn also believes in the quick strike. Of Tulsa’s seven scoring drives, four were for less than two minutes. The longest was 3:20 on a drive that covered 87 yards on eight plays.
Also of note, Tulsa didn’t commit a turnover and was called for just one penalty the entire game.
Have quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno indeed played their last games as a Georgia Bulldogs? That appears to be the case.Tuesday night the pair made up their minds and are expected to announce their intentions to apply for the April NFL Draft. Both players are expected to announce their plans Wednesday.
According to a source close with knowledge of the situation, there is an email floating around that is purportedly from a family member stating that Stafford has in fact decided to leave the Bulldogs. A second source confirmed that Moreno is also expected to turn pro.
If Stafford does elect to come out, most experts agree that he could go as the No. 1 pick to the Detroit Lions, who finished the season an NFL-record 0-16. Stafford said he was 50-50 with decision following Georgia’s win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.
Ted Roof was hired Tuesday as Auburn’s next Defensive Coordinator. In a move to make Auburn a dominate recruiting force, Roof will join with RB’s coach Luper and WR’s/Assistant head coach Taylor on Auburn’s staff. Roof has served a lot of position over the years – more noticeably as Duke’s head coach from 2004-2007. Roof made an immediate impact in one season with the Gophers, improving the nation’s worst-rated defense (No. 119 in total yards) in 2007 to No. 79 in 2008. Minnesota’s defense also improved from No. 109 in scoring (36.7 points per game) to No. 61 (24.8 ppg). Roof has extensive ties to the South, serving as defensive coordinator from 2002-03 and linebacker coach from 1990-93 at Duke. He also had a very successful stint as a Georgia Tech defensive coordinator from 1998-2001.
TED ROOF COACHING CAREER
YEAR SCHOOL POSITION (RESPONSIBILITIES)
1987 Alabama Graduate Assistant – Defensive Backs
1988 Alabama Graduate Assistant – Linebackers
1989 West Georgia Assistant Coach – Linebackers
1990 Duke Assistant Coach – Outside Linebackers
1991 Duke Assistant Coach – Outside Linebackers
1992 Duke Assistant Coach – Outside Linebackers
1993 Duke Assistant Coach – Outside Linebackers
1994 Massachusetts Assistant Coach – Defensive Line
1995 Massachusetts Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
1996 Massachusetts Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
1997 Western Carolina Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
1998 Georgia Tech Assistant Coach – Linebackers
1999 Georgia Tech Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
2000 Georgia Tech Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
2001 Georgia Tech Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
2002 Duke Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
2003 Duke Assistant Coach – Def. Coord./Interim Head Coach
2004 Duke Head Coach
2005 Duke Head Coach
2006 Duke Head Coach
2007 Duke Head Coach
2008 Minnesota Assistant Coach – Defensive Coordinator
Speed. Tempo. Fast-paced. The title of the book Malzahn wrote describing his offense says it all: “Hurry Up No Huddle – An Offensive Philosophy.” It is a philosophy that, as Malzahn moves to become offensive coordinator at Auburn beginning Wednesday, Tulsa head coach Todd Graham says everyone at the school has to believe in. “Everybody in our building – our strength coach is no-huddle,” Graham said. “Our secretaries are (committed) to no-huddle. You can’t be a no-huddle offense without being a no-huddle defense. … We’re a no-huddle team. You have to be committed to it to make this work. “Fundamentally, you can say the no-huddle sounds good. But if you don’t believe in it – when we got here, we had the No.1 defense in Conference USA. We went from 21st in the nation to 103rd with the same players. Most guys would see that and say, `the no-huddle has got to go.’ Your defensive stats are going to go down. “But we’ve moved from 103rd to 84th (in defense) and we’ll continue to move up because now we’re in condition to be able to run the no-huddle as a football team.”