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By Paul Myerberg // Jul 30, 2012
The gap in talent between Cam Newton and Barrett Trotter is larger than the gap between an Alabama fan and an Auburn fan as they pass on the street. A player like Newton comes along once in a lifetime; Trotter, while he gave his all, had none of the gifts that made Newton such a jaw-dropping talent. This isn’t news: Auburn struggled offensively because Newton was no longer in the fold. What was surprising was the ease with which the fan base soured on Gus Malzahn, who only eight months before the start of the 2011 season had been viewed as the one irreplaceable piece on Gene Chizik’s staff. Was Malzahn really to blame for the drop in offensive production, or was the decline merely a byproduct of Auburn being caught unprepared by Newton’s one-and-done junior season? The answer will come in September, in a way. Malzahn is out, having taken the head job at Arkansas State. And Trotter is out, having opted to skip his senior season. That leaves Auburn with a new coordinator but a similar problem. Three quarterbacks: one junior with some experience, a sophomore with little experience and a true freshman trying to learn the system on the fly.
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By Paul Myerberg // Aug 1, 2011
Last year’s Auburn preview placed the Tigers at No. 26, just outside a national ranking but far outside the national title hunt. Mistakes have been made, will continue to be made and will be made again and again in perpetuity. Perhaps the most egregious error, however, was the paltry word count afforded one Cam Newton, then a risky JUCO transfer, now the most recent Heisman winner, an Auburn legend and perhaps, just perhaps, the most dominant college football player some of us have ever seen. He was the story in 2011, on the field and off, and his departure leaves some questions unanswered, on the field and off. Those looking for the final answer as to his recruitment, I hope you’re comfortable: it could be a while. But his comet-like blaze in and out of college football history leaves Auburn searching for answers at a key position, which might be the defining storyline for this team as it enters 2011 with national title rings, confidence, a 15-game winning streak and a large, burnt-orange-and-navy bull’s-eye on its back.