Over the last several years Auburn football has been one of the most inconsistent football programs in the country. They went from having a perfect season in 04 to having one of the most disappointing seasons in Auburn history in 2008, winning only 5 games. Since that 08 season the teams has since fired long time coach Tommy Tuberville and hired Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik, a move that may go down in Auburn history as one of the best decisions ever. In one year at Auburn, Chizik has taken a battered and bashed program and lead them to a bowl game victory, with a final record of 8-5.
Following that season, Auburn and Chizik have put together one of the most exciting and talented recruiting classes that college football has ever seen. First Auburn got the commitment of 5 star running back Michael Dyer, who has been called the most complete running back in this class. He reminds many of another Alabama running back who just won the Heisman. Following this recruitment, the Tigers got more great news. 5 star JC QB recruit Cameron Newton confirmed he will be attending Auburn this fall. Add in multiple other four star recruits at other skill positions and you have the makings for the "2009 UK basketball" class of NCAA football.
With the signing of all these quality football recruits the Auburn football program looks to be on its way up. Though the question still remains weather this Auburn class really has a bite or is all hype. Most people forget that Auburn isn't only losing Ben Tate to the NFL, but its losing Chris Todd as well. Not only are they losing players at their skill positions but more importantly they are losing players at leadership positions as well.
Auburn fans are going to have to wait and see how Newton copes with the pressure of being the face of this program and winning out the QB competition. Newton has only 2 years of eligibility left so he is going to have to make those two years really count. From the film seen of Newton, he reminds many people of Ohio State's QB Terrelle Pryor. The only difference is that Newton seems to have a more polished throwing arm, and his mechanics are much better than Pryor's.
Predicted stat's baring injury: 60%, 3500 yards, 25 TD's, 15 INT's, 300 rush yards.
Tate was one of the nations best running backs, and to replace him won't be as easy as some people might think. Tate rushed for almost 1400 yards and 10 touchdowns. This places his season as one of the best single seasons in Auburn history. To ease Tate's loss, the program will rely on 5 star recruit Michael Dyer, I look for Dyer to not only be a dynamic player but, to also pick up a heavy portion of leading this team in the near future. Dyer reminds me so much of Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Ingram has more weight than Dyer does, but I also believe Dyer has more speed than Ingram does.
Predicted stat's baring injury: 1100 yards, 7-10 TD's, 250 receiving yards
So to finally answer the question asked in the beginning of his article. No one knows if this team will be as good as they sound on paper. they lost allot but gained even more than they lost. I believe that it will take these player not much time at all to learn the offense and they will being producing at a high level right away. With the defense playing the way it did last year, I see this season as a rough one.