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Auburn Football: A Few Thoughts on What to Expect for 2010

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 4:  The War Eagle mascot of the Auburn Tigers spreads his wings before the team's game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2004 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 4, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Auburn defeated Tennessee 38-28.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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First thought about this year is, A-Day is April 17, admission is around $5 at the gate, and we need to all go and show our appreciation for the excellent job our coaching staff did in the off season.

They pulled in the highest-ranked recruiting class in Auburn University history. I think it will be even higher-ranked once these young men hit the field. 

I was going to do a complete rundown of all of the 2010 Auburn recruiting class. While putting everything together, I found out I was copying another Auburn fan's work.

He did a superb and accurate job, and we should all visit his blog and let him know we appreciate his efforts. The class information is located here: http://deskofthemayor.blogspot.com/

Jessel Curry, Roszell Gayden, Brandon Mosley, Cameron Newton, Craig Sanders all enrolled early and will be able to participate in spring practice. I think Auburn fans can expect all of these players to have an immediate positive effect on the team.

I have looked at the other members of the recruiting class and was astonished at how physically mature so many were.

There are many who will contribute early and often. The average speed of this class is tops in the nation. Most of the defensive players in this class already bench press over 300 pounds, and many squat over 500 pounds. These are all indicators of early impact players.

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Auburn lost Ben Tate and his 1,000 yards-plus of offense. Dontae Aycock was red shirted last season to prepare for SEC play. He now looks to be around 220 pounds and has the chiseled appearance of an SEC running back.

He was the scout team running back for 2009 and impressed the coaching staff thoroughly.

Many have said he was the best running back on the team when November rolled around. This young man is now 5'11 and 220 pounds of running back for Auburn fans to watch for in 2010.

The Auburn defense is going to be astounding when compared to 2009. This is not simply due to recruits contributing.

The defensive linemen have been working in the gym and weight room and the results are obvious. Auburn will apply pressure on all quarterbacks from the defensive line in 2010.

Auburn was 16th nationally in total offense in the NCAA and 2nd in the SEC behind Florida. Auburn recruited the first-ranked offensive line class in the nation and several will be ready to play in Year One. Auburn also returns every member of the offensive line from last season but one.

It is easy to imagine Auburn challenging for the first-ranked offense in the nation and likely will be the numb 1 offense in the SEC for 2010. It is something for Auburn fans to watch and expect.

Auburn was 68th in total defense in 2009. This was largely due to defensive line problems. To be more specific, the defensive tackle position was overpowered for most of the year.  

This will not happen in 2010. Auburn will be deep and strong at defensive tackle and defensive end. Look for new team members Joel Bonomolo, Jeffrey Whitaker, Corey Lemonier to have an immediate impact with added depth.

Auburn likely has the best linebacker class in the nation coming in to add depth. It is ranked as the No. 6 class on Rivals, but is by far the fastest of the top 10 ranked classes. All of these players will see the field in 2010.

With only two Defensive Tackles in the class, Auburn is still ranked as the seventh-best class in the nation. This should be an indicator of the quality of these players.

Auburn has the fifth-ranked defensive end class in the nation. This will add to an already solid position for the Tigers. It will mean fresh players throughout the games and fourth-quarter pressure on opposing quarterbacks. 

Auburn has the fifth ranked athlete class in the nation. Some of these will be playing defensive back. They are also the fastest class of Athletes in the nation. This should translate to more interceptions in the defensive secondary.

Look for the Auburn defense to be back in the top 15 next year. To give an idea of what this means, Auburn allowed 374 yards per game in 2009. The 15th-ranked team allowed 300 yards per game. Auburn allowed 28 points per game in 2009. The No. 15 team allowed 18 points per game.

Special teams looks to go from a definite weakness to a strength in 2010. There are several options for returning kicks and punts. There was no option for much of the 2009 season. Coverage will be fast and furious as this is where the 2010 recruiting class will have the most impact.

Auburn is in for a very special season in 2010. We need to get out and support them starting April 17th at A-Day. There has never been as exciting a time in Auburn football as is beginning right now.

The foundation is there. Coach Malzhan and Coach Roof have the players they need to operate fully. Auburn plays many of the big games at home.

There will be football history made at Auburn this year. We are guaranteed an exciting and fast-paced performance.  

Here is a schedule courtesy of Wikipedia:

Date Time Opponent# Rank # Site TV Result Attendance
September 4* Arkansas State Jordan-Hare Stadium  • Auburn, AL      
September 9 at Mississippi State Davis Wade Stadium  • Starkville, MSESPN     
September 18* Clemson Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
September 25 South Carolina Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
October 2* Louisiana-Monroe Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
October 9 at Kentucky Commonweath Stadium  • Lexington, KY      
October 16 Arkansas Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
October 23 LSU Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
October 30 at Ole Miss Vaught-Hemingway Stadium  • Oxford, MS      
November 6*† UT-Chattanooga Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL      
November 13 Georgia Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry )      
November 261:30 P.M.at Alabama Bryant-Denny Stadium  • Tuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl )CBS     
*Non-Conference Game.  Homecoming