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07:25 AM ET 08.28 | The question hangs over practice: Who will handle Auburn's lead tailback duties? [The mystery] may not be answered until the Tigers take the field on Saturday against Washington State. Auburn's coaching staff isn't offering any hints. For the moment, it sounds like incumbent 1,000-yard rusher Tre Mason and junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne are neck-and-neck in a backfield that figures to get a lot of work early this season. "They're pretty much on equal ground right now going into this first game," [Gus Malzahn] said. ... Auburn's coaching staff has hinted that the Tigers might use a running-back-by-committee approach this season, partly because Mason and Artis-Payne have both impressed. If the Tigers do go that route, it would be the first time in Malzahn's history that he split carries evenly between backs.

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August 28, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Lead off hitter.

August 28, 2013  07:41 AM ET

Better question is how good is the offensive line that will be put in front of them?

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August 28, 2013  08:15 AM ET

NMSU=Desert Aggie

Well done sir.

August 28, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Better question is how good is the offensive line that will be put in front of them?

The O line figures to be pretty good. Much more experienced and coached this year. These two RBs could be the next Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. Also, watch for Jay Protsch to level some Wash St LBs to get these guys into the secondary.

August 28, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Better question is how good is the offensive line that will be put in front of them?

Even better question is why it took so long for Malzahn to see that rotating RBs are now the trend in HUNH offenses. Keeps the attack fresh and quick.

August 28, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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NMSU=Desert AggieWell done sir.

That'll make Bevo feel much better. At least some semblance of Aggies on the horizon.

August 28, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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The O line figures to be pretty good. Much more experienced and coached this year. These two RBs could be the next Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. Also, watch for Jay Protsch to level some Wash St LBs to get these guys into the secondary.

Yes, I???m sure that they will go undefeated now that they have a certified genius as the head coach. The QB will be better than Newton, the running backs better than Bo, and the linebackers will suddenly become the iron curtain. Keep drinking the koolaid, Pathfinder. You can???t cheat yourself to a National Title without some serious Karma backlash.

August 28, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Perhaps, Gus has noted other programs' successes with rotating backs. If the player at tailback doesn't tip the play, all the better. Play who you've got to advance the ball.

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August 28, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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Yes, I???m sure that they will go undefeated now that they have a certified genius as the head coach. The QB will be better than Newton, the running backs better than Bo, and the linebackers will suddenly become the iron curtain. Keep drinking the koolaid, Pathfinder. You can???t cheat yourself to a National Title without some serious Karma backlash.

Little harsh for a first post, don't you think? U mad, bro?

IMHO, Aubie will be the most surprising team in the SEC this year. These kids were recruited to run the spread, and the pro-style last year was a dumpster fire. There is talent there, though.

Look for Malzahn to get the kids in the right spots, and look for Aubie to win 8 games this year.

And, FWIW, I don't drink Kool-aide

August 28, 2013  11:53 AM ET

Judging by the title of this article "A first for Auburn" I thought that the article would be about a player who actually graduated.

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August 28, 2013  03:38 PM ET
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speaking of aggies. Old Pete Thamel is killing them in the SI video way up /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\

JFF suspended for 1/2 of Rice game.

Only thing good about this is that The MOB will be able to do their thing at halftime. Should be good TV if they show it.

August 28, 2013  09:23 PM ET
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JFF suspended for 1/2 of Rice game. Only thing good about this is that The MOB will be able to do their thing at halftime. Should be good TV if they show it.

LOL...true this....

the MOB should be on a Bucket Lilst

August 28, 2013  10:42 PM ET
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Judging by the title of this article "A first for Auburn" I thought that the article would be about a player who actually graduated.

Now that is funny, even for a troll.

August 28, 2013  10:47 PM ET
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A first for Auburn? A football player actually graduating with a meaningful Academic degree.

Excellent! Very insightful.

 
August 28, 2013  11:45 PM ET

I like wazzu to pull the upset in this one.

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