Jason Caldwell

Caldwell's Monday Morning QB Column: Thoughts On QB Recruiting, Another Big Week For Softball

Thoughts on Auburn's quarterback recruiting, a big week for softball and more are featured in a column from Jason Caldwell of Inside the Auburn Tigers/AUTigers.com.

Lowell Narcisse (above) is a four-star quarter being recruited by Auburn.

Quarterback Holds The Key

Most colleges sign at least one quarterback in every recruiting class and that is the plan for the Auburn Tigers in the 2017 class, but as of now Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee are still looking for their guy even though they have 2018 covered with talented Joey Gatewood already on board. They thought that was already taken care of very early in the process when four-star lefty Lowell Narcisse committed to Auburn last July, but in January he backed off that decision.

Everything looked to be pointing to LSU for Narcisse after he made several trips to see Les Miles’ program, but over the weekend Myles Brennan beat Narcisse to the punch. Committing to LSU, Brennan is a classic pocket passer who looks to be a good fit for what Cam Cameron wants out of his quarterbacks. That could be good news for Auburn with Narcisse moving forward and it will be interesting to see if he makes a trip to the Plains anytime soon after getting a recent visit from Lashlee.

 

Huge Week For Softball Tigers

The start of a challenging finish to the regular season for Coach Clint Myer’s team went well last week as Auburn split a doubleheader with Top 10 Florida State before sweeping No. 13 Georgia to finish 4-1. Now 45-5 overall and 15-3 in SEC play, Auburn has won 13 straight games in the league and outscored its opponents 112-17 during that span with the pitching staff continuing to do its job.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Tennessee to face the No. 12 Vols, yet another opportunity for Auburn to bolster its resume for a host spot in NCAA regional play. Currently 7-1 against Top 25 teams this month and with six games still left against ranked teams, the Tigers have a chance to cement their postseason seeding with a strong finish.

 

Road Not Kind For Baseball Team

Auburn’s struggles away from Plainsman Park in Southeastern Conference play continued over the weekend as the Tigers were swept by Ole Miss to fall to 1-8 in road league games this season, the last coming in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday. Up 5-0 with pitcher Casey Mize rolling along, Auburn’s defense proved to be too much to overcome with six errors that contributed to him not being able to finish the game on the mound.

That proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as Auburn’s bullpen imploded in the loss. Now with four weekends left in conference play and currently just 5-13 in league action, the Tigers need a very strong finish to have any chance to play in the SEC Tournament in Hoover. Last year the 12th team in the standings and the last to qualify for the tournament had 11 wins in the league. That means Auburn may need to finish 6-6 down the stretch to have any chance to play in the postseason.

A finish like that is not out of the equation for this team considering how close it has been in just about every SEC loss this year. Eight of the 13 league losses this year have been by two runs or less, meaning just a play here or there could make the difference for this team.


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