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Auburn and Georgia reach halftime with 91 combined passing yards

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Georgia’s offense has, at times, found ways to move down field against an Auburn defense that tends to have plenty of holes, but the Bulldogs have managed to sneak just three point son to the giant scoreboard at Jordan-Hare Stadium this afternoon so far. Auburn leads Georgia 7-3 at the halftime break.

Auburn took the game’s opening drive right down the field for an early touchdown. The 11-play drive spanning 75 yards featured a couple of big runs by Ricardo Louis and Jovon Robinson, and quarterback Jeremy Johnson completed all four pass attempts along the way before Kerryon Johnson capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run.

Georgia had one drive stall just shy of the end zone when Mark Richt opted to go for a first down rather than kick a field goal from inside the two-yard line. Keep that in mind if this thing is a tight game later on in the second half.

At the half, Auburn and Georgia have combined for 91 passing yards between Johnson and Georgia’s Greyson Lambert. Johnson started in front of an injured Sean White, who has not seen the field. He has also been picked off once.

CFT 2015 Preseason Preview: Key Transfers

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Recruiting is what builds a college football program. Transfers are what patches holes still left to address. It seems as though the transfer game in recruiting has picked up notoriety in recent years, and this past offseason may have been one of the biggest.

This season two programs look to replace Heisman Trophy winners with potential Heisman candidates, while also keeping playoff plans on the table. Other playoff and conference title contenders look to add some key additions as well thanks to the transfer process. Here are some of the more notable transfers taking the field with new teams this fall.

EVERETT GOLSON, QB, FLORIDA STATE
Perhaps the most notable of the offseason transfers saw former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson leave the Irish for Florida State. Golson is expected to replace former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The addition of Golson helps keep Florida State in the running for another ACC title despite filling plenty of starting jobs from a season ago. Golson ran into some trouble with consistency last season but will now be surrounded by plenty of talent and athleticism, and the chance to redeem himself and put another team in the national title hunt will be one worth relishing.

VERNON ADAMS, QB, OREGON
Golson is not the only transfer replacing a former Heisman Trophy winner. Vernon Adams is making the jump from FCS power Eastern Washington to perennial Pac-12 and national title contender Oregon, vying to replace Marcus Mariota. Adams should fit well in Oregon’s system, assuming he wins the starting job in Eugene. Twice a finalist for the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Payton Award, Adams already has a terrific resume. Now he looks for quite the storybook ending.

DEVONTE FIELDS, DE, LOUISVILLE
The former Big 12 freshman defensive player of the year is finally back on the FBS playing field. Now at Louisville, Devonte Fields has a chance to bring havoc in the trenches to opposing ACC offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The former TCU Horned Frog should play a huge role on Louisville’s defensive line. But Fields is not the only player looking to embrace a second chance on the Cardinals defense…

JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS, S, LOUISVILLE
Former Georgia Bulldog safety Josh Harvey-Clemons landed in the Louisville nest last season but had to sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Now he is eligible to play and leave an impact on what could be a very good Louisville defense. Harvey-Clemons was often among the best players on the field when he played at Georgia, and that could be the case once again at Louisville if he has not lost a step in his year away from the field.

ALVIN KAMARA, RB, TENNESSEE
Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara is back in the SEC after a year of junior college. Kamara was one of the top junior college transfers this past year, continuing an impressive recruiting trail for the Vols under Butch Jones. Kamara was a monster at the JUCO level and should be put to work out of the Tennessee backfield along with Jalen Hurd.

CHAD KELLY, QB, OLE MISS
Ole Miss does not have many holes to fill this season with a ton of starters returning, but quarterback is one of them. Fortunately, replacing Bo Wallace should be fairly easy with former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly in the mix. Kelly is one of many notable players seeking to take advantage of a second chance at the FBS level after being dismissed by Clemson last year. Kelly will have to stay in the good graces of head coach Hugh Freeze to hold down the starting job, but he should manage to come away with the job entering the 2015 season.

JOVON ROBINSON, RB, AUBURN
Auburn’s offense is expected to light up that giant new scoreboard in Jordan-Hare Stadium this season, and the top JUCO transfer Jovon Robinson could be a big part of the reason why. The former Army All-American dominated at Georgia Military Institute and should make for a powerful combo with running back Roc Thomas and quarterback Jeremy Johnson in Auburn’s backfield. Auburn also solidifies some holes in the defensive secondary with the additions of Michigan graduate transfer Blake Countess and former Georgia safety Tray Matthews.

MARQUAVIUS LEWIS, DE, SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina may not have another Jadeveon Clowney on its hands, but Marquavius Lewis is already earning a solid reputation with the Gamecocks. Lewis was named South Carolina’s defensive player of the spring and should help improve what was a weak area of concern for Steve Spurrier last season. The Gamecocks need help on the defensive line and the addition of Lewis could provide it as one fo the top JUCO transfers in the nation.

BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma hired Lincoln Riley to be the new offensive coordinator, which means the Sooners are looking to open things up offensively through the air. Having a quarterback suited well in that offensive mindset is key, and Baker Mayfield may be the best option in Norman. A former Texas Tech walk-on, Mayfield showed glimpses of what he can do with the Red Raiders. Now the Sooners will hope he can take it to the next level. Mayfield will have to win the job from incumbent Trevor Knight, but that may not be too far-fetched of a goal.

Four-star Auburn signee Prince Wanogho clears academic hurdle

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One of the highest-rated players in Auburn’s most recent recruiting class has appeared to have traversed the lone remaining obstacle on his path to The Plains.

Speaking to al.com‘s Brandon Marcello, Prince Tega Wanogho revealed that he has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and can now enroll in classes at Auburn. Wanogho moved from Nigeria to Alabama last year, and it was a review of the academic records from his home country that led to the delay in clearance.

Marcello did note that the school has yet to confirm Wanogho’s announcement, although the player intends to be on campus a week from Sunday.

“I tried to stop thinking about it but I just couldn’t. It’s a great day,” Wanogho told the website. “I’m really happy to get that and I’m looking forward to moving over there. I’m actually getting bored not having school. I just go work out. Now I’ve got a chance to go over there and meet up with my classmates and get to know everybody.”

A four-star member of AU’s 2015 recruiting class, Wanogho was rated as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country; the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Alabama; and the No. 130 player overall according to Rivals.com. Just two offensive players — running backs Jovon Robinson (6.1) and Kerryon Johnson (6.0) and one defensive player — defensive end Byron Cowart (6.1) — carried a higher rating in this year’s class than Wanogho’s 5.9.

While there was good news on the academic front, it doesn’t necessarily mean Wanogho will see the playing field as a true freshman in 2015. During a November basketball game last year, Wanogho fractured both the tibia and fibula in his left leg. Less than two months before summer camp kicks off, Wanogho is only to the point in his rehab where he’s doing some “slight jogging.”

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

Top 2015 JUCO recruit commits to return to Auburn

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Leaving Auburn under a cloud of academic controversy two years ago, Jovon Robinson appears well on the way to making his way back to The Plains.

Following yet another round of recruiting, Robinson announced Thursday that he is verbally committed to play for the Tigers.  The running back is the top-rated JUCO player in the Class of 2015, with the plan being to graduate from the Georgia Military College in December and then enroll at AU the following month.

In addition to Auburn, Robinson held offers from, among others, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and USC. Just a year ago, Robinson was quoted as saying “I’m hoping I go to” the Tide; now, thanks to AU’s coaching staff, he’s headed back to UA’s Iron Bowl rival.

“I have taken visits and evaluated every school that offered me the opportunity to be a part of their program, and after careful thought and consideration, I have chosen to verbally commit to Auburn University,” Robinson said according to Rivals.com. “I have a long relationship with coach Gus Malzahn, and have developed a strong bond with assistant coaches Rhett Lashlee and Tim Horton, who did an outstanding job recruiting me.”

Robinson was a four-star member of Auburn’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 10 back in the country. In mid-August of that year, Robinson was ruled ineligible after it was found that a high school guidance counselor had altered his transcript prior to his arrival at AU.

(Photo credit: Georgia Military College)

Ex-Auburn RB now says he wants to play for Alabama

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In August of last year, Auburn running back Jovon Robinson was held from preseason practices while the NCAA investigated allegations that his high school transcript was falsified. Less than a week later, he was ruled ineligible after it was discovered that his high school guidance counselor had, in fact, altered his transcript.

Now at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia, Robinson is looking for another chance. Of all places, he’s looking for one with Alabama. From his interview with collegefootballscoop.com:

“It’s crazy how things work out. Alabama was my first offer, and I wasn’t even thinking about Auburn at that time,” he said. “Auburn was my last offer. Then I went to Auburn, and now, I guess, I’m hoping to go to Alabama.”

The Tide’s recent success is part of his attraction.

“It’s a domination type of deal,” he said. “They’ve been the powerhouse, so, why not? My train of thought is like a powerhouse, so it just fits. It just fits me — even though I didn’t commit there the first time.

“The type of running backs that they want, that’s the type of running back that I am. It’s a good fit for me, and I think it could be a good fit for them.”

The site reports that Robinson won’t be eligible to transfer to a Division 1 program until December, 2014, and it’s not clear if Alabama has reciprocated any interest in Robinson. The 2012 member of Auburn’s recruiting class was considered a four-star back by Rivals.com.

Hypothetically, if Robinson did get his wish, it would obviously add another interesting layer to future Iron Bowls.