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Phillip's blog: Ramblin' around

The grown man who shows up at every Auburn baseball game at Plainsman Park to taunt college kids really needs to get a life.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

He continued his taunting Wednesday night when Alabama State pitcher Justin Robinson was hit by a Kevin Patterson line drive and had to leave the game. Alabama State players were angry, and rightfully so.

College kids taunting other college kids is one thing, though even that doesn’t show any class. Adults taunting college kids who happen to play for the opposing team is shameful. …

PGA Tour standout Jason Duffner, a former Auburn golfer, is reaching to his tornado-ravaged home state. Starting with this week’s Players Championship and going through the tour Championship, Duffner will donate $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle. He has created “Birdies for Bama” to help with the recovery effort. …

Lettermen’s clubs at Auburn and Alabama are working on plans to jointly support the recovery efforts. Stay tuned as more details become available. ...

Alabama coach Nick Saban is getting a lot of credit for Alabama having four players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, a lot more than Tommy Tuberville got when four Auburn players were chosen in 2004.

Personally, I kind of think that, in both cases, the players ought to get the credit. …

Saban talks every chance he gets about the “pro style” offenses and defenses Alabama runs. You have to give him credit for that. He’s always recruiting, which is a good thing for a college coach.

Gus Malzahn’s offense was a problem for quarterback Cam Newton only in the eyes of columnists and commentators and their anonymous sources who, for whatever reason, were determined he should not be the first player picked in the draft. It wasn’t a problem for the Carolina Panthers. …

In an interview with Gentry Estes of Dawgs247.com, here is how running back Washaun Ealey, Georgia’s leading rusher last season, explained his decision to leave the program:

"I'm a person where I want to be a premier back," Ealey said. "If I was to play here, I would have had to share the backfield with Caleb (King) and Carlton (Thomas) also. Then they were going to try to give the freshman, Isaiah (Crowell), his chance. He probably was going to get some carries at the beginning of the year, too. I just felt like I didn't want to be in that mix of things anymore.”

I don’t believe I’d want a guy on my team that thinks like that.

Until next time. …

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