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#PMARSHONAU: Ramblin' around ...

A few predictions for Auburn football in 2013:

* Tre Mason will have a season that will put him in the company of great Auburn running backs from the past.

* Josh Holsey will make a major impact in the secondary.

* Ellis Johnson’s defense might not near the top of the SEC statistically, but it will be a force that helps win games.

* Auburn’s wide receivers will be a major surprise, though they probably shouldn’t be a surprise. Lots of talent there.

* The race among Jonathan Wallace, Kiehl Frazier and Nick Marshall to be Auburn’s starting quarterback will be a lot closer than a lot of people expect. …

* The offensive and defensive lines will be much improved over last season. Both have talent. …

* Freshman defensive end Carl Lawson will make a major impact from the first game of the season. …

* Auburn will have its share of struggles early as it unveils a new offense and defense but will be far better at the end of the season than at the beginning.

* Take these predictions for what they are worth, which isn’t a whole lot.

Moving on:

Alabama coach Nick Saban, at the Southeastern Conference spring meetings, had kind words Tuesday for first-year Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.

"I have a lot of respect for Gus," Saban told Charles Goldberg of AuburnTigers.com. "You don't have to dislike somebody to have to play against them. I've never bought into that theory. That's not a part of it. That's not a part of professionalism. We do have to compete against each other every day, but that doesn't mean you don't respect the people you compete against. When you do respect them, it helps you do a better job." …

Two interesting developments from Tuesday’s meetings: The SEC will explore choosing a “primary” site for the men’s basketball tournament. Basketball schedules will have to be reviewed by the SEC office in an effort to assure teams are playing the kind of nonconference schedules needed come NCAA Tournament selection time. …

I didn’t know Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson until last summer, when I met him during the investigation of the shootings near the Auburn campus. I was immensely impressed. Sad to hear he is retiring because of poor health. He’ll be missed by many people. …

It’s still hard for me to fathom that LSU coach Les Miles is making such a big deal out of having to play Florida every year. Any head coach at LSU should be above whining about the competition being too tough. …

A tweet from Auburn strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell: “Easy to talk about grindn on twitter behind the keypad. Only a select few do when it gets tough. Which one are u? #DontTalkAboutItBeAboutIt!”

And another: “Championships are won by those who embrace hard work and have the mental discipline to tolerate discomfort. #EmbraceTheProcess”

I like Russell’s style. …

Until next time …

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