An Early Look at Auburn’s 2018 Defense Recruiting Class

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Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who also serves as director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team.

The Tigers are well into the 2017 college football season, but that hasn’t stopped the team’s coaches from preparing for the future. Several of the country’s top high school athletes have already committed to playing for the Tigers next season, including seven players on the defensive side of the ball. On the defensive line, the school received a commitment from four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, who chose Auburn over Florida and Alabama. The school’s other commit on the defensive line is Daquan Newkirk, who originally declared his intentions to play for Auburn in 2016, but failed to meet the academic requirements.

The Tigers will lose three senior safeties following the 2017 season, so the team has been heavily recruiting at that position. It has already received commitments from four players, including four-star recruit Quindarious Monday, who some pundits believe could be the team’s most important freshman in 2018. Another major recruit is four-star linebacker Michael Harris, who received offers from 20 different schools.

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The Coaching Career of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn

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A court-appointed special administrator, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an Alabama-based attorney who has helped administer more than $2.5 billion in settlements throughout his 32-year legal career. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Ed Gentle is a passionate fan of the Auburn Tigers college football team.

Since 2013, the Tigers have been coached by Arkansas native Gus Malzahn, who has led the team to a 59-40 win-loss record, including a 5-1 record through the first six weeks of the 2017 season. Regarded as one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, Malzahn served six seasons as an offensive coordinator with Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn before accepting the head coach position with Arkansas State in 2012. He led the team to a 9-3 record that season and was subsequently hired as head coach by Auburn.

In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn led the team to a 12-2 record. He earned numerous coaching awards, including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year, after becoming only the third coach in SEC history to win a conference championship in his first season at a school. The last person to accomplish the feat was John Vaught of Ole Miss in 1947. While the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship that season, it has since participated in three consecutive bowl games, including the Birmingham Bowl, which it won in 2015.

Three Prominent Auburn Alumni in the NFL

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An Alabama-based attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience, Edgar “Ed” Gentle has administered over $2.5 billion in settlements as a court-appointed special master. Before completing his law degree, Ed Gentle earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Auburn University. A passionate college football fan, he counts Auburn as his favorite team.

More than two dozen Auburn alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters as of the start of the 2017 season. While quarterback Cam Newton is arguably the most well-known, several others have enjoyed successful careers, including:

Karlos Dansby, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he has accumulated 42 quarterback sacks, 19 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and six touchdowns in his 14-year career.

Dee Ford, a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. A fourth-year defensive end who has 16.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, he had a breakthrough campaign in 2016, recording a career-high 10 sacks and 38 tackles.

Greg Robinson, a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana. A 6-foot-5, 332-pound offensive tackle who was selected second overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, he played three seasons with the Rams before joining the Detroit Lions prior to the 2017 season.

Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-Winning Season at Auburn University

 

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Attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle is chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services and a partner with a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm. Prior to earning his juris doctor, Ed Gentle received a bachelor’s in biology from Auburn University. An avid college football fan, he attends multiple Auburn games each season.

As of the start of the 2017 preseason, 42 former Auburn players were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, but no player is more prominent than quarterback Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP has recorded a combined 184 touchdowns (136 passing and 48 rushing) over his six-year career. The Carolina Panthers superstar was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft following a spectacular season at Auburn University in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the most valuable player in all of college football.

A native of College Park, Georgia, Newton attended the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, but played sparingly. He enrolled at Auburn in 2010 and, through 14 games as the team’s starting quarterback, threw for 2,854 yards and rushed for 1,473 yards. The dual-threat athlete scored a combined 51 touchdowns, which ranked first in the country.

Four Auburn Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

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A treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an experienced attorney and one-third stockholder of Custom Cable Services. Before earning a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Ed Gentle completed a bachelor’s in biology at Auburn University in 1975. To this day, he remains an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers football team.

Heading into the 2017 season, 43 Auburn Tiger alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, four of which were selected in the 2017 NFL draft. Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player to be selected in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 93. Through four years with Auburn, Adams recorded 147 tackles, 19.5 of which were for a loss of yards, and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Injury-plagued linebacker Carl Lawson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with pick No. 116 after an impressive 2016 campaign in which he recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive back Rudy Ford with pick No. 208 in the draft. The safety led the Tigers in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and, upon being drafted, signed a four-year rookie deal worth over $2.5 million. Finally, defensive back Josh Holsey was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. After recovering from a pair of ACL tears, Holsey was healthy in 2016 and had a team-high 10 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.

Three Bass Fishing Tips

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As the director, chairman of the board, and one-third shareholder at Custom Cables Services, Inc., Edgar Gentle has helped the Fulton, Alabama-based company reach and maintain roughly $13 million in sales annually. Outside of work, one of Edgar Gentle’s passions is bass fishing, which he does both as a hobby and a sport, competing in roughly 12 bass tournaments each year.

Because of their challenge and size, bass are some of the most sought-after fish for both hobbyist fishermen and competitors looking for that trophy fish. If you are just getting started with fishing for bass, here are three bass-specific considerations to keep in mind.

1. Time of Year – Spring and fall are typically the best times to fish for bass. During these seasons, their metabolisms are in full gear, and they can be very aggressive, which makes them more likely to attack your hook and whatever you are dangling on it.

2. Lures and Bait – Fortunately, bass are not picky when it comes to food, taking nearly anything you throw at them. That said, some combinations do work better than others. Jigs with real or plastic worms work well, as do colorful crankbaits, spinners, and mimic minnows. The key thing to remember with bass is the larger your lure, the larger your catch is likely to be.

3. Wind – While it may seem counterintuitive to fish into the wind, this is the best strategy for bass. Bass like to swim with the current, so casting into the wind helps ensure they find your bait instead of your boat, which might startle them or guide them off course from your cast.

Auburn Tigers Hire New Secondary Coach

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An experienced attorney and chairman of the board of Alabama’s Custom Cable Services, Edgar Gentle is also treasurer of the state’s Democratic Party. The recipient of a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University in 1975, Edgar Gentle continues to support the school’s football team.

After losing secondary coach Wesley McGriff to the Ole Miss Rebels in the 2016 offseason, the Auburn Tigers found an experienced replacement in Greg Brown. A 36-year veteran with coaching experience in both college and the National Football League (NFL), Brown recently served as cornerbacks coach for Missouri, a team which tied for first in interceptions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 2016 regular season. He has also coached defensive backs at Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado.

A former University of Texas at El Paso cornerback in his playing days, Brown has coached some of the most decorated defensive backs in college football. Both Deon Figures and Chris Hudson, whom he coached at Colorado, won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. Gerod Holliman, whom he coached at Louisville, won the award in 2014 after tying a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record with 14 interceptions.