NCF Nation: Jonathan Mincy

Auburn's Marshall, Mincy to sit

August, 1, 2014
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn star quarterback Nick Marshall, who was cited by police for possession of marijuana last month, will not start Week 1 against Arkansas, according to coach Gus Malzahn.

Marshall burst on the scene last season with 1,976 passing yards and 26 total touchdowns, leading Auburn to an SEC title and a berth in the Vizio BCS National Championship.

Malzahn declined to say just how long Marshall would sit against Arkansas.

"I'm not ready to say that yet," he said.

Malzahn said that the inability to start is "part of the punishment."

"The rest is between us," he added.

In addition to Marshall, cornerback Jonathon Mincy will not start Week 1. The three-year starter was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in late June.

"I will say this: Nick Marshall is still our quarterback and Jonathon Mincy is still our cornerback," Malzahn said.

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Kelvin Benjamin has answered the questions more times than he can count, and he has lost interest in the narrative.

The story has been written again and again about the physically gifted receiver who took so long to blossom. But even though Benjamin’s emergence is old news now, even he still manages to surprise with how good he really is.

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Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesFlorida State's Kelvin Benjamin has emerged as one of the best receivers in college football.
His coaches and teammates spent two years hyping him, explaining away his shortcomings, pushing him to get better. Now they’re simply watching him do what comes naturally.

After two years of wondering when Florida State’s 6-foot-5 monster of a receiver would emerge, Benjamin has shifted into a far different approach as he prepares for the biggest game of his career.

“It’s just doing the same thing I’ve been doing all year,” he said.

That’s the true measure of Benjamin’s progress. No one needs to ask why his practice performances have so far outpaced his game-day numbers or wonder when he’ll put in the time and effort and study he needs to be great. After Benjamin finished 2013 with nine touchdowns in his final five games, the sophomore has officially reached elite status.

“I knew what he had in him and he’s really grown and developed into one heck of a guy,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Fisher has enjoyed seeing Benjamin develop. His opposition in Monday’s VIZIO BCS National Championship, however, might be having nightmares.

Auburn ranks 103rd nationally in passing defense, and the Tigers’ secondary has had few answers for physically imposing receivers like Benjamin. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans had 11 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns against Auburn. Mississippi State’s Donte Moncrief caught six passes for 122 yards and two scores. Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham went for 144 yards on six catches, including two touchdowns.

In other words, Benjamin has Auburn’s attention.

“It’s going to be a big challenge,” Auburn corner Jonathon Mincy said. “That’s all I’ve been hearing about, is their wide receivers.”

Mincy said Auburn views the matchup as an opportunity to prove its critics wrong, to play man and press coverage against Florida State’s dynamic receivers and challenge Benjamin physically.

Benjamin, however, isn’t buying that.

“Mostly third down, they’ll go man. But it won’t be press coverage,” he said. “They’ll probably play us like Miami played us.”

The Hurricanes tried to take away the deep ball by playing well off Florida State’s receivers and blitzing quarterback Jameis Winston. The plan didn’t keep the Seminoles from cruising to a 41-14 win, but it’s probably worth noting that Benjamin finished with just two catches for 46 yards.

It’s also worth noting that he found the end zone in every game after that.

That’s perhaps what truly separates this version of Benjamin from years past, what’s pushed those stories of unrefined talent to the back burner as the country takes notice of one of college football’s emerging stars. Benjamin isn’t frustrated by failure anymore. He’s motivated by it.

Benjamin’s biggest game this season came against Florida, when he caught nine balls for 212 yards and three TDs. The numbers could’ve been even better. He dropped two potential touchdowns, looking to get upfield before securing the ball. When he trudged back to the sideline afterward, he was already looking for his next chance to prove he could correct the mistakes.

“Maturity,” Fisher said. “Accepting that he made a mistake, corrected the mistake and he’s handled those situations much better. He got to a point where he realizes he can play, and the pressure’s not on, and he has true confidence.”

It’s confidence that’s infectious. Florida State’s other players feed off Benjamin’s big-play heroics. His size and speed and physicality can be demoralizing for the opposition before the game even kicks off. Benjamin has found the secret to his success, and that’s a storyline he’d been waiting to write.

“I really believe now,” he said, “that if you prepare for the test, you’ll pass.”

Auburn with two lineup changes

September, 22, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has made a couple of changes to its lineup for tonight's game against No. 2 LSU.

Freshman offensive lineman Patrick Miller is getting the start at right tackle over fellow freshman Avery Young. Also, sophomore Jonathan Mincey will start in place of junior Chris Davis at cornerback.

A lot will be expected from Miller, as the Tigers' offensive line has struggled with consistency through the first three games of the season. Miller's play on the outside will be key as Auburn tries to work more runs away from LSU's talented defensive ends.

Both teams have run out on the field, and the Auburn fans seem pretty jacked for this one. I just heard the three most power/famous notes in all of college football erupt from LSU's band. Remember, crazy things happen when these two teams meet and the lights go on ...

Iron Bowl lineup changes

November, 26, 2011
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AUBURN, Ala. -- The teams have taken the field and are going through the last-minute preparations.

They just showed Bo Jackson on the screen and this place erupted, but what really got Jordan-Hare Stadium rocking was the sight of the Tigers running out onto the field.

These fans want to ruin Alabama's season almost as much as the Tiger players.

Here are some pregame lineup changes for both teams:
  • Alabama guard Alfred McCullough will start over Anthony Steen at right guard.
  • For Auburn, Kennetch Carter is starting in place of Gabe Wright at defensive tackle. Also, Jermaine Whitehead is starting in place of Jonathon Mincy at cornerback.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kickoff is almost here inside Williams-Brice Stadium and you can tell these teams are really itching to play.

South Carolina is looking to show that its offense can actually do something when Marcus Lattimore isn't touching the ball, and Auburn wants to prove that it does have a defense somewhere out there.

These teams picked the best time to play each other and someone will come away from this game feeling much better about one particular side of the ball.

For Auburn, I'm interested to see what kind of pass rush the Tigers generate. Dee Ford, who had been rotating in and out at defensive end, is out for the season after undergoing back surgery earlier this week. That means redshirt freshman LaDarius Owens and sophomore Craig Sanders will get rotated in behind Nosa Eguae and Corey Lemonier. Expect Owens to get most of the snaps.

But the Tigers should benefit from left tackle Kyle Nunn being out of the starting lineup for South Carolina. Freshman Mike Matulis will start in his place. This is a great opportunity for Auburn to get its pass rush going by attacking the freshman. Remember, the Tigers have just three sacks on the season.

Auburn will also be without Trovon Reed at wide receiver, meaning freshman Quan Bray and senior Quindarius Carr will get much more action today. Jonathan Mincy will also start over Chris Davis at cornerback for the Tigers.

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