News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Alabama A&M on Saturday.
Analysis: He also caught two passes for 38 yards. Onterio McCalebb is a good player for Auburn, but we can't recommend him against Alabama.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 16 yards on two carries against Georgia on Saturday while catching three passes for 43 yards.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb just doesn't get enough touches to make a predictable impact, but he could be an SEC-only league flex option against Alabama A&M.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries against New Mexico State on Saturday.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb is a definite playmaker, but do you want to bet on a runner who's a near guarantee to fall short of double-digit carries? We can't recommend him against Georgia.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for eight yards on one carry against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Analysis: Tre Mason is hogging the carries in the Auburn backfield, and Onterio McCalebb is not a fantasy option right now.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 31 yards on eight carries against Mississippi on Saturday.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb is strictly an outside runner, and it appears as if Mississippi was making sure he never broke containment. Tre Mason (18 carries) is the more valuable Auburn runner for now.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 128 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb is one of the nation's most explosive players, but his hit-or-miss production makes him too risky outside of SEC-only leagues in most cases.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for four yards on eight carries but returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb is a remarkable big-play threat, but Mississippi State locked on to the run with Kiehl Frazier playing terribly at quarterback. McCalebb's limited role makes him a non-factor outside of most SEC leagues.
News:Onterio McCalebb ran for 82 yards on 12 carries against Clemson on Saturday while catching two passes for six yards.
Analysis:Onterio McCalebb has a reliable role in the Auburn offense, but it's not a big one. He has a decent floor but a minimal ceiling. Tre Mason looks like the Auburn back to own.
News: Auburn running back Michael Dyer has been suspended for the bowl game against Virginia for a violation of team rules.
Analysis: This is a huge blow against the Tigers as Dyer has been the team's workhorse as they continue to work through their quarterbacking issues. Onterio McCalebb will be needed to step up in a big way if they are going to down the Cavaliers.
News: Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb was not expected to play much if at all against Samford, but the senior rushed for 48 yards and two scores.
Analysis: McCalebb did his damage against a FCS foe but will not see much daylight against Alabama next week.
News: Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb is listed as questionable against Samford after sustaining a head injury against Georgia.
Analysis: McCalebb would be a great start against a FCS opponent but we will have to see if he is cleared to play.
News: With little help from quarterback Clint Moseley, Auburn running backs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb did what they could against LSU. Dyer led the team with 60 yards rushing while McCalebb rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown while also catching three passes for another 38 yards.
Analysis: It is a shame to see Dyer reigned in by sub par quarterback play, so until that position clears things up, it may be wise to sit Dyer unless otherwise advised.
News: Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb and tight end Brandon Fulse were knocked out of the game against Florida Atlantic but are feeling much better. Fullse says "I had my bell rocked a little bit."
Analysis: Fulse and McCalebb should be just fine for Auburn's clash with South Carolina this weekend.
News: Against Florida Atlantic, Auburn running backs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb should reach the century mark.
Analysis: If you have McCalebb on your roster, go ahead and play him because after Dyer gets his, the Tigers will feed the ball to McCalebb.
News: Despite a loss that ended their 17 game winning streak, Auburn running back Michael Dyer had another productive day as he took 16 carries for 150 yards and two scores against Clemson.
Analysis: Dyer has really stepped up as most expected in his sophomore year and despite sharing carries with Onterio McCalebb, is making his touches count.
News: With no Cam Newton around, Auburn offensive coordinator wants Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb to do more running and not quarterback Barrett Trotter.
Analysis: The Tigers mustered just 78 yards rushing against Utah State, a number that will need to greatly increase if Trotter is going to have any success as the helm.
News: Many expected Auburn, even without Cam Newton, to roll over Utah State but that was not the case as the Aggies kept it close until the final minutes. Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb found little running room finishing with a combined 101 yards rushing and two scores from Dyer.
Analysis: Hopefully we can just chalk this up to first game jitters but if the offensive line can't open some holes for Dyer and McCalebb, you may want to jettison them from your roster sooner than later.
News: With Cam Newton off to Carolina, the Auburn Tigers will look to give Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb more carries. In anticipation for his increased role, McCalebb has bulked up, become a better inside runner, and is considered an every down tailback by Dyer.
Analysis: McCalebb got the start against Utah State but that doesn't mean that Dyer won't still be the main ball carrier. However, look for both backs to have decent fantasy value all season.
News: Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will finally have to put to rest his hopes that Florida transfer Mike Blakely could line up for the Tigers this season.
Analysis: Blakely is very talented but with Onterio McCalebb, Michael Dyer, and Tre Mason around, it is best that he takes a redshirt.
News: In the latest depth chart for Auburn, there was a big surprise with Onterio McCalebb listed as the starting running back over Michael Dyer.
Analysis: Don't panic as this is mostly due to Dyer's absence from practice due to an undisclosed injury. Regardless if he is listed as the starter, he is still going to get the most carries when the Tigers open their season.
News: Despite not having been at practice or signing scholarship papers, head coach Gene Chizik is not willing to say that running back Mike Blakely is lost for this season.
Analysis: Even if Blakely were to somehow see the field, the carries would be hard to come by with Michael Dyer, Onterio McCalebb, and Tre Mason around.
News: With Cameron Newton gone from Auburn, running back Michael Dyer says "a lot of guys on this team are ready to show what they have and really think they can step up."
Analysis: Newton had over 1400 yards rushing 264 attempts last fall. Look for Dyer and Onterio McCalebb to try to make up for that lost production this fall.
News: Auburn running back Tre Mason has been declared academically eligible and is now practicing with the team.
Analysis: Without a doubt Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb will demand the bulk of the carries, but Mason could see the field early.
News: In an effort to withstand more carries, Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb has bulked up to 180 pounds but says he has not lost a step.
Analysis: Michael Dyer is the workhorse for the offense but expect McCalebb to log at least 12-15 carries a game.
News: Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen expects Michael Dyer to have another 1,000 yard season but in order for Dyer to soar, Lutzenkirchen says that Onterio McCalebb will need "to do a little bit more to keep all the pounding off Mike. We need both of them to stay healthy and we need both of them to come as close to 1,000 yards as they can."
Analysis: Dyer is a lock for 1,000 yards while McCalebb could push for 1,000 yards from scrimmage. Dyer is a must-have in any league while McCalebb is a nice handcuff.
News: ![CDATA[What does MIP stand for? Most Integral Player. Andy Bitter of War Eagle Xtra conducted a comprehensive analysis of who the most important player was for the Tigers heading into this season based on skill level, production history, position importance, backup competence, and leadership. Running back Michael Dyer finished at the top with high scores in skill level, production, and position importance.
Analysis: Dyer will likely be the workhorse of the offense as either Barrett Trotter or Clint Moseley grows into the starting quarterback role. While the Tigers do have other talented backs like Onterio McCalebb, none possess the speed and power to be the feature back.
News: Gus Malzhan is the mastermind behind the Auburn offense and Al.com gave us a view into what has been on his master mind this offseason. Malzahn is going to tailor the offense to whoever wins the starting quarterback job between Clint Moseley, Kiehl Frazier, and Barrett Trotter. Also in the backfield, the Tigers are going to try Quan Bray at running back after he was recruited as an athlete. Rounding out the backfield is Onterio McCalebb who Malzahn said he hopes can be an every-down back.
Analysis: If Trotter wins the job, look for the offense to highlight his arms while if it is Moseley or Frazier, their running ability will be emphasized. Bray is a speedster and should fill in for McCalebb next year if he carves his niche at running back. As for McCalebb being an every-down back, that is what they have Michael Dyer for.
News: When you think of the SEC one thing that comes to mind is speed. Speed on defense. Speed on offense. The conference is loaded with homerun hitters but the top gamebreaker, at least according to ESPN, is Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb. McCalebb beat out Jeff Demps, Jarius Wright, Alshon Jeffery, Joe Adams, and Trent Richardson among others.
Analysis: McCalebb was very productive despite being the third rushing option in the Tiger backfield, and with Cameron Newton off to the NFL, his role should increase as Auburn leans on the run.
News: ![CDATA[Auburn compliance director Rich McGlynn is hopeful that former Florida running back recruit Mike Blakely will be eligible to play this season, and he expects the NCAA to rule on their appeal relatively soon.
Analysis: Blakely would add depth behind Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb.
News: Former Alabama running back Corey Grant will still get the chance to play with his former teammates but this time he will be on the opposing sidelines. Grant has decided to transfer to Auburn where he will sit out the 2011 season per NCAA rules. Alabama head coach said that Grant's decision to transfer came as "a little bit of surprise".
Analysis: Grant was a highly rated all-purpose back coming out of high school and by the time he is eligible, Onterio McCalebb will be gone which could allow him some playing time alongside Michael Dyer.
News: McCalebb was arrested over the weekend for driving without a proper license, al.com reports.
Analysis: It sounds like McCalebb will be in the clear as long as he pays his fines. If he stays out of trouble from here, he'll be fine.
News: McCalebb took 12 carries for 71 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Auburn knocked off Georgia 49-31 at home.
Analysis: While Newton ended up with the bulk of the yardage on the ground for Auburn in Saturday's win over the Bulldogs, McCalebb scored a season-high three touchdowns. The sophomore now has reached the endzone at least once in each of his last five starts and matched a season-high for carries (12) in Week Eleven's shootout against UGA.
Auburn's McCalebb Nears 100-Yard Mark In Win Over Ole Miss
News: McCalebb took nine carries for 99 yards and a touchdown Saturday as Auburn downed Ole Miss 51-31 on the road in Oxford.
Analysis: McCalebb's made the most of limited touches over his past two starts (12 carries have produced 183 yards and two touchdowns), but the sophomore still remains too much of a risk for most fantasy owners to start - even in SEC-only leagues.
News: McCalebb ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on four carries against LSU Saturday while adding a 17-yard reception.
Analysis: McCalebb warrants consideration in SEC-only leagues, but he doesn't receive carries often enough to be worth anything in other situations.
News: McCalebb ran for nine yards on five carries against Kentucky Saturday.
Analysis: The trio of Michael Dyer, Mario Fannin and McCalebb are all mostly worth owning only in SEC-only leagues at this point, because none get a consistent workload.
News: McCalebb rushed four times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 52-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Analysis: McCalebb's day was highlighted by a 50-yard touchdown on Auburn's second play of the game. The score was impressive, but McCalebb only touched the ball three more times as the carries were spread around. Usually the Tigers take a backseat to Cam Newton in the rushing department, which makes it hard to recommend starting McCalebb.
News: McCalebb received seven carries and picked up 22 yards in Auburn's loss to Kentucky on Saturday.
Analysis: McCalebb again had a limited role in the Auburn backfield. Go ahead and look for other options if McCalebb is still on your fantasy roster.
News: McCalebb had six carries for 23 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's loss to Arkansas on Saturday.
Analysis: McCalebb's carries have decreased over the last four weeks while fellow running back Ben Tate's touches have increased. McCalebb was impressive earlier this season, but it looks like the time share at running back is pretty much over. Expect Tate to continue seeing the majority of the touches.
McCalebb Shakes Off Injury for Big Day vs. Tennessee
News: McCalebb showed no signs of being slowed by a hurt ankle in Saturday's win over the Tennessee Volunteers, taking 13 carries for 51 yards, grabbing three receptions for 62 yards, and returning two kickoffs for a total of 91 yards on the day.
Analysis: McCalebb continues to prove an all-purpose weapon for the Tigers, but may not start paying off real dividends until Ben Tate departs at the end of this season.
News: McCalebb (ankle) participated in practice this week and is expected to play against Tennessee. "He's doing fine. He's practicing. Last week he got a little bit dinged up. We didn't want to chance it. He's good to go," head coach Gene Chizik told the Birmingham News.
Analysis: He had eight carries for 83 yards in last week's win over Ball State but hurt his ankle.
News: McCalebb had eight carries for 83 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's victory over Ball St. on Saturday.
Analysis: McCalebb was able to get back on track after a poor Week 3 showing against West Virginia.
News: McCalebb had eight carries for just 20 yards in Auburn's victory over West Virginia on Saturday.
Analysis: McCalebb tore it up in his first two collegiate games but struggled against the Mountaineers. Expect a better performance when Auburn takes on Ball St. on Saturday.
News: McCalebb ran for 114 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Analysis: McCalebb is tiny, but he's a burner and can flat out run. The Auburn running game as a whole has been monstrous --McCalebb has 262 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries while the starter, Ben Tate, has 274 yards and one touchdown on 40 carries.
News: McCalebb rushed for 148 yards against Louisiana Tech last Saturday, and in doing so, rushed for more yards than did Bo Jackson in his first game for Auburn, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: ESPN.com's Chris Low highlights McCalebb as one to watch in the SEC in Week Two, with the freshman potentially putting up big numbers against what should be a winnable game for the Tigers against Mississippi State.
News: McCalebb ran for 148 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Analysis: He isn't going to start anytime soon, but this is still an impressive showing by the true freshman and the team is obviously eager to develop him. Expect McCalebb to become a fixture in the offense by the end of the year.
News: McCalebb, a 5-11, 165-pound true freshman, is competing with sophomore Eric Smith for the Auburn backup running back job, the Press-Register reports.
Analysis: Ben Tate figures to have the starting spot locked down, but it's always important to know who the backup is. At this point there isn't a clear leader in the race, but Smith does have a year of experience (and 70 pounds) on McCalebb. McCalebb is known as a lightning-fast runner, but he lacks the power of Smith and, at his size, brings durability concerns.