Auburn Family News: April 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Baseball. Auburn Baseball Notebook - April 30

Updates from the last seven days on No. 5 Auburn baseball including a series win at Mississippi State highlighted by a doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs at Dudy Noble Field.

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Auburn Baseball Notebook: Upward Climb

The Auburn Tigers got a huge series win at Mississippi State over the weekend to move into a tie for first in the SEC through seven weeks.

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The Auburn/Mississippi Softball Series



It was a perfect night for some softball on Saturday night and I just found a place to sit behind the left fence to rest from my bicycle ride around the Auburn campus. I could almost detect a playoff atmosphere in the air.

Auburn won the game on Friday night 4-2 and Kaylee Carlson pitched her 23rd win of the season. I will say it again. "She has the best change up in college softball". Victoria Draper had 2 hits and 1 RBI. Victoria is one of the fastest players in the SEC and once she gets on base, I always watch for her to steal. 

Here are the highlights of the game on Saturday night which is one of the best that I have seen. The night seemed to be magical with the walk off grand slam home run by Carlee Wallace. Auburn went into the last inning behind 2-1. Casey McCrackin led the inning off with a solo home run to tie the game so I was thinking an extra inning game. K K Crocker and Victoria Draper both had signals and Kasey Cooper drew a walk to load the bases. Carlee Wallace was at bat with a 3-1 count and she saw a pitch that she liked and blasted the ball over the center field fence to end the game 6-2. 


On Sunday, Auburn won 6-3 and Kasey Cooper became the all time RBI leader for the SEC. She added 3 more RBIs to her stats. She has the best eye for the ball in softball and could be part of the next USA Olympic Softball team. She has a 4.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering which is not an easy curriculum. 

Makayla Martin and Haley Fagan started the game so their suspension is now over. Makayla Martin got the win and Kaylee Carlson got her third save.

Auburn will face a familiar foe in Tuscaloosa on Friday for a 3 game series. All games will be televised on ESPN2 or the SEC Network so be sure to check your local TV listings.


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AU-MSU Series Softball Photo Gallery

The Auburn softball Tigers won three games in their final home series of the regular season as they honored the team's seniors.

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Softball. Cooper Breaks SEC Record, Tigers Complete Sweep on Senior Day

Cooper, who now has 267 RBI in her four years on The Plains, passed Charlotte Morgan of Alabama for the conference crown

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Bo Bikes Bama 2017



It was a beautiful day in Auburn, Alabama for a bicycle ride with Bo Jackson and many other cyclists. As you know, the money raised does go to a fund that has been set up to assist the storm victims in the State of Alabama. Bo Jackson has really hit a "home run" with this annual event.

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Baseball. 'Not done yet' - Auburn baseball wins at MSU, moves into first place

If the Auburn Tigers were looking for excuses Saturday at Mississippi State, they had plenty from which to choose.

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Cooper's Memorable Senior Day Leads Auburn

With Kasey Cooper driving home three runs, Auburn defeated Mississippi State as the senior broke an SEC record.

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Auburn Softball vs Mississippi State Series Recap: Tigers Get the Sweep!

Now that's more like it!

The Tigers had to come from behind a lot this weekend against the Bulldogs, but they still got the job done!

Game 1: 4-2 Auburn

The Bulldogs got on the board first in Game 1, scoring 2 runs in the top half of the 3rd inning. It didn't take long for Auburn to strike back, though. The Tigers added 2 in the bottom half of the inning after a bases loaded walk by Carlee Wallace scored one run and then an error on an Alyssa Rivera hit scored Victoria Draper. The Tigers took the lead in the next inning when a Victoria Draper single and a throwing error by MSU allowed Whitney Jordan and Bree Fornis to score.

That was all she wrote for the scoring in this one. Kaylee Carlson pitched seven innings - only allowing the 3rd inning 2-run homer, 6 hits, walking 1, and striking out 6 in 7 complete innings for the win.

Game 2: 6-2 Auburn

Saturday's game was even more dramatic for the Tigers. Kaylee Carlson hit the mound again for the second game in a row and again pitched a complete game. Her stat line was once again 6 hits allowed, but this time two of them were home runs in the 3rd and 4th innings that let the Bulldogs build a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers got one back in the 5th when Alyssa River hit a ball up the middle that scored Sydney Waldrop. Unfortunately, she tried to stretch it to 2 bases and was thrown out to end the inning before Carlee Wallace could score to tie it up.

The Tigers went into the bottom of the 7th needing at least one run to extend the game. They got just that with the first batter when Casey McCrackin launched an absolute bomb over the left-field fence to tie the game. That proved to be just the spark the Tigers needed.

KK Crocker followed McCrackin with a single. Victoria Draper did the same. Kasey Cooper came to the plate with a chance to win it and drew a walk. That put tiny little Carlee Wallace at the plate with the bases juiced and no outs. Wallace did just what she's done since she's been at Auburn as a freshman: she walked it off. This time with a grand slam.

Game 3: 6-3 Auburn

The Tigers got the first runs in Sunday's final game between the two. They got it in a big way, too, as Kasey Cooper hit a 2-run shot that vaulted her into the lead in the SEC's all-time standings for RBIs. She'd pick up another one in the 2nd inning on a bases-loaded groundout. With three games still to play in the regular season, she's 9th all-time in NCAA history with 266 RBIs.

Auburn's defense also set a record today with a program-record 43rd double play. That leads the NCAA this year, too.

Auburn put two more on the board and let Mississippi State get 3 before it was all over. Makayla Martin pitched the first 6 innings of the game in her first appearance since her suspension two weeks ago. Haley Fagan also got back in the action with a start at shortstop. She didn't get a hit on the day, but she did do pretty well in the field.

It was also Senior Day on the Plains as the Tigers honored the best Senior class in school history. They have by far more wins than any other Tigers team in school history.

Way Forward

Only one series remains before the SEC Tournament. That's a trip to face #13 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This year's SEC Tournament will be held in Knoxville, TN. After that? Auburn is almost sure to host an SEC Regional. It remains to be seen whether they will be a national seed and host a Super Regional should they make it that far. A lot rides on their performance next weekend and in the SEC Tournament before we figure that out.



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Kasey Cooper makes history, Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin return as No. 9 Auburn softball sweeps Mississippi State

Kasey Cooper made history and Haley Fagan and Makayla Martin returned from six-game suspensions to help Auburn complete the sweep of Mississippi State.

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Auburn's Kasey Cooper sets SEC softball all-time RBI record with a home run

Kasey Cooper reset the record books with a bang.

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Where Auburn's players ended up in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed as undrafted free agents

A look at where Auburn's draft-eligible players wound up being picked in the 2017 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agents.

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Where Auburn's players ended up in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed as undrafted free agents

A look at where Auburn's draft-eligible players wound up being picked in the 2017 NFL Draft and signed as undrafted free agents.

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No. 9 Auburn softball vs. Mississippi State live updates, analysis from Game 3


No. 9 Auburn will try to complete a series sweep of Mississippi Sate (34-17, 8-12 SEC) this afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.

The Tigers (42-8, 16-4 SEC) won Friday's game 4-2 and rallied for a 6-2 win in walk-off fashion on Saturday.

The Tigers were shorthanded Friday and Saturday but Haley Fagan and Makayla Martin are back in the starting lineup today.

Follow along with live updates from today's game.

PREGAME

Auburn starting lineup:
Victoria Draper - CF
Kasey Cooper - 3B
Carlee Wallace - C
Alyssa Rivera - RF
Haley Fagan - SS Returns after 6-game suspension
Kendall Veach - 1B
Jenna Abbott - DP Fifth start of the season
Carmyn Greenwood - LF
Casey McCrackin - 2B
Makayla Martin - P Returns after 6-game suspension

Mississippi State lineup:
Bevia Robinson - 2B
Kat Moore - LF
Caroline Seitz - 3B
Sarai Niu - 1B
Reggie Harrison - SS
Olivia Golden - RF
Calyn Adams - C
Alexis Silkwood - DP
Amanda Ivy - CF
Holly Ward - P



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Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin start for Auburn softball following 6-game suspensions

Haley Fagan and Makayla Martin returned to the starting lineup for No. 9 Auburn softball in its series finale against Mississippi State following six-game suspensions for their marijuana-related arrests earlier this month. Fagan and Martin started at shortstop and pitcher,...

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Football. Four Tiger selected in NFL Draft

The Auburn football program had four players take during the three-day NFL Draft, April 27-29, including defensive lineman Montravious Adams and defensive backs Johnathan Ford and Joshua Holsey.

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Four Tiger selected in NFL Draft

The Auburn football program had four players take during the three-day NFL Draft, April 27-29, including defensive lineman Montravious Adams and defensive backs Johnathan Ford and Joshua Holsey.

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A part of the Auburn story - David Housel reflects on storied career - Opelika Auburn News


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A part of the Auburn story - David Housel reflects on storied career
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“David is Mr. Auburn,” current Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. “There's nobody else even close. When you talk about Auburn, he's synonymous with it. All the good things that are represented by the Auburn family, that's what David Housel ...



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2017 NFL Draft: 19 players with Alabama football roots picked

Nineteen players from Alabama high schools and colleges had their names called when the NFL held its 82nd annual draft Thursday through Saturday. The players came from nine high schools and five colleges in the state.

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2017 NFL Draft: 19 players with Alabama football roots picked

Nineteen players from Alabama high schools and colleges had their names called when the NFL held its 82nd annual draft Thursday through Saturday. The players came from nine high schools and five colleges in the state.

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Partly Cloudy today!



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Recruiting notes from the trail: Hewitt-Trussville, Mountain Brook, Hoover, Jackson-Olin

Checking out top prospects at these four schools

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Recruiting notes from the trail: Hewitt-Trussville, Mountain Brook, Hoover, Jackson-Olin

Checking out top prospects at these four schools

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Baseball. No. 5 Auburn baseball sweeps doubleheader at MSU

Jeremy Johnson had a career-best three hits and Dylan Ingram hit a 2-run homer as No. 5 Auburn baseball knocked off eighth-ranked Mississippi State 5-3 to take the series and sweep a doubleheader Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

ITAT HD: Thompson Talks Sweep Of Bulldogs

Auburn Coach Butch Thompson discusses his team's sweep of a Saturday doubleheader at Mississippi State.

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Tigers Sweep Saturday Doubleheader From MSU

Auburn got a huge pitching performance in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader to take a 5-3 win over Mississippi State and take the series from the Bulldogs.

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No. 5 Auburn baseball sweeps doubleheader vs. No. 8 Mississippi State, takes weekend series

Auburn swept its doubleheader with Mississippi State to take the weekend series and draw even for first place in the SEC standings.

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Auburn Baseball vs Mississippi State Series Recap: Tigers Take Yet Another SEC Series!

Ladies and gentlemen, your SEC leaders: the Auburn Tigers

The Tigers have done it again! They've knocked off the leader in the SEC for the second weekend in a row and won yet another SEC series - and another one without one of their ace pitchers ever touching the mound - in defeating Mississippi State in two out of three. With that, Auburn is now tied for the SEC lead themselves! War. Damn. Eagle!

Game 1: 2-5 Mississippi State

The Bulldogs came away with the win in Game 1 as Auburn's bats just couldn't really figure out MSU's pitchers. Konnor Pilkington took the mound in Game 1 and threw 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run. They put two different relievers in to close it out with Riley Self getting the save.

Auburn's two runs came in the 4th and 5th inning as they were trying to battle back from Mississippi State's early lead. Jonah Todd scored the first run on a Josh Anthony sac fly. He scored the second run, as well, thanks to a throwing error with the bases loaded on a Dylan Ingram hit.

The Tigers had base runners in this one thanks to some walks, but they only garnered 4 hits on the day. It wasn't enough to overcome Mississippi State's 5 runs. There were some interesting times in this one as Keegan Thompson was booed loudly by the home fans when he hit two batters in one inning - three in the game. It's insane to think he would hit the second batter on purpose, though, since that put a runner on base with Brent Rooker - possibly the best hitter in the conference - up next.

Regardless, Auburn dropped its first opening game of a series so far this season in Friday night's contest. That's a crazy stat in and of itself.

Game 2: 17-8 Auburn

The Tigers got on the board first in Game 2 with a Will Holland sac fly that scored Josh Anthony in the 2nd inning. MSU came back with 2 runs to take the lead 2-1. They added another in the 3rd for a 3-1 lead. Then, the Tigers blew the doors off.

Through a series of events ending with a Dylan Ingram grand slam, Auburn put up 7 runs in the top of the 4th inning. They added another on another Will Holland sac fly in the 5th before MSU came back with 4 runs to cut Auburn's lead to 9-7. A Josh Anthony double scored Ingram in the 6th, and then in the 8th Auburn added even more thanks to a Will Holland walk with bases loaded and a Jonah Todd base-clearing triple. Todd then came home himself on a wild pitch.

The Tigers didn't really need any insurance, but they added more runs in the 9th to reach the final margin of 17-8. It was the most runs scored by Auburn in a game this season and marks the 2nd weekend in a row that the Tigers have put up 15+ on a team considered the top in the SEC.

Auburn's bats were coming alive just when they needed them to the most. Davis Daniel pitched the first 4.1 innings of this game, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits. It wasn't his best outing. Cole Lipscomb came on in relief and pitched the final 4.2, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 4 and walking none.

Game 3: 5-3 Auburn

With Game 3 being a doubleheader, Andrew Mitchell started the game on the mound for the Tigers and Casey Mize took another weekend off. He pitched a pretty strong 4.1 innings with only 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 3. Meanwhile, Auburn used another big 4th inning to build a good lead on the home team.

Connor Davis got the fun started with a 2-RBI single up the middle. After hitting a grand slam in the first game, Dylan Ingram then fired off a 2-run homer in the same inning as his earlier dinger. Finally, Jeremy Johnson picked up his 2nd RBI on the day to close out the scoring in the 4th with a double that scored Josh Anthony.

Those 5 runs were all Auburn would get, though. Mississippi State got one back in the bottom half of the inning. They added another in in the bottom of the 7th to cut the lead to 5-2. It could have been much worse, though, as Auburn was able to pitch out of a jam with Elliot Anderson and Calvin Coker on the mound in relief of Andrew Mitchell late in the game.

Things got a bit hairy in the 9th. Brent Rooker - probably the best hitter in the SEC - opened the inning with a lead-off home run to cut the lead to 5-3. That was all Mississippi State could rally for, though, as Coker sat down the next three batters thanks to some fine defensive work - including one of many great plays by Will Holland on the night - to end the game and clinch the series for the Tigers.

Way Forward

The Tigers' next series is a home tilt against hated rival Alabama. The Tide are one of the worst teams in the conference - a spot they were predicted to share with Auburn going into the season - which should set Auburn up nicely on the road to hopefully hosting a Regional. Of course, bad Alabama baseball teams have been known to trip up Auburn before, so let's not get too excited.

Still, there was a lot to like about this series. The issues we've known about are still there, but the Tigers' bats are really heating up at just the right time. If the starting pitching of all three normal weekend starters comes together at the same time with the Tigers' bats, then there's no one in the country that this team can't play with.

Only a road series against LSU and a homestand against Ole Miss will remain after next weekend's Alabama series. Auburn is almost assured of a NCAA spot no matter how those two series go. Winning all three of the remaining series, though, could mean that Auburn is in play to stay home through a trip to Nebraska.

War Eagle!



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Auburn's Carl Lawson, Rudy Ford, Josh Holsey selected in day 3 of NFL Draft

Carl Lawson was one of three former Auburn players drafted and four others who signed as undrafted free agents on Saturday

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Auburn's Carl Lawson, Rudy Ford, Josh Holsey selected in day 3 of NFL Draft

Carl Lawson was one of three former Auburn players drafted and four others who signed as undrafted free agents on Saturday

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Softball. Carlee Wallace Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam in Thrilling Comeback Win

The home run keyed a five-run inning to send the Tigers to the comeback victory

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Auburn softball defeats Mississippi State 6-2



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Tigers Slam Bulldogs With Walk-Off Homer

Auburn will go for an SEC softball series sweep on Sunday following a dramatic walk-off victory on Saturday night.

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Baseball. Lipscomb, No. 5 Auburn baseball shuts down Bulldogs

Cole Lipscomb pitched a season-long 4.2 innings in relief as No. 5 Auburn baseball defeated No. 8 Mississippi State 17-8 in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. 4x400m relay highlights final day of Penn Relays

Auburn track and field blew the field away to win the Penn Relays 4x400 meter Men’s Championship of America for the first time since 1991, on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.

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No. 9 Auburn softball rallies for walk-off win over Mississippi State

Carlee Wallace's walk-off grand slam won the game for No. 9 Auburn

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No. 5 Auburn baseball vs. No. 8 Mississippi State live score updates, analysis from series finale

Live updates as No. 5 Auburn takes on No. 8 Mississippi State in the back end of a doubleheader for the series finale.

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2017 NFL Draft Story Stream

Your place to find all Auburn NFL Draft stories!

Do you like watching broadcasters talk for a few hours and pontificate on the possible future of 20-22+ year old former college kids? Well, tonight is your night! Former NFL players and pundits will discuss the merits of each choice in more detail than you can possibly stomach and they'll do it over the course of three nights!

If you're like me, though, you only want to know when former Auburn players get drafted. That's why I'm thankful for things like Twitter. I can follow along and see if an Auburn player is drafted and then fill in and post our draft profiles of said players without having to actually watch it all. I know I'm not going to watch Saturday's rounds. There are Weiner Dog races in Buda, TX just up the road from me in San Antonio and there's no way I'm missing that hilarity.

If you do want to watch it, though, here's the information you need. You can watch it on multiple channels, but I'd recommend NFL Network over ESPN just on general principle. Of course, NFL Network is crazy enough that they're even doing a Red Carpet for this shindig. It's all a bit nuts.

Round 1:

Thursday, 27 April

Time: 8:00 pm Eastern / 7:00 pm Central.

Round 2 & 3:

Friday, 28 April

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Central

Round 4 - 7:

Saturday, 29 April

Time: 12:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Central.

Who Gets Drafted?

So, when will Auburn's players get drafted? Well, it's looking more and more like Carl Lawson will drop to the 2nd round or so. Monty Adams may be around that timeframe, too. So, I doubt an Auburn player gets drafted tonight. It could still happen, though.

Of the Tigers' draft-eligible players, I'm still going with Carl, Monty, and Rudy Ford getting drafted. Robert Leff MAY get drafted, too, in a late round. If not, I don't think he'll have a trouble finding a team to pick him up as an undrafted free agent, though. The same goes with Josh Holsey. Holsey will get a chance, but no one is going to draft him because of his injury history.

We'll find out very soon, though!



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Tigers Even Series With 17-8 Win

Auburn pounded out 14 hits and had 15 RBI in a 17-8 win over Miss. State in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in Starkville.

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Dylan Ingram powers No. 5 Auburn baseball past No. 8 Mississippi State in 1st game of doubleheader

Former Mississippi State signee Dylan Ingram hit a grand slam against his former team to help lead No. 5 Auburn to a 15-8 win against No. 8 Mississippi State in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader.

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Where did Auburn's undrafted players sign as free agents?

Auburn had three players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft but several more will begin their professional careers as undrafted free agents.

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Where did Auburn's undrafted players sign as free agents?

Auburn had three players selected in the 2017 NFL Draft but several more will begin their professional careers as undrafted free agents.

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2017 NFL Undrafted Free Agent Tracker: Auburn Tigers

For those Tigers who didn't get drafted, where will they end up?

Every year, there are players who go undrafted who hoped to hear their names called as one of the many in the NFL Draft. For many of them, as soon as the Draft ends their phone starts ringing with calls from NFL teams who want to offer them an Undrafted Free Agent spot.

There have been plenty of Tigers who have done very well with those spots in recent years. A number of Tigers - like Chris Davis, Brandon King, Trovon Reed, and many others - have found their way onto active rosters and contributed to their teams in a big way through this route.

This year is sure to be no exception. While Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams, Rudy Ford, and Josh Holsey all heard their names called over Draft Weekend, there were others who didn't. Some were due to injury concerns. Some were due to there just not being enough picks in the Draft.

We'll update this post as we get more information on where each one of them signs. We'll also link back to articles or FanShots written about them as they get published as well.

Free Agent Signings: For those Tigers who didn't get drafted, where will they end up?



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Auburn Defensive Back Josh Holsey Drafted by the Washington Redskins in Round 7

Of all the players drafted, I think I'm most excited about this one.

I still remember the moment I watched a Josh Holsey play and said: "that kid is going to be something special." It was early in the 2012 LSU game when he had a terrific pass breakup on a deep ball. Little did I know the ups-and-downs his career would go through from there.

Holsey was a stand-out early in 2013 in Auburn's secondary before suffering a knee injury in practice just prior to that year's Texas A&M game. He came back from that in 2014 and had a pretty decent year. Then, in 2015, he suffered yet another knee injury early in Game 2 against Jacksonville State. He came back from that and had a pretty good year in 2016.

With his knee injury history, there were questions about his health. He wasn't invited to the Combine. I don't think anyone really expected him to be called in this year's NFL Draft. It surely wasn't due to his ability. Holsey had some game-saving interceptions for the Tigers this year and has been a great DB when healthy.

So, it is with great pleasure that we get to say he was chosen today in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

War Eagle, Josh! We're so happy for you. You've overcome so much and worked so hard to be here. We know you'll do yourself and the Auburn Family proud at the next level!



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AU's Holsey Drafted by Redskins

Josh Holsey became the fourth Tiger taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Bengals Coaches High On Lawson

The defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals give their take on Auburn's Carl Lawson.

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Auburn's Josh Holsey selected by the Washington Redskins in the NFL Draft

Josh Holsey didn't receive an invite to the NFL Combine or any all-star games but the former Auburn defensive back got drafted on Sunday.

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Auburn's Josh Holsey selected by the Washington Redskins in the NFL Draft

Josh Holsey didn't receive an invite to the NFL Combine or any all-star games but the former Auburn defensive back got drafted on Sunday.

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Auburn Tiger Johnathan "Rudy" Ford Chosen By the Cardinals in Round 6

Arizona gets a versatile - and fast - playmaker in the 6th round.

Johnathan "Rudy" Ford came to Auburn as a running back. He was converted to defensive back prior to his freshman 2013 season and flourished there for the rest of his career. He led the Tigers in tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons. If he hadn't lost time in 2016 due to injury, he likely would have been at or near the top again in his final season.

Now, he's officially a Cardinal as he was chosen with the 208th pick in Round 6.

The Cardinals are getting one of the most versatile players in football. He can play Safety or Nickel. He can return kicks.
He rushes the passer well on Safety blitzes. He can even run the football on offense if you need him to.

Rudy is a smart football player and is also an all-around great guy. On a personal note, when I was still at Auburn as an ROTC instructor, Rudy came down with a couple of other players (Byron Cowart and Daniel Carlson in particular) and played a big game of tug-of-war with our Cadets at our end-of-year event. All of the players came down and shook the Cadets' hands, but those three in particular stuck around and hung out with everyone for a while.

He'll make a great addition as a player and as a person to the Cardinals roster.

Good luck, Rudy! War Eagle!



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Ford Drafted by Arizona Cardinals

Rudy Ford was the third Auburn player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Auburn's Rudy Ford selected by the Arizona Cardinals in NFL Draft

Rudy Ford was selected on the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Auburn's Rudy Ford selected by the Arizona Cardinals in NFL Draft

Rudy Ford was selected on the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Auburn softball could make change at shortstop whether Haley Fagan plays or not

Auburn's Montravius Adams' life changes on Day 2, Carl Lawson slides to Day 3 of NFL Draft

Auburn baseball vs. Mississippi State live score updates, analysis from 1st game of doubleheader

Live updates and analysis from the first game of Saturday's doubleheader between No. 5 Auburn and No. 8 Mississippi State.

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Report: Auburn softball's Haley Fagan did not test positive for marijuana following arrest

Haley Fagan did not test positive for marijuana or any other substance other than alcohol following her arrest on April 20, according to a copy of her drug test results published by FloSoftball.com.

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New Packers DT Montravius Adams 'thankful' to get drafted and have first child on same day

Auburn softball could make change at shortstop whether Haley Fagan plays or not

Auburn could make a change at shortstop on Saturday whether Haley Fagan returns to the lineup or not.

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Carl Lawson is a pass-rushing steal for the Bengals

Carl Lawson Chosen by Cincinnati in the Fourth Round of the NFL Draft

Bengals Select Lawson In 4th Round

Carl Lawson has been selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

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Oh, Baby: Adams’ Day Ends in Green Bay

Montravius Adams, an All-American defensive lineman from Auburn, became a father and a member of the Packers on Friday.

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Cyclists, celebrities converge in Auburn for Bo Bikes Bama

Bo Jackson started the event in 2012 in response to the series of storms and tornadoes that tore through Alabama on April 27, 2011.

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Cyclists, celebrities converge in Auburn for Bo Bikes Bama

Bo Jackson started the event in 2012 in response to the series of storms and tornadoes that tore through Alabama on April 27, 2011.

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Auburn's Carl Lawson selected by Cincinnati Bengals in NFL Draft

Carl Lawson has finally found a professional home.

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Auburn DE Carl Lawson drafted by Bengals with 116th overall pick; second Tigers DE selected since 2014 (Dee Ford) (ESPN)

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Auburn's Carl Lawson selected by Cincinnati Bengals in NFL Draft

Carl Lawson has finally found a professional home.

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Auburn offers 5-star QB committed to Big Ten school

Auburn could sign more than one quarterback this year.

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Auburn offers 5-star QB committed to Big Ten school

Auburn could sign more than one quarterback this year.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates for final day

Follow along as NFL teams complete the league's 82nd draft with rounds four through seven on Saturday.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates for final day

Follow along as NFL teams complete the league's 82nd draft with rounds four through seven on Saturday.

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A memorable night for Packers draft pick Montravius Adams

Everything coaches and players said about Byron Cowart's spring - 247Sports


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Everything coaches and players said about Byron Cowart's spring
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AUBURN, Ala. — Byron Cowart doesn't have much to show for his two years at defensive end. The junior enters spring camp with 12 career tackles and zero sacks. The startling lack of production for the former No. 1 overall recruit has Auburn trying him ...



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Auburn Tigers 2017-2018 Official Hype Video

The AUfficial hype video from MrAuburnBoy



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Auburn's Montravius Adams' life changes on Day 2, Carl Lawson slides to Day 3 of NFL Draft

Baseball. No. 5 Baseball comes up short in opener at State

Jonah Todd extended his hitting streak to 11 games, but No. 5 Auburn baseball fell 5-2 to No. 8 Mississippi State Friday at Dudy Noble Field.

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Montravius Adams: What scouts say

Health An Issue For Auburn On Saturday

Auburn dropped Friday's opener at Mississippi State and faces a tough test with a Saturday doubleheader against the Bulldogs.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Auburn's Montravius Adams' life changes on Day 2 as Carl Lawson slides to Day 3 of NFL Draft

Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player off the board in the NFL Draft on Friday, while Carl Lawson will wait until Day 3 to hear his name called.

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Auburn's Montravius Adams' life changes on Day 2 as Carl Lawson slides to Day 3 of NFL Draft

Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player off the board in the NFL Draft on Friday, while Carl Lawson will wait until Day 3 to hear his name called.

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Montravius Adams Drafted By Packers

Montravius Adams will get his shot to play in the National Football League.

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ITAT HD: Thompson Talks Friday Loss At MSU

Auburn Coach Butch Thompson talks loss to Mississippi State to open the series on Friday night.

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Tigers Fall 5-2 To MSU On Friday

Auburn fell to Mississippi State 5-2 on Friday night to open the series in Starkville.

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Softball. Carlson, Draper Pace Tigers to Victory Friday Night

Auburn improves to 41-8 following triumph over Mississippi State at Jane B. Moore Field

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Women break school record on day two of Penn Relays

The Auburn women shattered the Auburn 4x100 meter relay on day two of the 123rd Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday. Five Tigers and two relays will compete for championships at the prestigious event on Saturday.

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No. 5 Auburn baseball falls in series opener to No. 8 Mississippi State

Auburn mustered just four hits in the series-opening loss in Starkville, Miss.

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Auburn Defensive Tackle Montravius Adams Chosen By Green Bay Packers in the 3rd Round.

Monty Adams is a Green Bay Packer

Montravius Adams arrived at Auburn as one of Gus Malzahn's first recruits and one of Rodney Garner's first big signees on the Plains. Now, four years later, he's headed to the NFL. He was chosen tonight in Round 3 by the Green Bay Packers.

Adams showed so much potential as a freshman, plugging lanes and affecting plays. His stat lines weren't very impressive, but it was obvious from the start that he had a lot of talent.

His sophomore and junior years continued to show much of the same. A lot of talent, but the effort just wasn't where it needed to be. Then, 2016 arrived. In his senior season, Adams finished second on the team in QB hurries, sacks, and tackles for loss. The person he finished 2nd to in all of those categories? That would be Carl Lawson.

Adams can do it all as an interior lineman. He can bull-rush the line and break up a handoff at the mesh point. He can sack the QBs. He can stop the running back at the LOS or just behind it. Shoot, he can even intercept passes and run them back. If he keeps building on the progress he made this year, then he'll have a heck of a career in the NFL.

Good luck, Monty. We'll miss you and be pulling for you in Green Bay.

War Eagle!



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Auburn's Montravius Adams selected late in 3rd round of NFL Draft

Montravius Adams was selected by the Green Bay Packers on the second day of the NFL Draft.

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Auburn's Montravius Adams selected late in 3rd round of NFL Draft

Montravius Adams was selected by the Green Bay Packers on the second day of the NFL Draft.

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Carlson Picks Up 23rd Victory

The Auburn Tigers rallied for a 4-2 softball victory on Friday night.

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Victoria Draper sets the table, cleans up for No. 9 Auburn sotball in win over Mississippi State

Victoria Draper can not only set the table for Auburn's power hitters, she can drive in runs too.

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State's top prospect Justyn Ross announces top 11

Updating the top player's recruitment

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State's top prospect Justyn Ross announces top 11

Updating the top player's recruitment

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Football. 'Give her a big hug' - Rudy Ford at home for NFL Draft

When Rudy Ford gets the call this weekend from the NFL, the first person with whom he'll share the good news won't be able to congratulate him.

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Baseball. Baseball series schedule at Mississippi St. adjusted

Due to expected inclement weather in the Starkville area on Sunday, No. 5 Auburn baseball and eighth-ranked Mississippi State will now play a split doubleheader Saturday at Dudy Noble Field at 2 pm and 7 pm CT.

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No. 5 Auburn baseball vs. No. 8 Mississippi State live score updates, analysis

Live updates from Game 1 of No. 5 Auburn's three-game series at No. 8 Mississippi State.

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No. 9 Auburn softball vs. Mississippi State live updates, analysis

Follow along as Auburn softball opens a series with Mississippi State

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'Give her a big hug' - Rudy Ford at home for NFL Draft

When Rudy Ford gets the call this weekend from the NFL, the first person with whom he'll share the good news won't be able to congratulate him.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates for 2nd, 3rd rounds

Follow along as teams make their selections in the second and third rounds of the 82nd NFL Draft on Friday night in Philadelphia.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates for 2nd, 3rd rounds

Follow along as teams make their selections in the second and third rounds of the 82nd NFL Draft on Friday night in Philadelphia.

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Auburn Baseball Report: Week 10 - 247Sports


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Auburn Baseball Report: Week 10
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Auburn's pitchers gave up just one home run to Arkansas, which came in first in the SEC and second nationally in home runs. They did not walk a batter on Friday or Sunday. They did it all without ace starter Casey Mize, who sat out the series to rest ...

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Auburn Softball vs Mississippi State Series Preview and How to Watch

The Tigers take on the Bulldogs in the last home series of the season.

Auburn. Mississippi State. Haven't I already written this preview? Oh, yeah, that was baseball.

Yep, that's right, while the Baseball Tigers are taking on the Baseball Bulldogs in Starkville, the Softball Tigers welcome the Softball Bulldogs to the Plains for a weekend tilt.

Unlike the baseball series, though, this is not going to be a Top Ten match-up. It's barely a match-up with a single Top Ten team as Auburn has slipped a bit in the polls over the last few weeks. The Bulldogs are 28th if you count into the "others receiving votes" category while Auburn is 9th.

ERA Opponent ERA Batting AVG Opponent's BA% Slugging % On Base %
Auburn 1.71 5.74 .283 .220 .458 .408
MSU 2.87 3.14 .247 .230 .335 .339

This series is at home. It's the seniors' last for-sure time to play at Jane B. Moore Field. Are they likely to get a NCAA Regional? Sure, but this is their last time to play in front of a true home crowd. This is a series that Auburn should dominate.

There are questions surrounding the series, though. The suspended players are back with the team, but they didn't travel to Montgomery for the mid-week game. Will they play this weekend? Will Haley Fagan get the nod at SS? Will Makayla Martin get her spot back as Saturday's pitcher or did Ashlee Swindle's performance last weekend in Columbia give her a good chance to supplant Martin in the rotation? Officially, they're still suspended but will be in uniform.

The bats certainly looked good Wednesday night, but that was against Alabama State. Still, it was good to see Kasey Cooper pick up 4 RBIs and hopefully have her game back. The revelation of the year has been freshman Alyssa Rivera who is hitting a marvelous .422 on the season. Victoria Draper is almost a guaranteed baserunner, as well, with her speed to 1st on any hit.

Mississippi State has a good rotation of pitchers, but none on the level of Auburn's. Still, though, a team ERA of 2.87 is pretty good. That should show you just how key it is to get any run you can in the SEC this year. That has been the biggest issue for Auburn, so far. The Tigers have left way too many runners on base.

Auburn should win this series. Auburn should sweep this series. They honestly need to sweep this series before heading to Tuscaloosa for a big showdown with the Tahd next weekend. Let's see if they can put it all together and maybe even add another component with Ashlee Swindle pitching with Makayla Martin.

How to Watch:

Friday, April 28th: 6:00 pm Central, WatchESPN

Saturday, April 29th: 6:00 pm Central, WatchESPN

Sunday, April 30th: 12:00 pm Cental, WatchESPN



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3 Auburn softball players issue apologies for marijuana-related arrests

Eight days after their marijuana-related arrests, Auburn's Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette issued public apologies via Twitter on Friday.

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Powerful Jackson-Olin lineman, SEC target Coynis Miller keeping options open

ESPN’s Sports Science Analyzes Carl Lawson

Carl Lawson is a beast, and sometimes beasts need to be studied to understand what makes up their beastlihood. Yes, that’s a word.

Auburn football players are no stranger to the studies done by ESPN’s Sports Science. In fact, Carl is the 4th Auburn Tiger to be weighed, measured, and found not wanting by the show. To nobody’s surprise, they’ve determined that he’s the hardest hitting defensive player they’ve ever studied.

And I’m not sure sure what this is, but it’s apparently Carl’s view during some of the tests. I’m dizzy.



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Baseball. Casey Mize returns, Auburn tries to 'write our own script' in top 10 matchup

A pregame reunion. An in-game showdown for SEC West supremacy.Auburn's road trip to Mississippi State allows Butch Thompson to see his daughter, friends and former players, and his pitching staff return to full strength.

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Friday Football & Baseball Tiger Tidbits

News and notes from Auburn football, baseball and softball are featured in Friday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com.

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The 'light has clicked on' for Auburn reserve linebacker Richard McBryde

Richard McBryde, a former four-star linebacker, has appeared in just nine games through his first two seasons at Auburn.

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The 'light has clicked on' for Auburn reserve linebacker Richard McBryde

Richard McBryde, a former four-star linebacker, has appeared in just nine games through his first two seasons at Auburn.

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Powerful Jackson-Olin lineman, SEC target Coynis Miller keeping options open

Updating Coynis Miller's recruitment

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Powerful Jackson-Olin lineman, SEC target Coynis Miller keeping options open

Updating Coynis Miller's recruitment

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Carlson Says It's Time to Get Tourney Ready

Auburn closes its regular season home softball schedule with three games this weekend vs. Mississippi State.

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Auburn Baseball vs Mississippi State Series Preview and How to Watch

For the [checks calendar] 7th weekend in a row, it's the biggest series of the season for the Tigers.

Week after week, we've watched Auburn test themselves against the best in the SEC and come out victorious in all but one series. They've played - and beat - most of the favorites for the 2017 SEC title. Now, for the second weekend in a row, Auburn will face the team leading the SEC race.

The difference this week is that Auburn will have all of its aces available. Will Casey Mize pitch this weekend? I think that's how the first two games go. Auburn hasn't won a middle game in a series since the sweep of Florida in Week 1 of the SEC schedule. If the Tigers go into Sunday looking to sweep, then I think Mize may rest another weekend. If they're in a rubber game or just needing a victory to avoid being swept, then I think Mize will see the mound.

Keegan Thompson and Davis Daniel will be on the mound for the Tigers, though. That's always good news for Auburn fans. Now, let's take a look at Kevin's Always Awesome Infographic and get a look at the numbers in this one.

So, I like these numbers for the Tigers. I don't know enough about MSU's pitchers, but if they're throwing pitches that aren't amazing breaking balls (which Auburn has struggled with), then I think Auburn is in a good position to get the bat on the ball.

In terms of pitching, we know Auburn has fantastic starting pitchers. They're going to have to go a long way in each game, though, as they've needed to do every weekend as Auburn's bullpen is still a mixed bag. Brent Rooker is one of the better hitters in the SEC. He's currently batting an amazing .405 and has 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. He has an unbelievable .893 slugging percentage. And he's just one of a few great hitters on this MSU club. There's a reason they've only lost one SEC series this year.

For Auburn, Jonah Todd leads the way with a .384 batting average. He and Jay Estes (.288) are the Double Brothers, with 13 and 14, respectively. There are three other Tigers with double-digit doubles, too. Freshman Conor Davis has been a huge addition to the team, senior Daniel Robert is really taking on a leadership role, and then there's Josh Anthony.

Anthony entered last weekend as one of the best fielders on the team, but he'd struggled to find his bat that made him such a huge prospect coming out of JUCO. He's currently hitting .290, which doesn't look great, but to show you how big his weekend was against Arkansas, he went into that series batting .248. If Anthony has really found his bat, then this group becomes even more of a threat to the rest of college baseball.

It's a road SEC series in a really tough park. There's the fun aspect that it's Butch Thompson's first trip back to Starkville since he left as an assistant coach to be Auburn's head man. The lead in the SEC race with only three series to go (after this one) is on the line. This is a huge series for Auburn and for the SEC race in general. Auburn has earned their way into the Top 10 when they were expected to finish last in the conference. A series win here and the SEC lead could really put Auburn in the driver's seat for hosting a regional and maybe - yes, maybe - even a national seed.

GO GET 'EM, TIGERS!!!

How to Watch (also in the Infographic):

Friday, 28 April: 6:30 pm Central, WatchESPN

Saturday, 29 April: 7:00 pm Central, SEC Network

Sunday, 30 April: 12:00 pm Central, SEC Network



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Jason Caldwell's Friday Auburn Mailbag Column

Auburn football is featured in this edition of Jason Caldwell's Friday Mailbag column as he answers questions on AU sports.

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Auburn's Butch Thompson makes return trip to Mississippi State for top-10 matchup

Butch Thompson spent 7 1/2 years as an assistant at Mississippi State. This weekend he returns as the head coach of a top-five team as No. 5 Auburn takes on No. 8 Mississippi State.

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Tigers Looking To Keep Momentum Going At MSU

Auburn faces off against Mississippi State with first place in the SEC West baseball race on the line.

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Everything coaches and players said about Malik Willis' spring - 247Sports


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Everything coaches and players said about Malik Willis' spring
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Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey pumped the brakes comparing freshman quarterback Malik Willis to Nick Marshall, but it didn't stop players from making the connection. Willis was one of the most praised individual players throughout spring ...

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Tommy Tuberville makes decision on whether to run for governor - 247Sports


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Tommy Tuberville makes decision on whether to run for governor
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AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville will not run for governor in Alabama after two months of exploring the possibility in 2018, a person familiar with the situation tells AuburnUndercover. Tuberville was serious about the potential run ...

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'Pretty cool:' A different kind of road trip for Thompson - 247Sports


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'Pretty cool:' A different kind of road trip for Thompson
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(Photo: Auburn University. In so many ways, Starkville, Miss., is home for Auburn baseball coach Butch Thompson. It was Mississippi State head coach John Cohen who gave Thompson's career a boost when things ended in disappointment in 2008 after three ...

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Will Jeremiah Dinson return to Auburn's starting lineup at Nickel?

No. 9 Auburn softball hosts Mississippi State in 'huge' final regular season home series

The end of the regular season is just a week away and No. 9 Auburn needs to start firing on all cylinders in order to get back to Oklahoma City.

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3 arrested Auburn softball players will be in uniform vs. Mississippi State, but remain suspended indefinitely - Opelika Auburn News


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3 arrested Auburn softball players will be in uniform vs. Mississippi State, but remain suspended indefinitely
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Myers said he has not had any conversations with athletics director Jay Jacobs about the length of the suspensions. “It is my decision 100 percent,” he said. “I run my program. If there's a problem, then I answer to the powers that be. It's program to ...

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Offensive Coordinator Chip Lindsey: A Former Player’s Perspective

Jan 21, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; New Auburn Tigers offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is introduced to the media following the basketball game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

The average Auburn fan knows Chip Lindsey’s numerous accolades. They know about Arizona State and Southern Miss. They know about his time at Auburn in 2013 as an analyst. They may know that he was a terrific high school head coach at Spain Park and one of the assistant coaches of legendary high school coach Rich Propst at Hoover. However, lost among those various bios is his time as a coach at Sparkman High School, his first football coaching job. 

That’s where his story really begins and it’s one that I can share because I was there.

My first memory of Chip Lindsey came in 1998 on a hot and muggy Alabama summer morning. Sure, it was humid as almost every summer morning is in Alabama, but “The Pit” at Sparkman High School was a step beyond humid. It was named “The Pit” for a reason. In a time of exploding high school mega-stadiums, Sparkman High School’s football field was a throwback to a gladiator’s pit more so than a high school football field. The field was dug into the earth by about 20 feet from the surrounding area with modest home side seats set on the hill and a minuscule set of concrete visitor bleachers that were between the field and a fence that surrounded the school’s sewage pond. 

In many ways, that field represented Sparkman High School football. Sparkman football, notwithstanding the occasional decent years, has been a train wreck for three decades. Despite trading places with Bob Jones as the largest school north of Birmingham and having all kind of access to talent due to the sheer numbers, the school had been to the playoffs just once since 1982 (1996).

The offense needed a resurgence and coach Obie Childers was put under enormous pressure to revamp the offense and produce in his fourth year, or else it would be his final year. He looked outside the available coaches in the area and tapped a fresh out of college coach in Chip Lindsey who had just one year experience coaching  baseball at Springville High School. 

On that hot summer morning, I met my new offensive coordinator and position coach. He took one look at me and told me I would be swapping positions. 

That was a tough pill to swallow for a sixteen year old who had played quarterback at Sparkman since the seventh grade.  It took me a long time, years even, to really understand the how and why. 

Being a five-foot-three and a run-first quarterback who could also run and catch, the move made sense. Sparkman had probably thrown a total of twenty passes in the three years I had been playing there and the new offensive coordinator wanted to open up the offense via the pass. Playing receiver wasn’t nearly as glamorous as quarterback. It didn’t have the prestige, but it was a team game… some say the ultimate team game. And it didn’t matter who was playing quarterback if no one could catch the passes.

Lindsey was the only coach that I had ever played under that believed in a true building block approach to becoming better, starting with the very basics: mechanics. Before his arrival, practices were nothing but 11-on-11, play after play. Lindsey broke down his players from the ground up. We spent our first days on feet and spacing. A week on hand placement and attacking the ball. Two weeks (and a ton of time in the classroom) on route trees and footwork. By the time we lined up against the opposing secondary, we were miles ahead of the defense on the little things, which allowed us to succeed. 

There is a reason that his time at Sparkman isn’t well publicized. 1998 was a rough year for the program. Sparkman was four and six, missed the playoffs again, and Obie Childers was fired. Although Lindsey was retained, I didn’t see the field a single down as a varsity player, the only year that happened. That was tough for a one-time future starting QB. 1999 wasn’t much better, nor was 2000. I graduated, having never turned into the quarterback that I hoped and dreamed to be, nor did I play in college. Lindsey moved to Deshler, undoubtedly wondering about his future as a coach. 

Obviously, things worked out for both of us, regardless of our mutual past at a bad football program. Yet, that time together was also influential for both of us though it is doubtful he remembers me. I learned so much about mechanics and attention to detail and just as much about being a team player. As I look back on those years, it is obvious why he has succeeded. In a time of instant gratification, he focused on doing things from the ground up and sometimes that is unappreciated. 

Will his time at Auburn be a success? There is too much involved to know, especially with the things outside of his control. However, from a former player’s perspective, I can tell you that the Auburn offense will be both prepared and technically sound. 

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Link sAUsage: 28 April 2017

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

BASEBALL

It's a huge weekend for Auburn in Starkville. The official site's preview is up. Ours will be up around 10:00 am Central.

In "really big news" for Auburn, Casey Mize should be available to pitch this weekend for the Tigers.

BASKETBALL

Chad Prewitt has received a promotion at Auburn and will now be the Director of Basketball Operations, replacing Stephen Pearl who is now an on-court assistant.

GOLF

Women's Golf is heading to a NCAA Regional. They'll be in the Athens Regional which will take place from 8-10 May.

SOFTBALL

It's a pretty big weekend for the Tigers on the softball field, as well, as they will also take on Mississippi State. They'll be doing it at home, though. Here's the official site's preview. Ours will be up around 2:00 pm Central.

FOOTBALL

CROOTIN'!!! AUNerd's weekly recruiting update is here. See the positions Auburn needs immediate help in from the 2018 class and a round-up of new offers.

The NFL Draft is going on right now in case you missed it. Here's information on how to watch it.

In good news for the 2017 Tigers, K.J. Britt has been cleared to participate in summer workouts after having to sit out the Spring with an injury. He could be an immediate contributor if he learns the defense quick enough.



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Will Jeremiah Dinson return to Auburn's starting lineup at Nickel?

Break down of Auburn's Nickels following spring practice

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Will Jeremiah Dinson return to Auburn's starting lineup at Nickel?

Break down of Auburn's Nickels following spring practice

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AM Fog/PM Sun today!



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Football legend Kevin Phillips to return to Sunderland for talk-in events

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Track & Field, Cross Country. Auburn 4x100 meter relay highlights day one of Penn Relays

The Auburn women’s 4x100 meter relay highlighted day one of the 123rd Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., advancing to tomorrow’s Championship of America.

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Hoover's Shedrick Jackson, nephew of Bo Jackson, keeping options open despite lineage

Softball. Auburn Softball Hosts Mississippi State for Final Home Series

The Tigers have won 40 games for the seventh time in program history, including all four seasons under Coach Myers

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2017 Auburn Hype Video



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Attorneys: No indictment for ex-Auburn TE

Auburn freshman linebacker K.J. Britt cleared for summer workouts

K.J. Britt missed all of spring due to an undisclosed leg injury.

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Auburn freshman linebacker K.J. Britt cleared for summer workouts

K.J. Britt missed all of spring due to an undisclosed leg injury.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates from 1st round

Follow along as the 82nd NFL Draft starts with the 32 selections of the first round on Thursday night.

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NFL Draft 2017 live updates from 1st round

Follow along as the 82nd NFL Draft starts with the 32 selections of the first round on Thursday night.

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When will Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin, Brittany Maresette return to Auburn softball lineup?

A week after their marijuana-related arrests, Auburn's Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette remain suspended indefinitely but will be in uniform when No. 9 Auburn hosts Mississippi State this weekend.

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Myers: Trio Still Suspended

The Auburn sophomore Tigers will close their regular season home schedule with three games vs. Mississippi State.

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Auburn Football Recruiting: Evaluating Auburn’s Top Needs in 2018 Class

It’s important that each year Auburn signs early impact players at positions of need. Today, we look at how they are faring at that task in the 2018 class.

There are many different ways you can grade a recruiting class. Most recruiting sites measure both quality of talent and the amount of new talent a class is bringing in. Another way is to look at a class’s average player grade. Clemson finished outside the top 10 the last 2-3 years in recruiting because they signed smaller classes but their average player rank puts them in the top 10.

One way I like to evaluate the success of a recruiting class is seeing whether or not a team is bringing in impact players at positions of need. One reason I was really high on last year’s class despite it having a lower ranking is Auburn signed guys like Jarrett Stidham, Calvin Ashley and Big Cat Bryant who could all potentially step in and help Auburn at positions of possible weakness in 2017. Obviously, you would love to sign a well balanced class that brings in studs at every position but unless you are Alabama or Ohio State that’s just not going to happen consistently. So, instead, it’s important that you hit on the major positions of need that cycle in order to plug holes for the next season.

So, what are Auburn’s needs this cycle and how are they doing in the early going? Let’s take a look.

Safety

Auburn has been pretty stable at the safety spot the past 2-3 seasons. The Tigers return three guys with a lot of experience in 2017 in Tray Matthews, Nick Ruffin and Stephen Roberts. In 2018, all of those guys will be gone. Add in the dismissal of Markell Boston earlier this spring and all of a sudden a position of experience gets real thin and youthful at once. There is some talent waiting in the wings that I am excited about, most notably 2017 signee Carlito Gonzalez, but it’s clear Auburn will need some guys ready to help next season.

In the early going, three main targets have emerged at this spot: 4* Quindarious Monday, 4* Brendon Harris and 4* Myles Mason. Of that group, Monday looks like the most likely to sign and is honestly my favorite of the bunch. The 6’3” 175 lb safety out of Atlanta, GA has consistently named Auburn his leader and chances are good he will jump onboard in the near future, possibly at Big Cat Weekend. Monday is a guy that could help AU immediately in 2018.

As for the other two targets, Auburn has some work to do. Harris appears to be a Tennessee lean in the early going while Myles Mason had been all Alabama up until about a month or so ago. Recently, the Tigers have made this a fight but some of that might be from uncertainty of where Mason is on the Tide’s board. If Alabama decides to pursue other national targets more heavily, that will give the Tigers a great chance at swiping a very talented instate player. Either pair of these three targets would be considered filling a need in the 2018 class.

Other Names to Watch: 4* Nathaniel Watson, 3* Jamien Sherwood, 3* Cameron Taylor

Cornerback

There is a lot of upside to Auburn’s current group of corners. Carlton Davis could take that next step this year and become elite, Javaris Davis had a breakout year last season, Jeremiah Dinson is back from injury and there’s been a lot of praise coming out about Jamel Dean when healthy. But both Dean and Dinson have dealt with and are still recovering from major injuries. Carlton Davis could leave for the NFL next season, as well, so Auburn’s CB depth might become a major concern in 2018. The Tigers are looking to land at least 2 studs at this position in this year’s class.

The clear top target appears to be 4* Jalyn Armour-Davis from Mobile, AL. The talented athlete has seemed close to a decision for a few months now but has yet to pull the trigger. Auburn is battling Florida State for the highly recruited 4* and both sides seem to have some confidence in landing him. Armour-Davis is a guy that at a minimum I think would bolster Auburn’s CB depth in 2018 and could possibly challenge for a larger role.

After Armour-Davis, I think there are three names to keep an eye on: 4* Jordan Miner, 3* Juanyeh Thomas and 3* Kendric Torain. Auburn became a player for Miner after offering earlier this year. The Gators appear to be their top competition but this looks like a battle that will last awhile. Thomas is another AU/UF battle with Georgia Tech lurking as a darkhorse. Thomas has a low rating but his offer count and his film suggest that will change sometime this cycle, apparently Greg Brown loves him. He will be on campus this weekend and is my early bet at being the other corner to join this class (I think Armour-Davis eventually commits to AU). Finally, there’s Torain who just recently emerged as a target. He too has a low early rating but I LOVE his film and I think by the end of this cycle he will be a top 200 player with a 4* ranking.

Other Names to Watch: 3* Jaycee Horn, 3* Jonathan Gipson, 3* Stanley Garner

Offensive Line

I debated a few different position groups for this spot. An argument could be made both wide receiver and defensive line need some impact players this cycle but with Auburn losing at least 3 if not more starters after this season off the OL, Herb Hand is going to need some guys ready to go in 2018 or at least be ready to provide depth.

Auburn is off to a strong start, something that seems to be a trend under Hand. The Tigers have commitments from 4* Jalil Irvin and 3* Kameron Stutts. Both project to be interior players and I like both of their upsides. Irvin has consistently finished in the top 5 at camps this spring and I personally think Stutts has one of the highest ceilings in this class.

Hand is looking to land some talented tackle prospects, however, in the early going, the Tigers seem to have a lot of work to do. Their top four targets in 4* William Barnes, 4* Richard Gouraige, 4* Nicholas Petit-Frere and 3* John Campbell are all trending elsewhere. Barnes and Gouraige look to be leaning Florida, while Petit-Frere likes Notre Dame and Campbell could commit to Miami any day now. The Tigers will obviously keep working on these guys but expect more names to emerge in the coming weeks at this spot. 4* Dylan Wonnum is one name to keep an eye on. Auburn recently picked up their recruitment of the tackle in part because of his close relationship with Irvin. Don’t be surprised if Auburn goes after a JUCO OT later this cycle.

Other Names to Know: 4* Christian Armstrong, 4* Tank Jenkins, 3* Jerome Carvin, 3* Cameron Wire

Offers

It was a busy week for offers. Interestingly enough, it appears they all went out to 2019 and 2020 prospects.

  • 2019 ATH Jammie Robinson - Crisp County is on a roll right now when it comes to producing D1 defensive players. Big Cat Bryant signed with AU in 2017, Quay Walker will land somewhere in the SEC this year and now Robinson has emerged as a top prospect. Robinson blew up this past month landing an offer first from Alabama and now Auburn.
  • 2019 WR Jeremiah Payton - Payton is expected to be one of the top players in the 2019 class. 247 ranks him #24 OVR currently.
  • 2019 LB Ja’len Sims - I fully expect this kid to be a top AU target next year. He has great size and delivers pain when he arrives at the ball.
  • 2019 S Cortez Andrews - 6’2” 205 lb safety out of FL will be near the top of AU’s wishlist in 2019.
  • 2020 QB Max Johnson - Johnson is the son of former NFL QB Brad Johnson and a probable top rated recruit in two years.
  • 2020 RB Miles Friday - Tigers offered another rising sophomore peach state RB.
  • 2020 WR Darin Turner - The 6’3” 190 lb Memphis native will be a name to know in 2020 class.

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Lawyers claim grand jury declined to prosecute former Auburn football player Landon Rice on 'any charge'

Landon Rice's lawyers claim he and the woman who accused him of rape last year went before a grand jury in Lee County earlier this month, which declined to indict the former Auburn tight end on "any charge."

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Lawyers claim grand jury declined to prosecute former Auburn football player Landon Rice on 'any charge'

Landon Rice's lawyers claim he and the woman who accused him of rape last year went before a grand jury in Lee County earlier this month, which declined to indict the former Auburn tight end on "any charge."

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Complicated history binds Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham entering NFL Draft

Zach Cunningham and Reuben Foster are among the top interior linebacker prospects entering the 2017 NFL Draft. They can play the same position and they're both incredible football players. Beyond that, the reputations they have cultivated over the past few months couldn't be any more different.

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Complicated history binds Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham entering NFL Draft

Zach Cunningham and Reuben Foster are among the top interior linebacker prospects entering the 2017 NFL Draft. They can play the same position and they're both incredible football players. Beyond that, the reputations they have cultivated over the past few months couldn't be any more different.

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Baseball. No. 5 Baseball heads to Starkville for top-10 showdown

No. 5 Auburn baseball heads to Starkville for a three-game SEC series at Dudy Noble Field with MSU beginning Friday at 6:30 pm CT.

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Football. Montravius Adams, 'a person who would never quit,' awaits NFL Draft

We’ve all read stories about NFL prospects stressing out in the hours leading up to the draft. This isn’t one of them.

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Montravius Adams, 'a person who would never quit,' awaits NFL Draft

We’ve all read stories about NFL prospects stressing out in the hours leading up to the draft. This isn’t one of them.

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M. Tennis. Men's Tennis SEC Tournament Run Ends

Auburn's run in the SEC men's tennis championships ended Thursday morning in a 4-1 loss to No. 28 Ole Miss at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville

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W. Golf. Auburn women's golf selected to NCAA Athens Regional

The Auburn women’s golf team will make its 21st postseason appearance in the last 22 years as the Tigers were selected to the NCAA Athens Regional, which will be played May 8-10 in Athens, Ga.

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Mize Available For Miss. State Series

Auburn faces off against Mississippi State in a three-game series this weekend in Starkville.

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Thursday Football & Baseball Tiger Tidbits

News and notes from Auburn football, basketball, baseball and softball are included in Thursday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers.

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Auburn's Gus Malzahn asked if running quarterback needed for offense to work

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talks Jarrett Stidham, Sean White and the evolving world of college football free agency with quarterbacks.

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