AuburnFamilyNews.com: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs: 'I could have been more forthcoming' about softball investigation - AL.com


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Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs: 'I could have been more forthcoming' about softball investigation
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Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says he had to "walk a line" in making changes to the softball coaching staff while respecting student privacy, but also admits he "could have been more forthcoming about the investigation" into former assistant ...
Auburn's Jay Jacobs issues new statement on softball situationDothan Eagle
Athletics director Jay Jacobs addresses softball investigation247Sports

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Auburn's Jay Jacobs issues new statement on softball situation - Dothan Eagle


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Auburn's Jay Jacobs issues new statement on softball situation
Dothan Eagle
AUBURN - Athletics director Jay Jacobs made his first comments about the allegations made against the Auburn softball program and its former coaching staff in a prepared statement provided to the Opelika-Auburn News late Thursday night. ... Nemeth, a ...
Athletics director Jay Jacobs addresses softball investigation247Sports

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Athletic director Jay Jacobs releases statement on Clint Myers, Auburn softball investigation - SECcountry.com


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Athletic director Jay Jacobs releases statement on Clint Myers, Auburn softball investigation
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Auburn University released two statements on the allegations and confirmed a further “comprehensive” investigation into the softball program earlier this week. Jacobs appeared on Auburn's weekly Tiger Talk radio show Thursday night but did not take ...

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Athletics director Jay Jacobs addresses softball investigation - 247Sports


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Athletics director Jay Jacobs addresses softball investigation
247Sports
“It is concerning that recent reporting about our softball program has incorrectly suggested that Auburn University and Auburn athletics either didn't know about or didn't act on matters of concern in an expeditious manner,” Jacobs writes. “I can tell ...



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Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs: 'I could have been more forthcoming' about softball investigation

Jay Jacobs defends the actions of the university and athletic department but admits he "could have been more forthcoming about the investigation" into the softball program.

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Letter to the editor: A word from Jay Jacobs - The Auburn Plainsman


The Auburn Plainsman

Letter to the editor: A word from Jay Jacobs
The Auburn Plainsman
It is concerning that recent reporting about our softball program has incorrectly suggested that Auburn University and Auburn Athletics either didn't know about or didn't act on matters of concern in an expeditious manner. I can tell you with certainty ...



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#TETtailgate Challenge Preview: Year Three

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It’s game week, folks! 

You know what that means! Tailgating on the Plains is just days away. And, back for year number three is the Track ‘Em Tigers #TETtailgate Challenge! 

Do you and your friends take great pride in your tailgate? Do you put more thought into your tailgate than you did to your career choice? Are you more excited about gathering with your friends and family around copious amounts of delicious food than actually going to or watching the game? Well, maybe that’s a stretch…..

Track ‘Em Tigers wants to see and hear all about your tailgate. More importantly, we want to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to celebrating the Auburn Tigers every single game. We want to see how all of our readers show their school spirit in their own way.  

It doesn’t have to be tailgating in the shadow of Jordan-Hare. It can be a viewing party where all of your friends grill out and throw cornhole. It can simply be your decisions on delectable Saturday dishes for you and your family. 

Using Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #TETtailgate and tag @TrackemTigers and @Best5Zach. Give us a brief description of what makes your tailgate tradition special. Make sure to tell us about any special visitors or fans from the other team whom you hosted. Let other fans learn special tips and tricks that you employ. Most importantly, post pictures of and recipes for your best tailgate dishes. We want all the details! 

Additionally, I will be posting how my friends, family, and I spend our game days. Not only will that include some pictures and tailgate ideas but some awesome recipes! 

Each week, I will choose a special tailgate and feature it as a weekly winner of the tailgate challenge. I’ll also show the best crowd selfie, best food, and most team spirit.

Use those hashtags and start posting! I already have!

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Is Sean White as good as Jarrett Stidham? Tommy Tuberville thinks so

Sneak peek: Spirit soars at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium

With Auburn's golden eagle Nova sidelined indefinitely, bald eagle Spirit will take on pre-game flight duties at Jordan-Hare Stadium this season.

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Football. Auburn Athletics Hosts Number of Gameday Weekend Events

Auburn Athletics and Auburn University will host a number of events beginning Friday, Sept. 1 and over the gameday weekend to help provide a variety of experiences for all fans coming to campus for the Auburn Football season opener on Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern.

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Football. Auburn defense looks to start fast in season opener

There are four players from Auburn's defense last year on NFL teams this preseason, but that doesn't mean there will be a significant drop off, though. There are plenty of returning players who have the potential to one day play at the next level. They just haven’t had the opportunity to showcase their skills at Auburn yet.

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Tiger Talk Live Stream

Live Updates: Jay Jacobs, Gus Malzahn appear on 'Tiger Talk' radio show

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs and head coach Gus Malzahn are scheduled to appear on the weekly "Tiger Talk" radio show ahead of Auburn's season opener against Georgia Southern.

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Jay Prosch signs contract extension with Houston Texans

Former Auburn fullback Jay Prosch has signed a three-year contract extension with the Houston Texans, his agents announced on Thursday.

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Auburn Athletics Hosts Number of Gameday Weekend Events

Auburn Athletics and Auburn University will host a number of events beginning Friday, Sept. 1 and over the gameday weekend to help provide a variety of experiences for all fans coming to campus for the Auburn Football season opener on Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern.

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War Eagle Weekly Podcast Episode 3

Auburn releases 2018 baseball schedule

Auburn opens the 2018 season with 19 of its first 21 games at Plainsman Park.

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Auburn defense looks to start fast in season opener

There are four players from Auburn's defense last year on NFL teams this preseason, but that doesn't mean there will be a significant drop off, though. There are plenty of returning players who have the potential to one day play at the next level. They just haven’t had the opportunity to showcase their skills at Auburn yet.

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Weekend Sports in Brief - Miami Herald


Weekend Sports in Brief
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The report cited a 14-page letter from Milwaukee attorney Martin Greenberg sent in July to university President Steven Leath, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Nemeth's complaint says then-Auburn coach Clint Myers ...

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How Auburn is managing lofty outside expectations entering the season

Auburn is coming off an third straight down season but enters the year ranked 12th and as a trendy pick to challenge Alabama for the SEC West crown.

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Baseball. Baseball releases 2018 schedule

The Auburn baseball team will play 19 of its first 21 games at Plainsman Park in 2018, third-year coach Butch Thompson announced on Thursday.

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W. Soccer. Tigers Trek to North Carolina for Duke Nike Classic

The Tigers open the tournament against No. 9 North Carolina Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. CT.

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Swimming & Diving. 'Always part of the Auburn family' - Swimming's Joe Patching to receive Cliff Hare Award

For the first time in a decade, Joe Patching’s daily routine does not include time in the pool.

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Football. 2017 Auburn Illustrated: Auburn vs. Georgia Southern

Auburn is celebrating 125 years of Auburn Football this season and each game program will have a special, pull-out poster commemorating those 125 years.

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'Always part of the Auburn family' - Swimming's Joe Patching to receive Cliff Hare Award - Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site


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'Always part of the Auburn family' - Swimming's Joe Patching to receive Cliff Hare Award
Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site
“Joe is a great ambassador for Auburn University and a worthy recipient of this prestigious award,” Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “His accomplishments in the pool had a tremendous impact on our program while setting an outstanding example for ...



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2017 Auburn Illustrated: Auburn vs. Georgia Southern

Week 1 Predictions: A Solid Start

Hey guys, there’s football tonight. Yeah, weird stuff, right? The 2017 season unofficially started with Week 0 last week, but who cares about that junk. This is real stuff. Arkansas and FAMU, baby! Ok, maybe not. But Ohio State going to Indiana? Eh, maybe. We’ll see.

I had a slightly down year on the predictions last year. I took some chances, and they just didn’t pan out. I mean, sometimes playing three quarterbacks just doesn’t work. You live, you learn. I lived, I learn. Now watch this…

Last season: 118-62 (65.5%)
This week: 0-0 (0.0%)

8/31

Florida A&M at Arkansas – The Razorbacks and Rattlers: the meanest sounding game there ever could be. But it won’t be. FAMU beat up on Texas Southern last week, and while Arkansas likely won’t do too much this season, we’re talking SEC and MEAC.

Arkansas 45, Florida A&M 14

9/2

Missouri State at Missouri – The Missouri State Bears are good in baseball. The Missouri Tigers are just okay in baseball. But this isn’t baseball. The first team to be forcibly kicked out of the SEC in the next few seasons will win.

Missouri 38, Missouri State 7

North Carolina State at South Carolina – According to some, North Carolina State is going to have a special season. South Carolina has OTown Killa, Jake Bentley, leading the way. I can see the Wolfpack being pretty good with what they are returning, and I don’t see it collapsing this early. The Gamecocks are still probably a year away.

North Carolina State 27, South Carolina 17

Michigan vs. Florida (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX) – Michigan is wearing all yellow with a basketball player on their jerseys. Florida is playing without half of their team. I don’t know what Michigan has this year because I don’t think that far north. I don’t think their hype is near what it was the last few years. Florida still probably has enough to take this one.

Florida 21, Michigan 18

Kentucky at Southern Miss This is a tough pick. Kentucky has had small flashes of getting better. Southern Miss has had some really good seasons and really bad seasons over the past few years. I’ll give it to the home team.

Southern Miss 34, Kentucky 28

Charleston Southern at Mississippi State – For whatever reason the name Charleston Southern makes me think of everything but football. I don’t know what it is, I just cannot link a football team to that name. Mississippi State will win handily.

Mississippi State 48, Charleston Southern 13

Appalachian State at Georgia – The line on this one is closer than one might think. App State has been known to beat a big dog, and Georgia has been known to play like a small dog. It may be exciting for a half, but Georgia will win in a less-than-enthused fashion.

Georgia 27, Appalachian State 14

South Alabama at Ole Miss – This will likely be a very, very bad year for Ole Miss, and South Alabama beat Mississippi State last year. But I think Ole Miss will still have enough optimism this early in the season to let talent win this one out.

Ole Miss 34, South Alabama 17

Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee – An SEC football team is playing at Middle Tennessee? Get out. Just get out. Vandy beat the Blue Raiders badly last year. Probably not as badly this year.

Vanderbilt 28, Middle Tennessee 21

Florida State vs. Alabama (Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Atlanta, GA) – Florida State is getting tons of hype so that this game is seen as the greatest opening game ever. Let’s see… Alabama lost to Clemson in their last game and Florida State beat a very meh Michigan by one in their last game. Not sure why we can’t remember stuff like that. Alabama is better than Florida State will ever think about being this year.

Alabama 38, Florida State 20

BYU vs. LSU (AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, New Orleans, LA) – It’s a bit weird that for the second season in a row an LSU football game was affected and moved because of hurricane. I don’t think BYU had a shot in this one before, and now playing in New Orleans I think that shot just got less likely. I don’t think LSU is what the national media thinks they will be, but this one probably won’t be in doubt.

LSU 31, BYU 14

Georgia Southern at Auburn – Check back tomorrow for my prediction in the game preview, but SPOILER ALERT: a shiny new toy.

9/2

Texas A&M at UCLA – This might be the end for Kevin Sumlin. Texas A&M was able to pull one out against the Bruins last year, but I don’t see it happening this year. A trip to a fun place like that against a pretty good team when your recruiting ain’t what it used to be? Not good.

UCLA 17, Texas A&M 14

9/4

Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Atlanta, GA) – Doesn’t it seem like Tennessee always gets these Labor Day games? Do we still think they’ll be good? Do we think Georgia Tech will be good? I think they’ll be about as good as they can be with Paul Johnson calling things, and they’re playing in their home town. Nah, SEC will get it.

Tennessee 35, Georgia Tech 24

 

Other Game of Note

Ohio State at Indiana (8/31) – Boy, we want this to be something, don’t we? Yeah, let’s get Ohio State out of it early! Yeah! Ok, let’s say Ohio State loses in this opening week game. Let’s say they run the table after that. Do you think this game will matter? No. Besides, we’re talking about Indiana. It might exciting for a drive.

Ohio State 45, Indiana 10

West Virginia at Virginia Tech (9/3) – I will always have a soft spot in my heart for West Virginia. I have my reasons. I typically despise Virginia Tech. I have my reasons. Go ‘eers.

West Virginia 18, Virginia Tech 13

Now that you know who will win, head on over to the 2017 War Blogle Pick ’em and get your picks in. There will be weekly prizes and and overall winner at the end of the season. It’s easy. Do it.



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Auburn could play top 4 cornerbacks at same time in secondary

Auburn Football Recruiting: Auburn Commits Shine In Season Openers

2017 Auburn Illustrated: Auburn vs. Georgia Southern

Auburn is celebrating 125 years of Auburn Football this season and each game program will have a special, pull-out poster commemorating those 125 years.

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Football. Auburn Football Gameday Reminders

As fans begin to prepare for the Auburn football season opener against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Sept. 2, Auburn Athletics offers up these reminders regarding parking and tailgating, campus and stadium safety and postgame traditions.

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Murder trial for man who killed former Auburn football player rescheduled for December

It will be nearly three years to the day before the trial for the man charged with the murder of former Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell begins.

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Auburn Football Gameday Reminders

As fans begin to prepare for the Auburn football season opener against Georgia Southern on Saturday, Sept. 2, Auburn Athletics offers up these reminders regarding parking and tailgating, campus and stadium safety and postgame traditions.

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How Alabama schools build their non-conference football schedules - AL.com


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How Alabama schools build their non-conference football schedules
AL.com
Auburn has been more open to the idea of playing in-state schools -- AD Jay Jacobs told AL.com in June he'd love to play UAB again -- but hasn't scheduled any through 2020. Auburn utilizes a similar strategy as its in-state SEC rival but has ... The ...



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2 Days Until Kickoff

How Alabama schools build their non-conference football schedules

How Alabama, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama and UAB put together their non-conference football schedules.

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SEC Football by the Numbers: Season-opening streaks

The SEC's 85th season of football kicks off at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday when Arkansas plays Florida A&M in Little Rock. Eleven more SEC teams open their 2017 campaigns on Saturday, with Texas A&M playing UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Sunday and Tennessee facing former SEC member Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Labor Day.

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Tommy Tuberville: 'I think Sean White is as good a quarterback as Stidham'

Tuberville on Gus Malzahn's upcoming season: "I think Auburn's going to have a good football team. Now, they're putting all the pressure on this quarterback. That's an awful lot."

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Auburn basketball vs. UConn on ESPN2 1:30 pm CT Dec. 23

Auburn’s home game vs. four-time national champion UConn will be televised on ESPN2 at 1:30 pm CT on Dec. 23, it was announced Thursday. The Huskies are only the fifth non-conference program with a NCAA Championship to play in Auburn, but the second in the last three seasons under head coach Bruce Pearl.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Auburn Cross Country to open 2017 season at Golden Eagle Invite

The Auburn cross country team will open the 2017 season Saturday at the Golden Eagle Invite in Cookeville, Tenn.

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M. Basketball. Auburn basketball vs. UConn on ESPN2 1:30 pm CT Dec. 23

Auburn’s home game vs. four-time national champion UConn will be televised on ESPN2 at 1:30 pm CT on Dec. 23, it was announced Thursday. The Huskies are only the fifth non-conference program with a NCAA Championship to play in Auburn, but the second in the last three seasons under head coach Bruce Pearl.

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Podcast #8: That’s a ‘W’ – 2017 Edition

It is my goal this season — in the year of our Lord 2017 — to bring this here War Blogle Podcast back to prominence. I hope to have a weekly guest from Auburn lore, and do this thing right. I’m still doing my daily BlogleSpots, and actually recorded my 200th yesterday, but this will hopefully be a good, lengthy podcast for you to enjoy a few days before Auburn beats their next opponent.

For the last few weeks, I have gotten multiple requests to bring back an old al.com favorite in the podcast world. I am of course talking about our former prediction show called “That’s a W.” So I’ve done that.

We have moderator and subdued Bam, Matt Scalici. We have the Auburn graduate/half-Bam lib, Blake Ells. And we have the King Bam of the Internet, Hunter L. Johnson. The only problem with inviting Hunter was that had to pick Alabama’s games, too. Don’t worry, I didn’t pick them to go undefeated at all.

I will warn you, though, we’re a little older, a little rusty, and apparently our internet was terrible. So while this is the longest podcast to date, it’s also the shakiest. Listen with patience.

The podcast can be heard on three different platforms:

1. On an iPhone, download the Podcasts app, and then subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. If you’re an Android bro, and know how to subscribe to an RSS feed of podcasts, use this: http://bit.ly/2esuVGG.

2. On an iPhone, download the War Eagle Sports app (WarEagleSportsRadio.com). This app is part of the VSporto internet radio network, and includes multiple shows from the Auburn sports community. You can listen to a live stream of the most up to date podcasts or listen to each on demand. Still working on this.

3. Listen right here within the friendly confines of the Blogle.

Download the podcast here (right-click to save).

If you have any questions or topics that you want my next guest and I to discuss next week, leave them in comments.



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Auburn could play top 4 cornerbacks at same time in secondary

The personnel grouping gives Auburn some added flexibility in the secondary.

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Game Week Is Here!

GA Southern Week

We are just two days away from Auburn Football!
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     War Eagle, everybody! College football has finally returned! We’ve been through a long, wet summer offseason, and the pads have started popping. Tonight, the SEC schedule officially begins as Arkansas hosts Florida A&M at 7:00 PM Central Time, on the SEC Network. For the Auburn Tigers, the season starts Saturday evening against Georgia Southern in the friendly confines of Jordan Hare Stadium. The Auburn game will kick off at 6:30 PM, and will be televised on the SEC Network.

     Hurricane Harvey has left much of the Southeast a soggy mess, but the rain and storms should be long gone by Saturday evening. It should be around a pleasant 80 degreesF at the Auburn kickoff, falling through the 70s as the sun goes down. Fans attending should be thankful, as season-opening games in past years have often featured kickoff temps in the 90s.

     As legendary Auburn head coach Pat Dye used to say, “The hay is in the barn.” This team has prepared all year to get to this point, and game time is nearly here. I’m pretty sure that Auburn has spent extra time looking at the triple option concepts Georgia Southern will likely run, and should be well-prepared to deal with them. I expect that the offense has worked on timing, and execution.

     We continue to see rumblings of surprises in the Auburn depth chart, even going on game week. We can take head coach Gus Malzahn’s “no significant injuries, no suspensions” statement earlier in the week, and toss it, most likely. I understand the need for a head coach to perhaps mislead the other team on personnel status. What I’m really tired of is Auburn administrators who seem to routinely just flat-out lie to the public.

     At midweek, the word is that redshirt freshman Nick Coe is now slated to start at defensive end. Coe redshirted last season, and has never played a college snap. On the plus side, Coe was a state-champion wrestler in high school. He’s now bulked up to at least 275 pounds, and is one of the strongest players on the team. Just a week ago, there was talk of Coe playing at tackle. Now he’s a starting defensive end?

     Likely, we won’t see Marlon Davidson this week. Davidson was the presumed starter at defensive end, but he has battled injury this fall. Auburn’s defensive ends will be a question, this week. We now have Coe and Jeffery Holland as starters at the end spots. Paul James III should be good as one backup, and he has worked on both sides of the line. I’m hearing that the current number 4 end is Big Kat Bryant, a true freshman. That’s an awful lot of green to be putting on the field for their first college snaps, against a triple-option team.

     My guess is that Georgia Southern will routinely leave one of these guys unblocked, and try to “read” him. My strategy in that case is to make sure the end knows his assignment, and sticks to it. When in doubt, and the QB still has the ball in his hands, hit him. No matter what. Auburn has the speed on the back end to clean up loose running backs. Shai Werts is making his first college start at quarterback for the Eagles. He does not need to get comfortable early!

     The depth chart that was released this week is quite ambiguous at the receiver positions. With all of the “OR” designations, there are 6 starting wide receivers listed, 2 starting running backs, 1 H-back, and 1 tight end. Obviously, Auburn can’t have 10 eligible receivers on the field at the same time. Is coach Malzahn going to pull the dreaded “packages” concept out, again? Too often the past couple of years, a quick look at who was in the game at these spots would enable the defense to know what plays were likely coming. Maybe I’m just too set in my ways, but I believe a team needs to be able to run their entire offense from base formations and personnel. Don’t let the defense guess what you’re going to run, just by the formation!

     We will have our usual Saturday gameday routine going, here at TrackEmTigers.com. We’ll have an open thread posted early Saturday, and everyone is free to comment on the day’s action. I will have my play-by-play going, but I’m going to be late. I probably won’t arrive on the thread till about the start of the 2nd quarter. Duty and work, and all of that. Better to work this weekend, than to miss the Clemson game! I am looking forward to the return of football season, and I can’t wait to watch! And yes, I’ll be sneaking a peek at Arkansas tonight. They have a LOT of skill players to replace. Will Florida A&M give them fits?

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Auburn announces game time, channel for home game vs. UConn

Auburn will host UConn at Auburn Arena on Dec. 23.

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NFL preseason schedule: Time running short for Sen'Derrick Marks, other roster hopefuls

By Saturday evening, more than 1,100 of the players on NFL rosters will have lost their jobs. Most of those players have been working with teams since May, but they won't survive the cut to the NFL's regular-season roster limit of 53.

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Football. Home Plate Tailgate New for Gameday

Auburn Athletics has introduced the Home Plate Tailgate, a new gameday tailgate area in the Plainsman Park parking lot. The space is open to the public and creates a tailgating destination close to the action of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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The First Game of the Year

The Best Moment in Auburn Fandom

Saturday, 90,000 people will come home.

We haven’t been home in nine months and, since then, everything has changed. New coaches, new players, new buildings. A new scheme that’s always more versatile and aggressive than the one it replaced. A freshman who is going to make an immediate impact. It’s like this every year. We come home to discuss the news with friends.

We haven’t been home in nine months and, since then, nothing has changed. We see old friends. We tell the same stories. We laugh in amazement that we’ve survived this long. We get older; the students never do.

The moment of homecoming connects past and present. We walk the familiar campus reliving past glory and dreaming about a trip to Atlanta.

After we’ve grazed enough, we head to the gate. There’s a crush of people coming from all directions and walks of life. The crowd funnels wildly at the back, then separates into neat lines at the front.

Under the stadium, it’s cool and dark. Then, you walk slowly up your tunnel. The cool, darkness of the concourse melts away and you’re standing in the bright, warm Auburn sun.

This moment at the opening game is the most magical of each year. Expectation meets reality in this moment. What could be is gone; all that’s left is a season.

You realize, briefly, that you will only experience that moment so many more times. You will only enter Jordan Hare six more times in 2017. One day, you’ll enter the stadium for the last time.

But for now, it’s time to take your seat and hear Ric Smith call the correct Jordan Hare Stadium time. The specialists are warming up and the Auburn University Marching Band has taken the field.

Soon the eagle will fly. Soon the game will kick off.

The season may excite; it may disappoint. But no matter what, it’s great to be an Auburn Tiger. In that moment when the dark shadow of the offseason melts into the glorious light of another season on the Plains, nothing else matters.

War Eagle.



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Markaviest Bryant growing, adjusting to new position as Auburn avoids 'logjam' at Buck

Markaviest Bryant signed with Auburn as a "true Buck" but has moved to defensive end this fall.

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Home Plate Tailgate New for Gameday

Auburn Athletics has introduced the Home Plate Tailgate, a new gameday tailgate area in the Plainsman Park parking lot. The space is open to the public and creates a tailgating destination close to the action of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Where to watch Alabama and Auburn commits, plus the A-List, this week

The second week is upon is in Alabama high school football. Here is where to watch the AL.com A-List, plus in-state Alabama and Auburn commits, this week.

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Link sAUsage: Unexpected Starter

August 31, 2017

Tomorrow is September, which means tomorrow is football month. Yes, games begin tonight, but for Auburn, it’s September that we’ve all been waiting for.

Want to get amped a bit?

To get you ready for tailgating at our first home game on Saturday, here’s a nifty little guide to where you might land around campus depending on your lot in life.

And for a whimsical preview of the Tigers’ roster this season, check out this perfectly weird article from the War Eagle Reader.

For a good portion of the depth chart, Saturday will be their first time to walk out of the tunnel in the South end zone and into a frothing Jordan-Hare Stadium. Gus did put a ton of freshmen on the depth chart, and we know we’ll see a good many of them play, so it will definitely be their debut in one of the best home atmospheres in college football.

It’s time for another senior spotlight, and today it comes with Stephen Roberts — a local guy! Roberts has locked down starter spots at safety and punt returner, and he’ll be an important leader for the Tigers in the back end.

As for some news, Kevin Steele met with the media last night and told us that we’re going to have a surprise starter on defense. Due to Marlon Davidson’s fall camp bump, he’s not totally back in football conditioning shape, and that just opens the door for Nick “Greek God” Coe to start in his place.

And if anyone had any doubt about how the offense will run this season, just listen to one of our most outgoing players from last night’s appearance on the SEC Network.

The full Tiger team will be there at 6:30 CST Saturday night as they take on Georgia Southern. War Eagle.



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Head To Head: Auburn vs. Georgia Southern predictions

  Week 1 of College Football season has finally arrived! In this episode of Head to Head, AL.com's Lauren Sisler and Kevin Scarbinsky make their predictions for Auburn's season opener against Georgia Southern....

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Who Will Be Jarrett Stidham’s Favorite Target in 2017?

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With just two days until Auburn’s opening date against Georgia Southern, anticipation for the Tigers’ first game of the year is high. That’s not unusual, but this time it carries the added interest for Auburn fans to finally get a chance to see their new quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, in action.

Known to have a big arm, Stidham will have plenty of options. In fact many think coach Kodi Burns’ stable of receivers may be the most talented group Auburn has had in years. So as kickoff approaches which receiver do you think may have the best year in 2017? Take our poll below and add your thoughts in the comment section.

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How Auburn quarterbacks have performed in their starting debuts

Before Jarrett Stidham makes his starting debut Saturday against Georgia Southern, AL.com takes a look at how Auburn's last 25 starting quarterbacks did in their first starts.

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Distracted Tide vulnerable against Florida State

Everyone's favorite college football gambling experiment is back. What happens when a sportswriter picks game against a professional numbers man? Joe vs. the Pro is back for its ninth season, including a third season here at AL.com.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 2

There are two days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 2 in SEC football history is Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

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Auburn hired Birmingham law firm to assist with Title IX investigation of softball program - The Decatur Daily


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Former Auburn softball player Alexa Nemeth speaks out after alleging abuse by coaching staff

Alexa Nemeth said she felt threatened when the team was "quarantined" for three hours and an administrator told players they were risking arrest

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Cleveland Browns trade Shon Coleman's competition

The Cleveland Browns traded offensive lineman Cameron Erving to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2018 fifth-round draft choice on Wednesday, confirming what had become apparent - Shon Coleman will be the NFL team's right offensive tackle when it kicks off the regular season on Sept. 10.

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Nick Coe ascends to starting role on Auburn's defensive line

Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson could be limited against Georgia Southern

Davidson dealt with a knee injury during fall camp, and while he has since returned to the field, conditioning could be an issue for the sophomore defensive lineman.

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Nick Coe slated to start for Auburn against Georgia Southern

Nick Coe redshirted last season as a freshman and was listed as the backup on Auburn's depth chart Tuesday.

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Live Updates: Kevin Steele previews Auburn's opener vs. Georgia Southern

Live updates as Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele previews this weekend's game against Georgia Southern and the Eagles' triple-option offense.

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Football. 'Truly blessed' - Stephen Roberts ready for senior season

Growing up minutes from Jordan-Hare Stadium, Stephen Roberts often watched the Tigers on TV.

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'Truly blessed' - Stephen Roberts ready for senior season

Growing up minutes from Jordan-Hare Stadium, Stephen Roberts often watched the Tigers on TV.

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Auburn vs Georgia Southern: A Walt and Other Walt Q&A

We talk with Walt Austin of Forgotten5.com about this weekend’s game.

After a little over a month hiatus, ladies and gentlemen, I am back. Jack has done an amazing job since taking over here at College and Magnolia. My articles will be few and far between, now, but this is one I promised I would write and there’s no way I couldn’t deliver on it.

The first game of the season is almost upon us. After the long, dark offseason (though one that - football wise - has been much less dark than previous years), it’s time to get down to business. So, with that, it’s time to also talk Auburn’s opening opponent. For that purpose, we’ve brought in a special guest. What follows is a transcript of my conversation with my good friend, Other Walt. Other Walt covers the Eagles for Forgotten5.com.

Walt: Good evening! How are things in the world of Georgia Southern football?

Other Walt: Well, after the horror show of last season, things are going fairly well, right now. Tyson Summers - after a rocky first campaign - made the changes that the fan base wanted, and now we’re back to our identity as a Triple Option team. How about Auburn?

Walt: Well, it’s been an up-and-down tenure for Gus Malzahn, but it seems like Auburn has always been just an injury (and a QB) away from doing something great on the order of the 2013 team. The addition of Jarrett Stidham to a team that returned pretty much every other skill player has Auburn fans primed and ready.

Other Walt: That’s just the offense, though. What about that defense? There are some big pieces to replace there, right?

Walt: Yep. However, even with Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams gone, this is still a stout defensive line. Marlon Davidson was the first true freshman to start on the defensive line for Auburn in, well, ever. He returns, along with a ton of other talent on the line like Derrick Brown, Jeff Holland, Paul James III, and now Big Kat Bryant. Also, Nick Coe will play inside and outside and he was a state champion wrestler for a few years in a row in North Carolina, so you know he has the moves to get to the QB. How about Georgia Southern’s defense?

Other Walt: The Eagles lost a lot on defense last season - including Ukeme Eligwe to the NFL Draft as the first Eagle to leave early and was ultimately drafted by the Chiefs. The secondary may be the strength of this year's defense, though. They were a big question last year, but overall acquitted themselves fairly well. Honestly, I think Georgia Southern’s defense in 2016 was actually pretty good at times, but the lack of offense kept them on the field way too long and wore things down.

Walt: We know how that goes with offensive struggles hurting the defense at times over the last few seasons ourselves. Let’s get back to the offense since the Triple Option is what’s always on people’s mind. It’s often referred to as a “high school offense” by its detractors. What makes it such a part of Georgia Southern and the Eagles’ success?

Other Walt: First off... high school offense? The option in forms like the wishbone has been around for a long time and some of the best teams in history have run it. Even though some seem to think it’s boring, it really is a big-play offense. It’s not like it’s a form of spread brought up by a guy who was a high school coach just a few years ago or anything, right? But, to answer your question, it’s a part of Georgia Southern because almost all of the Eagles’ success has been with it. They’ve been successful with it in part because it’s so rare these days, but it’s also an offense that demands precision by the defense. One missed assignment can be the difference between a loss or no gain and a touchdown.

Walt: Sorry to ruffle some feathers there (no pun intended). I’m just repeating what plenty say.

Other Walt: I know, and I’m sure you’re used to the same type of statements. So, how do you think Auburn’s defense will match up against the Option?

Walt: Auburn has a ton of speed on defense. The defensive backs may be the best group we’ve had in years. The same goes with the linebackers. These linebackers were excellent at shutting down Deshaun Watson last year. They’re old-fashioned head hunters just like their coach, Travis Williams, was. The defensive line is also beastly. From watching Option teams like Georgia Tech play big, talented lines, it’s much harder for them to gain yards when they can’t get that initial push. That will be Auburn’s goal, of course, to disrupt the play at the line and get into the backfield at the mesh point of the dive and force pitches outside where the speedy defensive backs and linebackers can wrap things up.

Other Walt: Fair enough. I know Georgia Southern has their work cut out for them against that Front 7. That’s especially true with a brand new QB in Shai Werts. But, hey, the Eagles did pretty well the last time they were in Jordan-Hare with a freshman QB!

Walt: I remember, I was there! I was 7 years old, but I remember it well.

Other Walt: Hey, I was there, too!

Walt: ...

Other Walt: ...

Other Walt: Back to the conversation, though. The Eagles have a ton of talented skill players. You wouldn’t know it from last season when the coaching staff took the Ferrari they’d been handed and turned it into a Vespa, but they’re there. Don’t sleep on running backs LA Ramsby and Wesley Fields. They’re a powerful 1-2 punch. Even with Matt Breida gone to the NFL to the 49ers as an Undrafted Free Agent (who is set to make the team because he’s awesome but didn’t get drafted because of the horrific offense that didn’t showcase him last year and cut down the production of a guy who had double-digit 50+ yard TD runs in 2014 and 2015 but I digress), the Eagles have a strong backfield.

Walt: I’ve seen footage of Fields, he reminds me a lot of Tre Mason.

Other Walt: That’s fair, he has some good moves, is elusive, and has a real quick burst when a hole opens.

Walt: That’s some good football talk, now we need to address something else... Y’all copied our Eagle flight. And, you joined the ever-growing legion of teams who have copied Tiger Walk, too. You know we started that, right? We refer to it as “the most copied tradition in football,” now.

Other Walt: The first to have a team walk to the stadium. Big whoop. At least our eagle hasn’t run into a window.

Walt: Oh, come on, like you have reason to talk. I have it on good authority that the VERY NEXT WEEK your Eagle flew off into parking lot and landed at someone’s tailgate!

Other Walt: Oh yeah, well what’s with the mascots? Why do you have two of them? Or three, if we count the whole Plainsman thing.

Walt: First off, what the hell was up with this? On the mascot front, Auburn only has one mascot. The Tiger. War Eagle is a battle cry. Plainsman isn’t really used much, but it is a way to refer to the students.

Other Walt: Still sounds kind of stupid.

Walt: Yeah, well, calling a drainage ditch “Beautiful Eagle Creek” and risking necrotizing fasciitis for the seniors is kinda stupid, too.

Other Walt: Oh, hell no, you’ve gone too far, now. And don’t worry, we’re bringing some of it with us! We sprinkle it in the end zones. The gnats work to keep you out, you see. That’s a tradition started by the great Erk Russell. I believe you’ve heard of him?

Walt: Absolutely! The last 4-sport letterman at Auburn. That’s some common ground we definitely have. Erk is the greatest.

Other Walt: Erk belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame. We can even work together to get him there.

Walt: Oh! I found another thing we can agree on! Brian Van Gorder is the worst.

Other Walt: I’m sorry, I do not know that name. I think you’re talking about a gentleman who has coached at both of our schools. A man who so ruined Georgia Southern football that the sweetest southern woman I’ve ever met (who never cusses) refers to him as “That Damn Yankee Sonuvabitch.” But, yeah, he is the worst.

Walt: Well, Also Walt, thanks for taking the time to talk with me! I take it you’re going to be at the game?

Other Walt: Sure will! Thanks for inviting me. And be sure to look for my game preview at Forgotten5.com this Thursday or Friday! I’ll go a little more in-depth on what I think of the game and the match-ups, then.

Walt: Go luck this weekend. I hope it’s a clean game with no injuries and great times had by all fans involved! War Eagle!

Other Walt: Thanks, and Hail Southern!



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How Auburn's Chip Lindsey is gameplanning for Georgia Southern

Auburn's new offensive coordinator is putting together his first gameplan on the Plains and will make his Tigers debut on Saturday against Georgia Southern.

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Auburn athletics contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Auburn is sending apparel and shoes to Houston to help with the relief effort following Hurricane Harvey.

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District attorney requests continuance in murder trial for man who killed former Auburn football player

The Lee County District Attorney is requesting a continuance in the murder trial for the man who killed former Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell due to a key forensic expert being unavailable.

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#DearAndy: Can Jarrett Stidham Succeed in the SEC?

3 Days Until Kickoff

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Heading into the national title game in 2013, I remember one pundit saying that we’d beat Florida State and repeat the next season as national champions. In the end, we did neither, but it didn’t change the fact that 2014 was a season in which I (along with many other Auburn fans) believed the Tigers were the best team in the country at a certain point until everything fell apart.

3 Years Ago - 2014

Auburn came into the season ranked 6th in Gus Malzahn’s second campaign. We’d lost the national championship, but that was supposed to make us hungrier, right? Through the first several games, it certainly seemed that way. We lost Carl Lawson to an injury in the offseason, but other than that, we were flying high and ready to dominate again.

The year began with Brent Musberger on the mic for the SEC Network’s opening game at home against Arkansas. It was the rare conference game to begin the season, and after Gus had clowned Bret Bielema in Fayetteville the year before, the Hogs were hell-bent on revenge.

There were many people who thought they may have a chance to get it as well, since Nick Marshall was suspended for the first half after an arrest over the offseason. In stepped Jeremy Johnson for his first real game action. He’d played in nearly two full games in 2013, showed off his arm and his poise in the pocket, and we were sure he was the quarterback of the future.

We KNEW he was the quarterback of the future after watching him against Arkansas.

Seriously, he went 12-16 for 243 yards and two touchdowns in one half against a SEC defense. That’s good. No matter what the opponent, that’s stellar. We were all lit.

The defense was not as lit, giving up some late points in the second quarter and we were all tied up 21-21 at halftime, but the offense under Nick Marshall steadily kept going in the second half while the defense clamped down. Auburn won 45-21. That was pretty alright for everyone. It didn’t stop ESPN from claiming that we’d squeaked by in a 24-point win later that day.

Still, we were 1-0 with a conference win under our belts. It was 2-0 once San Jose State came and went with a 59-13 beating in the second game of the year. What stood in our way next was nothing less than a Thursday night trip to Manhattan, Kansas to tangle with the purple wizard in his own house.

Auburn visited Kansas State and the first cracks of the season began to show. The Tigers won 20-14, but needed a late conversion to seal the deal, and ran for just 128 yards on 45 carries. The Wildcats had found a way, somehow, to slow down this offense. No matter, we felt good after a road win against Bill Snyder. Duke Williams had started to really show off as the complementary receiver to Sammie Coates, and we saw that once one portion of the offense struggled, another facet could pick up the slack. We were 3-0, headed back home.

In the next game, Auburn pretty much sleepwalked through a victory over Louisiana Tech 45-17, where we saw Quan “War Eagle, Baby” Bray show off with three touchdowns, including one on a long punt return. It was a win, but I remember watching and not feeling great about the team.

At 4-0, Auburn sat 5th in the country with an upcoming matchup with LSU on the horizon. This was shaping up to be a huge game in Jordan-Hare as the 15th ranked Bayou Bengals came in with star freshman Leonard Fournette in the backfield.

It didn’t go well. For LSU.

CJ Uzomah’s Lutzie touchdown dance and Nick Marshall’s Newton-esque run just before halftime put the finishing touches on the visiting Tigers with more than two quarters to play. LSU couldn’t move the ball, and everything worked right for Auburn. All told, and along with the win over Arkansas last year, it was one of the most complete wins I’ve ever seen over a competent conference foe.

Let’s not forget that just before we kicked off on the Plains, Alabama lost to Ole Miss in Oxford, and the ensuing chaos jolted Auburn up to 2nd in the country.

Then we went to Starkville.

All of a sudden, Mississippi State had become good. Like really good! Dak Prescott was leading a team that had also ruined LSU (in Baton Rouge nonetheless), and their defense was playing very physical football like it was 1998. In a game that nobody pointed to when the season began, we somehow ended up with a 2 vs 3 matchup in Starkville. With the cowbells ringing at full force, the Bulldogs took advantage.

Auburn fumbled on its first offensive snap, and MSU scored three straight touchdowns to take a 21-0 first quarter lead. The Tigers hit thirteen straight points to cut the lead down to eight, but MSU scored again just before halftime.

Out of the locker room, the Tigers were able to pull within 28-20, and looked like things were turning around, but a costly offensive pass interference penalty on Sammie Coates negated what would’ve been a nearly field-length completion. It was a game-changing call, totally costing Auburn momentum.

They never recovered, allowing some late points to the Bulldogs and fell 38-23. After I believed we had the best team in the country after rocking LSU, I’d just watch a team commit mistake after mistake in losing to Dan Mullen.

MSU leapt into the top spot in the polls, but they wouldn’t stay there.

As for Auburn, the ranking barely suffered. The Tigers fell back to 5th in time for South Carolina to come visit the Plains. Steve Spurrier tried his damnedest, but going for it on six fourth down plays wasn’t enough as Auburn won 42-35 in a game that showed the offense get back into sync. Auburn ran for nearly 400 yards on the game, showcased the running skills of Ricardo Louis along with Cameron Artis-Payne, and answered every jab that the Gamecocks threw at them.

Things were still in Auburn’s court for the first ever college football playoff, as the Tigers were in according to the rankings that came out shortly after that game. Mississippi State was in as well, along with Ole Miss. The state of Mississippi orchestrated a peasant revolt in the SEC that year, and Auburn got to visit both Starkville and Oxford.

Auburn played Ole Miss on Halloween weekend, and participated in one of the hardest-hitting games of the season. The Rebels were pumped up with Dr. Bo Wallace looking for revenge from the loss in 2013. They played well, too, and nearly had the victory.

For Auburn, it was yet another game with an offense that hummed, as they rolled over 500 yards again, but the defense looked lost and Ole Miss scored late to take the lead — or they would have if not for one of the more gruesome injuries we’ve seen lately. Laquon Treadwell abused the Tiger defense that night, and he nearly had the game-winning score, but his ankle snapped just prior to crossing the goal line, he fumbled the ball, Auburn recovered, and won the game. 35-31. It was a costly win, due to the emotional nature of it, but we’d take it.

Auburn hadn’t played all that well — 13 penalties were accrued that night for 145 yards, and the defense had so many issues, but we were ranked third in the country so we chose to ignore it.

We’d pay for it the next week. After having beaten Texas A&M in 2013, they lost a lot. Manziel, Evans, gone. They weren’t even playing well. Alabama had just beaten them 59-0, and they’d beaten Louisiana-Monroe just 21-16 before heading to Auburn. It should’ve been a breeze.

As the Aggies returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown to end the first half and take a 35-17 lead, I knew our season was sunk. That was it. This could look like 2012 again if they wanted.

But the Auburn defense stood tall in the second half. They allowed just six points as the offense finally clicked. Nick Marshall led three touchdown drives, and Auburn trailed just 41-38 late in the fourth. A&M’s defense was extra tired, to boot. They couldn’t stop anything, and the Tigers moved right down the field.

They reached the goal line, and fumbled. Artis-Payne appeared to recover it on the replay, and but the ball was given to A&M. No matter, they went three and out. Auburn got the ball back and began moving again. Then came the butt fumble. Reese Dismukes snapped the ball before Marshall called for it, and A&M recovered. There was no time left and they won. Goodbye, playoff hopes. Goodbye, SEC West.

Auburn again could blame a number of things for losing that game. The offense rolled up nearly 600 yards, but had a huge hole to climb out of in the first half. The turnovers were obviously costly. In each of the losses it seemed like something different came to light, and the poor defense was a constant house guest.

Totally drained, Auburn laid a giant egg in Athens the next week. They took a 7-0 lead and failed to score again, falling 34-7 to Hutson Mason. Hutson. Mason. At quarterback.

Things got somewhat back on track the next week in a 31-7 sleeper win over Samford. Most fans knew not to put much stock in that. Gus had obviously spent the entire time preparing for Alabama and hadn’t looked at Samford film one bit. That was fine, because the effort against the Tide the next week was fantastic, even if it did result in a loss.

Auburn went to Tuscaloosa at 8-3, and the rabid unwashed masses were ripe with the memories of the Kick Six. Bama was of course back in the playoff picture after winning out since their lone loss, and the Tigers were a serious underdog. Once again, the Tigers fumbled their opening play, and Bama took a 14-3 lead shortly after that.

Then, Auburn opened up the playbook. Gus let Nick Marshall throw and throw. And it worked. Except once we got into the red zone.

Marshall and Sammie Coates hooked up for several big plays, and Coates’ 200+ yard receiving effot was only outshined by Amari Cooper’s better night. Still, Auburn led 26-21 at halftime thanks to Coates’ two long touchdowns. It could’ve, and should’ve been so much more as the Tigers stalled inside the 20 time and again.

Auburn stalled inside the ten four times and Daniel Carlson hit four field goals on those drives, but they could’ve had 40 points at halftime with a little better play. The defense picked off Blake Sims multiple times, and he was nearly pulled. In a shrewd coaching move, Nick Saban stuck with his starter and he willed them to a comeback win against a tired defense. If he’d gone to the backup, Bama likely loses.

Once again, the Tiger defense wore out in the second half, as Bama scored 34 points after halftime, eventually running away with a 55-44 win.

Nick Marshall set the Auburn single-game passing record with 456 yards, and the Tigers rolled up over 600 on the Tide. It was the defense failing to stop Alabama at any point in the late stages of the game that cost Auburn a huge win.

It cost Ellis Johnson his job. He was fired shortly after the Iron Bowl and the Tigers hired Will Muschamp for the job. For their efforts and an 8-4 regular season, Auburn earned a bid to play Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. One 34-31 overtime loss later, and the year ended 8-5. Auburn had allowed 400 rushing yards to the Badgers in the defeat, finishing the year on a defensive whimper.

Somehow, that led to even higher expectations for the next season. Looking back, I’m a little surprised they were as lofty as they were.

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Auburn hired law firm to assist with softball investigation
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College football's blueprint for a national championship has changed

In the state of Alabama, where a team has competed in the national championship seven of the last eight years, what better way to start the football season than looking ahead to the final game of the season? What's the blueprint for building a team to win the big game? Have the ball last.

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There’s a lot of Fight Inside This Tiger

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Although he finished his high school career as one of two receivers in Arkansas high school history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a season and be named a MaxPreps All-American, he didn’t receive any interest from Division I colleges. He also had played soccer so most schools thought of him as a kicker. However, he wasn’t deterred and the undersized kicker/receiver walked on at Auburn eventually earning a scholarship. 

While there are larger and more highly touted receivers on the roster, Will Hastings has proven himself on the field. In last year’s season opener against No. 2 Clemson he fought hard on blocking assignments and made four catches for 39 yards and three of those were on 3rd or 4th down – all of which resulted in moving the chains. But the thing that stood out the most was he seemed to have a knack for getting open.

From the first time I saw him in a game, I had a feeling that he might be special. He reminded me of some great Auburn players from the past that were not gifted with the physical attributes of speed and height usually associated with great receivers. Players like Freddy Weygand and Shane Wasden.

The two played for Pat Dye, but on different teams, during the 80’s and both made great plays that still stand out today. I will always remember the 1989 Florida game when the diminutive (5’7”) Wasden got open to catch a Reggie Slack pass on fourth down and a mile to score and beat the Gators as time expired. It probably was the single loudest moment in Jordan-Hare stadium till the ‘Prayer in Jordan-Hare” occurred in 2013.

Both men had great hands and an uncanny ability to get open, often coming back to help a quarterback when he was most under pressure. That’s something that new Offensive Coordinator Chip Lindsey said Hastings has:

“He’s the type of receiver that QB’s love to throw to. He seems to be able to get open and know when to sit down and when to stop. The things that sometimes you say are not coachable, if you talk through it and show them, but it’s not really a technique. He’s just got a really good feel and I think over time in football you’ve seen guys like that.”

And before he’s through, Will could be better than Weygand and Wasden because he has something those two Auburn greats lacked: speed. Auburn safety Tray Matthews told reporters last spring, after the A-Day scrimmage, how hard it is to catch Hastings in the open field, “He’s White Lightning, man,” Matthews said. “He’s so quick, fast and it’s hard to put your hands on him.”

Yet like Shane Wasden he’s not a big man. He’s listed on the Auburn roster at an optimistic 5’10,” 167 pounds, but he looks to be closer to 5’8.” Not the ideal size for a wide receiver in major college football. But what’s that old saying? … ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog Tiger.”

And there is a lot of fight inside Will Hastings!

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`It was very surreal' -- Players recount first game at Jordan-Hare

There's nothing quite like running out of the tunnel through the smoke for the first time at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The adrenaline is pumping through your veins. The crowd is deafening when you first take the field. It's the moment you've been waiting for.

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Football. `It was very surreal' -- Players recount first game at Jordan-Hare

There's nothing quite like running out of the tunnel through the smoke for the first time at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The adrenaline is pumping through your veins. The crowd is deafening when you first take the field. It's the moment you've been waiting for.

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Pat Dye Field Painted Up for 2017 Season

The 2017 season is near. I’m ready. You ready? Pat Dye Field is getting ready. Auburn released this most awesome video of painting a field I’ve sever seen to prove it. We’re close.



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