Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Man Arrested After Shooting that Injured Auburn RB Brian Battie, Killed His Brother

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in connection with the shooting of Auburn running back Brian Battie and four others.

Darryl Bernard Brookins was taken into custody and charged with murder and attempted murder and as a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sarasota police reported to the scene of a shooting at 3:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. Battie's brother, Tommie, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Battie was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze said on Monday that Battie remained on a ventilator and had suffered a setback the previous night.

The senior is entering his second season with the Tigers. He transferred to the program after spending three years at USF. In 13 games with Auburn in 2023, he ran for 227 yards and one touchdown while averaging 23 yards on his 28 kick returns.

from Bleacher Report

Monday, May 20, 2024

Hugh Freeze: Auburn RB Brian Battie Had Setback, Still on Ventilator After Shooting

Auburn running back Brian Battie remains on a ventilator following a shooting Saturday in Sarasota, Florida.

Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze posted on X that Battie suffered a setback Sunday night:

Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that Battie and his brother, Tommie, were shot Saturday morning at around 3:30 a.m. ET. Tommie was pronounced dead at the scene and Brian was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Three others were hospitalized with injuries from the shooting.

Battie transferred to Auburn ahead of the 2023 season after spending three years at USF. In 13 appearances with the Tigers, he ran for 227 yards and one touchdown on 51 carries. He was their primary return man on kicks as well, totaling 645 yards on 28 returns.

from Bleacher Report

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Auburn RB Brian Battie Hospitalized After Suffering Injury in Shooting

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Auburn running back Brian Battie was injured in a shooting on Saturday morning, a school spokesperson confirmed to Rivals' Brian Stultz.

"We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather information," the spokesperson said.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office (h/t ABC 7), Battie's brother, Tommie L. Battie IV, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Battie's hometown of Sarasota, Florida, and sent four victims, including Battie, to the hospital.

Battie, a junior, transferred to Auburn from South Florida ahead of the 2023 season and was primarily a kick returner, recording 645 yards on 29 attempts last year and finishing fifth in the SEC in kick return average. He also had 227 rushing yards and a touchdown on 51 carries.

His best season in the backfield came with South Florida in 2022 when he collected 1,186 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

In 2021, Battie had 650 kick return yards and three kick returns for touchdowns. His outstanding play as a return man in 2021 earned him All-American honors.

from Bleacher Report

Friday, May 10, 2024

RARE VIDEO: Auburn’s moon man honored at 1972 Georgia Tech game

Here’s some stuff to know if you need it to fully appreciate this video no on has seen in more than 50 years.

This is after Apollo 16. 1958 Auburn graduate (and former SGA President) Ken “Played By Gary Sinise in ‘Apollo 13’” Mattingly was the command module pilot. That flag you see in the plaque? Tiny little thing in the middle with the eagle in the left-hand corner that looks more like a peace dove or whatever? He took 10 of those things with him on the trip.

There’s this kind of urban legend that Mattingly planted one on the moon. Didn’t happen.

As the lifeline for the lucky LEM boys, he didn’t make it to the surface. Still, that thing in the frame did orbit the moon, got closer than any Auburn flag ever has. There was even talks of turning it into an official university flag. That obviously didn’t happen, either. Can’t say I’m disappointed.  

( Don’t mind the audio that comes in… pretty sure that’s Dr. Philpott talking about some sort of pending university legislation… it doesn’t go with the video. Oh, and here’s another great video about Astronaut U. )

from The War Eagle Reader

The Importance of Vision Care for College Athletes: Enhancing Performance and Safety

Athletes of every skill level understand that there’s an inherent risk involved when taking part in any sport. In football, for instance, orthopedic injuries are quite common. In the case of Auburn alum-turned-NFL player Jarrett Stidham, a back injury caused the quarterback to miss the entire 2021 season. However, there’s another sports-related injury that athletes deal with and can frequently result in emergency room visits – eye injuries.

From basketball to baseball, lacrosse to hockey, ocular damage can happen in any sport where high-speed balls, collisions, or flying debris are involved. This reality emphasizes the critical importance of vision care and protection for college athletes, not only to enhance their performance but also to ensure their safety on the field, court, or track. 

Why vision care matters for athletes

Vision is fundamental to athletic performance. It influences hand-eye coordination, depth perception, reaction time, and overall situational awareness. Research shows that athletes with better visual acuity tend to perform better in their respective sports. In fact, one study found that visual skills training can significantly improve athletic performance in tasks requiring dynamic visual acuity, depth perception, and hand-eye coordination. 

Moreover, vision care isn’t just about enhancing visual skills, it also involves protecting the eyes from potential harm. Research published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery highlights that in the US, the most common sports associated with ocular injuries include basketball, baseball, softball, football, racquetball, and soccer. This has led the American Academy of Ophthalmology to advocate for the use of protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is a risk of eye injury. Additionally, for outdoor sports, protective eyewear with UV protection is equally crucial to prevent long-term damage from sun exposure. 

Eye protection tips for college athletes

Wear sunglasses

Whenever athletes spend time in bright sunlight, wearing sunglasses with UV protection is essential. This applies whether they’re on or off the court. Sunglasses shield the eyes from harmful UV rays that can cause conditions such as photokeratitis, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Moreover, they reduce glare, enhance contrast, and improve visual clarity. For this, opt for sunglasses from reputable brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. Target Optical is one retailer that carries these brands both online and offline. On their website, you can find styles such as wraparound frames or sport-specific designs that ensure a secure fit and maximum coverage for total sun protection.

Use protective eyewear

Whether it’s during practice sessions or actual games, wearing protective eyewear can reduce the risk of eye injuries by as much as 90%. For sports like basketball or racquetball, where fast-moving balls pose a threat, protective eyewear is crucial. Ideally, sports eyewear should meet standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Prevent Blindness recommends ASTM-approved eyewear with polycarbonate lenses, which are the most impact-resistant, thinner and lighter than plastic, shatterproof, and provide UV protection. Protective goggles like the SI Ballistic M Frame 3.0 from Oakley, designed to shield the eyes from high-velocity impact, find utility in sports such as squash or racquetball.

Get regular eye exams

Athletes often undergo rigorous training and face increased risk factors, such as exposure to UV rays or participation in contact sports that can impact their eye health. Regular eye exams can detect issues early on, allowing for timely intervention if needed. Furthermore, athletes with corrective lenses may require updated prescriptions to maintain peak performance. The American Optometric Association suggests scheduling comprehensive eye exams at least every two years for individuals aged 18 to 39 or annually if they’re at higher risk of developing eye conditions.

Vision care is a vital aspect of overall health and athletic performance. By adopting these simple strategies, college athletes can safeguard their vision and optimize their performance both on and off the field.

from The War Eagle Reader

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Auburn Baseball: Highlights vs Georgia Tech

Auburn jumped out to an eight-run lead in the first inning and ultimately defeated Georgia Tech 12-8 to improve to 8-1 in midweek games Tuesday night at Plainsman Park.

The Tigers' eight-run first inning matched the most runs scored in an inning this season, and all nine players in the starting lineup recorded a hit to help the team snap a six-game losing streak.

"It was great. It had been a minute," head coach Butch Thompson of getting back in the win column. "Every time we take the field you want to have success. For these guys, I know things will turn and I know baseball will get back to normal. We got another filled up crowd. We have guys that are still fighting and engaged. I'm tickled to death to see that after we've been kicked and beat. Really the man, the woman, the team, the person, at the end of the day if you can create some stamina and don't go away it will shift back."

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Nehemiah Pritchett NFL Draft 2024: Scouting Report for Auburn CB

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— Extremely long limbs. Able to use his arms in press and when playing the ball downfield.

— Great top-end speed. Fluid and twitchy athlete who is able to get up to top speed quickly. Has great recovery quickness when out of phase.

— Does a very good job of playing the quarterback's eyes and getting a jump on the ball in air.

— Plays with a high pad level at times. Jumps into breaks and can get stuck in mud at times.

— Can be too handsy at times, especially when out of position.

— Throws body around but is inconsistent with wrapping up. A bit light in the weight, can bounce off ball-carriers at times.

— 9 G, 22 TOT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PD

— 3-star recruit in the 2019 class, per 247Sports

Pritchett is a long-limbed cornerback who plays mostly out of press coverage but has also shown scheme versatility. He's an explosive athlete who posted a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the combine. At the Senior Bowl, Pritchett had a solid week of practice, showing off his speed and ball skills.

While playing in coverage, Pritchett does a great job in press, where he shows off his quick feet and lateral movement skills. He does a very good job of using his long arms to disrupt receivers from working downfield. Although he likes to play with a physical style, he can be too handsy, grabbing and holding on when out of position.

While carrying receivers downfield, Pritchett shows off his explosive speed and recovery speed to keep up when out of position. With the ball in the air, he does a very good job of getting his head around and playing the ball.

When playing the run, Pritchett has shown to be a willing defender. He does a good job of identifying the run and coming up to quickly close ground. Pritchett uses his quickness to beat blocks in the open field and uses his hands well to take on blockers. While he lacks the ideal strength to control blocks, he uses his length well to keep distance.

When tackling, Pritchett flies around and throws his body into ball-carriers. Although he's a physical player, he doesn't wrap up, and he often bounces off bigger running backs.

Ultimately, Pritchett's length and speed are some of his defining traits. He's a high-level developmental player who has the potential to work his way into more playing time as his NFL career develops. He will need to work on his technique, but he has loads of upside.

GRADE: 6.3 (High-Level Developmental Prospect — 5th Round)


from Bleacher Report

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Auburn Softball vs UAB Highlights

Off the heels of tossing a combined perfect game in Auburn softball's last midweek contest, Maddie Penta and Shelby Lowe no hit UAB (17-22) as the Tigers (21-12-1) took down their in-state foe 9-0 in five innings at Jane B. Moore Field on Tuesday.

"We got off to a nice start," said head coach Mickey Dean. "We continued to build off that. Our pitchers worked ahead. We averaged 15 pitches an inning, which is exactly where we want to be. We did a nice job."

from AuburnTigers

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Video: Auburn Announces Nike Partnership Starting in 2025; Will Replace Under Armour

Auburn University will have a new apparel sponsor for its sports teams next year.

The school announced on Tuesday that it has formed a partnership with Nike, which will replace Under Armour as Auburn's apparel sponsor starting in July 2025.

This article will be updated soon to provide more information and analysis.

from Bleacher Report