Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Talking Jalen Green and Football Season Hypotheticals

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On the Wednesday Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby and Michael Pappas discussed several topics brought up by listeners of the show. They were asked about Jalen Green, Auburn Basketball’s recruiting class, potential outcomes for the college football season, and more.

The guys also discuss a new betting line that was released in Vegas and the two Auburn Tigers that appeared on the Max Preps All Decade Team.

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2021 Class Preview: Tight End

After signing 4 tight ends in the past 2 classes, Auburn is looking to add another talented prospect in the 2021 class.

Over the next 2 weeks 2-3ish weeks, we will be taking a position by position look at the top targets on Auburn’s 2021 board. This is a first pass at who might be looking at Auburn the hardest this early in the cycle and whom Auburn might have the most interest in. However, recruiting is fluid and these lists will likely change.

Ah the tight end position. The savior of Auburn’s offense for many message board fans. Though some of the obsession over the position I think is a little over done, the general belief that Auburn has under utilized the position in recent seasons is completely valid. In Gus Malzahn’s first 2 seasons at Auburn, CJ Uzomah caught 22 passes for 299 yards and 6 TDs. Over the following 5 seasons, Auburn tight ends caught a grand total of 8 passes for 59 yards and 4 TDs.

Seeing those stats, it seems difficult to see how Auburn could go out and sign top TE prospects but that’s exactly what has happened the last two cyles. In the 2019 class, Auburn signed Luke Deal and Tyler Fromm. They followed that class up with an even more impressive one in 2020 signing J.J. Pegues and Brandon Frazier. Now here we are in the 2021 cycle and Auburn has already offered 15 tight end prospects.

So what gives? Chad Morris does, that’s what.

Since Chad Morris became a collegiate coach in 2010, only once has his tight end had less yards in a single season than all of Auburn’s tight ends have combined for since 2015. That was in 2017 at SMU. Chances are very good that you will see more passes thrown to a tight end in the 2020 campaign than you have seen attempted over the past 5 years. It also means that Chad Morris wants that position well stocked moving forward with legitimate playmakers which is why you see the Tigers on the hunt for a big time tight end in the 2021 class.

4* Michael Trigg | 6’4” | 208 lbs | Seffner, FL


The nation’s #6 ranked tight end was on the Plains just before everything got shutdown. While on campus, he spent a lot of time with new Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris who broke down his plans for how he wants to use the tight end position moving forward. Once visiting restrictions are lifted, expect Trigg back on Auburn’s campus at some point. The team to beat though is likely Florida State but the Tigers are very much in this race.

Scouting Report

Trigg is an elite athlete capable of doing a little of everything. He’s got a long frame at 6’4” perfectly capable of adding 20+ lbs without losing any of his explosiveness. A natural hand catcher, Trigg shows outstanding body control and ball skills. While he’s not facing the stiffest of competition and is used more as a wide receiver than tight end, it’s very easy to see the tremendous upside. He’s a great fit for what Morris likes from his tight end, someone that can do a bit of everything from lining up in the H-Back role to splitting out wide.

4* Terrance Ferguson | 6’5” | 220 lbs | Littleton, CO


Ferguson was actually scheduled to take an official visit to the Plains before the pandemic. He reportedly plans on rescheduling his OV to Auburn at a later point and the Tigers appear to be firmly in the mix. Wisconsin and Oregon are also considered top contenders at this point and will get official visits. Until he actually makes it to Auburn though it’s hard to really know how good a chance the Tigers have at snagging the nation’s #12 tight end.

Scouting Report

Ferguson is a big kid with excellent quickness who has had a tremendously productive high school career. While he won’t likely win many track meets at the next level, Ferguson has enough top end speed to make plays after the catch. He’s got great strength and has the size/frame you expect to see from an SEC calibre tight end.

3* Lake McRee | 6’4” | 217 lbs | Austin, TX


With a name like Lake, you better be from Texas. The former Longhorn commit reopened his recruitment back in early February and has quickly become one of the most sought after TEs in this class. Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Washington and Penn State have all offered in recent months. He dropped a top 10 list last week that included the Tigers.

Scouting Report

McRee is another fluid athlete with the frame to put on the muscle needed to play tight end in the SEC. He’s a sharp route runner with great hands. Can line up anywhere on the field which is a must for Chad Morris. I fully expect McRee to be a consensus blue chip prospect before this cycle is over.

3* Trinity Bell | 6’7” | 256 lbs | Albertville, AL


Probably one of the more interesting prospects in this class, Trinity Bell is getting plenty of attention from SEC programs. Auburn and Tennessee are reportedly his top 2 schools with the Vols probably the team to beat at the moment. But if the Tigers decide to go all in on the Albertville product they will likely be tough to beat.

Scouting Report

What makes Bell so intriguing is that while he’s listed as a tight end, he’s got the frame to be an offensive tackle at the next level. An outstanding basketball player as well, Bell has apparently been given the green light by both Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl that he will be able to play both sports for the Tigers if he were to sign. It’s hard not to get excited about this kid’s upside but it will be interesting to see if teams try to convince him to make the move to offensive line or stick with him at tight end.

3* Elijah Arroyo | 6’4” | 210 lbs | Frisco, TX


Arroyo’s coming off a strong junior campaign where he caught 47 passes for 648 yards and 5 TDs. Plenty of major programs took notice as the Texan sports offers from the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan and plenty of others. Auburn is reportedly very high on the Independence standout and will likely push hard to get an official visit this fall.

Scouting Report

Arroyo might be my favorite target on this list. You just don’t see many tight end prospects with his type of burst. An extremely gifted athlete, Arroyo is a playmaker from the tight end spot. He can line up in-line or split out wide at wideout. Flashing consistent hands, he’s a nightmare matchup in the redzone and has the athleticism to make plays after the catch. Very easy to see why he’s got such an impressive offer list.

Gunnar Helm | 6’5” | 225 lbs | Englewood, CO


He’s not ranked yet but that will likely change considering his offer list. Prospects that are getting attention from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU tend to see their stock rise in the eyes of recruiting services. Auburn though was one of the the first SEC teams to offer the Colorado native and are hoping to get him on campus as soon as possible. His family isn’t averse to sending him away considering his older sister is currently attending Alabama. We will see if Auburn can turn the Helm’s into a house divided this cycle.

Scouting Report

Helm was very clearly Cherry Creek’s redzone weapon last season. He turned 8 of his 25 catches into touchdowns and feasted inside the 20 yard line. A long athlete with great hands, Helm does an excellent job creating consistent separation with his routes and his big frame makes him an easy target for quarterbacks.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Auburn basketball: Transfers, targets, dates to remember

Auburn basketball hasn’t added any new 2020 high school targets to it’s board recently, but many of Auburn’s targets have set commitment dates. The Tigers have also shown interest in a few transfers. Transfer targets: DJ Carton – Guard, Ohio State Carton had to step away from the team at Ohio State to tend to […]

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The Five Most Clutch Plays in Auburn Football History

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On the Tuesday edition of Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby, Ben Taylor, and Michael Pappas continue their conversation from Friday and highlight the five most clutch plays in Auburn Football history.

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The Actual Tiger King

We lied. Last week was not the episode to listen to if you wanted full Fort Payne ASMR on Tiger King, so we’re making it up to you by bringing on Justin Ferguson from The Athletic to get his thoughts and musings on the real sensation that’s sweeping the nation.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

2021 Class Preview: Wide Receiver

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After signing an outstanding WR class in 2020, Kodi Burns is hoping to add at least 2 more talented wideouts to the mix in 2021.

Over the next 2 weeks 2-3ish week, we will be taking a position by position look at the top targets on Auburn’s 2021 board. This is a first pass at who might be looking at Auburn the hardest this early in the cycle and whom Auburn might have the most interest in. However, recruiting is fluid and these lists will likely change.

Under Gus Malzahn, Auburn has only once finished in the top 5 in SEC for passing yards per game. That happened in 2017. Yet despite the inconsistency of Auburn’s passing attack over the years, Kodi Burns was still able to go out and sign one of the top WR classes in the country last cycle. Now, he and the rest of Auburn’s staff can sell Chad Morris’s track record of producing explosive passing attacks. 7 wide receivers have surpassed the 1,000 yard mark under Morris and you can bet the Tigers will be showing a lot of DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams and Courtland Sutton tape to recruits this cycle. If he can get similar results with Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz and company this fall, it could be another strong WR haul this cycle

5* Jacorey Brooks | 6’3” | 185 lbs | Miami, FL


Auburn hosted Brooks briefly last summer and were expected to have him on campus this spring until the coronavirus wrecked everything. Still, Brooks is reportedly close with Kodi Burns and is giving the Tigers a close look. Unsurprisingly, the big 3 in the state of Florida (UF, FSU, UM) are expected to be major factors in Brooks’s recruitment along with Auburn, Alabama and LSU. This is a recruitment where visits being cancelled could really hurt the Tigers. However, if he decides to take his time and wait until later in the year to make a decision, Auburn could be a darkhorse contender in this race.

Scouting Report

247’s comp for Brooks is Courtland Sutton. I imagine Chad Morris might try and make use of that information... Brooks has the combination of size and explosiveness all teams covet at the WR position. While not necessarily a burner, he’s got enough speed to get on top of cornerbacks to make plays in the deep passing game or to take it to the house after the catch. Brooks is also a tremendous basketball player and that athleticism jumps out when watching his tape. He’s the prototypical 9 man in Malzahn/Morris’s scheme and would be a day 1 impact player for the Tigers.

4* Isaiah Brevard | 6’4” | 200 lbs | Southaven, MS


The 2021 class in the state of Mississippi is a little down this year though not so much at one position group. The top 3 players in the Magnolia State this year are wide receivers. Auburn has their eyes on one in particular in Isaiah Brevard. The Southaven standout visited Auburn in January and he put the Tigers in his top 3 alongside Georgia and Oregon earlier this year. Still, instate programs Ole Miss and Mississippi State cannot be discounted nor can longtime Mississippi raider Alabama. Look for the nation’s #119 player to officially visit the Plains whenever restrictions are lifted.

Scouting Report

You will be hard pressed to find a more physically imposing wideout in this 2021 class. Despite being 6’4” 200 lbs, Brevard is incredibly fluid in and out of his breaks making him a nightmare matchup on the outside. He does a great job using his size to box DBs out and get great position on jump balls. Brevard also takes blocking seriously, consistently playing until the end of the whistle to open up plays for his teammates. Hard not to like his tape.

4* Ketron Jackson | 6’2” | 186 lbs | Royse City, TX


It’s not just at quarterback where Chad Morris is using his Texas connections to try and bring in elite talent for the Tigers. Jackson has quickly become one of Auburn’s top targets at wide receiver but they will face some stiff competition in landing him. He actually named Arkansas his leader early last month but is also strongly considering Auburn, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU.

Scouting Report

Jackson is a 2 sport athlete excelling on the track along with the football field. Those track skills translate nicely when he gets the ball in his hands. Jackson is a nightmare in the open field displaying outstanding short area quickness and elite speed. He’s got consistent hands and the length to make plays on the ball in the air. I think he’s got a chance to finish ranked in the top 100 before this cycle is over.

4* Julian Nixon | 6’4” | 205 lbs | Roswell, GA


Not too long ago, Nixon was my pick to be Auburn’s next commit. But this is recruiting and things change. The Georgia native appears to have slid down the board a bit for the Tigers since Chad Morris’s arrival. That’s not to say Nixon won’t end up in orange and blue in the end. However, as of today, it appears both sides are looking elsewhere. Tennessee might now be the team to keep an eye on.

Scouting Report

Nixon is another big WR prospect. At 6’4” 205 lbs, he ain’t losing many 1 on 1 confrontations on the outside. He’s a weapon in the redzone, excelling at using his size to get great position and flashing strong hands to make catches in traffic. Speed is a bit of a question mark which is why there are some who think he might grow into a tight end. Personally, I think he’s WR all the way and would be a good fit at the 5 position in Auburn’s offense.

4* Malcolm Johnson Jr. | 6’1” | 185 lbs | Alexandria, VA


Johnson had hoped to visit Auburn last week but obviously couldn’t make it down. He reportedly still wants to make it to campus which is a good sign for the Tigers. At this time, things seem pretty wide open for the Virginia native though he did recently drop a top 12 that included 8 SEC teams, one being Auburn. It’s all about when and if the Tigers can get Johnson on campus.

Scouting Report

Johnson is one of the most explosive playmakers in this class. His ability to get to top speed is impressive and once he finds some open field, there aren’t many defenders that can run him down. Johnson flashes consistent hands and is a very fluid route runner. The Tigers are looking for some speed at the WR spot so it’s easy to see why Johnson is so high on the board.

4* Christian Leary | 5’9” | 180 lbs | Orlando, FL


Leary recently dropped a top 6 that included the Tigers and told 247 that Auburn, Alabama and Arizona State have been showing him the most attention recently. He had set a commit date for early June but that is likely on hold now. Still, if there is a WR prospect that Auburn might be the closest to landing right now it’s probably Leary. Their biggest competition is likely rival Alabama who is attempting to sell the speedster on being the next Jaylen Waddle. This is definitely a name to track in the coming months.

Scouting Report

Based purely off confirmed times on the track, Christian Leary is the fastest prospect in the state of Florida in the 2021 class and one of the fastest athletes in the country. He posted a 10.5 in the 100 meters last spring. He did a little of everything for his high school team last season on their way to a state championship totaling over 1,500 yards of offense and 16 TDs. Leary has the skillset to impact a team not only on offense but on special teams as well. Auburn will likely need a new speedster following the 2020 season and would love for it to be Leary in 2021.

3*. Tray Curry | 6’4” | 210 lbs | Cleveland, TN


Back in early February, Curry told GoVols247 that his top two consisted of Auburn and Tennessee. He attended Auburn’s Junior Day on February 1st where he got to witness the Tigers’ basketball team’s takedown of the Kentucky Wildcats. But the Vols might be the team to beat in this race at the moment though Curry has said he plans to wait until after the season to make a decision.

Scouting Report

Another big bodied wideout, Curry is a big time down the field threat and the Tigers reportedly like his jump ball ability. While listed as a wideout, he could also flip over and play defense if needed which is something the Tigers seem to be doing more of in recent years. The spots are limited at WR in Auburn’s class this season so it will be interesting to see where Curry ends up on their board.

3* Roc Taylor | 6’3” | 212 lbs | Oxford, AL


Probably the player most impacted by the recruiting suspensions on this list is Oxford standout Roc Taylor. He’s high on the Tigers but has yet to receive an offer from Auburn. If that offer does come things could get very interesting in Taylor’s recruitment. This is where being able to camp for the Tigers could have been big for Taylor. Given the limited spots in this class for WRs, Auburn is understandably being cautious about offering instate kids who could commit quick.

Scouting Report

The big question mark with Taylor and possibly a reason Auburn has yet to extend an offer is the question over whether or not he’s a WR or a TE at the next level. 247 recently designated him an “athlete” but ranked him as a tight end. He’s a big kid with the frame to put on 15+ more lbs pretty easily at the next level. Despite his size though Taylor has surprising burst and can stretch defenses vertically. He’s got great length and does a great job using it to win jump balls. I would love for him to end up in Auburn’s class even if it’s as a hybrid WR/TE option.

Kanarius Johnson | 6’2” | 190 lbs | Laurel, MS


I mentioned earlier that Mississippi is loaded with talented WR prospects this cycle. One player though that hasn’t yet gotten the same type of hype as some of those other top players is Johnson. But his offer list is more than impressive enough featuring Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State and a few others. He’s a prospect flying under the radar right now that could see his stock take off this fall.

Scouting Report

I love Johnson’s skillset. At 6’2” 190 lbs, he’s got great length paired with outstanding explosiveness. Fluid out of his breaks, Johnson can win with both with his route running ability and speed. Don’t be surprised to see him shoot up the rankings by the end of this cycle.

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Auburn Football Theater 2020: #8 - 2008 vs Tennessee

Hikeba from the Satellite of Love, I’m Drew, your host, as we walk through the worst wins in Auburn history that I have video of in my collection. So far on the countdown, we’ve been to Columbia, South Carolina where Auburn took down a solid Steven Garcia led Gamecock team and we watched last week as Auburn gave The Hat his final blow at LSU and saved Gus Malzahan’s coaching tenure at Auburn. This week though? This week the Mads have given us a win that really meant nothing…Thus we begin the…

part of the count down. From here on, there is not much redeeming about these wins. On top of that, they are tough games to watch, where there’s no offense…no defense…or a sick combination of both, SOMETIMES EVEN IN THE SAME PLAY, as we will get to in this stink burger…the 2008 Tennessee @ Auburn game!


Both teams came in to this one with rustled fanbases to say the least. Tennessee had started the season ranked 18th in the country, coming off an SEC Eastern Division Championship in 2007, but had found the going rough so far as they entered with a 1-2 record. A win over UAB had done little to quite the fans after a loss in the Rose Bowl against UCLA in overtime to start the season and a very poor effort in a home loss to #4 Florida the week prior. The star of the Vols show was safety Eric Berry. Yup, that Eric Berry.

On offense though…well…

Yeah, definitely not a player like Eric Berry. I feel like Jonathan Crompton’s music video would be done by that Wal Mart yodeling kid from a few years ago.

Auburn knew what the Vols were going through offensively at least. Auburn was 3-1 on the season and entered the contest at #15 in the country. The week prior, Auburn had lost a late lead and given up a game against #6 LSU 26-21 at home and were trying to find themselves offensively under new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. Franklin would switch between quarterbacks Chris Todd and Kodi Burns, though he had stuck with Todd the previous 2 weeks (against Mississippi State and LSU). The defense, on the other hand, was one of Tuberville’s best products. Paul Rhodes headed up a group that led the nation in most categories and looked to keep that trend going until the offense found itself. Mix all of this together, along with CBS betting that Tennessee would beat Florida and Auburn would beat LSU as both teams were at home the prior week, AND WE HAVE OURSELVES A SLOBBER KNOCKER OF A PILLOW FIGHT!


Leading us on our tour of this one are some familiar faces

Uncle Vern and Cousin Garry

While they aren’t the best , at least they aren’t Rod Gilmore.

And there’s the kick as Tennessee would start off from their own 25 yard line and 3 plays later they were punting to Auburn, who would start off in great field position at their own 45. Chris Todd would get the nod and the Tigers would get a first down and then would think about some trickery.

On the first look, you would say, ‘Wow, that’s some stellar defense by Tennessee to get pressure like that and snuff out the trick play.’ And you would be right, the defensive line did their job. But later, Gary had time to break down what happened on the back end and we see how close to the sun the Vols flew on that play.

MAN! If Dunn had been able to pull the trigger, that would have been the Tennessee we’ve known and loved since…well since 2008. So Auburn would punt and give it back to Mr. Crompton and Tennessee.

MAN! And Crompton could have had his first completion of the game if he would have caught his own pass there! JC wanted nooo part of that as he would have had to have taken a shot from that Auburn defensive line. No shame here, I would have ran from that one like a nest of bees were that football. Tennessee would punt it back to Auburn after that play and the Tigers would go on their best (only) offensive drive of the day, as they covered 69 (nice) yards in 11 plays, capped off by this beauty to Robert Dunn.

Tennessee would take the ball and look to begin a march to answer the Tiger TD.

Ok, so don’t do that.

Actually, JC would complete his first pass of the game on this drive. It didn’t look like this play later in the drive.

DAMN GARY! CHANNELING HIS INNER HATIN’ ASS SPURRIER AND BRINGING THE HEAT!! With that being 3rd down, Tennessee would bring out the FG unit to cut in to Auburn’s lead.

So it’s 7-3 Auburn.

Auburn would take the kick out to the 36 and look to build upon their success in the last drive.

SO that meant a punt in 3 plays. Tennessee would take it from their own 21 and with the help of some big runs, the Vols would be set up for another big 3rd down deep in Auburn territory.

No, that is not the same clip from earlier. That’s a completely different play. I don’t know who Crompton knows on that sideline but he really wants to give them a ball to take home as a souvenir. So again, the Vols would send out the Field Goal unit. I will spare you from another FG clip, it was good, and its now 7-6 Auburn. Auburn would then take the kickoff to the 27 and would get it to just short of the 5 before they were forced to punt and were able to pin the Vols back to their own 5 yard line. That’s were JC and a name that Fantasy Football owners would come to love in later years, combined to make magic.

Lost in this clip is that yes…

Peyton is in the building to take this one in. And no, thank God, he didn’t have any eligibility left. I mean, don’t get me wrong, as Gary called it ‘as easy a play as you can get’, but how do you not look the ball in to the basket of the Running Back’s stomach when you are at the 5 yard line, in the student section end of the field (meaning it’s really really loud), when you’ve already had fumble troubles with that running back and yourself. So, Auburn takes a 14-6 lead.

Tennessee would take the ball from the 25 and look to just get back on track.

So that was 2nd and 2. The Vols would punt after 3rd down. Auburn would take it from the 36 and KODI IS ALIVE! The crowd loses its collective minds and, this is the stuff they wanted to see.

AUBURN’S GONNA WIN THIS ONE PAWL!! In all seriousness, that’s a Cam Newton sorta play in that everything just worked out. Auburn would get down to the Tennessee 18 where ol’ Wes Byrum would extend Auburn’s lead.

Should have said ‘try to’. SO…its 14-6 Auburn. Tennessee would take it from the 20 and try to get some points before the half.

And that’s how the half would end at 14-6.

Auburn would get the second half kick and go from the 20. Before we get to the clip, Uncle Vern and Cousin Gary will take a look at the 1st half. I warn you about this because the Red Cross is making me…avoid the stats and just know its bad. It’s real bad.

So after that Auburn would punt in 3 plays. Tennessee would answer that punt with a punt of their own and would pin Auburn at the 4 as Todd comes back in. The Tigers would look to break out of the bad position on a 3rd down play.

SO A 3 AND OUT PUNT IT IS! Tennessee, not to be out down, would get the ball from the 44.

SO A 3 AND OUT PUNT IT IS! This time Auburn would get it at the 2…

*big gulp of bourbon*

I know how this game ends and Chris Todd still has me nervous…HOW WAS THAT NOT PICKED OFF?! Good Lord, he might as well could have handed it off to the Tennessee secondary and that would have been that! Todd would lead the Tigers out of the bad position and would get to the Vol 44 before he flew too close to the sun.

JC and the Vols would begin their best drive of the day from the Auburn 37, though it would take them 9 plays to finally find paydirt.

So with the failed 2 point try, its Auburn’s lead 14-12 as we are early in the 4th quarter. The Tigers would get the kick from the 20 and would grab a 1st down before the drive stalled out and were forced to punt.

At this point, I’m not sure if Auburn really wins this game. The Vols have it at the Auburn 38 and are down just 2 points.

OH YEAH! Jonathan Crompton is the quarterback for Tennessee and they call a QB Draw on 3rd and 10! That’s right! For some reason, Tennessee punts, praying Auburn will make another mistake deep in their own territory. Auburn takes it from the 11 and punts 3 plays later. Tennessee would get it from the 42 and would be forced into a 3rd and 4 to keep the drive going.

I mean, Gary is doing my work for me. Not sure what’s happening there, but JC just wants to get to the bus ASAP.

The Tigers would get it from the 20 this time…lose 8 yards and punt. Tennessee would not take such generosity and give it back to Auburn after 3 plays. Auburn, from the 20 again, would put back in Kodi and would only lose 2 yards on this drive before punting and would give it back to Tennessee with time winding down. Once again, it would be put on the shoulders of Jonathan Crompton for a big 3rd down play.

I mean, at least JC made a smart decision and had a 30-70 chance of his guy catching it or getting a PI bailout call. However, Tennessee would punt down to the Auburn 5 where Kodi Burns would look to ice this one away.

Tennessee would use the rest of their Time Outs but it was for naught as Auburn, who gained only 77 yards in the second half, who went 3 & out 5 of the 8 times they touched the ball in the second half, who went 3 & out 7 of the 13 times they touched the ball in the game(!), held on for a 14-12 win.


So, after this one, Tennessee would continue to struggle to find themselves, the lowest point of the season, a Homecoming loss to the Cowboys of Wyoming. Even finishing the season with back to back wins over Vandy and Kentucky weren’t enough to save head coach Phillip Fulmer and would pave the way for the Lane Train to pull in to Knoxville.

Auburn followed a similar path to the Vols. The following week was the debacle in Nashville where Gameday came for a Top 20 clash between Auburn and Vandy that would see the Dores beat Auburn 14-13 and the spiral began. Auburn would close out the year dropping every contest save for a homecoming win against UT-Martin. Auburn and Tommy Tuberville would part ways and would make way for Gene Chizik to make his way back to Auburn.

Well that does it for another installment of Auburn Football Theater 2020. Tune in again next week as we hit the 7th toughest victory to watch in my library…till then… hit the button Frank

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Auburn basketball: Looking forward to Chris Moore

Auburn basketball signee Chris Moore is the second nationally ranked high school basketball player from Arkansas to sign with Auburn in the last two seasons, and Moore could play an important role as a freshman like Allen Flanigan did last season. Moore has all of the physical tools necessary to be a good player at […]

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