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Friday, May 14, 2021

Auburn vs Texas A&M Highlights | Baseball - May 14, 2021

Auburn got four big innings out of its bullpen en route to defeating Texas A&M, 5-4, in the series opener at Plainsman Park Friday.

The combination of Joseph Gonzalez and Carson Skipper faced just three batters over the minimum in the final four innings en route to the win.

“That’s the goal,” head coach Butch Thompson said of winning the series opener. “We haven’t hid from it. We’ve advertised it. We’ve told our fans. We’ve told everybody. Nothing is secured, but if you really want to win a series, winning the first one is a huge step.”

Leading 4-3, Auburn scored what proved to be the winning insurance run as Ryan Dyal battled back from a 1-2 count to draw a bases-loaded walk and extend the lead to 5-3.

Dyal’s run proved to be critical as Texas A&M leadoff hitter Ray Alejo hit a two-out solo homer in the ninth.

“This is the SEC, so every one of these games feels exactly the same when we’re playing a tight competitive game,” Thompson added.

Skipper (2-2, 4.56 ERA) recorded the final nine outs and earned his second win in as many outings. The junior lefty matched a season high with four strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter.

“I just want to give my team a chance to win one out and one hitter at a time,” Skipper said. “Just let my guys play behind me and let them swing the sticks like I know they can.”

“He picked up where he left off last weekend and gave us a chance,” Thompson added of Skipper. “I thought the eighth inning was good. He threw some really nice breaking balls.”

Jack Owen earned his seventh straight start for the Tigers and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Owen allowed three runs on six hits through three innings but retired seven of the last eight batters he faced before giving way to Gonzalez, who pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

Rankin Woley got Auburn’s offense started with a solo home run in the bottom of the first, his seventh homer of the season. Woley finished the game with two hits and proved what scored to be the winning run in the eighth after leading off the inning with a single.

“The next game is the biggest one for us,” Woley said. “That’s all we can control is the next game, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. We just have to come out here and play baseball.”

Texas A&M responded with a run on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly in the second and added two more on a two-run homer in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

However, Auburn answered right back with a solo homer from Ryan Bliss is the third, his 12th of the year, and a RBI double from Brody Moore in the fourth to tie the game, 3-3.

Bliss came back around with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and lifted a sacrifice fly to left center to give Auburn the lead. An inning later, Dyal drew the aforementioned bases-loaded walk to bring in the winning run.

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Auburn baseball: Tigers take on Texas A&M to save season

It could all be over for Auburn baseball if they can’t overcome the deficit between them and the #12 seed in the SEC tournament. Luckily, they host the #13 seed at Plainsman Park this weekend in the final series of the seasons on the Plains. Next week, a baseball Tiger bowl will take place when […]

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Auburn football: PFF grades Tigers DB duo CFB’s best secondary

While the SEC has long been known to produce the best DBs (and defenders in general) at the next level, Auburn football often trails behind many of their SEC rivals in recognition. LSU has earned the nickname “DBU” and Alabama has been producing several top draft picks in the last few NFL Drafts such as […]

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Auburn football battling CFB blue bloods for 4-star WR

The Auburn football program has not shied away from difficult recruiting battles under the regime of new head coach Bryan Harsin. Pushing their agenda of building up the Tigers’ wide receiver corps, Coach Harsin and Coach Cornelius Williams have re-offered class of 2023 WR Johntay Cook. The wide receiver’s first offer from Auburn came in […]

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Auburn football: DVV feels TJ Finley “trending towards” Plains

Caught in a position battle he may not come out on the winning end of, TJ Finley is trying to find an SEC school in a similar spot to the LSU Tigers he has decided to enter the portal to transfer from. In doing so, he has spotted a potential target that he feels could […]

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Auburn football: Tiger fans prefer Bo Nix as QB1 over TJ Finley

With the news that TJ Finley is considering Auburn football as a transfer option after entering the portal from LSU, the focus among Tiger fans has shifted to who might be the quarterback of the future for a team that has lacked a true game-changer since Nick Marshall. Bo Nix is supposed to be that […]

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Spring Review: Safety

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Outside of Smoke, a lot of questions surround this position

Bryan Harsin’s very first spring practice is in the books. Over the next 2 weeks, I’ll take a look at where each position group stands as we head into the long summer off-season.

Post Spring Depth Chart

Free Safety

  • #21 Smoke Monday | 6’3” | 199 lbs | Senior
  • #22 Trey Elston | 6’1” | 193 lbs | Senior
  • #38 Ahmari Harvey | 6’0” | 172 lbs | Freshman

Strong Safety

  • #13 Ladarius Tennison | 5’10” | 198 lbs | Sophomore
  • #11 Zion Puckett | 6’0” | 209 lbs | Redshirt Sophomore

Summer Additions

  • Bydarrius Knighten | 6’0” | 197 lbs | Senior
  • Juwon Gaston | 5’11” | 187 lbs | Freshman
  • Cayden Bridges | 6’2” | 190 lbs | Freshman

Spring Review

I was somewhat surprised to see Smoke Monday not join his battery mate Jamien Sherwood in declaring for the NFL earlier this year. It wasn’t a banner year for Smoke in 2020 but given the coaching change I thought he might take a stab at the league.

Instead, he’s back to help lead Auburn’s secondary in 2021. A player that’s often overhyped due to going by the awesome name Smoke while at the same time often over criticized because any mistakes he makes are easy to see given his role in Auburn’s defense, Smoke is unquestionably an impact player for the Tigers. He’s outstanding coming down hill in the run game and has shown the ability to make some big plays in the passing game. None bigger than last season’s 100 yard pick six against Tennessee.

Top end speed is a concern with Smoke and he can sometimes get caught with his eyes in the backfield too much. However, I think he has a chance to thrive in Mason’s system where he’ll get a chance to play a bit more zone and likely be left out of a lot of man coverage situations. 2021 is Smoke’s chance to prove he’s an NFL safety.

Who will line up next to him remains to be seen. Ladarius Tennison slid back to safety over the spring and looked good during A-Day. Tennison was one of my favorite recruits in the 2020 class given his penchant for delivering big blows. He saw action late last season at the nickel when Christian Tutt went down and performed well overall.

However, there’s a reason I waited to post this until later in the afternoon. Earlier today, Auburn landed FCS transfer Bydarrius Knighten whose versatility gives him the chance to play a lot of different positions in Auburn’s secondary. The Tigers are also still hard after Donovan Kaufman who can also play either safety position or the nickel too. Tennison undoubtedly will see plenty of snaps this fall but where exactly he spends most of his time won’t be sorted out until fall camp after these transfers arrive.

After that group, there’s virtually no proven depth which explains Auburn’s heavy interest in the portal. Zion Puckett and Ahmari Harvey both were limited all spring with injuries. In their place, walk-on Trey Elston stepped up and won defensive MVP honors at A-Day. His fellow second teamer, former 4-star Chris Thompson Jr., elected to hit the portal following spring leaving Auburn woefully thin on the backend of its defense.

That’s why Derek Mason made signing Juwon Gaston and Cayden Bridges priorities in the 2021 class along with pursuing numerous safety transfers. Gaston has the versatility to play the nickel as well and should get some chances in the return game. Bridges was a late find by Auburn’s staff and if he ends up possessing SEC speed then he’s got a chance to be another unheralded AU DB signee turned starter.

Expect a lot of news around this position in the coming days.

War Eagle!



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Auburn football wins weekend with SEMO DB grad transfer

The Auburn football program kicked off the weekend the right way by landing a commit from arguably the top FCS prospect in the NCAA transfer portal. A grad transfer from Southeast Missouri State, defensive back Bydarrius Knighten will join the Tigers with one season of eligibility left. Knighten received offers from schools of all levels, […]

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Two Time All-Conference Defensive Back Bydarrius Knighten Transferring to Auburn

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Tigers snag one of the top DB transfers in the portal

Auburn’s coaching staff has been working hard to backfill the string of losses to the portal over the previous weeks. On Wednesday, Auburn landed UAB nose tackle Tony Fair. Today, they snagged former Southeast Missouri State standout Bydarrius Knighten.

Knighten had an incredibly productive career at SEMO recording 262 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, and 23 pass breakups. He earned All-OVC honors twice and was an HERO Sports All-American honorable mention in 2018.

The SEMO transfer is a rangy, versatile defender capable of playing either safety position or the nickel for the Tigers. At 6’1” 200 lbs, he’s got great size and length matched with impressive quickness that allows him to be a force in the run game and disruptive when the ball is in the air. At minimum, he’ll give Auburn depth at the safety position but don’t be surprised if he’s starting week 1. Knighten’s looking for an opportunity to boost his NFL Draft stock and will have a chance to be an impact player for the Tigers this fall.

This recruitment escalated quickly with Auburn offering on Wednesday and landing his commitment today. Mississippi State was long believed to be the leader before Auburn swooped in and stole the Mississippi native. That’s the 3rd DB the Tigers have beaten Mike Leach out for since Bryan Harsin arrived on the Plains having previously won recruiting battles for 3-star Cayden Bridges and West Virginia transfer Dreshun Miller.

Auburn is far from done in the portal. In fact, it sounds like there are even more spots they are trying to fill than earlier in the week. Knighten’s commitment should not affect Auburn’s recruitment of Vanderbilt safety Donovan Kaufman. Derek Mason wants both to shore up depth in the backend of Auburn’s defense and give him more flexibility with guys like Ladarius Tennison and Nehemiah Pritchett.

The Tigers also reportedly remain in pursuit of Kansas defensive line transfer Marcus Harris who will have four years of eligibility remaining. A decision from both he and Kaufman could come at any time. Per AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr, Auburn fans should also keep an eye on former 4-star Aggie linebacker Ke’Shun Brown, a friend of Harris’s.

On offense, I still expect the Tigers to sign a running back, likely Central Michigan transfer Jordon Ingram. They also are reportedly heavily involved with former LSU starting quarterback TJ Finley who could have a decision as soon as next week. Obviously they will continue to monitor the portal for offensive line help and will try to add a veteran playmaker to the WR room if any become available.

Long story short, Auburn is far from done building the 2021 roster. Knighten is just another piece of this staff’s vision for what they need to compete this fall.

War Eagle Bydarrius!



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LOCKED ON AUBURN: Why was Auburn bad at sports this year?

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On today’s Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby and Justin Ferguson of the Auburn Observer talked about Auburn’s newest defensive lineman, Tony Fair. They also discuss the quarterback situation and what Auburn is doing in the transfer portal. Then they discuss why Auburn has not been good at sports in the last 12 months.

You can hear the full podcast below.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Auburn football: Travis Williams shouts out new TB LB K.J. Britt

Leaving the Auburn football program for the Sunshine State was a popular path this past offseason following the historic 2020 season played under unfathomable pandemic circumstances. The most prominent name to leave the Plains was the head coach and leading locker-room voice for the past eight seasons, Gus Malzahn. Things didn’t work out for him […]

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Auburn Basketball: 4-star PG Nolan Hickman has Tigers in final three

Could the loss of Tony Barbee from Kentucky to Central Michigan actually have helped Auburn basketball’s recruitment of former Wildcat commit Nolan Hickman? Absolutely. Funny how fate would have it now with non-fan-favorite Barbee helping the team whose fanbase has sharply turned on him. Auburn now has a chance to land another point guard replacement […]

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Auburn football: Landing TJ Finley would be shot in arm Bo Nix needs

With the recent news that the Auburn football program had a strong chance of landing a six-foot-six, 250-lb QB transfer, it’s not difficult to see shades of their 2010 National Championship run. LSU’s TJ Finley is merely a 3-star recruit, but like Cam Newton did over a decade ago, he has an interest in making […]

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Auburn football: Gus Malzahn setting UCF up to fail with high expectations

Former Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn wants to replace Alabama at the top of the mountain in college football. Yes, a (newly-minted) Florida man from a Group of Five conference wants to win the recruiting war in the most southeastern states in the SEC (Florida, Alabama, Georgia) against a head coach in Nick Saban […]

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