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Reggie Cobb ushered in Tennessee Vols success of the 90s – FanSided

Reggie Cobb ushered in Tennessee Vols success of the 90s  FanSided

Tennessee football and the NFL lost a great running back and scout in Reggie Cobb. He ushered in the Volunteers most successful period of the modern era.

‘Forget Clemson, forget Alabama’: Hill believes AU has best WRs – 247Sports

‘Forget Clemson, forget Alabama’: Hill believes AU has best WRs  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn believes it can urn itself into a powerhouse at receiver. The program, however, has produced only two 1,000-yard receivers in …

The 30 Most Wanted for 2020 – 247Sports

The 30 Most Wanted for 2020  247Sports

Today, AuburnUndercover presents our list of the Tigers’ 30 most wanted prospects for the class of 2020. To compile this list, we’ve considered where each …

ESPN predicts under-the-radar college stars in the top 25 – 247Sports

ESPN predicts under-the-radar college stars in the top 25  247Sports

For a top-25 team to stay in the top 25, it needs more than just the top stars to step up in the 2019 college football season. Many eyes nationally fall upon top …

2019 Oregon Football Spring Game: Quarterbacks Stand Out In Final Scrimmage – FanSided

2019 Oregon Football Spring Game: Quarterbacks Stand Out In Final Scrimmage  FanSided

Oregon Football played their Spring Game in front of over 35000 fans and the Quarterbacks and Defensive Line had standout performances.

NATIONAL CHAMPS! No. 1 Auburn equestrian outlasts No. 6 Georgia, 8-7

WACO, Texas – The pursuit to perfection was completed Saturday as the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team captured the 2019 NCEA Championship, edging No. 6 Georgia, 8-7, at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

Chuma Okeke declares for NBA Draft – 247Sports

Chuma Okeke declares for NBA Draft  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn forward Chuma Okeke has declared for the draft and will hire an agent to test the NBA waters, a source tells Auburn Undercover.

Tigers win equestrian national championship with clutch finish – 247Sports

Tigers win equestrian national championship with clutch finish  247Sports

The Auburn equestrian team finished an unbeaten season with a dramatic victory over a rival at the national championship competition in Texas.

Recruiting Insider: Saturday intel – 247Sports

Recruiting Insider: Saturday intel  247Sports

The Tigers have an intriguing visitor on campus this weekend.

Auburn equestrian Hunter Seat advances to event finals

WACO, Texas – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian Hunter Seat squad didn’t drop a point all day Friday in the Extraco Events Center as both Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat advanced to the event championship following impressive…

Interesting Tidbits on College FPI, Spring Football Recap, and Equestrian Back-to-Back

Happy Good Friday. Whether you’re at work or have the day off, there’s no better way to waste your afternoon than pouring over every meaningful Auburn headline. I left bacon in the oven too long while writing this, so help me honor my gone-too-soon breakfast sandwich by reading this article. Enjoy.

– ESPN released its preseason college Football Power Index. What do you think about Auburn’s ranking?

– Auburn’s path to the national championship certainly won’t be easy, but we’ve seen a field of blue bloods on the schedule before. I wonder if the Football team can learn anything from Basketball?

– Speaking of Football, catch up with Gus Malzahn now that Spring practice has ended.

– We have a bit more clarity on the QB battle, but nothing definitive. Who would you like to see start as Auburn’s signal caller?

– You may have missed these other position battles while focused on the quarterbacks.

– See whose stock increased this Spring on both the offensive side and defensive side.

– Take a look behind the scenes of Football throughout this season.

– If you want to avoid anger on this Good Friday, don’t read this AL.com article lumping Bruce in with other, actually corrupt, coaches.

– In lighter news, there’s been a slight change in Basketball’s schedule next year.

– Bruce is really starting to recruit at Auburn, see how next year’s class could fit in.

– Baseball has struggled lately, but isn’t giving up hope. That hope showed with a big SEC win against Ole Miss.

– See full highlights of the game one victory here.

– In other Baseball news, see which former pitcher is hanging around to finish a degree.

– Softball mercy-ruled another opponent, see the highlights here.

– Gymnastics was eliminated from the team competition, but see which individual is still competing.

– Equestrian news! The reigning champions are through to the finals to defend their title. Here’s the path they took to get there.

– There are still event competitions going on today. Here are the brackets for Equitation Over Fences, Equitation On The Flat, Horsemanship, and Reining.

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

Friday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Friday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, baseball, equestrian and softball are the featured topics in Friday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Crystal Ball projections for Auburn targets – 247Sports

Crystal Ball projections for Auburn targets  247Sports

Auburn hopes the 2020 recruiting class is as solid as the others of the Gus Malzahn era. After making the top 10 of the final 247Sports recruiting team rankings …

Former Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the verge of realizing NFL dream – Montgomery Advertiser

Former Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the verge of realizing NFL dream  Montgomery Advertiser

“I’ll just be happy to get back to playing football and having an opportunity to play in the NFL.”

Zach’s Thoughts on A-Day: The Defense

Yesterday we took a look at the performance of the Auburn offense during A-Day. Today, we’ll review how the defense performed. While Auburn’s offensive play calling may have been vanilla, the defense was even more limited, by design.

No, Gus didn’t call any real trick plays, but when Auburn’s offense needed it, he dialed up some important play calls. The defense, however, was ordered to play only base package without any blitzes.

And the story of the day was Auburn’s passing attack. However, the caveat of the offense’s success was the defense was not allowed to blitz or disguise coverages, which exposed Auburn’s secondary and severely limited the defensive line. Regardless, Auburn’s defense played exceptionally well, especially at the starting front.

It’s no secret that returning Nick Coe, Marlon Davidson, and Derrick Brown makes Auburn an automatic contender. In my opinion, these guys made Auburn’s run game even more suspect than I already thought it might be. Despite having to play extra cautiously, these three were dominant when they needed to be. The SEC Network crew made a statement that “Brown and Co. dominated when they needed,” and they did just that.

Elsewhere on defense, there were some missed tackles, but none that I thought were made by guys that Auburn will actually rely upon. If you just looked at the highlights and the stats, the secondary seemed to be torched all game. Fact is, Auburn’s receivers made some fantastic catches in terrific coverage. Two of those touchdown tosses, specifically Malik Willis to Mathew Hill and the big leaping Seth Williams TD should both have been interceptions.

Auburn’s DB’s were in position in all but one touchdown, and the Nix-to-Stove TD was the only real open TD on the day. However, even that one was a direct result of the defense’s inability to call and execute a real game plan in the red zone. In my opinion, just having the secondary be in position on those long throws, with the lack of a pass rush, shows me that it is going to be just fine. 

Furthermore, Gus did show some wrinkles on offense, specifically his patented wheel route. This has been a play that is almost impossible to defend when it is set up properly. Kam Martin has been fantastic running it the past two years, and while he appeared to get open (as the announcers were quick to say), Auburn’s coverage rolled properly and would have been in position to make a pick-six if the ball had been thrown.

There was only one bust in coverage; I can’t recall who the receivers were, but the Auburn defense rolled the safety to the top receiver, leaving the seam relatively open. However, Joey Gatewood made the wrong read and threw into double coverage. This likely could have been done by pre-snap disguise to make Gatewood check to the outside. 

It was difficult to see just how good Auburn’s defense is really going to be, though. Most believe the real struggle will be at linebacker where Auburn took the biggest hit following last season. There is no doubt that Deshaun Davis will be missed immensely. In his place will be K. J. Britt, who has patiently learned from Davis while waiting for his moment.

Britt easily has the biggest shoes to fill. But A-Day didn’t allow him, or really any defensive player, to showcase their ability. However, as we noted, tackles weren’t missed, and overages were good. Most importantly, the run game was stuffed, which is what Auburn has to do to win the SEC West. The Auburn defense is going to be fine, but the question is: Can it be as good as it has been in previous years?  

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March Madness comes to a satisfying end – The Asbury Collegian

March Madness comes to a satisfying end  The Asbury Collegian

By Matthew Barnes, Sports Commentary. When the month of March rolls around, college basketball fans across the nation rejoice in the madness that ensues.

Podcast: Insight on why Auburn hoops can contend next season – 247Sports

Podcast: Insight on why Auburn hoops can contend next season  247Sports

Recruiting is heating up for Auburn basketball *fresh* off its run to the Final Four, and two recent developments might lead the Tigers toward immediate contention …

No. 1 Auburn equestrian advances to national championship match

WACO, Texas – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team picked up two team victories Thursday to advance to the 2019 NCEA Championship match. The Tigers topped No. 8 TCU, 12-4, and No. 4 Oklahoma State, 11-5, in the Extraco Events…

Everything Gus Malzahn said on The Paul Finebaum Show – 247Sports

Everything Gus Malzahn said on The Paul Finebaum Show  247Sports

Auburn closed out its spring practice over the weekend, and that got the coaching staff and the fan base excited for the 2019 season. While some positions are …

Gus Malzahn comments on Auburn’s offense following spring camp, decision to take over playcalling duties – Saturday Down South

Gus Malzahn comments on Auburn’s offense following spring camp, decision to take over playcalling duties  Saturday Down South

If Gus Malzahn is going to go down at Auburn, he’s going to go down calling the shots. One of the most interesting decisions made this offseason in the SEC …

10 Auburn defensive players who improved their stock in spring – 247Sports

10 Auburn defensive players who improved their stock in spring  247Sports

A look at some of the defensive players that improved their stock in the spring.

Thursday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Thursday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, the baseball Tigers and Coach Mickey Dean’s softball squad are the featured topics in Thursday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn …

Recruiting Insider: Notes from the trail – 247Sports

Recruiting Insider: Notes from the trail  247Sports

Here is the latest intel on Auburn football recruiting …. Wednesday night, 4-star offensive tackle target John Young of… “>247Sports. Twenty Four Seven Sports …

Zach’s Thoughts on A-Day: The Offense

Finding and reading people’s thoughts and opinions on Auburn’s A-Day isn’t hard. Whether it is beat reporters, professional analysts, Twitter users, or just your favorite sports blogger, the information is plentiful and easy to find. I am sure the message boards and pay-wall sites are filled to capacity with everyone’s thoughts, especially on the hot topic, for which everyone seems to have a hot take. 

It would have been a lot easier to muddle through if coach Malzahn had offered real thoughts on the spring game or in the practices leading up to A-Day. Spring games are often watered down, both in substance and also time, as the second half features a running clock. Yet, this spring seemed odd because the lack of real substance started at the beginning.

Coach Malzahn is notably tight-lipped about everything, and this year his tin-foil hat was tightly pulled down over his visor after scrimmages. In past years, reporters have had to work hard to coax out information about big plays and performances during scrimmages. What the coach has to say is important to fans, who know that these small glimpses into the program were likely the best source of information to be had. 

Coach Malzahn continues to take every precaution to make sure that opposing teams don’t get any glimpses, and if that means that passionate Auburn fans are left speculating wildly after Auburn’s glorified scrimmage, so be it. 

There were some things to take away from Auburn’s spring game other than simply the quarterback battle that will rage on through the summer. Here are some of my thoughts about Saturday’s A-Day game.

Auburn’s defense played well against the run, and while it would be easy to point to some long quarterback keepers that were whistled dead, it is important to remember that the game plan was designed to ignore the QB run and the RPO. What mattered was between the tackles, and Auburn’s defense forced more cracks in the Auburn run game than a lot of people thought were possible.

As it was last year, you can largely ignore the stats put up by D. J. Williams, just as you could last year when walk-on C. J. Tolbert was the MVP. If you wanted to see how Auburn’s run game was really doing, you just needed to watch when Boobee Whitlow and Kam Martin were in the game. They looked just as they did last season: not SEC-caliber, every down backs. While this has never been Martin’s calling, Whitlow was essentially forced into the role last season. The issue is that he took the job by default.

Auburn didn’t have a rusher eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in a season for the first time in a long time. Some of that was caused by the offensive line struggles. Some of it was relying on Jarrett Stidham throwing the ball. Some of it was Whitlow’s injuries. However, most of the reason was Auburn’s not recruiting SEC-quality running backs or keeping them on campus.

Auburn’s offensive line did not push the pile against a very talented first and second string defensive line, and a lot of that was due to play calling on both sides. It probably helped the offensive line that the defense couldn’t blitz on passing downs, but it was hard to create running lanes against a talented group of defenders that simply “stayed home” against the run. While it remains to be seen if Auburn’s run game is actually in trouble, technically speaking the offensive line did look better than at any point last season. 

The receivers, despite missing huge pieces in Will Hastings and Anthony Schwartz, did more than “just catch the ball,” which is something they have struggled with under coach Kodi Burns. Under Burns and Malzahn, Auburn’s receivers have been pure talent more than polished players. For the first time, Auburn’s receivers made contested catches without any bonehead drops. Perhaps most importantly, Auburn’s John Samuel Shenker looks like a true inline tight end.

Last, but certainly not least, is the quarterback battle. You can take Cord Sandberg out of the equation. Unless this is a fine job of slow-playing a quarterback, Sandberg wasn’t given any opportunity to separate himself, despite being nearly flawless in his lone appearance against Purdue and again on A-Day. The fact is he never played with Auburn’s first group and was given zero chance to shine in the passing game.

Malik Willis likely lost the job last season when he didn’t show any growth as a player in the 2018 spring game. Fair or not, Willis has had an uphill battle ever since. He was robbed of any chance to showcase himself during games and essentially had to press the issue in this spring game to be noticed.

While Gatewood and Bo Nix were given great play calls and the best players, Willis was not. As a result you could see him forcing plays while Gatewood and Nix seemed effortless in their execution. Yet, Willis DID make plays despite not being given the same opportunity. It appears the coaching staff has moved on from Willis. Could we be surprised? Absolutely. I hope that’s the case. Doesn’t seem like it, however. 

The real battle appears to be down to Gatewood and Nix. However, there are some small nuances that make me believe that Bo Nix is going to end up being Auburn’s starter come November.

Yes, Gatewood is physically gifted. The Cam Newton comparisons are everywhere, but pump the brakes on that, ye of short memory. Jeremy Johnson had those comparisons. So did Woody Barrett. So did Jason Smith. Despite what you believe, the fact remains that Auburn’s offenses since Nick Marshall have been best with NON-Cam Newton-esq players like Sean White and Jarrett Stidham. Bo Nix shares a similar play style with them. 

The most important thing I learned on A-Day came from  listening to the on-camera comments and watching the play calls Gus Malzahn made on the field. The lone bit of trickeration that Malzahn attempted all game was attempting to draw the defense offsides to set up a free play. Gus even called who the pass would go to: Williams up top. He later commented on this on camera, and it was executed perfectly by Bo Nix. It ended in a 38-yard bomb down to the two-yard-line.

Nix tossed two touchdowns after offensive pass interference was called, robbing Shenker of a TD. Nix was unfazed and tossed the ball for a touchdown to Stove on the next play. 

On that drive, Auburn’s offense looked unstoppable. Nix made some great reads on the option. He made some great throws. The most important takeaway was that he was on the same page as his coach and was trusted to make the play. That’s why I think Bo Nix ends up being the starter in November. 

Check back with us  tomorrow when we’ll share our thoughts on the defense’s A-Day performance.

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Auburn, Washington move game in Seattle to 2020-21 season – 247Sports

Auburn, Washington move game in Seattle to 2020-21 season  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn’s return trip in its home-and-home series against Washington has been delayed, an Auburn spokesperson tells Auburn …

Auburn and Washington reschedule Tigers’ trip to Seattle – Saturday Down South

Auburn and Washington reschedule Tigers’ trip to Seattle  Saturday Down South

The Auburn Tigers played host to the Washington Huskies this past season, beating the Pac-12 foe for one of their top wins of the non-conference season.

Auburn opens SEC women’s golf Championship with share of the lead

BIRMINGHAM – The SEC Championship kicked off Wednesday, and the No. 14 Auburn women’s golf team was up for the challenge. Picking up where they left off at the Clemson Invitational two weeks ago, the Tigers shot a first-round 284…

Only Real Alabama Fans Rock This Rivalry Shirt All Year Long – Fanbuzz

Only Real Alabama Fans Rock This Rivalry Shirt All Year Long  Fanbuzz

Down in Tuscaloosa, crimson and white are sacred colors. This shirt reminds every Alabama Crimson Tide fan not to wear one specific color…

Which of the SEC’s Tigers Teams Is Set Up Best for Success in 2019? – Sports Illustrated

Which of the SEC’s Tigers Teams Is Set Up Best for Success in 2019?  Sports Illustrated

The golf course isn’t the only place where we might see some breakthrough Tiger performances this year. Which of the SEC’s Tigers could be king of the jungle?

Wednesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Wednesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Starting with football: *One of the young players who got our attention in spring practice is Richard Jibunor, who will be a sophomore buck this year.

Auburn Baseball Season at a Crossroads

At the mid point of the baseball season, the Auburn Tigers sit at a crossroad. Four weeks ago, Auburn was 18–2 after a fast start to the season. After falling to No. 16 Georgia Tech, 11-6, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium, the Tigers have now lost 11 of the last 15 and sit at 24–13.

To be sure losing starter Davis Daniel and Jack Owen, has been one of the major reasons for the slide. Anytime a team loses two of their three starting pitchers, it’s got to hurt. And it has really affected this team. Auburn used six pitchers in its loss to Tech. The six hurlers allowed 13 hits, walked 10 batters and threw three wild pitches.

However, there have also been struggles at the plate during the free fall. With runners in scoring position Tuesday the Tigers were only 4-23 (.174). In addition, Auburn has been held to two runs or less in six of their 15 SEC games. That’s the bad news.

The good news is Auburn’s 8-7 in conference play and only two games out of first place. And after playing three of the first five SEC series on the road, the Tigers can look forward to hosting three of the next five at home.

Perhaps even better news are reports out of Auburn that south paw Jack Owen (3-0 and 0.31 ERA) may be able to pitch out of the bullpen when the Tigers play No. 17 Ole Miss this weekend. He’s been unavailable since leaving the line up due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

If Owen returns to form and Auburn gets Davis Daniel back to 100 percent, it still has a chance to make a postseason run.

Again at the start of the second half of the season, the Tigers are sitting at a crossroad. Will they get both starters back? Will the bats come alive? Will they turn it around? Will they be able to make a case for the post season?

Answers to those questions begin Thursday in Plainsman Park when Ole Miss comes to town. First pitch is at 6 pm on the SEC Network. War Eagle and …

Beat the Rebels!

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Tennessee Vols morning report: Fulmer, Barnes speak on basketball – FanSided

Tennessee Vols morning report: Fulmer, Barnes speak on basketball  FanSided

Rick Barnes and Phillip Fulmer speaking on the Tennessee Vols basketball program leads our Volunteers news for Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

NFL Draft: 5 best landing spots for former Vol Alexis Johnson – FanSided

NFL Draft: 5 best landing spots for former Vol Alexis Johnson  FanSided

Alexis Johnson had a breakout senior year with the Tennessee Volunteers. Here is a look at his five best potential landing spots in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Interesting Tidbits on Spring Football, WRU, and Equestrian Greatness

Happy Tuesday. If you didn’t find a way to enjoy this past weekend, I don’t think you have a pulse. Gus’ offense looked AU Fast, Tiger put together one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, and Game of Thrones finally returned. Catch up on all of the Auburn news you might have missed while weeping over Tiger hugging his son and Jon riding the dragon named after his dad.

– First, to that AU Fast offense. See who scored and how they did it here. If you’re into still shots, here are some good pictures of the game.

– One particular WR made a fairly bold claim last week. He could be right given this redshirt freshman’s emergence and this junior’s return from injury.

– Oh and by the way, neither of them were the Offensive MVP. Opposing DB’s may be in trouble this year.

– The QB battle was the most obvious story. Could one QB be the next Cam Newton? At least one writer seems to like experience over upside.

– If I had to pick a QB order, I would roughly agree with these rankings.

– Here are some good takeaways for the game in general, as well as an analysis by one of the linebackers.

– If you’re feeling brave, see  projections of the depth chart on the offensive side and the defensive side of the ball.

– The game must have been good because a dual-threat QB committed after.

– Take a trip down memory lane with this alumni football game. Here’s a full list of participants.

Bruce Pearl finally got paid. Do you agree with the amount?

– In other Basketball news, an Auburn big man played through a broken thumb in the Final Four.

– Baseball had a shut out win against TAMU this weekend, but still dropped the series. Full highlights of the lone win here.

– Softball won game one against USC in dramatic fashion, but fell in the last two games. See the dramatic finish here.

– What a group of seniors: every member of Softball’s senior class was drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch.

– Your undefeated and defending national champion Equestrian team is at it again. Get hyped for the national championship here.

– Finally, #AgricultureSchool. Auburn was awarded a grant to study biofuel.

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

A March to Remember – Part 4 – College and Magnolia

A March to Remember – Part 4  College and Magnolia

Auburn beats 2 more bluebloods to reach the school’s 1st ever Final Four!

Tuesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Tuesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, baseball, softball and golf are the featured topics in Tuesday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Dye-Gest column: my takes on the Auburn Tigers and Tiger Woods – 247Sports

Dye-Gest column: my takes on the Auburn Tigers and Tiger Woods  247Sports

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the Auburn football team and his favorite golf tournament.

Dye-Gest column: My takes on the Auburn Tigers, Tiger Woods – 247Sports

Dye-Gest column: My takes on the Auburn Tigers, Tiger Woods  247Sports

Editor’s Note: Former Auburn head football coach and athletic director Pat Dye is a columnist for Inside the Auburn Tigers. Watching Auburn’s spring football …

Auburn Quarterbacks Highlight A-Day – Last Word on College Football

Auburn Quarterbacks Highlight A-Day  Last Word on College Football

The Auburn Tigers concluded spring practice on Saturaday with the annual A-Day Game that was highlighted by the quarterbacks.

The under-the-radar star on each Top 25 college football team – WLS-TV

The under-the-radar star on each Top 25 college football team  WLS-TV

Each Top 25 team has a key player or two who will start the season outside the spotlight. From Clemson to Army, here are the potential household names.

The under-the-radar star on each Top 25 college football team – KGO-TV

The under-the-radar star on each Top 25 college football team  KGO-TV

The stars on the nation’s Top 25 teams are easy to recognize and the focus of attention, even in the offseason. But what about key players who are under the …

Softball Drops Series Against South Carolina

After last weekend’s massive series win against Tennessee that put Auburn softball on top of the SEC, the Tigers slipped back to Sixth Place in the standings. It was a tough weekend for Mickey Dean’s Tigers, specifically the pitchers. Dean’s career has been built on fantastic pitching, especially when he was at James Madison. But no one can plan for injuries. And when Makayla Martin broke her throwing hand a few weeks back, coach Dean was forced to find a new ace. 

He’s leaned on the trio of Ashlee Swindle, Chardonnay Harris, and transfer Lexi Handley to fill the void left by Martin. The trio has had their days, for sure. Swindle has carried much of the load after being a cleanup pitcher her first two years. Swindle is a pitch-to-contact pitcher and when the balls go where the defense wants, Auburn wins. But then they have games where defenses tee off on her, and Auburn just doesn’t have the ability to fight back. 

Auburn took game one on Friday night with a 5-4 walk-off win. Yet even in the win, cracks were showing for the Tigers as they jumped on South Carolina in the first inning due to errors. Taylon Snow and Casey McCrackin scored Auburn’s first two runs due to errors before Alyssa Rivera scored on a Brittany Maresette single.

Kendall Veach continued her home run ways in the third inning on a 3-1 hitters count. That boosts her home run count to 18 on the year, making her a serious threat to reach Auburn’s season mark set by Kasey Cooper. Jade Rhodes and Cooper combined to set the record multiple times over their great two year run together. With a lot of playing time left Veach needs just three more dingers to tie the record. 

However, it wasn’t the long ball that won the game for Auburn. The Tigers allowed the Gamecocks to fight back and tie the game in the last frame. Morgan Podany scored Bree Fornis, who reached third after leading the inning off with a blooper that resulted in an error to right field.

Although she only pitched one inning Chardonnay Harris earned the win. Swindle was unable to finish the game for Auburn as the Gamecocks started their hitting ways late in the game. Despite having racked up eight strikeouts Swindle put the game in jeopardy by allowing ten hits and four earned runs. Harris entered the game with bases loaded and managed to get herself out of the jam.

Saturday’s game two was out of hand quickly for Auburn as South Carolina jumped on Harris early. The Gamecocks were up 5-0 when Dean went to Handley, but Handley plunked a hitter with two outs before walking three straight hitters. Auburn was down 9-0 at the end of three before eventually being run-ruled 10-1 by the Gamecocks. Auburn had just three hits. And being run-ruled is something Tiger softball fans have not seen in a very long time.

“We didn’t compete,” said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “You can’t just want to compete when you have an opportunity to win a ball game. That’s what life is; you have to go out there and compete.”

Sunday brought a much anticipated rubber match between the two clubs in what would be a statement game. South Carolina stood poised to win back-to-back series on the road after winning against Alabama the weekend before. This time, Auburn hit the ball much better, racking up 11 total hits. Yet they left nine players on the base paths.

South Carolina had 12 hits and stranded 10, but made the most of it when Auburn allowed three errors. South Carolina scored in four innings, including three runs in the seventh to take the series with an 8-4 win. Swindle was hit with another loss after allowing ten of the twelve Gamecock hits. 

It seemed that Swindle just didn’t have her best stuff for the rubber match and didn’t vary her speed or mix in her deadly change-up nearly as much. There’s no way of knowing whether that was error on her part or a coaching decision. Harris took over in the fifth and allowed two hits and three runs. 

Auburn is now 9-6 in conference play with Florida and Arkansas on the horizon. The Tigers have a mid-week game against Alabama State before traveling to Lexington, Kentucky to take on the Wildcats. First pitch Wednesday will be at 6 pm on the SEC Network.

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A March to Remember – Part 3 – College and Magnolia

A March to Remember – Part 3  College and Magnolia

It was a Tale of 2 games as Auburn began their run to the Final Four.

Report: Patriots meet with QB’s Jarrett Stidham, Clayton Thorson – 247Sports

Report: Patriots meet with QB’s Jarrett Stidham, Clayton Thorson  247Sports

The Patriots are clearly in the market for a young quarterback as the NFL Draft nears. As Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports, New England has done extra …

Determining every SEC team’s trap game in 2019 – 247Sports

Determining every SEC team’s trap game in 2019  247Sports

It pains college football coaches to hear the phrase trap game. To those who are being paid to come up with game plans and put players in the best position to …

Monday Auburn football, baseball & equestrian Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Monday Auburn football, baseball & equestrian Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, baseball and the No. 1 ranked equestrian team are the featured topics in Monday’s Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn legends on display on A-Day Saturday – 247Sports

Auburn legends on display on A-Day Saturday  247Sports

Auburn held a 7-on-7 game on Saturday before the A-Day game featuring former Tigers from several different decades. Take a look at some of the scenes from …

WATCH: Noah Igbinoghene enthusiastic about Auburn’s progress – 247Sports

WATCH: Noah Igbinoghene enthusiastic about Auburn’s progress  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama– Noah Igbinoghene and his teammates wrapped up Auburn’s 2019 spring football practice schedule with the annual A-Day contest at …

Who Will Be Auburn’s Quarterback in 2019?

Joey Gatewood arrived on campus as the face of the future for the Auburn Tigers. After being recruited hard by over 20 top programs, the highly touted quarterback chose the Tigers over Florida State, Texas, and Oregon. At 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, the dual threat drew comparisons to Cam Newton causing many to view him as the heir apparent to Jarret Stidham.

However, that was a year before Auburn signed Alabama’s Mr. Football, Bo Nix. The five star pro-style quarterback (6-2, 190 pounds) led Pinson Valley to back to back state championships last season. He too has been compared to a legendary Auburn quarterback; his father Patrick Nix.

After watching A-Day Saturday, I knew the rest of the summer will be full of fan talk favoring one over the other. And sure enough the campaigning for their favorite guy began almost immediately on facebook and twitter.

Gatewood fans were bolstered by post game quotes from Auburn receivers lauding the redshirt freshman including Seth Williams, the A-Day offensive MVP. “I’m telling you. He’s another Cam Newton back there,” said Williams.”

In truth, both quarterbacks made a strong case to be the starter. Despite sharing the position with three other QB’s the two put up impressive numbers. Gatewood completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns while Nix was 11 of 17 for 155 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 

I heard plenty of comments from fellow fans leaving the stadium Saturday on who should be the starter. But the only opinion that matters is Coach Malzahn. “I’m not ready to say right now anything other than we have good information and next week we’ll assess everything to kinda see where we’re at … We want some kind of order after spring and I think that we’ll be able to get to that point.”

This writer just hopes ‘that point” comes before August and doesn’t linger into the first two or three games of the season.

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10 best moments from Auburn’s Final Four season – 247Sports

10 best moments from Auburn’s Final Four season  247Sports

Our 10 favorite moments from Auburn’s record-breaking season and run to the Final Four.

High-rising receiver has big finish to Auburn’s spring drills – 247Sports

High-rising receiver has big finish to Auburn’s spring drills  247Sports

Auburn sophomore Seth Williams is a playmaker for the Tigers.

Auburn living up to Seth Williams’ ‘Wide Receiver U’ promise – The Albany Herald

Auburn living up to Seth Williams’ ‘Wide Receiver U’ promise  The Albany Herald

AUBURN — Seth Williams made a bold declaration late last month. He said he wanted Auburn to turn into “Wide Receiver U.”

WATCH: Linebacker K.J. Britt discusses Auburn and A-Day 2019 – 247Sports

WATCH: Linebacker K.J. Britt discusses Auburn and A-Day 2019  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama– Kenney “K.J.” Britt is a player the Auburn defensive coaching staff is counting on to play a major role the 2019 football season. Replacing …

Dual-threat QB Chayil Garnett commits to Auburn on A-Day – Saturday Down South

Dual-threat QB Chayil Garnett commits to Auburn on A-Day  Saturday Down South

Auburn landed its seventh commitment for the class of 2020 Saturday following the A-Day Game. Three-star dual-threat QB Chayil Garnett (Lake Wales, FL) …

QB Chayil Garnett commits to Auburn – 247Sports

QB Chayil Garnett commits to Auburn  247Sports

AUBURN, ALABAMA — Chayil Garnett raved about Auburn after his first visit there, which took place in late March. “My family loves the school. I love the school.

5 takeaways from Auburn’s A-Day game: QB order should be clear – 247Sports

5 takeaways from Auburn’s A-Day game: QB order should be clear  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Gus Malzahn may not say it, but it’s clear he has a pecking order at quarterback. Auburn’s annual A-Day scrimmage showed the Tigers …

A Sunny, Warm A-Day!

A-Day open thread.
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     War Eagle, everybody! It’s Auburn football game day once again! It’s A-Day on the Plains. This game will be televised on the SEC Network channel. The game starts at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It’s a great opportunity for us Tiger fans to see what this year’s team looks like, and what they’ve learned during spring drills.

     For those attending the game, lots of sunblock is in order, today. There may be a few passing clouds and a stiff breeze, but there is little, if any chance for rain. Temps will mostly be in the low 80s, for this one.

     As always, feel free to participate in this thread. I’ll at my desk, typing my first A-Day play by play in about a decade, as I was unable to make the trip today. War Eagle, and enjoy the game!

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Big Ten Spring Games Schedule: How to Watch, Time, TV, Previews – Off Tackle Empire

Big Ten Spring Games Schedule: How to Watch, Time, TV, Previews  Off Tackle Empire

Doesn’t the dek say it all? Look: Far be it from me to deny you the pleasure, if you so choose, of driving, as several of Townie’s friends apparently are, great …

Post-spring report card: What the Auburn Tigers do well, need to do better – Saturday Down South

Post-spring report card: What the Auburn Tigers do well, need to do better  Saturday Down South

It looks like the quarterback battle will continue into Auburn’s fall workouts. An announced attendance of 41,489 fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium for A-Day watched …

Alabama events 04/13/2019 – LemonWire

Alabama events 04/13/2019  LemonWire

Looking for something fun to do? Here’s a comprehensive list of concerts and events in Alabama on 04/13/2019. The list is organized by city and includes events …

Final Four reward: Auburn announces school has signed Bruce Pearl to extension – Saturday Down South

Final Four reward: Auburn announces school has signed Bruce Pearl to extension  Saturday Down South

Leading Auburn to its first appearance in a Final Four has paid off handsomely for Bruce Pearl as the school announced it has signed the school’s basketball …

5 burning questions for Auburn’s A-Day – 247Sports

5 burning questions for Auburn’s A-Day  247Sports

Every spring ends with more questions than answers. That’s the nature of football in the SEC. But we can also answer a few burning questions after 15 practices …

2019 War Blogle Bracket Challenge Final Results

The NCAA Tournament ended Monday. It is Friday and I’m just now getting around to posting this because I’m still sore.

Congratulations to Neil Olson, who has won his very own Auburn Hover Helmet. The rest of the top three have won some pretty cool Auburn Rock ’em Socks as well. Nowhere else can you get this caliber of prizes. Note: I almost threw this contest out because they all picked Virginia to win.

If you don’t see yourself here, go find your name in the full standings.

In the money bracket, we had a decent group. Some of y’all need to come off that $10 next time and make this thing real. Either way, congrats to Drew Hooper. He wins $150. That could be you. View the full standings here.

Thanks to everyone that joined. It was a great turnout and a great tournament with a sad ending. Until next year…

Texas A&M Baseball: Auburn preview, game times, TV and more – Gig ‘Em Gazette

Texas A&M Baseball: Auburn preview, game times, TV and more  Gig ‘Em Gazette

Texas A&M baseball (25-9-1, 7-4-1 SEC) is back at Blue Bell Park to welcome the Auburn Tigers in a big SEC west showdown.

TURNER: Charging upon hell with a water pistol

Auburn University’s best and most impressive NCAA basketball trophy doesn’t sit in a glass case.

Interesting Tidbits on A-Day, AUgusta, and #EngineeringSchool

Happy Friday. I guess this is what it feels like to be an #EverythingSchool, we’re just now getting around to talking about A-Day. Catch up on the A-Day news you need to know, as well as all the other interesting tidbits of info. Enjoy.

– We’ve got Football! Here’s everything you need to know about Auburn’s Spring game. If you’re going to Auburn for the game, see what activities are going on.

– Here’s what Gus Malzahn said about the game. Also, he’s still excited to be back calling plays.

– Catch up on the most interesting stories from the defensive and offensive side.

– The obvious story is the ongoing QB battle. Could it already be a two-man race?

– Could this receiver replace Darius Slayton?

– If practices have been any indication, we can expect some more wildcat on display at A-Day.

– See which prospects will be taking in Saturday’s contest.

Bruce Pearl is underpaid, but he did gain some ground in post-season bonuses. See how much.

– Speaking of Bruce, it looks like he may be at Auburn for the long haul. Also, relive Auburn’s historic Final Four run.

– This future Auburn Basketball star will help ease the pain of not having Jared. See what award another future Tiger won, as well.

– Baseball started the year on fire, but the bullpen has struggled lately. Catch up as they head to College Station to try and get back on track.

– Some of the struggles are due to injuries, here’s an update on that front.

– Softball is still rolling, see when a key player could return to an already stacked squad.

– A tradition unlike any other, Auburn golfers care about basketball, too. Follow along a current Auburn golfer, and a former in AUgusta.

– Injured Auburn gymnast Sam Cerio wants you to stop sharing the video of her injury.

– Last, but not least – #EngineeringSchool??

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

Friday Auburn football, baseball & softball Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Friday Auburn football, baseball & softball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Starting with football: *A note about junior receiver Marquis McClain, who is featured in an article today, is he mentioned that he has been impressed with how.

Friday Auburn football, basketball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Friday Auburn football, basketball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, basketball, baseball and softball are the featured topics in Friday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

Five Burning Questions for A-Day.

An ominous day that foreshadowed a disappointing year.
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     Each year I do this sort of post before A-Day, and each year the questions tend to be pretty similar. I’ll be sitting this one out, this year for the first time in a decade. However, I expect to have an open thread up and running, and will do a play by play off the television! The game kicks off at 3:00 PM, and will be televised on the SEC Network. The pundits say that nothing can be learned from A-Day. I feel differently. In particular, issues on the line tend to linger into the fall. Certainly have, the last two seasons.

     The past two seasons, my biggest concern was with the offensive line. I was worried about shuffling the lineup. The defensive line largely had their way during the spring game. Offensive line shuffling continued all the way through the 2018 season, and Auburn had pass protection issues against the better defenses. I think that changed, in late November and onwards. I look forward to seeing coherent protection, this spring from the starters. If not, we can expect more woe next fall.

     Obviously, Auburn will have a new starting quarterback this season. Last spring, honestly, this position looked bad on A-Day. None of the guys that actually played during A-Day made much of a dent on the field, till late in a blowout bowl game.

 

     Could the Auburn receivers get open? Not much, during A-Day last year on a wet field. Of course, Darius Slayton and Ryan Davis did not play much, if at all. Will be interesting to see what the new “go-to” guys do against an experienced Auburn secondary.

     I wondered how deep the Auburn backfield was, and if Auburn would have any healthy options by November. The ultimate answer was, “not really.” There were two, last season, and both Kam Martin and JaTarvious Whitlow were slowed by injuries more often than not.

     I think that the quarterback race will go a long way in deciding the season, in 2019. We’ll get a bit of a preview, this spring. We will not have the bad weather this year, to blame things on. Rain is not expected during A-Day, this year.

     I worried last season about timing issues with quarterback Jarrett Stidham being held out of spring drills after surgery. True to form, Auburn receivers and quarterback had major problems connecting during the season. I would like to see some receiver/quarterback chemistry, this year in the A-Day game.

     Graduation has gutted the H-back/tight end position, and Auburn will either have to go with 4 receivers every down next fall, or develop some new guys to take over for the departed Chandler Cox and Jalen Harris. Harris transferred after 4 games last fall, when the team failed to live up to the “throw it to the tight end” philosophy. The loss of Harris spelled disaster in the running game. Auburn lost at Mississippi State, and fell to a woeful Tennessee team at home, thanks to an inability to lead-block and run the ball.

     I’m looking for great improvement from the secondary, this spring. Last year, way too much of the time these guys were scrambling to catch back up to the receiver, and blindly grabbing with their backs to the quarterback. The LSU and Tennessee games were lost due to repeated pass interference flags, and the guys pretty much looked helpless in the second half of the Iron Bowl.

     In conclusion, my five questions I’d like to see answered are quarterback, o-line coherence, lead-blocking, catching the da__ ball, and coverage improvement. If Auburn shows answers to all of the above, we can likely expect a championship season. If problems are revealed on A-Day, the current coaching staff has not shown much ability to fix the issues during fall camp. The schedule is brutal next fall, despite getting UGA and Bama at home. Auburn has to travel to LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida. I expect at least 3 of those road teams to be really good, next season. And Oregon is a seriously tough opening opponent, as well.

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College football spring games — How to watch, what to expect – ESPN

College football spring games — How to watch, what to expect  ESPN

Need your college football fix? Here are this weekend’s spring games, featuring Scott Frost in Year 2 at Nebraska, plus Ohio State, Alabama, Texas and many …

McClain says he’s ready to step up for 2019 football Tigers – 247Sports

McClain says he’s ready to step up for 2019 football Tigers  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–For Saturday’s A-Day football scrimmage a player Auburn’s offensive coaches will be closely watching is Marquis McClain. A six-foot-two, …

McClain says he’s ready to step up for 2019 football Tigers – 247Sports

  1. McClain says he’s ready to step up for 2019 football Tigers  247Sports
  2. Auburn Spring Game 2019: Odds, Date, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream  Bleacher Report
  3. A-Day Preview: What to Watch for as You Get Sunburned In Jordan-Hare  College and Magnolia
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5 takeaways from Auburn’s A-Day game: QB order should be clear – 247Sports

  1. 5 takeaways from Auburn’s A-Day game: QB order should be clear  247Sports
  2. Auburn Spring Game 2019: Odds, Date, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream  Bleacher Report
  3. A-Day Preview: What to Watch for as You Get Sunburned In Jordan-Hare  College and Magnolia
  4. View full coverage on Google News

Auburn Spring Game 2019: Odds, Date, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream – Bleacher Report

Auburn Spring Game 2019: Odds, Date, Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream  Bleacher Report

The Auburn Tigers are ushering in a new era at quarterback, but which signal-caller fills the void left by Jarrett Stidham has yet to be determined…

How to watch Auburn’s A-Day game – 247Sports

How to watch Auburn’s A-Day game  247Sports

Auburn conducts its annual A-Day scrimmage on April 13.

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