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Auburn University Bass Fishing Team Set for Nationals

By on July 27th, 2016 in Other Sports 6 Comments »
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There isn’t a university in America that is better represented in bass fishing than Auburn University. Not only does Auburn boast multiple proud Auburn alumni in the Bassmaster Elite series in the likes of Stephen Kennedy, Jordan and Matt Lee, but Auburn boasts multiple national championships in the short time that college fishing has been mainstream. 

Thanks to the relationship between college fishing and the many different professional bass fishing tours, specifically the Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series,  Auburn continues to be in the perennial elite at the college level while elevating club members like the Lee brothers to the highest level. 

This week, the Carhartt College Series Finals kick off on Thursday, July 28, and the three-day tournament wraps up on Saturday on Green River lake in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Sure, a national championship is on the line for the Auburn University Bass Fishing Team, but there is even more to it than a trophy.

As in previous years, the two national champions will compete in a fish-off for one spot in the Bassmaster Classic, one of the two most prestigious bass fishing events of the year, next to the FLW’s Forrest Wood Cup. With that one-time shot comes the opportunity to join the Bassmaster Elite Series. Auburn has precedent in doing just that, as Jordan and Matt Lee turned their opportunities at the Classic into a professional career on the Elite Series. 

Can Auburn pull off another championship? 

Of the 89-team field from 62 colleges, Auburn has qualified three teams to compete. The Tigers will be sending three teams to Carhartt College Bass Nationals to compete with 90 other teams around the country. The three pairs are: Cole Burdeshaw and Travis Culbreth, Austin Handley and Caleb Wozniak, and Auston Wingard and Chad Matthews. The 90 teams from 24 states are heavily dominated by members of the SEC. Fully half the members of the SEC will be on hand as Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Florida will represent the conference.

What can be expected from Green River lake, the earthen-dam reservoir on the Green river? It will fish small. The 8,200 acres have clear water and steep bluff banks. In comparison, Guntersville is Alabama’s largest lake and checks in at 69,000 acres.

This time of year is challenging and tough for any fisherman due to high temperatures, low current and post-spawn conditions. Fish are sluggish due to heat and the spawn and won’t be grouped up without current. Typically they will suspend in deep water, making it especially hard to target.

A lake such as Green River is especially hard because the lack of shallow water and water clarity make it difficult to target bass. Instead of fishing in five feet or less where a fishermen can cover the water column easily, they now have to fish any depth up to 30 feet. With limited major creeks, finding main river points holding active fish will be key, yet the fishing pressure on the lake may make that difficult, as the lake receives a lot of fishing weekly. 

Many of the college fishermen expect low weights. Eight pounds a day in five fish seems to be the running number to stay ahead of the daily cuts. Local fishing reports and wildlife surveys report that the average size of smallmouth is up. With quality smallmouth potentially hanging around deep main river points and by the dams, even one four-plus pound smallmouth can make a day as many fishermen report good numbers of small largemouth or spots, just no size. Though the smallmouth option may be the best, there are others. Finding big numbers of spotted bass and culling through the day is always an option, as is catching a quick limit of spots and fishing for a big largemouth. 

Who will be the Tiger’s competition? Look no further than Murray States’ own Lance Freeman, who has extensive knowledge of the lake and has won four of the five tournaments he has fished on the reservoir. 

Make sure to check in with the Auburn Bass Fishing Team and cheer them on. Within a few weeks, the event will be shown on ESPN2 on Sunday at 7:00 AM, date TBD. The top four teams in this event will split, and the eight anglers will then go head-to-head, bracket-style, on Kentucky Lake, August 4–6. The overall winner will earn a coveted spot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Texas’ Lake Conroe, March 24–26, 2017.

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Defying Expectations: Auburn Defense

By on July 26th, 2016 in Football 17 Comments »
Sep 27, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (1) celebrates an interception during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn hired yet another defensive coordinator while bringing in a first-time position coach and another well-traveled position coach. Most believe that Auburn has the talent but not the complete players to really compete. The expectations outside of Auburn seem to be that Auburn will only be average, as long as its star player is healthy. Could this unit defy expectations? Read how it could.

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Monday Musings

By on July 25th, 2016 in Football 14 Comments »
Like many of you, I spent part of yesterday watching the Auburn Takeover on the SEC Network. It was great getting a full 24 hours of Auburn coverage. On the flip side, we have to spend the remaining 13 days watching games from schools in which we have zero interest. I hope this is the last year of that experiment.My takeaway fro... Read Full Story

Zeke Smith Was The Representation of What an Auburn Football Player Should Be

By on July 23rd, 2016 in Football, Memories, News 5 Comments »
12009963 The son of a railroad man, Roger Duane Smith was a standout high school fullback at Uniontown, Alabama in 1956. His high school coach knew his favorite SEC player was Georgia quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, so he dubbed the star fullback with the nickname "Zeke," and it stuck. Although Zeke had been a star at Uniontown, he went un... Read Full Story

Friday Ramblings From The Plains (Bo and Cam edition)

By on July 22nd, 2016 in Football, News 4 Comments »
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From Bo Jackson to Cam Newton to a new eligible player to the latest on Byron Cowart, Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson troubles and much more.

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Rested Commodores Visit Auburn (Previewing Vanderbilt)

By on July 21st, 2016 in Football 1 Comment »
Vandy Preview Webb Ralph Webb totes the rock.(Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports )War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn football preview! On November 5th, the Vanderbilt Commodores visit Auburn. This will mark Vandy's first trip to Auburn since 2007, which ended in a 35–7 Auburn win. Since then, Auburn has lost twice to th... Read Full Story

100 Days: What to Expect from the 2016–2017 Auburn Basketball Team

By on July 20th, 2016 in Basketball 4 Comments »
Mar 9, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Bruce Pearl shouts during the first half against Tennessee Volunteers in game 1 of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn basketball hasn't quite turned the corner under Bruce Pearl. After a very disappointing end to last season, can Auburn finally make head way? Who will start and what should fans expect?

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Did Malzahn and Saban Get it Wrong?

By on July 19th, 2016 in Football 9 Comments »
Both Auburn and Alabama have taken heat over the perceived leniency granted to players caught with marijuana and in Alabama’s case, also firearms. Did both schools go easy because of what the early season schedule looks like?It certainly appears that way—in both cases. Auburn famously suspended Nick Marshall for a half follo... Read Full Story

Defying Expectations: Auburn Offense

By on July 18th, 2016 in Football 9 Comments »
John-Franklin-III-by-Kenny-Moss-DSC-2648_uipwza Defying expectations, especially when rebounding from a down year, is something almost unique to Auburn football. There have been an abundance of media stories on how Auburn fails when there are high expectations, while succeeding in the face of mediocre expectations. While it’s easy to point to such trends in Auburn’s stor... Read Full Story

Tribute to the Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame – 2016 Class

By on July 15th, 2016 in Football, News 10 Comments »
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Every year, we here at Track ‘Em Tigers look back over Auburn Football's storied history and select a group to go into our own Auburn Football Hall of Fame. Last week members of the TET community helped select the 2016 inductees. Lets take a look at the 10 members in this year's class.

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Contender, or Discontented Jailbirds? (Previewing the Ole Miss Rebels)

By on July 14th, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
Ole Miss Preview It all hinges on Chad Kelly.(Marvin Gentry, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn football preview! On October 29th, the Auburn Tigers will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. On paper, this year's Ole Miss team seems at least to be a good spoiler candidate in... Read Full Story

Defy Expectations: Can Auburn Continue the Trend?

By on July 13th, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
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Few sports teams in America produce a rollercoaster program like Auburn. Many teams go through bad periods before regaining relevance, but only Auburn swings from one side to the other in consecutive seasons. Can Auburn turn a disappointing 2015 season into another 2013-esq season?

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Gus Malzahn Extremely Motivated This Year

By on July 12th, 2016 in Football, News 6 Comments »
636038444544883021-USP-NCAA-FOOTBALL-SEC-MEDIA-DAY-83281706 On Monday close to 1,200 journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers from around the country met at the Winfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. for the start of SEC Media Days.There’s nothing else like it. For many it’s the unofficial start of the college football season, but for die-hard fanatics like yours truly, it’s also the unoffic... Read Full Story

Is It Really Time for SEC Media Days?

By on July 11th, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
Can it really be SEC Media Days? If it feels like the annual event comes earlier each year, it’s because it does. Traditionally an indicator that the season is just around the corner, the SEC production now happens nearly a month before the first fall practice.The SEC seems determined to keep its media gathering first in the n... Read Full Story

Auburn Has Placed Eight on Preseason Award Watch Lists (including Outland Trophy)

By on July 8th, 2016 in Football 1 Comment »
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Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics The 2016 Outland Trophy watch list was released today, and Auburn placed three players on the list. Montravius Adams, Alex Kozan, and Braden Smith are all projected to be contenders for the award that recognizes the nation's best interior lineman in college football. Adams also has been put up for the Nagurski Trophy which goes... Read Full Story

Carlson Recognized Again as One of Best Kickers in College Football

By on July 7th, 2016 in Football, News 2 Comments »
CmyJ_GyWcAAuBK3 Daniel Carlson has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list for the second consecutive year. The Groza is given to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker. Carlson was a finalist for the award last season. As a sophomore, he led Auburn in scoring with 102 points and was the only kicker in the country to kick more than fou... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballots for 2016

By on July 6th, 2016 in Football 4 Comments »
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The names receiving the highest number of votes will be included in this year’s class of Track ‘Em Tigers Football Hall of Fame. So cast your vote for the players you would like to see go into this year’s HOF class.

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Two Auburn Tigers Named to Bednarik Award List

By on July 5th, 2016 in Football, News 2 Comments »
1411614810000-Johnathan-Ford It's that time of year when preseason award lists start appearing, and Auburn has landed two players on the Chuck Bednarik Award list. Defensive back Jonathan 'Rudy' Ford and defensive end Carl Lawson were both named Tuesday to the award's watch list.The award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former Penn linebacker and NF... Read Full Story

Happy July 4th From Track ‘Em Tigers!

By on July 4th, 2016 in Football, News 2 Comments »
flag-fireworks1 Today is that one time a year when all Americans are on the same page. No matter our ethnicity, our economic status, or our side of the political landscape …The celebration of our nation’s independence is a time we all cherish.Historically, it’s a time to break out the backyard barbecue, attend fireworks shows, or take tri... Read Full Story

Nominations for Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame

By on July 1st, 2016 in Football 16 Comments »
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The next few days we will be taking nominations to fill out our ballot for the fifth class of our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame. TET's Hall now includes forty-one former Auburn players and coaches. This year's 10 member class will increase the total to 51. You can help us fill out the ballot by nominating your favorite Auburn Tigers.

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Auburn Picks up Big Commitment for Class of 2017

By on July 1st, 2016 in Football 3 Comments »
mgccc02 Auburn picked up a significant commitment today for the class of 2017 when 4-star wide receiver Brandon Martin announced his pledge to the Tigers. Martin, out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is rated the nation's No. 1 JUCO receiver.The former Under Armour All-American made the announcement on twitter, "I am officia... Read Full Story