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What is the Future for JFIII?

By on December 6th, 2016 in Football, News 9 Comments »
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Following a disappointing Iron Bowl that saw Jeremy Johnson make what looks to be his final start in a rocky career, John Franklin, III didn’t wait long to voice his frustrations. JFIII relieved Jeremy Johnson in the second half of the Iron Bowl and provided some life to an Auburn offense that had been abysmal. He finished the contest with 85 passing yards and 14 rushing yards in a losing contest.

James Crepea from AL.com was quick to ask the transfer from East Mississippi Community College a pertinent question. Crepea asked about JFIII’s future at Auburn. 

“I’m going to decide at the end of the season, go over that with my family, but right now my plans are to stay here [and] finish out my fifth year,” Franklin said. “I’ll worry about that when the season is over with, I ain’t (sic) really worrying about it right now.”

A player opponents have criticized for being unable to pass effectively went on to say, “It’s not like I can’t throw, it’s just my strength is running the ball, so why not go with my strength? … I run whatever [the coaches] call.” Throughout the year, fans could sense the frustration from a player who didn’t come to Auburn to be a backup quarterback. Many have called for JFIII to be a starter. 

There is justification for the frustration. With the long pass to Eli Stove, JFIII now owns both the longest pass and the longest rush of the the year. Perhaps more importantly, he has the highest per-rush average of any player with ten or more attempts. He averages over ten yards every time he touches the ball, three yards or more than any other player. He is Auburn’s highest rated passer with a 154 rating and also leads the Tigers in yards per attempt. Despite being labeled a run-first player with questions about accuracy, he is tied with Jeremy Johnson in completion percentage. 

Still, the questions about his future have less to do with this season than with …
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I Like Auburn’s Chances in the Sugar Bowl

By on December 6th, 2016 in Football, News 10 Comments »
sean-white-kamryn-pettway Has there ever been an SEC season where only one team has finished with more than eight wins since the conference split into divisions? Every year the conference teams beat up on one another, but 2016 seems to have had more internecine wounds than usual. For example, Auburn lost early to Texas A&M 29–16, then beat Arkansa... Read Full Story

Six Auburn Players Named All-SEC

By on December 6th, 2016 in Football, News Comment »
5635579fa179d-image Auburn landed six players on the Coaches All-SEC Team today. Leading the way were running back Kamryn Pettway, who was named first team. The sophomore rushed for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns even though he only ran the ball in eight games due mostly to injury. Joining Pettway on the first team were junior defensive end Car... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em: And the WINNER is …

By on December 6th, 2016 in Football, News Comment »
pickem-graphic-e1439682710300-3 War Eagle to all the TET College Pick'em participants. I want to start by saying a big thank you for all who participated in this year's contest.  Whether this was your first time playing or you are a veteran TET college pick'em expert, I hope you enjoyed it and that it was some added fun to your weekend football. There were so... Read Full Story

Auburn vs. Oklahoma: 45 Years in the Making

By on December 5th, 2016 in Football, News 13 Comments »
sullivan-sugar-bowl The Grateful Dead once sang about what a long strange trip it’s been. Those words hardly do justice to this Auburn football season. In a year where Auburn lost its last two SEC games, Gus Malzahn receives a $200,000 bonus for landing his team in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.Sometimes you can’t lose for winning. Sort of.As th... Read Full Story

Auburn Tigers Headed to Sugar Bowl

By on December 4th, 2016 in Football, News 17 Comments »
sugar-bowl Is it true "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?" We will find out as after an odd season of ups and downs, and a somewhat bitter tasting end in the last two games of the season, a spoonful of sugar is now in the mouths of the No. 14 Auburn Tigers who have been invited to the Sugar Bowl to play the Big XII Champion No... Read Full Story

Bomb the Blazers! (Auburn at UAB Open Thread)

By on December 3rd, 2016 in Basketball 1 Comment »
uab-auburn Tigers and Blazers had quite the battle last season at Auburn(Photo lifted from Youtube.com)War Eagle, everybody! Tonight, the Auburn Tigers travel to Birmingham to play the UAB Blazers at Bartow Arena. We did not plan this, but I decided to put up this thread on a lark and see what happens. I am not nearly fast enough a t... Read Full Story

College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Conference Championship Weekend, 2016

By on December 2nd, 2016 in Football, News 76 Comments »
jimmcelwainandgatorplayers_jpg_653x0_q80_crop-smart There are eight conference championship games on this the final weekend of college football before the bowl season begins. These last games may provide some drama as fans will tune in to see if teams like Colorado can knock No. 4 Washington out of the playoff picture tonight or if Virginia Tech can upset Clemson Saturday. Th... Read Full Story

From the Eagle’s Nest

By on December 2nd, 2016 in Football 25 Comments »
1467909560-ns_21baylorosu03sp With the Iron Bowl behind us, I can safely say my frustration with this offensive coaching staff is at an all-time high. Obviously, the injuries to Sean White and Kamryn Pettway contributed to the Tigers' struggles on offense, but the game plan presented was yet again head-scratching and inept. As soon as I saw Chandler Cox take... Read Full Story

A Season of Change on the Plains?

By on December 1st, 2016 in Football 8 Comments »
pulling-the-trigger A year in transition (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody. What a strange year it has been! Normally, one would expect a football season at Auburn, that will likely end in a Sugar Bowl bid would be considered a successful year. This year, that does not appear to be the case. Entering this season, I think most... Read Full Story

Auburn Beats USC Upstate, 90–83

By on November 30th, 2016 in Basketball 5 Comments »
Mar 9, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers mascot Aubie performs during game one of the SEC Tournament against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Following the loss to Purdue in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge, Auburn bounced back to a victory against USC Upstate, 90–83. Auburn was never really able to keep its foot on the gas pedal, resulting in a closer finish than most would have liked. The PositivesMustapha Heron Yet again, another strong performance... Read Full Story

TET College Pick’em WEEK 13 RESULTS

By on November 29th, 2016 in Football, News Comment »
Do you have what it takes to win the TET College Pick'em? Well here we are as the last week of TET College Pick'em is now upon us! Last week was rival week for many teams, and the pick'em selections showed that many were ready to win some scores. All of the sudden we have a new leader as we go into the last week.Teak's Picks has bullied his way to a commanding lead at 193–28. Another... Read Full Story

Auburn Women Ranked in Top 25 for First Time Since 2009 SEC Title

By on November 29th, 2016 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
ncw_g_williams-flournoy_b1_576 Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has her women’s basketball team off to a hot start. The Tigers are 6–1 after opening the season by playing five of their seven games on the road. On Sunday the Tigers put on an exciting exhibition, coming from behind to beat Indiana 71–67 for their sixth win of the season. Auburn trai... Read Full Story

The Quarterback Gap at Auburn

By on November 29th, 2016 in Football 31 Comments »
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The gap between Alabama and Auburn was on full display Saturday but not just on the scoreboard. Alabama's true freshman quarterback outperformed Auburn's senior stand in, Jeremy Johnson. This gap wasn't an outlier but the continuation of an alarming trend.

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Can Malzahn Find His Way Back?

By on November 28th, 2016 in Football 27 Comments »
jeremy Poor Gus Malzahn. If only Sean White had been on the field Saturday, things would have been different. At least that’s the narrative coming out of the Auburn Athletic Complex. Don’t be fooled by the nonsense, this offense had no chance even with Aaron Rodgers under center.Few believed Auburn would waltz into Bryant-Denny Sta... Read Full Story

Tigers Can’t Match the Tide (Grading Auburn’s 30-12 loss to Alabama)

By on November 27th, 2016 in Football, News 18 Comments »
tide-scarborough Tigers were slowly bled to death on defense (AP photo Butch Dill)     War Eagle, everybody. It's time now for the Acid Reign report on Auburn's 30–12 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. In many ways, this game was a microcosm of Auburn's season in October and November. Despite having its best defense i... Read Full Story

Beat Bama! (Auburn at Alabama Open Thread)

By on November 26th, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »
Auburn wide receiver Terrell Zachery (81) catches a pass for a 70-yard touchdown as Alabama defensive back DeMarcus Milliner (28) dives in vain during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Tuscaloosa , Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

War Eagle, everybody! Today, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. Every year this is the game that matters more than any other. The Tigers are close to a 20-point underdog but hope to battle Alabama toe to toe, and spoil the season for the Tide. For the Auburn Tigers, all questioning eyes will be on the offense. It has been a Jekyll and Hyde season for the Auburn offense. It was a unit that ...

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College Football TV Broadcast Schedule for Rivalry Weekend 2016

By on November 25th, 2016 in Football, News Comment »
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For those who will be watching on television, we have prepared our usual broadcast schedule of all games leading up to and after the Iron Bowl’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Game times are Central Standard, and all SEC games as well as those involving Top 25 teams are underlined.

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From the Eagle’s Nest

By on November 25th, 2016 in Football, News 7 Comments »
aptopix-alabama-auburn-football The 2016 Iron Bowl may very well be the most significant for Gus Malzahn since he arrived on the Plains as head coach in 2013. While this season has produced many unexpected bright spots, several games have left Auburn fans wondering just how far along this football team really is in taking the next step.Tomorrow's matchup again... Read Full Story

The Iron Bowl Looms

By on November 24th, 2016 in Football 5 Comments »
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Acid Reign gives his pre-Iron Bowl thoughts, and takes a look at the last decade of the nation's number one rivalry.

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Time to Give Thanks

By on November 23rd, 2016 in Football, Memories, News 12 Comments »
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Another Thanksgiving Week is upon us. If you have family and friends around—and I hope you do—then you are blessed beyond reason. When you think back on past holidays, it’s not the material things you remember, it’s the people who were in your life during those special times.
As is tradition here at Track ’Em Tigers, I hope you’ll indulge me while I give thanks for another incredible year…

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