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Camp Notes from the Plains

By on August 17th, 2019 in Football 8 Comments »

Who is running ahead in the quarterback competition?

     War Eagle, everybody! The two-a-days portion of Auburn fall camp is nearly over, and next Auburn will begin with preparations for the season opener against Oregon. As always this time of year, there are a few surprises and a few disappointments.

     First off, I must apologize for being AWOL in this space for the last 6 weeks. Real life and career intervened, and I was just not able to spend the time my usual season previews require. I suppose I could have thrown a few things together, copying from the opinions of others, but I don’t see the point in that. I have always tried to voice my own opinion, rather than just parroting the newspapers.

     As expected, the defensive line has won most of the wars up front in fall camp. Auburn has 3 starters that would have been NFL draft picks had they left school last spring, and Derrick Brown has been named a first team All-American on some lists this summer. There have been a few nicks and dings, but I’d worry if there were not in fall camp.

     I’ve seen different philosophies in fall camp, depending upon the program and the situation. Some coaches, particularly those whose team doesn’t have a lot of depth, will try to minimize the contact in August. The idea is that all hands need to be on deck in September. Others, I’m thinking of Tommy Tuberville, work the team as hard as they can in the fall, hoping to produce a team that will be tough all the way through November.


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Battle for QB1: Between the Lines

By on August 16th, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »
There has been virtually no real information coming out of Auburn on the battle for the most important position on the field. As preseason hype ramps up for college football, every perennial powerhouse in the land is being scrutinized. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? Who is going to take over for the departe... Read Full Story

Auburn Leads for Top Running Back Recruit—Commitment to be Announced Today (UPDATE: Tank picks Tigers)

By on August 9th, 2019 in Football, News 1 Comment »
One of the most sought after running back recruits in the nation will announce his choice today, and Auburn is the perceived leader. Tank Bigsby, a four-star chipper from Hogansville, Ga. has over two dozen offers from the nation’s most elite programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Southern Cal. The No. 7 running... Read Full Story

Zach Ponders 2019 Auburn Season

By on August 6th, 2019 in Football 7 Comments »
Like a light switch was flipped, there was suddenly an urgency around the college football landscape in Alabama this week. Perhaps it is because the two flagship programs began their fall practice schedule. Perhaps it is because football is less than a month away. Regardless, the local radio shows and social media were suddenly ... Read Full Story

Four Questions for Auburn Offense Heading into Fall Camp

By on July 29th, 2019 in Football, News 6 Comments »
It’s the middle of summer here on the Plains and just one week before Auburn opens fall camp. The Tigers will have five days of practice beginning Monday August 5th before taking a break. There will be 14 days of grueling under-the-summer-sun practices before closing out August 18th. There are always questions heading into fal... Read Full Story

Something to Prove in 2019

By on July 22nd, 2019 in Football, News 4 Comments »
SEC Media Days are in the books, and it’s only 40 days till Auburn faces Oregon at AT&T Stadium in the Advocare Kickoff Classic in Dallas, Texas. Not surprisingly, Gus Malzahn said at Media Days that the top priority heading into the 2019 season will be the quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and ... Read Full Story

Derrick Brown and Kam Martin Named to Prestigious Watch Lists

By on July 17th, 2019 in Football, News 1 Comment »
It’s that time of year when preseason watch lists are being released almost every other day. And Auburn has had two players named to prestigious award watch lists this week.Defensive tackle Derrick Brown was named to the Bednarik Award preseason watch list on Monday, and Wednesday he was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy preseas... Read Full Story

The “What If” Machine: Unfiltered Gus at SEC Media Days

By on July 16th, 2019 in Football 13 Comments »
Every SEC football fan is aware that SEC Media Days kicked off this week. And its back in Hoover after a short layover in Atlanta. Birmingham, which is the home office for the Southeastern Conference was called "The Home of College Football" even before the SEC became the greatest conference in sports. The return of Media Days t... Read Full Story

The Circus Has Returned to Town (SEC Media Days Brings Back Football)

By on July 15th, 2019 in Football, News 2 Comments »
After a one-year hiatus, SEC Media Days returns to Hoover, Alabama today. The league met last year at the new venue for the College football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. However, the Circus returns to its more familiar surrounds at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel.It all gets underway at 11:30 CT this morning and will run ... Read Full Story

Tribute to Track‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame—2019 Class

By on July 11th, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 5 Comments »
Auburn University has a football heritage that is one of the best in all of college sports. In fact, some of the greatest to ever play the game have worn the Orange and Blue. The Tigers have had four College Football Hall of Fame coaches, three Heisman Trophy winners, and are the twelfth-winningest program in Division I histo... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Retools and Looks to Reload

By on July 8th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
It was unfortunate how Mickey Dean's second Auburn squad limped down the stretch of the season before postseason play ended with a thud. Its fans, who love the program deeply, know just how far from the top the softball Tigers have fallen in a short period of time. And the bloodletting didn't end in regional play when Auburn was... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers (2019) Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballot

By on July 5th, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 3 Comments »
Over the last few days here at Track‘Em Tigers, we have been taking nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame—class of 2019. It’s a challenging task to come up with a slate of names when one is looking at hundreds of great players from the past 125 years. So we always look to our readers for help in com... Read Full Story

Happy 4th of July from Track‘Em Tigers!

By on July 3rd, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 2 Comments »
Independence Day 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, ... Read Full Story

Nominations for Track’Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame

By on July 1st, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 15 Comments »

It's that time of year that we take nominations of Auburn greats to go into this year's class of Track 'Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of fame. If you would like to nominate some players or coaches, please look over the list of rules for the selection process. TET’s Hall now includes seventy-one former Auburn players and coaches. You can find a list of those names at the end of this article.

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Midweek Ramblings From The Plains (New President Edition)

From MLB baseball draft to which SEC football team has the toughest schedule, to what affect a change in presidents will have on Auburn athletics, and more in this edition of ramblings.

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Auburn Heads Back to Texas (Previewing Auburn’s SEC Opener Against Texas A&M)

By on June 22nd, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »
Eli Stove sticks a dagger in the Aggies!(AP Photo/Sam Craft)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn game preview! On September 21st, Auburn will travel to College Station, Texas to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in its SEC season opener. Texas A&M was a dangerous team last season, that really had Au... Read Full Story

Butch Thompson Has Put Auburn Baseball Back on the National Map

By on June 19th, 2019 in Baseball, Other Sports 4 Comments »

Auburn was one of eight teams in Omaha and make no mistake about why. Coach Butch Thompson is the difference in where this program was four years ago and where it is today.

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Auburn and Louisville CWS Game Rescheduled for Wednesday 6-19-19

By on June 18th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
After a five-hour rain delay Auburn’s College World Series game against Louisville was postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather. Both teams are facing elimination. The Cardinals were leading the game 4–1 at the end of the fourth inning when umpires suspended play. The NCAA has rescheduled the game for Wednesday, June 19, a... Read Full Story

Auburn Loses Heartbreaker in Opening Round of College World Series

By on June 17th, 2019 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
Auburn baseball had Mississippi State on the ropes in Sundays’ late game in the College World Series. The Tigers had  a 4–3 lead- in the bottom of the ninth, needing only one out to advance to the winner’s bracket, but it was not to be.Edouard Julien had almost single handily put the Tigers(38–27)  in a position to win... Read Full Story
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