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Rested Tigers Travel to Texas (Previewing Auburn vs. Texas A&M)

By on July 20th, 2017 in Football 3 Comments »
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Who will throw to Christian Kirk?

     War Eagle, everybody! It’s time now for another Auburn football preview! The Tigers take a bye in week 9 of the 2017 college football season, then head to College Station, Texas to take on Texas A&M. On paper, this is a very favorable situation for Auburn. Texas A&M has been notorious the past 3 seasons for November slides, and this one will be played on November 4th. It seems Auburn typically plays the Aggies early or at midseason in Auburn and isn’t ready. The College Station games have usually been played later in the year, and Auburn has come out on top both times. Auburn is widely expected to contend for the SEC West title this year, while lofty predictions such as that have been few and far between from the Aggie camp where head coach Kevin Sumlin is reportedly on the “hot seat” this season. I thought it was quite telling when Sumlin skipped the post-game press conference after the Aggie spring game.

     This year, The Auburn Tigers will have opened the season with Georgia Southern, then traveled to Clemson. Auburn will then enjoy an early homecoming game against Mercer before traveling to Missouri prior to a home clash with Mississippi State. The Rebels follow at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the following week before a road trip to LSU. Auburn then travels to Fayetteville to fight Arkansas before a well-earned bye week. Texas A&M opens at the Rose Bowl, taking on UCLA. Home tuneups follow against Nichols State and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Aggies then head to Arlington Texas to take on Arkansas. September finishes at home against South Carolina, then the first week of October, Alabama comes to College Station. The Aggies then travel to Florida before a bye week on October 21st. Texas A&M finishes October hosting Mississippi State before Auburn comes to town.

     Every spring and summer since Texas A&M joined the SEC, it seems that there’s a question of who will start at quarterback in the fall, and this year is no different. There is a three-way race once again this year, although my guess would be that as talented as he may be, the coaches will try to redshirt true freshman Kellen Mond. Mond appears to have the most upside of the candidates, but I can’t see an embattled head coach rolling the dice with a true freshman in the SEC West, unless there’s no choice. Mond and redshirt freshman Nick Starkel did make a play or three during the Aggie spring game, but also had long stretches where neither was very accurate. The most experienced candidate, senior Jake Hubenak, had only 47 passing yards on 13 attempts and really didn’t try to throw it downfield.

     The past couple of years, a list of Texas A&M receivers tended to make one’s eyes bug a bit at the huge collection of talent and speed present. Names like Ricky Seals-Jones, Speedy Noil, Jeremy Tabuyo and Josh Reynolds kept defensive coaches awake at night. Opposing coaches will sleep better this year as all 4 guys are headed to the NFL. That said, junior Aggie receiver Christian Kirk is at the top of a lot of preseason all-star lists. Still, teams will double cover Kirk and try to pressure the Aggie quarterbacks until it is proven dangerous to do so.

     With a lot of unknowns in the passing game, I expect the Aggie offense to be more balanced. The Aggies should have a solid offensive line, great running backs, and an emerging tight end group with a lot of promise. I expect the offense to start out featuring sophomore running back Trayveon Martin, who led the team in rushing last season with 1057 yards.

     The defense took some massive blows during the off-season, and this was a unit that basically collapsed down the stretch last year. Star defensive ends Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall headed to the NFL, and the top two tacklers in the back seven, Shaan Washington and Justin Evans, are gone as well. A few weeks ago, it was revealed that junior starting cornerback Nick Harvey will miss the upcoming season after knee surgery. I did not see much in the Aggie spring game but cushion coverage. Still guys got open and occasionally gashed the patchwork secondary. The Aggies do have a good starting defensive tackle rotation but will have to find a lot of answers before the season begins in September.

     The Aggie special teams were surprisingly decent last season, and with nearly every piece of the puzzle returning, I would not be surprised if the Aggies are great this year. One thing that stood out to me was that Texas A&M returned 4 punts for touchdowns, 3 by Christian Kirk. The Tigers will have to punt away from him!

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Women’s Camp Makes the Game Real Life for Female Fans

By on July 19th, 2017 in Football, News 2 Comments »

Auburn's better half fans were treated to a day in the life of football players and coaches. For just a small fee, Auburn's ladies attended football camp for a Sunday afternoon. Read about all the actives and fun!

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Tigers Have Placed Eight on Preseason Award Watch Lists

By on July 18th, 2017 in Football, News 5 Comments »
Sep 26, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) carries against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports 'Tis the season for college football awards watch lists, and Auburn has placed eight Tigers on awards lists thus far. The latest two players to be honored came today with the announcements that Tré Williams and Kerryon Johnson had been selected for consideration by prestigious awards. Williams was added to the list for the Bu... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on July 17th, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
Auburn-Notre-Dame-by-Getty-Images_xg67q7 With SEC Media Days in the rear view mirror, we can officially say football season is here. Auburn football camp begins in less than two weeks. And Gus Malzahn said he's excited about his fifth team. That in itself is not surprising, but the fact that he compared this bunch to a SEC Championship Team is: “They're hungry and ... Read Full Story

A Long Trip to Fayetteville (Previewing Auburn at Arkansas)

By on July 13th, 2017 in Football, News 8 Comments »
Arky Grades Tigers ran wild in this one last season.     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn football preview! On October 22nd Auburn will travel to the state of Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks. My initial reaction is that this is very much a “trap game” on the schedule, and it will be a difficult gig. It... Read Full Story

Best5Zach’s Best Five Questions for Gus Malzahn

By on July 12th, 2017 in Football 8 Comments »
gus-malzahn-media-days SEC Media Days kicked off Monday, and  every team in the SEC will have questions that the fans really want to get the answer to but most likely won't. Will Jalen Hurts hold Alabama's starting job? Can Jarrett Stidham win it at Auburn, or has it been won?  Are both Georgia's Sony Michel and Nick Chubb 100 percent? Will Missour... Read Full Story

Auburn Lands 4-Star Safety

By on July 12th, 2017 in Football, News 1 Comment »
Quindarious Hale On Tuesday evening, Auburn landed its eighth commitment for the 2019 class after 4-star safety Quindarious Monday announced his decision via Twitter. https://twitter.com/HaleQuindarious/status/884956712029093889Monday is the No.-9 athlete in 247sports' player rankings and had narrowed his decision down to Auburn and Clemson in ... Read Full Story

Tribute to Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame—2017 Class

By on July 11th, 2017 in Football, Memories, News 14 Comments »
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The group includes four offensive players, three defensive players, one special-team player, and two that played both ways. Seven in this class played on one of Auburn’s five recognized national championship teams. Following are brief tributes to the selections for this year’s class ...

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SEC Media Days is Back, and There’s Nothing Else Like It

By on July 10th, 2017 in Football, News 10 Comments »
Jul 11, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn speaks during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports SEC Media Days gets underway this morning at 11:30 am CT. 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.There’s nothing else like SEC Media Day... Read Full Story

Broadcast Schedule for SEC Media Days 2017

By on July 10th, 2017 in Football, News 1 Comment »
636038525205506223-ap-117132878544 It’s finally here. College football’s annual media days begins on Monday with the Southeastern Conference kicking it all off at 11:30 a.m. CT from Hoover, Alabama. Live coverage of coaches’ remarks and player interviews will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m on the SEC Network. Live streaming will also be available on Watch... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballot for 2017

By on July 6th, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
All-American Gregg Car ranks second in career tackles at Auburn. (photo: Auburn media file) This week at Track ‘Em Tigers we have been taking nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame—class of 2017. We have had some great comments put forth in support of some outstanding nominations. But that’s not surprising since there have been hundreds of Tiger greats that have played on the Plains.This yea... Read Full Story

Happy July 4th from Track ‘Em Tigers!

GodBlessAmerica The celebration of our nation’s independence is a time we all cherish. It’s a time to celebrate the blessings of being an American. A time to gather with friends and family, attend fireworks shows, or take trips to the beach. It also marks the beginning of college football news because after this week, the football stories w... Read Full Story

Fourth of July Week and Track ‘Em Tigers’ Auburn Football Hall of Fame Nominations

By on July 2nd, 2017 in Football, Memories, News 16 Comments »
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July 4th is traditionally a time for the staff here at Track ‘Em Tigers to take our annual week’s vacation. However, the next few days we will be taking nominations to fill out our ballot for the 2017 class of TET's Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame. TET’s Hall now includes fifty-one former Auburn players and coaches ...

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A Daunting Trip to Baton Rouge (Previewing Auburn at LSU)

By on June 29th, 2017 in Football 12 Comments »
LSU Guice Preview Can the Auburn defense slow down Derrius Guice?     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn football preview! On October 14th Auburn will travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers. It is a venue where Auburn has not won since 1999. In the past decade, the game here has not usually even been close.... Read Full Story

Auburn News and Notes: 6/28/2017 Edition

9169235VIIauburnofficialsite We start things out this morning on a sad note. War Eagle VII, or Nova as most know him, will retire from major events. Nova was born in Montgomery Zoo in 1999 and was named War Eagle VII on November 11, 2006 as he sailed over the field for the first time against Georgia. According to AL.com, Nova has been diagnosed with an a... Read Full Story

The Lindsey Effect: Is Kerryon Johnson the Next Ronnie Brown?

By on June 27th, 2017 in Football, News 11 Comments »
Sep 26, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) carries against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports The summer months are always the toughest months for college football fans. They are also one of the best times for writers, bloggers, and reporters as the desire for college football is at a high-water mark while actual news is at annual lows. It’s typically a bad thing if your team finds its way into the news this time of ye... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

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McFarland has done it again. The SEC Network analyst has a penchant for rumor-mongering, most of the time citing anonymous sources in spreading unfounded accusations.

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Auburn Begins October with Ole Miss (Previewing Auburn vs. Ole Miss)

By on June 22nd, 2017 in Football, News 12 Comments »
Ole Miss Shea Patterson Shea Patterson will be a dangerous quarterback, this season      War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn football preview! On October 7th Auburn will host the Ole Miss Rebels. It's another critical October matchup for both teams. A loss here would send Auburn tumbling towards the bottom of the bowls. Fo... Read Full Story

Auburn News and Notes 6-21-17 Edition

icarleewallacee Auburn softball lost its best returning player for next year's team when catcher Carlee Wallace shockingly announced that she is leaving the Tigers. Her presence at the plate and behind it earned her the name "Clutch Carlee."  She was tied for first in at-bats with 177 and ranked third on the team in batting, second in on-base ... Read Full Story

The Pieces Are There, But What Will It Take to Get the Tigers to the Top?

By on June 20th, 2017 in Football, News 8 Comments »
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Even though Auburn is one of only two teams to beat Alabama more than once in the Saban era, beating Bama doesn't come easy. You can't beat Bama in week one. You can't beat Bama playing Bama ball. You can't out-talent Bama. You can beat Bama at ...

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Could Auburn Football Be A Contender For The Playoffs In 2017?

By on June 19th, 2017 in Football, News 13 Comments »
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It’s that time of the year when conversations about the upcoming college football season begin. Auburn has been ranked in the Top 10 preseason polls and noted prognosticator Phil Steele says the Tigers could be one of the teams to make the College Football Playoffs.

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