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Is Woody Barrett the Next Jalen Hurts?

By on March 24th, 2017 in Football, News 6 Comments »
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Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett stretches during spring practice. (photo: Julie Bennett/al.com)

If one listens to sports talk radio in the South, being subjected to Alabama football is an everyday occurrence because local radio stations are all Alabama affiliates and/or carriers of the Paul Finebaum show. It was the aforementioned show that caught my ear this time last year. Alabama was going to be breaking in yet another starting quarterback, and the question was, “Who would replace the graduated Jake Coker?” It seemed like every day on the radio show, beat reporters gave the pecking order of the three competitors. Still, it was Jalen Hurts who continued to make the conversation. That was awfully interesting for a true freshman that didn’t, in any way, fit the mold of the other players. 

Just weeks before the Alabama spring game, AL.com reported on the projected depth chart, and quarterbacks were the very first position group referenced. Writers had this to say on the most important position on the team: “With Jake Coker out of eligibility, Alabama again has to break in a new quarterback in 2016. The top two options appear to be Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett. Bateman, a rising junior, should be the early favorite after finishing second to Coker and even starting the Ole Miss game over the fifth-year senior. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin likes Bateman, and the Utah native should be a good fit in his offense. Barnett, who redshirted this year, is the highly-regarded former five-star recruit. Barnett had to put on weight after arriving in Tuscaloosa, but coaches like him, and he’s viewed as the future of the offense. The wild card is David Cornwell, who looked to be a serious contender heading into fall camp, but fell off the pack and finished behind Coker, Bateman and Alec Morris.”

It is certainly interesting to read the thoughts of the writers plugged into the program. Not mentioned was Jalen Hurts, who, as everyone knows, showed out during the spring game when the other competitors were less than impressive. In the weeks that followed, the same conversations continued. Hurts never left his spot as the dark-horse while the others seemed to fall away. Eventually, Hurts was named starter and went on to be the SEC Offensive Player of the year.

Auburn has an interesting situation shaping up in its quarterback race. Most observers believe that the talented former five-star recruit, Jarrett Stidham, will become Auburn’s next starter with oft-injured Sean White being the backup. 

Like Alabama’s Bateman, White has started games. He has been serviceable and even decent for Auburn. While fans admire his fight and desire to be the man at quarterback, most would agree that they have seen the full scope of White’s ability: a player with a limited arm and limited play-making ability player with good command of an oft-hamstrung offense.

Stidham may be likened to Barnett’s measurables and ability and has game film from his time at Baylor. Still, one must cautiously project Big 12 success to the SEC, especially with such a small sample size. 

Then there is Woody Barrett…

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Back at Work!

By on March 23rd, 2017 in Football 6 Comments »
Spring resumes Spring practice resumes, and the future becomes less murky (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! It's been quite the week at Auburn. While the football team took a break, the Tigers proceeded to take care of top opponents in both baseball and softball. I marvel at it all. It seems that for much of the past de... Read Full Story

Auburn Wins Eighth Straight

By on March 22nd, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
22328332-mmmain Ever since I wrote about my concerns regarding midweek baseball games, Auburn has begun to ease those worries. The Tigers went on the road on Tuesday night to face an always dangerous Georgia Tech team and came out on top, 7–4.Tuesday night's victory marked Auburn's eighth consecutive win coming off of its weekend sweep again... Read Full Story

Tigers Softball Update

By on March 21st, 2017 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
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The Tigers won another invitational, but it was Kaylee Carlson that generated the fireworks as the senior pitched the first no hitter in Auburn history. In addition, Kasey Cooper became only the second player in SEC history to have 250 hits and RBIs. Up next are the Florida Gators in one of the best matchups of the season.

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Sweep of No. 5 Florida Proves Tigers Can Play With the Best

By on March 20th, 2017 in Baseball, News 9 Comments »
636255469136247103-au-DWS02 “Nobody can take that moment from me ... Those are those little moments I take that I don’t need a penny for.” That's the way  Auburn baseball coach Butch Thompson felt after watching his team charge the field following opening SEC play with a sweep of No. 5 Florida.  The Auburn skipper had reason to be excited. It was ... Read Full Story

An Unlikely Victory!

By on March 16th, 2017 in Football, Memories 14 Comments »
Ingram Could the Tigers shut down a Heisman Winner?     War Eagle, everybody! It's spring break on the Plains, as the campus has emptied of students, and a much awaited rest ensues. With no news from the football side of things, I'll kick back and indulge in a little nostalgia for today. A little over six years ago, we were w... Read Full Story

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636009470756408560-wcws-oklahoma-auburn-gran-2 Auburn baseball... pitched its second straight shutout on Tuesday night by beating UAB, 4–0. Three pitchers—Andrew Mitchell, Gabe Klobosits and Ryan Watson—contributed to the shutout with Klobosits getting the bulk of the day's work. Pitching six innings, allowing six hits (four of which never left the infield) and no ru... Read Full Story

Haley Fagan Named SEC Player of the Week

By on March 14th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
11966266 (1) Auburn infielder Haley Fagan has been named the SEC Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement today. The senior is the first Auburn player to receive the weekly honor this season. In four games last week, the shortstop hit .714 with runners in scoring position and .625 with runners on base. She was 10 of 14 a... Read Full Story

Auburn Women Heading to the Big Dance—Again!

By on March 14th, 2017 in Basketball, News 6 Comments »
11707375auburntigerscom It's been eleven anxious days for the Auburn women's basketball team since exiting the SEC Tournament in the second round. After losing to Georgia, the Tigers were one of the teams on the bubble for making the NCAA Tourney. Last evening the ladies got the news they have been waiting for —they were awarded their second straight... Read Full Story

Auburn’s Davis Daniel to the Rescue?

By on March 13th, 2017 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
636231217129730757-au1-11 Auburn baseball's chances at playing in the post season improved on Sunday when Davis Daniel pitched a three-hit game to defeat Presbyterian. The righthander came to Auburn as one of the top recruits in the state of Alabama. However, he struggled in his first four games and brought a 6.75 ERA to the mound yesterday. But the fres... Read Full Story

One and Done

By on March 10th, 2017 in Basketball, News 10 Comments »
Purifoy disgust Is the hard-luck basketball team done for the season?(Wade Payne, AP Photo)     An up-and-down basketball season likely ended for the Auburn Tigers Wednesday night in the SEC basketball tournament. In typical Tiger fashion lately, Auburn blew a 10-point lead with less than 4 minutes left. The question now is whether Au... Read Full Story

The Duf is Golfing His Rock in Florida

By on March 9th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 4 Comments »
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Jason Dufner, playing in the Valspar Championship, is putting on a ball striking clinic. Check out the video for a look at one of the purest struck iron shots you will ever see.

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Tigers Hitting on All Cylinders as LSU Comes to Town

By on March 9th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
22252636-mmmain The No. 2 Auburn softball team keeps rolling along. The Tigers got their 20th win of the season yesterday with a 14–0 win over Alabama State. Now winners of 17 of 18 home games and 20–2 overall, the Tigers are hitting on all cylinders. Auburn jumped on the Hornets right off the bat, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. Kend... Read Full Story

Morning Musings: Spring Cleaning

By on March 8th, 2017 in Baseball, Football, News 6 Comments »
USATSI_9707264_168381178_lowres-650x342 Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey confirmed on Tuesday... that Auburn would not name a starting quarterback during spring practice. This is because the coaches want to get an accurate look at a healthy Sean White before they make a decision. White's work in spring practice thus far has been limited, as he is still nursing a br... Read Full Story

Is Woody Barrett the Forgotten Man?

By on March 7th, 2017 in Football, News 26 Comments »
auburn-quarterback-woody-barrettjpg-99c1a26f082a7a69 Well, it’s spring time in Auburn, and that means it’s time for another quarterback competition. The Tigers go through this so often, it seems like it’s almost a rite of spring on the Plains.Although many assume the nation’s number one JUCO quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, will be the starter for the Tigers in 2017, the fina... Read Full Story

Keegan Thompson Named SEC Pitcher of the Week

By on March 6th, 2017 in Baseball, News Comment »
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Zach Bland Keegan Thompson has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Week. The honor came after the junior’s win over Lipscomb this weekend. The league office made the announcement Monday morning.   The right-hander pitched a shutout, only allowed one hit, struck out five batters and retired the final 12 batters he faced before leaving th... Read Full Story

Malcolm Askew: A Scouting Report

By on March 3rd, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
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Malcolm Askew was an early enrollee at Auburn. He comes to Auburn from McAdory high as one of the best athletes in the country. He played five or more positions in high school. Where will he end up at Auburn?

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Spring Drills Are Here!

By on March 2nd, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
Receiver practice It will be interesting to see the changes in the receiver drills (Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! The calendar has ticked over into March, severe weather season is here, and Auburn football spring drills are back. For this year's team, it's out with the old, in with the new. Particularly on offense, it w... Read Full Story

Four Auburn Players Not Returning

By on March 1st, 2017 in Football 6 Comments »
635586781702222227-gus-malzahn-2 Auburn will be down four on its depth chart heading into spring practice. Gus Malzahn announced the departures of offensive lineman Deon Mix and linebacker Cameron Toney, as the two will be graduating and not returning to the field for Auburn. Defensive back Markell Boston and running back Stephen Davis Jr. were removed from th... Read Full Story

Softball Spotlight: An Interview With Kendall Veach

By on February 28th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 5 Comments »
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Kendall Veach started the 2017 season hot after spending most of 2016 on the bench. Her first start in 2017 was due to illness of starter Tannon Snow, but the young sophomore from Selma made the most of her opportunity and seized a starting role. Track 'Em Tigers writer, Zach Taylor, interviewed the Tigers' cleanup hitter. Read more!

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Chip Lindsey Begins New Offensive Era Today at Auburn as Spring Practice Gets Underway

By on February 28th, 2017 in Football, News 11 Comments »
-afd15f1636a4190e For the first time in his 25-year career as an offensive coach, Gus Malzhan will not be running his offense. That means the Auburn Tigers may have a different look in 2017 under new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey. The formation of that new look starts today as Auburn opens spring practice. While the Tigers will be looking ... Read Full Story