I have been attending A-Day games off and on for more than 40 years and I have never experienced anything quite like Auburn’s 2013 spring game.
I could tell things were different the moment I arrived on campus two and a half hours before the game. When I turned off of Samford onto College Street, cars were already parked bumper to bumper on the side of the road. I turned down Roosevelt and saw tailgate tents dotting the landscape.
Usually I can arrive 30 minutes before the game park on campus and walk to the stadium. Not today as the Auburn fans set a new A-Day attendance record of 83, 401.
It was an impressive demonstration of the Auburn family’s support for their beloved Tigers. In fact, Head Coach Gus Malzahn was more impressed by the fans than by his team running 80 plays and scoring seven touchdowns in the spring game ( even though there were only two touchdown’s scored in last year’s game).
“It’s kind of overwhelming. Hat’s off to our fans,” Malzahn said. “I know that meant unbelievable amounts to our players and coaches. That’s what really stood out to me. And it’ll go a long way for the future, as far as our players, our coaches and recruiting.”
The most impressive players Saturday were new running back Cameron Artis-Payne on offense and the new ‘star’ position player Justin Garrett on defense.
However, the most impressive performance overall came from the fans. The Auburn Family both at the game and later at the final rolling of the Toomer Oaks proved once again how much they believe in Auburn and love it.
Be sure to check back Sunday after lunch for Acid Reign’s wrap up and break down of the game.)
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