Kerryon Johnson, Nation’s No.2 Athlete Commits to Auburn

By Posted on: April 15th, 2014 in Football 1 Comment »
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One of the top players in the state of Alabama and the nation’s No. 2 athlete, Kerryon Johnson committed to Auburn this afternoon.

The 6-foot, 200-pound 5-star running back rushed for 1,784 yards and 28 touchdowns at Madison Academy. He also had 67 tackles and five interceptions on defense and help lead Madison Academy to back-to-back 3A State Football Championships.

Johnson who finished third in the Mr. Football voting this year was recruited by several of the top programs in the country but made his final decission choosing between Auburn, Alabama, and Florida State.

In making the announcement, Kerryon said that his commitment was firm and that he plans to be at Auburn for next year’s spring practice. He said the family atmosphere was a real selling point for him. “I feel great at Auburn and I wouldn’t expect that to change.”

Video of Kerryon Johnson’s 2013 season highlights:


Bret Bielema is Obsessed With Auburn and Gus Malzahn

By Posted on: April 15th, 2014 in Football 15 Comments »
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For some strange reason, Arkansas coach, Bret Bielema seems to have a problem with Auburn or is it with Gus Malzahn? Shortly after coming to Fayetteville, he fired off a verbal attack on the Hurry- Up-No-Huddle Offense in the SEC’s spring meeting.

He followed up that barrage in June by submitting a proposal to the NCAA to change the rules to give the defense 15-second substitution periods after each first down – even if the offense didn’t substitute.

When the press asked  Malzahn for his reaction to the proposal the next month at SEC Media Days, Gus said, “To tell you the truth, when I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke.” Later, Bielema fired back in his usual pugnacious way, “I’m not a comedian.” Of course the press fanned the sparks of that “comedian” comment into a fire that engulfed the national media.

During the week before the 2013 Auburn -Arkansas game, Bret made more charges against Auburn when he implied to the press that Auburn was trying to be unethical when he received game tapes that left off a special goal line play of a two point conversion alignment.

His ostensible complaint really was of no significance since the play in question had been used in every Auburn game during the season. It was just another Bielema brouhaha. In fact it was Bielema who actually was guilty of breaking SEC rules in going public with his charges. The league rules say that if coaches question the validity of game film provided by opponents, they must report their issues to the SEC and “must not” share them with the public. But it appears the man who had been on the NCAA rules committee had no problem breaking rules.

Then the biggest controversy was created last month when he and Nick Saban took it upon themselves to get on a plane and fly to Indianapolis to address the NCAA Rules Committee in a clandestine and polemic move to get the NCAA to pass a rule slowing down the HUNH offense.

Now comes this week, when Bret told the media that his team is using the Razorback’s spring practice (again) to prepare for their game next fall with Auburn. Of course as the Hog’s head man, he has every right to use spring practice any way he chooses. But it just goes to further underscore his obsession with Auburn and Gus Malzahn.

While controversy seems to follow him (including publically leveling charges against Ohio State when he was in the Big 10), his obsession with defeating Gus has been taken to another level.

It appears that Bieliema is so intimidated by Malzahn, that defeating Gus is his number one obsession. Webster defines obsession as, “The pursuit of a favorite project or idea relentlessly and unceasingly; to be obsessed with a single person, notion, or scheme.”

Yes Bielema is obsessed, he has made it abundantly clear that handicapping Malzahn’s offense with a rule change or defeating Auburn has been a top priority since he joined the SEC. He has chosen to measure himself by slowing down or defeating Malzahn, as his yardstick for success.

Some coaches measure themselves a different way. Some want to have a winning record, some want to go to a bowl game, some want to compete for championships and then there are some, like Bielema, who want to outdo one coach. That folks, is an obsession.

A-Day Is a Time for Fun; Nothing More

By Posted on: April 14th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »

Saturday is another one of those milestones. A-Day means we are one step closer to the start of the 2014 college football season. As writer Phillip Marshall noted over the weekend, there are lots of things to do this Saturday, just don’t expect to learn much about the Auburn football team.

“You can tailgate like it was an October Saturday,” writes Marshall. “You can go to the bookstore and buy souvenirs. You can visit the raptor center. You can show your kids where you lived and explain to them that you were a dedicated student who never stayed out later than 9 p.m. You can walk by the new dorms on Donahue Drive and marvel at all the construction that is under way on campus. You can drink lemonade at Toomer’s Drugstore.

“You can do all those things and more. But one thing you can’t do is get any real idea about what is going to happen next season by watching the spring game.”

Amen to that Phillip.

Historically A-Day hasn’t been a place for breakout performances from future stars. Cam Newton barely made an appearance in 2010. Last year gave no indication of what was ahead.

With last year’s seniors gone and this year’s freshmen in the midst of prom season, look for a lot of names on the field that won’t be making cameos this fall.

If you remember to do only one thing, be sure to print out an A-Day roster before walking in the stadium. Forget it, and it’ll feel like you’re sitting at an Arena football game without beer.

The biggest question this week is whether Auburn will top last year’s attendance of 83,000 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. With the game falling on Easter Weekend, it may prove difficult.

If you are planning on attending, there’s lot to do before and after the game. Bo Jackson will be leading his Bo Bikes Bama ride through Auburn starting at 9:30 a.m. and originating from the Jules Collins Smith Museum.

At halftime they’ll honor last year’s SEC Championship Team. Following the game, they’ll be an autograph session on the field that will run for approximately one hour. If you are still looking for more, Auburn baseball is in action at Plainsman Park where they host South Carolina.

Saturday is a day to bring the family and take in Auburn, with less of an emphasis on football. And that’s OK. A-Day at Auburn is always special. Coming off last year’s incredible run, this weekend will be a day to celebrate and look ahead.

It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

See you Saturday.

Putting the Hammer Down!

By Posted on: April 10th, 2014 in Football 9 Comments »
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There’s a shakeup on the offensive line, this week.
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     War Eagle, everybody. Spring proceeds on. Gone are the frosty mornings, having been replaced by mercurial, stormy weather and torrential rains. The days have gotten longer, and Auburn’s football team is still hard at work preparing for the 2014 season. In these last two weeks of spring drills, here’s what head coach Gus Malzhan had to say: “We’ve got two more weeks and we’ve got to put the hammer down and we’ve got to make sure we get better.”

     The big news this week from spring drills is an apparent shake-up on the offensive line. Sophomore Avery Young has been moved from right tackle to right guard, and junior Patrick Miller has been moved back to his old stomping grounds at right tackle. That leaves senior Chad Slade as the odd man out in the starting lineup. Slade is doing reps at left guard this week, backing up Alex Kozan. Is this a permanent move by the coaches? They have been quoted as saying that the move is strictly to create depth, but I’m not so sure.

     This past Tuesday’s practice footage featured a heavy dose of offensive line work, starting about 1:20 into this video clip. Folks, this is what it’s like to be an offensive lineman in camp. Coach Grimes definitely did not seem happy during this drill. My favorite section is where he tells the linemen (particularly Reese Dismukes) that they can cook their BBQ any way they want to; he’s not going to tell them what to do. Then coach Grimes barked, “But when it comes to this (expletive), we’re going to do it the way I want! You got me on that?” Several do-overs were to follow.

     As with any physical spring, injuries have mounted a bit. Auburn has taken some lumps on the defensive line, with LaDarius Owens out for the whole spring, Tyler Nero not practicing since last week, and Keymiya Harrell limited after getting banged up in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Likewise, the linebacker corps has had Anthony Swain and JaViere Mitchell out the whole spring, which has made room for redshirt freshman Cameron Toney to take hold of the top backup spot.

     I’m told that the real difference that will be seen this season on the Auburn defense will be in the secondary. Probably the most impressive guy this spring back there has been Robensen Therezie at the star position. Therezie broke his hand right off the bat, but has been back out there everyday, leading by example. He’s even fielding punts with a cast on that hand. Therezie may have some help this year, off the bench. Junior Justin Garrett is again looking good, and sophomore Mackendro Alexander has made a move the past offseason and this spring.

     Auburn’s safety situation was scary last season, after the dismissal of Demetruce McNeil and the injury to Joshua Holsey at midseason. This year, it’s looking like the Tigers may have a bit more depth to play with. JUCO transfer Derrick Moncrief continues to impress, and I’d think he’s a virtual lock to start. Brandon King has been moved full-time to safety, and he’s said to be improving. With Jonathan Ford settled in there as well, and Holsey returning in the fall, Auburn should have some numbers in the playing rotation.

     Safety is a position I’ll be watching on A-Day. I’m hoping to see plays on receivers and balls down the field, and help closing in on runners. Too often the past ten years, Auburn’s safeties have looked more like that uncertain 4-year-old playing in the outfield in his first T-Ball game, particularly down the depth chart.

     The battle to replace Tre Mason at running back continues. By all accounts, seniors Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant, along with redshirt freshman Peyton Barber are all getting first-team reps. When asked about the pecking order, Artis-Payne had the quote of the week when he said, “We haven’t gotten any updates so if you find something out, let me know.” Given how well the two seniors played last season when given the chance, I’ll be very surprised if both don’t get a lot of playing time, and play very well.

How Will the SEC Champions Replace Tre Mason?

By Posted on: April 9th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 6 Comments »
NCAA Football: New Mexico State at Auburn

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The NFL Draft is four weeks away and this year the first running back expected to be taken is Auburn’s Tre Mason. Last year Mason astounded all with his 23 touchdowns and 1,816 yards rushing. Tre was the leading rusher on the No.1 rushing team in the nation. A feat that made him a Heisman finalist.

He leaves behind a  legacy as one of the greatest running backs to ever play at ‘Running Back U.” His early departure for the pro’s leaves some big shoes to fill. However, the good news is – Auburn’s cupboard is full of talent. In fact, Auburn has enough stallions in the stable that promising sophomore Jonathan Ford has been permanently moved to the defense.

Looking over the list, the number one contender has to be senior Cameron Artis-Payne. He started last season sharing the carries with Mason before Tre claimed sole possession of the role. He had  two 100 yard games and finished the year with 610 yards and six touchdowns.

Artis-Payne is feeling very confident this spring. Although he recognizes he’s in a race to be Mason’s successor, he said at the beginning of spring practice that he wasn’t worried about the competition. “I just feel like I’m not going to lose.” He added, “I’m trying to be the first 2,000-yard running back in the SEC.” Got to love that attitude.

Then there is, junior Corey Grant who made a name for himself as the Tigers homerun threat last year – mostly on speed sweeps. Grant had almost a ten yard per carry average, rushing for 647 yards and six touchdowns. Some think the 5’11″, 203lb. back is not big enough to take the pounding in the middle.

However, that was also a concern about Tre Mason early in his career before he put on extra weight. News out of Auburn is that Grant has also added pounds to prove he can be an every down back. Pound for pound, he may be the strongest player on the team; and Corey said going into spring that it’s his goal to prove to the coaches that he can carry the load.

Third on most people’s list is Peyton Barber. The 5’11″, 230lb. Redshirt Freshman may be the surprise of the group. Peyton has a legitimate shot at being number one. He has the build to run it through the tackles and he has the added benefit of having played scout team running back last year. That experience gives him a year of playing against college level talent. Running backs coach, Tim Horton believes Barber has the power and the moves to be a top college back. Reports out of Auburn say he has wowed both the coaches and teammates in spring practice.

Add to this list 5-star running back Racean ‘Roc’ Thomas who will be enrolling this summer and you can easily see the coaches have several strong options to fill the vacuum left by Mason. Although Thomas hasn’t played against college level talent, the 5’11″, 200 lb.back finished his high school career at Oxford High with 6,169 yards, 82 touchdowns, and was named ‘Mr. Alabama Football.’

There is little doubt that the next Auburn running back will be a 1,000 yard rusher. To start with Malzahn has said the 2014 offense will include more of a passing game which should keep the defensive back field from playing close, giving the running backs more room to gain yardage.

Moreover, in eight years as a college offensive coordinator or head coach, Gus Malzahn has had nine players produce eleven 1,000 yard seasons. That fact coupled with a more open passing attack assures that whoever wins the job … Will pick up where Tre Mason left off.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Gene Chizik’s Daughter Goes to the Prom

By Posted on: April 7th, 2014 in Football 9 Comments »
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The picture says it all.

In fact, it may be the greatest father-daughter photo ever taken. Gene Chizik’s daughter went to the prom this weekend. Apparently, Gene wasn’t overly thrilled with her choice. Maybe it’s the long hair. Maybe it’s the thought of this boy taking his baby anywhere.

If you’re the father of a teenage girl, you understand the facial expression. Look up the term “father’s angst” and you’ll see that photo.

The boy’s mother took the picture and Tweeted it later that evening with the caption, “You think my son will come home from the prom alive?”

It looks like Chiz is flexing those guns. Maybe he wore the shirt on purpose, to send a subtle message. Pure gold…

saban sacrificeSpeaking of pictures, what would we do without Bammer Nation? This picture has been making the rounds of social media. I’m not really sure what the father is doing with his child. Offering her up for sacrifice? Asking Nick Saban to bless and protect her?

In the words of Verne Lundquist, “Oh my goodness.”

It has gone from bad to worse for the fledgling SEC Network. We just thought adding Paul Finebaum and Jesse Palmer to the network was bad. It was announced last week that former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will join Joe Tessitore and Tim Tebow on the channel’s version of College GameDay this fall.

Who are the morons hiring the talent?

McElroy may be the biggest twit to ever play college football. His face immediately pisses off half the people who see it. Now we are being subjected to this each Saturday? I think I’ll stick with Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit.

They’ve also hired two more analysts, both from LSU. Former Tiger defensive linemen Booger McFarland and Marcus Spears will provide commentary on game day. I can’t hear it now, “Let’s send things back to Booger in the booth.”

Can I get another, “Oh my goodness?”

One of the big story lines of spring practice so far has been the play of backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson. While the upcoming season will be firmly in the hands of Nick Marshall, those looking to the future can breathe easier.

More than one insider has said that Johnson has closed the gap considerably. Known for his pocket passing, Gus Malzahn has the sophomore working on his running skills when in the zone read.

“I’m getting better every day,” says Johnson. “I watch film. I do better. I’m practicing on carrying out my fake. “It wasn’t anything I ever did. It’s just the simple fact with my footwork and how to do it and the right read.”

“He’s way faster than you would think, he’s way smarter with the zone read because he knows how to get to the edge,” safety Jermaine Whitehead said. “He uses his body, his length, to his advantage. He steps around a lot of guys; I’ve seen him make some steps around our D-ends that were pretty spectacular.” 

Up-scaling Cafe’ Malzahn for 2014

By Posted on: April 4th, 2014 in Football 5 Comments »


Coat and tie are now required

Welcome back to the Cafe Malzahn. We’ve revamped our menu to offer the latest Tiger-friendly cusine. Same inviting environment, same excellent service for an elegant dining experience unmatched anywhere. We hope you enjoy your meal from our extensive selection of fast seared, quick braized and speed grilled SEC meats served to you in record time.

Any analysis needs to be reviewed for relevance from time to time. My amatuer statistics are no exception. One of the most glaring anomolies I found last season was that teams seemed to have outlier quirks in my assessment that defied logic. For example, I would often find that a team being analyzed would show awful statistics on offense, yet have exceptional red zone performance. There were also examples of exceptional offenses that had disturbingly poor red zone numbers.

When I looked further, I found that sometimes the kicking game would skew these numbers. So I looked at Red Zone touchdown production for the last seven years for Auburn and had another ‘ah hah’ moment.


Take a look at the Red Zone production in 2007, 2011 and 2012, where Auburn had some of the worst offensive production in the last decade and see how it is jarringly divergent from the Red Zone Touchdown production in those same years. In 2008, Wes Byrum was asked to kick quite a few slim percentage long balls and his success suffered.

Call it the Cody-Coefficient, or the Byrum-Bump, or the Last Second Variable, but the scoring rating is often influenced by the presence or absence of a gifted kicker. As teams fail to score touchdowns in the Red Zone, they often settle for scoring field goals and the efficiency of kickers may keep the Red Zone scoring artificially inflated (or deflated), and not reflect what is actually happening. One the defensive side, there was also a need to reflect the ability of ‘bend-but-don’t-break’ defenses that regularly prevent touchdowns with impressive goal line stands.

To settle this, I’ve added a new measure – that of Red Zone touchdown percentage, calculated by the SEC champion teams since 2007. To fit the ‘ER’ rating, I’ve weighted each of these as half a point each. My logic is that both of these numbers are important, but I wanted to keep the calculations simple and straight forward. Hopefully, this should help clarify just how good a team’s offense and defense really are in a compressed field.

By the way, every kicker has a bad day. Cody Parkey did. Wes Byrum had several in 2008. Cade Foster had an exceptionally bad one under the lights of Jordan Hare and the red eyes of the television cameras, but if you look at his overall percentage, he was a money kicker for his team. Know what the statistical difference was between him, Wes and Cody? One career kick over four years. All three were in the 74-75 percentile. If Cade had made just one more kick in those four years, he would have a higher scoring percentage than either Wes or Cody.

I take that back, there WAS one other difference – the respective fan bases for each player. But as you well know there’s no accounting for taste, class or sense in that other crowd.

More after the bump.

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Here is the new standard for the 2014 season:


A review of how we arrived at the above numbers is in order. Taking the last seven years of data for SEC Champions looks like this for the first four years.


For the last three years, however, I included both Auburn’s numbers and the rather fantastic numbers generated by FSU in 2013.


This put me in a quandary. As I mentioned previously, FSU’s numbers came from beating up on relatively hapless ACC teams and did not really reflect the same competition faced by the previous six years of BCS champions that I had measured. Rather than skew the numbers too much by including this outlier into the formula, I decided with the end of the Bowl Championship Series, I should concentrate on just the SEC Champions instead. This way, the numbers reflect the teams that we’ll be playing against every year, especially considering that the new formula of the four team playoff will involve yet another game to skew the percentages on the national level.

This is also why I included LSU instead of Alabama for 2011. They were the SEC champions that year and both those and Auburn’s 2013 numbers are what I used for the latest Cafe Malzahn calculations.

As for excluding FSU, I believe Auburn’s numbers are a better measure, even though they may seem less impressive at first glance. For when I parsed what FSU accomplished against the two SEC teams they played (Auburn and Florida), it paints another picture of the BCS champion of 2013.


Quite surprising, isn’t it? FSU creamed Florida in their annual rivalry game and edged out a very good Auburn team by a late score, but the numbers generated are well down in the mere mortal region rather than the Olympian statistics they generated battling the rest of the ACC. The most significant measures I found were their paltry 3rd down conversion rates on both sides of the ball in the BCS championship game.

So moving forward, I’ve decided to compare only apples to apples in future Cafe Malzahn analysis and will just concentrate on the SEC  Conference Championship. I may still include stats for the out of conference games for comparison sake, but anything beyond the SEC will be considered inaccurate and relevant only in a very general manner. As any carpenter or mechanic will tell you, one of the best measures of quality of work is knowing the proper tool for a given job. Just because you have a good hammer, doesn’t mean every job you face is a nail.

Speaking of moving forward, with the A-Day game just a couple of weeks away and the entire tone and tenor of the fan base drastically changed from this same time last year, I thought I’d include the following analysis to show just how dramatic this Auburn team has improved from the Spring of 2013.

I split the analysis of last year’s 14 games right down the middle, calculating the difference from the early season jitters of the period between the Washington State to Texas A&M games from the rest of the season, Amen Corner, the SEC and BCS title race. Putting the numbers side by side is instructive:


A few things jump right off the screen at me. On the positive side, the Red Zone TD rate for offense and defensive 3rd Down conversion rate show incredible improvement. Together, both brought Auburn to within 13 seconds of taking the BCS championship. Along with the outstanding performances by our players both Rhett Lashlee and Ellis Johnson deserve a tremendous amount of credit for last year’s transformation. Nearly all other teams fade as the competition improves, but these Tigers stood tall as the pressure and stakes increased. That more than any other sign shows me there was much more to this team than a couple of lucky breaks. This team earned every win down the stretch.

On the negative side, defensive Points per Game, Yards per Play and Red Zone percentages show the impact of some really big plays in the final few games, specifically the second half of the Georgia game, AJ McCarron’s 99-yard TD strike in the Iron Bowl, and several coverage miscues in both the SEC and BCS championship games.

Yet overall there was substantial improvement as the season progressed, and against improved competition. Both halves of the season had the same won-loss record – 6 wins and 1 loss. In the first seven games Auburn played only two teams that ended the season in the top 25 – LSU (16) and TAMU (21). The last seven games involved statistics compiled against a top twenty-five team – Georgia (22) and THREE other top ten teams; Alabama (3), Missouri (8), and the eventual BCS Champion, FSU (1).

No wonder Nick and Bret were all afire to slow the pace of the game prior to the start of the 2014 season. Auburn’s rate of improvement under Gus Malzahn has upended the previous calculus for achieving an invitation to Atlanta.  Add to that the challenges of reaching the championship playoffs just raised the stakes of each and every game on the SEC schedule.  There is little room to absorb any losses, and none for any random upsets. The explosive potential of Malzahn’s offense makes the ‘Auburn Game’ a red letter date on every SEC West team’s schedule.  The road to Atlanta now goes through Auburn in addition to Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge.

In other words, Nick and his comic sidekick were advocating for more time despite the fact that the season just became significantly longer for them. 


Sorry Nick, you can’t have ten seconds. How about just one?

My Top 10 Favorite Plays of 2013

By Posted on: April 4th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 7 Comments »

I decided to take one final look back at Malzahn’s first season on the plains and list my favorite moments from one of the best seasons in Auburn football’s history. These are the moments that still stick with me. 

10. Jeremy Johnson touchdown pass to Ricardo  Louis against Western Carolina. The play comes in around the 0:50 second mark and it’s a beautiful deep ball thrown by Johnson. The future is very bright at the quarterback position. 

9. Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates – SEC Championship Game.  Seeing this play develop took years off of my life and added some gray hair to my head, but the end result was a spectacular touchdown pass to Coates in double coverage. It seems especially unfair when you consider just how much success Auburn had at running the football in this game. 
8. Goal line stand against Arkansas. Good old-fashioned American football just wasn’t enough to overcome Auburn’s defense in this sequence. Bielema, eat your heart out. Skip to the 3:00 mark to see the stand.

7. Anything Tre Mason did. Technically this may be cheating, but I can’t pick just one highlight to sum up Mason’s final season on The Plains. One of the best running backs to ever suit up, Mason’s contributions will be missed for quite some time. 

6. Nick Marshall and C.J. Uzomah deliver the dagger to Mississippi State. A beautiful throw to Uzomah in the back corner of the endzone sealed the Bulldogs’ fate inside Jordan-Hare and served notice to the rest of the SEC that Auburn’s offense was not just one-dimensional. 
CJ Uzomah
5. Sammie Coates sheds defender against Texas A&M. These are the kind of plays that cause grown men to begin behaving like children while watching the game. I thought my brother and I were going to running the Oklahome drill in his living room when this happened. Can you say, “pumped up”?
Sammie Coates BEAST MODE

4. Manziel sacked late to seal an Auburn victory. The sack comes in at 5:26 but the whole highlight is filled with glimpses of what Auburn’s season would eventually become. The Tigers against the world attitude may have not been born on this day, but it was surely solidified. 

3. Nick Marshall touchdown run against Alabama. Great play with a great result that helped set the tone against an Alabama defense that only Auburn believed could be gashed by running the football. The Tigers lit them up and this play was one of the highlights of Auburn’s ground attack against the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. 
Auburn FootballThe last two were pretty easy:

2. Miracle in Jordan-Hare Part 1 – Extra points to Aaron Murray in this clip. His reaction provides a little extra enjoyment to the moment. It was a look he gave often in his college football career. Also, as the most amazing play I’ve ever seen live, I can’t wait to share this experience with my kids/grandkids one day. Jordan-Hare stadium was a madhouse. 

1. Iron Bowl Stunner; Miracle in Jordan-Hare part 2 – This one speaks for itself. Although I was not at this game, I was outside of the stadium watching on a television. I will never forget the chills I had when I heard the stadium erupting in joy at Chris Davis’ return. The kicker in this clip for me is Stan White’s “OH MY GOSH!” as he realizes at about the same time as everyone else watching that Auburn is going to win the Iron Bowl in one of the most unbelievable ways ever. 

Also, here’s the CBS version with all of the ‘sad McArron family’ goodness.