A Day to Celebrate
You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Auburn officials. They know how to throw a party. Arriving on campus Saturday morning for the annual A-Day game, it became apparent immediately that the day was part celebration and part football.
The actual game was enough to keep the casual fan’s attention through halftime, but the real action was during timeouts and halftime. It would be hard to top the star power on-hand to help celebrate Auburn’s 2013 SEC Championship and look ahead to a new season.
Bo Jackson. Ken Griffey Jr. Picabo Street. Bruce Pearl. Carnell Williams. Ronnie Brown. Zeke Smith. Tre Mason. Chris Davis. Tommy Tuberville. The list goes on forever. It made for an unforgettable day on the Plains of Auburn.
We’ve all watched Chris Davis make that run a million times now, but it was extra special watching it on the Jumbotron with 70,000 cheering Auburn fans. Kudos to Jay Jacobs and his staff for making Saturday special…
It’s real easy to take Bo Jackson for granted. He’s always around the program, supporting it anyway he can. But you know, it would be just as easy for him to stay tucked away in Chicago.
There are so many stars who never return to their alma mater once their playing days end. To continue to give back is a blessing for all of us. His Bo Bikes Bama charity is huge now, but he gives back in other ways, like sending all three of his kids to school at Auburn.
Bo’s becoming every bit as special off the field as he was on it…
Like we talked last week, it’s hard to get a read on a team by watching its spring game. Auburn is no different. But you had to be impressed with the running of Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne.
The same goes for newcomer D’haquille Williams. Sure he was playing against defensive backs that will see spot duty this fall, but it doesn’t take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out this kid can catch a football.
“He is a playmaker, there is no doubt,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Williams finished the afternoon with five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.
“That was just a little sneak preview,” receiver Quan Bray said.
For the first time since the Tuberville era, Auburn may finally have a second and third option at wide receiver. Throw in Sammy Coates and an improving Ricardo Louis, and Auburn’s offense has a chance to be better than last season…
While Nick Marshall looked even better, Jeremy Johnson still looks to be a work in progress. With Marshall carrying the ball so much, the idea of Johnson being one play away from starting, has to worry coaches.
While the raw talent is obviously there, Johnson looked out of sync at times. Then again, he was working with the second team offense, so maybe he should be given a pass (no pun intended)…
I thought it was interesting that ESPN was on campus handing out cards urging fans to call their cable and satellite providers about the upcoming launch of the SEC Network. So far, only Dish Network has signed on nationally to carry the station.
With Auburn hosting Arkansas in the network’s televised opener, time is of the essence for both ESPN and Auburn fans. Look for things to get worked out in the final days leading up to the broadcast. If not, get ready for the outcry.
Until next time…