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Around The Plains… Monday Musings

Tyler Fromm (photo: al.com)

Auburn football got a boost over the last few days with the commitment of 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe of Grayson (Ga.), 4-star cornerback Jaylin Simpson of St. Simons Island (Ga.), and 3-star tight end Tyler Fromm from Warner Robins, Ga. The Tigers now sit at No. 16 in the recruiting rankings and climbing.

Perhaps the biggest news came from Fromm’s verbal because he’s the brother of Georgia starting quarterback Jake Fromm. You can bet the next time the South’s Oldest Rivalry renews, the Fromm brothers will be spotlighted by the media. “It’s going to be a crazy game when it happens,” said Tyler. “I don’t know what [my parents] are going to do to be honest.”

The important news for Tiger fans though is the 6′ 5″, 225-pounder is ranked as the No. 24 tight end in the nation and is considered to be one of the best pass-catching tight ends available in the 2018 class.

Continuing on the football front, it looks like all the players injured during the spring will be back for fall camp with the possible exception of receivers Will Hastings and Eli Stove, who both had to have ACL surgery. And, probably most importantly, Coach Malzahn said he expects quarterback Jarrett Stidham to be ready to lead summer workouts.

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 With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Auburn baseball team seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Tigers did something this weekend they haven’t done in 16 years—sweep Vanderbilt. And they did it with not only great pitching but with offensive power, shutting out the Commodores 14-0 in game three. It was the Tigers’ first shutout over the boys from Nashville in 20 years.

The Tigers are now 9–3 over their past four conference weekends and are just one game out of first place in the west. Casey Mize (9–2, 2.25) was his usual dazzling self, striking out a career high 15 batters in game one, and redshirt senior Andrew Mitchell (1–1, 2.70) also looked good in game three. The southpaw retired the first 14 Vanderbilt batters he faced, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings with just one hit, no walks, and five strikeouts.

The recent offensive resurgence is setting up a big series next week against Ole Miss, followed by a huge home stand against LSU, May 17–19.  But, first the No. 20 Tigers (34–14, 13–11 SEC) will play South Alabama tomorrow night and then Troy right before the finale against the Bengal Tigers. Win those two remaining SEC series, and Auburn should be a shoo in to host a regional.

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Speaking of hosting a regional, the softball team has put itself in a precarious position the last couple of weeks by losing six of eight conference games. However, the Tigers did reach a milestone Sunday with their sweep of UT Chattanooga.

The sweep marks the eighth time in program history for the Tigers (40–14, 11–12) to amass 40 wins in a season. However, the Tigers’ 11–12 SEC record will pit them against rival Alabama as the league’s  No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament. The two rivals will meet in Columbia, MO on Wednesday at 6:30 CT. The winner will be awarded the opportunity to play No. 1 Florida in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Auburn pounded out 22 hits in the two games against the Moccasins with four players having multiple hit games. Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin are two of the best pitchers in the country. But the two aces can’t win games by themselves.

If the No. 15 Tigers are to have a chance to host a regional this year, they will need to beat both of those SEC opponents. If they are to have a chance to make it back to Okalahoma City, the bats will have to stay alive through out the postseason, something that this year’s Tigers have struggled to do when not playing on their home field.

The Tiger-Tide match-up will be broadcast on the SEC Network Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central.

Go Tigers!

10 Comments

  1. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Considering Jake Fromm will be starting and Tyler will prob never catch a pass , it’s safe to say his parents will be wearing red and black.

    That’s no slight against Tyler, it’s just reality as a tight end playing at auburn

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Hoping the baseball team can keep it up and then make a deep run in the post season while they still have Casey Mize because he’s projected as a first round draft pick this year. He deserves to play in a super regional and maybe the CWS before he signs for big bucks.

  3. uglyjoe says:

    From the useless facts department, it is no longer politically correct to identify UT Chat as the “moccasins”. UTC thought the term was offensive to Native Americans. They now are the “mocs” which is short for mockingbird and has something to do with a train. I guess that is better than identifying as a shoe.

    • jbellison56 says:

      That’s crazy! It might be different if they were called the Red faces or the Red Skins, but Moccasins???

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Lego MOC trains, must be!

    • neonbets says:

      Unfortunately, the prohibition in this terms has nothing to do with true concern for Native Americans. It’s a power play that forces all involved to enact a charade. The people imposing this standard know it’s not (reasonably) offensive. Those who abide by know it’s stupid, but being good citizens, they comply. Essentially it’s all a silly lie.

      From Theodore Dalrymple:

      In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks for that Joe. I will note that for future reference. But I had no idea. Always assumed their mascot was a Water Moccasin because at my first game inside Cliff Hare Stadium (JHS) in 1961, the front of the game program had a Phil Neel drawing of Aubie cutting tall grass using a manual push lawn mower. In the grass ahead of him was a Water Moccasin Snake about to be cut to pieces.

      While I could not find that picture of Aubie mowing the grass, I've loaded another program cover below from 1960 showing Aubie about to club a Moccasin snake.

      After researching the UTC mascot, I found that a moccasin snake was used for most of the school's history. I believe it also may have come from Moccasin Bend – a large horseshoe-shaped bend in the Tennessee River directly below Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga.

      It appears that when the Atlanta Braves became "America's team" on TBS during the 70's and their mascot was an Indian named "Chief-Noc-a-homa'" that UTC may have followed their lead because it was during that time the Mocs changed their mascot to "Chief Moccanooga."

      Then in 1996 the near by Chattanooga Inter Tribal Association requested that mascot be changed as they found him to be offensive (just as the Braves had dropped their mascot for the same reason) and UTC changed to the state bird … the Mocking Bird.

      So there's more useless information for most folks. But your comment caused me to dig for more and now I know the rest of the story.