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One Last Dance.

By on November 15th, 2012 in Football 28 Comments »

Seniors will suit up at home for the last time.

     War Eagle, everybody. It’s tuneup week for the Iron Bowl, and Auburn’s final home game of the year. It’s one last time to strap on the pads in the home locker room, for a group of 13 seniors who’ve been through good times and bad on the plains. When these seniors depart, the last vestiges of the Tuberville administration will have moved on. These survivors are Jamar Travis, Ashton Richardson, T’Sharvan Bell, Ikeem Means and John Sullen, who’ve toiled five years at Auburn

     Auburn also has nine fourth year seniors, and these are DeAngelo Benton, Anthony Morgan, Onterio McCalebb, Daren Bates, Jonathan Evans, Phillip Lutzenkircken, Emory Blake and Travante Stallworth. We know Lutz won’t play, as he’s rehabbing a hip injury. We certainly hope the rest of the guys have a good day, and a rousing send off from the partisan crowd.

     There’s a football game to be played, against Alabama A&M. I think most pundits expect Auburn to win, but this game could be more challenging than many folks think. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have a balanced attack, and a mobile, capable quarterback in Daunte Mason. They also have running back Kaderius Lacey, who’s closing in on a thousand yard season. What Auburn must do defensively is contain the running game, and put the pressure on. In the Bulldogs’ three losses to Alcorn State, Jackson State and Alabama State, they’ve been held to 47 of 105 passing, and only averaged 5.5 yards per pass. A ten yard cushion by Auburn, and soft front seven play will not get the job done.

     On offense, Auburn has to get Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb loose. Earlier this year, I watched a chunk of the Alabama Classis featuring Alabama A&M and Alabama State. State’s backfield occasionally featured former Georgia Bulldog Isaiah Crowell, and he was pretty difficult for the A&M defense to handle. Mason and McCalebb should have similar results. In those three A&M losses, Alabama A&M has given up 177 rushing yards per game. When the running game is working against them, they’ve been susceptible to the play action pass. Opponents in the losses have averaged 11.1 yards per pass. A balanced attack and some crisp throws by Auburn quarterback Jonathan Wallace should allow Auburn to open up the offense and put this team away early.

     In other notes, Auburn seems to have a pretty big advantage in special teams, with the Bulldogs’ Chance Wilson averaging 37.1 yards per punt and 56.8 yards per kickoff. This only puts the ball at the 8 yard line on the average, so there should be opportunity for Auburn to break a big return. The A&M return game has had only a couple of returns longer than 21 yards, and Auburn specializes in not allowing returns at all, either on touchbacks on kickoffs, or fair caught punts.

     We’ll have an open thread up early Saturday morning, and as always, feel free to join in and cheer on our Tigers! I’ll be unavailable for play by play this week, as I had to seek another venue to watch the pay-per-view-only broadcast. I should be able to produce my usual grades by Sunday lunch time. Then, we gear up for Iron Bowl week. Regardless of what’s transpired this season, we are NOT giving up on that game! There’s a chance Alabama won’t take it seriously, and Auburn could come up with another effort like the LSU game this past September. Regardless, I’ll be chronicling every play of that one. War Eagle, folks! Let’s smash the Bulldogs this week!

28 Comments

  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Again, I know this is the same old same old… beating a dead horse, etc… my question is how can we get excited about the way these seniors are going out?

    This is the worst team in Auburn history. If I were a senior… I don’t think I would want any special recognition. But maybe that is just me.

    Listening to Gene Chizik (and I am sure others) I should be excited for these kids because all they have done at Auburn?Ok. Huzah!

    There are some that have produced consistently while at Auburn. They have gone above and beyond. But… there are others on this list that have done nothing their entire time here. Nada. Nothing. I hope you young men enjoyed your education and made the most out of it because honestly… I don’t know if any of you will even get a whiff at the NFL. The ones that have a chance are Lutz (if he can get healthy). Or maybe McCalleb, Blake or Bates. But I find it hard to believe if any of the rest of them will. Frankly – I see this as just another tragedy. And add insult to injury… a 2-8 season (so far). Wow. Talk about a depressing situation.

    Anyone going to tell me some team in the NFL is that hard up that they are going to pick up D’Angelo Benton and make him a receiver? How many TDs did he produce while at AU? Heck… let’s just go for receptions and yards gained.

    Putting the subject behind me, AU can endure. But for how long will it have to suffer?

    As time marches on… and no action is forth coming from Auburn… the train wreck is looming on the horizon. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

    But take your time Dr. Gouge. Take your time. But change is coming.

    WDE

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      I’ll have to disagree with you on the one Wde 1988, Ikeem Means was a walk on that earned a scholarship through tremendous effort. Same way for Ashton Richardson.

      Anthony Morgan has been used as Running back and he scored a touchdown in his first appearance doing so. He also has been changed to defensive back, back to RB, and now is practicing as a Tight End. Kind of unfair to say he isn’t NFL material when he has been more than willing to help Auburn where ever they ask him to be.

      Jamar Travis has been a backup for the defensive line, and although hasn’t played much, has been out there with all of these guys toiling in the heat and rain just for the privilege of playing football at Auburn. They deserve better from you, and they all deserve our thanks. I for one, am glad to say they are Auburn Men!

      WAR EAGLE!

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I appreciate ‘em, and the hard work they put in most of the year. And I’m absolutely INTO game-time, no matter if we’re 0-11. This year, I hand out those D’s and F’s on Sunday with a heavy heart. But during that game, I’m riveted. This is the Auburn Tigers we’re talking about! Nothing like an Auburn game day, even against a cupcake in a bad year!

      • AubieCE AubieCE says:

        Such a sad commentary on AU’s fall, that there is concern about Alabama A & M actually beating
        Auburn. College football is a coaches game and this team is a result of poor coaching.
        A lack of leadership from the upper classmen is apparent to me, not an ounce of fight since the LSU game.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I would like to have seen what each of those guys could have done with even a semi-competent coaching staff guiding them. Unfortunately they were “coached” by Moe, Curly, and Larry, with an occassional appearance by Schemp.

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Looking at the big picture, these seniors have been on the team for four years. They participated and contributed to a National Championship. These young men put up with all the noise and pain about Cam, cheating, the death of friends, and other negative issues, and persevered.

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Congratulations, Seniors. May you never forget: It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  4. AuburnEdS says:

    I will be there with my 5 year old son. It is his first Auburn game and he is very excited to be going. I went to my first game when I was 5 and neither upper deck existed. I will be clapping for those seniors just like everyone else should be. If you want to boo, don’t. Either be quiet or stay at the house.

    • mokey says:

      Hope you and your son have a great day AuburnEds…I remember my first visit to JHS…I was either 7 or 8 years old…sat with my Dad in the old south endzone..watched Mailon Kent and company that day…never forget it..left my heart there that day..I’m 64 now and it seems like yesterday. WDE !

      • AuburnEdS says:

        It was Doug Barfield’s last year. They beat Duke 35-28. I think Joe Sullivan was Auburn’s QB that day.

    • AUTigerinBR says:

      I will never, ever forget the first Auburn game my daddy took me to see. It poured and he bought me hot chocolate out of a machine in Haley Center. My husband and daughter had a standing AU homecoming date until our sons were old enough to go and according to her, ruin everything. The boys were completely mesmerized by the band their first game and it is a sweet memory for me.

      Here’s to you and your son having a wonderful “First Auburn Game” experience and may it be the first of many.
      War Eagle!

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I wish these seniors the best of luck! And thanks for the memories :) War Eagle!

  6. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Best wishes guys. You will always be Auburn men!

  7. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    It’s pretty incredible how high and low this senior class has been, especially the 5th year seniors who saw the end of CTT and will now see the end of CGC, all with a national championship in between. Congratulations on graduating, and I hope you find well paying honest jobs wherever you end up, War Eagle!

  8. mccullars says:

    If not for the fact that I’m recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery I would be there this weekend. Sorry I have to miss it.

    War Eagle!!!

  9. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good write up Acid. I appreciate the personal contributions of all our athletes.

    Congrats Seniors and War Eagle!

  10. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    War Damn Eagle, a heartfelt thank you and best wishes to all of our seniors! AU for life!

  11. WDEJED says:

    This will be my last home game as a student. Whether we win or lose ( and I sure hope we win!), this game will hold a special place in my heart.

    WAR EAGLE!!!!

  12. mikeautiger says:

    Thank you Srs. for helping to win a National Championship, Cam could not have done it without you! After a life time, over 50 years, of chasing a NC we finally got one after being so close so many years. I can now die in peace!! War Eagle and the best of luck. Live by the Auburn Creed as Auburn men and you life will be full and productive.

    MikeAUTiger