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The Most Impressive Performance at Auburn’s A-Day Game Belongs to …

By on April 20th, 2013 in Football 8 Comments »

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.

War Eagle!

(Editor’s note:
Be sure to check back Sunday after lunch for Acid Reign’s wrap up and break down of the game.)


  1. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    So impressed with the Auburn faithful. Wish I could have been there. Great to see the team generating such excitement.

  2. Eagle1 says:

    I was at the game today and the atmosphere was exciting. This should lay to rest any doubts about the Auburn Spirit and that the Auburn fans are behind this football program. Any team has fans when they are on top. True fans are there for their team through adversity. That is what the Auburn fans are.
    War Eagle!

  3. Malakai Malakai says:

    I think it’s great about the turnout, but I’d really like to hear how the fans thought the team looked. Gus’ press conference made him look like he was bouncing around and barely containing a grin the whole time. Was the team looking that good or was it just the support of the faithful?

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Overall the team looked pretty good to me – for a spring game. Although the QB play was fair, there’s an obvious need for improvement. The O-Line looked especially good. And I really liked Cameron Artis-Payne. He’s the real deal. I believe we finally got a between the tackles running back that can handle 25-30 carries a game.

      As I mentioned above … Check back tomorrow for Acid Reign’s break down of the game. He always tells it like it is and for my money, no one does it better.

  4. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    War Eagle! Even though I couldn’t make it ~ I see the Auburn Spirit is alive and well!! We love our Auburn Tigers!!

    I believe in Auburn and love it!!

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    After a long drive on Friday from Baton Rouge to Auburn, it is very obvious to this Auburn fan, that THE AUBURN SPIRIT is very much alive and well although the Toomers Oaks may not. After a tour of my beloved Veterinary School and the beautiful campus, the game was almost anticlimactic, but enjoyable. The most obvious improvement, in my opnion was the hustle and tackling of the defense. The One Final Roll was a sight to behold. It is obvious that no other institution of higher learning anywhere on Earth has as much tradition as Auburn University.

    We all know, IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!


  6. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    Thank you for this great article. I had some family issues to tend to so I was unable to make it to Auburn this weekend. I would like to compliment the Auburn Network and the reporters on Twitter for their exceptional coverage.

    I do feel that Mr. Payne is destined to be a star at Auburn and seems to be happy to be at Auburn. Also. QB play could be better. I do think that Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson could see some playing time at QB next season. We should remember that we have already had the pleasure of seeing the best QB play.

  7. sparkey sparkey says:

    The turnout for the Spring A-Day game will be a big deal for years to come. If you guys remember the West Virginia game where the fans didn’t leave the game even in the terrible storm or the end of the Alabama game in that season of ’09 where they cheered for our boys even after the loss, then you’ll know what kind of effect that had on the following 2010 championship team.

    I hope we witness a turnaround this season of epic proportions. We’ve got to get a great enthusiasm rolling for 2013. If we fail to exhibit that kind of exhibit, the status of Gus Malzahn will be far too shortly lived. I’ve been on record on getting together a boycott to secure the removal of Jay Jacobs. It is now too painfully obvious the powers that be aren’t going to let that happen.

    Please everybody, keep your emails, letters, and phone calls complaining against Jay Jacobs at a constant. He is incompetent and just flat out in over his head. I’ll never change my mind on that, but the fact is I can’t do anything about him being there. That doesn’t mean I have to like it. I would also state that with every donation I hope you guys will state that Jay Jacobs should go despite your donation.

    Lastly, the good old boy network at Auburn is still very strong. Tim Jackson is still there and you might want to do research on the newest member of our compliance staff. I’m not saying anything about him per se, but it should be noted who he is if nothing else.