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Tribute to Track‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame—2019 Class

By on July 11th, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 5 Comments »

John Vaughn kicked the winning field goal with 6 seconds left to beat Georgia 31–30 in 2006 (photo: mandatory credit: getty images)

Auburn University has a football heritage that is one of the best in all of college sports. In fact, some of the greatest to ever play the game have worn the Orange and Blue. The Tigers have had four College Football Hall of Fame coaches, three Heisman Trophy winners, and are the twelfth-winningest program in Division I history.

The Tigers are the ninth most successful program in the last five decades. In addition, there have been over a thousand players to wear the Orange and Blue in that time span. For that reason we always look to our members to help select a new class for the Track’Em Tigers Hall of Fame.

TET members voted over the July 4th weekend and selected an eight-member class that includes six All-SEC players, three of whom made All American. The class includes four offensive players, two defensive players, a special teams player, and one person who never played a down of college football.

Following are short bios on the selections for this year’s class.

Stephen Davis
(RB) 1993–1995: A two-time All-SEC player for the Tigers, Davis played three years on the Plains. Why he wasn’t selected as an All American is still puzzling. When he graduated, only three other Auburn players in the history of the program had more rushing yards than him: Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, and Bo Jackson. One possibility for the snub was the Tigers were on probation. Had Auburn not been on probation during the ‘93 undefeated season, that most likely would have happened, and he may have had his name on the final Heisman list.

He went on to have an illustrious 11-year NFL career with the Redskins and Panthers. He holds the record for rush attempts (1,945), rush yards (8,052) and rushing TD’s (65) among all Auburn alumni in NFL history.

David Campbell (DT) 1967–1969:
A two-time All-SEC defensive tackle, Campbell was selected a first team All American in 1968. He was recognized two times as the Southeastern Lineman of the Week by the Associated Press and the national Lineman of the Week by Sports Illustrated.

Although he was named the Most Valuable Lineman in Auburn’s blow out 34–10 win over Arizona in the Sun Bowl, his biggest game came during the regular season in Miami. Campbell spent most of that day in Miami’s backfield, terrorizing the Canes and leading the Tigers to a 31–6 win over the fifth-ranked Hurricanes.

Monk Gafford
(RB) 1940–1942:
Gafford was a 1942 All American who could do it all. He played on offense, defense, punted, and returned punts. He really made his mark at running back. The SEC Player of the Year rushed 1,004 yards in 1942 with an average of 7.6 yards per carry, and he had a 6.4 yards per carry career average. Opposing SEC coaches did not like to have to game plan for the multitalented Gafford. LSU Coach Bernie Moore called him, “the best back the SEC had seen in the last 10 years.”

His most memorable game was in 1942 in the Deep’s South’s Oldest Rivalry. Gafford had 119 yards on 21 carries and returned three punts for a total of 92 yards leading Auburn over No. 1 Georgia, 27–13.

Rod Bramblett:
(Radio announcer) 2003–2018: Added to this class by popular demand, Rod served as the radio play-by-play announcer for Auburn Tigers football, basketball, and baseball. After calling the Auburn baseball games for 11 seasons, he was chosen in 2003 to succeed the late, great Jim Fyffe for Auburn football and men’s basketball games.

No one,including Bramblett, thought Rod could ever equal Fyffe, but he did. He became known as “The Voice of the Auburn Tigers.” On May 25, 2019 the voice was silenced in an auto accident near campus. Auburn fans from coast to coast were shocked as was the entire collegiate sports world. The outpouring of grief from Auburn faithful was realized at a memorial service held in the same Auburn Arena from which he called basketball games.

As intimidating as it was to follow Fyffe, Bramblett more than proved he was up to the challenge. Three times he was named the Alabama Sportscaster of the Year (2006, 2010, and 2013) as well as the National Play-by-Play Announcer of the Year by Sports Illustrated (2013).

The 1988 Auburn graduate was an unabashed homer. And to this day, many fans remember where they were when they heard him make one of his many famous calls. In particular, his iconic calls of the “Miracle in Jordan-Hare” against Georgia and the “Kick Six” in the 2013 Iron Bowl will live forever in the annals of Auburn football.

See the rest of the class after the jump:

Wayne Gandy (OT) 1990–1993:
Wayne Gandy was a consensus All-SEC player and All American. He anchored the offensive line in the Tigers’ 1993 undefeated season. No position is as physically demanding as offensive line. Yet, he started 31 consecutive games and played an incredible 708 of the 800 snaps.

He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy. He was just as good at pass protection as he was in run blocking. In fact, he did not allow a sack during the 1993 season and graded 80 percent for the year. Gandy was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a first-round NFL draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams

Quentin Riggins
(LB) 1986–1989: A member of the SEC Football Legends Class of 2009, Riggins is well known by Auburn fans. Affectionately known as “Q,” he covered Auburn football on the radio as a sideline reporter for 25 years until he turned that job over to former Auburn great, Ronnie Brown.

However, this honor is brought about by what he accomplished on the gridiron. “Q” played on three consecutive SEC Championship teams (1987–89) and was team captain his senior year (1989) when the Tigers won “The First Ever Iron Bowl” in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  He was an All-American linebacker and two-time All-SEC player. He recorded totals of 398 tackles (200 solo, 198 assists) during his college career. He went on to play in the CFL and was on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers when they won the 78th Grey Cup.

Randy Campbell (QB) 1981–1983: Coach Pat Dye came to Auburn in 1981 with the goal of making Auburn a perennial contender. He needed a field general, and that’s what he got in quarterback Randy Campbell. Campbell led the Tigers to their first SEC Championship since 1957. And afterwards, the Tigers became the SEC team of the decade (80’s). Campbell was not a flashy player, but he was a tough, gritty competitor and an effective leader.

In 1982 he led the Tigers to a victory over Alabama, breaking a nine game losing streak and handing Bear Bryant a loss in his last Iron Bowl. In the following postseason, he was named the MVP of the Tangerine Bowl (now Citrus Bowl), eclipsing two future Heisman Trophy winners who played in that game: Bo Jackson and Boston College’s Doug Flutie.

As team captain in 1983, Campbell led the Tigers to a second consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide. Then he and his teammates beat Big 10 power, Michigan, in the Sugar Bowl to apparently win the national championship. Auburn  had the No. 1 toughest schedule in the country and was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NCAA national champion selector (New York Times), but the big AP poll went to No. 5 Miami after it backed into an upset victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

The Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club named Campbell the 1983 SEC Back of the Year. After a brief stint in the pros, he went onto coach for a short period before entering the business world. He coached quarterbacks for one season for Dye. Two of his pupils: Stan White and Patrick Nix.

John Vaughn (PK) 2003–2006:
One of the best kickers in Auburn history. In fact Vaughn holds more Auburn records than any other kicker. His 162 extra-point conversions (out of 163 attempts) set a school record and placed him third best in SEC history. He also converted 50 field goals for a 72.5% success rate. His career total of 312 points made him the Auburn career-scoring leader until Wes Byrum broke his record in 2010.

Vaughn never had a kick blocked in his entire four years at Auburn. He was the leading scorer on the undefeated 2004 SEC Championship team. He had many memorable field goals, including a game-winner in the 2005 Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. His kick with 0:06 left on the clock beat the Bulldogs 31–30.

He was a two-time All SEC kicker and the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006, a finalist and runner up for the Lou Groza Award, and was named to the Auburn All Decade team of the 2000’s.

So there you have it—the 2019 class of  Track’Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame.

We want to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in the process of nominating and or voting. Selecting eight names from a storied program like Auburn is a very difficult task. After all, there have been hundreds of other worthy nominees to play for the Tigers, including 74 All Americans and over 250 first-team All-SEC players. So this class, just like Auburn Football, is in a class by itself.

War Eagle!

5 Comments

  1. Tigerpharm says:

    An outstanding class and a nice write up. Glad to see Rod Bramblett included.

  2. I’m glad John Vaughn made it even though I usually think of 5 missed field goals against LSU when his name come up.

  3. jbellison56 says:

    Good group. All worthy. I especially like that Randy Campbell is in this class. I think he's really been underrated over the years. Enjoyed the read ATM.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Agree about Campbell. He deserves a lot of credit for being the QB and leader of the ’83 team that set the standard for Auburn’s dominance of the 80’s.

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