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Tuesday Ramblings From the Plains (Players Deserve Better Edition)

By on November 5th, 2019 in Football, News 8 Comments »

D.J.Williams ran for 93 yards and one touchdown in his coming out party against Ole Miss Nov. 2 , 2019 (photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Auburn freshman D.J. Williams scored his first career touchdown against Ole Miss Saturday with a little help from a friend. When the running back was bottled up on the goal line, 6′ – 7″  lineman Prince Tega Wonogho picked up the 5′- 10″  running back and spiked him into the end zone turf for the score.

Wanogho said, “I saw him right there, and all I could think about was grab him and put him into the end zone. I didn’t mean to slam him though, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.” I guess it was good he didn’t get called for spiking the player ball.

Another CBS Game of the Week for Tigers.

For the fourth time this season Auburn has been chosen to be featured on the CBS Game of the Week. The network announced yesterday that it will broadcast the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. The No. 12 Tigers and No. 6 Bulldogs will kick off November 16 at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

Another SEC Player of the Week Award.

An Auburn player picked up the Tigers’ 11th player of the week award when Derrick Brown was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday. The senior recorded seven solo tackles and a tackle for a loss. It was the third time for the senior defensive tackle to garner the recognition, tying him with fellow DT Marlon Davidson.

After receiving the award, Brown teased Davidson with a tweet:  “Just want to take the time to make sure you see it’s all equal @marlondavidson7 you will lose.”

Has Auburn finally found a center?

Nick Brahms made his first start of the season Saturday, and the sophomore was a key cog in an offense that produced 340 passing yards and 507 total yards on the night. Quarterback Bo Nix said Brahms did a good job.  “We had great quarterback-center exchanges,” said Nix. It’s good to know the position may be in good hands heading into Amen Corner. However one can’t help but wonder why it took so long to find the right guy.

Welcome home, Tigers?

Saturday’s contest against the Rebels was the Tigers’ first home game since the end of September. You would think fans would be ready to be loud and proud. However, as I sat in the stands the atmosphere seemed subdued. Not anything like the reputation that Jordan-Hare Stadium has earned as one of the SEC’s historically toughest venues.

I sat next to four men who had journeyed from Boston to witness the intense environment of an SEC football game. I proudly told them they were in for a treat once shoe met leather. Boy was I wrong. Not only was the crowd underwhelming, more than a smattering of boos fell on the team right before half as coach Malzahn opted not to run one more play before the horn sounded.

The players were looking forward to a home field advantage after a grueling five weeks on the road, including raucous environments at Florida and LSU. Instead they received a “flat” crowd atmosphere. And, the Tigers couldn’t help but notice.

A couple of players expressed hurt feelings about it via their twitter accounts. Linebacker K.J. Britt said, “We need our fans on our side. Starting to question what Auburn fans are cheering for now. Let’s get back on track and make Jordan-Hare stadium GREAT AGAIN!”

The story produced negative headlines nationally. As “family” has always been the mantra of Auburn University, this is something I never expect to see on the Plains. And, frankly, I was embarrassed for the coaches, for the recruits sitting in the stands, and mostly for the players.

No matter what fans feel about the coaching, the quarterback play, or the 7–2 record, the players deserve better. Until next time …

War Eagle!


  1. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    "…a smattering of boo’s fell on the team right before half as coach Malzahn opted not to run one more play before the horn sounded."

    I wasn't at the game nor was I able to watch it, but this right here is simply built up frustration over Malzahn's career at Auburn and over his play calling. I'll give Malzahn credit to have won some pretty incredible games, but I also have to acknowledge the times he lost games he should not have just the same.

    This is more about frustrations with a guy who is PAID heavily to not only be competitive but to be a Champion. In order to be a Champion you have to win while you're under pressure. So often Auburn wins these "miracle games" and beats #1 and #2 back-to-back only to have had that one or more blemishes on the record going into those big games that negate the impact of those wins in the big picture.
    By the time we get to Amen Corner and the Iron Bowl we're not supposed to win because we're viewed as a lesser team in those games. When we're favored it seems we fall flat. That's on coaching.

    Now, whether fans want to voice that frustration in front of the players or in chat rooms can be debatable. I personally know whole heartedly the physical and mental toll the players take with a tremendous effort week in and week out while in class, practice, and on Saturdays. These are young men who give it their all in a sport that is big business for big time programs and the Universities capitalizing on each and every win.

    Last tidbit… 'Coaching' ; Steele looks to have his unit in tip top shape (coaching).. So often our defensive unit has been lights out on a Malzahn squad but the offense putters along. Who do we look at on the offensive side of the ball leading that unit? Malzahn, the offensive guru. This is a pickle.

    • uglyjoe says:

      I agree with this completely. Booing your team is off-limits. Complaining about your 49 million-dollar offensive guru is a different matter.

  2. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Fans pay their money, buy their ticket and take their ride. Pay no attention to the boos.
    Do not take the boos personally [as I think many have]. Rejoice in the good games and lament the not so good games.

    I am a member of the United Methodist Church and my local church changes pastors every 4 years or so. I have had great pastors and some not so great. I remain there because it is my place [regardless of the leader]. Some messages are wonderful; others “meh”. I am an Auburn alumnus and supporter, and I will be even if our coach is Bozo the clown. I am trying to make a point here, but I may have failed!

  3. There’s no excuse for any booing at the stadium – None!
    People can say all they want that the boos are directed at coaching but the players take it personally and it can be demoralizing to them. It also hurts the program as recruits sitting in the stands get a bad impression of what it’s like to play in Jordan-Hare.

    Hope the ones that did that will think twice about doing it again. As KJ Brit said, “We need our fans on our side.” When the players are giving their all on the field, we need to be “All In” in the stands. There’s plenty of other times and places we can express displeasure with play calling etc.

    • AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

      Wholeheartedly agree with this comment except ……
      I reserve the right to boo bad officiating.

  4. WDE7385 WDE7385 says:

    War Eagle, everybody!
    No, do not “boo” at the stadium.
    Write a letter to the AD
    Write a letter to the President
    Write a letter to Pat Dye
    Write a letter to the Alumni Association.
    Write all you want in the blogs.
    But, no, don’t “boo” those kids on the field.

  5. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    Amen to not booing at the stadium. In my many years as a season ticket holder, until my wife’s illness and eventual death, I always took great pride in the spirit of it’s great to be an Auburn Tiger that was expressed by Auburn fans. Even during the dark days of Terry Bowden’s last season, Tommy Tuberville’s decline and Gene Chizik’s sudden fall from the great national championship season, the crowd always supported the team.
    How sad that we’ve come to this!

  6. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    On another note …
    I also wonder why it took so long to get the right guy at center? hope Nick Brahms continues the good play at that critical position.

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