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Welcome to the Jungle

By on August 30th, 2013 in Football 9 Comments »

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The Auburn Family sits but one square on the calendar away from seeing their new day officially dawn and the excitement level could not be any higher. Gus Malzahn returns to Jordan-Hare stadium tomorrow evening not as an opponent, but as the face of a new era in Auburn football.

Not since the days that an unproven junior-college quarterback roamed The Plains just three years ago, has there been so much nervous anticipation heading into the opening week of a season.

From day one, Malzahn has stated that his goal is to compete for and win championships at Auburn. Combined with the young talent present on the roster, he and his staff have good reason to believe they can make an immediate impact. All indications point to a program that has found a new direction and committed to it completely.

Though improvement over last season is all but guaranteed, the Tigers still face a long and winding road back to relevance. Passion, cohesion, and physicality are all traits that fans are eager to see return to the field this Fall – traits that the Jordan-Hare stadium lights seem to have a knack for conjuring up.

Times such as this are when legends are born – when everyone is waiting for someone to step up and that unfamiliar name becomes larger than life. When a freshman kicker beats the Gators in the swamp twice in one night.  When a team down 24-0 in Tuscaloosa does the impossible. When a kid named Bo goes over the top and turns a rivalry upside-down.

Tomorrow evening; the Auburn Family will fill Jordan-Hare, the band will play, and the eagle will fly. The Tigers will take the field and begin taking back what was lost.

Welcome to a new day. Welcome to the jungle. 


  1. restless6 says:

    What? No GnR? 😉

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Hair standing straight up – “Tomorrow evening; the Auburn Family will fill Jordan-Hare, the band will play, and the eagle will fly. The Tigers will take the field and begin taking back what was lost.

    Welcome to a new day. Welcome to the jungle.”

    That is a piece of beautiful poetry!

    • War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

      Woohoo!! Me, too! That was the exact thing I was going to quote!

      Bring on the chess match between the two offensive geniuses. Should be one for the ages…..but I will take a Win!!

      #GusDelorean #MarshallPlan

  3. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Good read Derrick, this week is always the longest one for me and it is almost over. I did get a little fix last night to hold me over watching the Gamecocks trounce UNC and Ole Miss and Vandy playing football poorly was very entertaining. But I want to see what our Tigers are bringing to the field in the worst way….

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Agree on seeing what Tigers bring to the field Todd. I think we’re all anxious for the start of the season, including Gus who said Thursday, “I haven’t slept very well this week.That tells me I’m back in game week mode.” Lets get it on! -Good one Derrick.

      War Eagle!

  4. HamiltonAUfan HamiltonAUfan says:

    I really enjoy this article. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the Tigers begin taking back what was lost.

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

    Just picked up ESPNU!! Will be watching the game live–just like all of you normal folks out there 🙂

    I can’t wait til tomorrow night!! So excited!!!

    I want to see tackles. I want to see streaking runs. I want to see the long pass threaded through a needle. I want to see pressure on WSU’s QB…I WANT TO SEE THE WSU QB GO DOWN IN A HEAP LIKE A RAG DOLL!!!!

    Football’s back Baby! It’s BACK!!!! War Eagle!

  6. TriumphantTiger says:

    It’s a new day indeed! Check out my new fan page “Wwwaaarrrrrr EAGLE”