Sunday, February 28, 2010

On The Recruiting Trail...

I have recently written another "On The Recruiting Trail" article for my fine Auburn folks at AuburnEagle.com. In the article, I go in depth on a Top 50 list of who Auburn is recruiting the hardest at the present time. You can check it out below...


Four Players Inducted Into Wall of Fame...

On Saturday, four former Auburn baseball players were inducted into Auburn's "Wall of Fame" at a ceremony at Plainsman Park. Bo Jackson, Greg Olson, Tim Hudson and Frank Thomas were all honored with a mural on the "Wall of Fame" for their efforts in making Auburn baseball what it is today. Below is each players Auburn bio...

Bo Jackson - Jackson lettered for the Auburn baseball team in 1983, 1985 and 1986. In his most productive season (1985), Bo had a .401 batting average, hit 17 home-runs and drove in 43 RBI's. His .864 slugging percentage from that season is still an Auburn record. Bo was a fourth round pick to the Kansas City Royals in 1986.







Greg Olson - Olson lettered as a pitcher for Auburn in 1986, 1987 and 1988. In 1987 Olson was 11-1 with 10 saves and led the nation with a 1.26 ERA in 42 appearances, all as a relief pitcher. Olson is also Auburn's only two-time All-American to date. When his AU career ended, he was the highest draft selectee in AU baseball history, taken 4th overall by the Baltimore Orioles.






Tim Hudson - Hudson lettered two years at Auburn in 1996 and 1997. In 1997, he went 15-2 with a 2.97 ERA and won the Rotary Smith Award for the top player in college baseball. His 15 wins that year led the nation and he was named a consensus All-American and also won SEC Player of the Year. Hudson was taken in the 6th round by Oakland.








Frank Thomas - Thomas lettered at AU in 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1989 he had an SEC-best .403 batting average, hit 19 home-runs and drove in 83 RBI's. The Big Hurt finished his Auburn career with a .382 batting average, which is second all-time at Auburn, and also hit a school-record .722 slugging percentage. Thomas was drafted as the 7th overall pick by the Chicago White-Sox.

AU Swimming Breaks Record....

The Auburn mens swimming and diving team broke a new record last week. The Auburn mens team won their 14th consecutive SEC title which broke the record of 13 held by the Florida Gators, from 1956-1968. In a stroke of irony, Auburn held off Florida 784 points to 765 points in Athens, Georgia at the SEC Championships. This years SEC title also marks the Tigers 16th SEC Championship in the last 17 years. The Auburn women didn't fair too badly at the event either. They finished 3rd.

Last game coming for arena...

Auburn University's 41 year old Beard Eaves Memorial Coliseum will hold it's final basketball contest on Wednesday, against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs at 7 p.m. central time. It's a bitter-sweet affair for most AU fans. Beard Eaves has been home to many, many great games and more great players than one could count. Auburn is leaving it's old stomping grounds though for a much more up to date basketball facility. This one will have two full court practice areas, a weight room, 12 suites and larger, better offices for the coaches inside the arena. On top of all that, the arena will house aproximatly 9600 fans in a more intimate setting, that will put the fans closer to the court. The new arena should make for a louder, more intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams, but will also be more up to date and fan friendly away from the court.

Tyrik Rollison to transfer....

Tyrik Rollison was perhaps the most highly touted player signed in Gene Chiziks first recruiting class. Rated as Rivals #2 dual-threat QB, many experts predicted big things for Rollison on the plains. Some even compared him to the next Chris Leak. This past week however, Rollisons Auburn career ended before it ever really got started, when his father announced Tyrik would be transferring to Sam Houston St.

Rollison had a rocky start with the Tigers and never really seemed to fit in. He was suspended for a violation of team rules last year and finally had worked his way back into good standing with the Auburn coaches recently. He returned to the team however, with new talent and stiffer competition at QB, as the Tigers had signed the #1 overall Juco player in the country in Cam Newton. This apparently did not sit well with Rollison and he announced his decision to transfer shortly after. Rollison will finish out the spring semester at AU and then take his talents to Sam Houston St.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Great Malzahn Article...

The Montgomery Advertiser released an outstanding article today on Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. They give a nice inside look into his world as he is trying to become a better coordinator. Here's an excert..."To be the only school in the SEC with no turnover says a lot. It says a lot about our leader, Coach Chizik. The future is bright. Something special is happening here. We all want to be part of it.' You can check out the full, three page article below. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100225/SPORTS0402/2250323/1002/sports/Auburn-football-Malzahn-intense-on-subject-of-offense

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Congrats to us!

There are now a grand total of 5 Chillvillians. I thought I would give those 5 wonderful people a special shout-out. You folks are the first 5 people to follow my blog and I appreciate you very much. I hope you come back and post often. I love the AU conversation. SO...Special thanks to Jonsey, Sonoficecream, Andrew, Jeremy and EMMB. You are the first residents of Chillville. War Eagle!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Early 2011 list...

Auburn will probably sign close to the 25 player limit next year because of graduation and attrition, which will probably mean an actual signing class of around 30. I expect Auburn will sign at least one QB and maybe 2. Offensive and defensive line will be a big focus again this year as well. Auburn will sign several linemen on both sides of the ball and will also want to add to the depth of the defense by signing several LB's and DB's. Here is a very early list of 2011 recruits Auburn is interested in. Many of these guys will fall off the radar and several new names will pop up. This is just an early list of recruits Auburn has either offered or is watching closely. Also, the teams listed by each player are the teams that are recruiting the player the hardest, but does not neccessarily mean the player has an offer...War Eagle!
    QB - Jeff Driskel - 6'3" - 225 - 4.5 forty - Oviedo, FL - AU/FL/LSU/UGA/N.D. - U.S. Army All-American. May be the top dual-threat QB in high-school football. Some have even compared Jeff to Tim Tebow. Whether Driskel is the next Tebow is yet to be seen but he does have an amazing arm, can make any throw needed and has more than enough athletic ability and speed to buy time in the pocket. He will commit this summer and I expect it to come down to AU or FL.

    QB - Kiehl (Kyle) Frazier - 6'3" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Springdale, Ark - AU/ARK/LSU/Miami/Mich/N.D. - Staking his claim to the best dual-threat QB in high-school football is Kiehl Frazier. He put up ridiculous numbers as a junior, throwing for 3,817 yards and 48 TD's. He also ran for 746 yards and added 14 more TD's on the ground. Auburn would love to get Frazier and so would everyone else in the country. Right now, he seems to be wide open. - Highlight Video

    QB - C.J. Uzomah - 6'5" - 235 - 4.7 forty - Suwanee, GA - AU/AL/UGA/Clem/LSU/Miami/UNC/TN - Uzomah is a little more raw than Driskel and Frazier, but he has tons of tools to work with and a lot of upside. He's very smart at the QB position and usuallt makes a good decision with the ball. He also has very good agility and moves around in the pocket well. He has offers from everybody and it's anybodys guess as to where he'll land at this point.

    QB - Michael Brewer - 6'1" - 175 - 4.7 forty - Austin, TX - AU/TX Tech/Clem/Baylor - Auburn has offered Brewer and would love to have him. There's only one problem. His father and his grandfather both played at TX and Michael is steeped in TX football. If they offer, he'll commit and as a matter of fact he might even grayshirt just so he can go to TX. You never know what will happen in recruiting though and Auburn is maintaining contact. - Highlight Video


    QB - Stephen Rivers - 6'6" - 200 - Athens, AL - TN/UCLA/Stanford/NC State/Arizona St/AU/AL - Younger brother of Phillip. He has offers already from some big schools in TN, Arizona St. and UCLA. A lot of schools, including Auburn are following him very closely and could offer at any time. Stephen has already visited AU and if Auburn were to offer, I think they would be in pretty good shape. - Highlight Video

    QB - Chris Nelson - 6'2" - 225 - 4.6 forty - Theodore, AL - AU/AL/TN/Ole Miss/UCLA/UAB - Nelson does not have an offer from Auburn right now but he is definitly one to watch. With a good senior year his stock will sky-rocket.



      RB - Isaih Crowell - 5'11" - 190 - 4.4 forty - Columbus, GA - AL/UGA/FSU/Clem/AU/TN/LSU - Crowell has offers from everybody and is easily one of the top 5 RB's in the class of 2011. He has outstanding speed and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. FSU and AL have been rumored to be the early favorites, but he's still wide open a this point. If AU can get a visit, don't rule them out. Highlight Video

      RB - Demarcus James - 5'9" - 215 - 4.5 forty - Demopolis, AL - AU/AL/Ole Miss/Miss St./Ga Tech - James seems to be a guy that everyone is watching. If he has a big senior year, there is no doubt the offers will start rolling in. AU, Ole Miss, Miss St. and AL are all keeping close watch on Demarcus and he'll more than likely end up in the SEC somewhere.


        RB - Brent Calloway - 6'1" - 210 - 4.6 forty - Russellville, AL - Calloway is committed to play LB at AL. However if he decides that he would rather play offense than defense, Auburn could be his choice on signing day. It will take a lot to get him away from Tuscaloosa, but expect Auburn to fight all the way to signing day.


          RB - Quan Bray - 5'11" - 180 - 4.4 forty - Hogansville, GA - Clem/Miami/UGA/AL/AU - Bray played QB for his high-school team last year but expects to play RB at the next level. Bray is an outstanding RB prospect with great athleticism and speed. Bray has offers from just about everybody in the country and right now he seems to be favoring Clemson, Miami, UGA and AL. Auburn is fighting for a visit though and have officially offered. If AU can get him to visit, they've got a shot.


          RB - Aaron Green - 5'9" - 175 - 4.4 forty - San Antonio, TX - TX/USC/UGA/AL/AU/TN/OK/N.D. - Green is a lightning fast speed back who might actually be a little faster than his listed 4.4 speed. He has offers from everybody and he's already been to TX who has rolled out the red carpet for him. Auburn's trying to get in there with him, along with everybody else. Highlight Video
          RB - Alonzo Harris - 6'1" - 205 - 4.6 forty - Gadsden, AL - AL/FSU/TN/AU - Harris already has offers from some big schools. FSU, TN and AL have all offered. TN, N.D., LSU and AU are all watching Harris closely and offers from those schools could come at any time. Harris is an excellent student and should have no problems qualifying. Highlight Video



          • WR - Danny Woodson Jr. - 6'2" - 200 - 4.5 forty - Mobile, AL - AU/AL
          • WR - Shamir Jeffery - 6'2" - 195 - 4.6 forty - St. Matthews, SC - AU/S.Car/TN/KY/Ga Tech
          • WR - Daryl Collins - 6'0" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Gadsden, AL - AU/AL/TN/LSU/USC
          • WR - Collins Moore - 6'2" - 185 - 4.5 forty - Madison, AL - AU/AL/Clemson/UCLA
          • WR - Ty Montgomery - 6'0" - 205 - 4.5 forty - Dallas, TX - Committed to Stanford, but AU continues to recruit him. - Highlight Video
          • WR - Nickolas Brassell - 6'2" - 175 - Batesville, MS - Ole Miss/Miss St./LSU/AU/AL
          • TE - Collin Jarbo - 6'4" - 200 - Gadsden, AL - AL/AU/FSU/Clemson/KY
          TE - Jay Rome - 6'6" - 240 - Valdosta, GA - AU/AL/UGA/FL/FSU/N.D./S. Carolina/TN/Michigan - Rome recently picked up an offer from Auburn to add to his list of nearly 20 offers. Among them FL, FSU, UGA, AL, S. Carolina and N.D. He claims Clemson, UGA and FL are his top teams but it's still very early in the process and he plans on taking his visits before he makes a decision. If AU can secure a visit, I expect the Tigers chances to go way up in landing him.

          • OL - Spencer Region - 6'6" - 330 - Cullman, AL - AU Commit - Highlight Video
          • OL - Reese Dismukes - 6'3" - 272 - Spanish Fort, AL - AU/AL/FSU - He likes all 3 but is probably an AU lean at this time. Projected as a center in college.
          • OL - Brey Cook - 6'7" - 315 - Springdale, Ark - AU/Ark/OK/AL
          • OL - Watts Dantzler - 6'7" - 315 - Dalton, GA - AU/UGA/TN/AL/FSU - Highlight Video
          • OL - Jordan Prestwood - 6'6" - 250 - Plant City, FL - AU/N.D./FSU/S.Car/USF
          • OL - Jamar Lewter - 6'7" - 265 - Washington, D.C. - AU/UNC/Pitt/Utah
          • OL - Antonio Richardson - 6'6" - 285 - Nashville, TN - TN/UGA/AU/AL/FL/KY
          • OL - Gregory Robinson - 6'5" - 296 - Thibodaux, LA - AU/LSU/Ark
          • OL - Christian Westerman - 6'5" - 290 - Chandler, AZ - AU/N.D./FL/LSU/OK/UGA
          • OL - Thomas O'Reilly - 6'3" - 315 - Marietta, GA - AU/Ga Tech/N.C. St/Vandy
          • OL - Denzel Lott - 6'3" - 295 - Pritchard, AL - AU/AL/UAB
          • OL - Thomas Williams - 6'4" - 290 - Pritchard, AL - FSU/AU/AL
          DE - Ray Drew - 6'5" - 245 - 4.7 forty - Thomasville, GA - AU/TN/USC/AL/LSU/FL/UGA/Ga Tech - Ray Drew is another player who has offers from a who's who of the college football world. He says at the moment he favoring playing at either FSU or UGA but he won't make his decision until closer to signing day. That gives AU and other schools plenty of time to secure a visit and try to do what they can to land his services. Drew has close to 20 offers at this time so look for his recruitment to be hot and heavy.
          DE - Sterling Bailey - 6'5" - 235 - 4.7 forty - Gainesville, GA - S.Carolina/Clem/AU/UGA/FL/Ga Tech/TN - Bailey doesn't have a top list of favorite schools at the moment but he's already been to S. Carolina, Florida and Clemson. Not to mention he already liked the hometown UGA Bulldogs. Auburn is throwing their hat in the ring as well and is trying to secure a visit from Bailey before he makes his decision. They've got plenty of time, as he doesn't expect to make a decision any time soon. If Auburn can get him to visit, expect them to make his decision tougher. 

          DE - Xzavier Dickson - 6'3" - 240 - Griffen, GA - AU/AL/FSU/Ga Tech/Miss St. - Dickson is being recruited by everybody and he has an offer from AU. His recruitment is far from over though. He grew up a Georgia fan, claims AL as his leader, but really likes AU and FL too. I expect his decision to be a fierce recruiting battle that may go until signing day.

          DE - Keymiya Harrell - 6'6" - 235 - Plantersville, AL - AU/AL/FL/LSU/UGA/Clemson - Harrell has an offer from AU and visited the plains in January. He's also receiving a lot of interest from other schools across the southeast, including UGA, FL and AL. As it stands right now, he seems to be leaning towards Auburn but will take his visits before making a decision.



          • DE - Jabrian Niles - 6'3" - 225 - 4.5 forty - 300 Bench - Mobile, AL - AU/AL/FL/FSU/Ole Miss - Niles grew up an AU fan and really likes Auburn, but AU hasn't offered yet. He does have offers from a lot of other big time schools such as FL, FSU, Ole Miss and AL and it wouldn't be surprising to see AU offer soon, as they are recruiting him hard. If AU offers, expect them to be the odds on favorite for his signature.
          • DE - Kameron Wood - 6'4" - 220 - 4.6 forty - Birmingam, AL - AU leads
          • DE/DT - LaMichael Fanning - 6'6" - 285 - Auburn, AL - AU/AL/UGA/TN/UNC/Clem
          • DE/DT - Deion Nickson - 6'1" 225 - Brundidge, AL - AU is watching closely. Cousin of Chris Nickson.
          • DT - Samuel Harvil - 6'1" - 255 - 530 Bench - Springdale, Ark - Kansas St./OK/Ark/AU - Highlight Video
          DT - Gabriel Wright - 6'3" - 275 - 395 Bench - Columbus, GA - AU/AL/UGA/FSU/UNC/S. Carolina - Wright is one of the top players in high-school this year reguardless of position and good DT's are hard to find. He has offers from everybody, including FSU, UGA, AL and AU. Right now he says AL is on top with FSU just behind them but AU is trying to get in the race for his services. Look for AU to try and get a visit out of the big DT before it's over with. Highlight Video
          • DT - Gavin Rocker - 6'3" - 225 - Tyrone, GA - AU is watching very closely. Son of David Rocker and nephew of AU defensive line coach Tracy.
          • DT - Seth Thomas - 6'2" - 265 - Madison, AL - AU/AL
          • DT - Bo Tillman - 6'6" - 280 - Wesson, MS - AU/Miss
          • LB - Denzel Perryman - 6'0" - 200 - Coral Gables, FL - AU/FL/FSU/UGA/LSU/TN
          • LB - James Vaughters - 6'2" - 235 - 4.6 forty - Tucker, GA - AU/AL/FL/UGA/USC/TN/Ohio St. - Highlight Video
          LB - A.J. Johnson - 6'3" - 225 - 4.6 forty - Gainesville, GA - AU/AL/TN/UGA/USC/UNC/Miami - Johnson committed to TN last summer but backed out of that verbal commitment when Lane Kiffen left for USC. He has now reopened his commitment and isn't expected to make a decision any time soon. His early list of favorites are TN, Miami and UGA but AU is trying desperatly to get him to visit.

          • LB - Chris Landrum - 6'2" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Sweet Water, AL - AU/AL/FSU/Clemson
          • LB - Shaquille Roberson - 6'3" - 210 - Notasulga, AL - AU/AL
          • LB - Devaunte Sigler - 6'4" - 225 - 4.6 forty - Mobile, AL - AU/AL/UAB
          • LB - Eddie Johnson - 6'1" - 205 - 4.6 forty - Selma, AL - AU is showing interest.
          • LB - Desmond Willis - 6'1" - 215 - 4.5 forty - 390 Bench - 570 Squat - Lincoln, AL - Clemson/KY/AU/AL
          • LB - Desmond Lavelle - 6'0" - 225 - 4.6 forty - Decatur, AL - AU/AL/UAB
          • LB - Maleki Harris - 6'3" - 195 - Cordova, AL - AU/UAB - Highlight Video
          • LB - Antonio Marsh - 6'2" - 200 - 4.5 forty - 35 inch vertical - Prichard, AL - S.Carolina/AL/AU/UAB
          • LB - Demarcus Sherod - 6'2" - 225 - 4.7 forty - Decatur, GA - AU/OK/Oregon - AU leads early.
          LB - Matthew LeFlore - 6'3" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Cordova, TN - LeFlore has ties to Auburn as his cousin is AU starting safety Darren Bates. LeFlore doesn't have a ton of offers right now, but AU, TN, Louisville and Ole Miss are recruiting him pretty hard and offers could come any time from those schools. LeFlore will be in Auburn for the A-Day game and if the Tigers offer I expect him to commit. All reports say he is leaning heavily to AU and is just waiting on an offer.

          LB - Blake Dees - 6'0" - 235 - Spanish Fort, AL - Tx Tech/AL/AU - Dees only has a few offers at this time, one of which from Tommy Tuberville's Tx Tech squad. He is however, being activly recruited by AU, AL, FSU and others. He did grow up an AL fan and it will be tough to pull him away from James Willis who has been recruiting him since he was at AL but if AU offers and gets a visit from him, AU could very well be in the thick of getting his signature.


          CB - Josh Turner - 6'0" - 185 - 4.4 forty - Oklahoma City, OK - AU/OK/TX/N.D./Neb/Wisc. - Turner already has over 20 scholarship offers. He is a two-sport standout and also excells in basketball. So far Turner has been making the rounds in the midwest, seeing schools like TX and OK St. AU recently offered Turner and is trying to get in the sweepstakes for his services. Turner claims to be wide open at this point. Highlight Video
          • CB - Jonathan Rose - 6'2" - 170 - 4.5 forty - Leeds, AL - Very Strong AU Lean. Son of Charles Rose who played safety for Auburn in the 90's.
          • CB - Jacquese Kirk - 5'11" - 165 - Jasper, AL - USA/UAB/AU
          • CB - Cameron Martin - 6'2" - 170 - Mobile, AL - Has an early offer from AU.
          • CB - Eric Dixon - 5'11" - 175 - 4.5 forty - Mobile, AL - FSU/AU/AL
          • S - Erique Florence - 6'2" - 180 - 4.5 forty - Valley, AL - AU/AL/FL/UGA/LSU - Highlight Video
          • S - Emmanuel Johnson - 5'10" - 175 - 4.5 forty - 36 inch vertical - Garland, AL - AU/AL/Troy/UAB
          • S - Anthony Swain - 6'2" - 185 - 4.6 forty - Gadsden, AL - TN/AL/AU/UAB
          • S - Rico Dunn - 6'2" - 185 - Oak Mountain, AL - UAB/AU/AL
          • S - Christion Jones - 6'0" - 185 - 4.5 forty - Adamsville, AL - TN/AU/AL/Louisville
          • S - Wayne Lyons - 6'1" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Fort Lauderdale, FL (Dillard) - FSU/AU/N.D./Ohio St/AL/USC/TN/Ole Miss - Highlight Video
          S - Malcolm Mitchell - 6'1" - 170 - 4.4 forty - Valdosta, GA - UGA/FL/AL/AU - Mitchell has started receiving offers from several of the big SEC schools already. He could play corner or safety in college football because of his size and speed. Speculation is he may be leaning to UGA as it sits right now, but he says he's wide open. He's been to UGA and FL but AU has recently offered and is hoping to get a visit from him sometime this summer.

          • S - Izauea Lanier - 6'1" - 190 - 4.5 forty - AU Commit
          • ATH - Hakeem Flowers - 6'2" - 175 - 4.5 forty - Greenville, SC - AU/LSU/TN/N.D./FSU/Ga Tech - Highlight Video
          • ATH - Ralph Abernathy - 5'6" - 155 - 4.3 forty - Atlanta, GA - Ole Miss/AU/Ga Tech/UGA
          • ATH - Vad Lee - 6'2" - 195 - 4.4 forty - 32 inch vertical - Durham, NC - UNC/NC St/Ga Tech/FSU/Clem/AU

          Friday, February 12, 2010

          Former Tiger Frank Thomas retires....

          Former Auburn Tiger and Major League baseball player Frank Thomas officially retired today. The "Big Hurt" finishes his career with almost certain Hall of Fame numbers. Thomas registered a .301 career batting average, is tied for 18th on the all time home-run list with 521 and drove in an impressive 1,701 RBI's. He also won the American League MVP Award in back to back seasons in 1993 and 1994 with the Chicago White Sox. You can check out a very nice article with quotes from Ozzie Guillen by Joe Cowly and the Chicago Sun Times below...

          http://www.suntimes.com/sports/2043816,frank-thomas-retire-white-sox-021110.article

          Thursday, February 11, 2010

          Basketball team not giving up...


          The Auburn mens basketball team beat Georgia Wednesday night 82-63....That's right 82-63. After last weeks overtime loss, as well as several other extremely close games this season, Jeff Lebo finally got a little bit of a breather.

          Auburn jumped out early and coasted. Lucas Hargrove was the player of the game with his sixth double, double of the year. Hargrove had 24 of Auburn's 82 points and brought down 11 rebounds as well.

          Auburn now claws back to even overall at 12-12 and improve to 3-6 in the SEC. The Tigers next game is at Miss St. on Saturday.

          Wednesday, February 10, 2010

          The 2010 AU Offensive Line...


          Matt Nunelee and our friends at the Bleacher Report have published an outstanding article on the Tigers 2010 offensive line today. In the article,  Nunelee breaks down each of Auburn's offensive linemen, including the class of 2010 newcomers and gives Tiger fans an idea of what to expect in the upcoming year down in the trenches. Check out the full article below...

          http://bleacherreport.com/articles/342097-auburn-tigers-football-burning-questions-the-offensive-line

          Tuesday, February 9, 2010

          Joke of the Day!

          From time to time, I will post a joke of the day that is tickling my fancy. This one is an oldie but a goodie. Enjoy....

          The Bear and Ole Shug were fishin one day when all of a sudden the Bear fell in. Shug thought a min and finally pulled him out. As the Bear lay there gasping for air Shug told him, "Whatever you do never tell any Auburn folks I saved your life". The Bear looked up at Shug and said, "I wont if you promise not to tell any Bama fans I can't walk on water!"

          Tommy Thigpen says Etheridge will be back....

          The Opelika-Auburn news released an article today that said safeties coach Tommy Thigpen expects safety Zach Etheridge to be back for the 2010 season. Etheridge tore ligaments in his neck and cracked his C5 vertebrae in a scary collision Oct. 31 against Ole Miss. Many thought he would never return to the Auburn team after such an injury, but his dedication to rehabilitating his neck has put him right back in the thick of things and as of today he very well could come back for next season. You can check out the full article below...

          http://www2.oanow.com/oan/oasports/thigpen_etheridge_will_be_back_100_percent/129295/

          I Guess it's Cam Newton Day!

          I guess it's Cam Newton Day. Ha! My good friends at AuburnEagle.com...of which I am a proud member, have published a great article on Cameron Newton today. It's a really good story written by Kane Green, that really tells the whole Cam Newton story and how he ended up at Auburn. Check it out below...

          http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=362:cam-newton-his-road-to-redemption&catid=36:auburn-football

          Cameron Newton getting some love!

          Chris Low, a fantastic writer from ESPN has written an article about the top "Newcomers to Watch in the SEC in 2010". He gives his top 5 newcomers to watch for the 2010 season, as well as a blurb about each of his top 5.

          AU fans will be happy to know that his #1 pick for "Newcomer to Watch" is our own Cameron Newton. In case you have been out of the country, Cameron enrolled at Auburn in December and is already getting adjusted, working out and learning the offense. He happens to be the #1 overall rated player in Juco, as well as the #1 QB and pretty much a bad momma jomma. Given the fact that he's going to be able to go through spring practice and the fact that he's got mad skills, he's got a great shot at being the starting QB this fall. Check out what Chris Low has to say below...

          http://espn.go.com/blog/sec

          Monday, February 8, 2010

          Two Tigers pick up Super Bowl Rings...

          Super Bowl quatro quatro is over now and the New Orleans Saints win their first ever Super Bowl 31-17 over the Colts. In doing so, two former Auburn Tigers got super bowl rings in Heath Evans and Tim Duckworth. Heath Evans has been in the NFL since he left Auburn in 2001, bouncing around between four different teams. Evans always finds work though, as there is always a need for good blockers. Duckworth played on the Saints practice squad in 09-10 and also gets a ring for being part of the team. Duckworth was taken by the Saints in 2007 and has stayed there since. Evans has played for the Seahawks, the Dolphins, the Patriots and lastly the Championship Saints.

          Jerraud Powers was a part of the Colts football team and played nickle back a lot of the year. He along with Evans and Duckworth make 29 Auburn players who have played in Super Bowls since Super Bowl I.

          Sunday, February 7, 2010

          A Big Thank You to Kevin McGrady...

          Kevin McGrady writes some awsome Auburn articles over at the bleacher report and recently linked to my blog. Needless to say, I am very thankfull and appreciate the link very much. You can read his article below...War Eagle!

          http://bleacherreport.com/articles/340736-auburn-football-a-few-thoughts-on-what-to-expect-for-2010

          As you can tell, I enjoy anti-Saban articles...

          Brian Cook of the Sporting News recently wrote an article about Nick Saban saying, "Saban is #1 with a bullet on any list of the most loathsome people in college football, I say." Below is a link to the entire article..."A Commitment to Nick Saban is an Iron-Clad, One Way Street."

          http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog/entry/view/54634/a_commitment_to_nick_saban_is_an_iron-clad,_one_way_street

          Another Spencer Region Soundbite...

          Andrew Gribble wrote an article today on AL.com from the Auburn beat that has another interesting soundbite from Spencer Region....

          “Some stuff happened (Friday) night, and then this morning I chose Auburn,” Region told AuburnSports.com. “There were a lot of Alabama fans (at the announcement) because I guess they took me for granted. They thought I was a lock.

          I felt like I was taken for granted even by the coaching staff at Alabama. That’s just not where I need to be. I’m not about to go into that kind of program.”

          Phillip Marshall opines about Nick Saban....

          In case you haven't seen it, Phillip Marshall wrote about Nick Sabans presser on signing day. It is particularly sweet to see Marshall call Saban on some of his hypocritic statements such as this one....

          "I’m old-fashioned. I think a commitment is a commitment.” (Unless that commitment happens to have been made by a player to another school or is in a contract with Toledo, Michigan State, LSU or the Miami Dolphins).


          Check out the full article below...
          http://www.auburnundercover.com/news/articles/2010/2/6/sabans-signing-day-diatribe-on-commitment-rings-hollow

          Saturday, February 6, 2010

          Ho Hum another loss...

          It's tough to be an Auburn basketball fan these days. Auburn dropped another basketball game today in overtime, 82-79. This one against Arkansas in Fayetteville. Both teams were battling to get above .500. With the loss Auburn is now 11-12 on the season overall and 2-6 in the SEC. Arkansas is now 12-11 and 5-3 in the SEC. Auburn's next game is against UGA at home February 10th.

          More From Spencer Region....

          Here is the YouTube Video of Spencer Region committing to Auburn today. People might say it's a long way until signing day (and it is). People might say Saban will weasel his way back in with Spencer and get him back (and he might)....But today, Spencer Region looks like he's got his mind made up. It also looks as if he might be just a little bit upset at the bammer coaches....See for yourself....
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrEddg_xIao&feature=player_embedded