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    #StatTiger: The Season In Review

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    Post Season Numbers & Thoughts: During the first 7 games of the season the Auburn defense allowed 5.88 yards per play during the first-half and 4.21 yards per play during the second-half. During the final 6 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 5.97 yards per play during the first-half and 6.76 yards per play during the second-half.
    During the first 7 games of the season, 49.0% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It increased to 55.6% during the second half of games. During the last 6 games of the season, 43.7% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It decreased to 42.9% during the second half.
    The top-5 play-makers on offense this season based on impact-plays were: Cameron Artis Payne (26), Duke Williams (22), Nick Marshall (20), Sammie Coates (14) and Quan Bray (12). Injuries to Williams and Coates took away from Auburn's explosiveness this season.
    During the first 6 games of the season, Nick Marshall averaged 82.0 yards rushing per game on 6.6 yards per attempt. During the final 7 games of the season, Marshall averaged only 43.7 yards per rush on 3.9 yards per carry. The read-option was nowhere close to last season. During the final 7 games of the 2013 season, Marshall & Mason averaged 257.6 YPG on 6.09 YPC. During the final 7 games of 2014, Marshall & CAP combined for 179.3 YPG on 4.92 YPC.
    Ricardo Louis is a player to watch for in 2015. With the departure of Sammie Coates, Auburn will need him to become a consistent playmaker. During the first 6 games of the season, Louis had 15 offensive touches for 118-yards. During the final 7 games of the season, Louis had 22 offensive touches for 353-yards. Of his 9 impact plays on the season, 7 came during the second-half of the season.
    Duke Williams was No. 12 nationally in generating pass-receptions of 15-yards or more and Sammie Coates was No. 21. The Auburn offense simply wasn't the same without both healthy and on the field together.
    During Auburn's 8 victories this season, the Tigers compiled a pass-rating of 157.1 on first-down and only 117.2 during their 5 defeats. From 1992-2014 Auburn has compiled a pass-rating of 136.0 on first-down and was only 134.9 in 2014. Of Auburn's 332 passes on the season, only 96 (28.6%) came on first down, which was dead last nationally. The national average was 37.9%, which means Nick Marshall was forced to throw more often when the opponent wanted him to, rather than when Malzahn wanted him to throw. I expect that percentage to change drastically with Jeremy Johnson at quarterback.
    In terms of the game day report cards, the Auburn offense had a passing grade in 11 of 13 games, the defense 6 in 13 games and special teams, 7 of 13 games. Last season the offense had a passing grade in 12 of 14 games, the defense 7 of 14 games and special teams 13 of 14 games. Overall the offense improved to 74.9% from 74.6% in 2013. The defense dropped to 47.7% from 49.3% in 2013 and special teams took the biggest dive to 53.4% from 71.7% in 2013.
    During the last 3 games of the season Auburn allowed 3.93 yards per rush during the first-half and 7.58 yards per attempt during the second-half.
    How vital are impact plays? During Auburn's 73 scoring drives this season, 63 involved at least 1 play of 15-yards or more during the possession.
    Last season the Auburn defense registered 32 sacks and 13 interceptions. This season despite only 20 sacks, Auburn intercepted 22 passes. One can only imagine how many picks Auburn could have totaled in 2014 with a more consistent pass-rush.
    During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense forced a "3 & out", 45 percent of the time. During the final 8 games of the season, it dropped to only 18 percent.
    During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 24-yards per possession and a TD every 37.2 snaps. During the final 8 games of the season, the defense allowed 36-yards per possession and a TD every 16.6 snaps defended.
    During the first 7 games of the season, Auburn scored 75 points from their opponent's turnovers. During the final 6 games of the season, Auburn scored only 24 points off of turnovers.
    Rarely does a player find immediate success after making a position change at the collegiate level. Johnathan "Rudy" Ford moved to safety this season, finishing the year as Auburn's leading tackler with 93 stops. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 1 forced-fumble. Look for him to continue to grow into his position under Will Muschamp.
    Rudy Ford was No. 14 in the SEC with 7.15 tackles per game. Cassanova McKinzy was No. 16 and Kris Frost was No. 17. McKinzy was also No. 14 in the SEC with 11 tackles for loss. Fifteen SEC defensive linemen had more tackles for loss than Auburn's leader, Montravius Adams (8).
    Cameron Artis-Payne had some major shoes to fill, replacing Tre Mason. The senior RB, responded with an All-SEC season, leading the conference in rushing and No. 2 in rushing TD's. CAP's 123.7 yards per game was the 5th best average in school history. Cameron Artis-Payne was No. 15 nationally in yards per game.
    Quarterback Nick Marshall improved his passer-rating from 143.2 in 2013 to 150.8. His 150.8 rating is the 4th highest rated performance among the 37 Auburn quarterbacks to attempt at least 150 passes during a season. His TD ratio of 1 every 14.6 attempts was 5th best in school history. Marshall was No. 33 in pass-efficiency during 2013, improving to No. 15 his senior year.
    The Auburn offense finished No. 13 in run-offense and No. 9 in pass-efficiency offense. The Tigers were No. 17 in total-offense and No. 26 in scoring-offense.
    Based on yards per game, yards per play, points per game, TD ratio and strength of schedule, the 2014 Auburn offense is No. 3 among the past 60 Auburn offensive units. The 2010 offense was No. 1 with a 213.5 rating, the 2013 offense was No. 2 with a 209.9 rating and the 2014 unit had a rating of 199.6.
    From 1970-2014, Auburn has compiled a record of 204-6-0, when scoring at least 30 points during regulation. Four of the 6 losses have come during the past 2 seasons.
    From 2009-2014 (79 games), Auburn has allowed 26 PPG, 398.3 YPG and 163.2 yards rushing per game. Of those 79 games, it includes 26 losses, where Auburn allowed 36 PPG, 446.5 YPG and 222.6 yards rushing per game. The second installment of Will Muschamp's defense cannot start soon enough.
    The 2014 season marks the 12th time Auburn has closed a season with only 1 win during their last 5 games of the season since 1950. The Auburn coaching staff has their work cut out for them as Auburn followed up the previous 11 seasons with a win percentage of .622 the following year.
    Looking at only FBS competition, Auburn's 2014 schedule ended up being the 6th most difficult in school history, minus the result of the "Auburn" game.
    10 of Auburn's 13 opponents this season (76.9%) were FBS programs that finished the season with a winning record. It was the 3rd highest percentage of winning opponents faced during a season from 1950-2014. The 1983 team holds the highest percentage (83.3%).
    So what happened to the 2014 Auburn defense? During the first 5 games of the season, Auburn faced opponents that averaged 402.0 YPG, averaging 30.4 PPG. The Auburn defense held them to 24% below their yardage average and 53% below their scoring average. During their last 7 FBS games, Auburn faced offenses that averaged 463.3 YPG, while scoring 35.1 PPG. Auburn allowed those 7 teams to gain 5.5% more yardage than their average, while scoring 7.7% more than the opponent's average. In a nutshell, the competition was better during the second-half of the season, but Auburn's production percentages should not have collapsed as much as it did.
    Time to move onto 2015 and Happy New Year!
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    Auburn (AL) - There are two popular phrases that echo within Auburn’s student body; these are the Auburn Family and the Auburn Spirit.

    An outsider unfamiliar with these phrases might ask what the Auburn Family and Auburn Spirit are.  And while any given student can give their explanation of what it is, the truth is that the best way explain this spirit of family to someone isn’t to tell them, but to show them. This is what the Auburn student body did last week for Tiger Giving Day.

    Tiger Giving Day is a 24-hour period in which students rally behind causes and organizations they believe in and are passionate about to raise funds in order to mconcourse.JPGeet their cause’s specific goal.

    Out of the 29 organizations represented through Tiger Giving Day, 20 of them not only met but exceeded their original fundraising goals. This is an outstanding record of success that makes a bold statement about the giving nature of the Auburn Family. 

    Student Government Association (SGA) Senator Mason Easterling had this to say about the event and what it says about Auburn University, “Tiger Giving Day shows the faithful support of the Auburn Family. It shows that alumni care about the future of the University, and the future of the students here in giving towards current programs. Rarely do you see so many people, not just big donors, etc., but regular people with a degree consistently give back to a university like the Auburn Family give back to Auburn."

    David Facteau, an Auburn University junior, echoed Easterling’s sentiment toward Tiger Giving Day stating, “Tiger Giving Day is just a very cool event and definitely epitomizes what it means to be a member of the Auburn Family. What you had on Tiger Giving Day was a large number of students donating their personal time and money to help others and support something to believe in. Things like that make you proud to be a part of the Auburn Family.”

    Mr. Facteau furthered his stance by speaking about the role alumni played in the event, “Tiger Giving Day also allows young alumni the opportunity to give back, and I think that shows so much about the Auburn Family that people have loved and cherished their time so much at Auburn that they are willing to donate right out of college to make Auburn a better place.”

    After speaking to a number of students on campus, all who knew of Tiger Giving Day had very positive things to say about it and strongly believe it should continue in the future.

    A picture is worth a thousand words, and Tiger Giving Day painted a crystal clear image of what it means to be a part of the Auburn Family, to have a spirit that is not afraid, and to be an Auburn Tiger.

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    Đây là loại bánh khá là độc đáo nó độc đáo ngay từ tên gọi đầu tiên. Bánh này được làm từ gạo và tiết lợn. Nhiều vị khách khi nghe quá món ăn này đều tỏ vẻ sợ hãi và từ chối chọn nhưng những ai đã vượt qua được những điều này sẽ cảm thấy đây là một món ăn ngon có một không hai và sẽ thật khó để có thể bỏ qua nó.

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  3. Post Season Numbers & Thoughts:

    • During the first 7 games of the season the Auburn defense allowed 5.88 yards per play during the first-half and 4.21 yards per play during the second-half. During the final 6 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 5.97 yards per play during the first-half and 6.76 yards per play during the second-half.

    • During the first 7 games of the season, 49.0% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It increased to 55.6% during the second half of games. During the last 6 games of the season, 43.7% of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense during the first-half, went for 2-yards or less. It decreased to 42.9% during the second half.

    • The top-5 play-makers on offense this season based on impact-plays were: Cameron Artis Payne (26), Duke Williams (22), Nick Marshall (20), Sammie Coates (14) and Quan Bray (12). Injuries to Williams and Coates took away from Auburn's explosiveness this season.

    • During the first 6 games of the season, Nick Marshall averaged 82.0 yards rushing per game on 6.6 yards per attempt. During the final 7 games of the season, Marshall averaged only 43.7 yards per rush on 3.9 yards per carry. The read-option was nowhere close to last season. During the final 7 games of the 2013 season, Marshall & Mason averaged 257.6 YPG on 6.09 YPC. During the final 7 games of 2014, Marshall & CAP combined for 179.3 YPG on 4.92 YPC.

    • Ricardo Louis is a player to watch for in 2015. With the departure of Sammie Coates, Auburn will need him to become a consistent playmaker. During the first 6 games of the season, Louis had 15 offensive touches for 118-yards. During the final 7 games of the season, Louis had 22 offensive touches for 353-yards. Of his 9 impact plays on the season, 7 came during the second-half of the season.

    • Duke Williams was No. 12 nationally in generating pass-receptions of 15-yards or more and Sammie Coates was No. 21. The Auburn offense simply wasn't the same without both healthy and on the field together.

    • During Auburn's 8 victories this season, the Tigers compiled a pass-rating of 157.1 on first-down and only 117.2 during their 5 defeats. From 1992-2014 Auburn has compiled a pass-rating of 136.0 on first-down and was only 134.9 in 2014. Of Auburn's 332 passes on the season, only 96 (28.6%) came on first down, which was dead last nationally. The national average was 37.9%, which means Nick Marshall was forced to throw more often when the opponent wanted him to, rather than when Malzahn wanted him to throw. I expect that percentage to change drastically with Jeremy Johnson at quarterback.

    • In terms of the game day report cards, the Auburn offense had a passing grade in 11 of 13 games, the defense 6 in 13 games and special teams, 7 of 13 games. Last season the offense had a passing grade in 12 of 14 games, the defense 7 of 14 games and special teams 13 of 14 games. Overall the offense improved to 74.9% from 74.6% in 2013. The defense dropped to 47.7% from 49.3% in 2013 and special teams took the biggest dive to 53.4% from 71.7% in 2013.

    • During the last 3 games of the season Auburn allowed 3.93 yards per rush during the first-half and 7.58 yards per attempt during the second-half.

    • How vital are impact plays? During Auburn's 73 scoring drives this season, 63 involved at least 1 play of 15-yards or more during the possession.

    • Last season the Auburn defense registered 32 sacks and 13 interceptions. This season despite only 20 sacks, Auburn intercepted 22 passes. One can only imagine how many picks Auburn could have totaled in 2014 with a more consistent pass-rush.

    • During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense forced a "3 & out", 45 percent of the time. During the final 8 games of the season, it dropped to only 18 percent.

    • During the first 5 games of the season, the Auburn defense allowed 24-yards per possession and a TD every 37.2 snaps. During the final 8 games of the season, the defense allowed 36-yards per possession and a TD every 16.6 snaps defended.

    • During the first 7 games of the season, Auburn scored 75 points from their opponent's turnovers. During the final 6 games of the season, Auburn scored only 24 points off of turnovers.

    • Rarely does a player find immediate success after making a position change at the collegiate level. Johnathan "Rudy" Ford moved to safety this season, finishing the year as Auburn's leading tackler with 93 stops. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 1 forced-fumble. Look for him to continue to grow into his position under Will Muschamp.

    • Rudy Ford was No. 14 in the SEC with 7.15 tackles per game. Cassanova McKinzy was No. 16 and Kris Frost was No. 17. McKinzy was also No. 14 in the SEC with 11 tackles for loss. Fifteen SEC defensive linemen had more tackles for loss than Auburn's leader, Montravius Adams (8).

    • Cameron Artis-Payne had some major shoes to fill, replacing Tre Mason. The senior RB, responded with an All-SEC season, leading the conference in rushing and No. 2 in rushing TD's. CAP's 123.7 yards per game was the 5th best average in school history. Cameron Artis-Payne was No. 15 nationally in yards per game.

    • Quarterback Nick Marshall improved his passer-rating from 143.2 in 2013 to 150.8. His 150.8 rating is the 4th highest rated performance among the 37 Auburn quarterbacks to attempt at least 150 passes during a season. His TD ratio of 1 every 14.6 attempts was 5th best in school history. Marshall was No. 33 in pass-efficiency during 2013, improving to No. 15 his senior year.

    • The Auburn offense finished No. 13 in run-offense and No. 9 in pass-efficiency offense. The Tigers were No. 17 in total-offense and No. 26 in scoring-offense.

    • Based on yards per game, yards per play, points per game, TD ratio and strength of schedule, the 2014 Auburn offense is No. 3 among the past 60 Auburn offensive units. The 2010 offense was No. 1 with a 213.5 rating, the 2013 offense was No. 2 with a 209.9 rating and the 2014 unit had a rating of 199.6.

    • From 1970-2014, Auburn has compiled a record of 204-6-0, when scoring at least 30 points during regulation. Four of the 6 losses have come during the past 2 seasons.

    • From 2009-2014 (79 games), Auburn has allowed 26 PPG, 398.3 YPG and 163.2 yards rushing per game. Of those 79 games, it includes 26 losses, where Auburn allowed 36 PPG, 446.5 YPG and 222.6 yards rushing per game. The second installment of Will Muschamp's defense cannot start soon enough.

    • The 2014 season marks the 12th time Auburn has closed a season with only 1 win during their last 5 games of the season since 1950. The Auburn coaching staff has their work cut out for them as Auburn followed up the previous 11 seasons with a win percentage of .622 the following year.

    • Looking at only FBS competition, Auburn's 2014 schedule ended up being the 6th most difficult in school history, minus the result of the "Auburn" game.

    • 10 of Auburn's 13 opponents this season (76.9%) were FBS programs that finished the season with a winning record. It was the 3rd highest percentage of winning opponents faced during a season from 1950-2014. The 1983 team holds the highest percentage (83.3%).

    • So what happened to the 2014 Auburn defense? During the first 5 games of the season, Auburn faced opponents that averaged 402.0 YPG, averaging 30.4 PPG. The Auburn defense held them to 24% below their yardage average and 53% below their scoring average. During their last 7 FBS games, Auburn faced offenses that averaged 463.3 YPG, while scoring 35.1 PPG. Auburn allowed those 7 teams to gain 5.5% more yardage than their average, while scoring 7.7% more than the opponent's average. In a nutshell, the competition was better during the second-half of the season, but Auburn's production percentages should not have collapsed as much as it did.

    Time to move onto 2015 and Happy New Year!

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    Facilities Management provides construction update

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    Hello everyone,

    I have returned safely from my trip to Kenya. The trip was an overwhelmingly amazing and humbling experience. The team consisted of OBGYN specialists, Dermatologists, Nurse anesthetists, nursing students, and this silly old veterinarian. Because there was one less surgical resident to the number of surgeons, I was able to scrub in on several surgeries to assist (special thanks to Ms. Kim for teaching me proper sterile technique). I also spayed/neutered the cats that were on the compound. But, the reason I am sending this email is to thank everyone who donated t-shirts for the kids. The amount of support I received leading up to the trip was outstanding and a true testament to the Auburn family. Special thanks to the Auburn Athletic department and Dr. Mary Boudreaux for donating a large amount of shirts. Also to the Continuing Education department (Kris Street) for donating a large number of shirts as well. Ms. Kaye Storey played a pivotal role as well as she collected shirts and kept them in her office leading up to the trip. The people of Kenya are exceptionally gracious for any type of help that you can provide to them. They experience joy from the smallest things, even a pen or pencil. So, to see those kids light up when we handed them new t-shirts with Auburn on them will be something I will never forget. Thanks again to everyone for helping me experience those kids and their gratitude.

    One quick story for you donkey lovers. I was talking to a man at the clinic after my spay/neuter procedures and he was just shocked that we would spend so much money and effort on a dog or a cat. "If they get sick, we just get another" he said. So, I assumed the obvious when it came to their cows (nom nom) but asked him what they did with their donkeys (they are everywhere). He said that they don't eat them (what i expected), but they give them a proper burial instead. And in the grave site, they put money as a thank you to the donkey for all its hard work during its life. To me, that was really touching considering they don't have much money anyway and their overall feelings towards animals isn't anything like it is here in America. So, if any of you have a special place in your heart for donkeys.. Kenya is the place for you!!

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    Bradley R. Venable, DVM

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    Fort Walton Beach, FL

  4. If you can't get enough news about Auburn, you don't have to wait for longer to read articles about football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and others. Here are 70 Twitter accounts that will make it easy to follow everything about Auburn and ensure you have the inside scoop on everything Auburn related. Enjoy!

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    Sports (20)

    1. @AUAthletics: Auburn Athletics Department

    2. @AUBGameday: Auburn Gameday - Event Updates

    3. @AUCompliance: Auburn Athletics Compliance Office

    4. @FootballAU: Football

    5. @AUBasketball: Men's Basketball

    6. @Auburnwbb: Women's Basketball

    7. @AUTigerBaseball: Baseball

    8. @AuburnTigersSB: Softball

    9. @AUTrack: Track & Field

    10. @AuburnSwimming: Swimming & Diving

    11. @AUMensGolf: Men's Golf

    12. @AUWomensGolf: Women's Golf

    13. @MensTennisAU: Men's Tennis

    14. @AUWomensTennis: Women's Tennis

    15. @AUVolleyball: Volleyball

    16. @AU_Soccer: Soccer

    17. @AUGYMNASTICS: Gymnastics

    18. @AubEquestrian: Equestrian

    19. @aucheerleading: Cheerleaders

    20. @AUMB: Marching Band

    Coaches (15)

    21. @CoachGusMalzahn: Gus Malzahn, Football Head Coach

    22. @rhettlashlee: Rhett Lashlee, Football Assistant Coach

    23. @CoachDCraig: Dameyune Craig, Football Assistant Coach

    24. @coachharbisonAU: Charlie Harbison, Football Assistant Coach

    25. @coachg76: Rodney Garner, Football Assistant Coach

    26. @au_coachmelvin: Melvin Smith, Football Assistant Coach

    27. @CoachJBGrimes: J.B. Grimes, Football Assistant Coach

    28. @CoachTimHorton: Tim Horton, Football Assistant Coach

    29. @CoachSFountain: Scott Fountain, Football Assistant Coach

    30. @CoachRussellAU: Ryan Russell, Strength & Conditioning Coach

    31. @CoachTonyBarbee: Tony Barbee, Men's Basketball Head Coach

    32. @CoachRyanMiller: Ryan Miller, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    33. @coach_G29: Sunny Golloway, Baseball Head Coach

    34. @CoachRalphSpry: Ralph Spry, Track & Field Head Coach

    35. @BrettHawke: Brett Hawke, Swimming & Diving Head Coach

    Writers (15)

    36. @AUGoldMine: Charles Goldberg, The Gold Mine (AuburnTigers)

    37. @PMARSHONAU: Phillip Marshall, Marshall Law (AuburnTigers)

    38. @BMatt247: Bryan Matthews, Auburn Undercover (247sports)

    39. @awpenny247: Austin W. Penny, Auburn Undercover (247sports)

    40. @JHokanson: Justin Hokanson, AuburnSports (Rivals)

    41. @JayGTate: Jay G. Tate, AuburnSports (Rivals)

    42. @Allie_Davison: Allie Davison, AuburnSports (Rivals)

    43. @ITATJason: Jason Caldwell, Inside the Auburn (Scout)

    44. @StephenAtk: Stephen Atkinson, Inside the Auburn (Scout)

    45. @AUBlog: Alex Byington, Auburn University Sports (Opelika-Auburn News)

    46. @Szvetitz: Mike Szvetitz, Auburn University Sports (Opelika-Auburn News)

    47. @JamesCrepea: James Crepea, Auburn Authority (Montgomery Advertiser)

    48. @wareagleextra: Ryan Black, War Eagle Extra (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

    49. @bmarcello: Brandon Marcello, The Auburn Beat (Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register and Huntsville Times)

    50. @JoelAEricksonAU: Joel A. Erickson, The Auburn Beat (Birmingham News, Mobile Press-Register and Huntsville Times)

    Sites (5)

    51. @AUFAMILY: AUFAMILY

    52. @Auburn247: Auburn Undercover

    53. @AuburnRivals: AuburnSports

    54. @ScoutAuburn: Scout Tigers

    55. @TrackemTigers: Track'em Tigers

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    blog-0524981001379003305.jpgThe 2013 Auburn Football season has started off with a "New Day" on the Plains. The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start with wins over an improved Washington State squad (that posted a win over then #25 USC at the Coliseum) and defending Sun Belt Conference Champion (and former Gus Malzahn led) Arkansas State.

    Both games showcased a glimpse of an improved Tiger football program that has the ability to not only sustain long drives but can also strike fast with both their running and passing game. The Tigers have over 600 yards rushing combined to open the season. The numbers in the passing game haven't caught up just yet, but you can see the possibilities on the field. Last week the connection to Sammie Coates ended a streak of missed opportunities down field from the week prior. As the season develops I expect to see more connections with targets in the passing game beyond 20 yards. Nick Marshall improved a good deal from week 1 to week 2, and now he has a chance to do it again in week 3 v/s Mississippi State. The Tigers are looking to break a losing streak in the SEC that dates back to 2011. I think it's time to put that "puppy" to rest.

    Saturday also marks the beginning of the "meaningful" season, if you will. While the Tigers desperately needed to start strong for various reasons, this Saturday's game against the Bulldogs is very, very important. Auburn will head into Baton Rouge next Saturday night to tangle with the Bayou Bengals, and they (LSU) appear to be the class of the SEC West early in the 2013 season. If Auburn wants to make a statement and build on momentum, it better take care of business this Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. And that is where we come in!

    I have noticed a quelling of intensity at times so far in the 2013 season inside the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare. I don't know if it's been the heat (it has been a hot, muggy start to the season but thank God for the night games) and all day tailgating or the hangover from 2012, but there's been a low key voice in the stadium to start the season. We've had some moments when the crowd was getting into the game, but overall it's been somewhat subdued, in my humble opinion. This Saturday I encourage the Auburn Family to be ready!!!! It's time we "Crank it Up" to a new level for the 2013 season. The weather forecast looks to be great for a night of loud and proud Auburn Football. A cold front is coming through the area Friday night, leaving the air much drier and cooler come kickoff on Saturday. I hope we are able to use this as fuel and "Bring It" when the Bulldogs (and their cowbell clad supporters) take the field. We need to be LOUD every time they go under center! We need to get behind the Tigers and let them know we have their back! We don't need a 12th man in Auburn…..because we have over 80,000 men and woman who can step into the game and make a difference for our team. When you get up Saturday morning and begin your preparations for a day on the Plains keep this in the back of your mind. Be ready to step into the game at kickoff and continue to fight all the way to the end of the fourth quarter. Let's get that SEC "monkey" off our backs and continue this climb back to where we know we belong! After all….it's SEC Football!

    War Eagle!

    AUTigerEMT

  5. blog-0638622001378952800.jpgNew Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn taught the Arkansas State Red Wolves a tough lesson this past week—he started their nine-game win streak, and he could end it as well. That is exactly what happened as Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers mauled his former team 38-9.

    The Red Wolves’ nine-game winning streak was the second-longest in the country, and eight of those wins came with Malzahn leading from the sidelines.

    Although the final score looks like complete domination, it was red-zone efficiency that was the difference in this game. Auburn gained 468 yards, but Arkansas State also produced 422 yards on 80 plays.

    Auburn scored on all five of its trips inside the Red Wolves' 20-yard line. Meanwhile, the Red Wolves were held out of the end zone despite reaching the red zone four times.

    So far this season, the Tigers have had a bend-but-don't-break approach on defense, and so far it has worked. The Tigers have not allowed an offensive touchdown in six-plus quarters.

    The running game continued to impress as the Tigers rushed for 301 yards Saturday. The three-headed monster of Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 241 of those 301 yards.

    Artis-Payne led the Tigers in rushing with 102 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Mason finished one yard short of the century mark with 99 yards rushing and also scored a touchdown. Grant, who had 144 yards in the opener, finished with 40 yards.

    The Tigers staff had to be impressed with the progression of JUCO transfer and starting quarterback Nick Marshall.

    Marshall finished the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, plus 53 yards rushing. Those two touchdown passes both came in the first half, and both showed the potential that the Auburn coaching staff sees in Marshall.

    The first was an 18-yard touchdown pass to freshman Marcus Davis, and the second was a perfect 68-yard touchdown strike to Sammie Coates.

    Both Marshall and the Auburn defense will need to continue their progression heading into Week 3 as they open up SEC play.

    The Tigers will square off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend with an opportunity to match their win total for all of 2012 in Week 3.

    Two games into the Malzahn-era, fans are once again chanting, “It's great to be a Auburn Tiger.”

  6. blog-0495617001347666088.jpgI tried to sit down and write my traditional Tails From the Road. It's always harder after a loss. My original plan was to have my buddy Ash (QuackVader) write his trip summary, and I write mine. He completed his first. As I sat down and read it, I was challenged to find a different angle. Instead of "rewriting" the wheel, he has given me permission to share his story about his first trip to Starkville. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did.

    Ash Tales: From the nosebleeds of Starkville

    It’s taken me a few days to get to the point where I can rationally discuss my trip to Starkville last weekend. JP, Abe, and I braved the elements and the early morning kickoff to support our team on their first SEC road venture, but despite the teams efforts we came away losers. My hope is that this column will be a weekly thing but we’ll see how interesting the article will be when I’m sitting around in my living room watching the game instead of traveling.

    Despite my loyalty to the Auburn Tigers I’ve never been much of a traveling ‘regular season’ fan. I’ve seen countless games in Auburn but other than a trek over to Athens and Tuscaloosa while I was covering the games for my ‘job’ at WEGL FM during college I haven’t seen many of our opponents’ home turfs. JP and Abe on the other hand are old hats at traveling to away games and assured me that Starkville was an easily accomplished over and back so I bought in and away we went.

    Few things are as loathsome as a 5:30 alarm clock on Saturday, but I managed to stumble my way out of bed and downing a tall boy of Red Bull as I climbed into my truck I headed out to meet JP and Abe at our predetermined spot. My truck is more of a gallons per mile and not mpg so we piled into the JP’s ‘Tiger Tail-less Car’™ and hit the road.

    Heading west till we smelled it, and then going south till we stepped in it, we found ourselves in Tuscaloosa. Surprisingly there wasn’t much gameday activity going on at 6:30am and we held our noses and zipped through as fast as we could. The drive went quick and after a quick breakfast stop we found ourselves in Starkville.

    Now JP assures me that Starkville used to be an ugly truckstop of a town with little to no visual appeal. I think his exact description was that it looked like ‘the generic NCAA Football 2010 stadium’ but even he admitted that whatever beautification they’d undergone recently was impressive.

    The first thing I noticed about Starkville from the entrance in which we came was that there weren’t cars everywhere. Their stadium seats just under 56k and it looked to be mostly full come kickoff, but their campus wasn’t overrun with cars. Auburn during a game day is an awful time to get a feel for the ‘beauty’ of the campus, as it’s so overrun with cars parked everywhere, but this was actually really scenic even with all the tailgating we saw.

    This leads me to the second point, covered tailgating. I don’t know much about their tailgating setup and who gets to set up where, but there was covered tailgating everywhere and they were all stacked side by side for as far as you can see. Auburn has some organized covered tailgating but they weren’t stacked as close as the MSU crowd.

    photo-2-1024x768.jpg Not a great example of bunched up tailgating, but you can see some of it.

    In regards to the MSU crowd, they were much more polite than I had braced myself for. I expected cowbells in the face and especially on the walk of shame after the game but they were, other than 1 or 2 people, really polite and hospitable. The fans behind us in the stands weren’t overly obnoxious and for the most part followed their cowbell etiquette. We learned some about their tradition and hand painting their cowbells, and for the most part got in and out of there without any huge issues.

    Their stadium isn't huge, but we stopped and looked at a presentation of what they plan do do with the expansion and enclosing one of their end zones and it's very nice. The seats even in the nosebleeds were very good and you felt pretty close to the action. Their main scoreboard sound needs an upgrade as it was pretty distorted at time. Their concession stands were organized and moved quickly and it was pretty easy to get in/out and they had Dreamland BBQ nachos, which is always a plus.

    I would recommend a Starkville trip to any fan base considering it. I imagine if it wasn’t an 11:00am game their fans would have had more time to get ramped up so maybe this was a situational trip that isn’t representative of the real experience. But given the amount of mistreatment I’ve seen at times from fans in Auburn this was a really enjoyable trip minus the final outcome.

    If you’ve been to Starkville before or have some stories of your own about Mississippi State we’d love to hear them. Drop a comment or check out our Facebook page and leave your story over there. Also if you haven’t seen this week’s predictions be sure to go and check them out HERE. If you wonder what Auburn's loss in Starkville means for their season check out my revised outlook HERE. See you next week with my tale.

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    blog-0481172001344460541.jpgAugust 8th, 2012

    Yesterday I received word that the oaks at Toomers Corner were going to be pruned today to protect the safety of everyone who walks underneath their wilting foliage. I decided to drive over from my office and get one last set of pictures of our beloved oaks before they were changed forever. Even as the rain fell down on their outstretched arms to the heavens, I couldn't help but think back to this time in 2010. The trees were full of color and shade cast down on those who strode below to cast an eye on the sacred entrance of Auburn University. The Eagles stood proud and ready to greet their beloved. Sure, the oaks had seen their share of trauma, and the scars proved that even they were open to injury. Even so, the trees stood tall and strong as a symbol of strength and character. The Auburn Family made no bones about it....this is one of the most sacred monuments on campus. It is where happiness and sorrow brought the family together. Wins over a rival, championships won, and sometimes a place memorialize those who had gone on to be with the angels. No one knew what was coming. A climb up the mountain of championship dreams.....and a reminder of what life can deal in the midst of such happiness.

    We, the Auburn Family, dealt with some very vile attacks during that season. It should have been one for the ages. Instead, it was one advancing our age. After the football team held on to beat Missippi State on the road by 3 pts, Clemson in OT after a missed FG by the cousin from Carolina, a win over Spurrier and the Gamecocks late in the 4th quarter, Kentucky in a game where Cam Newton began his ascent, Arkansas in an offensive shootout plagued by turnovers, and LSU with a massive running attack led by a 6-6 Jr. College transfer out of nowhere, Auburn found itself on the verge of something it hadn't seen since 2004, and even more since 1957. You would think we'd be happy as ever, but accusations from sources outside our control made for one of the rockiest championship runs in the history of college football. The media, in a frenzy that makes a shark rethink it's mode of operation, went into hyperdrive. On the heels of a BCS National Championship, the Tide Nation went ALL OUT to host every hope that Auburn would be found guilty of misconduct by the NCAA over the recruitment of one Cam Newton, even though Mississippi State had blood on their hands.....not Auburn. Right in the middle of a Tiger Storm across the SEC, here was a chance to change the boundaries and squash the hopes and dreams of a rival in the midst of greatness. As we know now, this too, came to pass. But in the end, the deed was done. The Auburn Family would take every blow, only to rise up and hold to the dream of Glendale and a National Championship.

    As the season wore on, it became brutally honest to the mindless that Auburn was cheating, and that no matter what happened, they would lose their season of dreams. Auburn pressed on, taking their plow line to Ole Miss, Chattanooga, and the Dawgs. This all led to a date which will live in Hot Pink (and most of all, Auburn History) infamy.....D-Day, I mean...IRON BOWL 2010. Take the money and run, son of a preachers man, cheater, etc. You name it, they spewed it. From the PA pregame to the tailgate, Auburn was against the dirt road nation, the trailer park nation, the count twice and multiply once....nation......and of course, the Tide Nation as a whole (Every nation has it's tribes). Down 24-0 in the second quarter, the Tigers began a march across Bryant-Denny Stadium that had never been done before. A strip of Mark Ingram heading in for a score and a forced fumble of McElroy by Nick Fairley kept the Tigers on the hunt and in the game. Auburn scored prior to halftime to make it 24-7. The Tigers created a fury of momentum in the third with a TD pass on their first series to make it 24-14, and even after a mishandled punt and a Bama FG, the Tigers recaptured the mo-jo and scored the final 14 points to knock out the Tide (and McElroy) 28-27 in the largest comeback in Iron Bowl History. We all know this, but this is where it starts to get ugly.

    Later in the week, after Auburn had beaten South Carolina to punch a ticket to the National Title game, a man by the handle of Al from Dadeville (aka. Harvey Updyke) called into the Paul Finescum, I mean Finebaum show to report that he had poisoned the Toomer Oaks in retaliation for the actions of an Auburn fan (no one knows if it was a scam or an actual act of "disrespect") the night prior to the Iron Bowl (in his words, someone placed a "SCam" Newton Jersey on the statue of Paul "Bear" Bryant outside the stadium). In reality, he was upset Auburn had come back to beat his mighty Tide, in front of the whole world on National T.V., from the dead and then go on to win the SEC the next week. He had become so delusional that he drove down to Auburn and poisoned our prized oaks in the name of "fairness" (this is a guy who was once a Texas State Trooper, mind you....and even named his kids Allie Bama and Bahr). After confirmation by the university, Auburn's magestic oaks had been poisoned by Spike 80 DF, and it was a matter of time before we would see what would come to pass. Once again, another punch in the mouth during a season to remember.

    This leads me to where we are today and why I am bringing this up after so long. During the last 150 plus years, Auburn University and the Auburn Family have been through Civil War, Great Depressions, World Wars, Civil Rights, annual disaster, and daily wear. Yet, we stand tall as ever in the face of it all. The Creed bears witness to what is good about us, as a family, and as a university. It's not just the Alumni who have fortune, through hard work, to walk across the platform and shake the hand of a sitting president. It's not just the championships by various sport or the achievement of acedemic success and research. It's the pulse of who we are, what we represent, and most importantly....what we deliver to our common man or woman. We are the soil that sits below us, the air the rises above us, and the foundation that makes up who we become. We are the Auburn Family! And while the trees that we all love and cherish appear to be waning to a bitter end, the makeup of who we are lives on in all of us. We believe! We not only believe, but we KNOW! The Auburn Family is special! We prove it every day, and while we aren't perfect, we are who we say we are. The Creed lives on, and so will the spirit that leads us to the corner after a big win!

    WAR EAGLE!

    AUTIGEREMT

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    Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the War Eagle Web Log! This blog is made to be an open forum for the Auburn Family to blog. Six message board members (me included) all volunteered to be founding contributors. This blog was kicked off back in mid-October, and to this date, no one has put in a blog entry. I kept coming here looking to see if any of the other founders had managed to make their mark on the blog. I had hoped I'd be one of many peppering in microblog after microblog in a once-per-every-two-weeks level of frequency. However, it appears all of our prestigious founders are having difficulty overcoming their writer's block over the last month. So, I guess its up to me. I'm here to break the ice.

    Here's what you'll be getting from an AURainman blog entry. There are many great AU blogs out there that are great at breaking down X's, O's, YPC's, TFL's, etc. I am not that guy. I like those angles. I like their analysis, but I can't even begin to compete with those guys. I'll make some attempts to sound football-smart, but you should all know, I'm not. Instead, when you read my blogs, you'll simply get a taste of how I experience Auburn. Auburn the team(s), Auburn the school, and Auburn the city. I hope you'll enjoy it.

    You'll need to know my background to know why I do what I do.

    My background:

    • I was born in the 80's. I grew up with Nintendo, and Super Mario is my homeboy. I own an Xbox today, mainly so I can play NCAA football (and maybe Call of Duty).
    • My parents raised me Auburn. They went to Auburn and sent all of their kids to Auburn.
    • My High School is a prominent one in Birmingham. My pro-Auburn will always trump my anti-Bama, but my anti-Bama is strong. It was forged in the fires of the Bama stronghold that is Birmingham.
    • I graduated from Auburn University with an Engineering degree.
    • I have a job close to Auburn, so I have the privilege of living in Auburn after as an adult, too.
    • I married an Auburn woman. She refuses to even utter the words R___ T___. I have two awesome kids. My first son's first word was "touchdown." That is not a lie.

    So that's me.

    Well, I've done it. I've slayed the mighty "blank page" that causes such consternation among writers.

    Here's to hoping that will free up a flow of future blogs.

  7. Guys and Gals:

    It is with great pleasure I announce another new contributor to our community, JP, member of the Tiger Tail Team. JP (aka "Mr. Blue"), will soon be bringing the stories from "three wild and crazy Auburn fans driving an iconic van all across SEC country" to AUFAMILY.

    Not familiar with the Tiger Tail Team? Are you sure? I bet you may recognize this...

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    Background...

    The Tiger Tail Team was the creation of a couple of friends in the early nineties who bought a van, dressed her up and took her to all the games. As time went on and the tradition grew, a tail, elaborate paint jobs, and a sound system were added. After 18 long, but successful years the original Tiger Tail Team decided that it was time to pass on the tradition to a younger, but just as dedicated group. A new Tiger Tail Team was formed out of three friends who had already begun venturing to away games as a group. This is our first year of driving the van as our Auburn forefathers have passed on the tradition. It is our plan to carry on their tradition and expand it like never before!

    So what does this mean?

    It means you get to come along for the ride each week! ... Stay tuned for their weekly feature 'Tails From The Road' which will be published on our soon-to-be launched blog!

    Again, our community has always been for AU people, about AU people, and by AU people. And it makes perfect sense that JP and the Tiger Tail Team are now a part of it -- Welcome and War Eagle!

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