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  1. Auburn's running game progressively became worse, averaging only 80.5 yards per game from 1997-1999 and 2.4 yards per attempt. Johnson would become a savior for Auburn's running game woes, recording a school record of ten 100-yard rushing performances during the 2000 season. His efforts on the field was a primary reason the Tigers won the SEC-West, making it to the SEC Championship game. From 1997-1999 Auburn's running backs combined for an average of 9.7 impact plays (15+ yards) per season. Rudi Johnson compiled 21 such plays during his one season on the Plains. With Johnson, there was a return of a "physical edge" to the football team, something the Tigers lacked on offense during the three seasons before he arrived. He lacked speed, but his low center of gravity and physical build made him a difficult target to bring down. Rudi Johnson made the most of his one season at Auburn and was named All-SEC during the 2000 season. He was later named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and finished #10 in the Heisman vote. His success at the collegiate level resulted in a 4th round draft selection by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he found great success during his first five seasons as a professional.
  2. Carnell "Cadillac" Williams was a highly touted running back coming out of high school as Tommy Tuberville's staff convinced him to sign with Auburn rather than Tennessee. He suffered injuries during his first two seasons (2001-2002), or he would have likely registered four 1000-yard seasons as an Auburn Tiger. He was All-SEC his final two seasons and an All-American his senior year. He left Auburn as the Tigers second all-time leading rusher and established a record for most career touchdowns. Though he was a gifted athlete, his strongest asset as a running back was his ability to make the first defender miss the tackle. He possessed amazing footwork, and his lateral jump cut often resulted in the opposition chasing his shadow. He ran the ball as if it were the last one of his career. Should he apply the same work ethic and effort as a coach as he did as a player, his coaching career should be successful. His excitement and respect for the game are already rubbing off on the players, and his love for Auburn will be a strong selling point in recruiting.
  3. I appreciate and respect everything Craig accomplished at Auburn as a player and coach but he has never called a game as an OC at the collegiate level. I do hope he receives an opportunity to be an actual "play-calling" OC down the road.
  4. Dameyune Craig brought a new brand of excitement to the Auburn quarterback position and was thrilling to watch. Playing from 1994-1997, Craig was not the starter until his final two seasons. Unfortunately for Craig, the running game dwindled during his tenure as the starter, but he still managed to guide Auburn to the 1997 SEC Championship Game. Craig was an amazing talent, and a real competitor needed to be successful. I can only imagine what he might have accomplished had he played in Gus Malzahn's offense. The 1997 football team had everything but a running game, with a 10-0 record with 100 yards rushing and 0-3 when held to under 100 yards rushing. Auburn's collapse during 1998 (3-8) without Craig is a testament to what Dameyune Craig meant to the Auburn offense during the 1997 season.
  5. By request, a subscriber asked for a video production related to Auburn's 2019 schedule. Auburn has the horses to make a run for a conference title but the schedule could become too much to overcome. Auburn must perform well on the road for any hope for special season.
  6. Continuing the historical videos of Auburn quarterbacks, the latest feature covers the career of Reggie Slack (1986-1989). Most of you all know he was a two-year starter during the 1988 and 1989 seasons when Auburn captured back-to-back SEC Championships. Slack was a raw quarterback when he arrived at Auburn, averaging about six pass attempts per game in high school. Like Jeff Burger, Reggie Slack prospered under quarterback coach Pat Sullivan. Producing videos of Burger and Slack, it was interesting to observe the similarity in passing mechanics by both quarterbacks. It was evident both quarterbacks were coached well under Pat Sullivan. It feels like yesterday, I was watching Burger and Slack play at Auburn yet it was over 30 years ago. Lots of fond memories of the late 80's under Coach Pat Dye. For the younger crowd who did not witness Reggie Slack play at Auburn, I hope this video project gives you a better idea why older Auburn fans highly regard Slack. Except for a few clips of a couple of plays, there are no actual highlight videos of Reggie Slack on the Internet.
  7. How great the opportunity to see the son of Patrick Nix, playing the very same position his father made history. Nearly 25 years ago we witnessed Bo's father playing his senior year at Auburn, finishing his two-year reign as the starting quarterback. Patrick Nix carried the torch of successful quarterback play, revived by Jeff Burger in 1986. Auburn was fortunate to have an extended period of multiple quarterbacks, who led Auburn to success on the football field. This string of success included the performance of Patrick Nix during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
  8. Turnovers killed us that day.
  9. From 1972-1985, Auburn averaged slightly over 92 yards passing per game. After the 1985 season, Coach Pat Dye hired Pat Sullivan to coach the quarterbacks. Under Sullivan's guidance, Jeff Burger prospered into an All-SEC performer. He was a top-10 passer his senior year as he led Auburn to another SEC Championship season.
  10. This is Part 4 of my 4-part series on the Iron Bowl since 1981. Featured in this production are the 2010, 2013 and 2017 Iron Bowls under Chizik and Malzahn. No slight to Coach Malzahn but I wish Gene Chizik could have recognized his mistakes at the time. He was a really good person and I thought he did a great job of handling the Cam Newton garbage, while keeping the team focused to play.
  11. He had to replace a legend and did so by becoming one himself. Life is so precious and my heart goes out to Rod and Paula as well as their family and friends. Rod's voice much like Jim Fyffe, will never be forgotten.
  12. I have always been a big fan of Nick Marshall, but compiling the footage and data for this video made me appreciate him even more. Just image what Auburn could have accomplished during 2013 and 2014 with the defenses Auburn has possessed the past two seasons under Kevin Steele. Auburn scored at least 30 points during 22 of their 27 games from 2013-2014 but lost 4 of those games. With a better defense, Auburn is 24-3 rather than 20-7 and would have likely defeated FSU in the National Championship game. Nick Marshall was an impressive athlete who shined at the quarterback position in Gus Malzahn's offense. The mere fact Malzahn built his offense around Marshall is a testament to what kind of player Marshall was at Auburn. His calm demeanor was always refreshing as he rarely appeared to be rattled under any circumstance. Marshall was never too high and was never too low. He was the type of player in the neighborhood everyone would pick first to be on their team. He was a leader by example and always wanted the football in his hands when the game was on the line. I believe he lived for such moments and his overall career at Auburn verifies it. Hope you all enjoy the video...
  13. During Bowden’s time at Auburn, not one of his RB’s signed ever rushed for over 500 yards in one season.