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  1. Probably the most significant one was Henry Love in 1988. He was a 5-star RB who was in the same conversation of a Bo Jackson type of back because of his size and speed. He and Harry Mose gave up football because of neck injuries.
  2. Casinious Moore of Anniston, Alabama, was a highly touted running back signed during Tommy Tuberville’s first recruiting class in 1999. Jeff Whitaker’s Recruiting Publication rated Moore at 9.75 out of a possible ten rating. He was a three-sport star athlete in high school, playing football, basketball, and track. As a junior, he rushed for over 1900-yards and 22 touchdowns but suffered a knee injury during his senior year in high school. He was named Mr. Football by Alabama Football Illustrated. Casinious Moore rushed for 4168-yards and 48 touchdowns, averaging over 11-yards per rush in high school. As a senior, he rushed for over 1000-yards, adding 535-yards receiving. For his performance, he was named a Blue Chip All-American. Virtually every major program in the south recruited Moore, and he chose Auburn over Arkansas and Florida. He was a good student and Vice President of his senior class. After signing with Auburn, Moore redshirted the 1999 season, still recovering from his knee injury. He saw limited action during the 2000 season as a backup to Rudi Johnson. 2001 would be his finest hour as Moore started five games over Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. He totaled 669-yards on 120 offensive touches, scoring four touchdowns. He displayed great patients as a runner, able to see and anticipate an opening to burst through. His vision and tremendous footwork allowed him to avoid the first defender on most occasions. His running style reminded me of Emmitt Smith, Michael Dyer, and shades of Rudi Johnson. When healthy, he could burst through a gap, but he also possessed the patients to glide behind the line until he could expose a crease. This highlight video displays these abilities that made him a very good running back. Unfortunately for Casinious Moore, he was rarely healthy, struggling to overcome his leg injuries. Before the 2002 season, he decided to give up football but remained at Auburn to obtain his degree. During the 2001 season, he proved he could compete successfully at the collegiate level, but health issues limited his opportunity.
  3. Glad you liked it. I remember Spurrier commenting on how Cam looked so relaxed in warmups. He said he knew it was going to be a long day.
  4. In this week’s final Auburn Flashback, I elected to stay with the 2010 Auburn Tigers. During the season, Auburn advanced to the Southeastern Conference Championship on December 4, 2010. Auburn squared off with the 9-3 South Carolina Gamecocks in a rematch from the regular season. The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 35-27 during their initial meeting, nearly two months earlier. Some college football analysts believed the rematch might favor the Gamecocks based on the theory of having the “revenge” factor and the fact that the first meeting was a very close football game, played at Jordan-Hare. Auburn's theme leading up to the championship game was getting off to a quick start and playing a complete game. Coach Gene Chizik conveyed to the team that they were sixty minutes from achieving greatness as well as a conference title. To their credit, the players took it upon themselves to play their best game of the year. Shortly before the kickoff, it was apparent that Coach Chizik was confident his team would perform well when he spoke with the sideline reporter. What Auburn fans witnessed on December 4, 2010, was perhaps the most dominating performance by any team in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Auburn’s 39-point victory remains the largest margin of victory in the history of the championship game. The offense was one of the best in the country that year, but the defense finally delivered a championship performance against a quality team. Auburn would go onto win the National Championship, but their rematch against South Carolina was their most impressive victory in 2010.
  5. Prayer lifted for your mother.
  6. Glad you like them. They have been fun to make for the memories but it does take work, especially on the career highlight videos.
  7. He made the sliding catch at the sideline from Cam, who threw the football as he was going out of bounds.
  8. Most championship teams will have at least one game that could have derailed their season. During the 2010 season, Auburn went undefeated but had six games decided by seven points or less. Often it is team chemistry that provides the competitive edge to dig down deep at critical moments of a game. Cam Newton was undoubtedly the primary component of Auburn’s championship run during the 2010 season, but other players rose to the occasion. The 2010 Kentucky game is often overlooked likely because Kentucky is not a rival in football, and there is no history of significant showdowns with the Wildcats on the gridiron. On October 9, 2010, Auburn traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to face a 3-2 Wildcat squad. Auburn was a heavy favorite and performed that way early on during the contest. To their credit, the Wildcats rallied and made a game of it but Auburn stepped up when it counted the most. With under eight minutes to play, Kentucky tied the game at 34-34. On the ensuing kickoff, Auburn nearly faced disaster when the Tigers botched what appeared to be a reverse-return set up for Terrell Zachery. Fortunately for Auburn, Zachery recovered the football inside the Auburn 7-yard line. Had Kentucky recovered and scored, it could have dashed Auburn’s opportunity for a National Championship. This Auburn Flashback documents Auburn’s incredible game-winning drive, which consisted of 18 offensive snaps and 86-yards. The 18 snaps were broken down to 15 run plays and three pass attempts. Cam Newton carried the football eleven times during the drive. With only a few seconds on the clock, Wes Byrum kicked the game-winning field goal, keeping the Auburn Tigers undefeated. It would not be his last game-winning kick that season. Because Auburn competed in so many close games during 2010, the Kentucky game won't receive the recognition it deserves.
  9. Entering the 2014 Auburn-LSU game, Auburn had lost 6 of the last seven meetings against LSU. The Auburn Tigers were the defending SEC Champions currently 16-2 under Gus Malzahn in his second season at Auburn and ranked No. 5 in the country. LSU came into the contest ranked No. 15 with a 4-1 record on the season. Before 2014, this game decided who would win the West in 7 of the last 11 meetings, making it a pivotal showdown in the West. The Auburn Tigers played its best game of the season, crushing LSU, 41-7. Auburn outgained LSU with 566-yards of total offense to LSU’s 280-yards. The hometown Tigers picked up 25 first downs while holding LSU to 13. Les Mile’s offense struggled with a new starting quarterback, failing to convert any of their 13 third-down situations. Nick Marshall had 326-yards of total offense and was responsible for four touchdowns. Cameron Artis-Payne totaled 161-yards of total offense, and Sammie Coates had 144-yards receiving. The Auburn Tigers played their most complete game of the season, dominating in all three phases of the game. The victory kept Auburn in the National Championship discussion for a week but was upset the following week on the road in Starkville, Mississippi. The 2014 Auburn Tigers managed to win two more games after losing to Mississippi State, holding a 7-1 record in the Texas A&M game. Auburn would lose four of their last five games as the defense suffered a mid-season collapse. After allowing 307-yards and 14 points per game during the first five games of the season, the Tigers allowed 457-yards 34 points per game during the final eight games.
  10. Sherrill was likely getting payback for being passed over for the Auburn job in 1981.
  11. Yep... Coach Dye made some major staff changes after that game.
  12. I just made that same comment to someone... LOL I actually hoped for Seth and Tank.
  13. Heart goes out to you and your family. Continuing prayers for James.