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Recent article by Phillip Marshall.  There has been some buzz about the pitchers but as mentioned at the end of the article, Denver Bryant is an interesting player.  I hope we will be able to play some form of fall ball and get an early read on the team.

https://247sports.com/college/auburn/Article/Dean-Auburn-softball-ready-to-compete-at-the-highest-level-148230750/

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Recent article by Phillip Marshall.  There has been some buzz about the pitchers but as mentioned at the end of the article, Denver Bryant is an interesting player.  I hope we will be able to play som

I would say Horton was anything but a walk-on.  She was basically a starter beginning her freshman year and by the end of her junior year (2019) was selected as all SEC defensive player.  She did not

There is a 7 second video on the AU softball twitter page from practice today.  Something I read earlier indicated they would break down practices into small groups which looks to be the case.  Most i

As part of a 6/19/2020 "article" by Jason Caldwell, he was asked to comment about next years potential  lineup.  Some of his projections surprised me which I have in quotes  "I think you’re correct about Denver Bryant. I think Makenna Dowell did a solid job there this year, but I believe Bryant’s upside is going to be extremely high. I would probably put Abby Tissier behind the plate with Justus Perry at first. Maybe Dowell at second, Bryant at short and Tannon Snow at third. In the outfield I could see Paige Geraghty being another true freshman who plays along with classmate Kelsey Schmidt. Both could get into the lineup with Alyssa Rivera in the outfield. If they’re not in the lineup one could be the designated player for this team."  My main question has to do with the two freshmen in the outfield especially since we now have two well experienced upperclassman with Tyler King and recent transfer Kaylee Horton.  I know these freshmen have very good credentials but that would be a bold projection not having seen them on the college diamond.  I may be overreading since he says "both could into the lineup", but I believe King and Horton are quality players with lots of college experience.

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I agree. He brought 2 transfers in to play not sit. Especially Horton who is a great defensive OF and if  I remember she led her team in the regionals so she has experience IN the SEC and playoffs.

Tyler King is your prototypical leadoff hitter or falls to last with her type of hitting. 

Hard for freshmen to take over....at least at the start of the season. 

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Agree in general with the thoughts above, but note several players have come in and started as freshmen; Kasey Cooper, Carlee Wallace, Rivera, Taylon Snow.  Taylon may be the only one who was a Day 1 starter.  However it turns out, I'm getting pumped for the 2021 season.

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21 hours ago, slot canyon said:

Was her wanting a transfer connected in anyway to the firing/resigning of her Ole Miss coach after allegations of not honoring a walk-on's wish for scholarship money? It seems the parents got involved in trying to get back at the HC. It got pretty nasty reading about it last year.

Just wondering if Horton was the walk-on or she left bc her HC that probably recruited her had resigned last year and she wanted out going into her last year.

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16 hours ago, steeleagle said:

Was her wanting a transfer connected in anyway to the firing/resigning of her Ole Miss coach after allegations of not honoring a walk-on's wish for scholarship money? It seems the parents got involved in trying to get back at the HC. It got pretty nasty reading about it last year.

Just wondering if Horton was the walk-on or she left bc her HC that probably recruited her had resigned last year and she wanted out going into her last year.

I would say Horton was anything but a walk-on.  She was basically a starter beginning her freshman year and by the end of her junior year (2019) was selected as all SEC defensive player.  She did not express any negativity about her prior team experience, just that it was time to move on.  AU is probably glad to have her.  Not every day you get a transfer of her caliber. 

This article from Softball America provides some insight into the drama:  https://www.softballamerica.com/stories/mike-smiths-ole-miss-resignation-called-witch-hunt-travesty/

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There is a 7 second video on the AU softball twitter page from practice today.  Something I read earlier indicated they would break down practices into small groups which looks to be the case.  Most interesting was seeing the AU dugout down 1st base line and the indoor practice facility just beyond for convenient access.

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NCAA granted every player an extra year of eligibility.  I have heard that Auburn will honor scholarships for all but the NCAA has to rule on whether to allow schools to increase the number of players on their roster to accommodate for the extra players.  For the 2021 season, the NCAA expanded roster sizes and I am hopeful that they would do the same for all the players that lost a year due to Covid and not just the 2020 seniors..

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Today saw reference to a podcast series called Out of the Box.  It is hosted by the two Bama softball radio broadcasters.  They are currently doing a "softball media day" series interviewing SEC coaches about 2021 season.   Recently completed interview with HC's from Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee.  I did not listen to the entire 1hr 46 min podcast but listened to the last 5 minutes and they are doing 3 more SEC teams Dec 4, which will include Mickey Dean.  I do not know the time of the broadcast but you can go to their site and listen after it has aired.  The other program coaches on the second podcast will be Missouri and Mississippi State.  

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On 11/23/2020 at 11:41 AM, slot canyon said:

 

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All-white has been a team-favorite for years now, usually paired with white belts & socks. This look will be slightly different for the upcoming season with new orange belts & socks.

Storm troopers!

I'm ready for some softball. Regarding the OP, that Denver Bryant young lady is from my neck of the woods. I never would have imagined that school producing D-1 softball talent. I'm ready to cheer her on!

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On 12/4/2020 at 9:07 PM, AU1947 said:

My understanding from a players dad is they ALL got the year back. Don't think you can go by what they show on the roster and some may have chosen not to take it....

That's my understanding, across all sports. While justified, this decision is going to force major changes in roster allowances, recruiting, on and on. Also, some players eligible for this "free year" may not choose to use it. I was sick of school after five years and wanted to move on.

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23 hours ago, Mikey said:

That's my understanding, across all sports. While justified, this decision is going to force major changes in roster allowances, recruiting, on and on. Also, some players eligible for this "free year" may not choose to use it. I was sick of school after five years and wanted to move on.

Yep.  I notice that Abby Tissier did not even take her redshirt year she had coming.  She missed the 2019 season due to injury, but is now listed as a senior.  Seems like she's hardly played at all.  Incidentally, the roster page now has new photos posted.

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12 hours ago, Hspoprn said:

A bit off topic, but has a schedule for 2021 been finalized ?

I don't believe the SEC has even provided a date for the start of team competition for softball for 2021.  Last year the schedule was announced late November.  COVID seems to have us in a holding pattern and cases expected to increase in the near term.

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