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August 23, 2013

4 at 4: Links to help the day pass by

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — We’re on Day 1 of a two-day hiatus from media availability with Auburn’s players and coaches.

We have to fill in the gap somehow, so here are a few links for everyone to read before you head off for the weekend.

1. If you didn’t get a chance to read it earlier this week, Phillip Marshall of AuburnTigers.com traveled to Wilcox County, Ga., the home of Auburn’s new starting quarterback, Nick Marshall. (Of course, the writer and quarterback are not related.) A lot of great background info on the Tigers’ signal-caller here.

graphics42. Give yourselves a pat on the back, Tiger fans: Yahoo! named Auburn the top school in the country for tailgating Friday. The site had three other SEC schools — Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU — holding down spots in its top five. Sounds pretty similar to the BCS rankings, doesn’t it? (And yes, I know this article isn’t the be-all, end-all of tailgating rankings, as fans of other teams who didn’t make the list — or those that didn’t land higher — are vehemently disagreeing with this poll. Still, somebody has to be No. 1, and here, the Tigers took the title.)

3. Auburn is far from the only team in the Southeastern Conference dealing with transfers. The Tigers have already seen two players safety Demetruce McNeal and tight end Ricky Parks move on to other schools since fall camp began.

At Texas A&M, redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Davis, one of Johnny Manziel’s backups, announced Thursday he has decided to ply his trade elsewhere. Alabama will be down one player on offense, too, as wide receiver Marvin Shinn is heading to South Alabama. Interestingly, he’s the second former Crimson Tide wideout to transfer to South Alabama recently, joining Danny Woodson Jr.

4. Once more, we’ll end on a clip of a classic Auburn game. Scott Scroggins, a statistician in Auburn’s athletic department, has continued his countdown to the 2013 season opener, now just eight days away. Eight also happened to be the yardage on Patrick Nix’s touchdown pass to Frank Sanders against Florida in 1994, which lifted the Tigers to a 36-33 victory over the top-ranked Gators.

(One note: This video is quite long, running more than 41 minutes. But if you need a help for your football fix, this should do the trick.)

(Another note: This game took place on my fifth birthday: Oct. 15, 1994. No, I can’t say I remember it — the game or what happened on that particular birthday. I might have gone to a Discovery Zone, though, for those who might have visited those kid-centric places.)

Anyway, the video of Auburn’s upset of Florida is below.

4 Comments

  1. …..That 1994 UF game is INDELIBLY stamped in my mind! I had two toddlers and my wife taking naps that afternoon, as I watched that game on eggshells. The naps did not survive that TD pass at the end!

    …..We did help Steve Spurrier learn not to throw deep with a lead late, with that game.

    …..Been enjoying the coverage this camp. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Acid Reign — August 23, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

  2. I’d almost forgotten how good and exciting those early Bowden teams were. I hope one day that he is remembered for the great Auburn teams that he coached.

    Comment by Scrambledog — August 23, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Scrambledog: I’ll admit, it sometimes seems to me that the great things Bowden accomplished in his early years are obscured by the dismal way his career on the Plains ended. –RB

    Comment by Ryan Black — August 23, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

  4. Acid: That’s a great story. And glad you’ve enjoyed it thus far.

    Thanks for reading. –RB

    Comment by Ryan Black — August 23, 2013 @ 11:37 pm

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