Auburn recruiting snapshot: Offensive line

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Whittemore the newest 2019 Florida Gators recruiting commit

The Florida Gators recruiting class of 2019 got its sixth member on Sunday when a local prospect committed to Florida.

2019 defensive back Trent Whittemore (6-3, 190, Gainesville, FL. Buchholz) announced his commitment on Twitter just days after getting his Gators offer.

“I got the offer early in the week,” Whittemore said. “I didn’t want to be rash but after praying and thinking all this week, I’m confident that I want to be a Gator.”

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Razorbacks see 33 book Oregon trip

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Oregon's slip gives Arkansas a fighting chance

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A Day to Remember Our Heroes

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Today is Memorial Day. While there is nothing wrong with the usual back yard barbecues, picnics, or a day at the beach each year on the last Monday of May; this is a day that we, as a nation, should stop, reflect, and remember our fallen heroes.

Since the founding of America, there have been over 1.1 million service men and women that have laid down their lives in defense of our freedoms, our way of life, and our country. As you enjoy this national holiday with friends and family, why not take time to honor our heroes by pausing and give thanks for their ultimate sacrifice.

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NCAA regional returning to Baum Stadium

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Auburn Softball Comes Up Short … But Count on Tigers Going Back to Oklahoma City in 2018

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“In order to win, we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to perform better. We’ve got to execute better.” Words spoken by Auburn coach Clint Myers moments after his team was defeated in the Super Regional 5–2 by Oklahoma. 

While fans were disappointed, no one hurt more than the players themselves. The crushing loss not only ended their season but also eliminated them from playing in their third consecutive Women’s College World Series.

As they have all year, the No. 7 Tigers (49–12, 17–7) fought hard. Auburn ace Kaylee Carlson was true to form, completing her 21st game of the year, striking out three and allowing just six hits. Offensively, Casey McCrackin hit a solo home run, while the best softball player ever to play at Auburn, Kasey Cooper, drove in a run and was literally robbed of a homer—just inches from going out— by Sooner outfielder Macey Hatfield’s great catch at the wall. And, there were also singles by Victoria Draper and Courtney Shea.

But as in most high profile matches between two top teams, the difference came down to which team made the fewest mistakes. On Saturday, that team was Oklahoma. For instance, the Sooners (56–9) scored two runs in the sixth due to a miscommunication in left field and a throwing error on a double steal. “We got beat by a very good Oklahoma team,” said Myers. “They didn’t make mistakes. We did. When you are playing good teams, you can’t make mistakes.”

Nevertheless, Myers and his team have nothing to be ashamed of. In the four years since taking the helm at Auburn, the Tigers have gone from being a middle-of-the pack SEC team to one of the most feared and respected teams in college softball.

Auburn has been an SEC Tourney Champion, hosted three Super Regionals, and came within one run of winning the 2016 national championship. Make no mistake this program is special. It may not have won a national championship, but the bar has been set high for all those who follow.

The culture at Auburn has changed from one of expecting to have a good team to one of expecting to win championships. And with a top recruiting class coming in, you can bet the Tigers will be back in the chase for a national championship in 2018 …

Count on it!

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Auburn Softball Backs Are to the Wall … Drop Game One of Super Regional

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Auburn dropped game one of the Super Regional to Oklahoma 4–0 on Friday. Makayla Martin pitched well enough to win, but she couldn’t get run support from the offense. The Tigers had their chances but left runners stranded. You have to give credit to Sooner ace Paige Parker for some of that. She is one of the best pitchers in college softball.

Auburn now faces a must win game Saturday at noon CT on ESPN. Win that one and they set up a winner-take-all game for Sunday. Lose Saturday, and well … we won’t go there.

The good news is this is not the first time Auburn has found itself in this situation. They won last year’s Super Regional after dropping the first game to Arizona. And they lost the first game of last season’s national championship series and won the second, forcing game three.

“We had opportunities to score and didn’t do it, said coach Clint Myers. “They outplayed us today. The plan is to outplay them tomorrow.”

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Auburn Softball Hosts Super Regional – Baseball Awaits NCAA Tourney Selection

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The Auburn baseball team bowed out of the SEC Tournament Thursday night losing to Arkansas 12–0 after two good performances in their first two games. Coach Butch Thompson said he was proud of the way the Tigers played against No. 1 Florida and in their win over Ole Miss, but there are lessons to learn from the last game. 

“We definitely have some things that we have to look at and work on,” said Thompson. “So we won’t forget this either, but we will take the good, the bad and the ugly in this series to help our guys get ready [for the NCAA Regional].”

At the end of the 2016 Women’s College World Series Championship, Auburn, the runner up, was left wanting one more shot at Oklahoma. The Sooners had won a close championship game 2–1 despite not having scored an earned run in their last 13 innings of play.

The No. 7 Tigers (49–10) get that chance today as they host the No. 6 Sooners (54–9) at 3:00 p.m. CT in a rematch of the 2016 WCWS finals.

This is Auburn’s third consecutive Super Regional since Coach Clint Myers arrived on the Plains. As usual, the contest will be a best-of-three series.

Friday’s game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s will be aired at 12:00 p.m. on ESPN. Should a third game be necessary, it will be televised on ESPN at 12:00 p.m. CT Sunday.

The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Let’s go Tigers!

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LSU-BYU to Kickoff at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN

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Auburn football: Things you should know about Kamryn Pettway; Tigers fall one run short vs. Gators – SECcountry.com

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News and Notes from Auburn Sports

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Auburn softball took care of business this past weekend as they thumped East Tennessee State 11–0, outlasted Cal 4–3 in extra innings, and then sent the Bears home on Sunday with a solid 8–2 thrashing. ETSU had no chance at Auburn, but it took a questionable call at the plate Saturday for Auburn to stay in the game with Cal before Alyssa Rivera knocked in Brittany Maresette to win the game. Sunday’s 8–2 score wasn’t nearly that close. Auburn cruised to the win after the Tigers scored seven of their eight runs in the first two frames. Auburn will now host Oklahoma in a Super Regional rematch of last year’s national championship finals. First pitch will be at 3:00 p.m. CT Friday and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The other stick team, Auburn baseball, defeated Ole Miss 5–4 in the first round of the SEC Tournament Tuesday and then lost to No. 1 seed Florida last night by the same score. The Tigers will take the field this afternoon and play the loser of the Arkansas-Mississippi State game, which takes place this morning.

The much anticipated return of Auburn receiver Kyle Davis came to fruition as he was part of team meetings the night before the summer courses began. It is very interesting that the story of a player with such limited impact last year has had such a rabid following. Much of that has to do with the media. Auburn has continued to stay out of the limelight this late spring, which is a terrific thing as only bad things seem to happen this time of year. As a result, Davis’ story has been one of the lone talking points during this slow time. While Auburn has been quiet about the reason Kyle Davis missed the entire spring, the rumor mill was consistent that the “personal business” Gus Malzahn gave for his absence involved taking care of his sick mother.

At any rate, it’s certainly good news to have the talented receiver back in the fold. In his Track ‘Em Tigers’ Scouting Report, Davis was described as a big-bodied, ideal deep threat guy with terrific size who fights hard for the ball. That’s exactly what Auburn fans saw when he had opportunities. While it was no surprise that he would return to Auburn, it is important that he is making summer workouts. Of course, fans hope that his “personal business” has come to a satisfactory conclusion. Auburn will have a quartet of young receivers now with Davis rounding out the talented group of Darius Slayton, Nate Craig-Myers, and Eli Stove. 

His return is absolutely massive, and it impacts no one more than potential starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham hit long ball after long ball in Auburn’s spring game, specifically to Nate Craig-Myers. No one should take anything from Craig-Myers, but he isn’t the optimal deep threat on this roster. In fact, he might be third behind Darius Slayton and, you guessed it, Kyle Davis. The combination of Slayton and Davis could allow for  play after play of deep shots against tired defensive backs. 

Vegas released the over/under on win totals for many college football teams last Monday. Included in that list are the Auburn Tigers, for whom Vegas set the line at eight wins. Auburn fans know that Auburn finished the 2016 season 8–5 last season after a letdown in the Sugar Bowl. 8–5 has been the calling card for Auburn teams other than some spectacular years such as 2004, 2010, and 2013. 

Eight wins is one way to look at it. Five losses is another. Outside of Clemson and Alabama, every single game on Auburn’s schedule is winnable. Whom do they believe will beat the Auburn Tigers? Obviously, Georgia comes to mind, which has been nearly unbeatable against Auburn since Tommy Tuberville left. Likewise, that game against LSU in Baton Rouge. Make no mistake, that’s a tough place for anyone to win, but it is folly to give Ed Orgeron so much credit this early.

 In other words, oddsmakers must have no faith that Jarrett Stidham will succeed as Auburn’s starting signal caller. If they did, they would notice that Auburn’s last nine-plus win seasons came with JUCO quarterbacks. Outside of a very bad call against Texas A&M in 2014 and, later, a fumbled snap, Auburn would have three nine win seasons – all with JUCO guys. Still, eight wins seems low for a team with this much talent, whether Stidham starts or not.

Speaking of Stidham and odds, Vegas finally added him as a 40–1 shot at winning the Heisman. That puts him in the same bracket as three other quarterbacks: Texas’ Buechele, Mississippi State’s Fitzgerald and South Florida’s Flowers. All three were essentially day-one starters last season, something Stidham cannot boast about.  Truly, outside of Stidham, only Texas’ Buechele has a legitimate chance, which is no reflection on the other two. South Florida and Mississippi State do not have what Texas and Auburn have: a legitimate chance at national prominence. And, of the two teams, Auburn is really in a much better place than Texas due to the Longhorn’s simply awful defense. 

Until next time …

War Eagle!

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Versatile athlete Hess over 20 offers

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Auburn Advances in SEC Tournament

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Day one certainly didn’t come easy for an Auburn team that has struggled mightily in the month of May, but they live to see another day in the SEC Tournament following a 5–4 win over Ole Miss in the first round. 

The Rebels took an early 2–0 lead before the Tigers broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from an RBI double by Will Holland and an RBI triple from Jonah Todd. Auburn then allowed an unearned run in the top of the sixth to tie things back up at 3–3.

But with a full count in the bottom of the sixth, Blake Logan smacked one over the fence in left to take the lead that Auburn would then hold for the rest of the game.

Keegan Thompson struggled a bit on the mound early in the game, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk through just three innings of work. 

Casey Mize came into the game in the fourth inning to relieve Thompson and delivered six innings of work to earn the win. Mize’s commanding performance was crucial for a pitching staff that will need plenty of rested arms for the remainder of this week’s tournament.

The win was an important one as the Tigers have now seemingly locked up a spot in an NCAA regional game next week.

Next up for Auburn is a matchup against No. 1 seed Florida. It will be the final game played on Wednesday night.

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Auburn and Ole Miss Meet in a Rematch Today in SEC Tournament

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For most of this baseball season, Auburn was near the top of the league standings. Then came a seven-game skid precipitated by the loss of ace Casey Mize. In less than three weeks the Tigers slipped from No. 1 to the middle of the pack. Today the No. 23 Tigers will begin play in the SEC Tournament.

Instead of getting a first round bye as a No. 1 or 2 team, Auburn (34–22, 16–14) was seeded No.8 and is scheduled to play No. 9 Ole Miss (36–20, 14–16) in a rematch of last weekend’s series on the Plains.

Auburn won the series 2–1, marking its 11th series win of the year and ending the seven-game losing streak. While the skid was disappointing, to be back in Hoover after missing the tourney last season is a major accomplishment for second-year coach Butch Thompson.

“We’re supposed to be up there,” said Thompson. “I think Tuesday is huge. I think it’s great for Auburn folks to be in Birmingham and for Auburn to be in that tournament.”

Today’s winner will get the opportunity to play No. 1 seed Florida tomorrow in the double-elimination part of the tournament. The loser goes home. In addition the more wins the Tigers can pad their résumé with, the better the chance at receiving an NCAA Tourney bid next week.

While some think the Tigers have done enough already to make it to the big dance, their .43 RPI is not a good barometer.  A couple of wins could certainly help their case on selection Sunday.

The SEC Tournament kicks off this morning in Hoover with No. 6 seed Vanderbilt taking on No. 11 South Carolina. Auburn and Ole Miss will meet at 4:30 p.m. with the game being broadcast by WatchESPN.

The Tigers’ other ace, Keegan Thompson (6–4), who pitched 6 1/3 innings without allowing a hit in Auburn’s 4-1 win over the Rebels Thursday, will get the start. Here’s to hoping the Tigers go all the way! 

First Round Tournament Schedule:

9:30 a.m.: No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 South Carolina

1 p.m.: No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Missouri

4:30 p.m.: No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 9 Ole Miss

8 p.m.: No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia

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Austin Golson Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

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It seems as if the preseason football polls and award season watch list come earlier every year. Today, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced its Watch List for the Rimington Trophy. The award recognizes the nation’s best center in college football.

Auburn senior Austin Golson was one of eight SEC centers to make the list. The 6-5, 312-lb. senior from Prattville transferred from Ole Miss and has started 24 games for the Tigers.

The Rimington Trophy is awarded by the National College Football Awards Association and is named for former All-American Nebraska center Dave Rimington.

Should Golson win the award, he would be the second Tiger to do so. Auburn center Reese Dismukes won the trophy in 2014.

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Auburn Softball Is Super Once Again! (Tigers Sweep Regional)

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The Auburn softball team is returning to the NCAA Super Regional for the third consecutive year. The Tigers beat Cal 8–2 this afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field to secure their 12th win in the last three years of NCAA postseason play.

While ace Kaylee Carlson (27–4) was dominant once again, allowing just one run in four innings, and reliever Makayla Martin got her second save of the season, the real story was the Tiger bats. The offense has struggled at times this season but seems to have broken out at the right moment, blasting 31 hits in the last two games. The Tigers (49–10) had 16 hits in Sunday’s final, including four straight to begin the game. Cal (32–23) could only muster two runs: one each in the third and sixth on a wild pitch and a bases loaded double play.

The Tigers hit .429  with an players on base and .455 with runners in scoring position. Eight Tigers had hits, and five drove in runs. Kasey Cooper led the Tiger barrage, going 4-for-4 with a home run, and Haley Fagan had 3 hits and a homer.

“We’ve been talking about putting all the pieces together,” coach Clint Myers said. “Offensively we’re very happy, but we did a better job of situational hitting. We ran the bases well; we turned two double plays, which were huge for us.” It was the Tigers’ ninth-straight victory in NCAA Regional play.

Auburn will have to wait till after the Norman Regional final is played tomorrow to know whom they will face in the Super Regional. Rain delays pushed the game between Oklahoma (52–10) and Tulsa (41–16) to 12 noon CT, Monday. The Sooners staved off elimination today with a 6–4 win over Tulsa and must play the Golden Hurricanes in the deciding game.

A Sooner win will set up a rematch of last year’s Women’s College World Series finals, played in Oklahoma City. But this series will be held on Tiger soil since Auburn, as the No. 7 National Seed, will host the Super Regional.

Coach Myers sounded confident after the game, “We’re getting solid pitching in the circle, so Auburn softball is playing well. We’ve just got to keep it going through Supers and into the College World Series.”

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Regrouping in September – (What will happen in the SEC and beyond by week 3?)

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     War Eagle, everybody! This week, I should be moving on to week three of the Auburn season and previewing the Mercer Bears. Mercer comes to Auburn on September 16th, while it is still technically summer in the South. We’ve had homecoming early before, but this is a pretty ridiculous date for it. Frankly, I’d rather have it in November against someone local, like Samford or Alabama A&M. Better yet, I would vote to eliminate games like this, and go to a 9-game SEC schedule. We could be playing Florida or Tennessee annually once again.

     Last season, Mercer finished 6—5 and did not make the post-season. It had losses to The Citadel, Chattanooga, Wofford, and Samford and a bad loss to Georgia Tech. I can’t imagine that the Bears will do well against Auburn’s current roster, therefore, I’m not going to break down every matchup carefully in this game. Suffice to say the Tigers should smack the Bears as handily as they want to.

     Auburn will be coming into this game off of a road trip to Clemson and faces a fairly tough stretch ahead. I expect that the team will work on a few problem areas for a quarter or two, then rest the starters heading into SEC play. After Mercer, Auburn travels to Missouri, hosts both Mississippi teams back to back, then travels to LSU and Arkansas before a week 9 bye. Ouch. Auburn resumes the schedule at Texas A&M before closing out with a 3-game home-stand for “Amen Corner,” hosting Georgia, Louisiana Monroe and Alabama.

    So, what will happen in the SEC and beyond by week 3? Let’s dust off the crystal ball and try to guess. I think Auburn’s offense will be the toast of the SEC, having feasted on a couple of nonpower-5 defenses, and had surprising success at Clemson. Whether this will continue into October is anyone’s guess. Attrition was brutal last season. And all of this hinges on whether head coach Gus Malzhan sticks to his plan to let offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey really run the show. A few 3 ‘n’ out, turnovers or injuries could change this plan. Time will tell.

    The biggest question mark on this team at this time is the offensive line. Will this issue be solved by the Clemson game in Week two? It had better be. Auburn won’t face a better defensive front till the Iron Bowl on Thanksgiving weekend.

     After A-Day, many folks look for quarterback Jarrett Stidham to be a star. The guy on Auburn’s offense who really needs a big year for the team to be successful is running back Kamryn Pettway. Last season when Pettway got his chance to tote the rock, the Auburn offense absolutely exploded! Here’s hoping for a big season for Pettway.

     Which coaches are on the hot seat in the SEC this season? We will start at Kentucky, where Mark Stoops is in his 5th season. Last year, the Wildcats finally broke into the postseason, only to get pile-driven by Georgia Tech in Jacksonville in the Taxslayer Bowl. We think of the Stoops brothers as running spread-passing teams, but Kentucky succeeded last season by lining up and running over weak SEC East teams on the ground. I expect that will be tougher this season. Improved opponents such as South Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Louisville will be tough. Kentucky won all of those matchups last season. It won’t happen again.

     Over in Athens, Georgia, expectations are through the roof for second-year head coach Kirby Smart. Natives are a little restless, after last season’s 8–5 record. The Bulldogs did not replace former long-time coach Mark Richt for this sort of finish. This season, Georgia has road games at Notre Dame, at Tennessee, at Vanderbilt, at Jacksonville against the Gators, at Auburn and in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. My guess is that more these will be bad results than good.

     No team in the SEC lost more talent than Tennessee did during the offseason. If the Vols can get past a Labor Day matchup with Georgia Tech, and survive a brutal trip to Gainesville a couple of weeks later, the schedule becomes manageable. Big losses in September could spell doom for 5th year coach Butch Jones.

     No seat in the SEC head coach club is hotter than Kevin Sumlin’s at Texas A&M. This school did not jump out of the Big 12, to finish 8–5 with late-season fades every year in the SEC. This season, the Aggies have a good chance to start 5–0. October brings hosting Alabama, at Florida, hosting MSU, Auburn and New Mexico, and finishing at Ole Miss and LSU. That’s a tough slate.

     Another SEC West team that is tired of finishing with 7 wins is Arkansas. Bret Bielema is in his 5th season, and talk in Fayetteville still centers around rebuilding. The only tough road trips this season for the Hogs are at Alabama and at LSU. Virtually every other opponent with a pulse comes to Arkansas. It’s do or die time for that regime.

     I figure that Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is basically a dead man walking with NCAA sanctions looming. I can’t see the administration over in Oxford sticking with him after the final rulings come out. It will be interesting to see if the team performs well this fall or mails it in.

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Tennessee power back Banks turning heads

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The lone out-of-state program to participate in Saturday's big spring jamboree at Jacksonville State University was Cordova (Tenn.) High and it featured several intriguing prospects including Jeremy Banks, the running back heating up on the trail.
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