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A dancin’ defense
The defensive meeting rooms at Auburn have been rumored to be pretty entertaining.
Luckily, throughout the season a few videos of what sometimes unfolds in the Auburn Athletic Complex have surfaced. And it’s a party that everyone would want inclusion.
Of course, there’s work to be done, too. Especially ahead of the Tigers’ Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.
Still, the fun that you see happening also is a huge reason why this defense has been so close, and therefore successful, this season.
— Coach T-Will (@T_WILL4REAL) December 22, 2016
Oh, the memories
Al Del Greco knows all about the Sugar Bowl. The former Auburn kicker saved the Tigers with a trio of field goals in 1984, giving Pat Dye a win against Michigan.
Here’s an excerpt from an SEC Country feature from earlier this month, as Del Greco remembered this game and celebration in New Orleans.
“In the time leading up to the game, Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler said we wouldn’t beat Michigan running the football. I don’t know if coach Dye took that as a challenge and said, ‘The heck with you, that’s what we do best; we’re going to do it anyway’ or what. Randy (Campbell), our quarterback, was pretty efficient at throwing the football, but obviously Bo (Jackson), Lionel (James) and Tommy (Agee) were our bread and butter.
The trio had over 300 yards of offense. We were successful, but Michigan’s defense was really able to clamp us down and we never had a chance to get in the end zone. Near the end of the game, we got the ball back with probably about 6 minutes to go and had that last drive.
It was third-and-6, from the 6. We pitched it to Bo on a sweep to the left, and under my breath I was kind of just mumbling, ‘Tackle him, tackle him.’ I wanted to kick the field goal.”
You can read the whole feature here.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) December 22, 2016
The beginning of the end
For Auburn seniors, the nearing end became a little more real on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers concluded their final practice on the Plains before they reconvene in New Orleans after Christmas.
Senior defensive back Josh Holsey, who has been through a bit of everything in his time as a Tiger, posted this Tweet:
Walking off the field at AU for last time . pic.twitter.com/Wy8jhJ6W6x
— Josh Holsey (@HeyItsJholsey) December 22, 2016
It’s hard to describe the emotions an athlete feels during their final days with their team. Fortunately, teammates are usually there to provide messages of thanks and a little reminder that there still are things left to accomplish.
Favorite Player ✊?? ima miss you my dawg ?it's been a BLAST! Only right we go out wit a W https://t.co/Mc60TMmIXt
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) December 22, 2016
10 New Orleans restaurant options
In an effort to help Sugar Bowl-goers prepare for the overwhelming feelings they are sure to have when faced with endless delicious options, I’ll virtually explore randomly selected New Orleans restaurants for the next 10 weekdays leading up to the Jan 2 game.
After a quick glance at the menu, I’ll provide a general depiction of the restaurant, information you might need to find it and a suggestion of something we’d like to select off of the menu.
Type of food: French-Creole
Address: 301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, La., 70130
Phone number: (504) 299-9777
Menu options: Dinner (5 to 10 p.m.), Lunch Friday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
What I would order: Potato gnocchi and potato crisp P&J Oysters.
Yelp review: “I know I am echoing what others have said, but Restaurant August is a must for locals and visitors alike. Not only is it one of the nicest restaurants in New Orleans, but the food is delicious, the staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Whether you are out for a romantic evening or you just want to get a nice dinner with friends or family, August should be at the top of any list.” — Marielle S., New Orleans, La.
- Dutch Dixon of Fox Sports and Fansided said for Auburn football, the Sugar Bowl matters.
- AU Jonsey of SB Nation’s College and Magnolia examined Auburn record holders and bowl games.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk looked into how Auburn’s coaching staff ranks as recruiters.
- ESPN compared Auburn and Oklahoma statistically as the Jan 2 Sugar Bowl showdown nears.
- SEC Country continued its countdown of top Auburn football players in 2016 with sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway.
- ESPN staff writer Jake Trotter reported on what Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said in his first media appearance since the Joe Mixon footage was released.
Happening on the Plains
Here’s one more look at Auburn’s win against Oklahoma on Wednesday night. The Tigers play UConn Friday afternoon.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) December 22, 2016
Auburn women’s basketball beat Drake earlier this week.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) December 22, 2016
Softball sold out season tickets for the second consecutive year.
For the 2nd straight year, season tickets have sold out at Jane B. Moore Field! More ticket info ⬇️
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) December 22, 2016