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Soaring with Ian Shannon
Auburn football games can be really entertaining for people who like aviation or who just enjoy watching objects fly through the air.
This year’s pregame festivities have included Spirit’s (Auburn’s bald eagle) flight around Jordan-Hare and military parachuters. The game ball has even been delivered to Tigers mascot Aubie by a drone (which he has successfully caught and failed to catch).
So, punter Ian Shannon’s major might be of interest to people who enjoy those activities.
He’s only a redshirt freshman, but Shannon is living every little kid’s dream life. Sometimes he plays football and other times he flies airplanes.
The Georgia native is a professional flight aviation major, which means he spends a lot of time at a tiny airport in Auburn preparing to be a pilot.
Check out this week’s Academic Spotlight.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) November 16, 2016
- 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello writes about Auburn’s biggest regret against Georgia.
- ABC affiliate WTVM lists all of the injuries Auburn has been hit with this season.
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg writes about Kamryn Pettway, who’s a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, and the next-man-up mentality the Tigers have to adopt heading into the Alabama A&M game.
- AL.com’s Wesley Sinor says Auburn has a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl this season.
- The War Blogler asked about Auburn wearing white face masks.
- College and Magnolia’s Peggy Rossmanith provided only one half of a column.
Happening on the Plains
• It’s time to load up the team bus. Auburn’s women’s basketball will play North Carolina A&T on Thursday in Greensboro.
Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, more commonly known as coach Flo, was pleased with her team’s win over Troy in its home opener but was not as thrilled about missed layups. That will be a huge priority during the first road trip of the year.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) November 16, 2016
• Auburn swim and dive has already been having a great week, but the women will travel to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend.
Womens S&D heads to Georgia Tech Invitational https://t.co/7ffLHvgLT1
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) November 16, 2016
• TopDrawerSoccer.com honored midfielder Brooke Ramsier with a spot on the National Team of the Week for her performance in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over South Alabama.
Brooke, whose sister Casie is up for the SENIOR class award, scored three of Auburn’s four goals. Her hat trick was an Auburn record for an NCAA tournament match.
Brooke also recorded an assist on a goal her sister Casie scored in the first half.
Congrats to Brooke Ramsier for earning @TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week honors! ?
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 16, 2016
• Auburn men’s basketball takes on Eastern Kentucky University tonight at 9 ET, and Tiger fans will want to make their way to Auburn Arena to watch.
Head coach Bruce Pearl’s team has started the year 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season — mostly because the young freshmen have taken over just as expected. It’s the first time Pearl has started three freshmen (forward Anfernee McLemore also plays a lot off the bench) and his strategy is working out just as he planned.
The team has shot the ball well from the floor, played with tempo and forced a ton of turnovers. The Tigers also have managed to put together some pretty impressive, high-flying highlights.
Auburn’s games against Georgia State and the matchup against EKU are actually the first games in the Cancun Challenge.
It’s a cool tournament played in a giant ballroom in Cancun, Mexico. The men’s team will be playing its games at an all-inclusive resort. There’s lots of food, sunshine and hoops, and there’s even some time for relaxing at the beach (or pool).
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) November 16, 2016
How to not roll Toomer’s Corner
It seems like just yesterday Auburn fans were preparing for the Tigers’ five straight home games to open the year, but how time flies. Saturday will be the last home game of the season.
There’s a good chance head coach Gus Malzahn’s team will pull off a dominant win over Alabama A&M, which means it will also be the last chance to roll Toomer’s Corner.
There’s lots of strategies for throwing the perfect roll, but whatever you do, don’t do this.
— Jonathan George (@jonnyrocket941) November 6, 2016
Auburn football: Sean White conundrum
Auburn quarterback Sean White admitted to playing hurt in the Tigers’ loss to Georgia on Saturday. The sophomore also admitted he hurt his shoulder more at some point during the game.
It happens more often than fans, coaches and even other athletes realize. College athletes in all sports are taught to compete and play through whatever adversity they are facing. In fact, junior Tray Matthews spent most of last season playing with two shoulder injuries and had two surgeries during the offseason.
But what do Auburn football fans think?
If White is “banged up” on Saturday (and keep in mind the Iron Bowl is right around the corner), should he play?