Auburn sports: Readers never run out of opinions regarding best backs in Tigers history
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The greatest backfield duo ever?
This week, SEC Country asked: Which two former Auburn running backs (excluding Bo Jackson) would you want in your backfield?
It was a question that generated lots of responses — so many that it reminded fans of all of the truly talented players who have worn orange and blue.
There were obvious choices (Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, Ronnie Brown) and athletes who were somewhat overlooked as all-time greats (Brent Fullwood, Rudi Johnson and more). Whatever combination fans or writers selected, it seemed that there wasn’t a bad pair.
Even recent standout Kerryon Johnson was mentioned in the online discussion and he had an opinion of his own. If you can’t take Bo, going with Kerryon and Ronnie Brown doesn’t seem like a bad idea …
Ronnie and Myself lololololololol 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/tBlW80UoC2
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) May 10, 2018
In other Auburn news:
- Auburn tackle Prince Tega Wanogho is flashing ‘all-conference’ potential
- Former UCF coach Scott Frost responds to Greg McIlroy’s pro-Auburn remarks
- Is Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham a potential first-round NFL draft pick?
- Don’t forget this important tidbit about Auburn running back ‘Boobee’ Whitlow
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Baseball falls in opener in Oxford
Auburn baseball lost the first of a three-game series in Mississippi on Thursday night, but Game No. 2 is Friday and coach Butch Thompson’s team will get another chance against the Rebels.
The Tigers trailed through six innings and notched 3 runs in the seventh inning, but couldn’t get closer than that in the 5-4 loss.
Pitcher Davis Daniel took the loss while Ole Miss’ Ryan Rolison earned the win. The first pitch of the Friday game will be thrown at 6:30 p.m. CT. Auburn ace Casey Mize will start as the Tigers attempt to even the SEC series.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) May 10, 2018
After a short wait, it’s finally NCAA Tournament time for the Auburn women’s tennis team. The No. 21 Tigers will face Winthrop in the first round on Friday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta (No. 4 Georgia Tech is hosting the regional).
The winner of the Friday meeting will take on either Georgia Tech or Eastern Kentucky at noon Saturday. The winner of that match will advance to the Sweet 16 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This marks the 11th time in program history that the Auburn women’s tennis team has earned an NCAA Tournament bid and it’s the sixth straight year under coach Lauren Spencer (who’s also a great Twitter follow).
The Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 20-10 (8-5 SEC). Jaeda Daniel was named to the All-SEC first team and the All-SEC Freshman team recently. She’s the highest-ranked Tigers singles player by the ITA (No. 53) — and she’s played through injuries this season, too.
Alizee Michaud, a senior, became the 10th Tigers player named to the All-SEC second team. It was the third consecutive year that Michaud was named to an All-SEC team after being a first-team selection in her previous two seasons.
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) May 2, 2018
Golf gets a nod
Auburn men’s golf coach Nick Clinard was named the SEC coach of the year and newcomer Brandon Mancheno earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors on Thursday afternoon.
Mancheno was named to the second-team All-SEC and All-Freshman teams by the league’s coaches in previous weeks. He’s the fifth rookie in program history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, and did so after setting a round average of 70.52 — the second lowest in single-season history.
Clinard is Auburn’s third coach to be named coach of the year. Under his leadership, Auburn won four tournaments during the 2017-18 season and defeated Alabama in match play to win the program’s fourth SEC championship.
The Tigers will officially begin their national title chase in Norman, Okla., at the NCAA Regionals on May 14.
Tweet of the day
Singing talents or dance moves? Looks like a little of both.
Before heading to the NCAA Tournament, @AuburnWTennis showed off their singing talents. 🎶
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 10, 2018
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