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Auburn in the NFL
Sunday was a pretty good day for Tigers in the pros.
Remember how Sammie Coates averaged more than 21 yards per reception during his junior and senior seasons at Auburn? Well, Sammie has decided he’d like to focus solely on catching bombs from Ben Roethlisberger for the Steelers. Sure, he only has four catches in two games, but Coates’ average is up to 48.5. It looks like he could catch these pretty passes all day. This one is from the first quarter:
Former Auburn WR Sammie Coates with a 44-yard reception for Steelers versus Bengals https://t.co/2zB3ig6XBx
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 18, 2016
This one from the third quarter.
Big Ben going DEEEEEEP.
— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2016
And Coates is hungry for more.
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) September 18, 2016
So is Kerryon Johnson, who apparently is a huge Steelers fan.
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) September 18, 2016
Jacksonville didn’t have a great Sunday. They got walloped 38-14 by San Diego. There was a bright spot for the Jaguars, though (pun intended) former Tiger running back Corey Grant scored his first NFL TD.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 18, 2016
Eye on Cam
And of course, what would an NFL Sunday be without some greatness from Cam Newton?
Newton threw four touchdown passes and 353 yards in the Panthers’ beatdown of the San Francisco 49ers. The 2015 MVP also casually became Carolina’s franchise leader in passing TDs.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 18, 2016
I mean, it’s a decent stat line, I guess.
Cam Newton shows everyone why he is the reigning MVP. pic.twitter.com/CFXik3kIV6
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 18, 2016
Heck, Cam is so good he’s seriously going to have to rethink this whole “let’s give a souvenir ball to little children” thing. Look at what he’s doing to the youth of America.
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) September 18, 2016
Helpful hint: When trying to win a jump ball, it’s ok to use your elbows a little bit, kid.
No, but really. Cam can do whatever he wants and make it look intentional or at least kind of cool. Case in point:
OK, so this isn’t the best example. The hat does look intentional, though.
An EXTREMELY dapper Cam Newton is at the podium
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 18, 2016
Whatever you do, Cam, just remember you can’t do this. This is not allowed.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 18, 2016
- Tuco, from College & Magnolia, wrote about the rivalry forming between Auburn and Texas A&M.
- Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres says firing Gus Malzahn might not be the answer.
- This Auburn fan (who’s name might be JMR?) had some interesting thoughts about Auburn’s loss to the Aggies.
- ESPN’s Sam Khan looked at the impact of Leonard Fournette’s return.
- Jake Mastroianni, from Fly War Eagle, looked at 5 things Auburn did wrong against Texas A&M.
- The Auburn softball team that lost to Oklahoma in the finals of the Softball World Series was honored in Jordan-Hare Stadium before the A&M game Saturday. They’re a pretty impressive group.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) September 17, 2016
Finding the positive
Losses are no fun, but there were some highlights from Auburn’s setback Saturday. The home team in this series just can’t seem to find a way to win. It’s to the point where it’s starting to feel like the series is cursed. The Tigers still managed to make some big plays.
Keep an eye out for Javaris Davis’ hit. It served as an alarm clock to wake up almost everyone in the stadium. Except for Christian Kirk — he may still be asleep (not really, he was OK).
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) September 18, 2016
After recording his first 100-yard rushing game last week, Kamryn Pettway looked ready to go up against quality SEC defenses.
He’s been described as a downhill back, who runs with a lot of power.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) September 18, 2016
This is from last week’s game, but it gives you a better understanding of why you don’t want to stand in front of this sophomore.
For those that missed it, here's a replay of Kamryn Pettway's 64 yard run. pic.twitter.com/vUtaE6I3NV
— Winn Carroll (@Winn3317) September 11, 2016
This wasn’t exactly a highlight, but it still was cool. RB Roc Thomas transferred from Auburn to Jacksonville State in June, but he was cheering on his former teammates Saturday.
Now, let's get it AU
— ⁶ (@xRoct9) September 17, 2016
The Jaguars suffered a tough loss to LSU, who Auburn matches up against in its second SEC game this weekend.
There’s also going to be some special guests on the Plains. The SEC Network crew is headed to Jordan-Hare for the Auburn-LSU game.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 18, 2016
There historically have been some epic battles between these two teams.
The Tigers are hoping to avenge the embarrassing 2015 loss. You know, the one where Leonard Fournette flipped defenders as he raced toward the end zone and entrenching himself as the early Heisman favorite.
Unfortunately Auburn is not the favorite this year, according to my colleague Justin Ferguson. Make sure you’re following Justin, Benjamin Wolk (Ben is also doing some really great and free recruiting coverage) and myself for all of the coverage leading up to the battle with yet another Tiger team this weekend.