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Have you ever wondered how much former Tigers pay attention to Auburn football when they’re in the pros?
Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne tries not to miss a minute.
Free time is scarce, but Artis-Payne tries his best to return to the Plains for big games (he was on the sideline at the Tigers’ home opener with teammate Cam Newton and Auburn legend Bo Jackson). If he can’t be at the games, Artis-Payne said he and Newton are locked in and always paying attention.
Fun fact: A lot of former players still keep in touch. Artis-Payne talks to Johnathan Wallace, Corey Grant, Robenson Therezie and others.
I’ll have a story Friday with more on Artis-Payne (check SECCountry.com/auburn — you don’t want to miss it). In the meantime, here are some things he told me this week about this year’s team.
- Sometimes media attention isn’t a good thing: “A lot of times it’s good to fly under the radar. A lot of extra media attention and stuff like that can sometimes get guys’ focus derailed from what the goal is. It’s a sense with being the underdog that you like to go in and upset people and that’s what we did a lot in 2013. We always were supposed to lose every game, pretty much, so we went out there and wanted to prove everyone wrong.”
- He knows Kerryon Johnson: “He’s a great guy.”
- He feels good about the season: “It’s exciting. I feel like we have a good year this year and definitely moving forward with the young guys we’ve got and the way our defense is playing. We’ll let the offense gain some confidence from this last game and hopefully the team will move forward. If we can put points up on the board like Coach Malzahn always does, then I think we’ll have a great year.”
- He has a favorite game time spot and snack: “I have this huge couch and I sit right in the center. I get everything set up, whatever I’m eating and drinking, and I’m locked into the game. I’ll be right there in my spot on my couch this weekend waiting for the game to start” (Twizzlers in hand).
QB or fortune teller?
Who cares what Artis-Payne thinks, right? The current Auburn team has a resident fortune teller to sort out things.
Sean White apparently knew that sophomore walk-on kicker Will Hastings would end up being a key target for the Auburn offense this year.
In summer when I was kicker @SeanWhiteAU said word for word "let's throw tomorrow Bc you're gonna be out there this season catching passes"
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) September 15, 2016
So far so good. Hastings caught his first career touchdown last week against the Red Wolves. He’s a little smaller than most SEC receivers, but you’ll see him immediately — he’s the one making plays.
Hastings may be in competition with Kerryon for the best Twitter account right now, too.
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) September 12, 2016
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) September 12, 2016
Guys like @WillHastings7 give 5'10 180 football players like me hope to succeed.
Super inspiration my dude ?
— Bai for Days (@bai_stevens) September 11, 2016
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) September 7, 2016
Keeping calm with Kerryon
As SEC play kicks off this week, Auburn fans can feel reassured knowing they have Kerryon Johnson on their side. He’s a skillful running back, sure. But he’s also great for highlight reels and most importantly, a fun Twitter follow.
Case in point: As White was falling to the ground in Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, the quarterback flipped Johnson a garbage pass, but the running back turned it into a big-time play.
The sophomore’s incredible spinning, hurdling run was impressive, but it’s even better when you watch it while listening to wrestling commentary. (thanks @Crispy_Goodness)
In case you missed it…
- Auburn Undercover’s Phillip Marshall dissects Auburn’s last six seasons of craziness.
- Jeff Tartly says Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is all about urgency.
- Gus Malzahn offense vs. John Chavis defense according to Gigem247.
- Carter Karels tells A&M fans five things to know about Auburn.
- Here’s another great creation from Saturday’s game. College and Magnolia (@Peggyrossmanith) put together this great giph involving some cool images and Outkast. So you know it’s going to be entertaining (and it is).
Auburn women’s golfer Nastasia Kossacky is making her third appearance at the World Amateur Team Championship, where 55 countries are competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this week.
It works like this: Each team has two (or three players). Over four days, they play 18 holes of stroke play. The total of the two lowest scores from each team in each round makes up the team score for the round.
You can follow along and find live scoring, tournament information and pairings at www.igfgolf.org/watc.
Joining the Rebel yell
Auburn-Alabama is one of the most intense rivalries in college football. Both sides enjoy seeing the other side lose — sometimes a little too much. That being said, there are lots of Auburn fans who are looking forward to watching Alabama and Ole Miss face off Saturday (3:30 pm ET on CBS).
Auburn and Ole Miss get together on Oct. 29 in Oxford, but this weekend their fans can kind of be on the same side.
In honor of back-to-back years of Rebel victories, here are some captions and tweets Auburn fans will enjoy: 14 of the best from that Saban-to-Kiffin death stare last weekend.
— NotOleMissProblems (@OleMissNoProb) September 14, 2016
— Caleb Besaw (@Beastaw2315) September 12, 2016
Probably write about us in their diaries as well https://t.co/I2cT0NtD9C
— To The Rebs (@ToTheRebs) September 13, 2016
— NotOleMissProblems (@OleMissNoProb) September 11, 2016
Photo caption contest
Let’s have some fun of our own. Below is a picture of Gus Malzahn (courtesy of Auburn reporter Benjamin Wolk). Submit your best caption in the comment section and we might shout you out on Facebook Live.