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An important visitor
The bye week will give Auburn players a chance to recover and rest, but arguably the most valuable thing happening on the Plains this week was a visit from rape survivor Brenda Tracy on Tuesday.
Tracy has visited schools across the country. She shares her story (and bravery) and also inspires different ways that student-athletes can have a positive impact when it comes to fighting sexual assault.
SEC Country broke the news of Tracy’s visit during preseason camp. She said then that visiting an SEC school like Auburn is something that she definitely doesn’t take for granted.
“Whenever I go to a school where football is life, I think wow, this is a place where we could really have a profound effect,” Tracy said in August. “These kids, because football is life, these kids, could really change their communities in a really profound way. I feel like athletics and college campuses are so influential. They have this unique ability to influence their campus and communities and their states because all eyes are on them.”
— Brenda Tracy (@brendatracy24) October 11, 2016
Another important lesson
The offensive line play has improved a great deal since the Tigers first two games of the season, largely due to teamwork and trust.
At least that’s how senior Alex Kozan explains some of Auburn’s progress. Kozan shared a little bit about his experience in San Diego following Navy Seals as they trained.
Navy Seal training is intense (to say the least). You can learn more about it and get a better understanding of what Kozan might have seen on the west coast here.
It's about teamwork and trusting the guy next to you.
— SEC (@SEC) October 11, 2016
Running back banter
Kerryon Johnson has been busy on Twitter during the off week. The sophomore shared some funny stories with the media about fans mistaking him for someone else because of his size and stature. Apparently, Johnson has been mistaken for someone else or encountered an unbelieving fan once again.
The amount of times I get the phrase "you don't look like you play RB" or "youre a lot smaller than you look on TV" a day is funny lol
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 10, 2016
And fellow sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway, who has about 30 pounds on Johnson, had a thought.
— Big Savage (@Uno_Kam) October 10, 2016
Johnson responded with perhaps the truest comment in Twitter history.
Not everybody can be you lol https://t.co/tCnIWjbLZU
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 10, 2016
Very, very true.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 11, 2016
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg asked head coach Gus Malzahn a few questions.
- Fly War Eagle’s Jake Mastroianni has realistic expectations for the Tigers moving forward.
- Greg Ostendorf examined the Tigers’ new and improved look halfway through the season for ESPN.
- College and Magnolia’s DrZeyesonAU wrote about how Auburn quarterback Sean White is a road warrior.
- Wesley Sinor discussed senior wide receiver Tony Stevens’ costly mistake against Mississippi State (and how he made up for it).
- Brad Crawford of 247Sports.com pointed out how much ESPN’s Desmond Howard believes in Auburn.
Auburn in the NFL
If you weren’t recently paying attention to the NFL (or Monday night) because you were too busy in the midst of an extended celebration of Auburn’s win over Mississippi State, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
Former Auburn players made some pretty exciting plays in the NFL even in the absence of Cam Newton (out with a concussion).
To recap, Cameron Artis-Payne handled Newton’s absence pretty well and receiver Sammie Coates continues solidifying his place as one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite Steeler targets. Coates caught 6 passes for 139 yards in Pittsburgh’s 31-13 win over the Jets.
RB Cameron Artis-Payne: #TBvsCAR
•2 rush TDs pic.twitter.com/TbvbjyVG1q
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) October 11, 2016
Monster performance – Sammie Coates with 6 receptions, 139 yards, 2 touchdowns. ? pic.twitter.com/cumPumAGKX
— LeadingNFL ™ ? (@LeadingNFL) October 9, 2016
It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but as the current Tigers have started to turn around things on the Plains, former Auburn players are starting to heat up in the pros. Here are updates, also known as evidence to support this connection, of how former Auburn players faired in Week 5:
- Peyton Barber (RB, Tampa) got his first NFL carries in the Bucs’ win over Artis-Payne and the Panthers.
- Angelo Blackson (DL, Tennessee) made his first NFL start in the Titans’ win over the Dolphins.
- Quan Bray (WR, Indianapolis) did a little bit of everything for the Colts. He caught 2 passes for 29 , ran the ball (7 yards) and returned a punt 20 yards. For the season, Bray is averaging 25.9 yards on kick returns.
- Karlos Dansby (LB, Cincinnati) had three total tackles in the Bengals’ loss.
- Chris Davis (CB, San Francisco) returned two kicks (long of 20 yards) in the 49ers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
- King Dunlap (OL, San Diego) started after missing the Texans’ last two games with migraines.
- Davonte Lambert (DE, Tampa Bay) started at defensive end for Tampa Bay. He totaled four tackles and forced a critical fumble for the Bucs late in the second half of the win over Carolina.
- Ricardo Louis (WR, Cleveland) caught 2 passes (long of 8) in the Browns’ road loss to the Patriots.
- Cody Parkey (PK, Cleveland) made his lone extra point.
- Jerraud Powers (CB, Baltimore) had four total tackles in the Ravens’ loss to Washington.
- Jay Prosch (FB, Houston) helped block in the Texans’ loss to the Vikings.
- Greg Robinson (OL, Los Angeles) started in the Rams’ loss to the Buffalo Bills.
- Pat Sims (DL, Cincinnati) recorded four tackles in the Bengals’ loss to Dallas.
- CJ Uzomah (TE, Cincinnati) totaled 5 receptions for 43 yards also in the Bengals’ loss.
Wednesday Poll: The most heated debate of all
Back to what Auburn players are saying on Twitter. This back and forth, however leads to this week’s Wednesday poll question.
Auburn quarterback Sean White was thinking about taking his team to Cracker Barrel.
Team Cracker Barrel trip might be coming up soon
— Sean White (@SeanWhiteAU) October 9, 2016
Everyone seemed all in…
If you paying??? https://t.co/tgpioxcwbX
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 9, 2016
— Will Hastings (@WillHastings7) October 9, 2016
— Kevin Phillips (@KevNadian) October 9, 2016
So SEC Country wants to know what Auburn fans think.
Also, if you feel like answering more poll questions related to the Tigers, head over to College and Magnolia.