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Saturday really was a beautiful day for a homecoming blowout. It still was hot, but not nearly as scorching as it has been through Auburn’s first four home games.
What better way to celebrate great weather and football than with this cool video featured on the Jumbotron before the game?
Fans saw a compilation of all things Auburn to the soundtrack of “You Are My Sunshine” by Chris and Morgane Stapleton. The production is striking and it really did turn some heads. Check it out:
And because you can never really see enough highlights from a team’s big homecoming win. With that, here are a few more from Auburn’s blowout of Louisiana-Monroe:
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 3, 2016
— Marquel Harrell (@BWAQuel) October 3, 2016
— The Opening (@TheOpening) October 2, 2016
Oh, and Kyle Davis can’t stop (and thankfully won’t stop) dancing.
— Chris Moody (@chrismoodycom) October 2, 2016
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf says Auburn has momentum going back to SEC play.
- Rick Karle, of WBRC Fox 6, says the Tigers may have fixed red-zone issues.
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg writes about an improved Sean White one year after his first college start.
- SB Nation’s Ethan Lee details the opening odds of the Auburn-Mississippi State game.
- Fly War Eagle’s Jake Mastroianni writes about the historical impact and importance of this week’s SEC series.
- AL.com’s Drew Champlin speaks with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze about what it takes to beat Alabama.
- The MMQB’s Dominic Bonvissuto catches up with Auburn Heisman winner Bo Jackson. Jackson provided some interesting comments on head trauma.
Auburn in the NFL
Honoring a Black & Gold legend. pic.twitter.com/OkRCZ5vbGt
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 3, 2016
Former Auburn linebacker Kevin Greene was honored in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Greene was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1985 NFL draft (113th overall). In 15 seasons in the league, Greene spent time with the Rams, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-95).
Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, the five-time Pro Bowler racked up 160 sacks in his career (third all-time when he retired) and was named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1990s.
Here’s what you get when you’re as good as Greene:
Here is the ring Kevin Greene will receive. 27th Steeler play to receive one. pic.twitter.com/QgM7KvWjY4
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) October 2, 2016
And here’s who you get to hang out with:
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) October 2, 2016
And if you’re really amazing, you get to decide how you’ll be remembered.
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) September 30, 2016
Here are a few more updates of what former Tigers are doing in the NFL:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber didn’t record any stats in Tampa Bay’s 27-7 loss to the Denver Broncos.
- Defensive tackle Davonte Lambert had 2 tackles (both solo) in the Buccaneers loss to the Broncos.
- LB Daren Bates, a special teams captain, had 1 solo tackle (2 total) in the Raiders’ close 28-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
- Angelo Blackson, a Tennessee Titans defensive lineman, assisted on a tackle in the Titans’ 27-20 loss to the Houston Texans.
- Quan Bray returned a kick 39 yards and two punts (9.0 yard average) in the Colts’ 30-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bray has been the primary returner on kickoffs and punts for Indianapolis this season. He’s averaging 25.8 yards on five kick returns (6.2 yards on five punt returns).
- Offensive tackle Shon Coleman didn’t play in Cleveland’s 31-20 loss to Washington.
- San Francisco cornerback Chris Davis assisted on a sack (first of his career). He also returned a kick 23 yards, though the 49ers fell 24-17 to the Dallas Cowboys.
- King Dunlap didn’t take the field in the San Diego’s 35-34 loss to the New Orleans Saints (migraines).
- Defensive lineman Nick Fairley recorded 1.5 sacks for the second straight game in the Saints’ win. It was the fourth consecutive start for the nose tackle.
- Dee Ford racked up 6 total tackles as the starting outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, though he was overpowered by Sammie Coates and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Running back Corey Grant returned four kicks (20.0 yard-average) and recorded a long of 28 yards in the Jaguars’ win over the Colts.
Three former Tigers are in the hunt for a World Series trophy this month.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays), pitcher Grant Dayton (Dodgers) and catcher David Ross (Cubs) are all competing for spots in the World Series.
On Tuesday night the Blue Jays take on the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game, while the Dodgers and the Cubs both play on Friday evening.
— Auburn Baseball (@Auburn_Baseball) October 2, 2016
Happening on the Plains
It’s cooled off a little bit in the last couple of weeks so it’s the perfect time to head over and watch Auburn softball during two open practices this week.
These women are going to be fantastic again this season and you can see the making of winners. Like your Boys & Girls Club coaches told you when you were growing up, you practice how you play — and these women are talented.
Open practice times for this week at Jane B. Moore Field. ? pic.twitter.com/3HC8PplY2F
— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) October 3, 2016
Two women’s tennis players will head to California to play in the qualifying doubles bracket of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American tournament on Tuesday.
Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo will make this year the fifth straight in which Auburn has athletes competing in this prestigious event. The duo will open against UNLV.
Wish these ladies luck as they head to the West Coast.
Allie Michaud and Taylor Russo set for action in qualifying doubles at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American!
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) October 3, 2016
Once again (at this point it really is expected) women’s soccer had another outstanding athlete recognized this week.
Goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau was named the SEC defensive player of the week after she made four saves to help the Tigers shut out Missouri. It was Auburn soccer team’s fifth shutout so far this year.
Congrats to Sarah Le Beau as she garners @SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors!
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 3, 2016