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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 94 Nosa Eguae

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Tiger Track Classic on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine

We are 94 days away from the start of the 2017 Auburn Football season. In continuing our celebration of former players, we are honoring former defensive end #94 Nosa Eguae. While attending Summit High School in Mansfield, Texas, Nosa was named to the All District 4-5A Second Team and a PrepStar All-American. He also had a combined 143 tackles between his junior and senior season. During his freshman season at Auburn, he registered four solo tackles in the BCS National Championship win against Oregon in 2010. As a sophomore, Nosa started all 13 games, and he finished the season with 38 tackles, which happened to be the second most among AU defensive linemen. As a junior, Nosa was now a part of the veteran rotation and during his senior season, he was an Allstate AFCA Good Works team nominee as well as a College All-Star Bowl participant. Nosa graduated from Auburn University in May of 2013 with a degree in Communication. He also signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. War Eagle Nosa!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 95 Reid Brooks

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Reid Brooks Walkon football mugs Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst

On today’s edition of the countdown to kickoff, we’re featuring former basketball and football player for the Auburn Tigers, Reid Brooks. Brooks competed on the scout teams for Auburn during the 2012 season. Prior to sporting a football jersey, Brooks played basketball at Auburn from 2006-08 under coach Jeff Lebo. He majored in chemical engineering and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his time at the university.

Hailing from Dothan, Alabama, Brooks was named to the Dothan Eagle Super 12 honorable mention in high school as well as honorable mention all-state as a junior and senior. He also lettered in basketball during his career.

Brooks is now an offshore support engineer for Shell in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 96 Wayne Dickens

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Only 96 days to Auburn football! Today we celebrate Wayne Dickens who proudly wore number 96 during his time at Auburn.

Dickens’ football success didn’t start once he got to college, however. He had an impressive high school career in his hometown of Lakeland, Florida registering seventy-nine tackles, 9.5 sacks, five fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, nine tackles for loss, and five broken up passes. He was ranked the top defensive tackle in Florida by the Florida Times Union, and the number two defensive lineman in the southeast.

Upon arrival at Auburn University in 2001, Dickens’ was redshirted his freshman year. His sophomore year, he played in all thirteen games including three starts. In his 200waynedickens2 season as a sophomore, he finished with nineteen tackles, and five for loss. That year he was named the Most Improved Defensive Lineman by the coaching staff. By his senior year, he became a starting tackle for Auburn. During his time in college, Dickens became close with the team chaplain, Chette Williams, and began getting very involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

He signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent, but was dropped during camp. After getting cut, Chette offered him a job with the FCA speaking to high school students and athletes. The Titans called back wanting to get Dickens to re-sign after two athletes were injured, but Dickens said he had found his calling.

 

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 97 Josh Thompson

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97 days away from kickoff and today we recognize Josh Thompson. Thompson was a defensive tackle for the Tigers from 2003-2007. After redshirting during the 2003 season, Thompson was a part of a playing rotation at nose guard in 2004. Thompson finished with four tackles against Mississippi State, including two for loss and was named the Coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week for that performance. The Statesboro, Georgia native played in 10 games in the 2005 season, but missed the Ball State and Western Kentucky games due to an ankle injury. Thompson totaled 44 tackles during the 2006 season, including six against Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl. He finished his career with 67 tackles in the 2007 season.

After leaving Auburn, Thompson signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 2008 and then signed with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 2009.

 

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 98 Angelo Blackson

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Tiger Track Classic on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine

We are 98 days away from the 2017 Auburn Football season opener against Georgia Southern, and to celebrate this we are honoring former Auburn defensive tackle #98 Angelo Blackson. Mr. Blackson graduated from Auburn University in December 2014 with a degree in Sociology. While attending Red Lion Christian Academy, in Bear, Delaware, Angelo had the opportunity to play in the Underclassman Combine All-World Gridiron Classic. During his senior season in high school, he made 40 tackles including three sacks, three forced fumbles, and two pass deflections. His career at Auburn began in 2011, where he played in all 13 games as a true freshman. As a sophomore, Angelo blocked a Mississippi State field goal attempt, which happened to be the first field goal block from auburn since 2009. In his junior season, during the 2013 BCS title game, Angelo forced a Florida State fumble. During his senior season here at Auburn, he had his fourth blocked kick, was invited to the Medal of Honor Bowl and the NFL Combine. Angelo Blackson was drafted in 2015 by the Tennessee Titans in round four, where his is currently in his third season as a defensive end. He’s had 23 total tackles, including two and a half sacks and one forced fumble. War Eagle Angelo!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 99 Tez Doolittle

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This summer here at ESPN AU we’re counting down the days until Auburn’s first game against Georgia Southern on September 2. During the countdown, each day we’re going to remember an Auburn football player who made us proud to say “War Eagle.”1251926

Kicking off our countdown to that first game is former number 99, Tez Doolittle. Doolittle played for Auburn from 2003-2006. During the 2005 season under Coach Tuberville, he recorded seven tackles including two apiece versus Mississippi State, Ball State, and Western Kentucky. He also had a sack against Western Kentucky. In 2006, he finished with nine tackles including 1.5 for loss. He posted two tackles, including one for loss against Arkansas State and three tackles against Mississippi State.  The defensive lineman grew up not far from Auburn in Opelika where he played both defensive tackle and fullback for Opelika High School. During his high school career, he helped lead Opelika to the 6A playoffs and earned an ASWA Super All-State and 6A All-State selection.

After leaving Auburn, Doolittle signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 but never played in the league. In 2011, he made his SIFL debut with the Columbus Lions after leaving the Arizona Rattlers in the Arena Football League.

Auburn High Baseball Falls to Hoover in the 7A State Championship Series

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After becoming area 4 baseball champions, defeating Mary Montgomery in round one, McGill-Toolen in round two, and Theodore in round three, the Auburn High baseball team was unable to bring home the 2017 7A state championship on Saturday. Auburn won game one of the three game set at Paterson Field on Friday night by a score of 9-6. In the game, Teddy Benda went two for four with three RBI, and Rawlins Cleveland went two for three including a two-run home run in the first.

 

On Saturday the series moved to Riverwalk Stadium where the Tigers dropped the first game 4-0. Hoover starter Brock Guffey dominated the Tigers offense, as he went 7.0 innings allowing just two hits and striking out 11. With the series tied, a tiebreaker game was needed to decide the 7A state champion, a game that Auburn lost in a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat. Hoover scored one run in the first and five in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Auburn began a rally in the fifth, scoring 2 runs to cut the deficit to 6-2. Auburn added on one more in the sixth, then Rowdy Jordan brought home two on an RBI single in the seventh to give the Tigers life down 6-5. However, Jordan then got picked off first base to kill the rally. Hoover started Devin Cole got credit for the win for going 5.0 innings allowing no earned runs while Brock Guffey, who had started game two, came in and got the save in game three. 


Auburn finished the season an impressive 28-12 and got 7A State runner-up for the second year in a row. 

The 2017 7A State Championship Begins Tonight on ESPN 106.7

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ahs-logo-smallThe Auburn High Tiger baseball team is getting set to begin the 2017 7A AHSAA State Championship on Friday night. Auburn comes into game one as winners of four straight, including a sweep of Theodore in the 7A semifinal series. Despite having a less than stellar performance in the series against Theodore Auburn Senior Rowdey Jordan comes into the State Championship with a team best .404 batting average including eight home runs and 28 RBI. Clay Golson comes into the championship swinging a hot bat. He went three for five with four RBI in the semifinal series. Also Auburn junior Tanner Jones, who was batting in the nine spot last Friday, did not perform like a typical nine-hole hitter. He went three for seven with two runs scored and a home run to center field.

 

Auburn also comes into the series with strong starting pitching. Junior Drew Jennings comes into the State Championship with a 5-2 record and a 3.56 ERA in 11 starts, including a win in game one against Theodore. Junior Brooks Fuller holds a 9-1 record and a 2.70 ERA in 10 starts. Fuller got credit for the win in game two in the series against Theodore. In the first three series of this year’s playoff, Auburn Head Coach Matt Cimo has pitched Jennings in game one, Fuller in game two, and junior Ryan Lambert in game three. If that rotation is kept for the State Championship, Jennings would take on Hoover in game one Friday night.

 

As for Hoover, they were extremely impressive in the semifinal series against Vestavia Hills, rallying from five runs down to win game one 9-8 in nine innings and won game two 3-1. Hoover is not used to this type of success in the playoffs. In fact, no player that will be taking the field Friday night for Hoover has ever made it passed the first round of the 7A playoffs before this year. Brandon Agsalud leads the Buccaneers in hitting this season with a .366 batting average and 26 RBI. Agsalud also is tied for the team lead in home runs with three. Hoover’s ace Devin Cole comes into the State Championship with a 4-2 record and a 1.60 ERA in 9 starts.

 

scott-bagwellGame one of the 7A State Championship series is set for Friday night at 6:00 CT. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the call from Paterson Field on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 5:45 CT. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 CT at Riverwalk Stadium. Coverage on ESPN 106.7 will begin at 9:45 CT. If a tiebreaker game three is necessary, it will be played after game two at Riverwalk Stadium. All of the coverage on ESPN 106.7 will be streamed online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.