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June 2017

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 72 Shon Coleman

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Only seventy-two more days until Auburn football!

Today, we commemorate Shon Coleman, a notable wearer of jersey number seventy-two during his time at Auburn between 2011 and 2015.

Coleman not only had to overcome the obstacles of football, however. In Spring 2010, a few months after signing with Auburn, Shon was diagnosed with leukemia, and underwent treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

After Coleman was cleared for limited practice in 2012, he did not see any game time due to being redshirted. Luckily, the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility, leaving him four years left to play.

In 2013, Coleman played in seven games, earning his first varsity letter after three years away from the sport battling leukemia. In the 2014 season, he played in all thirteen games at left tackle, while also earning SEC Academic Honor Roll. By his senior year, he was a second-year starter, and was invited to the Senior Bowl.

The Cleveland Browns selected Coleman in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. On June 6th, he signed a four-year contract with the Browns. Coleman began the regular season as the backup right tackle to Austin Pasztor.

War Eagle Shon!

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 73 Lee Ziemba

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Only 73 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 73; Lee Ziemba.

The Rogers, Arkansas native went to Rogers High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2007. Ziemba holds the Auburn record for consecutive starts at 52 as he started every game of his career. Ziemba became the sixth lineman in AU history to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2010. Ziemba was a staple on the Auburn offensive line throughout his career and a big part of the offense that became the first AU team to ever rush for 300 yards or more in six straight SEC games during the 2010 season. He was a member of the 2010 SEC Champion and 2010 National Champion Auburn team.

Following his graduation from Auburn, Ziemba was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

War Eagle Lee!

Lee Ziemba

The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part One

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milb logoThere are currently two former Auburn players that are in the major leagues, Josh Donaldson and Grant Dayton, but there are nine former Tigers that are working their way up through the minor leagues. Unlike professional football and basketball, a contract does not guarantee big money with the big boys. After being drafted and/or signed, a player is assigned to a minor league affiliate for the major league club that holds their contract- single A is the lowest level, followed by single-A advanced, double-A and triple A. Here’s a look at the former Tigers in the minor leagues that are working towards getting a call-up to the majors:

 

Justin CampFollowing his senior year at Auburn, right handed pitcher Justin Camp was drafted in the 37th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Camp pitched all four years at Auburn from 2013-2016 and was most impressive as a junior, when he posted a 2.33 ERA in 28 appearances out of the bullpen. In his senior year, Camp transitioned into a starting role and recorded a 3-5 record and a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts. The Royals initially assigned Camp to their single-A affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky to begin the 2017 season, then promoted him to their single-A advanced team in Wilmington, Delaware. So far this season, the Decatur native holds a 0-0 record and a 1.54 ERA.

 

Trey Cochran-GillIn 2014, Trey Cochran-Gill, who is a native of Tallassee, was drafted out of Auburn in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners. Cochran-Gill left Auburn after his junior year to sign with the Mariners in 2014, a year in which the right hander posted a 3.41 ERA in 28 relief appearances. In 2015, the Mariners promoted Cochran-Gill from their single-A team in Bakersfield, California to their double-A in Jackson, Mississippi, then to their triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Washington for one game. However, the Mariners traded Trey to the Oakland Athletics organization on December 8th, 2015 where he was placed on the roster for their double-A team in Midland, Texas and held a 4-5 record and a 3.07 ERA. After starting this season on the disabled list, the Mariners sent Cochran-Gill down to single-A ball in Stockton, Indiana.

 

Garrett CooperAnother Tiger working his way through the minor leagues is Garrett Cooper. Cooper transferred to Auburn from El Camino Community College to play his junior and senior years at Auburn. In his senior year, the Auburn first baseman hit .354 with seven homers and 37 RBI. His outstanding play earned him a 6th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Brewers initially placed him at their single-A team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin after signing with the team, but Cooper has worked his way through the Brewers farm system to the Brewers triple-A team in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he is currently knocking the cover off the ball hitting .362 with 11 homers and 56 RBI.

 

Damek TomschaAnother corner infielder working his way to the show is third baseman Damek Tomscha. Tomscha transferred to Auburn from Iowa Western Community College to play his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season in 2014, Tomscha hit .313 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was then drafted that summer by the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies and assigned to the Phillies single-A team in Lakewood, New Jersey. At the beginning of the 2016 season, Tomscha was promoted to the single-A advanced team in Clearwater, Florida. Tomscha is still in Clearwater and is currently hitting .296 with seven homers and 32 RBI this season.

 

Joshua PalaciosFormer Auburn center fielder Joshua Palacios was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Palavios only played one year at Auburn after transferring from San Jacinto College, then left Auburn after he was drafted to sign with the Blue Jays organization. He was first assigned to the Blue Jays single-A affiliate in Lansing, Michigan and after some brief stints in Blue Jays rookie leagues, returned to Lansing to begin his 2017 campaign. This year for the Lugnuts, Palacios is hitting a tough .195 with 14 RBI.

 

The road to the show is not always an easy one, but be sure to keep an eye out for these Auburn baseball alumni in the majors in the coming years. On Friday, five more Auburn players that are currently in the minor leagues will be in the spotlight in “The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part Two” right here on espnau.com

 

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 74 Jamar Travis

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

The season opener versus Georgia Southern is getting closer, and we are honoring former players. Today we are showing appreciation for former defensive lineman #74 Jamar Travis. While attending W.S. Neal High School in Brewton, Alabama, in his junior season he had 60 tackles (including 20 tackles for loss and four sacks). He was named a PrepStar All-American, and was First Team All-State. In the 2010 season at Auburn, Jamar appeared in 14 games. He logged tackles against the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a part of the special teams in the Iron Bowl and in SEC Championship win against South Carolina. Jamar also had a tackle during the BCS National Championship win over Oregon. During the 2011 season, he played in all 13 games. While attending Auburn University, Jamar pursued a degree in Public Administration. War Eagle Jamar!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 75 Brandon Mosley

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5543267Brandon Mosley came to Auburn in 2010 as a transfer and immediately played his role. Coming in from Coffeyville Community College, Mosley started in 11 straight games and appeared in 14. Filling in for an injured Lee Ziemba against Mississippi State and an injured A.J. Greene versus South Carolina earned him his big break. Mosley helped Auburn’s offensive line rush for 190 yards against MSU and earned his first start against South Carolina where the Tigers racked up 334 rushing yards and 492 total yards. He helped the Tigers set all-time high points versus an SEC team when they scored 65 points against Arkansas. In the SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, Mosley helped Auburn rack up 589 yards total offense with 238 yards rushing and 351 passing. The Tigers set a record for most points in a quarter after scoring 21 points in the first.

After helping Auburn win the National Championship against Oregon, Brandon Mosley was drafted as the 131st pick in round four of the NFL Draft to the New York Giants. He started in one game and played in 22 games before being listed as injured by the Giants. Mosley is currently a free agent.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 76 Tim Duckworth

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Tim Duckworth pic76 days away from the start of Auburn football and today we look at offensive guard, Tim Duckworth. Duckworth played for Taylorsville High School in Mississippi and lined up on both sides of the ball. While in high school, Duckworth was ranked among the top 15 offensive linemen in the nation by Rivals100.com. Duckworth started playing for the Tigers in 2003 at reserve defensive tackle and ended his career in Auburn in the 2005 season playing offensive guard. While playing for the Tigers, Duckworth received the honors of repeating as an All-SEC second team choice by the media and in 2006 was awarded first-team honors from the league’s coaches.

 

Duckworth was majoring in adult education at Auburn and was later signed by the Denver Broncos in 2007. He also spent a little time on the practice squads of the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Carolina Panthers.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 77 King Dunlap

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Only 77 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 77; King Dunlap.

Dunlap came to Auburn in 2003, but was redshirted his Freshman year. In 2004, he played in thirteen games, primarily on special teams. In his 2005 season, he played in eleven games, and was able to rack up two rodeo blocks, and a cockroach block against South Carolina.

By Dunlap’s 2006 season, he started in all thirteen games, and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the week in October after the Tulane game.

Dunlap was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 230th pick overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, where he signed a four year contract. He suffered an ankle injury, however, which ended his 2008 season. In 2009, he played in twelve games.

In March of 2013, Dunlap signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers. In 2014, he played in all sixteen games, starting in every one of them for the first time in his career.

On June 12th, 2017, King Dunlap announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.

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Four Auburn Players Drafted in the MLB Draft

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The 2017 first year player draft is in the books and four Auburn Tigers will get the opportunity to play at the next level. Keegan Thompson, Jonah Todd, Daniel Robert, and Gabe Klobosits were selected in this year’s MLB Draft. If Thompson and Todd decide to decline the offer, they may return to Auburn because they still have NCAA eligibility but both are expected to sign with the team they were drafted by.

 

Keegan ThompsonAuburn red shirt junior pitcher Keegan Thompson was the first Tiger to get drafted, as he went in the third round to the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Thompson became the 105th overall pick in the draft, and most likely would have gone sooner he wouldn’t have had Tommy John Surgery in 2016. Thompson was drafted last year by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round, but declined it to pitch one more year at Auburn where he finished the year with a 7-4 record an a 2.41 ERA. The Tigers right hander impressed scouts with a great curveball as well as two-seam and four-seam fastballs, with his four-seamer touching 95 mph. He is described by many MLB scouts as a “mature and polished” pitcher and as a 22 year old developed college pitcher, he should go through the minors quickly.

 

Jonah ToddAfter Thompson, Auburn junior center fielder Jonah Todd got the call in the 6th round when he was drafted 175th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Todd just finished his junior year at Auburn after transferring from Marion Military Academy following his sophomore year where he was given the ACCC Defensive Player of the Year honors. This season at Auburn, Todd hit .376 with 37 RBI. The Tiger center fielder is expected to sign with the Angels rather than return to Auburn for his senior year.

 

Daniel RobertIn the 21st round, the Texas Rangers selected Auburn senior first baseman Daniel Robert. Robert was selected 644th overall as a right handed pitcher. He primarily played first base for the Tigers this year hitting .290 with 42 RBI this year, but he did make six relief appearances in which he recorded a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 total innings with 11 strikeouts. The Rangers will obviously attempt to develop him in their farm system as a pitcher rather than a position player, and he has the size to do so (Robert stands 6-5 and 236 pounds).

 

Gabe KlobositsThe final Tiger that was selected in the draft was Auburn senior pitcher Gabe Klobosits. Klobosits was taken in the 30th round by the Washington Nationals. He was taken 1093rd overall and recorded a 5.18 ERA this season in 17 appearances, four of them starts. Like Robert, Klobosits has the size to be a major leaguer (Klobosits stands 6-7 and weighs 249 pounds).

 

Seven SEC Players Get Drafted in Round One of The 2017 MLB Draft

 

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 78 Darius James

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We are now 78 days away from kickoff to the 2017 Auburn football season and today we honor current Auburn Tiger, #78 Darius James. The Killeen, Texas native attended Harker Heights High School and was selected to play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game. In 2014, James began his college career playing for the University of Texas and competed in 6 games, but decided to transfer to Auburn after the season. James began his Auburn career in 2016 and played in all 13 games. He became the starting left tackle for the last 8 games of the season. War Eagle Darius!

 

Darius James