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July 2017

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 33 Will Hastings

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Only 33 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 33; Will Hastings.

The Little Rock, Arkansas native went to Pulaski Academy before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2015.

Hastings tallied 2,040 receiving yards in his high school senior season, becoming just the second receiver in state history to gain 2,000 yards in a season.

Hastings appeared in two games in 2015 and had one kickoff against LSU. The kicker-turned-wide receiver appeared in 11 games in 2016. The first touchdown of his career came on a 29-yard catch against Arkansas State. Six of 11 catches in 2016 gained first downs.

2017 will be the junior season for Will Hastings.

War Eagle Will!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 34 Bo Jackson

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Bo Jackson

In continuing our celebration of former Auburn football players, today we are honoring former running back #34 Vincent “Bo” Jackson. Bo grew up in Bessemer, Alabama, and attended McAdory High School in McCalla Alabama. As a senior in high school, he rushed for 1,175 yards. While playing baseball for the high school, he also recorded 20 home runs in just 25 games. He was a two-time champion in the decathlon. In 1982, he set state school records for indoor high jumps (6’9”) and triple jump (48’8”). In June 1982, Jackson was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the MLB draft, but instead chose to attend Auburn University on a football scholarship after being recruited heavily by then head coach Pat Dye. Throughout his time at Auburn, Jackson earned 4,675 all-purpose yards, 45 total touchdowns (45 rushing, two receiving). During his freshman season, he became known for his infamous “Bo Over the Top” play in the 1982 Iron Bowl. It was fourth down with 2:26 left in the game, Bo convinced Pat Dye to let him make the play. He went over the top for a one-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 23-22 victory over instate rival Alabama. He also made a one handed grab on an option pitch versus Boston College in the Tangerine Bowl. As a sophomore, Bo was named the MVP. In his junior season, he missed quite a lot of the games due to injury, but still earned MVP honors at the Liberty Bowl after defeating Arkansas. In 1985, Bo rushed for 1,786 yards, the second best single season performance in SEC history, and also was awarded the Heisman Trophy. His jersey number, 34, was officially retired in 1992. While in high school and college, he also played baseball and ran track and field. Going into the 1986 NFL Draft, he ran a 4.12 ’40-yard’ dash. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but due to issues, he chose to play for the then Los Angles Raiders, whom he spent four seasons with. After he suffered a hip injury, ending his football career, Bo went on to play professional baseball. He played for the Kansas City Royals (1986-1990), Chicago White Sox (1991, 1993), and the California Angels (1994). He officially retired form sports at the age of 32. In 1995, Jackson completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Development at Auburn, fulfilling the promise he made to his late mother. In 2007, he was ranked #8 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players in College Football History. He was awarded the 2011 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. In April of 2012, Bo Bikes Bama, a 300-mile cycling event, was initiated in order to support victims of the deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama. As of 2014, Jackson is serving as an ambassador to the Chicago White Sox. War Eagle Bo!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 36 Cody Parkey

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cody parkey picWe are only 36 days away from the start of the Auburn football season and today we look at kicker, Cody Parkey. Parkey was the number 1 ranked kicker by ESPN and number 2 placekicker by Scout.com while playing for Jupiter High School. He arrived on campus in 2010 and averaged 63.2 yards on just 35 kickoffs. In 2012 he had a streak of 51 consecutive PATs and in 2013 he led the nation with 69 touchbacks while also having a streak of 90 consecutive PAT kicks. In Auburn history, Parkey ranks in the top 5 in all kicking categories. Parkey was originally signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts after college and is now playing for the Cleveland Browns

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 27 John Vaughn

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Only 37 short days until Auburn kickoff!

Today we celebrate a notable kicker and number 37 for the Auburn Tigers, John Vaughn.

In the 2006 season, Vaughn was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, and was a Lou Groza Award finalist. His 42 yard Cotton Bowl Classic field goal was his twentieth made out of twenty-four attempts, and made him the second Auburn kicker ever to complete twenty or more field goals in a single season.

Vaughn went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans on April 30, 2007. He was released from the Titans after Tennessee’s 3rd Pre-season game, but was resigned on July 31st, 2008. Vaughn was later cut from the roster by the Titans to make room for another former Auburn kicker, Rob Bironas.

War Eagle, John!

 

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 38 Daniel Carlson

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We are only 38 days away from Auburn football! Today we recognize a current member of the Auburn football team and someone who wears number 38 on his jersey.

That player is Daniel Carlson.

Carlson has appeared in 39 games in his career. He is a two-time Lou Groza Award finalist at placekicker. Carlson holds 12 Auburn kick or scoring records, including a record eight field goals of over 50 yards. Carlson holds the Auburn career field goals made record with 69.

2017 will be Carlson’s senior season.

War Eagle Daniel!

Daniel Carlson

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 39 Spencer Pybus

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Spencer Pybus

We are only 39 days away from our season opener versus Georgia Southern, kickoff slated for September 2nd. In continuing our honoring former Auburn football players, today we are celebrating former linebacker #39 Spencer Pybus. He attended Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama. As a junior, he recorded 128 tackles and two sacks. As a senior, he recorded 146 tackles, including six for losses, five sacks, and he intercepted three passes (two of which resulted in touchdowns). In 2008, he came to Auburn, where he played in all 12 games, and had one tackle for loss. Spencer had 14 tackles total, even with limited game time action. He made the All SEC Freshmen Team. While attending Auburn University, Spencer pursued a degree in Building Science.