Brandon 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.
Emory Blake came to Auburn in 2009 as a 42nd ranked wide receiver. While at Auburn he had quite the career. He played alongside Cam Newton in 2010 and helped lead the Tigers to their first national championship since 1957. During his four seasons at Auburn, he set the record for longest play from scrimmage after a 94-yard touchdown catch off a pass from his Heisman-winning quarterback. Blake also had four 100-yard career receiving games becoming the fifth all-time at Auburn. He was the 24th player in school history to break the 1,000-yard career receiving barrier during a game against Ole Miss in the 2011 season. Blake finished 17th in AU history with 1,233 yards receiving and ninth with 13 receiving touchdowns.
In 2013, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams and played for three seasons. His father, Jeff Blake, also played in the NFL and retired after 14 seasons as a quarterback. Jeff Blake once joked that Emory was his personal practice receiver when Emory was growing up. “Somebody had to get me ready for the season when I played, he was my receiver during the offseason,” Jeff said.
Former All-SEC wide receiver, Lawyer Tillman was one of the best Auburn receivers to grace Pat Dye Field. He played for Auburn from 1985-1988. During his career, he caught 93 passes for 1,808 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 1986, he finished #1 in the SEC with the most receiving yards per reception and #3 in receiving touchdowns. He was most famous for an eight-yard reverse play in the final seconds of the 1986 Iron Bowl that brought home a 21-17 win for Auburn. After his final season, he was drafted 31st overall in 1989 by the Cleveland Browns and finished his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers in 1995.
On April 6, he was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in his hometown of Mobile, AL. His son, Robert Tillman Jr., played for Auburn during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in psychology.
Nick Fairley was a staple in the Auburn defense as soon as he arrived in 2009. He appeared in 13 games with two starts including a start versus Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Fairley was a part of Auburn’s 2010 National Championship team where he played alongside Cam Newton. During that season he won the Lombardi Award, Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times during the season. Fairley started in all 14 games and finished with 60 tackles with 24.0 TFL’s and 11.5 sacks. He was the first player since Sen’Derrick Marks in 2007 to have fumble recovery and INT in a game. He also became the second player in school history to win the Lombardi Award after his position coach, Tracy Rocker who won the award in 1988. His defensive efforts in the National Championship earned him defensive MVP honors.
Four days after the BCS National Championship, Fairley entered the 2011 NFL Draft. He was selected 13th overall by the Detroit Lions and signed a 4-year contract with the team. He played for the ST. Louis Rams for one year before signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints. He recorded career-highs in sacks and tackles in 2016 and signed a 4-year extension with the Saints this off-season.
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.
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.”
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.