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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 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: 41 Greg Hall JR.

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Greg Hall Jr picWe are only 41 days away from Auburn football and today we look at Greg Hall JR., who is a senior linebacker. Hall was a two-time first-team all-state honoree at North Oconee High School in Georgia. Before coming to Auburn, Hall played for Appalachian State in 2012 and attended the University of North Georgia in 2013. Hall transferred to the Tigers in 2014 and joined as a walk-on, but was unable to play because of NCAA transfer rules. Hall saw his first amount of playing time last year largely on special teams, accounted for one tackle, and received a scholarship during preseason camp. He is currently studying in the College of Liberal Arts.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 46 Craig Stevens

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CraigStevens3We are now 46 days away from kickoff to the Auburn football season and today we look at linebacker, Craig Stevens. Stevens played for the Tigers from 2006-2009 and calls Tallahassee, Florida his hometown. While playing football for Lincoln High School he was able to earn the ranking of 35th best prospect coming out of Florida.


After only seeing playing time in a total of 3 games in 2006, Stevens was able to make the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team and was 11th on the team in tackles in 2007. 2009 turned out to be Stevens’ best year when he was most notably rewarded Auburn’s Co-Defensive MVP and was 11th in the SEC in tackles per game with 7.3. Altogether, Stevens started in 26 consecutive games for the Tigers and accounted for a total of 3 double-digit games, which were all in 2009.


Stevens went on to graduate with a degree in business management.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 51 Travis Williams

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Football Heads Thursday, March 21, 2014 in Auburn, AL Lauren Barnard

We are now only 51 days away from kicking off the new season!


Today we look at former linebacker and current linebacker’s coach of the Auburn Tigers, Travis Williams. Williams is from Columbia, South Carolina and attended Spring Valley High School where he holds a school record for most tackles in a season (160), most solo tackles (17) in a game, and most solo tackles in a season (110). Not only was Williams known for football, but also for track and basketball.


After being redshirted his first year at Auburn, Williams went on to lead the Tigers during the 2004 undefeated season with 80 tackles and also won the Pat Dye Leadership award in 2004 and 2005. Williams was also second in tackles in 2005 and third in 2003.


When Williams graduated from Auburn with a degree in criminology and criminal justice he was then drafted by the Atlanta Falcons where he would play for 2 years. After his stint in the NFL, he coached high school football in S.C. and Georgia for a few years and is now the linebacker’s coach at Auburn University.



Days to Auburn Kickoff: 56 Avery Young

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Avery Young Football Heads Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Auburn, AL Lauren Barnard

We are now 56 days away from the start of the Auburn football season and today we look at offensive linemen, Avery Young. Young hails from Palm Beach Garden High School in south Florida and was the 14th ranked player in the state coming out of high school. Coming to Auburn in 2012, Young earned a spot on the SEC Honor Roll while playing right offensive tackle and in 2013 started 9 games for the SEC Champion Tigers. Young also played right and left guard during his career at Auburn.

After graduating with a degree in Fitness, Conditioning and Performance, Young signed with the New Orleans Saints and was later released. Now, Young plays offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 61 Zeke Smith

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Zeke Smith_1We are now 61 days away from the start of Auburn football and today we honor one of the best linemen in the school’s history, Zeke Smith. Smith played offensive line for the Tigers in the 1950s and was a piece of the 1957 national championship team. In 1958 Smith was the first Tiger ever to win the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best lineman in the country, and in 1977 Auburn created the Zeke Smith Award that is given to the best defensive player on the team each year. After Auburn, Smith went on to play for the Baltimore Colts, New York Giants, and also played 2 years in the Canadian Football League. Smith passed away at the age of 79 last year.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 66 Jeff Lott

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Jeff Lott_1We are only 66 days away from the start of Auburn football and today we look at offensive guard, Jeff Lott. After attended East Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia, Lott is best remembered as being part of coach Pat Dye’s era at Auburn from 1982-1985 and received All-SEC honors in 1984. Not only did Lott start 3 years at Auburn, but also helped the Tigers to 4 straight bowl games, including the 50th Sugar Bowl and 50th Cotton Bowl. Lott is known for being one of the best offensive guards to play for the Tigers, as well as being one of the main blockers for legendary running back, Bo Jackson. Today, you can find Lott teaching Sunday school to kids in low-income neighborhoods.




Days to Auburn Kickoff: 71 Willie Anderson

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Willie_171 days till the beginning of Auburn football and today we look at offensive tackle, Willie Anderson. Born in Mobile, AL, Anderson played at Vigor High School. Anderson came to Auburn in 1993 and played till 1995 while majoring in marketing. After college, Anderson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 10th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and was voted into 4 Pro Bowls, as well as being awarded first-team All-Pro 3 times in his professional career. He played a total of 13 seasons in the NFL and out of his 195 games he started 184.


After his professional career, Anderson helped work with the Cincinnati Bengals during training camp, as well as helping the staff at Georgia Tech. This year Anderson has been seen at his old high school teaching young aspiring offensive linemen.

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 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: 81 Terrell Zachery

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Terrell Zachery Football Heads on Wednesday April 28, 2010 in Auburn Al.  Todd Van Emst

We are now 81 days away from Auburn football and today we honor number 81 wide receiver, Terrell Zachery. Zachery is from Wadley, AL and attended Wadley High School where he ranked No.21 nationally amongst wide receivers and was the No.12 player in Alabama. When arriving at Auburn, Zachery was redshirted in his first season, but went on to play up until the 2010 season where the Tigers went undefeated. Zachery finished his career at Auburn with 71 receptions for 1106 yards and 9 touchdowns, while also accounting for 1 rushing touchdown.


Zachery graduated with a major in public relations and signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent where he played 3 pre-season games and then was waived by the team.