On the precipice of making more history in Neville Arena, and with the Jungle out in full force, the nation’s longest active home winning streak ended before it could really begin. Texas A&M(14-6, 6-1 SEC) shot the lights out in the first half and held on to their 15-point halftime lead, taking down the Tigers 79-63.
Even with a non-conference week coming, and the Alabama and LSU meets on the horizon, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics is remaining focused on the task in front of it, as No. 20 NC State comes to town on Friday.
Before the 87th Iron Bowl, football radio analyst and former Auburn quarterback Stan White announced that after 22 years in the booth, he was retiring from his position with the Auburn Sports Network. Only a few months later, it has been announced that Jason Campbell, another former quarterback and legend in his own right, will be replacing White as the radio analyst ahead of the 2023 season.
The duo of Johni Broome and Wendell Green Jr. has led the Tigers throughout the season and it was more of the same today in Columbia. The duo earned a pair of double-doubles as Auburn took down the Gamecocks on their home turf, 81-66.
A Final Four banner was hung, Suni Lee won the all-around and Derrian Gobourne(along with her equally as exciting family) stole the show once again.
For the second time this season and the first time on the road, the Auburn defense held a team to under 50 points. The No. 16 Tigers of the Plains took care of the Bayou Bengals of LSU (12-6, 1-5 SEC) and cruised to a 67-49 victory behind a suffocating defense and another solid performance from the duo of Wendell Green Jr. and Jaylin Williams.
In a day filled with upsets and blowouts across the SEC, the No . 21 Auburn Tigers came close against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but ultimately prevailed 69-63 in front of a vintage Neville Arena crowd.
On the road once again, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics traveled to one of the toughest environments in all of college gymnastics, the Swamp. At the home of the No. 2 Gators, the Tigers led after the first rotation, but Florida pulled away behind three perfect 10s, winning the meet with a score of 197.825 to Auburn’s 197.200.
Hugh Freeze’s hot start as Auburn’s head football coach continued Thursday with another big time signing through the transfer portal. The Tigers have landed one of the top defensive tackles in the transfer portal and a former five-star from Kentucky, Justin Rogers.
It was not always pretty, with the Tigers even trailing at halftime, but Bruce Pearl’s offense came alive in the second half and helped secure the 82-73 victory over Ole Miss(8-8, 0-4 SEC).
Nick Mardner, a wide receiver from Cincinnati, and Brian Battie, a running back from USF, are transferring to the Plains for the 2023 season.
The rebuilding of Auburn’s defensive unit continued over the weekend as the Tigers turned to the transfer portal once again, and even landed a recruit with offers from several Power Five programs.
The No. 5 Auburn gymnastics team picked up right where they left off during the inaugural Super 16 in Vegas. Scoring a 197.350 at a quad meet that featured No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Michigan and No. 10 UCLA, the Tigers finished in third place behind Oklahoma(197.925) and Michigan(197.400).
Classes have not even started, students are still enjoying their winter breaks, but when Wendell Green Jr. opened the game with a four-point play, there was a sense of something different in the air of Neville Arena. It was not a perfect game from the Tigers, but Auburn’s game plan was sound and the Jungle roared once again as the Tigers took down the No. 13 Razorbacks 72-59.
Hugh Freeze and his staff earned the commitment of former Western Kentucky offensive tackle Gunner Britton.
There were no late-game heroics from Wendell Green Jr. this time at Stegeman, as the Auburn faithful in Athens and at home watched as the Bulldogs dismantled the Tigers 76-64. Mike White is now 7-3 against Bruce Pearl in the SEC and has his first signature win at Georgia.
The Georgia Bulldogs were the worst team in the SEC last season, but that did not the No. 1 Tigers from dueling with their familiar foes in a contest that had every fan on the edge of their seat until a Wendell Green, Jr. layup saved the day for Auburn and preserved that No. 1 ranking for a bit longer.
It was a long and eventful year for Auburn athletics. Sometimes labeling the year as a success or failure is the way to go, but a season of Auburn athletics can rarely be classified as that, so eventful just seems right. But what were some of the biggest stories for the Tigers during 2022, and could there be more of the same in 2023?
With a recruiting class that addressed the defensive front in need of depth and talent, Auburn will also be getting some help on the back end of the defense with two veteran cornerbacks returning to the Plains. According to a report from Justin Hokanson of AuburnLive, D.J. James and Nehemiah Pritchett will be back in the orange-and-blue for the 2023 season.
Marcus Davis joins the staff after a one-year stint at Georgia Southern, where he served as the wide receivers coach under Clay Helton.
On Wednesday, Auburn’s defense once again showed up in a huge way and saved the Tigers following another night of issues on the offensive end.
Hugh Freeze's first recruiting class on the Plains has been focused on addressing the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that continued Friday with a commitment from one of the top offensive tackles in the transfer portal, Dillon Wade.
The Tigers (10-2) defeated the Washington Huskies (9-4, 1-1 PAC-12) 84-61 to complete their west coast trip and head home for Christmas Break.
National Signing Day for college football begins early on December 21, and Auburn’s staff has pulled in three more recruits ahead of the event.