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Link sAUsage: 26 April 2016

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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AUBURN ATHLETICS

Seventy-six Tigers were named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. That's always great to hear.

Last night Auburn held its annual "AUSPY Awards," which recognize athletes, teams, achievements, etc from the previous sporting year.

BASEBALL

See Auburn's 1989 SEC Championship baseball team honor one of their teammates who may not be as well-known as star Frank Thomas.

BASKETBALL

Auburn needed depth at the point guard position, and now they have it. Ronnie Johnson, a graduate transfer from Houston who is eligible to play immediately, committed to Auburn, yesterday. Now Auburn will have Johnson, Tahj Shamsid-Deen, and true freshman Jared Harper at the point.

SOFTBALL

ESPN says Kasey Cooper is building her case for the NCAA Softball player of the year award. That's coming off her walk-off win against Georgia Friday night. Meanwhile, a finalist for the award last season, Emily Carosone, was named SEC Co-Player of the Week for her performance last weekend.

TENNIS

Senior Pleun Burgmans was named to the SEC's All-Tournament Team following the SEC Women's Tennis Championships last week.

FOOTBALL

ESPN is power-ranking the SEC programs position-by-position now that all Spring practices have concluded. The first position up is Quarterback. Auburn is down the list, but I have to say that their characterization of the situation is way off base. No one expected "the clouds to part" and JF3 to take charge of the QB battle. At least not in the Spring period.

One position that disappeared from last season was tight end. They rarely played and never caught a pass during the 2015 campaign. AL.com ponders what their role will be in the 2016 season. It will be expanded from last year, I can guarantee that.

Herb Hand let us in on a little secret, yesterday, as he listed the first five and next two up on the offensive line. I don't think there are any real surprises to his list given what we've heard over the last few weeks and last two years.