Good morning! Here's your Auburn update for today
While it's not sports-related, as a graduate of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, I had to share this one: a team of Auburn students won an award for their design of a Hyperloop control subsystem. There are a lot of design issues that have to be tackled when attempting to design what has been called a "vacuum train" that can go up to 700 MPH. Personally I'm really proud that an Auburn team helped push that technology forward.
Alright, sticking to sports now:
Incoming JUCO transfer quarterback John Franklin III will be featured in a Netflix documentary on East Mississippi Community College called "Last Chance U". Though the documentary will focus on the mistakes players have made to get to EMCC, Franklin just wanted playing time and a chance at another school. Here is the trailer:
While preseason award watch-lists have become a bit of a joke among college football fans, since it seems every defensive player a casual college football fan has heard of is included, it's always nice that an Auburn player is recognized. Johnathan Ford and Carl Lawson were both added to the Bednarik Award watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's top defensive player. No Auburn player has ever won the award, so here's hoping Carl or Rudy become the first.
Auburn journalism professor and #AUTwitter must-follow John Carvalho managed to break a bit of news for himself yesterday:
No one in that group is much of a surprise, but it's always a good idea into who Coach Malzahn thinks his leaders are.
Auburn could have really used Danjel Purifoy last year. No one was more frustrated that he was stuck on the bench than Purifoy. Now he is eager to show Auburn fans what he can do. Purifoy could be plugged directly into the starting lineup next year, and he just might be the consistent scorer that Auburn lacked after the graduation of KT Harrell.