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Countdown to Kickoff: 25 Days

Today’s countdown features a whole lot of awesome.

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To celebrate Auburn’s first 2018 practice in pads we got a double order of goodness for you in today’s countdown. First up is Auburn’s first ever #1 overall NFL draft pick Tucker Frederickson.

There have been plenty of tremendous athletes to have played for the Auburn Tigers over the years but very few as talented as Frederickson. The Hollywood, Fl native could do pretty much anything and everything. You could make a compelling argument that he was not only the best running back in the country in 1964 but also the best safety in the country. He lead the Tigers and the SEC in interceptions while also winning the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Not bad at all.

In 1963, Auburn was a force lead by quarterback Jimmy Sidle and running back/safety Tucker Frederickson. The Tigers went 9-2 that season finishing with a tough loss in the Orange Bowl to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. One of those nine wins came over the #8 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. There isn’t a ton of film of Frederickson’s heroics but you can get a taste of the man’s talent on this 25 yard touchdown run.

Play #2 happened a little more recently. There was no better football program in the SEC than Auburn between the years 1987-1989. The Tigers won three straight SEC titles and put together back to back 10 win campaigns. In 1989, one of those wins came in dramatic fashion.

Auburn welcomed the #19 ranked Florida Gators to town. It was a strange year for the Gators as they started off with a 6-1 record but lost their head coach Galen Hall after five games due to some NCAA concerns. It would not be a pleasant finish to the year and it started with a trip to Jordan-Hare.

It was a defensive slugfest that day with the Gators hanging onto a 7-3 lead with 11 seconds left on the clock and the Tigers at the 25 yard line. With Auburn facing a 4th & 11 situation, things did not look good for the home fans in orange and blue. Well it didn’t until Reggie Slack found Shayne Wasden wide open in the endzone.


25 days till kickoff! War Eagle!