Sget started with football:
* One of the most interesting aspects of this week’s game is Auburn’s defense performance in the fourth downs against an ultra-aggressive attack from Ole Miss. Ole Miss leads the nation in fourth in conversion attempts with 30 and is also the leader in successful conversions with 23. The Rebels are ninth with a 76.7% success rate. For comparison, Ole Miss tried to convert the fourth down 14 times more than the second by an SEC team (South Carolina is 7-16).
Auburn’s offense is 7-11 on fourth down conversion attempts, which ranks him 35th nationally in winning percentage. All 11 attempts are tied for the 67th over.
The Tigers are ranked fourth nationally in the fourth down conversion defense at 23.1% allowing just three of 13 attempts to succeed. National percentage leader Pitt allowed 2-10 attempts.
* The AU defense averages eight tackles for loss per game, which places the Tigers tied for fourth nationally.
* About tackles, Owen Pappoe made 14 in last year’s win at Ole Miss, which is the most for the junior since moving to Auburn. It looks like there’s a good chance this will be the week the linebacker recovers enough from his ankle injury to return to action.
* With a departure mission on Saturday evening, Bo Nix can tie Jason campbell (2002-2004) for the fourth most consecutive starts by an Auburn quarterback with 32. Pat Sullivan is third at 33 (1969-71), Phil Gargis is second at 34 (1974-76) and Stan White is topped the list with 45 from 1990-93.
* In his previous two games as a starter against Ole Miss, Nix completed a total of 53-74 passes for 578 yards and a touchdown without interceptions. He ran the ball 18 times in those two games for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
* Regarding start-ups, with Kilian Zierer making their debut at Auburn in the Arkansas game, a total of 26 players from the 2021 roster started a game on offense while 22 started at least once on defense.
In addition to the German offensive tackle, Marcus Harris, Hunter Jarquez, Ja’Varrius Johnson, Malcolm Johnson, Donovan kaufman, Bydarrius Knighten, Eku Léota, Jackson McFadden, TD mold, Caylin Newton, Demetris Robertson and Wesley steiner.
* Based on Auburn’s practices dating back to training in June, something that stood out in the 2021-22 roster is that this group seems determined to play hard on the defensive end of the field. I asked Bruce Pearl about it and he said that he likes what he sees with that part of the team’s performance and credits the point guard Zep Jasper to set the tone in this area.
* Four star prospect Chance Westry is expected to be on campus today for his second official visit to Auburn and will check out the team’s intra-squad scrum on Friday night. He is expected to announce his decision on Sunday by choosing between Auburn or LSU. I guess if he has a good visit this weekend the Tigers (Auburn) will be the team to beat.
Westry, who is 6-6, 190, can play guard or little striker. He is ranked as the No. 39 overall hope in the 2022 class, according to 247Sports, and the No. 31 overall hope in the composite rankings. He will play for Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix Arizona as a senior, the same school as the current Auburn player. Devan cambridge assisted. Reports that one of Westry’s teammates Kameri Lands are also heading to Auburn this weekend is not correct.
* Auburn’s other main target for the early signing period, the five-star striker Jarace walker from the IMG Academy, is expected to be at the University of Houston for an official visit this weekend. The Cougars are right in the mix for the prospect ranked as the No.1 power forward in 2022 class, according to 247sports. Walker is ranked as the 13th overall prospect in the class and is a player physically ready to be an impact artist as a freshman. It would be a great addition to accompany the commitment of the playmaker Tre Donaldson.
* On the outlook for the 2022 class, a French player paid an unofficial visit to Auburn on Thursday to check out the campus and watch practices. Mady Traore is a 6-10 center classified as a three star prospect by 247Sport. He is enrolled at Bull City Prep Academy in Durham, North Carolina. He is a prospect likely to sign in the spring.
* With eight engagements for the 2022 class, recruitment efforts for the women’s team have turned to the outlook for the 2023 and 2024 class. Johnnie harris and its staff are expected to have prospects visiting the campus this weekend.
At baseball :
* Nate LaRue, a junior from Mobile, continues to have a good fall for the Tigers as a catcher and gets the chance to show what he can do as a pitcher. LaRue is 3-4 at home in the Orange And Blue World Series. Another receiver, red shirt sophomore Ryan Dyal of Senoia, Ga., Completed last night’s Orange and Blue intra-team World Series intra-team game which extended into extra innings. with a sure hit. He has a home run and lines up 1,000, just like LaRue. The series will end with the third game tonight.
Brayton Brown, a junior outfielder, is tied with LaRue for the seed in three hits.
* One pitcher who has performed well this fall is 6-4, 215 right-hander Joseph Gonzalez, who showed promise last season as a rookie. In his last 10 appearances, a total of 20 innings pitched, his earned run average was 2.70. He allowed three hits and struck two in four innings in this week’s series.
Jordan Armstrong, a juco second all-star team last season at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, allowed a three-innings pitched hit in the series. The 6-2, 184 right-hander was 11-0 last season for CVCC.
In horseback riding:
* The Tigers will end their fall home schedule with a 3 p.m. Friday meeting against South Carolina. Auburn is ranked No. 1 nationally and the Gamecocks are ranked ninth. The Tigers travel next week for clashes against Texas A&M on Thursday and Baylor on Friday.