Days to kickoff: 9
HAPPY POWELL-DAVIS DAY!!!
Tommie Powell: A native of Greenville, Ala., who lettered in 1983-86 and made First Team ALL-SEC Free Safety in 1985. He also led the Tigers that year with six interceptions. His biggest game was a three-interception effort in the 1985 blowout loss in Knoxville.
Tristan Davis: An East Point, Ga., native who changed positions more often than jersey numbers. He played safety, kick returner, running back, and probably five other positions I don't recall. Tristan was a huge fan favorite who exploded onto the Auburn scene in 2005 with a 162-yard rushing game (on just 8 carries) against the Kentucky Wildcats. His career 27-yard average on kickoff returns (min. 25 returns) is an Auburn record. He had a approximately 97 yard kickoff return against Arkansas which I think was negated by non-contributory penalty. Unfortunately, his full football potential was never realized at Auburn due to repeated injuries.
* Roger Pruett: Place kicker and punter who lettered in 1971-73. The first two years he backed up Gardner Jett and David Beverly at those positions. He earned his 15 minutes of fame as the team's leading punter and scorer in 1973, piling up 17 PATs and 4 FGs as part of an offensive jugger...NOT!
* Anthony Mix: Bay Minette native who sometimes played wideout, sometimes played tight end and occasionally returned kicks. Mix had a great play in the 2004 game at Mississippi State; he broke free from a standing room only crowd of defenders and then outran all of them to the end zone for a 58-yard score. You can read about his high school and early Auburn exploits here and pro efforts/alleged misdeeds here.
* Ken Alvis: Demopolis native and free safety who had two PICK SIXES in 1994 as a redshirt freshman. He also made the first of Auburn's five fourth-quarter picks against LSU in 1994. BTW, what is it about LSU and their doofus play calling? Auburn's offense was absolutely pitiful in that game, gaining only one first down in the second half and scoring only three points the entire game. But Auburn's defense outscored the LSU offense 27-26 on that bizarre day. Alvis played only year at Auburn.
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