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Ben Tate speaks

Hey everyone. Here's what the Texans' new tailback had to say moments ago.

  • On the draft: ``It was very emotional. When things don't go the way you expect them to go, you get nervous. I started to get nervous. Emotions were running."

  • On how much he talked with the Texans: ``A little. Not too much. I thought the Patriots were going to take me."

  • On tonight's conversation with the Texans: ``I didn't get to talk to them too long. We were going nuts. It was crazy."

  • So what about the Patriots?: ``They flew me in for a private workout. I knew they liked me. It's the NFL, it's a business. It's unpredictable."

  • Who else flew you in?: ``Vikings. San Diego. Browns. There were quite a few."

  • So you were nervous? Seriously?: ``I really thought I was going to be picked more in the beginning or the middle" of the second round."

  • So what's your approach now?: ``I'm going to go in and work hard and definitely fight for a spot. It's a franhicse that's on the rise. I hope to take them to the next level."

  • Are you still bitter about people disrespecting you?: ``There were some guys who went before me that shouldn't have. I'm going to get over it. I'll get to work next week."


Blogger Dear Leader said...

ben substance

8:49 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 11
UK 5

8:51 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

top of 7th

8:51 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

12-5 bottom 7th

8:54 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

13-5 top of 8th

8:55 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks JGT for words from Ben. I was surprised at the RBs that went before him.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...


9:02 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Headed to the top of the 9th

AU 13
UK 5

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

``There were some guys who went before me that shouldn't have. I'm going to get over it. I'll get to work next week."

Good to see some things haven't changed.

At least you are consistent "best back in the ______."

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, congratulations for being drafted. It is an accomplishment.

Enjoy your work against the first team defense. You may know a couple of those fellas.

Seriously, have fun and save your $$$ Ben. See you at an A Day in about 10 years.

9:11 PM  
Blogger wtc said...


9:17 PM  
Blogger Michael Seale said...

good night at the ball park, luckie looked good, the bats were on, should be a good weekend

9:30 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Ghiardelli brownie, Blue Bell vanilla, a little Hershey's drizzle.

Magnum Force on the tube.

Not a bad way to spend a Friday.

9:37 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Jet-cranked up the mac daddy grill tonight. had the entire family over tonight. Grilled chicken (special rub and mop) grilled corn on the cob. grilled peppers and onions.

Salad, Texas toast, ice cream pie for desert.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

One tried rule of the NFL: You can always get a running back.

That's why Ben went where he did. He could have a fine career, but it's only for a time because running backs take the abuse. Better to buy 'em later and cheaper.

And that's why I'm disappointed that San Diego traded up to get Ryan Matthews. It overpaid for an RB in the mid-first, when you could get one later.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Cooked a load of burgers tonight for Mrs. Jet, ElTurbo, his GF, Stewardess and Appendage. Nice time. Now, the house is quiet. Good times.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Why wait until the second round for Ben when you can get Jahvid Best in the first round...right, Sensi?

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the Lions must have seen something there. Who knows? It's still the Lions.

Meds are kicking in and I'm down for them count. Peace out, gang.

9:58 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

Best is not better than Tate all around. Plus the dude has already had two concussions. One of them was pretty serious. Then you have the guy from Fresno St. Yeah 1800 yrds is pretty darn good, but look who he got them against.

10:06 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

I need some help from the google chrome experts. I keep getting security pop ups saying "an application connection to internet has changed since the last time it was run". It's something to do with chrome and sending outbound info. How do I stop this.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Linemen are the players that are the really must haves these days, particularly a good defensive end.

I think Ben Tate will have a successful career in the NFL. I don't expect him to be the best back in the NFL, but I expect him to be one of the least likely to be a bust. He takes a beating and keeps coming.

10:09 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Interesting that he thought he would go to the Patriots. I was thinking it would be them or the Steelers. The Patriots are known for seeing a good value, that was my reasoning for them to take Ben. Oh well, Texans are a good franchise. Thanks for the info as usual Jay G.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I am personally glad he didn't end up with the Pats. I could have never brought myself to cheer for him as long as he was there.

2:22 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

PF - Not at all. Plus those "shipping costs" are expensive.

wtc - thanks for the baseball news.

I like tradition... Toomer's Corner, Burn the Bulldogs, DL at top of thread.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

UAT QB Muckleroy has gotten some attention for his tweets on the draft.

On Everyday Should Be, Ole Nutt defensive end Kentrell Lockett's offerings are featured, including this one:

"Man, Michael Irvin could snort a Butterfinger through his cocaine abused nostril."

8:02 AM  
Blogger THT 2.0, G.G. said...

PF- I came home and saw my family, watched my tennis team lose, and ate at my favorite restaurant; i'm ready to leave.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


Ha. Don't forget "slept in own bed."

8:36 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...


9:35 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

If you don't fight back tears reading this, well, you're better than I am.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Jet, surely inspirational. My husband just walked in and wanted to know what I was reading (as tears are streaming down my face). We are truly blessed.

10:49 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Wooohooo I'm better than Jet!! Either that or I copied the web address wrong. :(

10:56 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Ok got the article now. Guess Im not better than Jet after all.

10:59 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Any Huntsville area Hotties that can give me an update on what the weather expectations are today, i would greatly appreciate it.

From what I can read online it looks like it will be horrible.

11:02 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Very touching article, Jet. Kathy is right, we are very blessed.

Here is a great article on Trooper Taylor.

Trooper Taylor

11:05 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

WERK, they have us on the border of the high risk today. We had some storms this morning. Quiet right now. Expecting another round this afternoon. All outdoor activities (Panoply) canceled today.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jet, thank you so much for that story. I know none of you can understand my situation and I am by no means in any way close to the situation of John McClamrock, but I do find it inspiring and relavent. Thank you so much. This story really inspires me.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

McFadden to Oakland in the 5th round

11:18 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Walt McFadden drafted by the Raiders in the 5th round

11:18 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Glad he was drafted, too bad its with the Raiders. He can be company for McClain's misery.

11:22 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Thanks Kathy,

It's pretty brutal right now here in Chattanooga...just trying to decide if it's worth the risk to drive down there this afternoon.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

WERK, I wouldn't be driving anywhere this afternoon.

11:30 AM  
Blogger CHB said...

A buddy who was watching the draft when Tate got drafted said one of the commentators said there were two negatives with him. First he isn't very shifty. We already know that. The second was character issues. I have never heard of a character problem with Tate.

11:33 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Didn't realize Quentin Groves had been traded to the Raiders also.

11:47 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

I have never heard that either CH=B. I thought his attitude was a plus.

11:49 AM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

J. Campbell to the Raiders?

12:04 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Oakland Tribune quoting a NFL network report saying a Jason Campbell to the Raidahs deal is close.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

It's official ... at least the Washington Post says so ... 4th round pick in 2012 for Campbell.

12:21 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Raiders= SEC west
J. Cam
D. McFadden
R. McClain
W. McFadden
J. Russell?

12:24 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Oakland... where NFL careers go to die.

12:46 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Oh yeah, Q. Groves...also a Raider. Unless Al Davis does first, you're right Michael.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The Skins problem is the O-line, not Campbell. McNabb won't do them any good when he's running for his life.

12:56 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Nobody from Auburn should be forced to go to Oakland and work for that franchise. They are more disfunctional than the Redskins.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet - in the past 30 years, I've never thought I was better than you. Reading that article, I still don't.

1:01 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

McNabb will take more chances than Campbell, I think he'll make more plays for the Skins.

I love Jason, but he thinks too much rather than reacting and trying to make a play.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Hot Wife spent the night in an ATL hotel last night with one of our friends for their daughter's birthday so it was just F4*, the dog and I last night. We had fun. Played outside until dark only coming in because we were hungry. Stayed up late then he got in bed with me when the first round of storms came through this morning. Went to our favorite breakfast place then to the mall trying to find him an AU helmet he can wear. No luck there. Knowing this boy, it needs to be a legitimate helmet offering some protection because I have no doubt he'd put it to the test. I have one more place I'm going to check this afternoon and if I can't find one there, I'll go the route SCOTTIEB suggested and get a youth helmet and add some AU decals. Hot Wife and I are seeing Hank Jr. tonight courtesy of the man himself. No telling where we're sitting so it'll be a surprise to find just how courteous he is. All in all, a good weekend.

Congratulations and good luck to Ben and all the other guys as they embark on their new careers.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Storms popping up all around me. Uh oh......

1:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That sucks Kathy. We are supposed to be going down to see the Allman Brothers in Huntsville, but not sure with the weather.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

WERK, maybe it will get through this area in time for you to drive down.

1:59 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Very surprised Antonio hasn't been drafted yet. Into 7th round, hope he gets drafted.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I actually thought Coleman would go ahead of McFadden. I am sure Coleman will hook up with some team.

2:42 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I think he will, too, but I wish he could have the experience of being drafted.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa ..Jonathon Crompton got drafted.

3:03 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

Just read that we are the clear leader to sign Luke Cothron and he could sign very soon. With him, Langford and possibly another signee/transfer I think we will be contenders in the west. Things are looking really good right now for Auburn sports.

Is baseball home or away?

3:03 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

Ok if Crompton gets drafted and not Coleman something is wrong.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coleman is such a tweener for the pro game. Coleman has heart and a motor and should make a pro roster one way or another.

3:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Hoopie said it. Coleman isn't really a DE or a LB, so it makes it hard for people to take a chance with him. He seems to be a leader and he was a hard worker on the field, so he'll get a shot.

3:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I just hate Campbell to the Raiders.

3:20 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Baseball is home, but the game was suspended in the first inning, KY had bases loaded and one out. It will resume tomorrow and they will play double header.

3:27 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

I'm not thrilled about J. Cam going to the Raiders, because they're the Raihdahs, but after his start at the Redskins he was never going to be allowed to succeed. At least in Oakland he has D. Mac to take the pressure off on offense. I'm pretty sure he'll be an upgrade from Russell so the fans will probably cut him some slack. It might work out for him.

4:43 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Raider fans cutting someone some slack?

5:19 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Maybe cutting someone's throat, but not slack.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

30 minutes til the puck drops!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

How does the SEC sack leader not get drafted

5:41 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Unfortunately he's too small to be a DE and not quick enough to be a LB in the minds of most scouts.

5:47 PM  
Blogger CHB said...

Size isn't everything. If you can plan then you can play. The SEC is the closest thing to the NFL. So one would think he can be somewhat productive in the NFL.

6:03 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I think I am going to have to get a job. Just bought $3870 worth of Auburn football tickets. Gasp!!

And the women beat Ole Miss in softball 3-2. 2nd game of double header coming up.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who thinks the Raiders part ways with JRuss in the coming weeks? I mean, who pays $9 to a backup QB
Maybe this will be a good move for Campbell. It can't be any worse than Washington.

Another year, another offense.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

after an afternoon to let it sink in i'm happy for Jason Campbell. sux to be shipped out to LA but a fresh start sure can't hurt. the NFL analysts have been talking about how good the Raiders' draft was. crazy, know. good luck JC!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

yeah, i thought AC would get drafted too. oh, well. someone will give him a chance.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Good for AC.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hopefully the Bills will be impressed.

7:25 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Did the BIlls sign Antonio?

7:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Cincy, yes, free agent contract

7:28 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Well, good for him. I hope he makes a lot of teams sorry they didn't draft him!

7:31 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Are they still playing Hockey? I thought that was a winter game.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

digger - the Penguins won't be playing it much longer.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Scottie - LA?

8:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


8:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


8:18 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Hello Weaverville, NC.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Hello everyone.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Timothy Toone of Weber State is Mr. Irrelevant.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


in OT after overcoming 3-0 deficit

9:16 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Tornado affected a lot of families in Yazoo City today. Let's keep them in our prayers and thank goodness for the health and safety of our own.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

yes, Jason Campbell was traded to teh Los Angeles/Oakland/Al Davis Radiers.

so, AC to the Bills? cool. thanks.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

i just saw where Walt McFadden was picked by the Raiders and that Quentin Groves was traded from Jacksonville to the Raiders on thursday. craziness....where the heck was i thursday? guess we've got 3 boys on the Radiers now. get your silver & black on ladies & gents!

ok, nite. i'm all tuckered out.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

can't go to bed yet, Scottie B.

E-Bros Avs are in the 2nd period

not to mention OJW starting RIGHT NOW on AMC!!!

10:30 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

Congrats to A.C. He'll make some teams regret not drafing him.

10:39 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

nobody wants to get drunk and get loud
all my rowdy friends have settled down

11:02 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Not looking good for my Avs.

11:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Curtains for the Avs. The Preds are probably gonna follow suit. Sigh.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Shooting tonight at the Lexington Hotel.... AU popo's are investigating

12:03 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - I heard the very same thing tonight.

I've met him a couple of times, seen him in concert at least 10 times. I saw him tonight and I'd go see him again tomorrow. Hank Jr. is a heck of a musician and performer. We won't talk about the habit, just the music and the man.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I saw him when I was at Auburn. I would like to see him again, maybe be a little bit more sober this time.

1:14 AM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Finally, Pens win!! Now why did you not do this at home?

They pulled it out...

7:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Winter's over. Hockey should be too. Same for basketball. It's Baseball season.

10:59 AM  

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