2016-17 Auburn Athletics Athlete of the Week
June 5: Teray Smith, Men's Track and Field // Senior
Teray Smith helped lead the Auburn men's track and field team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, its highest finish since 2008. Smith scored 11 points and earned three first team All-American honors. in the 200 meters, 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay. The senior finished seventh in the 200m with a time of 20.77. Smith wrapped up his collegiate career with seven total All-American honors, which tied for ninth all-time in Auburn history.
May 29: Jay Estes, Baseball // Junior, Outfielder
Jay Estes had a standout regionals performance, going 5-for-11 from the plate for a .455 average. He drove in four runs, had two doubles and a home run in Auburn's stint at the NCAA Regionals. The team went 2-2, eventually falling to host Florida State.
May 22: Jovan Rebula, Men's Golf // Freshman
Jovan Rebula led all Auburn golfers as the team finished 11th at the NCAA Championships, its fourth-best finish in school history. Rebula finished 23rd with a four-round 1-over par performance. For the season, Rebula posted a team-best 71.08 stroke average, and recorded three top-10 performances in 2016-17.
May 15: Georgie Axon, Women's Tennis // Freshman
Georgie Axon was the clinching point to send the No. 11 Auburn women's tennis team to the NCAA Sweet 16 with the team's 4-2 win over Florida State. Axon won both her doubles and singles matches in the NCAA first round to help Auburn to a 4-0 win over DePaul, and then battled back from a 5-2 second set deficit vs. her FSU opponent to win 7-5, 7-5.
May 8: Kaylee Carlson, Softball // Junior, Pitcher
Carlson earned her SEC-best 25th win in a complete game shutout of No. 14 Alabama in nine innings in Game 1 of the series. She then earned the save in the second game, which gave Auburn to its first series win in Tuscaloosa in program history. She went 10 scoreless innings on the weekend and scattered just six hits while striking out three. The junior held the opposition to a .143 batting average, and did not allow the leadoff hitter to reach base in eight of nine chances in the series.
May 1: Men's Track 4x100 Relay Team
Auburn track and field blew the field away to win the Penn Relays 4x400 meter men's championship for the first time since 1991. After running the top time in prelims, Randall Ceneus, Teray Smith, Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen combined to run 3:05.19 in the event. The time currently ranks seventh in the SEC.
April 24: Alizee Michaud, Women's Tennis // Junior
Alizee Michaud defeated three ranked opponents and was named to the SEC All-Tournament team, helping lead Auburn women's tennis to a semifinal finish at the 2017 SEC Championships. She won a three-set thriller in Auburn's 4-3 win over No. 14 Arkansas, and defeated No. 16 Jose Kuhlman of Florida in straight sets. She and doubles partner Taylor Russo upset No. 4 Georgia's fourth-ranked doubles team for the crucial doubles point in the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Bulldogs.
April 17: Jonah Todd, Baseball // Junior, Outfielder
Jonah Todd recorded a .688 batting average, going 11-for-16 at the plate as the Auburn baseball team went 3-1 on the week, including a series road win at Tennessee. He finished the week with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and three stolen bases in four road games. Todd drove in or scored seven of Auburn's 15 runs in the SEC series vs. the Vols.
April 10: Kasey Cooper, Softball // Senior, Infielder
Senior infielder Kasey Cooper went 6-of-9 from the plate for a weekend .667 batting average against Ole Miss, leading Auburn to another SEC series win. Cooper scored three runs and drove in another two runs in a weekend to account for half of Auburn's 10 runs.
April 3: Carlee Wallace, Softball // Junior, Catcher
Carlee Wallace went 7-for-13 to hit .538 with four runs and four RBI to help Auburn sweep No. 16 Georgia for the first time in Athens. Wallace nearly hit for the cycle in the second game of the series with a homerun, a triple and a base hit as the Tigers beat the Bulldogs, 13-4. Wallace and the team also recorded a Monday night win over No. 1 Florida.
March 27: Luke Jarvis, Baseball // Junior, Infielder
Luke Jarvis scored four runs, including a two-run home run to help lead Auburn to an SEC series win over Georgia. He hit .500 for the weekend (6-of-12) and was perfect in the field in 16 opportunities, including four double plays. The wins gave Auburn a 5-1 SEC record through two series, which is tied for the league lead.
March 20: Jay Estes, Baseball // Junior, IF/OF
Jay Estes hit four doubles and went 5-for-9 for a .556 batting average against No. 5 Florida, leading Auburn to a series sweep of the nationally ranked Gators. For the week, he started all five games at three different positions (LF, RF, SS) batted .412 (7-for-17), had four RBI and scoring seven runs, as the team went 5-0.
March 13: Kendall Veach, Softball // Sophomore, First Baseman
Kendall Veach came up big in clutch situations for Auburn in the SEC season opening series against LSU, with four RBI in 10 runs scored vs. the Bayou Tigers. Veach scored the game-winning run in Game 1 and her ground ball forced the game-winner in Game 3. The sophomore, first baseman went .385 for the week with 7 RBI.
March 6: Caitlin Boyle, Equestrian // Sophomore, Hunt Seat
Hunt Seat rider Caitlin Boyle went 3-1 on the weekend to help No. 4 Auburn defeat No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Texas A&M both on the road. Boyle won both MOP awards in her two Equitation over Fences performances. She posted a meet-high 90 against Baylor, which helped Auburn win the tiebreak in raw score, and an 87 vs. the Aggies.
Feb. 27: Alizee Michaud, Women's Tennis // Junior
No. 36 Michaud earned SEC Women's Tennis Player of the Week after finishing the weekend with two ranked wins in singles, including No. 11 Gabriella Talaba of Texas Tech. She clinched the match against Denver with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over no. 96 Bianca Mok. The Orlando native leads the SEC with 25 singles victories on the season, which is tied for 13th on Auburn's singles season wins list.
Feb. 20: Michael Duderstadt, Swimming // Senior
Michael Duderstadt, Senior Michael Duderstadt won the SEC title in the 100 breaststroke for the second straight year. He raced to a school-record 51.50, to become Auburn's first repeat champion in the event since Pat Calhoun in 2002 and 2003. Duderstadt also became the second-fastest Auburn 200 breaststroker with a 1:53.22, which placed him fourth in a race.
Feb. 13: Makayla Martin, Softball // Sophomore, Pitcher
Makayla Martin threw 15.1 innings and maintained a 0.91 ERA in wins against No. 1 Oklahoma and BYU, and against Washington at the Triple Crown Tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Martin gave up only three runs and struck out five in three games pitched. She recorded the win in the season opener, a rematch of the 2016 Women's College World Series championship series.
Feb. 6: Taylor Russo, Women's Tennis // Freshman
The freshman, Taylor Russo got two singles and two doubles wins to help Auburn beat two Big Ten opponents, Illinois and Michigan State, and remain undefeated on the season. Playing the No. 3 spot, Russo won the clinching match against the Fighting Illini, and moved up to No. 2 singles to beat MSU's Aslina Chua in straight sets. She paired with Alizee Michaud to win both their doubles matches.
Jan. 30: Veronica Eder, Cross Country // Senior
Veronica Eder set the school record in the women's 3000-meter with a time of 9:19.91 to lead Auburn track and field at the Razorback Invitational. Eder's mark breaks Holly Knight's previous record of 9:20.56, which was set in 2011. The senior's time also ranks as the ninth-best in the nation and second in the SEC this season.
Jan. 23: Austin Wiley, Men's Basketball // Freshman, Center
Freshman Austin Wiley averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 block to lead Auburn to a pair of SEC wins over LSU and Alabama. He totaled career-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds along with 25 minutes to lead Auburn to an 84-64 victory over Alabama. Wiley scored 15 of his 19 points and seven of his nine rebounds in the second half as the Tigers broke away from a 30-30 tie at halftime. Wiley totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Auburn's 78-74 win over LSU as Auburn. For the season, he is averaging 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in only 16.7 minutes per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the field.
Jan. 16: Peter Holoda and Julie Meynen, Swimming and Diving
The pair swept the freestyle sprint events both winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races in a dual meet against No. 5 Texas. Meynen won the 50 free in 22.75 and the 100 free in 49.89 seconds. She also swam the second leg of the winning 200 free relay. She is undefeated in the 100 free this season and has swept the sprint freestyle events in the Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas dual meets. Holoda won the 500 free in 19.91 and the 100 freestyle in 43.82. He also swam the first leg of the winning 400 free relay.
Jan. 9: Brandy Montgomery, Women's Basketball // Senior, Guard
Brandy Montgomery posted 25 points and five rebounds in Auburn's dominating 83-60 win over SEC foe Ole Miss. Auburn is now 2-1 in conference play and 12-5 overall. It was her sixth 20-point performance this season. In three SEC games, Brandy is shooting 72.2 percent from three-point range including two performances of five-plus 3-pointers made.
Jan. 2: Katie Frerking, Women's Basketball // Senior Guard
Senior Katie Frerking scored her 1,000th career point and picked up her fifth double-double of the season to lead Auburn to an 82-75 win at Florida to open SEC play. She also helped Auburn women's basketball to two wins on the week to get to 11 wins on the season. In those two games, she scored 30 points and pulled in 10 rebounds.
Dec. 26: Scott Lazeroff, Swimming and Diving // Sophomore Diver
Scott Lazeroff, won the Platform competition at the Auburn Diving Invitational, while also finishing second on the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter competition. The platform win was his second of the season in the event and fifth overall in all three heights.
Dec. 19: Danjel Purifoy, Men's Basketball // Freshman Forward
Danjel Purifoy scored a career-high 27 points in back-to-back games vs. Boston College in Madison Square Garden and vs. Coastal Carolina while going 9-of-16 from 3-point range and 17-of-28 from the floor. For the week, he scored 61 points, 18 rebounds and four steals, helping Auburn improve to an 8-2 record on the season.
Dec. 12: Brandy Montgomery, Women's Basketball // Senior, Guard
Brandy Montgomery led Auburn to a dominating 75-46 win over Savannah State with 22 points scored in just 22 minutes. She helped the Auburn women's basketball team improve to 7-2 on the season.
Dec. 5: Jared Harper, Men's Basketball // Freshman, Guard
Jared Harper averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal in Auburn's two wins over UAB and USC Upstate, while shooting 50 percent from both the field and from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 21 points on 5-of-8 3-point shooting in Auburn's road win at UAB, guiding the Tigers to a 6-1 record for the first time since 2011-12 and for only the second time in 12 years.
Nov. 28: Brandy Montgomery, Women's Basketball // Senior, Guard
Brandy Montgomery scored 63 points in four games to lead Auburn to a 3-1 record on the week including a come-from-behind victory over Indiana. Montgomery came two points shy of her career best with a 28-point performance against the Hoosiers.
Nov. 21: Kristen Dodson, Soccer // Junior, Forward
Kristen Dodson scored two goals and assisted in another two scores leading Auburn to a pair of NCAA Tournament wins, advancing to the Elite 8. The team has made the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history and Dodson's performance this season has set the school record for most points in a season.
Nov. 14: Veronica Eder, Cross Country // Senior
Veronica placed second at the NCAA Cross Country South Regional to punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships. Eder's second-place finish is the top finish by an Auburn female since Holly Knight finished second in 2008. She posted a personal best 6K time of 20:08.60, and was named to the All-Region team. Eder will compete at the championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 18.
Nov. 7: Casie Ramsier, Soccer // Senior, Midfielder
Casie Ramsier played all but 5 minutes and scored all four Auburn goals in the Tigers' run in the SEC Tournament. She took six shots on goal, converting four leading Auburn to a 3-1 win over Tennessee before falling to Arkansas. Ramsier's three-goal performance was the first hat trick in a match since 2011. With all three goals coming in the final 45 minutes of play, the senior became the first Auburn player to record a hat trick in a single half since 2000.
Oct. 31: Kamryn Pettway, Football // Sophomore, Running Back
Kamryn Pettway rushed for a new career best 236 yards on 30 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per touch, leading Auburn to a 40-29 win over Ole Miss. It was the 10th best rushing game in Auburn football history. The performance against the Rebels makes him the leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference.
Oct. 24: The Auburn Defense, Football
The Auburn defense held No. 17 Arkansas, the conferences' third-best scoring offense, to just 3 points. The team also only allowed 25 yards rushing and 215 total yards, its lowest output all season. The defense posted 11 tackles for loss, including four sacks.
Oct. 17: Hannah Stephens, Equestrian // Senior, Western
Hannah Stephens was named Most Outstanding Performer for her win in horsemanship which led to Auburn's win over No. 1 Texas A&M. She scored a meet-best 75.5 to lead the horsemanship lineup to a 4-1 route.
Oct. 10: Kamryn Pettway, Football // Sophomore, Running Back
Kamryn Pettway topped his career-best with 169 yards rushing on 39 carries, scoring three touchdowns in Auburn's road SEC win over Mississippi State, 38-14. The 39 carries, fourth all-time in Auburn history, nearly doubled Pettway's previous best of 20 vs. Texas A&M. It was his first multiple-touchdown game of the season and his third 100-yard rushing performance of the year.
Oct. 3: Kerryon Johnson, Football // Sophomore, Running Back
Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-best 146 yards on 24 carries, scoring two touchdowns in Auburn's 58-7 homecoming win over Louisiana-Monroe. He had seven rushes of 10-plus yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
Sept. 26: Kristen Dodson, Soccer // Junior, Forward
Kristen Dodson scored four of Auburn's seven goals on the weekend, leading the Tigers to a pair of road wins over No. 12 Florida and Georgia. Auburn's win over nationally ranked Florida was the program's first in Gainesville. Dodson scored two unassisted goals, one at 23:30 and another at 84:14 to solidify the 3-0 upset shutout over the Gators. Down 2-1 at the half against the Bulldogs, Dodson's pair of goals gave Auburn a 3-2 edge before a Dodson-assisted Bri Folds' goal capped the scoring on a 4-2 win.
Sept. 19: Kamryn Pettway, Football // Sophomore, Running Back
Kamryn Pettway recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing game with 123 yards on 20 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per rush. He also scored the game's first touchdown. Pettway ranks eighth in the SEC in rushing yards, and he and Kerryon Johnson have led Auburn to the SEC's top rushing offense.
Sept. 12: Daniel Carlson, Football // Junior Kicker
Daniel Carlson was the darling in Auburn's 51-14 win over Arkansas State. The kicker scored 21 points for the Tigers -- a touchdown, three field goals and six extra points, breaking the school record of 18 points scored by a kicker in a game. His 20-yard touchdown run was the first time he had had the ball in his hands (outside of a punting situation).
Sept. 5: Emily Klitzke, Volleyball // Senior, Middle Blocker
Emily Klitzke posted 49 kills and a .346 hitting percentage in four matches en route to a 3-1 record on the week. She had 13 kills in the team's upset of No. 21 Louisville, 3-2. She averaged 2.88 kills per game and 3.06 points per game.
Aug. 29: Kristen Dodson, Soccer // Junior, Forward
Auburn soccer logged two wins on the weekend, defeating Cal State Fullerton and Samford to improve to 3-1. On the weekend, Kristen Dodson scored two of Auburn's six goals and provided two assists, while averaging 67.5 minutes of play.