Marshall Law: Another Tuberville, Hudson and more

July 25, 2013

Ramblin' around ...

Tucker Tuberville, the oldest son of former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, will join the Auburn football program as a walk-on quarterback.

Tucker Tuberville, who was redshirted last season as a walk-on at Texas Tech, led Frenship High School to a 10-1 record in 2011. When his father left for Cincinnati after three seasons as head coach at Texas Tech, Tucker decided to walk on at Auburn, in the city where he grew up and played quarterback at Lee-Scott Academy.

Tommy Tuberville won 85 games in a 10-year run at Auburn from 1999-2008. ...

Sad news from Atlanta Wednesday night. Pitcher Tim Hudson, a former Auburn great who lives in Auburn in the offseason, suffered a broken ankle while covering first base. He will undergo surgery.

Hudson, generous in his support for his alma mater and charitable causes, is the epitome of an athlete who has experienced spectacular success on the field and done things the right way in his life. At 38, Hudson has a career record of 205-111. Coming back won't be easy, but my money is on him getting it done if that's what he chooses to do.

Hudson is one of the great college baseball players I have watched. On Auburn's 1997 College World Series team, he was dominant on the mound, in the field and at the plate. He won the Rotary Smith Award as the nation's top player and was a class act every step of the way. ...

Justin Garrett, the big defensive story of Auburn's spring practice at the Star position, will have to compete again when preseason camp begins next Friday. He will compete with his pal and roommate Robenson Therezie, moved to Star from cornerback during the spring.

"Therezie is the most athletic guy on the team," Garrett said. "That man can run, jump and do everything. We have the same motor. Neither one of us has really gotten the opportunity to play, so we both play fast and relentless every chance we get. We discuss it all the time. The best man will win the job."

Garrett says there is room for them both in the playing rotation.

"There are packages when we are on the field together," Garrett said. "We both know we are talented. He might be better at coverage, coming from corner, and I might be better in the box, coming from linebacker. We both just want to be productive so the team can win." ...

It's amusing to hear coaches from other conferences try to put down the Southeastern Conference by saying that the bottom halves of their leagues are better than they SEC. Well, the fact is that in the bottom half of the SEC last season were Auburn and Arkansas. Auburn had won the national championship two years earlier and Arkansas had won 21 games the previous two seasons.

Here's the truth of the matter: Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas A&M have won 11 or more games at least once in the past three seasons. Mississippi State and  Vanderbilt have had nine-win seasons. That adds up to eight teams that have won 11 or more and 10 that have won nine or more.

I haven't researched it, but I don't have to. No other conference can come close to matching that. ...

Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says Auburn has "good, solid SEC players" on defense, but he says they have to show on the field that they can and will play better than they did last season.

"When you play like they did last year, they are going to have to play differently," Johnson said. "I don't think we have to have different people. We have to have a different performance. At this stage, I want to believe we have enough talent, but it's going to have to be put on the game field. ...

Until next time ...

 

Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: