The "Phantom of Union Springs," Jimmy Hitchcock became Auburn's first All-American in 1932. He was an offensive triple threat as a passer, runner and punter who led Auburn to the 1932 Southern Conference Championship. Against Tulane in 1932 Hitchcock returned an interception 60 yards for an Auburn touchdown and later returned an errant punt snap 63 yards for a second score. Duke head coach Wallace Wade said, "Hitchcock is the finest all-around back ever to play against any of my teams." Hitchcock also received All-America honors in baseball and played briefly in the Major Leagues after leaving Auburn.