As a freshman in 1946, Travis Tidwell led the nation in total offense with 1,715 yards. His 3,280 career offensive yards set and held the Auburn record for two decades. Tidwell was a leader on offense and defense. Chosen as a Williamson All-American, he was virtually single-handedly responsible for Auburn's 14-13 victory over Alabama in 1949. After his successful tenure at Auburn where he also lettered in baseball, Tidwell went on to play for the New York Giants in 1950 and 1951.