King of Spring
Springtime in most major cities is synonymous with the crack of the bat and the smell of the outfield grass, but on many college campuses, football is king, even in the spring. At most schools, spring practice gives fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of shifting depth charts, get an early look at highly-touted recruits and get an idea of who has the edge in the bubbling quarterback controversy.
At Texas, Jevan Snead and Colt McCoy are engaged in a dual for chance to replace Vince Young at quarterback, evoking the memories (or nightmares depending on how you look at it) of Chris Simms and Major Applewhite splitting time. At Georgia, QB Joe Tereshinski looks to have pulled ahead of Matthew Stafford. What are the major questions being hashed out on the spring gridiron and what's your early prognosis? How do you feel about spring football. Give us your spring traditions and tell us how jazzed up your school gets for spring ball.
Anyone that came out to see the G-Day game would probably agree with me that Joe T. looked terrible. Stafford had some nice throws and was able to show off cannon on numerous occassions but he sure didn't show much poise when he was pressured. But what do you expect, the kid should've been at his senior prom last saturday. Basically the Dawgs may be in trouble next year unless One of the three RB's (Ware, Brown, Lumpkin) decides he is going to be the next herschel Walker.
This is ridiculous. There are fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports. I have been getting mock drafted to death for weeks and now this?!! Spring Football should not be covered by any national publication. No meaningful games for five months. I am not jazzed up at all. It could be due to the suckiness of my school's football team. Not enough trips to the strip club for recruits I guess.
Anonymous, you don't know what you're talking about. Spring football is a time where football teams are able to really get a look at some of their younger talent. Guys upgrade in the weight room in the off-season, and the spring is a chance for them to show their improvement. It is an essential part of any program, and it needs to be covered, because fans enjoy seeing how far along their team, and others, have come since the end of the season. Obviously, since you've probably never played football, you would not understand the importance of this time of year.
Here at Auburn the Spring is a time for everything. This year, sadly, basketball was done well before Spring break. However, the A-Day Game we have to showcase the rising seniors on the football team, reward the most improved players, and honor those who have moved on but had a hand in sucess in the previous season. For instance, Kevin Greene - the All-Pro Linebacker - made an appearance on the Plains this year.
A tradition of A-Day weekend is to entice the fans (RVers especially in Auburn for the game inside Jordan-Hare on Saturday) to other venues and sporting events. Gymnastics has a meet the Friday night before, the baseball team has its SEC Home-opening series throughout the weekend, the tennis teams have matches, the golf team is on display on Friday for the alumni and boosters who love great golf - and pay for football. It should be noted that the Swimming and Diving Teams are off winning the Confernence Title in the pool while A-Day weekend is going on.
So, to sum up...A-Day at Auburn is more than Spring Football, but a Celebration of the Auburn Student-Athlete on the competition, hosting, and training levels.
War Eagle!!! By the way, the Blue (1st Team Offense) beat the White (1st Team Defense) 7-0 at the A-Day game.
The Orange and Blue game (next weekend) is enormously important to Gator fans. I think it drew something like 65,000 last year. It bridges that long gap between recruit signing day and the start of fall practice, though it has a little help from the basketball team this year.
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