Big crowd shows up at scholarship banquet

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 24, 2010

A big crowd turned out at the Auburn Club of Lower Alabama's scholarship banquet Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

A big crowd turned out for the annual Auburn Club of Lower Alabama’s annual scholarship banquet Thursday night at the Andalusia Country Club, where guest speaker Rod Bramblett spoke about the 2010 season.

“I think this year is going to be fun to watch,” Bramblett said.

The banquet, along with a golf tournament, which was held in June, raises money for scholarships to be given to high school seniors going to Auburn from Covington County.

This year’s recipients are Jake Ricardy from Andalusia High School, and Tiffany Freeney from Straughn High School.

Bramblett, who is the “Voice of the Auburn Tigers” network, spoke on many issues about Auburn’s football program this season, namely topics on offense, defense and the fact that the coaching staff hasn’t changed since last year.

On the offensive side of the ball, Bramblett said it comes down to Auburn’s quarterback, Cameron Newton.

“The quarterback is the key to the offense,” he said.

In addition, Bramblett said usually “things get going” with Gus Malzahn’s offense in his second year as the offensive coordinator.

On the defensive situation, Bramblett said the team has “got to be better” for the upcoming season.

“If you combine all of that, (Auburn head coach Gene) Chizik sees things and feels that this team’s got a chance to be really good,” he said. “Chizik has a full deck of cards.”