Auburn players explain pregame tussle with Arkansas
Auburn and Arkansas players got into a pregame tussle before Saturday’s game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The main reason for the spat seemed to be Auburn players taking offense to Arkansas players standing on the midfield “AU” logo prior to kickoff.
Auburn DB Carlton Davis told the Ledger-Enquirer that the Tigers felt Arkansas stepping on the midfield logo was blatant disrespect:
“It was disrespectful to us, to our fans, just to the Auburn family,” Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis said.
Auburn QB Sean White said the Tigers were motivated by the Razorbacks’ disrespectful pregame gesture:
“I just think the AU in the middle of the field is the one thing we ask is for them to not step on it, we just hope the opponents wouldn’t do that,” Auburn quarterback Sean White said. “They didn’t really care. We just said we’ll come out in the game and handle it there.”
After the Tigers routed the Hogs 56-3, Arkansas DL Taiwan Johnson gave his team’s side of the story:
“Every pregame we have a little captain’s walk where we talk in the middle of the field,” Johnson said. “I guess Auburn didn’t really like it, we were on their logo. We tried to diffuse the situation, but it just escalated. We just got out of the way.”
Innocent or not, Auburn’s future opponents should take care not to step on the logo. If the Tigers were motivated enough to drop 56 points after the minor incident, other teams should avoid that at all costs.