CBS Sports names Auburn's 'Mount Rushmore'
It’s summer, which means rankings and preseason lists are as en vogue as beach attire. However, some outlets prefer to go all Gutzon Borglum on us and carve a Mount Rushmore.
The staff at CBS Sports became the latest to do this by choosing top players/coaches in Auburn’s history. Of course, the “etching” begins with running back Bo Jackson. But after that, there’s quarterback flair with Cam Newton and Pat Sullivan making the cut. Coach Pat Dye also receives a nod.
Check out parts of the explanations below:
Bo Jackson, running back, 1982-85: In his four years at Auburn, Jackson amassed 4,303 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns on 650 carries (6.6 ypc average). His 1985 Heisman Trophy season remains one of the greatest individual seasons of all-time as he had 309 carries for 1,915 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.
Cam Newton, quarterback, 2010: Yes, Newton was only on the plains for a season, but what a season it was at Auburn. Newton won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to an undefeated season and the school’s second national title.
Pat Sullivan, quarterback, 1968-71: Sullivan was the first Heisman winner in Auburn’s history, winning the award as a senior in 1971 after throwing for 2,262 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and leading the Tigers to a 9-2 record and a Sugar Bowl appearance. He was a three year starter at Auburn and led the nation in total yards in 1970 as a junior with 2,856 yards of offense, including 2,586 passing yards.
Pat Dye, coach, 1981-92: Dye was a three-time SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1987-88) and holds the Auburn coaching records for conference titles (3), bowl victories (6) and bowl record (6-2-1). His .711 winning percentage is the third most in Auburn coaching history, and his 99 victories are tied for second.