Congratulations to Andy Burcham, the new voice of the Auburn Tigers for football and men’s basketball radio broadcasts. He is a logical choice to replace the late Rod Bramblett and is someone who should move seamlessly into his expanded role after being a part of the Auburn sports scene for three decades.
Like Bramblett, Burcham will be a three-sport guy who will call baseball games, too, along with help from the old pro, Paul Ellen, and young Brad Law, who is a talented guy with plenty of potential to be a star in the broadcasting business.
Burcham, who has done play-by-play for Auburn football on pay-per-view contests, is probably best known around Auburn for his work calling baseball games, women’s basketball and for his interviews on pre-game and post-game football shows. He has always been well-prepared and passionate about his assignments, something I expect to continue as he takes over for his long-time colleague and friend.
From the notebook:
• Arryn Siposs, Auburn’s punter from Australia, was very good in his first season playing American football. Based on how he is performing in preseason fans can expect to see him kick the ball higher and deeper in 2019. A former Aussie Rules pro player, Siposs will be a junior this season. He could have a chance to play in another pro league as an NFL punter the way he is progressing.
• On the subject of the AU football team’s kicking game, the Tigers return two players who each credited with three blocks last year. Marlon Davidson is back as a fourth-year starter at defensive end. Junior defensive back Jordyn Peters is still recovering from an Achilles injury and is questionable for being ready to start the season, but will hopefully not have to wait long to get back into the action.
• A pair of defensive backs who look ready for big senior seasons have been impressive in preseason. Safeties Jeremiah Dinson and Daniel Thomas are returning starters who should be among the best players in the SEC. Pro Football Focus has ranked Dinson the No. 1 run defender among SEC safeties who have played 150 snaps against the run. Thomas is rated No. 3.
• Gus Malzahn’s team continues to stay on a roll recruiting-wise for the 2020 class with a commitment from Tank Bigsby, a 6-0, 210-pound prospect at Callaway High in Hogansville, Ga. A physical player, he is rated by 247 Sports as the No. 7 running back recruit nationally. He rushed for 2,221 yards and 22 touchdowns while being named Georgia Class AA Offensive Player of the Year.
• The AU women’s golf team reached the Final Four of the 2019 NCAA Championships. This season’s roster should be deeper with each of the top five players returning combined with newcomer Megan Schofill, who reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur last week. Schofill, who is from Monticello, Fla., advanced to the semi-finals of the Women’s Southern Amateur and posted other strong results this summer.
Mark Murphy is the editor of Inside the Auburn Tigers magazine and newsletter