One of the top tacklers in Auburn history, Gregg Carr, is on the ballot for consideration to the College Football Hall of Fame the organization announced on Tuesday.
A three-time All-SEC linebacker for the Tigers and a four-year letterman on teams coached by Pat Dye from 1981-84, Carr is on the ballot for the 2021 class, which will be announced early next year by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
Carr’s biggest season for tackles was as a senior in 1984 when he was in on 139 total stops, which ranks eighth in program history. He made 100 solo tackles that year, the third highest total for an Auburn player, 14 off Freddie Smith’s record set in 1977.
The 1984 Southeastern Conference Lineman of the year, Carr was a consensus All-American and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete who earned Academic All-SEC honors for four seasons.
A key player on Auburn’s 1983 SEC championship team, Carr played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1985-88 before turning his focus to medical school. He is an orthopedic surgeon in his hometown, Birmingham.
Of the 5.4 million people who have played college football only 1,027 have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Carr is well deserving to be added to that group.
Another former Auburn player, quarterback Larry Blakeney, is on the ballot for his work as head coach at Troy State. He played for Coach Shug Jordan’s teams from 1966-69 and later worked as an assistant coach for the Tigers. Troy’s football field is named in Blakeney’s honor after he posted a record of 178-113-1 in leading the Trojans as they upgraded from Division II to Division I status.
From the Notebook:
• Bruce Pearl’s basketball team has scheduled a cross-country trip to Seattle to play the Washington Huskies in an SEC vs. Pac-12 contest on Nov. 19th. The Tigers owe the Huskies a return game after Washington traveled to Auburn Arena where the home team prevailed 88-66 in November of 2018.
• Conor Davis, a four-year contributor for the baseball Tigers, has entered the transfer portal looking for a less expensive alternative than paying out-of-state tuition at Auburn for another year. Davis posted a .287 career batting average and was off to a strong start when the 2020 season was canceled with him hitting .339 with team-highs of three homers, six doubles and 14 RBI.
With just 11.7 scholarships for the entire roster, like other Auburn baseball players, Davis was on a partial scholarship.
• The football Tigers have spent more time recruiting in Texas this year than normal and so far they have picked up three verbal commitments from the Lone Star state. The most recent is 6-5, 210 Landen King from Atascocita High in Humble. He caught 53 passes for 853 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.
King had originally committed to the Texas Longhorns, but noted he likes how Auburn’s new offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, plans to feature tight ends. The Tigers also have commitments from Galena Park North Shore teammates Dematrius Davis, a quarterback, and offensive guard Jaeden Roberts.
Mark Murphy is the editor of Inside the Auburn Tigers magazine and newsletter