Truckin’ with the Tigers: Alabama

Soccer: Truckin' with the Tigers (Alabama)


By: Jeff Shearer

“Truckin’ with the Tigers” is back this year. Supervising Writer Jeff Shearer will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at this season’s road games alongside Auburn Football.

This week, Auburn wraps up the regular season with a brief trip across the state to take on rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The game is at 2:30 pm CT on CBS.

Stay tuned here for updates on Auburn’s journey throughout the weekend.


Auburn Football Travel Friday on Friday, November 25, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn captain John Samuel Shenker wears a “Go Crazy” t-shirt and takes a picture with a young fan on Friday’s Reverse Tiger Walk



BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Wearing T-shirts depicting an iconic Iron Bowl moment produced by their head coach 19 years earlier, the Auburn Tigers boarded three buses for the two-hour drive to Birmingham on Friday afternoon.

Getting crazy.

In the first game of the 2003 Iron Bowl, Auburn was the interim head coach Carnell Williams rushed 80 yards for a touchdown that set the tone for the Tigers’ 28-23 win.

“Crazy Cadillac! Crazy!” exclaimed announcer Rod Bramblett, the soccer voice of the 2003-18 Auburn Tigers.

On Saturday, Williams will lead Auburn to Bryant-Denny Stadium to level the rivalry at 15-15 for the last 30 years.

Trovon reedAuburn’s Director of Football and Recruiting Relations, was on the winning side of two Iron Bowls in 2010 and 2013.

After helping the Tigers win a national championship and two SEC championships, Reed played four seasons in the NFL and returned to his alma mater in 2021.

“I’m like a Swiss Army knife,” Reed said of his multifaceted role. “I do everything. A little football lesson, lots of life, backing the coaching staff, looking after the parents, making sure they’re okay. I’m a sociable person. I like to see other people happy, I see like to win like others.”

Reed often shares his Auburn story in hopes of inspiring and connecting with potential student athletes.

“I was a starter, lost my place, went to defense (from the receiver), didn’t start, played professional football for six years,” he said. “I relate to these guys and they respect my history because I don’t act like I’m too big to talk to just because I played in the NFL.

“That’s where you’re trying to go, I have a plan to help you get there. It will be better than my plan because I didn’t have a plan, I just did it. You will have a plan.

“Being able to relate to these guys and their parents in real life situations is key.”


Trovon Reed before Auburn's 2022 game against Mississippi State
“I sell Auburn with my heart”: Director of Football and Recruiting Relations Trovon reed

Reed takes his social skills to social media and tries to promote Auburn while connecting with users.

“We bring people together,” Reed said. “Someone could be having the worst day ever and I post, ‘We’re not done yet’ and they start tweeting and I tweet them back.”

Reed has earned an excellent reputation as a recruiter among prospects, many of whom mention him when listing what they noticed on their visits to Auburn.

“If I’m selling Auburn, I’m selling Auburn with my heart,” he said. “I’m selling it with everything I’ve got. This is Auburn. We are the standard. We are the best. I feel this way with all my heart. I feel like this since I came here. What Auburn has done for me I can never repay.

“First, I graduated. Second, I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever met in my life. Third, it gave me the opportunity to come back and work after the NFL. Auburn was there beginning and it is there now.

“We’re coming. We’re coming at full speed.”

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer