Dye-Gest: On Langner and Auburn vs. Georgia

Coach Pat Dye writes about former Auburn star David Langner and keeping the Auburn-Georgia football series as an annual event.

We are all saddened by the passing of David Langner, one of the great defensive players in Auburn football history. David will always have a place in the hearts of Auburn fans and the history of Auburn football as the player who scored both touchdowns in the epic 1972 "Punt, Bama Punt" game the Tigers won 17-16.

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David was typical of the heart, soul and spirit of that 1972 Auburn team. I wasn't in Auburn at that time, in fact I was coaching at Alabama, but I have gotten close to a lot of those guys since coming to Auburn in 1981 and it is a special group of men.

When you think about David you think of a little guy, who was an underdog, who was too little to play as big as he played. He was fearless on the football field and nobody competed harder than he did.

David always had a smile on his face and it is kind of odd he would end up living in Tuscaloosa most of his life, but he was successful there in the car business.

David Langner was a defensive back for the Tigers, who earned All-SEC honors as a senior.

It is hard to lose guys like that, especially before their time. He gave me some great memories getting to know him and David gave the Auburn Family great memories of his playing days.

The big news in SEC football this week is the conference decided to keep the 6-1-1 schedule format, which is the best way to do it if you are going to play an eight-game league schedule.

Being able to keep Georgia on the schedule is important because of the history of the series as the league's oldest rivalry. If you are a player at Auburn you need to play against Georgia and the same is true if you are a player at Georgia.

As a player at Georgia I have vivid memories of the three games we played against Auburn–the last one played at Columbus in 1958, the first one played at Athens in 1959 and the first one played at Auburn in 1960. Our team won in Athens and lost in Columbus and Auburn.

Ed Dyas runs the football vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

When I think about that 1960 game I will always remember the great Ed Dyas, who has also passed away. Auburn won 9-6 that day. There were no touchdowns. Ed kicked three field goals and ran for more than 100 yards. Ed, who went on to become a doctor, was a terrific football player.

Paul Davis was coaching me at Georgia at the time. He had put in a special defense to stop Auburn and it worked. I don't know how many times I tackled Ed that day, but most were for gains of four or five yards. That 1960 Auburn team was a really good one and Ed Dyas was a big part of making it that way. He was a great Auburn man.

(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.

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