Dye-Gest: AU Draftees Headed to Good Places

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the Auburn Tigers in this edition of his Dye-Gest Column.

It's exciting that two Auburn players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and I like the teams Greg Robinson and Dee Ford are going to. Coach Jeff Fisher at St. Louis and Coach Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs are good men.


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Tre Mason is also heading to St. Louis to play for the Rams and I think he will make that team look smart for drafting him in the third round. I have a strong feeling Tre will do well at the next level because he has uncanny body strength and he plays way bigger than he is plus he hasn't been injury prone.

I am also excited that Jay Prosch was drafted by Houston where he will get a chance to play for Bill O'Brien, who is obviously a great guy and a coach I?believe will be good for the Texans.

All four of the Auburn players not only have good chances to make their NFL teams, I don't see any reasons why they can't have long and successful pro careers. That kind of thing is good for the Auburn football program, which I suspect will be steadily sending players to the NFL in the coming years.

I was checking the weather and noticed they got 10 1/2 inches of snow in Cheyenne and I have a close friend from Montgomery, Woody Bartlett, who has a ranch in Wyoming right above Cheyenne so I called him. Woody said, ‘Man, we have 15 inches of snow on the ground at my place.' He has had that ranch for 15 to 20 years and said it was the most snow he has had at one time since he has been going out there. Unlike here in the Auburn area, a snow like that is actually a good thing because that is where they get much of their moisture in that part of the country.

It reminded me of my time living out there in 1980 and 1981 and being there after I resigned my position as head coach at the University of Wyoming while sitting around waiting on Auburn to make a decision on whether or not I was going to be hired to coach the Tigers.

I remember it was zero degrees outside with a wind chill of 25 below. As you can guess I wasn't a very popular citizen in Laramie. It was Christmas time and we got the family together and I said, ‘Let's get out of here.' We headed over to Colorado to go skiing at Steamboat Springs for a week.

I am going back out to Wyoming in June for a clinic put on by a friend name Bill Smith, who is a real expert on training horses. He is not famous, but is known to a lot of people in the horse industry as a guy who can do unbelievable things with horses. I got to know him through Woody. Bill was a saddle bronc rider who was a three-time world champion and a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame so I am really looking forward to going back out West for a few days in June.

Bill is a man who has a lot of wisdom. He won't make a video of how he trains horses because he says like people, horses are all different. His training philosophy is on his calling card: "Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Do what you have to do and then do less."

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