Monday Morning QB Column: Reed, Diamond Notes

Discussing Trovon Reed's opportunity at defensive back with the Seattle Seahawks and big weekends for Auburn baseball and softball.

Trovon Reed (above) will be competing for a spot on the roster of one of the NFL's top teams.

Right Move For Reed

For the better part of his first four years at Auburn, Trovon Reed battled injuries while trying to prove he belonged at wide receiver for the Tigers. Showing glimpses of the form that made him a top recruit, Reed was never consistent enough to make a big move for Auburn at the position. When he decided to move last spring to cornerback it seemed like a good idea after he quickly showed the skills to be a good fit at the position.

Even though he finished with just 12 total tackles last season, Reed grabbed three interceptions and showed the ability to cover wide receivers down the field. That will come in handy with his new team, the Seattle Seahawks. Playing alongside Richard Sherman, who was also a wide receiver turned cornerback, Reed could wind up being a good fit for that defense. It’s a great opportunity for a guy who has grown into a man and kept fighting on the field. He’s proof that if you keep working hard then something good will happen.

Streak Is History

Auburn had not beaten South Carolina in baseball series since 1997, a string of 14 consecutive series, but the Tigers got the job done over the weekend and are now squarely in control of their own destiny for the postseason. Two more wins would not only secure a spot in the SEC Tournament in Hoover, but with Auburn’s RPI it would also make them a solid No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A team that doesn’t have much power and isn’t a big threat to steal bases, Auburn has gotten the job done with a solid pitching staff and a defense that gets the job done. The Tigers do a good job of not beating themselves, something that is a key in today’s college baseball. Sunday was the perfect example as Auburn struck out just three South Carolina batters, but didn’t allow a run and only three hits to the Gamecocks.

With teams still struggling to put together big innings without the help of walks, errors, etc., this Auburn team could be a fun one to keep an eye on in the postseason.

Currently, Auburn is seventh in the SEC with the top 12 advancing to Hoover for the SEC Tournament. The top four teams in the standings get a bye on the first day meaning the Tigers are likely headed for a single elimination game on Tuesday as things stand now. However, a strong final two weekends could make the Tigers a threat to move up in the pack.

SEC Baseball Standings

Vanderbilt 17-7 35-14
LSU 16-7 40-8
Texas A&M 16-7 41-7
Florida 15-9 35-13
Missouri 14-10 28-19
Arkansas 14-10 28-19
Auburn 12-12 31-17
Kentucky 11-12 26-20
South Carolina 10-14 27-20
Ole Miss 11-13 25-24
Mississippi State 8-16 24-24
Alabama 8-16 23-24
Georgia 7-16 22-25
Tennessee 7-16 18-23

This Week’s SEC Schedule

Alabama at Auburn
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
South Carolina at Texas A&M
Florida at Vanderbilt
Tennessee at Arkansas
Georgia at Kentucky
Missouri at LSU

Close To A Title

Winning two out of three on the road at LSU gave the Auburn softball Tigers an opportunity to win the overall SEC title, but Florida's two wins over Missouri gave the Gators the championship because a rainout gave them a half-game lead in the final standings. It doesn't take away from what Coach Clint Myers' team has done already with a 46-9 record and the best-ever SEC regular season finish for the program.

The 46 wins are four away from the school record in 2005 and this is only the fifth 40-win season in the history of the program, two of which have been the last two seasons under Myers. Now the goal is to make a run at the NCAA College World Series, something Auburn should be able to do without leaving the friendly confines of Jane B. Moore Field. With a top three RPI and finishing second in the SEC, Auburn should be a shoo-in to be a top eight national seed.

SEC Standings

Florida 18-5 49-5
Auburn 18-6 46-9
Alabama 17-7 41-11
LSU 15-9 44-10
Tennessee 15-9 39-13
Georgia 14-9 39-13
Missouri 14-10 38-13
Texas A&M 12-12 38-17
Miss. State 10-12 35-16
South Carolina 8-14 34-19
Ole Miss 6-18 30-24
Kentucky 5-19 29-23
Arkansas 1-23 16-37

SEC Tournament Pairings
Game 1: 7 Missouri vs. 10 Mississippi State 11 a.m.
Game 2: 6 Georgia vs. 11 Ole Miss 1:30 p.m.
Game 3: 8 Texas A&M vs. 9 South Carolina 4 p.m.
Game 4: 5 Tennessee vs. 12 Kentucky 6:30 p.m.

Game 5: 2 Auburn vs. Game 1 Winner 10 a.m.
Game 6: 3 Alabama vs. Game 2 Winner 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: 1 Florida vs. Game 3 Winner 3 p.m.
Game 8: 4 LSU vs. Game 4 Winner 5:30 p.m.

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