Football Foundation Honors McCracken

Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn University offensive lineman Spence McCracken was honored on Thursday night as an Outstanding Contributor To Amateur Athletics.

The Opelika High football coach was honored by the Auburn chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

McCracken has posted a 101-27 record as head coach at Opelika High. His overall record, including head coaching jobs at Montgomery Academy and Lee High in Montgomery, is 251-71-1.

"I started coming to games as a Boy Scout and I feel in love with Auburn," said McCracken, who was an All-State football player at Lee High in Montgomery prior to signing with the Tigers. He was a three-year letterman for the Tigers from 1969-71.

"I was blessed to have had the privilege to play for Coach (Ralph "Shug") Jordan at Auburn," McCracken said.

McCracken noted he still has a passion for coaching football and says, "I still try to learn something every day."

A member of the Alabama Coaches Hall of Fame, McCracken has won numerous awards and honors as a coach.

At the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation's annual awards banquet, four members of the Auburn University football team were also honored for their academic achievement. That group includes senior tight end Cole Bennett (management information systems), senior punter Kody Bliss (business administration), tailback Carl Stewart (political science) and junior noseguard Josh Thompson (physical education).

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville presented awards to local scholarship honorees Jonathan Chandler of Opelika High, Denzell Carter of Auburn High and Jeff McLure of Lee-Scott Academy. The group was selected based on athletic and academic ability plus leadership.

Former Auburn star Dr. Ed Dyas, who the Auburn chapter has nominated for the College Hall of Fame, attended the affair at the AU Hotel and Conference Center. A 1960 All-American, Dyas set an NCAA record for field goals in a season while also playing fullback and linebacker.

Membership in The National Football Foundation is open to anyone who is interested in supporting amateur football. For membership information, contact Trey Johnston, chapter president, at Johnston & Malone Bookstore in Auburn.

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