Upshaw and Tigers Looking for Big Season

Defensive end Courtney Upshaw, 6-2, 225, spent a lot of time in the Auburn High backfield on Thursday night.

Auburn, Ala.--The Eufaula Tigers swept through last year's regular season without a loss and made it all the way to the 5A State Championship Game at Legion Field before falling to Athens in the final minute of the game. That was with Jerrel Jernigan at quarterback and Terrence Thomas at middle linebacker. This year, led by star defensive end and Alabama commitment Courtney Upshaw, the Tigers are hoping to make a return trip to Birmingham.

"I think we're going to be pretty good," Upshaw said after a jamboree at Auburn High on Thursday. "We're going to go back and practice and get better. We're going to be pretty good and we're going to try to make it back to state."

The battle of the Tigers ended in a 10-10 tie after three quarters.

"Sometimes we get down, but when something good happens we get up," Upshaw adds. "That last series on defense everybody stepped up and made a couple of plays.

"They were running away from me all night so I had to come from the back side. I was a little winded but I had to step up my game. They ran my way a couple of times, but a majority of the time they ran away."

Upshaw also plays tight end and went head-to-head with Florida commitment Dee Finley.

Upshaw, with 10 college scholarship offers, says that several others on his team will have a chance to play at the next level, too. "(Running back) Javen Harris, he's just a junior, (fullback and defensive tackle) Xavier Crews, (defensive backs) Desmund Thomas and Kendrick Dennis... Georgia Tech is looking at (linebacker) Satero Hardy and Shequel Ledbedder is just a junior. He should get some offers."

As far as Upshaw is concerned, he committed to the Crimson Tide on June 7 but is still keeping an open mind.

"Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Southern Miss, South Carolina and I can't remember the rest because they're really not on my mind," he notes. "Rutgers came in. I've got 10 offers already, but Rutgers just came in and that's about it. That's the only new school that's come in so far. They've been sending letters. They haven't offered, but they're sending me stuff."

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