Bodda Getta Daily Brew 6/7: J-Squared Tackles Life

Defensive tackle Jayson Jones reflects on his Auburn football journey and future

Good Morning, Auburn Family. Defensive tackle Jayson Jones might not have spent his entire collegiate football career on the Plains, but he’s leaving his mark on the program as he enters his final season.

Jones started his collegiate career at the University of Oregon, playing in 13 games in 2021 on the defensive line. He recorded 19 tackles and two sacks with the Ducks before making the decision to transfer.

“Auburn was close to home, but really it was the people that made me want to come,” Jones said. “The fans have all been so kind and welcoming. When people say, ‘If you love Auburn, it will love you back,’ they are not lying.’”

Read On the Plains With Jayson Jones for more on how he got into football, his appreciation for Coach Vontrell King-Williams and his goal for the team this year.

What else can you find mixed into today’s Brew?

🤸🏻‍♀️ A Look at Suni Lee’s Road to the Olympic Trials
🥎 Five Auburn softballers named to CSC Academic All-District Team
🐅 And much, much more!


🔼 Made the Cut. Auburn Gym's Suni Lee placed second on Beam and fourth on Bars & All-around at the Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships this past weekend. Her performance cemented her place to compete at the Olympic Trials in June for the chance to join the Olympic Team once again. 

Suni walked away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with three medals, including the most coveted of all—the all-around gold. She was the first Olympic all-around champion to compete at the NCAA level. She was doing better than ever when she was diagnosed with not one but two kidney diseases at the beginning of 2003.

Sports commentator and former gymnast and Olympic medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke was a recent guest on the Flipping Out Podcast With Bridget Sloan, where she said, “She is the best beam worker in the country, if not the world right now. She's just right up there with the best in the world.” 

🔼 M & M FTW. Auburn sophomore Megan Hague finished 12th in the women's shot put and fellow sophomore Michael May finished 16th in the decathlon to lead the Tigers during the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field Thursday.
Making her first appearance at outdoor nationals, Hague posted a huge PR on her second of three throws with a mark of 16.97m/55-8.25, to earn second-team All-America accolades. Another newbie at NCAAs, May tallied 7375 points over the two-day, 10-event competition, earning second-team All-America honors while posting two PRs during the meet.

🔼 AuburnYOU Gets a Boost. Dr. Robert Carlisle, a former two-time national champion student-athlete with more than a decade of higher education and sports administration experience, has been named Auburn Athletics' associate athletics director, student-athlete development.
Carlisle, who logged previous SEC experience as a scholastic supervisor at Texas A&M, will oversee AuburnYOU's strategic vision and programming to enhance student-athlete experiences, personal growth, professional development and overall well-being.

Go here to learn more about Dr. Carlisle.

🔼 Ansari’s Accolades Continue. Auburn fifth-year senior Carolyn Ansari has been awarded singles All-American honors for the second consecutive season, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Thursday. Ansari becomes the first Tiger to earn multiple Singles All-American titles since Fani Chifchieva won three in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The honor marks the 15th time that the ITA has selected an Auburn player as an All-American.

🔼 Smarts Outside the Circle. Five members of the Auburn softball program have been named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District TeamMaddie Penta, Annabelle Widra, Amelia Lech, Rose Roach and Nelia Peralta.
The 2023-24 Academic All-District Softball Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the diamond and in the classroom. 
Penta advances to the CSC Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced on June 18. Auburn's five honorees are the most in are the most in school history.

🔼 Doubting Thomas? Never. Thomas Kennedy will join the Tigers' men's tennis team for the 2024-25 season, head coach Bobby Reynolds has announced. Kennedy will arrive on the Plains after spending two seasons at Furman University.
Kennedy was selected to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team in 2022-23 after earning 10 singles victories and 11 doubles victories. The following season, Kennedy posted a 10-10 singles dual match record and a 6-1 mark in SoCon matches playing primarily at No. 2 in the lineup. He also earned two postseason honors from the Southern Conference after his sophomore season.


Smart 'n' Sporty

With the five Auburn softball team members having been named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District Team this week, how many academic honorees have there been from the team in total?

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Answer: With today’s selections to the CSC Academic All-District Team, Auburn softball's all-time total of academic honorees improved to 19.

🐅 Have a great Friday, y’all