Coach Will “Boom” Muschamp is now back in the loving arms of the Auburn Family. That is no longer breaking news but it is sweet music to the ears of the Tiger faithful.
“Boom laka-laka-laka, boom laka-laka-laka…” goes the Sly and the Family Stone tune, “I Want To Take You Higher,” and Muschamp will do just that with the Auburn D.+
Take a gander at the numbers “Boom” has put up as both a defensive coordinator and as a head coach. These are national stats:+
LSU – DC
2002 – 8th Total Defense 15th Scoring Defense
2003 – 1st Total Defense 1st Scoring Defense
2004 – 3rd Total Defense 14th Scoring Defense+
Miami Dolphins – DC
2005 – 15th Total Defense 18th Scoring Defense+
Auburn – DC
2006 – 19th Total Defense 7th Scoring Defense
2007 – 6th Total Defense 6th Scoring Defense+
Texas – DC
2008 – 51st Total Defense 18th Scoring Defense
2009 – 3rd Total Defense 12th Scoring Defense
2010 – 6th Total Defense 49th Scoring Defense+
Florida – HC
2011 – 8th Total Defense 29th Scoring Defense
2012 – 8th Total Defense 20th Scoring Defense
2013 – 5th Total Defense 5th Scoring Defense
2014 – 20th Total defense 34th Scoring Defense+
Now check this out (from ITAT-Inside The Auburn Tigers):defenseWhat do you think?
Notable: Led Auburn to a No. 7 national ranking in scoring defense in 2006 … Auburn’s defense allowed just 21 touchdowns in 2006, which was tied for eighth nationally … Coached Miami Dolphins to top-10 rankings in the NFL in yards per play (4.7, 7th), yards per rush (3.7, 7th) and yards per pass (6.0, 9th) in 2005, and the Dolphins were second in the NFL in sacks with 49 … Helped LB Zach Thomas and DE Jason Taylor earn Pro Bowl selections in 2005 … Was the defensive coordinator at LSU during its national championship season in 2003 … LSU led the nation in both scoring defense (11.0 ppg) and total defense (252.0 ypg) in 2003 … Coached four All-Americans at LSU, including LB Bradie James (2002), DT Chad Lavalais (2003), CB Corey Webster (2003-04) and DE Marcus Spears (2004) … Four-year letterman at Georgia (1991-94) as a safety and defensive co-captain as a senior.+
It is the humble opinion of this hack, and proud Auburn Fan, that my Tigers just went from this, ?, to this, !+
The Boom Brothers (Gus & Will) should make a mighty, MIGHTY formidable duo.+
And now a trip down memory lane.+
3rd ranked Auburn hosts 6th ranked LSU in a defensive slugfest. The hometown Tigers win 7-3 with Jamarcus Russell throwing deep to end the game. Patrick Lee intercepts the last throw to seal the victory for Auburn. THREE POINTS for the mighty Bayou Bengals! BOOM!!!+
The eventual national champions, Florida, make the trek to The Plains ranked second in the country. They return home with their only loss of the season by a score of 27-17. Chris Leak, Percy Harvin, Tim Tebow and their stalwart offense put up a paltry 279 total yards. BOOM!!!+
The AU D also picked shutouts in Starkville, 34-0, and at home against Arkansas State, 27-0. BOOM!!!+
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Unranked Auburn travels to Gainesville, oddly enough, to do battle with the undefeated and 4th ranked Gators. Tim Tebow and company are held to 312 total yards and 14 first downs. Freshman Wes Byrum TWICE hits a field goal with no time remaining on the clock to secure the victory. Urban Meyer called a time out as Byrum hit the first attempt. He cooly drilled the second try as well, and ran off Florida field doing the Gator Chomp. Auburn 20, Florida 17. BOOM!!!
On October 13th in Fayetteville, the Muschamp led D bottled up an Arkansas squad which featured running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.THE RAZORBACKS CAME AWAY WITH 67 NET RUSHING YARDS. Auburn 9, Arkansas 7. BOOM!!!+
So there you have it sports fans.
And welcome back to The Plains Coach Will “BOOM” Muschamp!!!