2012 Class for the Tiger Trail of Auburn
March 22, 2012
The Auburn Chamber, along with Auburn University Athletics, is pleased to announce the 2012 class of Tiger Trail inductees: Carlos Rogers, Marci Clemons, Bill Cody, Ricky Smallridge, Gerald White and Frank Ford The evening before A-Day, April 13, 2012, the new class of athletic legends will officially join the ranks of 102 past Tiger Trail inductees during a reception and induction ceremony at the Auburn Arena.
The Auburn Chamber of Commerce began the Tiger Trail in 1995 to honor outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators. Every year, a new class of honorees is inducted into the Tiger Trail during the Tiger Trail induction ceremony. Each inductee is presented with an engraved granite plaque to be placed in the sidewalk of downtown Auburn among the plaques of other Auburn greats.
“Tiger Trail celebrates the spirit of Auburn and our great athletes, coaches and administrators,” said Ron Anders, chair of the Tiger Trail committee.
“We’re always thrilled to welcome new Tiger Trail inductees. Hearing the stories from these great athletes of the special years they spent at Auburn is truly moving. It makes us all proud of the rich tradition we have here in Auburn,” said Lolly Steiner, president of the Auburn Chamber.
The Tiger Trail induction ceremony is traditionally a breakfast, but the event has been moved to allow everyone to enjoy other A-Day events and activities. The Tiger Trail of Auburn Induction Reception will be held on April 13, 2012, at the Auburn Arena. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. The entire community is invited to attend. Along with this year’s inductees, all past inductees will be recognized. Tickets are $25. Please call the Auburn Chamber at (334) 887-7011 for more information or to make reservations. Tiger Trail is sponsored by Verizon.
The 2012 honorees:
CARLOS ROGERS—Football 2001-2004 Carlos Rogers enjoyed a stellar career with the Auburn Tigers and ended his college career with an undefeated season. Carlos was named a consensus All-American, first-team Associated Press All-American and was presented with the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s best collegiate defensive back.
BILL CODY—Football 1963-1965 After playing as a running back and quarterback, Bill Cody made his mark as a linebacker. In 1963, he was a unanimous selection for the All-SEC sophomore team. He was a first-team All-SEC linebacker in 1965 and made the All-SEC academic team in 1964 and 1965.
RICKY SMALLRIDGE – Men’s Golf 1978-1981 Ricky Smallridge took his place in Auburn history with a career record of five tournament victories. He was named All-American in 1979 and first-team All-SEC in 1979 and 1980.
MARCI CLEMONS – Women’s Golf 1994-1997 Marci Clemons accrued quite a list of accomplishments and awards during her Auburn career. In 1995 she was named first-team All-SEC, in 1996 she was named SEC Player of the Year, SEC Individual Champion, first-team All-SEC, the Dinah Shore Award winner (the female golfer with the highest GPA, lowest stroke average and community service that year) and the Edith Munson Award winner (national scholar athlete of the year). In 1997, she was named the Leah Atkins Rawls Award winner.
FRANK FORD – Men’s Basketball 1984-1987 During Frank Ford’s time on the Plains, he played 127 consecutive games and helped Auburn to an 82-47 record and four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including the first appearance in school history. He finished his Auburn career fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,389 points and is currently 11th. Frank is also still 6th all-time in steals, a skill that sealed the 1985 SEC tournament championship.
GERALD WHITE – Men’s Basketball 1984-1987 Gerald White was a four-year starter at point guard who helped lead Auburn to its first four NCAA tournament s. He still holds two major Auburn records for assists in a career (624) and a season (221). Auburn had an 82-47 record in Gerald’s starts as point guard.