Truckin’ with the Tigers: Arkansas

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Football By: Jeff Shearer

What’s it like to travel with Auburn football? Senior writer Jeff Shearer is giving fans a look behind the curtain this season as he tags along with the team for road games in a new series called “Truckin’ with the Tigers.”

Auburn is headed to Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend to take on the Razorbacks in the early game (11 a.m. CT, CBS). 
 

FRIDAY: SPOTTING BOARDS

Ever since the era of leather helmets, football coaches and players have vowed to “take them one game at a time” by focusing exclusively on the next opponent. 

Broadcasters, on the other hand, are under no such constraints. 

Andy Burcham, the voice of the Auburn Tigers, began preparing his spotting board for the Arkansas game last week, a few days before the Tigers played Georgia.

“I start on the spotting boards 10 days out, getting names and numbers in for the game that’s two games away,” said Burcham, in his third season calling Auburn football play-by-play. “The Monday before the game is when I start with all the notes and stats.”

An essential piece of Burcham’s carry-on luggage, Andy estimates he spends 12 to 14 hours preparing for each game, with a goal to complete the boards by Wednesday of game week, so he can get started on the next one.

“I’m not sure I could do it without it, quite frankly,” he said. “This is absolutely integral and we do the same thing for basketball.”
 

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