Time to Celebrate For Tailback, Other Tigers

Tre Smith

Auburn, Ala.--For football senior Tre Smith, Thursday is a day he will never forget.

The tailback for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Auburn Tigers was presented his diploma for earning a degree in business administration and management information systems.

"This is what I came to college to do and I am really excited," Smith tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I feel really good about my degree. There are all different types of jobs that I can get into."

With one more season of eligibility remaining, Smith is in training for his final football season with the Tigers.

"I plan to stay in Auburn over the summer and work out with the team," he says. "I am trying to find an internship now. If anybody wants to hire me, I am up for it."

This fall Smith plans to begin graduate school with the intention of earning a masters degree and is expected to be in the playing rotation at tailback, fullback and he could even see some playing time as a slot receiver. Tuberville says he expects Smith to be a key man on special teams, too.

Smith averaged nine yards per carry in the four spring scrimmages, the best of any running back on the team. He caught a team-high 14 passes in the spring and his 126 receiving yards was second only to tight end Tommy Trott.

"I thought I had a good spring and I am excited about the season," the senior says. "It's still too early to know for sure, but based on what I can see we are going to have a good team this year. I will know more once we get into two-a-days in August."

Smith, whose junior season was set back by an emergency appendectomy just prior to the start of preseason drills, says he is healthy and ready to play.

The football graduate group includes (front frow, left to right): Wesley Hill, Tre Smith, Carl Stewart, Jamoga Ramsey and (back row, left to right) academic advisor Troy Smith, Todd Hughes, Cole Bennett and Ben Grubbs.

Four Auburn athletes who participated in the Operation Follow Through program earned degrees on Thursday. The group includes football players Fred Baxter and Monreko Crittenden along with basketball player Jeff Moore and swimmer Andy Haidinyak.

Moore, who played basketball for the Tigers in 1980s, has been on campus working part-time with the athletic department while finishing his degree.

Auburn's most athletically decorated new graduate is swimmer Kirsty Coventry, who won gold, silver and bronze medals a the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Coventry helped the Tigers win three NCAA women's swimming and diving national championships.

Kirsty Coventry

Graduates by sports include:

Baseball--Jeff Boutwell (Southport, Fla.); Grant Cardwell (Mountain Brook, Ala.); Tyler Johnstone (Brampton, Ontario); Michael Meddows (Swansea, Ill.); Andrew Park (Clearwater, Fla.) and Lee White (Fayetteville, Ga.)

Men's Basketball--Troy Gaines (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Women's Basketball--Nitasha Brown (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Marita Payne (Melbourne, Australia)

Football--Kevin Beall (Memphis, Tenn.); Cole Bennett (Dalton, Ga.); Karibi Dede (Woodbridge, Va.); Ben Grubbs (Eclectic, Ala.); Wesley Hill (Cordele, Ga.); Jamoga Ramsey (Delray Beach, Fla.); Patrick Martyn (New Orleans, La.); Tre Smith (Venice, Fla.) and Carl Stewart (Alcoa, Tenn.)

Equestrian--Erin Gaddy (Long Beach, Miss.); Candace Jones (Ft. Payne, Ala.); Annie Malone (Auburn, Ala.); Cassie McEnroe (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Katelen Ream (Millbrook, Ala.)

Men's Golf--Stuart Moore (Gainesville, Ga.)

Women's Golf--Maria Martinez (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

Gymnastics--Natica Johnson (Vicksburg, Miss.) and Robin O'Rear (Montgomery, Ala.)

Soccer--Jessica Allan (Crystal Lake, Ill.); Christina Culver (Marietta, Ga.) and Kristin Stewart (Lilburn, Ga.)

Softball--Lolani Alvarez (Buena Park, Calif.)

Men's Swimming and Diving--Chad Barlow (Williamsburg, Va.); Derek Gibb (Petersburg, Ak.); Ryan Hinz (Fond du Lac, Wisc.); B.J. Jones (LaGrange, Ga.); Wesley Kirkland (Jacksonville, Fla.); Nathan Knopf (Louisville, Ky.); Daniel Slocki (Charlotte, N.C.); Ryan Wochomurka (Columbus, Ind.)

Women's Swimming and Diving--Kirsty Coventry (Harare, Zimbabwe); Alessandra Lawless (Kenesaw, Ga.); Caroline Rush (Louisville, Ky.)

Women's Tennis--Evan Epps (Birmingham, Ala.)

Men's Track and Field--Alex Amodeo (Grand Rapids, Mich.); Christopher George (Burnsville, Minn.); Andrew Heath (Marrietta, Ga.) and James Morgan (Columbus, Ga.)

Women's Track and Field--Kareen Gayle (Jamaica); Angela Homan (Spencerville, Ohio); Jovanee Jarrett (Hanover, Jamaica) and Dawn Morgan (Salem, Ore.)

Volleyball--Tiffany Darling (Stockton, Calif.) and Laura Hastings (Greshman, Okla.)

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