Auburn Football: A Letter To Neil Caudle

Bleacher ReportContributor IJune 9, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  A cheerleader for the Auburn Tigers peforms before the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ok, this isn't actually a letter to Neil Caudle.  Maybe it's more of a silent tribute to the man who just can't catch a break.  Heck, I couldn't even a find a picture of him here on Bleacher Report so I'm using the pretty cheerleader in hopes that maybe it's his girlfriend.

After watching the Auburn Spring game for the billionth time, I think back to the misery that was 2008 and wonder if the coaching staff was even aware of his presence.

I can't help but feel sorry for the guy.  Imagine going into a situation where you're absolutely positive that you're going to start and all of a sudden you get beat out by the same guy that sucked it up the year before.

Epic fail.

Fast forward to the end of the season.  Chris Todd redeems himself and now Neil doesn't have to be so sad.  He knows Todd is a senior and he will surely get his chance next year, right?


I won't blame the coaches for snagging Cam Newton.  You take one look at his skills and you kind of forget you already have four quarterbacks on your roster.

Now, don't get me wrong...I like the way Cam Newton looks. In fact, I just took out a small loan to buy some of that hype.  He was good enough for Urban Meyer and that dude knows what's up.  Granted this is the SEC and he's a first year qb, but I watched his highlights from last year.  I'm convinced he won that JUCO NC while he was sleeping.

Enough about Cam.  See...Neil Caudle even lost being the subject of this meaningless rambling for a few seconds.  My bad.

You have to give credit to No. 19.  Most qb's who lose a chance to start will whine and moan and groan and sometimes even transfer to a third rate school just to know they're going to play (see Tyrik Rollison and Star Jackson). 

Not Neil. 

In a day and age where football players egos are the size of Dr. Manhattan's know, it's nice to see a young man work so hard to be number two.  It's that kind of hard work and dedication and loyalty that makes me trust him should he ever have to go in and get the job done. 

Here's to you Neil Caudle and I'm pretty sure your girlfriend's way hotter than that cheerleader up there.  War Eagle!