Samford is coached by Pat Sullivan, who became the first Auburn Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy when he took home the hardware in 1971. Sullivan is still the Auburn career leader with 53 touchdown passes over three seasons. He also coached quarterbacks at Auburn under Pat Dye from 1986-91.
As this year is the 40th anniversary of his Heisman Trophy season, Sullivan will be honored by Auburn before the game.
“Everybody knows what a phenomenal football player he was here and what he did for Auburn University,” head coach Gene Chizik said. “What he did for this university and what he means to the fans… I’m thrilled for him to be celebrated in this way.”
"I really don't want it to be about me," said Sullivan to the Birmingham News. "I want our team to enjoy it, hope they play well, then I'm going to look forward to seeing all of my guys, some of them I probably haven't seen since the Oklahoma game (his last at Auburn). That's a long time ago. I'm sure there will be a lot of emotion."
Sullivan has a 25-29 record in his fifth season as Samford’s head coach.