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War Eagle started flying life in Florida
By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 9, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. - It's a sacred pregame tradition at Auburn home games - an eagle flying down and around Jordan-Hare Stadium and landing on the school logo at midfield.
What 87,000-plus cheering fans didn't realize Saturday night was that Spirit, the bald eagle in its sixth season making pregame flights for the Tigers, hails from Hillsborough County.
Roy Crowe, who serves as "eagle consultant" for Auburn, said that though War Eagle VII, the golden eagle used most often for pregame flights, was born in Alabama at the Montgomery Zoo, his bald counterpart was born in Florida.
Auburn typically uses its bald eagle with especially warm temperatures. Saturday's kickoff came in 79-degree weather.
War Eagle VII, named Nova, is in its first season after replacing War Eagle VI in November after a 20-year career of stadium flights.
MAKING CHANGES: USF coach Jim Leavitt promised changes on special teams after a problematic season opener, and there were changes all over the unit.
Punter Justin Teachey, who dropped a snap deep in USF territory last week, was replaced by Delbert Alvarado, whose first punt went 40 yards and was downed on the Auburn 1-yard line.
USF changed its return specialists as well, with cornerback Jerome Murphy lining up on the opening kickoff and returning it 27 yards to the 36.
After receiver Amarri Jackson muffed a punt last week, receiver Marcus Edwards took over, returning one first-quarter punt 29 yards.
WHAT IS THAT? USF used an unusual shifted offensive line at times, lining up with both starting tackles on one side and a tight end lined up as the opposite tackle.
The Bulls also used a line formation with its center off-center as a guard would line up and used as many as three tight ends on one play.
BEEN THERE: The game marked USF's first time playing at Auburn, but some of the Bulls had been to Jordan-Hare Stadium before.
Junior receiver Taurus Johnson went to Auburn on an official recruiting visit but said the Tigers were too far from his home in Cape Coral to seriously consider.
"Auburn was like my third choice," Johnson said last week. "It was USF, Florida then Auburn. I didn't want to go out there.
"Mom didn't like it too much; too far from home."
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Three Bulls freshmen made their debuts.
Fullback Richard Kelly was on the opening kickoff team, and walk-on Lucas Darr, a Countryside High graduate who was granted a hardship waiver last week that allowed him to play after transferring from N.C. State, played on special teams.
Walk-on tight end Quincy Okolie lined up on the team's first touchdown.
THIS AND THAT: The only changes to USF's starting lineup came on offense, where as expected, junior Jake Griffin (Armwood) took over at center for the injured Nick Capogna, with junior Ryan Schmidt stepping into Griffin's spot at left guard. ... USF had three new captains, with senior linebacker Ben Moffitt the only holdover from last week. He was joined by Edwards, senior tackle Walt Walker and sophomore defensive end George Selvie.