Tucker Tuberville wants to follow his father’s footsteps.
The sophomore quarterback doesn’t have dreams of winning awards and starting at quarterback, but he does want to be a coach some day, and walking on at Auburn, a place he called home for most of his life, just makes sense.
“I’m not the next All-American right now, so I understand what I’m getting myself into,” Tuberville told AL.com. “I hope to be the best help I can.”
He wants to be a coach just like his father Tommy Tuberville. His father, of course, doesn’t need much of an introduction at Auburn, where he led the Tigers to an 85-40 record, five SEC West championships and an SEC title in 10 seasons (1999-2008), which included a 13-0 mark in 2004.
Tucker Tuberville hopes to glean any information he can from the Auburn coaching staff, and help with Malzahn’s elaborate play-calling system from the sidelines this fall. He already knows plenty of the “ins and outs” of football from his father, who now coaches Cincinnati. He followed his father to Texas, where he played at Frenship (Wolfforth, Texas) High and was considered one of the top 150 players in the state by MaxPreps. He walked on at Texas Tech last season, where his father finished his third year as coach and left for Cincinnati in December.
He plans to suit up for Auburn when fall camp starts Aug. 2 on campus.
“It’s been hectic. It certainly has,” said Tucker Tuberville, who plans to major in science at Auburn. “I can’t really describe it. One thing after another. I’ve enjoyed every move. When we had to leave Auburn I wasn’t happy, but then I loved Texas and made some great friends there and moved to Cincy. I didn’t like it at first and ended up loving it.”
Tucker Tuberville couldn’t help but think about playing football in the southeast during his time in Cincinnati and, with his father’s blessing, decided to transfer to Auburn this summer.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the last two years,” he said. “I wanted to try it out and one thing led to another.”
The connections to Auburn don’t stop there. In addition to old friends from Lee-Scott Academy, Tuberville will also see a familiar face from his year at Texas Tech. Former Texas Tech defensive end Chase Robison plans to transfer to Auburn in August. Tuberville and Robison were roommates at Texas Tech last season.
The two say their decisions to transfer to Auburn were not made together, although they are happy to reunite. Robison’s decision to leave Texas Tech arrived when Kliff Kingsbury replaced Tommy Tuberville and switched to a 3-4 defense. Robison, a defensive end, was not happy with his move to linebacker in the offseason and began exploring potential landing spots elsewhere in the south.
His reasoning was simple: if he wanted to play linebacker he would have committed to Tennessee out of high school.
Robison played at Memphis Christian Brothers School and was recruited by nearby Arkansas State when Gus Malzahn was the coach. He nearly de-committed from Tech to play at Arkansas State in 2012 because of his connection to Malzahn. Robison also had some history with the school — his father played for Lary Lacewell at Arkansas State.
Robison opted to play at Tech instead, but after a redshirt season and a couple of coaching moves, it all worked out for the Memphis native.
Malzahn showed interest in bringing the former three-star defensive end to the SEC when he was granted his release from Texas Tech. After that, everything fell in place for two close friends. Robison will be on scholarship and will have four years to play three seasons starting in 2014. Tuberville will walk on at Auburn.
“(Tucker) decided he wanted to go and play somewhere in the south and at the same time I had pretty much made up my mind that I was going to transfer,” Robison said.
“It worked out really weird,” Tucker Tuberville said. “I don’t know how, but it just did.”
(This from our news partners at Al.com)