Flat tire doesn’t stop Selma QB Club program

Published 10:25 pm Monday, September 28, 2009

SELMA — When two or more Selma fans are gathered in the name of football, Alabama and Auburn are the topics of discussion.

Notwithstanding flat tires.

Former Auburn and NFL standout Frank Sanders canceled his Monday speaking appearance to the Selma Quarterback Club after he was delayed because of a flat tire. The program at the Central Alabama Co-op continued, however, with season updates and predictions by two club members — Auburn supporter Andy Stewart and Alabama stalwart Hunter Harrelson.

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Stewart is a 1990 Auburn graduate with a degree in business administration. He is the local president of Wachovia Bank and writes a weekly column for The Selma Times-Journal on Auburn football during the fall.

He said although he was first apprehensive about the hiring of Gene Chizik as AU’s head football coach, he’s pleased with the results.

“I’m glad we’ve got Gene Chizik,” Stewart said about the 4-0 Tigers. “And that he brought in (offensive coordinator) Gus Malzahn.”

Stewart praised the amazing turnaround in the Auburn offensive numbers, going from worst in the nation last year in yardage to first this year.

“The offense has made it fun to watch the games this year,” he said.

Auburn travels to Tennessee Saturday in the Vol-friendly confines of Neyland Stadium. Stewart said the Tigers are fortunate to have Chris Todd as quarterback.

“You want to have a senior quarterback when you go on the road,” he said. “If you are going to win on the road, you have got to have a senior quarterback.”

Stewart said although he didn’t think the Tigers would go undefeated, “we’re going in the right direction.”

Harrelson of Rayco Industrial said he expected Ole Miss — which was No. 5 nationwide before losing to South Carolina last week — would be tough at home.

“I see Alabama and Florida meeting as undefeateds in the SEC championship,” he said.

He said he didn’t believe the Alabama defense would fold after the injury to linebacker Dont’a Hightower last weekend against Arkansas.

“I was upset to see that Hightower was injured,” Harrelson said. “But the defense didn’t miss a beat after he had to leave the game.”

For his final prediction, he said Alabama would meet Texas for the national championship.

The Selma Quarterback Club skips a Monday before returning to action Oct. 12 at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center to hear Max Howell. After playing football at Auburn and Troy, Howell worked as an administrator and coach at several Division I football programs, including Ole Miss, Florida State and Troy.