Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-Winning Season at Auburn University


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Cam Newton

Attorney Edgar “Ed” Gentle is chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services and a partner with a Birmingham, Alabama, law firm. Prior to earning his juris doctor, Ed Gentle received a bachelor’s in biology from Auburn University. An avid college football fan, he attends multiple Auburn games each season.

As of the start of the 2017 preseason, 42 former Auburn players were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, but no player is more prominent than quarterback Cam Newton. The 2015 NFL MVP has recorded a combined 184 touchdowns (136 passing and 48 rushing) over his six-year career. The Carolina Panthers superstar was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft following a spectacular season at Auburn University in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the most valuable player in all of college football.

A native of College Park, Georgia, Newton attended the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, but played sparingly. He enrolled at Auburn in 2010 and, through 14 games as the team’s starting quarterback, threw for 2,854 yards and rushed for 1,473 yards. The dual-threat athlete scored a combined 51 touchdowns, which ranked first in the country.


Four Auburn Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

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Montravius Adams

A treasurer for the Alabama Democratic Party, Edgar “Ed” Gentle is an experienced attorney and one-third stockholder of Custom Cable Services. Before earning a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Ed Gentle completed a bachelor’s in biology at Auburn University in 1975. To this day, he remains an avid fan of the Auburn Tigers football team.

Heading into the 2017 season, 43 Auburn Tiger alumni were on National Football League (NFL) rosters, four of which were selected in the 2017 NFL draft. Montravius Adams was the first Auburn player to be selected in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with pick No. 93. Through four years with Auburn, Adams recorded 147 tackles, 19.5 of which were for a loss of yards, and 10.5 quarterback sacks. He also had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. Injury-plagued linebacker Carl Lawson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with pick No. 116 after an impressive 2016 campaign in which he recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks.

The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive back Rudy Ford with pick No. 208 in the draft. The safety led the Tigers in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and, upon being drafted, signed a four-year rookie deal worth over $2.5 million. Finally, defensive back Josh Holsey was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. After recovering from a pair of ACL tears, Holsey was healthy in 2016 and had a team-high 10 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.

Three Bass Fishing Tips

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Bass Fishing

As the director, chairman of the board, and one-third shareholder at Custom Cables Services, Inc., Edgar Gentle has helped the Fulton, Alabama-based company reach and maintain roughly $13 million in sales annually. Outside of work, one of Edgar Gentle’s passions is bass fishing, which he does both as a hobby and a sport, competing in roughly 12 bass tournaments each year.

Because of their challenge and size, bass are some of the most sought-after fish for both hobbyist fishermen and competitors looking for that trophy fish. If you are just getting started with fishing for bass, here are three bass-specific considerations to keep in mind.

1. Time of Year – Spring and fall are typically the best times to fish for bass. During these seasons, their metabolisms are in full gear, and they can be very aggressive, which makes them more likely to attack your hook and whatever you are dangling on it.

2. Lures and Bait – Fortunately, bass are not picky when it comes to food, taking nearly anything you throw at them. That said, some combinations do work better than others. Jigs with real or plastic worms work well, as do colorful crankbaits, spinners, and mimic minnows. The key thing to remember with bass is the larger your lure, the larger your catch is likely to be.

3. Wind – While it may seem counterintuitive to fish into the wind, this is the best strategy for bass. Bass like to swim with the current, so casting into the wind helps ensure they find your bait instead of your boat, which might startle them or guide them off course from your cast.

Auburn Tigers Hire New Secondary Coach

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Greg Brown

An experienced attorney and chairman of the board of Alabama’s Custom Cable Services, Edgar Gentle is also treasurer of the state’s Democratic Party. The recipient of a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University in 1975, Edgar Gentle continues to support the school’s football team.

After losing secondary coach Wesley McGriff to the Ole Miss Rebels in the 2016 offseason, the Auburn Tigers found an experienced replacement in Greg Brown. A 36-year veteran with coaching experience in both college and the National Football League (NFL), Brown recently served as cornerbacks coach for Missouri, a team which tied for first in interceptions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 2016 regular season. He has also coached defensive backs at Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado.

A former University of Texas at El Paso cornerback in his playing days, Brown has coached some of the most decorated defensive backs in college football. Both Deon Figures and Chris Hudson, whom he coached at Colorado, won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. Gerod Holliman, whom he coached at Louisville, won the award in 2014 after tying a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record with 14 interceptions.

Auburn Football Scores 23 Signees on National Signing Day

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Auburn Football

After obtaining a bachelor of science in biology from Auburn University, Edgar Gentle completed the juris doctor program at the University of Alabama School of Law. Outside of his work in the legal field, Edgar Gentle is a loyal fan of his alma mater’s Auburn Tigers football program.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, which was National College Signing Day, Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff signed 23 new players for the upcoming football season, which will kick-off against Georgia Southern on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

A junior college transfer that started at quarterback for Baylor University in 2015, Jarrett Stidham is one of seven signees who chose to get a head start on the process and enroll early. Stidham, a five star quarterback, is rated the number-one junior college prospect by ESPN and holds all-district honors in basketball.

TD Moultry, a 6-foot-2-inch, 230 pound linebacker, played high school football for the Jackson-Olin Mustangs, only two hours northwest of Auburn. Moultry received high praise from Coach Malzahn as possibly the best player in the state.

Finally, the biggest surprise of the day for Coach Malzahn and his staff came when pass-rushing machine Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant’s letter of intent arrived in Auburn. Bryant had been sought after by the program for quite some time, and his commitment to the Tigers was like “icing on the cake,” in Malzahn’s words.

Larry Porter Joins Auburn Coaching Staff

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Larry Porter

Edgar Gentle serves as a partner attorney at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has contributed to and helped administer in excess of $2.5 billion in settlements as a special master and settlement administrator. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team.

The Auburn coaching staff recently added a new tight ends and halfbacks coach in Larry Porter. Porter makes his way to Auburn from the University of North Carolina, where he served as running backs coach. Porter replaces Scott Fountain, Auburn’s previous tight ends and special teams coach.

In a statement, Porter expressed his gratitude to head coach Gus Malzahn for the opportunity and praised Malzahn’s coaching staff and team. In Malzahn’s own statement, he noted Porter’s accomplished history in player development and recruiting.

Porter is regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters, having twice been named National Recruiter of the Year by in 2007 and 2009. Before accepting his role with North Carolina, Porter worked as an assistant coach for Texas and Arizona State, as well as head coach for Memphis during the 2010-2011 season. His background also includes assistant coaching positions at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana State.

Auburn Football Names Chip Lindsey New Offensive Coordinator

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Chip Lindsey

A partner in Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, Edgar Gentle has served the law firm for nearly 25 years. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys reading, fishing, and cheering on Auburn University’s football team.

With an eye on the 2017 season, the Auburn Tigers recently hired Chip Lindsey as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Announcing the appointment in a recent press release, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn described Lindsey as a rising star with a deep knowledge of the game.

Like Malzahn, Lindsey began his career as a high school football coach before moving on to serve in collegiate programs. He worked as an assistant coach at five high schools and later served as head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia and Spain Park in Alabama. Most recently, Lindsey was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State, a team that averaged an impressive 33.3 points per game in 2016.