Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - August 2022

country. It feels good to know that our hard work has not gone unnoticed.” A former winner of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, Auburn University entered this past year with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The team encountered a few hurdles that limited the total number of events they could compete in during the 2020-21 cycle, resulting in a 15th place end of year ranking in 2021. However, the strong finish to the season Auburn had that spring gave them the confidence they needed to go out and prove that they belonged in the conversation amongst the best teams in the country. Auburn’s performances spoke for themselves, as the team amassed 18,080 points to finish the season ranked second overall. Having been so close to winning it all last season, Auburn enters this year with just one thing on their mind…taking home the title. “Our goal for the 2022-23 season is simple: Win SOY and Win the National Championship. Easier said than done, but our roster is full of talent and is more motivated than ever. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the team and there would be no better way to celebrate than bringing the SOY title home to the plains,” concluded Maddux. McKendree University Lebanon, IL

to doing it again during the 2022-23 campaign.

“We’ve got a lot of great guys coming in, it’s our best recruiting class ever,” added Crawford. “Excited to see what’s going to happen and see if we can’t win three in a row and become the first team to ever do it.” Auburn University (1st Place Votes: 7) Auburn, AL

2022 Final Ranking: 2nd ACA National Championships: 1 (2016)

Auburn enters the 2022-23 season ranked second in the ACA pre-season poll, following a second-place finish in the 2021-22 race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Last season’s second place finish marks the best end of season national ranking Auburn has ever achieved. The team is thrilled to know that their hard work and effort is being recognized by fellow anglers, coaches, media members, and industry representatives alike. “Being ranked within the Top 5 is not only a great honor for our active members, but a testament to those who have helped build this team from the ground up over the years,” noted Carson Maddux, Auburn University Bass Fishing Team member. “We strive to maintain our status as one of the top collegiate fishing programs in the

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