The Auburn Tigers are getting some representation at ESPN’s 2022 ESPY awards.
The Plains are a part of two nomination categories for the ESPYS, which take place on July 20. To Auburn fans’ delight, Sunisa Lee was nominated for two categories, top women’s Olympian and top women’s athlete. To their likely dispair, however, Auburn’s other nomination comes at the brunt end of Alabama’s victory in the Iron Bowl last year, as the comeback led by Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young is nominated for best game.
Lee was phenomenal for Auburn in 2022. She received four All-American nods, was a Honda Award finalist, was crowned SEC Freshman of the Year and made the SEC’s All-Freshman team and All-SEC team. She was instrumental in propelling the Tigers to a Final Four appearance at the NCAA gymnastics championships in 2022.
The Auburn football game against Alabama, meanwhile, is probably one fans will want to forget. The Tigers led 10-0 going into the fourth quarter, but the Tide managed to find the endzone after a field goal in the dying embers of the game to bring it to overtime, where Alabama would end up defeating Auburn 24-22.
Suni Lee is expected to come back to the Plains for at least another year, and the Tigers will have an opportunity to avenge their loss from last year in Tuscaloosa this upcoming season.