Auburn University claims Bassmaster College Team of the Year title

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Dalton Tumblin

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — After finishing no worse than 16th during four regular season tour stops on the 2021 slate for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, the Auburn University team of Logan Parks and Tucker Smith were officially named the 2021 Bassmaster Team of the Year Wednesday night.

Smith and Parks accumulated 973 points and set the record for largest margin of victory in the standings, beating the second-place team of Dalton Mize and Lucas Smith of Jacksonville State University by 91 points.

Along with a $2,500 check, the Auburn pair also won a Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor and a Humminbird Mega 360 unit from Johnson Outdoors and new gear from Carhartt.

“It feels very gratifying,” Parks said. “This is probably the most difficult trophy to win in college and it feels good to be able to go out there and do it how we did it.”

This year, for the first time, the Team of the Year also earned an automatic spot in the College Classic Bracket — an event scheduled for later this year that will send one college angler to the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. In the past, their only  path to the Classic Bracket would have been to finish in the Top 4 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.