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Right at home
This offseason SEC Country has highlighted a few Auburn Tigers who’ve made their way outdoors during this downtime.
While Jarrett Stidham might be new to the Plains, he looks like he’s fitting in just fine. Running backs coach Tim Horton posted this tweet over the weekend. It seems like Stidham and roommate Chandler Cox are already having a bit of success.
— Tim Horton (@CoachTimHorton) January 14, 2017
All pro fisherman!!! https://t.co/1oFqVvjThp
— Chandler Duke Cox (@chandlercox10) January 14, 2017
Even if the achievement wasn’t expected.
— Ian Shannon (@ianshannon38) January 15, 2017
@ianshannon38 arguments are my favorite
— Kevin Phillips (@KevNadian) January 15, 2017
When college football ends …
Auburn football is supposed to be resting and relaxing as the above players have been.
Workouts start in a couple of weeks (if they aren’t optional sooner than that). This is a time to get off to a good start in the classroom and become refocused.
It’s also, however, incredibly stressful for those players whose attention turns to the pros when their own season ends (or for those die-hard fans who’ve been paying attention on Sundays).
While everyone on a roster has to stand united most of the time — barring a bowling outing or a team laser tag completion, obviously — NFL loyalties can breed intense rivalries. Fortunately, at times, you might have a former teammate on a current pro roster or a teammate who grew up loving the same franchise. Here are some tweets from the NFL playoff action Sunday night.
What a game #DALvsGB
— Darius Slayton (@Young_Slay2) January 16, 2017
Let's see what you made of Dak …
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) January 16, 2017
— Kam Martin ⁶ (@TeamKamMartin) January 15, 2017
That's 2. #GoPackGo
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) January 16, 2017
Even former Tigers and pros get caught up in the stress. Whether you were a Cowboys fan or rooting for Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, watching Dallas fight back and tie things in the fourth quarter definitely kept a quiet evening interesting.
— Takeo Spikes (@TakeoSpikes51) January 16, 2017
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 16, 2017
Whoever is the Chiefs play caller… ??????
— Devin Adams (@D_Adams16) January 16, 2017
And then, of course, seeing Dallas kicker Dan Bailey drill a perfect-looking 52-yard field in the final two minutes of the game brought kicker Daniel Carlson to mind.
I would say what a kick but I see that all the time .. @DanielCarlson38
— Sean White (@SeanWhiteAU) January 16, 2017
Bringer of Rain on the greens
Former Auburn baseball standout Josh Donaldson has stayed in Major League Baseball headlines through the last few years.
Along with being an all-star, the Toronto Blue Jays third basemen was named the AL MVP, dubbed the major league Player of the Year by players and was awarded the Hank Aaron Award in 2015. Donaldson finished second in on-base percentage (.404) and fifth in slugging percentage last season (.549). He was a key part of Toronto’s postseason success.
But did you know Donaldson also is pretty good at other sports, too?
Over the weekend, Donaldson competed in the Diamond Resorts Invitational in Orlando. LPGA golfers such as Lexi Thompson competed alongside other athletes and celebrities to raise money for the Florida Hospital for Children.
Thompson (who’s currently ranked No. 5 in the world) played alongside Donaldson and the Golf Channel’s Blair O’Neal on Sunday. While Thompson posted a 67 at the end of the day (to finish 11th for the week with 83 points), Donaldson and O’Neal also showed off their skills.
— Blair O'Neal (@BLAIRONEAL) January 15, 2017
And even talked a little bit of trash, too:
— Blair O'Neal (@BLAIRONEAL) January 15, 2017
Here is the scorecard from the day: Both posted a 73, which is normally right around par (according to golftips.golfsmith.com any score at or under par is considered good).
— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) January 15, 2017
- College and Magnolia’s Walt Austin asked what’s the point of Gus Malzahn as a coach, but not a play caller?
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson asked where NFL experts see Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams and other Auburn Tigers?
- CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon explains how Clemson proved money alone doesn’t result in national titles.
- AL.com asked who will replace offensive lineman Robert Leff, who surprisingly played a key role for the Tigers, next season?
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says a Michigan commit enjoyed his visit to the Plains over the weekend.
- Keith Prater of FlyWarEagle.com broke down Auburn’s ongoing offensive coordinator search.
- SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto (Kentucky writer) says things got a little chippy between Bruce Pearl and John Calipari after Auburn fell to Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
Mark your calendar
We know you’re eager for college football action, but there’s excitement right around the corner.
Make sure you’re following @benjaminwolk for all of the latest updates in Auburn recruiting. He does an awesome Facebook live on Thursday nights when he answers all the great questions he gets. You can check it out here. Don’t miss it this week!
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 11, 2017
Happening on the Plains
Here are some of the highlights from Auburn gymnastics Friday night meet:
Despite season-high scores, the Tigers fell to Georgia on the Plains.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) January 14, 2017
Auburn hoops tussles with No. 6 Cats
Bruce Pearl’s team lost in Rupp Arena over the weekend but gained some respect in the process.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 14, 2017
— Rod Bramblett (@VoiceofAUTigers) January 14, 2017
Air War Eagle has landed back in Auburn. Next game Wednesday vs LSU 7:30 pm CT in Auburn Arena. #WarEagle
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 15, 2017
Auburn softball had a scrimmage on Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers take on Oklahoma in a big rematch in early February.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) January 15, 2017