Auburn football: A-Day is around the corner, but Tigers already are rocking on the Plains
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss approaching A-Day, defensive backs coach Greg Brown and how sports on the diamond are dominating this spring.
The Tigers are coming
Can you hear it?
Somewhere in the distance there’s a rumble starting to build.
Fans dressed in orange and blue are getting ready to head to the Plains because this weekend football is back. The Tigers will be in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the annual A-Day game.
Gus Malzahn has said it’s going to be the starters versus the second teamers. And while you won’t get to see all of the players who might pique your interest (Sean White will be sitting out) you will get to see many newcomers and Tigers who will surely be involved in important position battles this fall.
#Auburn A-Day | A day for Tiger Walk.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) April 3, 2017
Auburn’s newest coach dons microphone
During the brief moments where Auburn players have talked about Greg Brown this spring, they’ve only offered praise.
The new defensive backs coach on the Plains earned immediate respect with an impressive resume and his laid-back style. More importantly, players saw the knowledge and attention to detail he displayed early, which also helped the transition.
Brown has gotten a seal of approval from senior defensive backs Tray Matthews and Nick Ruffin and it’s easy to see why.
The veteran coach spoke about his love for the game at Auburn’s assistant coach media day last week and it’s almost contagious. Brown also realized how much talent and leadership he had sitting in his new meeting room.
Here’s a little glimpse of what’s it’s like to go through a practice with coach Brown (a very small window), courtesy of the official Auburn football Twitter account.
? | "Hurry, hurry.. Get there!"
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 1, 2017
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says the race for Auburn’s third running back spot is really important this spring.
- AL.com says Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham says he’s got weaknesses to work on before the 2017 season.
- Brandon Marcello, of 247Sports says, Auburn’s biggest surprise this spring has been freshman QB Malik Willis.
- Josh Vitale, of the Opelika-Auburn News writes that Jason Smith is trying to become a leader for his final season on the Plains.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk points out the biggest takeaways from another big Auburn recruiting weekend.
- AL.com says the Tigers want defensive end Paul James III to ‘turn it loose’ as spring practices wind down in the next week.
Happening on the Plains
Monday was one of those days when it was great to be an Auburn Tigers fan.
After an important weekend, Auburn’s baseball and softball teams received lots of well-deserved attention to start the week.
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) April 3, 2017
After a walk-off home run by freshman Conor Davis, Auburn baseball climbed to No. 7 in the national polls. The Tigers’ series win over No. 7 South Carolina was the first in Plainsman Park since 1996.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Auburn softball climbed in the polls as well.
Clint Myers’ ball club swept Georgia in Athens for the first time ever — which is kind of an ideal start to the week.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) April 3, 2017
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