Auburn football: A-Day answers during a jam-packed weekend

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 what fans can hope to see during A-Day, an alum’s masterful tournament journey and diamond action heading into the weekend.

Bring on A-Day

You’ve made it.

Auburn fans have survived the downtime and tuned in this spring as Auburn has gone through just more than a month of spring football practices.

Now, the time has finally come to have some questions answered. What will Auburn’s offense look like with Chip Lindsey at the helm? Is Jarrett Stidham as good as he’s rumored to be? And will Kevin Stelee’s defense take steps back without Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson leading the way on the front line.

All of the answers won’t be definite, but some idea will be at least revealed when the Tigers take the field in Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend.

Players are eager to compete in front of fans. Fans are eager to see what 2017 could feel and be like.

No matter what happens during the scrimmage or which side pulls off a “win,” it’s sure to be quite the gathering.

Coach Porter mic’d up

Of all the coaches on Gus Malzahn’s staff, Larry Porter is the only one with head coaching experience.

After making stops all over the country — one of which included winning a national championship alongside Les Miles at LSU — Porter earned a reputation as a top recruiter.

This spring, he’s taken over a new position: tight ends and H-backs.

At Auburn’s assistant coach media day, Porter discussed how much he loves working with the guys in his meeting room (that includes Chandler Cox, Jalen Harris and newcomer Sal Cannella). When Lindsey spoke to the media on Thursday evening, the new offensive coordinator mentioned Porter’s players as some who have stood out this spring.

Here’s a glimpse of what Porter has been up to in practices on the Plains:

An outing in Augusta 

Auburn alum Jason Dufner is continuing his Masters tournament journey this weekend in Augusta, Ga.

As of Thursday, Dufner was in an eight-way tie for fourth place (he carded a 1-under 71) after the opening round.

If Dufner can pull off the win and don the green jacket, he’ll also win the second major championship of his career. The Cleveland, Ohio, native was the 2013 PGA Championship winner and in his time at Auburn he was a three-time All-SEC honoree.

Dufner tees off round two on No. 1 at 7:55 a.m. CT on Friday.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

Back on track

Auburn baseball is in Texas for a three-game series against Texas A&M.

The Tigers are hoping to rebound after a Tuesday loss to Georgia Tech in Plainsman Park.

Softball homecoming

Being on the road is great, but there’s nothing quite like playing on the Plains.

Auburn softball returns to Jane B. Moore field on Friday to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. It’s the first of seven consecutive home games.

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