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Alabama coach Nick Saban seemed to forget Auburn was an SEC opponent during his short stint at the podium on Wednesday.

Auburn football: Nick Saban’s silent dis, another day of Quindarious Monday news

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. It’s Thursday, and we’re discussing Nick Saban’s Media Day dis of the Tigers and more news on Auburn’s latest commit. 

Nick Saban’s silence 

If a couple of Auburn’s key offensive players had been healthy at the end of last season, there may have been far more significance surrounding the Iron Bowl.

This season, Auburn and Alabama will play essentially their entire regular-season schedules before facing off in Jordan-Hare Stadium in November. Still, the anticipation for the meeting on the Plains is already intensifying — depending on who you talk to, that is.

Nick Saban was asked about Alabama’s dominance during his time at the microphone during SEC Media Days on Wednesday and the head coach was quick to offer up praise for SEC opponents.

All of them but the Auburn Tigers, that is.

Saban went through and listed the entire SEC West and then skipped over to the East, recognizing a couple of coaches who were once on his staff. But again, no mention of the Tigers. It seemed a subtle jab at an opponent who could bring a serious challenge in Auburn later this year.

Gus Malzahn’s turn at the microphone comes Thursday. It may provide the head coach or player representatives a chance to respond to a couple of Wednesday snubs by Alabama.

Third time’s the charm 

Not surprisingly, another member of the Auburn football team joined the watch-list party on Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Carlson could make history later this year by becoming the first three-time Lou Groza Award finalist. The committee in charge of the award stated in a news release that the senior kicker “headlines” the list of 30 players.

Anticipate talk of yet another nomination and even more hype when Carlson takes the stage Thursday.

Another day of Quindarious Monday

Auburn received exciting news Tuesday when top 2018 safety target Quindarious Monday said he wanted to be a Tiger.

On Wednesday, Malzahn’s newest commit got some good news of his own when he was invited to play in the Under Armour All-American game.

Monday joins a long list of Auburn players who’ve made appearances in the all-star game.


Media Wednesday recap 

If you missed all of the stories on SEC on Wednesday here’s a recap of what was said about Auburn when Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas A&M stepped into the spotlight:

  1. Alabama snubs Auburn
  2. Why Missouri can’t wait to face Auburn in Columbia
  3. Texas A&M ponders importance of home-field advantage

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