Auburn football: Another former Tiger inks a deal; track and field makes a jump
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 Rudy Ford’s status with the Cardinals and what’s going on during a quiet week on campus.
Rudy the rookie (officially)
On Monday, the War Eagle Wakeup focused on former Auburn defensive back Joshua Holsey.
Now, it’s time to take a quick look at Rudy Ford — who’s also impressing in his first few weeks as a pro.
Ford and two other Arizona Cardinals became the first members of the 2017 NFL Draft class to sign their rookie contracts this week.
Pen was to paper before Ford made it on the practice field for his second rookie minicamp practice — and this comes after the Cardinals traded up to take him in the sixth round.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 15, 2017
So, what else did Ford have to say to his new fan base? Check it out here and in the video below.
The Big Cove, Ala., native might be a pro now, but a few things haven’t changed, including his speed, desire to be a great teammate and attention to detail.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says wide receiver Kyle Davis posted that he’s returned to campus after missing all of spring practice.
- AL.com says this is how Greg Brown ended up at Auburn and this is why he’d like to stay on the Plains.
- SaturdayDownSouth says former Auburn coach Pat Dye wants Auburn and Missouri to switch divisions.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says this is how long ‘Big Cat’s’ teammate Quay Walker has been interested in Auburn.
- Brandon Marcello of 247Sports says coach Gus Malzahn is still working to fill two important administrative positions.
- The Opelika-Auburn News says, according to Malzahn, Markaviest Bryant’s hand injury was ‘not too major.’
- SEC Country says John Franklin III ‘can really run’ and that has Chip Lindsey excited about the offensive possibilities.
Happening on the Plains
Racing to the top
When it comes to men’s outdoor track and field, the SEC has commandeered the top of the national rankings.
Seven of the 10 top teams represent the Southeastern Conference — and Auburn is one of them.
The Tigers moved up nine spots from No. 18 to No. 9, which was kind of shocking. It’s the best ranking for Auburn since 2013, when the team landed at No. 5 in the preseason rankings.
MOVING UP! The Auburn men ranked 9th in the latest @USTFCCCA polls!
— Auburn Track & Field (@AuburnTFXC) May 15, 2017
The jump is largely due to Nathon Allen and the 4×400 relay team’s showing at the SEC championships.
Allen ran a 44.54 in the 400 meters — it was the second-fastest time in NCAA this season — and the relay team was runner-up in the 4×400 as well.
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