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Auburn H-back Chandler Cox

Auburn football: Chandler Cox calls it like it is and weekend activities

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 Chandler Cox’s honesty and this weekend’s coming events. 

As usual, Chandler Cox doesn’t hold back

Auburn H-back Chandler Cox is one of the most positive members on the football team.

Even after a couple of tough losses this season, he always seemed to have a smile on his face. While some players (just in college football in general) might pout or sulk after a loss, Cox voiced disappointment in his own play a few times and took personal responsibility for things he could do better.

Cox’s attitude and effort are the kind deemed contagious. He’s frequently outmatched physically but ends up giving players who are much taller (and have more than a few pounds on him) a hard time.

Yet, while Cox is friendly and positive, he’s also not someone you want to mess with (again, he goes against big guys who weigh a lot more than him).

This is probably more so the case for people who want to say bad things about his teammates or Auburn.

So, it’s no surprise that when a member of the media posted a tweet about Alabama’s Ryan Anderson “dominating” offensive lineman Robert Leff at the Senior Bowl, Cox didn’t take too kindly to it.

Here was the series of tweets from Thursday:

Auburn fans were quick to respond with witty fake news:

Still, Cox wasn’t done. And rightfully so:

Don’t worry, though. Outside of Cox defending Auburn vehemently, the most important thing — his love for the television show The Bachelor — still is in full effect (along with surprisingly, Trevor Knight).

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Happening on the Plains 

Auburn Arena has been a great atmosphere on game days this season.

Opposing coaches and players have commented on how loud it got or how distracting the crowd was at times. Whether it was Auburn’s last-second win against Mercer or the relentless effort by fans during Auburn’s 20-point blowout win of Alabama, Auburn has not been an easy place to play.

Coach Bruce Pearl and his players have also thanked fans immediately after a handful of wins this season. With the team being so young, this year’s team feeds off of the energy and electricity the crowd gives.

Even during winter break, when students were away, the arena has been rocking.

But Auburn fans, and Auburn students who make up “The Jungle,” earned a striking compliment on Thursday.

Paul Finebaum, who knows a thing or two about the SEC (to say the least), tweeted out this opinion regarding Auburn Arena:

And Finebaum might not be wrong.

Unfortunately, Pearl’s team isn’t back on the Plains just yet. The Tigers will take on Tennessee at home on Tuesday.

First, however, Auburn men’s basketball will face the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday (6 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

Austin Wiley has continued to stand out as one of the SEC’s top newcomers, but freshman forward Anfernee McLemore has also made his mark.

While there weren’t many positives from Auburn’s tough loss at South Carolina, McLemore was a bright spot, scoring a career-high 18 points.

Take a look at this feature Auburn basketball put together on the youngster (He’s usually the one showing off his incredible athleticism.):

Auburn gymnastics: flipping into the weekend 

It’s going to be a busy — and difficult weekend — for the Tigers. First, the team travels to Florida, then on Sunday it will be in Birmingham for a match against No. 5 Alabama.

All the action starts Friday night and can be seen on SEC Network.

Auburn track and field is in Fayetteville this weekend at the Razorback Invitational. We’ll have updates next week to let you know how the meet went.

Time for the pastime 

Auburn baseball starts practice on Friday on the Plains.

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