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Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson will come to SEC Media Days with stories of his engagement.

Auburn football: Daniel Carlson shoots (and makes) his shot, Austin Wiley medals in Egypt

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 the recent Daniel Carlson news and recap Austin Wiley’s FIBA U19 World Cup showing. 

Daniel Carlson’s most important attempt 

Daniel Carlson doesn’t typically doesn’t miss big shots. That’s still true, even when the rising senior asked one of the most important questions of his life over the weekend.

The two-time Lou Groza Award winner proposed to girlfriend Katherine Barker, and of course, executed it perfectly. Even the hashtag that’s become standard with engagement photos on social media was just right (#CallherCarlson).

Carlson was already going to be a significant voice for Auburn at SEC Media Days later this week, and now you can anticipate some talk of his recent engagement as well. Just one more example of how Carlson is not your ordinary kicker by any means. Check out this shot from Carlson’s Instagram to get an idea of what the proposal looked like.

Inside the mind of Shedrick Jackson 

You’re uncle is arguably the greatest player to ever come through the Plains, so no pressure, right?

Well, that’s actually how Auburn commit Shedrick Jackson is looking at it.

Jackson recently told SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk that his phone has been getting more use than usual since his commitment video dropped recently. The nephew of Bo Jackson understands he’s going to likely have some outrageous expectations to live up to, but isn’t concerned. It’s yet another motivating factor, along with some low-ish recruiting rankings, that is helping the wide receiver prep for his college football career.

Anyone related to a former Tiger or a standout college football player is going to require a different mentality and Shedrick Jackson is already on the right track. He recently spoke to Wolk about his low rankings and said, “It’s motivation. It definitely is. I love hearing about stuff I can improve on. I hear all the time about stuff people think I do well, but anything people think I can improve on, I listen to it. If it’s a weakness, I make it a strength.”

In other words, bring it on.

Austin Wiley takes bronze 

Austin Wiley is doing something that few have accomplished: Getting fans pumped about basketball ahead of football season.

The Team USA captain looked more like a senior than a rising sophomore at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt. While the Americans fell short — the U.S. lost to Canada on Saturday but beat Spain on Sunday to win bronze — Wiley was a star in almost every game, proving he, and therefore Auburn basketball, are something to get excited about. The 6-foot-11 center finished the tournament averaging a double-double with 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.


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