Auburn football: Fans can mark the calendar, award watch list season continues
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Monday.
Mark the calendar
For at least some Auburn fans one of the best days of the year has been set.
The Tigers will host their annual Fan Day on Saturday, Aug. 19. Last year’s event was telling in some ways. That’s when people dressed in orange and blue stood in lengthy lines and waited to meet their favorite players.
Fan Day 2017 has been scheduled for Saturday, August 19 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) July 17, 2017
It was the first sign that DE Carl Lawson, who was seated with the seniors, would be leaving after the 2016 season. It was also a time when fans flocked to QB Sean White and offered a sign of support for QB Jeremy Johnson.
Fan Day in the Auburn Athletics Complex was relatively calm last fall, but also jam packed. After the Tigers were picked to finish second in the SEC West behind Alabama, and also chosen by many to upset the Tide in November, the event this year is likely going to be even more crowded.
Watch list party list
Add Tre’ Williams and Kerryon Johnson to the group message.
Those are the two most recent Auburn players to be named to different award watch lists on Monday.
Williams landed on the Butkus Award (top linebacker) watch list while Johnson (who’s often the team’s best social media presence, too) was named to the Paul Hornung Award (top athlete) watch list.
Arguably both players didn’t get nearly enough credit for what they accomplished in 2016. Williams was a main leader for Auburn’s defense. Johnson started, suffered various nagging injuries, and still rushed for 895 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.
Another thing the duo shares: Johnson and Williams are set on having an even better season in just a few weeks.
— SEC Country Auburn (@SECCountryAU) July 17, 2017
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- Auburn football’s unsung hero plays an important role on SEC Media Days and this is why.
- Two former Alabama players helped Tray Matthews improve through his college career.
- The Tigers are ‘still at the top’ for this Auburn linebacker as a 4-star quarterback commit visits.
- Auburn is expecting a lot out of some younger defensive linemen including Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson in 2017.
- Gus Malzahn thinks his current team has a chance to party like some of his previous title-contending teams — especially the more successful ones.
Tweet of the day
Today’s most important tidbit from social media comes from freshman tackle Calvin Ashley.
This newcomer has a chance to be a star at Auburn — maybe even quickly. Guard Braden Smith spoke a bit about Ashley at SEC Media Days, saying he’s never seen someone come in with Ashley’s size (6-foot-8, 311 pounds). The new kid on the block is also making a concentrated effort to learn his system and pick up as much as possible before fall camp.
So those hoping to see a lot out of this 5-star prospect are going to love this. Ashley tweeted the following message:
More focused than I've ever been
— Calvin Ashley (@Ca70_) July 17, 2017
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