Auburn football: Friday motivation; full weekend of athletics

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 inspiration from linebackers coach Travis Williams and the full schedule of weekend events. 

Friday fire 

The Auburn coaching staff is filled with great motivators — it has to be.

For the Tigers to keep from getting complacent and stay competitive year in and year out in the SEC West, Gus Malzahn and his position coaches have to find ways to keep their players striving to be the best.

Linebackers coach Travis Williams is one of the most animated, fiery coaches in the Athletic Complex. He’s also, it seems, one of the most loving (even though he beats up on players when it comes to video games). At assistant coach media day earlier this week, Williams shared a bit about his past that helped explain why he is the way he is.

Not only did Williams face a lot of doubt as an “undersized” linebacker when he arrived on the Plains, but he came from small beginnings.

Here’s a direct quote from Williams’ interview about coach Joe Whitt recruiting him:

“He was coming to tell me I didn’t have a scholarship at Auburn University. He saw me there with my little brothers. My dad wasn’t home yet. He saw how I took care of my little brothers, how respectful we were. Just by that, he said, ‘OK, we can’t not give this kid a scholarship. I was in a trailer. We stayed in a trailer. He walked in. He said everything was neat and I was taking care of my little brothers. He said, ‘There’s something about this kid.’ If he walked in there and it was a different picture, and I was slouched in my seat with my pants sagging, I wouldn’t be sitting here in front of this camera. I share those stories all the time. You just never know. Every day is an interview. That’s what I try to tell my guys all the time.”

Williams took to Twitter on Thursday to share an inspiring message about finishing strong.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

To the Peach State 

It’s been a strange week for Auburn softball. Just a few days after an incident between shortstop Haley Fagan and Florida head coach Tim Walton, associate head coach Corey Myers announced his resignation late Thursday night.

Regardless of the drama, the Tigers will head to Georgia this weekend to face the Bulldogs in a three-game series.

Kaylee Carlson has been leading the way for Auburn in the circle, as the offense has struggled a bit. Still, Auburn leads the nation in double plays (24) and ranks in the top 3 in the SEC in ERA (1.32).

Facing the Gamecocks 

Auburn baseball is off to its best start in the SEC (5-1) since 2003. The Tigers will look to continue that effort this weekend at Plainsman Park as the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to the Plains.

Still, it won’t be easy. South Carolina hasn’t dropped a series on the Plains in a while (since 1996, to be exact).

Just doing it 

Records are meant to be broken. Auburn freshman Christopher Stone gets that.

He broke a 12-year-old Auburn freshman record in the decathlon on Thursday while competing in Austin, Texas. Stone totaled 7,300 points, which also ranks fourth all time on Auburn’s outdoor performers list.

Here’s how Stone scored:

  • 100 meters (11.28)
  • Long jump (22-0.75/6.72m)
  • Shot put (40-2.25/12.25m)
  • High jump (6-5.5/1.97m)
  • 400 meters (51.95)
  • 110-meter hurdles (15.23)
  • Discus (121-0/36.89m)
  • Pole vault (15-9/4.80m)
  • Javelin (206-11/63.06m)
  • 1,500 meters (4:57.90)

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