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Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham enjoyed the Fourth of July in New York.

Jarrett Stidham’s picturesque holiday, and more U.S. dominance from 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. In this edition, we discuss how Jarrett Stidham won the Fourth of July, and the progress of Auburn’s linebackers. 

Jarrett Stidham is already winning

Auburn transfer quarterback Jarrett Stidham has had a busy summer.

He’s been to several different quarterback camps and has been working out on the Plains, too. While fans are debating the impact the QB could have for the Tigers next season, the Texas native is already winning.

If you glance at Stidham’s Twitter or Instagram, you’ll see him doing some pretty cool things. He travels a good bit and takes in concerts and big pro sporting events. Still, whatever you did to celebrate the Fourth of July on Tuesday — he probably had you beat.

According to Stidham’s Instagram, he spent the holiday in Silver Bay, N.Y.

This is a warning: You’re about to be jealous.

The difference a year can make 

Travis Williams was one of the main Auburn coaches that members of the media wanted to speak with ahead of the 2016-17 season.

When the first-year linebackers coach came into assistant coach media day ahead of the Tigers’ home opener against Clemson, there were endless questions of concern.

Auburn’s linebackers were young and unproven. But before halftime of the first game in Jordan-Hare, and throughout the remainder of the season, the unit established itself as one of the most important in Kevin Steele’s defensive turnaround.

This spring, Williams was again one of the main targets at the first of two media days allowed with Malzahn’s coaching staff, but for a different reason.

Media members were eager to discuss his first year and all of the surprises that popped up (Williams said there weren’t many). He pointed out that in less than 365 days, his group had transformed from an area of concern to a big-time strength.

Still, there are some new faces and some things to be wary of. SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson analyzed the group in the latest article of our series Confidence vs. Caution.

Ben Wolk breaks it down 

Auburn is in the mix many top prospects, but where exactly do the Tigers rank for those recruits most important to the program?

SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk gave the best kind of holiday gift to SEC Country readers Tuesday: his thoughts on Auburn’s standing.

Starting with quarterback Justin Fields, Wolk gave his predictions for the best players Auburn is pursuing.

If you’re looking for info on Fields, Justyn Ross, Asa Martin, Luke Ford and several others, you’ll want to check this out.

Mr. America

If you haven’t been keeping up with how Austin Wiley has fared in the FIBA U19 World Cup, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to watch and learn.

The rising sophomore has been busy dominating Iran, Angola and Italy. While helping the Americans to stay undefeated in pool play, Wiley (who’s also the captain of Team USA) is the only U.S. player so far to average a double-double.

The U.S. will face Mali in the round of 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, and SEC Country will have a recap of Wiley’s performance in that contest.

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