Auburn football: Stidham’s important intangible, outgoing guidance, Wednesday night hoops
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 attitude of new quarterback Jarrett Stidham, an outgoing football senior who’s continuing to make a difference and what excitement you can expect at the men’s basketball game Wednesday night.
An important intangible
When Auburn commit Jarrett Stidham packed for Auburn he made sure to bring the right attitude along with his belongings.
The former Baylor quarterback, who’s been active on Twitter and other forms of social media since committing to the Tigers, has been excited and positive about finally arriving on the Plains.
While there wasn’t much of a chance for Auburn players and coaches to see Stidham in action leading up to the Sugar Bowl (since he couldn’t play in the game, he didn’t take many reps), his eagerness was still noticed even in his short time around the team.
When workouts started on Tuesday, Stidham maintained his desire to get rolling.
There’s no doubt he’ll have to fight Sean White, John Franklin III and others for the job. Stidham will have to make the plays and throws required without mistakes. He’ll have to earn the trust and confidence of his new squad. All of that is much easier to do, however, with the right energy and mindset. And it seems like that is not lacking at all.
Back to the grind today, been too long! #WDE
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) January 17, 2017
Marcus Davis’ outgoing guidance
Senior wide receiver Marcus Davis’ name came up whenever the subject of leadership arose last August.
Teammates on both sides of the football praised him for being a great friend and someone they could always talk to. Coaches spoke about Davis’ effort and commitment in his time on the Plains, as well as his playmaking ability.
After a few games of lower productivity than expected, it was revealed that Davis was dealing with injuries for most of the season. His hand had been discreetly taped up and his numbers were not as high as he’d hoped they would be heading into the fall.
Davis finished the season watching Auburn’s last few games with his shoulder in a sling.
Yet, despite an injury-riddled season, Davis remained a primary leader in the locker room and on the sidelines. The Florida native was one of the upperclassmen who helped keep the team together and sparked the Tigers turnaround in late September.
And even as he’s on his way out the door, Davis voice still is important. He was one of 14 student-athletes chosen to attend the first-ever SEC football leadership council, Auburn announced on Tuesday evening.
One student-athlete from each school will represent their team at the first-ever #SECFB Leadership Council.
— SEC (@SEC) January 17, 2017
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 17, 2017
The selected players will meet in Birmingham on February 4 to discuss the experience and wellness of student athletes. The group, who will work alongside SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) will also provide opinions and feedback on proposed SEC and NCAA rules.
At the end of their respective seasons, all student-athletes — at the Division I, II and III levels — take a GOALS survey (which stands for Goals, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in College).
There are questions about everything from time demands and relationships with head coaches to how athletes feel they fit in at their university (If you’ve never checked out the annual results, it could be interesting reading material.).
Davis’ important voice is once again going to be heard. He’ll have the chance to improve the experience of his current teammates in the seasons to come.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says Auburn linebacker commit Tadarian Poultry became the second 5-star recruit in the Tigers’ 2017 class.
- SEC Country.com recapped coaching rumors, including one that Gus Malzahn and the Tigers are rumored to be interviewing Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson reported on safety Tray Matthews officially announcing he’ll stay on the Plains for his senior year.
- Coacheshotseat.com says Auburn’s Gus Malzahn is sitting on one of the hottest seats heading into next season.
- Jason Caldwell of Inside the Auburn Tigers says veteran Kyler Deese was dismissed from the baseball team on Tuesday.
- College and Magnolia’s Rahien.din wrote a two-part piece about Gus Malzahn and developing quarterbacks.
- Adam Spencer of Saturday Down South asks if Gus Malzahn will or really needs to give up play-calling.
Happening on the Plains
Bruce Pearl’s squad takes on LSU on Wednesday in Auburn Arena (7:30 p.m. CT). You probably know freshman guard Mustapha Heron is the first 5-star player in Auburn hoops history.
Auburn fans have probably watched him in one of the games that he has boosted his 15.9-point average (and 6.2 rebounds ain’t too shabby, either).
But did you know that in addition to being a successful athlete, Heron has also been an active leader in his community?
Check out this short video from Auburn basketball on Heron’s influence.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 17, 2017
When you’re at the men’s game Wednesday night make sure to keep an eye out for the women’s soccer team. The Tigers will be honored for their historic season at some point on Wednesday night.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) January 18, 2017
And you may also want to be on the lookout for some crazy impressive feats that have absolutely nothing to do with a basketball.
Wednesday night in Auburn Arena vs. LSU will be ?.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 16, 2017
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