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A (former) Bear arrives in Auburn
Auburn football coaches, players and fans waited patiently to learn where former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham would decide to play football next.
After making his official announcement last week, and spending a few vacation days in New York City, (arguably) the most coveted quarterback prospect finally arrived on the Plains.
Auburn bound ✈️ #WDE
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) December 19, 2016
Auburn still has to wait a little longer to see the top JUCO player take the field, but Stidham’s tweet — as all of his posts likely will from now on — triggered a ton of favorites and responses on Monday night.
Stidham is pretty active on social media, posting regularly about sports and life in general. His thoughts probably will become very important to Tiger fans heading into the spring, when Stidham will compete for the starting quarterback position.
Here are some of the best Twitter responses.
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) December 19, 2016
— Leigh (@stlemagnolia) December 19, 2016
— GRITS girl (@Reneboyd18) December 19, 2016
Finally at 100
Kerryon Johnson has been nearing 100 percent since, well, forever.
Ok, more like since early October.
The sophomore started the year off strong. Johnson rushed for a total of 278 yards through Auburn’s first three games against Clemson, Arkansas State, Texas A&M. He finished the fourth game by adding 93 more yards — and making a couple of particularly bulldozing plays — in the Tiger’ home win over LSU.
Johnson suffered an ankle injury during Auburn’s first road trip of the season (to Mississippi State) and struggled to find his footing for the rest of the year.
At first, as usual, there wasn’t much information or context provided.
Then, for nearly the next two months, Johnson was, according to Johnson himself, Auburn coaches and Tiger players, nearing full health.
On Monday night Johnson provided his own injury update for all of the wondering Auburn fans. And it was a message everyone’s been dying to hear.
“I’m 100 percent now,” Johnson said. “I mean, I just feel a lot better than where I was, even though I was feeling really good you know, the last three weeks I can just feel myself being really close to normal. I’m back to 100 now.”
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) December 19, 2016
Monday night bonding
During Monday night’s media availability with Auburn players, Kerryon Johnson told reporters a little bit about Auburn’s winter break team bonding activities. Following a laser tag tournament and preceding a bowling outing, Gus Malzahn’s team took some time to see Collateral Beauty.
Will Smith, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren star in the film, which hasn’t received the greatest reviews.
But regardless of the movie’s 14 percent rotten tomatoes rating, there’s one thing most people will probably (and should) agree with.
Will Smith is the ?
— KD (@KDSZN) December 20, 2016
Will smith is the ?
— Brou Brou ™ (@SirBroussard) December 20, 2016
10 New Orleans restaurant options
Again, the final game of the season is quickly approaching. This means those traveling to New Orleans need to start pondering their most important decisions upon their arrival to the Big Easy: food.
In an effort to help Sugar Bowl-goers prepare for the overwhelming feelings they are sure to have when faced with endless delicious options, I’ll virtually explore randomly selected New Orleans restaurants for the next 10 weekdays leading up to the Jan 2 game.
After a quick glance at the menu, I’ll provide a general depiction of the restaurant, information you might need to find it and a suggestion of something we’d like to select off of the menu.
Restaurant: Katie’s Restaurant & Bar
* Today’s selection has been featured on the Food Network’s On the Road and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It was also featured as a 2013 Gambit Best of New Orleans selection.
** These things typically signal an outstanding establishment.
Type of food: American (Traditional), Bars, Seafood; Neighborhood restaurant located in mid city New Orleans. Serving sandwiches, salads, pizza, Italian, seafood, steaks and a full bar. Great, casual atmosphere.
Address: 3701 Iberville Street, New Orleans, 70119
Phone number: (504) 488-6582
Menu options: Appetizers, soups & salads, gourmet poboys, burgers, entrees, sides, pizzas, desserts
What I would order: Seafood platter — piles of shrimp, crawfish, catfish and oysters fried to perfection, served with some onion rings and fries (market price) add soft-shell crab $5. For dessert — chocolate mousse cake ($6.95)
Yelp review: “If you only get one meal in NOLA, Katie’s is a must have, gotta go, place for the best local flavors. We’ve been coming here for years and never tire of the food, as there are daily specials to supplement the standard menu. You will be greeted at the door the owner’s mother and welcomed into this informal local joint with a ‘homey’ atmosphere.” — Len V.
- Brandon Marcello, of 247Sports, explains what the country is predicting in the Auburn-Oklahoma Sugar Bowl.
- Jake Mastroianni, of Fly War Eagle, asks who should play quarterback for the Tigers in the January Sugar Bowl.
- AL.com said Auburn quarterback target Lowell Narcisse announced his 3rd commitment.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk continued the countdown of top ten Auburn players with senior defensive back Josh Holsey and also highlighted the Tigers top five defensive targets.
- Clay Travis, of Outkick the Coverage, says Oklahoma’s coaches and administrators should be fired over the Joe Mixon video that was released.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Auburn commit and Under Armour All-American Chandler Wooten doesn’t care what you think of him.