Auburn football: Air Tigers, leading over DBU and what Austin Wiley is up to in 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. Today, we discuss the potential of Auburn’s wide receivers and where the Tigers stand after LSU offers a top safety prospect.
Air possibility for Auburn is there
It’s difficult for anyone to forget Auburn’s offensive struggles from the 2016 season. While Kamryn Pettway broke out on the ground, the Tigers struggled at times to move the ball through the air.
The lack of offense especially became a problem when Pettway sustained injuries late in the season. On top of that, quarterback Sean White also played injured, which virtually eliminated other offensive options.
After the A-Day game in Jordan-Hare, it seems as if 2017 could be a drastically different year — key words: could be.
Jarrett Stidham has shown the ability to deliver the ball to his receiving group. Likewise, Auburn’s young wideouts have demonstrated flashes of capability and explosiveness coach Gus Malzahn has been seeking.
Yet, in his Confidence vs. Caution series, SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson said wide receiver coach Kodi Burns’ group is still largely unproven. The leader for frontrunner might be sophomore Darius Slayton.
“Slayton has the most receiving yards of any returning receiver this season, but he’s battled injury during his early days on the Plains,” Ferguson wrote. “[Nate] Craig-Myers, perhaps the most impressive one of the bunch this spring, has little experience after a quiet freshman campaign.”
Stealing from DBU?
According to SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, when LSU wants to sign the best safeties in the state of Louisiana, it’s usually not a problem. LSU has been so successful it’s even secured the nickname Defensive Back University (DBU) over the years. But that’s not necessarily true for the Class of 2018.
Joe Foucha is the top safety in the state, but Auburn, a childhood favorite, tops his list.
Even after Foucha finally picked up an offer from LSU last week, the purple and gold didn’t move ahead of Auburn. And that was even despite pressure from, well … his entire home.
“Twitter went crazy, man. I felt like the whole city was calling me,” Foucha told SEC Country.
Dominating a friendly
USA basketball’s U-19 FIBA team got its initial international experience as the team took on Lithuania, winning 89-66.
A large reason John Calipari’s team was able to pull off a win after landing in Cairo, Egypt, was Auburn center Austin Wiley. The rising sophomore, once again, was valuable while wearing red, white and blue, dropping 15 points. And this time other national writers took note.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) June 24, 2017
- AL.com says if you’re wondering who the fastest Auburn players are, here’s a list of 10 of the fastest.
- Auburn Undercover says these are the biggest moments in Auburn-LSU history.
- AL.com rated the top 10 most important players on Auburn’s roster, starting with No. 10 Braden Smith.
- Auburn writer Christian Page wrote about the senior leadership of Auburn defensive back Nick Ruffin.
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