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Auburn's Kerryon Johnson totaled 895 rushing yards during the 2016 season.

Auburn football: Offseason activities and an SEC hoops legend

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 offseason activities and a hoops legend. 

Offseason activities continue 

It was an exciting weekend on the Plains, to say the least.

For starters, the first of many tornado warnings went off early Saturday morning. But even with the up-and-down weather, it was a great weekend to be an Auburn Tiger.

Gus Malzahn, after what seemed like years, finally announced Chip Lindsey as his new offensive coordinator. Bruce Pearl and his group of Tigers, led by freshman Austin Wiley, took down Alabama (the game ended with a loud, sold-out crowd and a 20-point margin of victory). And the grand finale for the weekend? A group of talented commits and newcomers left Auburn with smiles on their faces.

When Monday rolled around, the tornado warnings had stopped and the sun came out. It was kind of a quiet day with not a lot of big news.

So, of course, it was the perfect time to think about shopping.

These shoes have caught the eye of running back Kerryon Johnson over the last few days. And they continued to interest him as the week got started (They are really cool shoes.).

Johnson has one of the best Twitter presences of any Tigers on the roster. Fashion, and shoes in particular, could easily be a more important topic.

Could these shoes help Johnson secure a top spot in both categories?


Happening on the Plains 

Auburn hoops

It only took Austin Wiley about a month to start feeling at home in the SEC. The freshman center took over Saturday (which was, of course, a rivalry matchup with Alabama of all things) and was honored for his performance Monday morning.

Wiley was named, for the first of probably many times, the SEC Freshman of the Week after dropping 19 points and 9 rebounds on the Crimson Tide in the Tigers’ 84-64 win.

If you haven’t gotten over to Auburn Arena to see the newcomer play, you might want to put that on a to-do list.

Wiley’s parents, Vickie Orr and Aubrey Wiley, starred at Auburn, too, and almost every time the big man does something positive — it really could be anything — fans in the building go nuts. The 18-year-old got a standing ovation the first time he stepped on the court in mid-December.

It’s rare college fans gather around a player to the level Auburn fans have supported this Alabama native. And it’s really cool to watch in person. It’s even better considering the youngster is adjusting to college basketball and doing more things worthy of big applause. Pearl is hoping he leaves Auburn as one of the greats and it’s easy to see how he could do it.

Marquis Daniels named an SEC legend  

When the conference tournament kicks off in Nashville in March, All-SEC guard Marquis Daniels will be honored as an SEC legend.

From 1999-2003, Daniels was a key contributor for the Tigers. He helped Auburn make its way to two NCAA tournaments (most will remember the Sweet 16 Tigers from 2003) and even put together a 27-point performance during March Madness.

He ranks 10th on Auburn’s all-time scoring list (1,530 points) and is the all-time assist leader (208).

Daniels went on to the NBA, where he spent time playing for the Mavericks, the Pacers and the Celtics. He’s one of 14 legends who will be honored (and he, like Jason Campbell was earlier, will probably be booed by Alabama fans).

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