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?
Good lord I gotta buy some https://t.co/0ULwyS6FRP
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 23, 2017
— Adidas Supply (@AdidasSupply) January 18, 2017
I love the NMD's https://t.co/jCJ1KV2LX9
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 22, 2017
Adidas NMDs ?? pic.twitter.com/Gy9vjGuucI
— Adidas Supply (@AdidasSupply) January 19, 2017
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf says Auburn’s greatest strength lies within its group of running backs.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk provided insight on 10 need-to-know recruiting commits and targets (and will have much more in the coming days).
- AL.com’s Kevin Scarbinsky compared the new offensive coordinators at Auburn and Alabama.
- Fly War Eagle.com says 2017 will give Gus Malzahn a fresh start and a chance to redefine his legacy.
- Justin Ferguson, also of SEC Country, provides an explanation, per Gus Malzahn, of why Auburn’s offensive coordinator search took so long.
- Fox Sports.com took a look at the three former Auburn Tigers who will compete in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
- GridironNow says Malzahn, Dabo Swinney and Urban Meyer all traveled to Henry County, Ala., on Monday.
Happening on the Plains
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.
— SEC (@SEC) January 23, 2017
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).
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 20, 2017
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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