Auburn football: Patience is a virtue, David Ross dances into the finals and another series with the Sooners
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 unbearable wait to September, David Ross’ dancing stardom and softball’s postseason routine.
Are we there yet?
According to Merriam-Webster.com, patience is a noun defined as the following: the capacity, habit or fact of being patient. Being patient means “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.”
Another definition is “not hasty.”
And while football season still is months away, it’s already becoming more difficult for Auburn fans to stay calm or patient.
The Tigers are on the minds of many football experts and media members. Already, Auburn seems like it could be a team that could put together a memorable 2017 season.
Athlon Sports has Gus Malzahn’s team at No. 9 in the preseason Top 25 — and it’s just the beginning.
The Tigers check in at No. 9 of @AthlonSports Preseason Top 25 Poll.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) May 22, 2017
So, as frustrating as it might get in the slow months leading up to September, sit back and enjoy the nods, Auburn fans.
Dancing with the … winner?
Remember how former Auburn baseball player David Ross stood out way back at the beginning of this season of Dancing with the Stars?
Maybe it was his charming nickname (it’s Gramps or grandpa). Perhaps it was his recent World Series title with the Chicago Cubs.
Whatever the reasons Ross stood out initially, the world champion is shining for different reasons now.
Ross danced in the finals on Monday night and had a stunning display of support on social media for the rest of the night. Here’s a look back at his journey on the show:
"It's all about the fans. That's who I want to represent." – @D_Ross3
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 22, 2017
Gramps has achieved some pretty impressive feats of late. And taking home the mirrorball trophy might just be another one.
Win the World Series ✅
Take a booth gig ✅
Win Dancing With The Stars❓
Watch David Ross in the two-part DWTS season finale at 8 ET on ABC. pic.twitter.com/RCtDWnINNM
— ESPN (@espn) May 22, 2017
Want to help Ross win it all? You still have time to vote (cast your vote online here).
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) May 23, 2017
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Auburn was called the ‘biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC’ and put the Tigers as a top 10 preseason team.
- AL.com says Kodi Burns has seen a more mature Kyle Davis since the wide receiver returned to campus.
- Brandon Marcello of 247Sports says Gus Malzahn is not a fan of the early signing period — and this is why.
- Gridiron Now says Paul Finebaum thinks Auburn could have “a very big year.”
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says Auburn safety target Quindarious Monday has set his decision timeline and clarified his interest in the Tigers.
- NBC Sports says Auburn’s John Franklin III might not be completely done playing quarterback just yet.
- CollegeSpun says Tim Brando has named Auburn his national sleeper in 2017.
Happening on the Plains
Even though Auburn softball had already clinched a NCAA Super Regional on the Plains, Monday was a big day for Clint Myers’ team.
The Tigers found out, after an afternoon rubber game, that they’ll be facing Oklahoma in what could be a three-game series on the Plains this weekend.
At this point, you could say the Sooners are Auburn’s postseason rival (think Women’s College World Series a year ago, Sugar Bowl, etc.). After falling to Oklahoma in the 2016 championship series, things are personal between these two teams.
Here’s the weekend schedule:
Game 1: Friday, 3 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
Game 2: Saturday, noon CT (ESPN)
Game 3 (if needed): Sunday, noon CT (ESPN)
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) May 22, 2017
Here are a few highlights from Auburn’s season opener, in which the Tigers defeated Oklahoma in the Triple Crown Tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) February 9, 2017
In all seriousness, this matchup is going to be one you won’t want to miss.
Auburn knows that, so it’s added more seating for this weekend at Jane B. Moore Field.
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) May 22, 2017
Hopeful in Hoover
Auburn baseball had one player earn conference honors. Jonah Todd was named to the All-SEC second team, the conference announced on Monday.
The outfielder also secured a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team. So far this season, in addition to some impressive grabs, Todd has totaled 82 hits (.385 average), which comes in at No. 3 in the conference.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) May 22, 2017
The Tigers, who earned a No. 8 seed, will face Ole Miss in their first SEC Tournament game Tuesday (4:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network).
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