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.

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:

Gramps has achieved some pretty impressive feats of late. And taking home the mirrorball trophy might just be another one.

Want to help Ross win it all? You still have time to vote (cast your vote online here).

ICYMI

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)

 

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:

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.

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.

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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