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Before Auburn ever takes the field this season, the Tigers will need to figure out their depth.

Auburn football: Beware of the injury bug, what comes after Shedrick Jackson?

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 running back depth and top wide receiver prospects.

Tread slowly, at first 

Kamryn Pettway graced the front of several college football magazines in recent months, having established himself as one of the best in backs in the country last year.

Now, after dealing with nagging injuries, Pettway is going to want to get off to a quick start.

Auburn can count on Pettway and Kerryon Johnson, who helps add the lighting to Pettway’s thunder, but Tiger fans need be weary. Fall camp is going to be key for the Auburn as it looks to find running back depth beyond their two outstanding upperclassmen.

Last season’s devastating injuries provided an important window for coach Tim Horton’s running backs to see how important taking care of their bodies is (as if they didn’t already know). It also provided a chance for Kam Martin and Malik Miller to gain important experience.

But there’s one big issue that SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson pointed to in Tuesday’s Confidence vs. Caution series.

“It’s probably a little too early to call this unit ‘injury-prone,'” Ferguson wrote, “but the doubts are there.”

It’s not a secret how imperative depth will be and if the Tigers can find more of it in August it’s likely best to get out of the way.

One down, a few to go

Auburn fans can rejoice in the fact that they’ll be seeing Bo Jackson’s nephew Shedrick Jackson on the Plains through the next few years.

The 247Sports 3-star wide receiver, as expected, committed to the Tigers on Monday. Yet the commitment doesn’t mean Auburn’s wide receiver coach Kodi Burns or the rest of the staff is done.

As previously mentioned on SEC Country, Auburn intends to replace young talent they have now (players such as Nate Craig-Myers and Kyle Davis) by going out and find more talented prospects years in advance. And that process has already begun.

SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says these are the remaining options for Auburn at wide receiver, a.k.a. who you need to be paying attention to.

Examining the somewhat overlooked

Basketball season seems years away, but with Austin Wiley being named to the USA U19 World Cup team, the chatter around Auburn hoops continues.

The Tigers are returning the core of their young team and are expected to go places in 2017 — say, at least the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

In keeping with the theme, Auburn basketball posted this Tweet on Tuesday highlighting the achievements of Mustapha Heron.

The first 5-star recruit to sign with the Tigers carried the team for most of the season, but was somewhat overlooked through most of it. Wiley and Jared Harper took home SEC Player of the Week honors, but Herron did not. Though the Connecticut native was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, he may have been deserving of more recognition beyond that which he received from head coach Bruce Pearl. You can see some of his best highlights in the tweet above.


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