Auburn football: The wild West, watch lists and a big week on the Plains
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 Greg Sankey’s remark about conference realignment and recap who made a watch list on Monday.
The wild, wild West
Don’t pack those moving boxes yet Auburn fans.
Though the chatter revolving around conference realignment has been prevalent (it was again brought up during the first day of SEC Media Days), it looks like Auburn will be in the SEC West for a while longer.
For SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, it’s not even on the agenda of items to address. That’s not exactly what athletic director Jay Jacobs or former head coach Pat Dye have said. Even coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t seemed completely opposed to a move. Sankey shut down talk of realignment with this single, concise quote on Monday.
“Has not been an agenda item in the meeting,” Sankey said. “It is a conversation in most large press conferences in which I appear, and that’s the extent of the conversation.”
Watch-list season begins
Football season already feels closer. That’s what watch-list season does.
On Monday, Kamryn Pettway and Jarrett Stidham landed on the Maxwell Award watch list, while Tray Matthews, who will be at SEC Media Days on Thursday, earned a spot on the Bednarik Award watch list.
Daniel Carlson, who will also be in Hoover, was named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Now, let the talking begin.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson explored the SEC quarterback debate involving Jarrett Stidham and Jalen Hurts.
- AL.com recapped how LSU running back Derrius Guice thinks his team’s win streak in Auburn “is crazy.”
- Auburn Undercover believes this is why nothing compares to Auburn’s thrilling 2016 win against LSU.
- The Opelika-Auburn News explained how Auburn’s win against Les Miles and LSU changed the direction of the football program in Baton Rouge.
Justin Fields back on the Plains
There will be lots of attention on the city of Hoover this week as Malzahn and a few of his Tigers take the stage for SEC Media Days, but the real action might be on campus in Auburn.
Five-star quarterback Justin Fields now is the top prospect in the country and he’ll be at Auburn for an overnight visit on Wednesday.
SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk explained in his Monday recruiting notebook why Fields’ critical visit just became perhaps even more important.
Fields will be joined by 4-star wide receiver and close friend Kearis Jackson. Wolk pointed out that Jackson has said he’d like to play with 4-star offensive lineman Trey Hill. It seems there’s a slight chance that Auburn or Georgia could be celebrating the commitment of all three later this summer, so this is definitely something to follow.
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