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Auburn players participating in the Reese's Senior Bowl got to spend some time with Gus Malzahn on Wednesday.

Auburn football: Senior Bowl prep, players mixed feelings on Madden and a National Signing Day reminder

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 what’s happening at the Senior Bowl, football players’ reviews of Madden and a National Signing Day reminder. 

Fun in Mobile 

Senior Bowl practices, and all of the fun they entail, continued on Wednesday.

The gang (well, some of the gang) was back together again. Tigers offensive lineman Robert Leff went through his first day of workouts and Montravius Adams continued to shine.

Unfortunately, defensive back Rudy Ford did not practice (ankle), but the trio did get to spend some time with coach Gus Malzahn and defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

Here are a few images from the afternoon:

While speaking with the media for a few minutes, Malzahn explained that spring practices would begin on Feb. 28 and provided a few key updates.

Malzahn touched on the status of quarterback Sean White, who suffered a broken forearm on the Tigers’ first drive in the Sugar Bowl, and offensive guard Braden Smith (White might not be ready for the start of spring ball, but Smith isn’t expected to miss any time.).

The head coach also revealed Auburn is monitoring quarterback John Franklin III, who dealt with cramping in his throwing hand during the Sugar Bowl in January.

Mixed Madden Reviews 

So, it’s official, spring practice will start at the end of February.

Auburn players can enjoy the final NFL game of the season when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Until then, however, student-athletes are going to have to find a few more ways to entertain themselves — outside of workouts and school.

That’s where Madden comes in to play.

The video game was released in August, but this spring could provide a brief window for players to get their video game act together.

Carl Lawson seems to think so, at least.

There were some mixed reviews about the game, though. Kerryon Johnson, for one, seems to have a little experience gaming and is not thrilled about the latest edition of Madden.

An important reminder 

Not that it’s easy to forget, but one of the most important dates for Auburn football is going to be here before you know it.

Feb. 1 is National Signing Day and Auburn fans can keep up with SEC Country for the latest updates and news. 

For example, it’s Auburn week in the SEC Country Recruiting War Room.

Benjamin Wolk and some of our most knowledgeable recruiting writers gathered to discuss some of the Tigers’ top prospects. You can check it out here: Recruiting War Room: Austin Trowel.

There’s a lot more on the way, too.

ICYMI 

Happening on the Plains 

Auburn softball: Cooper earns preseason honor

The season’s first pitch hasn’t been thrown out yet, but Kasey Cooper is already earning recognition.

Cooper was named a preseason all-conference selection (for the third time in her career) on Wednesday afternoon. SEC head coaches determined the 14 players comprising the preseason team.

Last season, Cooper became the first player ever to be named the SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The third baseman’s program records included 83 RBI, 21 home runs, 71 walks and 163 total bases. Cooper’s slugging percentage (.880) and on-base percentage (.581) were both single-season records, too.

Auburn softball kicks off its season on Feb. 9 against defending national champion Oklahoma in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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