Auburn football: Spring practice viewing, Tiger Tweets

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 look at a clip of spring practice and some Tiger’s Twitter thoughts. 

A glimpse of the grind 

It was hot and humid on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop Gus Malzahn’s team from going through a practice that lasted over two hours at the Auburn Athletic Complex.

There was a 15-minute media viewing period, but for the most part it was just warm ups and stretching (all about those photo ops).

The official Auburn Football Twitter page captured some of the action later on in the evening. Here’s a small window into what the practice looked like after everyone was stretched out.

All is well, Kerryon’s still tweeting

Tornadoes should be taken seriously.

That’s why there’s testing for about 3 minutes on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Auburn. Sirens blare that can be heard throughout the Plains (and it always seems to be on really sunny days). The test doesn’t happen, however, if there’s a serious weather watch or warning.

Kerryon Johnson missed this memo. Wednesday, he reacted on Twitter a little concerned about the sirens.

Nope, no purge. No emergency. Just a little prep to protect Auburn residents.

The running back also had a critique of his video that aired on SEC Network. In the clip (featured in Wednesday’s wakeup) he and Kamryn Pettway explained why they’re so happy to work together in Auburn’s backfield.

Johnson wasn’t as thrilled with how he looked on camera.


Happening on the Plains 

A special senior 

The Byron Nelson Award isn’t an easy thing to attain.

It’s an honor bestowed on a graduating senior who has put together an impressive collegiate golf and academic career, but also demonstrated outstanding character and integrity through his four years.

But Auburn senior Matt Gilchrist has been chosen as one of five finalists by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Gilchrist, a two-time All-SEC selection has had two individual wins, 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes through his career. He’s also been a member of the SEC Men’s Golf Community Service team (2015).

The other four finalists are from Virginia, St. John’s, Arizona State and Stanford.

Cold pool, hot start 

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving national championships got rolling in Indy on Wednesday — as did the Auburn’s men’s team.

Joe Patching, Kyle Darmody, Hugo Morris and Zach Apple combined to go 6:14.99 in the 800 freestyle, which broke the Auburn record set in 2015 (6:15.14). The group finished 12th in the sole event on opening night.

Patching, a member of the record-setting 2015 squad, was key again. He led off and finished as the third-fastest performer in the 200 free in school history behind only Hugo Morris and Rowdy Gaines.

Equestrian honors 

Two members of Auburn’s equestrian team picked up honors on Wednesday.

Caitlyn Boyle claimed the SEC Rider of the Month while Megan Rauh was named the Horsemanship Rider of the Month.

A heartfelt promise 

When Auburn lost in the SEC Tournament, Danjel Purifoy didn’t hold back his feelings. Still dealing with the disappointment, the redshirt freshman issued an apology to fans on Twitter, with a special shootout to his mom and girlfriend.

The Alabama native had it particularly hard at times. After a couple of high-scoring games in Auburn’s nonconference schedule, Purifoy suffered an ankle injury early in SEC play.

He made a quick recovery, but Bruce Pearl said he believed some of Purifoy’s in-game hesitations were because of the nagging injury.

Nearly two weeks have passed, but Purifoy hasn’t let go of all of the pain Auburn felt in tough losses this season. He again took to Twitter this time to promise Auburn fans a better 2017-18 season.

The Tweet got Pearl’s approval, too.

Weekend ready? 

It’s almost Friday and that has us jumping for joy.

Not quite as high as freshman Anfernee McLemore…

But still.

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