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.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) March 22, 2017
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.
Is the purge commencing right now???
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) March 22, 2017
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.
Now that I actually watch this video….I think I might be cross eyed https://t.co/DKmjoR2j5r
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) March 20, 2017
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says teammates say Byron Cowart “has that swag about him” after a position change.
- AL.com says Auburn is adding a lot of passing plays to its offensive repertoire under new coordinator Chip Lindsey.
- Auburn writer Jeff Shearer says head coach Gus Malzahn challenged his team to take “the next step” ahead of this weekend’s scrimmage.
- Brandon Marcello, of 247Sports says Gus Malzahn hasn’t seen one person who’s arrived in Auburn’s position battles.
- The Ledger Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek says wide receiver Kyle Davis is likely to miss the rest of spring camp after what was expected to be a quick return.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says these are the Tigers’ top 10 defensive prospects in the 2018 class.
- Josh Vitale, of the Opelika-Auburn News, says Marlon Davidson is trying to transition to a playmaker in his sophomore season.
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.
— Auburn Men's Golf (@AuburnMGolf) March 22, 2017
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.
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) March 22, 2017
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.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) March 22, 2017
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) March 22, 2017
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.
I'm so sorry to all my fans and everybody that came out and supported us especially sorry to my mom and my girlfriend @morton_vannah
— k3 (@puredannij) March 9, 2017
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.
— k3 (@puredannij) March 22, 2017
The Tweet got Pearl’s approval, too.
— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) March 23, 2017
It’s almost Friday and that has us jumping for joy.
Not quite as high as freshman Anfernee McLemore…
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) March 22, 2017
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