Auburn football: Back from spring break after busy weekend for Tigers
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 Tiger student-athletes did to finish out their spring break.
Is spring break grind an oxymoron?
It doesn’t matter, really. Several Auburn football players spent their downtime working out and training for a strong return to spring practice this week.
Among those athletes was John Franklin III, who hasn’t been quiet about his plans to come back stronger in 2017 after getting his first SEC experience last season.
Sleep on me if you want to. I bet I make you regret it in the long run. #ManOnAMission
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) December 3, 2015
Days after he released a hype video, JF3 released a couple more videos, this time with him working out and even training on the beach.
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) March 18, 2017
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) March 19, 2017
While spring break typically is used for rest and relaxation, the timing isn’t bad. Franklin could be making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver in the coming months and all of that extra work will be needed for a successful switch.
The A Day game is April 8 and the days until then are crucial. Key position battles will only be intensifying and the first scrimmages of the spring will be held later this week.
As of this morning, break officially is over.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson explains that Woody Barrett’s trademark confidence has continued to grow, and it’s making things interesting in the Auburn QB battle.
- AL.com writes that the Auburn secondary is making a smooth transition under new defensive backs coach Greg Brown.
- 247Sports points out that these are 5 home-and-home series Auburn football should schedule.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk gives 5 targets most likely to commit to Auburn.
- FlyWarEagle.com says Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey need to settle on Auburn’s starting quarterback soon.
- Josh Vitale, of the Opelika-Auburn News, says new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has a lot of autonomy this spring.
Happening on the Plains
Softball in the sun
After a few cancellations due to cold weather conditions, Auburn softball was finally able to play some games this weekend in sunny Florida.
But adding wins over North Dakota State, USF, Illinois, Ohio State and LIU Brooklyn wasn’t enough — the Tigers wanted to make history, too.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) March 19, 2017
For starters, Kaylee Carlson became the second Auburn player to pitch a perfect game when she did it against Ohio State. The only other Tiger to achieve the feat was Holly Currie against College of Charleston in 2005.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) March 18, 2017
Then Kasey Cooper got in on the historic action. The Auburn third baseman reached 250 hits and 250 RBIs, becoming just the second SEC player behind Alabama’s Charlotte Morgan to achieve the feat.
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) March 18, 2017
Anything you can do
Auburn baseball might do, too.
The Tigers swept No. 5 Florida at Plainsman Park over the weekend — for the first time in 30 years.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) March 19, 2017
The three wins extended Auburn’s streak to 7 and put the Tigers at 17-5 on the season with a 3-0 start to conference play. To make the series win even sweeter, it’s the first time Auburn has started SEC play 3-0 since 2010.
Another strong finish in Florida
It’s always ideal if you can end your season with your best performance, and that’s exactly what Auburn gymnastics did at the SEC Championships over the weekend.
The Tigers finished sixth at the conference championship, but put together a season-best score of 196.550, which tied the program’s third-best score in SEC Championship history.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) March 19, 2017
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) March 18, 2017
Six Tigers earned All-SEC honors, which is the most in a single season for Auburn. Next up is the NCAA selection show, which is set for later today. Auburn will find out which NCAA regional it is headed for around 4 p.m. ET.
Ashley Neidigh won the mile at the SEC Championships and fared pretty well at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, too.
Neidigh swam the mile in 15:54.88, finishing 8th in the event and setting a school record in the split (1000, 9:37.44).
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) March 18, 2017
Julie Meynen also earned honorable mention All-America honors (she finished 16th in the 100m free, finishing 16th (48:21).
Auburn’s season comes to an end in Texas
Auburn women’s basketball fell to N.C. State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas, on Friday.
Still, it was the end of a successful season and marked the second straight trip to the Big Dance for Auburn.
RECAP | Auburn's season ends with NCAA loss to NC State
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) March 17, 2017
Sunday upset alert
Auburn men’s tennis defeated No. 34 Vanderbilt for an important road win on Saturday. The Tigers are now 11-7 and 2-2 in SEC play.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) March 19, 2017
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