Auburn football: Squad scrimmage goals, big weekend for Tigers athletics

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, football focuses on squad goals and Tigers gear up for a busy weekend. 

Squad goals 

Goals are important. They help keep you focused and striving for success.

But when you’re surrounded by a group of close friends or people who are also chasing a similar aim? That’s even more motivating.

If Gus Malzhan’s football team needs any more inspiration, it should find it on Saturday morning. That’s when the Tigers will have their first scrimmage of the spring in Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Football was supposed to work out in the stadium before spring break but ended up in the Auburn Athletics Complex instead.)

It’ll be the most important day of spring football practice yet. Players competing for a starting spot and looking to break out will have their chance to do so on a grand stage in front of an audience. (Auburn is hosting a coaches clinic this weekend, so people will be in the stands.)

Even more importantly, Auburn will inch closer to the A-Day scrimmage and ultimately the fall. And that’s when the squad goals are really reached.


Happening on the Plains 

Top-ranked Tigers welcome the SEC’s best 

No. 1 Auburn equestrian is hosting the SEC Championships at the Auburn University Horse Center this weekend with the hopes of securing back-to-back conference championships.

Despite the top national ranking, Auburn is a No. 2 seed and will face Texas A&M (a No. 3 seed) at 9 a.m. CT Saturday morning. The winner of that match will move on to the championship round that is set for 1:30 p.m. CT.

Another trip to Florida 

Auburn softball is back in the Sunshine State this weekend, this time for a matchup with No. 2 Florida.

On their last trip to Florida the Tigers added five more wins to their record. Now, they’ll look to add another SEC series win. Clint Myers’ club will play on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The good news about facing two tough SEC opponents early in conference play is that’s how the Tigers started the season.

Having Kasey Cooper doesn’t hurt, either. Here’s her take on facing UF this weekend:

Baseball & Bulldogs 

No. 16 Auburn baseball travels to Athens, Ga., to take on Georgia in a three-game SEC series.

The Tigers are looking to add to their eight-game winning streak and defeat another conference foe.

Six stars

On Thursday, the SEC announced six gymnasts earned All-SEC honors from Auburn. It’s a program-best total and also the most by any school this season.

Senior MJ Rott earned her second conference nod, while Kullen Klawek and Emma Slappey used second-place finishes to earn the honor. Emma Engler, Samantha Cerio and Gracie Day were also awarded their first conference recognition.

Auburn gymnastics will compete again next weekend for one of two spots that will head to St. Louis for the NCAA Championships in April.

More Tigers in the sun 

Auburn softball isn’t the only team that’s hanging out in sunny Florida.

Track and field begins the 2017 outdoor season this weekend at the Florida State Relays. It’s a one-day meet featuring athletes from Auburn, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Liberty and Southern Miss. Auburn, which opened the season ranked No. 24 on March 20, has 40 athletes competing.

A busy Sunday 

If you’re looking for another sporting event to attend on the Plains this weekend, look no farther than the Yarbrough Tennis Center. Auburn will add two more matches against ranked opponents — that will make it eight in a row.

The No. 11 women’s team will have two SEC matches on Sunday, first against No. 8 Vanderbilt and then against No. 13 Kentucky. The Tigers are hoping to earn wins and stop a string of tough road losses to No. 22 Texas A&M and No. 27 LSU.

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