Where Jarrett Stidham fits in vs. past Auburn quarterbacks; Casey Mize mows them down again
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics. Today, we discuss where Jarrett Stidham fits in among recent Auburn quarterbacks and another dominating performance by Casey Mize.
In Thursday’s War Eagle Wakeup we hinted that Jarrett Stidham might be hogging all the attention these days on the Auburn campus. That’s a good thing. When your quarterback is doing good things, it’s reason to be excited.
That hasn’t always been the case at quarterback for the Tigers. Yes, Cam Newton won a Heisman Trophy and led Auburn to the 2010 BCS championship. Nick Marshall was dynamic for 2 seasons. People are saying that Stidham could be the best pure passer to wear an Auburn uniform since Jason Campbell led Auburn to a 14-0 record in 2004.
With that being said, let’s take a look at how the top passer has fared each season since Campbell took over as starting quarterback in 2002.
Could Stidham become Auburn’s second 3,000-yard passer — the first since Dameyune Craig threw for 3,277 yards in 1997? It’s possible if the Chip Lindsey offense we saw bits and pieces of last Saturday is any indication of what we’ll see in the fall.
Casey Mize has gone and done it again.
The Auburn right-hander pitched 6 shutout innings Thursday at Tennessee, allowing 3 hits, no walks and while striking out 7 in Auburn’s 3-2 win in the opening game of the 3-game series in Knoxville. Luke Jarvis was the big man at the plate, belting a home run and triple and scoring a pair of runs.
Mize improved his record to 6-1, lowered his ERA to 1.22 and increased his league-leading strikeout total to 82.
“We did enough to score and then Casey Mize gave us another great six innings,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. “Especially what he has given us the last three weeks.”
Here’s a look at Mize’s last 5 outings:
|April 13||Tennessee||W, 3-2||6.0||3||0||0||0||7|
|April 7||Texas A&M||W, 2-1||7.0||2||0||0||1||12|
|March 31||South Carolina||W, 5-4||9.0||10||4||4||1||12|
|March 25||Georgia||L, 4-1||7.0||9||3||3||1||5|
|March 18||Florida||W, 2-1||7.0||5||1||0||1||8|
Riding for a title
The Auburn equestrian team begins its quest for back-to-back national championships when the third-seeded Tigers meet No. 6 South Carolina in the quarterfinals in the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The match begins just after 10 a.m. ET and concludes in the afternoon. Auburn defeated South Carolina in both meetings during the regular season, 13-5 and 10-8. The Gamecocks advanced out of the first round with a 15-1 win against South Dakota State. Auburn received a bye into the quarterfinal round.
Both schools are familiar with equestrian success. South Carolina won national championships in 2005 and 2007 while Auburn won in 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2016.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) April 14, 2017
Garrett Cooper had a big senior season at Auburn in 2013. He batted .354, hit 7 home runs and drove in 37 runs. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the sixth round and he’s been in their farm system since. The first baseman started this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and is going to make it difficult for the Brewers to not call him up at some point if he keeps up his current pace. On Thursday, Cooper was 4 for 5 with his first home run of the season and a 2-run double during a 4-RBI night. In 7 games this season, Cooper is batting .429 (12 for 28) with 1 home run, 10 RBIs and 5 doubles.
T7: For those keeping track at home, here's @CoopaLoop1's night:
2RBI 2B to right-center, scoring Wren/Cordell. 7-2 CoS
— Sky Sox Baseball (@skysox) April 14, 2017
Elsewhere from other former Tigers:
— Former MVP Josh Donaldson is off to a solid start with the Toronto Blue Jays even though his team is not. Donaldson is 9 for 29 (.310) with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 9 games but the Blue Jays are 1-8.
— Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton has been spot on in 5 appearances this season. In 4.2 innings the left-hander has allowed 2 hits, walked 2 batters and hasn’t allowed a run.
Happening on the Plains
Softball: As SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson points out, the Auburn softball team is looking to find its 2016 bats as the Tigers take on Missouri in a 3-game series beginning Friday at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn. The Tigers have won 8 of their last 9 games and are ranked in the Top 10, but the runs haven’t come nearly as often as they did a season ago when Auburn lost in the College World Series.
Women’s tennis: The 11th-ranked Tigers face Missouri on Friday on Senior Day. Festivities for Senior Day begin at 4 p.m. ET.
Men’s tennis: The travels to Columbia, S.C., to play No. 22 South Carolina at 5 p.m. ET Friday.
- Yes, there is sunshine on the Plains and there’s no harm in soaking it in, writes Jerry Hinnen over at The War Eagle Reader. Football tops the list of bright futures, but it isn’t the only sport on campus giving us reasons to smile.
- You always want at least one committed player stepping up and taking on the role as lead recruiter. Auburn 2018 QB commit Joey Gatewood is doing that and he has his sights on a 5-star receiver writes SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk.
- One of the most intriguing signees from the 2017 class is tight end Sal Cannella. He’s drawing comparisons to another Tiger tight end who’s playing in the NFL, SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says.
- Tom Green at AL.com revisited 5 pre-spring practice questions surrounding the Tigers and most of them focus on the offense.
- With all this talk about the Auburn offense, its defense was pretty good in 2016 and had a solid spring. But how good will it be in 2017? The “sky is the limit” one defender tells Josh Vitale of the Opelika-Auburn News.
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