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Auburn football: Jarrett Stidham shows his value in spring game; basketball banquet honors

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 the encouraging play during the A-Day game and which players picked up awards at Auburn’s basketball banquet. 

Another look at A-Day 

It seemed like you waited for it for forever. Yet just like that, Auburn’s spring game has come and gone.

Head coach Gus Malzahn admitted he’s rather closed off. As a result, even the nearly 50,000 seated in Jordan-Hare Stadium on the sunny Saturday afternoon didn’t get to see too much.

What they could witness was pretty encouraging, however.

For months, questions have surrounded Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham. The quarterback took the first half of the scrimmage to answer any and all questions. He threw for 267 yards on 20 attempts, shining even as new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey held on to most of Auburn’s playbook.

Before Saturday afternoon much of the pressure for 2017 was on Stidham, but roles shifted a bit as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

Now, it seems the pressure is on all of the units and pieces surrounding Stidham (offensive line, receivers, or defense) — the most likely candidate to win the starting job come August.

SEC Country knows you probably didn’t miss the game or the highlights, but just in case you did we’ve got you covered.

Hardwood honors

Auburn basketball held its banquet Sunday night at Auburn Arena. Bruce Pearl’s team (18-14) celebrated its first winning season since 2008-2009.

Several Tigers were honored for their efforts during the 2016-17 season. Here are the awards handed out at the end of an exciting weekend:

Mustapha Heron — The Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for leadership & Freshman All-SEC

Anfernee McLemore — Most improved player, the Bill Lynn Academic Award (3.80 GPA) and the Iron Tiger Award

Austin Wiley — The Mike Mitchell Courage Award

Danjel Purifoy — The Sonny Smith Most Outstanding Teammate Award, John Mengelt Free Throw Award

Horace Spencer — Rising Waters Academic Award

Ronnie Johnson — Sixth-Man Award

Devin Waddell — Coaches’ Award


Happening on the Plains 

Auburn softball defeated the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday afternoon to clinch another SEC series win at Jane B. Moore Field.

The Tigers dropped Saturday’s game to Ole Miss. Fortunately, pitcher Kaylee Carlson along with Kasey Cooper and Carlee Wallace helped No. 5 Auburn cap the weekend with a strong finish.

With the win, Myers’ team is 33-6 overall, 8-4 in the SEC. Carlson, who earned her 20th win on the year, put together another complete game (6 total strikeouts) as Cooper and Wallace combined for four hits.

Auburn plays Georgia State Wednesday night at home (7 p.m. ET). Here are a few highlights from the Sunday win:

No luck in the Lone Star state 

Auburn baseball lost its last two games against Texas A&M and let the series slip away in College Station.

Butch Thompson’s team returns to Plainsman Park for a Tuesday evening game against Samford.

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