Auburn football: Besties in the backfield; baseball keeps winning

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 Tigers’ running back duo and a baseball win in Atlanta. 

Back in action 

For weeks after the Sugar Bowl, Auburn fans looked forward to spring practice. Now, it’s halfway over.

The Tigers started the second half of spring workouts on Tuesday afternoon. And just because it was the first workout following a week-and-a-half-long break didn’t mean Auburn took it easy.

Auburn is set to scrimmage this Saturday. That means players only have six more chances to make a statement and catch a coach’s attention before the A-Day game in April.

Here’s what getting back into the swing of things looked like on Tuesday:

Cause they’re the two best friends …

Being a running back in the SEC is not an easy job.

Fortunately, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway have each other — and that makes a world of difference through the football season.

When Pettway, the bigger of the two rushers, announced his return after the 2016 season, no one was happier than Johnson. In their time together the duo has realized it’s much easier for them, and tougher for opponents, when they work together. And they’ve gotten good at it, too.

Since they spend so much time leading Auburn’s running back unit, they’ve gained a better understanding of each other’s style and have grown close enough to joke about all of their friendly competitions.

They explained to SEC Network why they are so happy to carry the offensive load together.

A Deluxe A-Day  

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Happening on the Plains

Baseball keeps rolling

Auburn baseball ascended in the national rankings after defeating No. 5 Florida last weekend and it kept things going in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.

The Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, 7-4, just across state lines, adding an eighth straight win. That made Auburn 18-5 on the season and solidified the team’s longest winning streak since 2009. Junior Jonah Todd connected for 2 of Auburn’s 6 doubles.

Butch Thompson’s club continues SEC play this Friday in Athens, Ga.

Softball stays put 

Auburn softball added five more wins last weekend in Florida, but the Tigers stayed put in the polls.

Next up is a tough SEC matchup against No. 2 Florida in Gainesville this weekend.

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