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Midseason Social Media MVP
Sometimes college football and social media go together really well, like peanut butter and jelly.
It’s been a great way to familiarize with this year’s Auburn team. Players have made fun of their teammates, shared funny stories and insightful opinions, giphs — it’s been entertaining to say the least.
War Eagle Wakeups have included a lot of tweets and commentary from Kerryon Johnson. He’s the kind of player who many Auburn students and fans can see themselves being friends with (see below):
Tbh I just want to be friends with Kerryon Johnson
— Clayton Shirley (@Clayton_Shirley) October 17, 2016
We are friends https://t.co/GIb2kE4V3W
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 17, 2016
Before the Tigers start the second half of SEC play, SEC Country would like to award Johnson a mid-season Twitter MVP.
Johnson interacts with fans and makes you laugh out loud with his tweets. He’s also pretty honest, allowing fans social media to see a side of the sophomore they don’t see on the field. People notice (see below):
@AyeyoKEJO is like the happiest dude on twitter, but I've never seen that dude smile once the game starts. Straight game face.
— Chris (@ccallrun) October 17, 2016
And once again, Johnson is honest, and it’s funny.
Can't be too happy about 300 pound men hitting you hahaha but really I get in a different mode https://t.co/OZTlaSXUID
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 17, 2016
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was optimistic Sunday night about Johnson returning to the field this weekend. While Jordan-Hare (or another SEC stadium) is the place where fans care most about Johnson being entertaining, his social media presence is just an added bonus. If you’re not already, make sure you’re following Johnson.
You won’t regret it.
- AL.com dissected what has changed at Auburn since offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee started calling plays.
- Ron Sanders, of 247 Sports, tells readers why it’s time to buy Auburn.
- Fly War Eagle’s Jake Mastroianni says the Tigers’ next biggest game is against Arkansas.
- Jay Coulter, of TrackemTigers.com explains why Gus Malzahn should get passing grades after the first half of the season.
- Michael Niziolek of the Ledger-Enquirer writes about why the Tigers are not dwelling on last year’s four-overtime loss.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn soccer can’t be stopped.
The Tigers moved up to No. 8 in the latest NCAA rankings and for the fourth straight week, the team had a player earn weekly honors. Senior midfielder Casie Ramsier was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The Tigers won their sixth consecutive SEC game Friday at the Auburn Soccer Complex, beating No. 12 Arkansas, 3-2. Ramsier was responsible for netting the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute of the match. The goal also raised the senior into a tie for third on the program’s all-time scoring list.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 17, 2016
TENNIS: Congratulations to Allie Michaud, who won the USTA/ITA Southern Region Singles Championship on Monday. The win earned the junior a berth into the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Nov. 3.
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) October 17, 2016
SOFTBALL: Just a reminder that you can catch all of the fall season action at open practices on the Auburn campus.
— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) October 17, 2016
The Bruce, Barkley and Basketball Golf Classic is scheduled for Sunday and Monday. That’s all well and good. The tournament will benefit the Auburn men’s basketball program through Tigers Unlimited.
More importantly, take a close look at the logo for this year’s tournament. Not only is Charles Barkley playing golf a hilarious sight, Barkley is the logo.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) October 17, 2016
Not quite 100 percent certain about all of the rules of golf, but it doesn’t seem like this is how to play correctly …
Maybe this is what happens when a tall human, who spent most of his years on hardwood, tries to transition to the greens. Whatever is happening, it’s fun to watch.
There will be a pre-tournament celebration at Bruce Pearl’s house on Sunday. Barkley and other celebrities will be in attendance.
The October chase continues
The Major League Baseball playoffs have been filled with jaw-dropping moments.
Things haven’t been working out so well for Josh Donaldson’s Blue Jays, however. Toronto is down 3-0 to the Cleveland Indians in the best-of-7 series and will play Game 4 tonight in Toronto.
The Cubs and former Auburn player David Ross play the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, too. The series is tied 1-1 and has been well worth watching.
Ross became the oldest Chicago player, and the oldest MLB player, to hit a postseason home run when he hit one in the series-clinching Game 4 of the NLDS against San Francisco.
You can read a little bit about Ross’ playoff experience and see him talk about the Cubbies postseason here.
You also can watch this cool moment between former Auburn players Frank Thomas and David Ross from FS1. It’s always great to share a War Eagle with someone, but it seems like it’s even cooler in the middle of a World Series chase.
— FS1 (@FS1) October 16, 2016
SEC Country Poll results: Biggest concerns
The bye week came at the perfect time for Auburn. Six weeks of college football season was starting to take a toll on the Tigers — players were beat up (and though no one would ever admit it) probably enjoyed a couple of days off to just relax.
But the downtime also presents certain risks or concerns. Here’s what Auburn fans thought were some of the most concerning aspects as the Tigers continue SEC play.
Injuries or ‘banged up’ players
Downtime, the Tigers could lose momentum
Arkansas’ emotional win over Ole Miss
The second half of SEC play is only going to get tougher