This is your War Eagle Wakeup. The best way to start your day is right here at SEC Country as we prepare you for everything you need to know about Auburn sports. We’ll share our War Eagle Wakeup with you every morning, Monday through Friday.
You’ve been worried about it all week long. Asking over and over again how your beloved Tigers could do this to you?
Five-straight home games to start the season, followed by a dominant road win at Mississippi State and then what? They just…take a week off?
It might not seem fair, but it’s going to be a huge help moving forward.
So take solace in the fact that the team is getting some much-needed down time on fall break. Players who have been beat up and worn down are getting a chance to rest while younger players are being prepped for the second half of SEC play.
While the bye week might not be ideal for your football watching momentum, it’s the perfect time for Auburn to prepare to travel to Georgia, Ole Miss and of course, Alabama.
So sit back, relax and celebrate the 38-14 win over the Bulldogs for one more weekend. You could even spend some time attending a fall wedding or cleaning. Whatever you do, make sure you get your energy to cheer for the Tigers for the rest of the year.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 13, 2016
- 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello wrote about the key to Auburn’s offensive balance and examined the odd friendship of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
- TrackemTigers.com examined the bye week blues (which are very real).
- AL.com looked at the role Auburn’s backup quarterbacks will have in the second half of the season.
- The WarBlogler discussed Bye Week Bliss (which is debatable).
- College and Magnolia’s Walt Austin has a midseason review of Auburn’s defense.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn basketball had its second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night, but here are a few highlights you didn’t see in Thursday’s War Eagle Wakeup.
? | Watch top moments from the Tigers' second scrimmage.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) October 13, 2016
If you haven’t already, make sure you read up on Auburn’s new style of play, but hurry. Auburn basketball moves quickly and waits for no one.
If you’re worried about the lack of football happening at Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend, stress no more. Several other Auburn sports teams will be involved in important matchups.
SOFTBALL: First, No. 13 Auburn plays No. 12 Arkansas on Saturday night.
Top-15 matchup on The Plains tomorrow night. Come out and support your Tigers!
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 13, 2016
The top 15 matchup is enough to warrant attendance of Tiger fans, but it’s also the annual Kicks for MS game. Auburn needs all the support possible this weekend.
Friday’s match vs. Arkansas marks the annual Kicks for MS game. Help us reach our goal of $2,500!
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 13, 2016
EQUESTRIAN: It’s also an important weekend for the Auburn equestrian team. The Tigers slipped to No. 2 overall, but have a chance to knock off the No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies this weekend at the Auburn Horse Center.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) October 13, 2016
SOFTBALL: Head coach Clint Myers made a brief appearance on Tiger Talk on Thursday night to talk about fall softball, which starts this weekend.
A year after nearly winning a national title, the team has added numerous new faces. Just as spring is important to football, fall ball is critical to softball’s success and as always is a ton of fun to watch.
The fall season gets underway this weekend. See you all at Jane B. Moore Field!
— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) October 13, 2016
TRACK AND FIELD: Even if you won’t be traveling with the track and field team, think good thoughts for the Tigers. They’ll be traveling to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Classic this weekend.
Auburn heads to Tuscaloosa tomorrow for the Crimson Classic. #WarEagle
— Auburn Track & Field (@AuburnTFXC) October 13, 2016
Taking advantage of free time
OK, you’re a good way through Friday’s War Eagle Wakeup and you’re still stressing about the off weekend. If you really can’t figure out how to fill your schedule this Saturday, here are a few ideas.
- WikiHow tells you how to fill your free time with useful things.
- 7 ways successful people spend their free time (Inc.com)
- On a budget but still want to fill time? Here are 35 ways to find activities frugally.
There are several Auburn players who really are fun to follow on Twitter. This year’s team is filled with entertainers and lots of different, bombastic personalities that all mesh together.
Sophomore linebacker Deshaun Davis tweeted this image and caption earlier this week.
"Are you blind? Don't you see the family resemblance? That's my brother!" ✊?? pic.twitter.com/pPztexAro2
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) October 10, 2016
The tweet brought to mind something linebackers coach Travis Williams said during preseason camp.
I asked Williams if he was concerned about several defensive players who had seen limited playing time over past seasons due to injury, but would be stepping back into leadership roles.
Williams simply smiled.
“Not at all,” Williams said. “Players respect ballers.”
Williams specifically was referring to senior Josh Holsey, who dealt with two ACL tears, and Carl Lawson, who had suffered from an ACL tear and then nagging hip injuries last season.
Williams’ point was that talented, hardworking players who have taken the field and made big plays in even bigger moments have earned a certain level of respect from their teammates.
In many ways, those three words say a lot about this Auburn team has developed.
Of course, there are those guys like Holsey and Lawson who have picked up where they left off, making game-changing plays with ease.
Overall, however, the Tigers are a young group. Players have proven themselves over the course of Auburn’s first six games — ballers who have gained respect.
Sean White comes to mind. Deshaun Davis is another who has been consistent and taken on a leadership role.
Marlon Davidson. Will Hastings. Kyle Davis.
Should I keep going?
It almost seems like at any point and time a new leader or playmaker could emerge within each position group. And from the outside it’s one of the most impressive things about this team.
The Tigers give off the vibe that they don’t care what opponents or anyone else thinks about their team. After losses to Clemson and Texas A&M, this team didn’t point fingers, bicker or get overly frustrated.
The Tigers believed in each other through tough times and kept finding ways to improve. No matter what was being said nationally or what tough questions were asked during media availability, players remained positive and believed in each other.
In short, players have respected ballers.