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The halfway point of the season usually means some midseason awards and Auburn had three Tigers named ESPN midseason All-Americans.
Junior kicker Daniel Carlson, junior offensive lineman Braden Smith and senior Montravius Adams were all honored based on their performances so far this year. It’s fair to say the trio has been very good through the first six games. Here’s a summary of their seasons so far and also their best quotes yet:
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 20, 2016
Carlson is an obvious choice (as if nailing a photographer in the face on a kickoff wasn’t award-worthy enough). He’s been almost flawless, but his one miss out of 14 field goals is, safe to say, above average. His six field goals saved Auburn against LSU and he’s easily one of (if not the absolute best) kicker in the nation. He’s scored in other ways, too. He executed a trick play to perfection against Arkansas State and also took his first hit on the football field this season.
Pure joy is exactly right!! https://t.co/OblC57vSKI
— Daniel Carlson (@DanielCarlson38) September 11, 2016
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 10, 2016
Best Carlson quote: “I’ve never carried the ball in my life. That was the first time, besides punting, that was the first time I’ve ever touched it in my life. … It was exhausting; I haven’t run that much in a while, but it was a lot of fun to celebrate with my teammates.”
Smith has been almost unstoppable up front for the Tigers. Auburn lost three running backs leading up to the 2016 season, but it hasn’t mattered much. Auburn is second in the conference in rushing because sophomores Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway are crashing over defenders all over the field. And it’s all really thanks to Smith clearing the way.
I wish I saw kids finish like Braden Smith does in every game I watched. 71 lined up at tight end right…. https://t.co/jmSFlaHeMd
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 3, 2016
Best Smith quote: “Hey, you never know. I mean, what happens happens.”
Carl Lawson is probably the most-talked-about Tiger on the defensive line, and he’s had a huge impact for the Tigers to this point, but Montravius Adams has been just as (if not more) valuable. He has over 2 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 4 tackles for losses and to top it all off, scored his first career touchdown in true big-man fashion in the Tigers’ blowout of Mississippi State on the road. What Adams doesn’t get enough credit for is his positivity and emotion, which clearly and consistently fires up the defense.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) October 18, 2016
Best Adams quote: “Maybe not to y’all, but outside of the media he’s (Carl Lawson) a pretty funny dude. Y’all think Carl’s funny?”
The best part about these honors, and quotes, is there are still many more games left to play and lots more to accomplish.
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf says perception isn’t necessarily reality in this Auburn-Arkansas game.
- The Razorbacks are facing a big test against the Tigers in Jordan-Hare, according to The Sports Xchange.
- AP writer John Zenor details how a 4-2 Auburn team is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year.
- AL.com examines the very first game in an overlooked SEC rivalry.
- The WarEagleReader discusses being OK with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
Happening on the Plains
OK, Auburn soccer isn’t just on a roll or talented anymore — the Tigers are setting records.
The Tigers (12-4-0, 8-1-0 SEC) won their seventh consecutive game Thursday night in Baton Rouge, setting a program record in the process.
Casie Ramsier scored twice, netting the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, lifting Auburn to a 2-1 victory. Ramsier moved into a tie for third on Auburn’s all-time scoring list (31 goals) and scored her 10th career match-winner.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 21, 2016
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: A different group of Tigers took over Music City USA on Thursday. The Auburn women flew to Nashville, Tenn., for their own SEC basketball media days. It was a long day for Katie Frerking and Brandy Montgomery, but you can see how the seniors spent their day and get some info about this year’s team.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) October 20, 2016
EQUESTRIAN: No. 2 Auburn takes on Alabama today at 4 p.m. ET at the Auburn University Horse Center.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) October 20, 2016
Important weekend preparations
With the Arkansas game being the first game after the bye week, SEC Country wants to make sure Auburn fans are as prepared as possible. This week’s War Eagle Wakeups have reminded you to wear navy and explained why this series could be a potentially heated rivalry once again, but now it’s time to get down to the serious business.
First of all, you can test your Auburn-Arkansas knowledge through the Auburn Tigers Twitter account.
Know your #AUBvsARK trivia? Prove it!
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 20, 2016
All the bacon
Second (and more importantly), you can get ready to tailgate before the Tigers play the Hogs. In honor of the Arkansas Razorbacks mascot Tusk, we’re provided you with a top-10 list of best bacon tailgate snacks (courtesy of Pinterest). These ideas are all easy to make, (relatively) inexpensive and look delicious — the perfect addition to any tailgate.
- Bacon Mac N’ Cheese bites
- Bacon-fried mozzarella sticks
- Crispy Bacon grilled cheese roll ups
- Bacon pancake sticks
- Bacon bombs
- Bacon bourbon meatballs
- Brown sugar and bacon puff twists
- Maple bacon pretzel rods
- Candied bacon chocolate chip cookies
- Bacon caramel brownies
The Tigers spent the bye week focusing on technique and improvement, so SEC Country wants to know …