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.
A Kerryon update
It’s been discussed on several War Eagle Wakeups, but Friday morning calls for another special spotlight. Sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson has been playing out of his mind in the last few games.
He’s been doing so well that Auburn fans are even going as far as to drop the H-word.
That’s right. Fans are calling for Johnson to be in consideration for the Heisman.
my dude @AyeyoKEJO needs to be in the Heisman mix… He's been killing it!
— William (@WillCobb19) October 7, 2016
— Samuel Murphree (@Smurphdog26) October 6, 2016
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) October 7, 2016
This leads to the next point of Friday’s War Eagle Wakeup. …
Team blue check
There are a few Auburn football players who have been verified on Twitter. A blue badge means an account of public interest is authentic. True freshmen Kyle Davis and Kam Martin, as well as junior college transfer John Franklin III happen to be some of the players verified on Twitter.
Still there are a few trying to earn the blue badge. So, if you’re not already, make sure to head over and follow Auburn’s sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson. It’s a win-win. He’s funny and entertaining on social media and you’ll be helping make his blue check dreams come true.
Just waiting on the day that I get verified on Twitter smh
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) October 6, 2016
@AyeyoKEJO is the only football player I follow on Twitter because he's actually funny.
— Kayla Warner (@theKaylaWarner) October 6, 2016
- Fly War Eagle’s Ty Roush examined five players to watch in Auburn’s game against Mississippi State this weekend.
- Brandon Marcello of 247Sports looked at how Auburn’s chances look in the remainder of its schedule.
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg wrote about the Tigers’ stellar linebacker play this season.
- Wesley Sinor, of AL.com looked at how Auburn transfers performed in Week 5 of the season.
- The AP’s John Zenor wrote about Tiger quarterback Sean White’s rematch with the Bulldogs.
- Mark Heim of AL.com talked with former Auburn QB Gabe Gross about the importance of the Mississippi State game.
Happening on the Plains
The Auburn women’s soccer team traveled to Kentucky and defeated the Wildcats 2-1 on Thursday night.
Kristen Dodson and Bri Folds both netted goals as the Tigers beat Kentucky on the road for the first time since 2006.
The Tigers (9-4-0, 5-1-0 SEC) have won all of their road games this year and ran their winning streak to four matches.
Next up, Auburn returns to the Plains and will host Mississippi State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Auburn Athletics Complex.
FINAL – Auburn 2, Kentucky 1
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) October 7, 2016
The Auburn baseball team opened practice Thursday afternoon. The first scrimmage will be this afternoon.
— Auburn Baseball (@Auburn_Baseball) October 7, 2016
Second-year Auburn coach Butch Thompson wasn’t exactly pleased with what he saw in the first practice (what coach ever is?). Thompson talked a little bit about the mentality he wants his team to adopt moving forward below.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) October 6, 2016
EQUESTRIAN: After a big win over UT Martin just a couple of weeks ago, No. 1 ranked Auburn equestrian is back at it. The team will face Delaware today.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) October 6, 2016
VOLLEYBALL: It really doesn’t matter if Auburn is playing Alabama in checkers, dominoes or badminton — it’s going to be a matchup to remember.
The Auburn women’s volleyball team takes on the Crimson Tide on Sunday afternoon. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET, and the Tigers would really appreciate some in-person support as they take on Alabama.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) October 6, 2016
Checking out the opponent
One really funny thing you can find during the season is opponent lookalikes, brought to you on Twitter by @DrunkAubie. This week’s matchup against Mississippi State is providing some hilarious tweets about the Bulldogs.
Usually there are a handful but this particular tweet was so clever it stands on its own. Take a look (The resemblance really is uncanny):
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) October 6, 2016
As Auburn returns to SEC play, SEC Country wants to make sure you have all of the info you need to watch the Tigers face off against the Bulldogs this weekend. Here’s some information you might be looking for.
Auburn-Mississippi State football game to air on ESPN https://t.co/vOwyL7KbpW
— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) October 6, 2016
Tiger Walk will take place off of Barr Avenue next to Davis Wade Stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday. #WarEagle
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 6, 2016
Auburn is a 2.5 point road favorite vs. Mississippi State. #SEC
— SEC Country (@SECcountry) October 4, 2016
If you’re making the trip to Starkville, also known as Stark Vegas, you might want to check out this Buzzfeed list. The Magnolia State, and especially Starkville, sometimes get a bad reputation, but there’ actually all this cool stuff that came out of the state of Mississippi.
The page also includes a list of people from the state. If you’re making the trek from Auburn, be well informed.
This weekend’s game against Mississippi State is unique for several reasons. Besides the fact that it’s the first road game of the year and it returns the Tigers to SEC play, it’s a game that could heat up Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s seat once again.
It’s also interesting that quarterback Sean White got his first start against the Bulldogs last season (suddenly, of course).
Road games always are a challenge, especially in the SEC, but this will also be Auburn’s earliest game time of the year. The combination of being on the road and being up extra early has lots of Auburn fans concerned about the outcome.
SEC Country wants to know what readers think the biggest challenge will be for the Tigers this weekend. We’ll post results in Monday’s War Eagle Wakeup, with a little reflection about what ended up being the biggest factor in the outcome of the game.