Wake up, Auburn: Bo knows, Fall sports picking up on the Plains

Bo Jackson by Brian Kersey/Getty Images Texas Rangers v Chicago White Sox

Good morning, Auburn. 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 Good Morning, Auburn, here with you every morning, Monday through Friday.

What better way to start off your Wednesday morning than by watching Bo Jackson (and reading this post, of course)?

Bo highlighted a famous moment from his NFL career in a recent Kia commercial, with the help of former Oklahoma great Brian Bosworth.

For your viewing pleasure I’ve also included a Bo Knows commercial because why not?

Which leads me to…

Auburn in the NFL

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III suffered an injury in his 2016 opener and was placed on the injured reserve list. While this is unfortunate for Griffin, it did lead a former Tiger to receive some good news.

Defensive lineman Gabe Wright, in his second pro season, was promoted to the Browns active roster. The 6-foot-2 Wright was selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2015 draft and was signed to the Browns’ practice squad Sept. 5.

Here are some highlights from a few other Tigers in the pros:

Indianapolis Colts WR Quan Bray

  • Returned a kickoff 25 yards and two punts (six yard average) in Indy’s 39-35 loss to the Lions.

New Orleans Saints DL Nick Fairley

  • In his first game in New Orleans, Fairley started on the defensive line, recording three tackles (two solo) in a 35-34 loss to the Raiders.

Keep an eye out for more on former Tiger and current Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne on SECCountry.com/Auburn this week.

Snap out of it, Josh

Former Auburn baseball player and reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson is stuck in a rough patch. In fact, the Toronto Star calls it the worst of his career since he cracked the everyday lineup in 2012.

He’s just 3 for 31 in September and is 0 for his last 23 at-bats. He’s been nursing some nagging injuries (currently a sore hip) and sat out Toronto’s games Monday and Tuesday. How good has Donaldson been this season? Despite his recent struggles, his average has dipped to just .284 and he has 34 home runs and 92 RBIs. In his MVP season in 2015, Donaldson batted .297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs.

The Blue Jays will need his bat down the stretch — they’re just 2 games out of first place in the American League East and are tied with Baltimore for the top wild-card spot. Toronto has 18 games remaining in the regular season.

Former Auburn standout and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Former Auburn standout and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

In case you missed it…

  • Sophomore defensive back Jeremiah Dinson is recovering from a brutal knee/shoulder injury.
  • Sean White probably needs to be a little more careful.
  • The seat is hot for both Kevin Sumlin and Gus Malzahn.
  • Texas A&M OC pokes fun at Jordan-Hare.
  • Auburn offensive lineman Alex Kozan paid Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett quite the compliment Tuesday afternoon. Kozan was asked about the Aggies’ D-line and responded by saying the 6-foot-5, 262-pound sophomore is built like he was created to rush passers in a video game.

Happening on the Plains  

Softball starts fall practice this weekend and the workouts are open to the public. These women are just getting started (see below).

Cross country

Freshman Erik Armes, who redshirted last season, competed at the Furman Classic over the weekend. Armes finished 20th in the men’s 8k (26:22.58) and was selected as the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week.

The Auburn men finished second, scoring 58 points. They will compete again this weekend at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

Women’s tennis

Four women’s tennis players were represented in the Oracle/ITA rankings which were released by the International Tennis Association on Tuesday.

  • Junior Andie Dikosavljevic (No. 13 in women’s singles)
  • Allie Michaud (No. 24)
  • Michaud and Taylor Russo (No. 27)
  • Dikosavljevic and Alannah Griffin (No. 58)

The ITA also revealed official selections for the 2016 Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, which will be hosted by the Riviera Tennis Club in Palisades, Calif.

The Tigers kick off their fall season at the Rice invitational in Houston on Sept. 24.

The football never ends

The 2016 football season may have just started, but don’t worry, 2017 is covered. Auburn released next year’s schedule, so you can start planning ahead.

The Tigers will open at Missouri on Sept. 24, 2017.

But first, they’ll probably want to get past Texas A&M on Saturday.

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