War Eagle Wakeup: The celebration isn’t stopping, scaring Matt Ryan and Josh Donaldson is back

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The party continues

There was a lot to celebrate after Auburn’s 18-13 win over LSU on Saturday. Fans, players and coaches were struggling with the losses to Clemson and Texas A&M in the first three weeks of the season. But a stellar defensive performance and  junior Daniel Carlson’s kicking skills turned things around.

The celebration continued Monday. Images, stories and tweets continued to pop up highlighting memorable moments from the weekend. The Tigers prevented a seventh-straight home SEC loss, perhaps finally reaching the turning point players felt they were so close to in the week leading up to the game. Check out these tweets and images from the winning weekend.

Weekend recognition 

No shocker here. Daniel Carlson was named SEC special teams player of the week (for the second time this year) and was named a Lou Groza weekly star, too. He also won the War Eagle Wakeup Monday poll with a near unanimous 96.9 percent of the vote. It’s the most dominant win in a War Eagle Wakeup poll ever (of course, we’ve only had three total polls).

Auburn’s offensive woes continued, but Carlson never let the pressure rattle him. He nailed six field goals, scoring all of Auburn’s points in the game and solidifying his place once again as one of the nation’s best.

There was another important honor bestowed Monday. Gus Malzahn was named national coach of the week. In a game of this magnitude, with so much outside hot seat talk, it’s well-deserved. The pressure couldn’t have been much higher.


Toomer’s update 

Beat writer tweets 

Check out some tweets from the Auburn beat writers:

Auburn in the NFL 

Twenty-three Auburn players played Sunday. Here are a few select highlights (or lowlights):

This isn’t exactly a stat, but it’s definitely worth noting. The Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night, but Atlanta QB Matt Ryan wasn’t very interested in blocking former Auburn beast Nick Fairley.

It’s understandable, Matt. No worries.

  • Former Tiger kicker Cody Parkey got a call from the Browns on Sunday afternoon, but his night didn’t exactly go as planned. Parker missed a 41-yard field goal early in the game and a 46-yard field goal in the final seconds, a kick which could have been a game-winner. Instead the Browns fell to the Dolphins 30-24 in an overtime loss.
  • Corey Lemonier, another former Tiger, sacked Miami QB Ryan Tannehill, causing a fumble which set up Parkey’s final kick.
  • Ricardo Louis, yet another former Tiger on the Browns roster, made his first pro receptions. The wide receiver reeled in three passes for a total of 40 yards, including a 28-yarder in the final quarter.
  • Others who played Sunday included:
    • Defensive tackle Pat Sims (Cincinnati Bengals)
    • Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (Jacksonville Jaguars)
    • Linebacker Daren Bates (Oakland Raiders)
    • Cornerback Neiko Thorpe (Seattle Seahawks)
    • Running back Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
    • Defensive end Angelo Blackson (Tennessee Titans)

Happening on the Plains 

Before Saturday’s football game, the national and SEC champion Auburn equestrian team was honored on the field. Check out this video:

Daniel Carlson wasn’t the only kicker who received SEC Player of the Week honors. Kind of.

In one week, Dodson scored four goals, including two game-winners. The junior added two assists, helping the Tigers defeat No. 12 Florida on the road.

Speaking of winning, the Auburn softball team announced its 2017 schedule.

And let’s not forget about baseball.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class No. 5 in the nation.

Major League update

After the tragic news about Jose Fernandez’s death Sunday night, former Auburn star Josh Donaldson took to Twitter to express his condolences.

After enduring the longest hitless streak of his career, Donaldson has broken out of his slump. He also wore these really cool shoes in a game against the Yankees on Friday.

The shoe change seemed to work some magic. Donaldson had one home run in the game. He’s batting .284 with 36 home runs and 96 RBIs. The Blue Jays have won five of their last eight games. Toronto (86-70) is second in the AL East behind Boston and holds a one-game lead for the top wild-card spot ahead of Baltimore.

Important reminder

Make sure to check out all of the great Auburn coverage on SEC Country.

Benjamin Wolk, as always, has recruiting news covered with In Plains Sight. Top high school players are saying some good things about their visits to the Auburn.

Also, be sure to look at this week’s Ferg’s Film Room. Justin Ferguson spends a lot of time on these giving insight you won’t want to miss.

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