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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:22 PM
— A third Cincinnati Bengals player has been named to the Pro Bowl after long snapper tweeted that the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff extended the invitation to him Tuesday afternoon.
Harris joins defensive tackle Geno Atkins and wide receiver A.J. Green as Pro Bowl selections of the Bengals, although Green will not be playing due to an undisclosed injury.
Long snappers are not voted to the Pro Bowl, but rather invited by the coaching staffs.
The NFL announced Monday morning that the Steelers and New Orleans Saints staffs would handle the duties for this year’s game, which will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Fla.
The Steelers invited Harris to appear in the first Pro Bowl of his career, and the nine-year veteran thanked them in his tweet, writing, “So just found out that I will be headed to Orlando next week. Thanks to the @ coaching staff for bringing me along to the 2018 @#. #”
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
Alabama football drives the conversation here at the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.
Alabama baseball played its first games of the season under first-year coach Brad Bohannon. The team beat Valparaiso in all three games, including a 12-6 win on Sunday afternoon. During the weekend series, Alabama totaled 41 total hits and 34 runs. Alabama also came back from a 1-run deficit in the ninth inning to win on Saturday. On Sunday, outfielder Keith Holcombe, who plays linebacker for the Crimson Tide football team, went 4 for4 with a home run and 3 RBI.
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Alabama basketball fell in Rupp Arena against Kentucky on Saturday, 81-71. The Wildcats outrebounded Alabama 44-27, including 20-9 on offensive boards. Forward Donta Hall had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Hall pulled off an impressive alley-oop that was the highlight of the loss. Alabama hasn’t won in Rupp Arena since 2006.
Alabama running back Najee Harris exploded in the National Championship Game by gaining 64 yards in the win over Georgia. His former trainer, Marcus Malu, said Harris FaceTimed him after the game. Harris also surprised Malu with his game-worn jersey. Our own Chris Kirschner dove in to the relationship between Harris and Malu.
Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron recently became a free agent after winning a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Here are the five teams that are most likely to pursue McCarron.
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
Auburn football is the No. 1 topic in the War Eagle Wakeup every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Tigers’ sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Auburn football, recruiting, basketball and more.
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson won’t be on The Plains next season, but he’s probably not going to disappear (definitely not from Twitter, anyway).
The former Tiger is thought by many to be a steal for an NFL team this spring, and Bleacher Report’s Marcus Mosher is one who offers very high praise for the Alabama native:
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 16, 2018
And Johnson, who’s more than familiar with compliments and honors, maybe won’t be wearing a blue or orange jersey in 2018, but he’s still offering that Auburn Tigers vibe.
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) February 16, 2018
In other Auburn news:
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Auburn basketball tried its hardest to make a major comeback at South Carolina on Saturday but fell just a little short in Columbia.
Eventually, Bruce Pearl’s team lost 84-75, bringing its record for the season to 23-4 and 11-3 in conference play.
Sophomore guard Mustapha Heron scored 16 points and was one of four Tigers to reach double figures. Point guard Jared Harper added 13 and Bryce Brown dropped in 11 points, while freshman Chuma Okeke ended the night with 10 points after a 2-point first half.
Despite the loss, it was an effort where Auburn showed fight and heart in the face of great adversity. Pearl’s message to his team after the loss was short and simple:
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) February 18, 2018
Some of the best news for Auburn basketball is that even after suffering a Saturday defeat, the Tigers are still in first place in the SEC. It’s just more proof that the SEC is a weird, confusing league.
Of all the bad things that happened to Auburn basketball today, it won’t lose any of its lead in the SEC. Still at least three “games” above everybody. https://t.co/vsToo7vc4t
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) February 18, 2018
Opening weekend unfolded smoothly at Plainsman Park and now baseball season is in full swing.
Butch Thompson’s team defeated Longwood in three straight games to kick off the 2018 season, winning on Friday (6-0), Saturday (25-1) and Sunday (3-0). It was the first sweep for Auburn on opening weekend since topping Maine in 2013.
It also was a stellar performance for Auburn’s pitching staff, starting with ace Casey Mize. Mize pitched 6 shutout innings and struck out 7, earning his first win of the season against the Lancers.
Other top performers included freshman pitcher Tanner Burns (pitched 5.o scoreless inning and earned a win in his Auburn debut), Calvin Coker (he made 2 appearances on the mound and didn’t allow a single run) and Will Holland (the shortstop totaled 7 hits on the weekend, including a home run and 2 RBI in the series-clinching victory on Saturday).
Auburn is back in action for home games against Georgia State, Troy and Bryant this week. Keep up this week with War Eagle Wakeup for recaps.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) February 19, 2018
Plainsman Park wasn’t the only place Tigers were winning this weekend.
Mickey Dean’s ball club also enjoyed more wins at Jane B. Moore Field this weekend while hosting the Tiger Invitational. No. 13 Auburn is now 13-0.
During the weekend, the Tigers beat Delaware (15-0), Saint Francis (Pa.) (4-3), Maryland (12-1), St. Francis again (5-0), Maryland again (8-0) and Georgia State (5-0).
Sunday was a memorable day for junior right-handed pitcher Makayla Martin as she threw the first no-hitter of her career. It was the 25th no-hitter in program history and the first since Kaylee Carlson tossed a perfect game on March 18, 2017. Another notable achievement is from Victoria Draper, who’s stolen 13 bases on the season — a new career high.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) February 19, 2018
This week, Auburn will travel to the West Coast for a game against Cal State Northridge before playing Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Jose State and Long Beach State in the Mary Nutter Classic Feb. 22-24 in Cathedral City, Calif.
Auburn gymnastics earned its sixth win Friday night against Rutgers in Auburn Arena, posting a score of 196.575.
Junior Abby Milliet won a trio of event titles (bars, beam and floor), while newcomer Drew Watson claimed her first all-around title with a score of 39.225.
The Tigers are back in action on Friday in Auburn Arena, where Jeff Graba’s team will host Alabama. The meet, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT, will be televised on SEC Network and will also be the team’s senior night.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) February 17, 2018
Auburn equestrian has become rather used to winning lately, defeating three straight top 5 teams. This weekend it was No. 3 Texas A&M at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The victory lifted the Tigers to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in SEC competition.
Senior Alexa Rivard, the most outstanding performer for the event, earned her 35th career win and took over the top spot in the Auburn record book for career reining wins. Catch Rivard’s ride below:
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) February 17, 2018
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) February 18, 2018
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:48 AM
Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting. For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link.
Tra Wilkins and 18 of his teammates from Stephenson High School (Stone Mountain, Ga.) visited South Carolina on Saturday.
Wilkins, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound 2019 linebacker, was offered by South Carolina in December, between offers from Alabama and Louisville. At the time, he was still a student at Lithonia (Ga.) High School.
Now, he’s enrolled at the same school that sent D.J. Wonnum to South Carolina.
“Me and my teammates enjoyed it,” Wilkins said of the visit Saturday. “I got to meet all the coaches personally and everything, got to know them better. I got to talk to Coach Muschamp.”
Plenty stood out.
“How they help you. The whole coaching staff and the players really care about it,” Wilkins said.
It was also his first time meeting the Gamecocks head coach.
“He’s real straight-up. He doesn’t sugar-coat anything. I like that a lot,” Wilkins said.
South Carolina’s coaches had a pretty simple, but direct message.
“How much they really would like me to be a part of their program,” Wilkins said.
This year, he’s also visited Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. Up next are trips to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
According to 247Sports, Wilkins is rated as a 3-star and ranked as the No. 70 athlete in the Class of 2019.
At least three of the guests on campus Saturday reeled in an offer from the Gamecocks.
Evans (6-6, 210) is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 38 overall prospect in the Class of 2020. Kentucky, North Carolina and North Carolina State are among his other early offers.
South Carolina was first to offer McLaughlin (6-4, 265).
Huff, who’s cousins with Gamecock defensive back Jamyest Williams, is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect with offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Syracuse.
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 have projections. You can find some predictions, key players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles