Monday Morning QB: Football, Diamond Notes

Thoughts on spring football standouts, softball and baseball.

Captain Material

I don't know how much Jonathan Wallace (above) will play in 2015 for the Auburn Tigers after moving from quarterback to wide receiver, but one thing is for certain and that is very few guys will contribute more to the well-being of the program than Wallace.

Willing to play special teams in addition to trying to work his way into the rotation at wide receiver, Wallace has put team before self and that's a rarity in this world. It was the same traits that former quarterback Kodi Burns showed when he made the move to wide receiver for the 2010 season. While he didn't make a ton of plays, Burns was the consummate teammate and showed the guys that winning as a team is the ultimate goal.

Wallace, who like Burns is a former starting QB for the Tigers, could bring the same type of thing to the table this year and that's never a bad thing in any walk of life, especially for a college football team.

Stepping Up His Game

I don’t think there’s any question that looking back on last season the Auburn coaches probably regret not playing linebacker Tre Williams more during the season. After playing some early in the season Williams’ time regressed to little or no action until the bowl game against Wisconsin.

Based on early returns from spring practice Williams has only strengthened his chances to be on the field much more often for the Tigers in 2015. Locked in a battle with Kris Frost at one of the inside linebacker positions, Williams has made big plays in each of the first two scrimmages and combined with his natural leadership skills it makes him a player to watch on defense.

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood

After getting a chance to get a feel for the offense during bowl practices on campus in December, Jovon Robinson has come out running with a purpose in the spring. A physical runner who has shown that side of things already, Robinson is the workhorse type of back that could be just what the Auburn coaches are looking for to continue to trend the last two seasons of having one back carry the load.

It won’t happen without a fight, however, as Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber have both had solid springs as well for Coach Tim Horton.

Five In A Row

Auburn softball is steadily accomplishing one of its top goals after winning its fifth consecutive SEC series over the weekend at Texas A&M. Winning two out of three against the No. 23 Aggies, the Tigers are in prime position to be a host for one of the NCAA regionals. This weekend could be the chance for Auburn to move even close to wrapping up a Top 8 national seed when Alabama comes to Jane B. Moore Field this weekend for a three-game series that is already sure to set school attendance records. Another series win against the Crimson Tide would almost assuredly wrap up a host spot with Arkansas and LSU the final two series of the regular season.

SEC SOFTBALL STANDINGS

Auburn 12-3, 40-6
LSU 11-4, 38-5
Florida 11-4 40-4
Alabama 10-5, 31-9
Georgia 11-7, 35-10
Tennessee 8-7 30-11
Texas A&M 8-7, 32-12
Missouri 8-7, 26-10
Mississippi State 9-9, 31-12
Kentucky 4-11, 27-14
Ole Miss 5-13, 23-19
South Carolina 4-11 29-16
Arkansas 1-14, 15-27

This Week’s SEC Schedule
Alabama at Auburn
Missouri at Arkansas
South Carolina at Kentucky
Florida at Georgia
Texas A&M at LSU
Louisville at Ole Miss
Tennessee at Mississippi State

Halfway Home

Getting a pair of fantastic pitching performances from Keegan Thompson and Cole Lipscomb wasn’t enough for Auburn to win the series at LSU as the No. 3 Tigers won 6-2 on Sunday to take the series. The two losses drop Auburn’s SEC record to 5-10 at the halfway point of the conference schedule, but all is not lost in the quest for postseason play.

Still just two games out of sixth place at the moment and with very winnable home series left against Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama and on the road at struggling South Carolina before finishing at Florida, Auburn is very much in the hunt for not only the SEC Tournament, but is still in the hunt for a regional bid if the wins add up in the second half.

SEC BASEBALL STANDINGS

Western Division:
Texas A&M 11-3, 33-3
LSU 10-5, 31-6
Ole Miss 7-8, 18-18
Arkansas 7-8, 20-16
Alabama 6-9, 18-16
Mississippi State 6-9, 22-16
Auburn 5-10, 21-15

Eastern Division:

Vanderbilt 11-4, 28-9
Missouri 10-5, 24-12
Florida 9-6, 28-9
Georgia 6-9, 20-17
South Carolina 6-9, 23-14
Kentucky 5-9, 19-15
Tennessee 5-10, 15-16

This Week’s SEC Schedule:
Ole Miss at Auburn
Arkansas at Texas A&M
Alabama at Missouri
Tennessee at Kentucky
Vanderbilt at South Carolina
LSU at Georgia
Florida at Mississippi State

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