Auburn football linebacker Austin Keys poked fun at his previous school, Ole Miss, late during the evening on Saturday, June 3 — sharing the hashtag #DIPFROMTHESIP in another act of war from the Seminary, Mississippi native against the Rebels.
This followed a previous tweet back on January 21 in which the former 3-star recruit insinuated that the Plains is preferable to the Grove.
Josh Aldridge, whose original tweet was quoted by Keys in the linebacker’s shot at Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and his “Come to the Sip” slogan, previously took a subtle shot at the Rebels coaching staff for some of Keys’ “detail stuff,” though Aldridge was complimentary of him overall.
“Austin Keys has been everything I thought he’d be,” Aldridge prefaced before saying, “He’s got to clean some detail stuff up. But I think we definitely did not miss on him by any means.”
Austin Keys could become a key contributor for Auburn football right away
The defensive trenches for Auburn football were severely depleted over the offseason, with several players being drafted (Derick Hall, Colby Wooden, Owen Pappoe), others being signed after the draft (Eku Leota), and several players taking to the transfer portal (Dylan Brooks, Jeffrey M’Ba).
Opportunity awaits Keys in the LB room, even with the additions of DeMario Tolan (LSU), Larry Nixon III (North Texas), and Jalen McLeod (Appalachian State). Defensive coordinator Ron Roberts reported that Keys has picked things up in his defensive schemes quickly.
“He’s got the SEC experience,” Roberts said (h/t AL.com). “He’s big. He’s physical. He runs exceptionally well. He’s intelligent. He’s very smart. He’s picked things up really fast.”
Ole Miss comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 21
October 21 will be a game circled specifically on Keys’ calendar, with his old school coming to town in a matchup that has only ratcheted up in intensity since Kiffin teased coming to AU only to stay at Ole Miss and watch former Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze take the Tigers job instead.
With pundits bullish on the Tigers, much could be on the line when the two teams tussle in the final year of the SEC West’s existence.