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  04/05/21 - Ladarius TennisonFr/2024, Auburn, 5-09, 197 (DS#10 SS) + More +

  One of the big questions surrounding the secondary this offseason concerned who plays safety alongside Monday after Sherwood declared for the draft following his junior season. While there's still plenty time for that question to be answered, it appears two players are thoroughly in the mix. Rising sophomore Ladarius Tennison played nickelback behind Tutt in 2020 and ended the season with 21 tackles, but through the start of spring he's gotten looks as Sherwood's replacement at safety. Tennison handled safety duties alongside Monday on the first-team defense during the Tigers' open spring practice on March 20. Mason said on March 22 that Monday was definitely going to be the leader in the secondary given his experience but also commended Tennison for how he had performed through the early portion of the spring. "I have seen LT - Tennison - show up, and he's been phenomenal back there in the first three practices in terms of how him and Smoke have worked together in terms of their ability to communicate," Mason said. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#10 SS) Fr/2024 SS Ladarius TennisonAuburn
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  04/03/21 - *Jamien SherwoodJr/2021, Auburn, 6-2, 216 (DS#6 SS) + More +

  Jamien Sherwood didn't run as fast as he had hoped at Auburn's pro day earlier this month. The former Auburn safety clocked in an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.75 seconds-a full two-tenths of a second slower than he was aiming for while training for the draft at Brandon Marshall's House of Athlete facility in South Florida. He said he stumbled slightly on his first attempt at pro day, but his second one was somewhat better. Either way, Sherwood isn't too concerned with how fast he ran in front of personnel from 30 of the NFL's 32 teams on March 18. After all, 40 times may grab attention, but they aren't the end all, be all for prospects. "It says a lot, but it doesn't say everything," Sherwood said. "...My motto is, 'how do you stop speed? You hit it.' You can run a 4.1, but once you run into a wall, it comes to an end."

"Most teams just told me that they just wanted to see me move, wanted to see me run and actually get a feel for me," Sherwood said. "They saw what I could do on the field and stuff like that. Most teams weren't sure if I would be a box safety or a backside linebacker. But today (at pro day), I feel like I put on a good show, especially when we got to the drill parts. I feel like I answered any questions that they didn't have answered yet. Me, personally, I can do both of them (safety and LB). And the way that I moved today, I feel like they can think the same." - Birmingham News


(DS#6 SS) Jr/2021 SS *Jamien SherwoodAuburn
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  04/03/21 - Devin GuicerSr/2022, Auburn, 5-08, 160 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The former Opelika High School standout decided to exercise his extra year of eligibility for 2021, and it may result in him filling his biggest role yet for the Tigers. Guice has only appeared in 11 games during his first four years at Auburn, but so far this spring he's been in the mix on Derek Mason's defense. Guice has stepped in at nickelback - a position Auburn needs to fill after Christian Tutt declared for the NFL draft - and his play early at the position drew praise from senior safety Smoke Monday. Guice doesn't have a grasp on the starting role yet, as junior Nehemiah Pritchett has also been working at nickel and is the presumptive starter after a productive 2020 season. Still, Guice still has a chance to play meaningful snaps this fall, and if he finishes the spring strong he could give Pritchett a run for his money. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Devin GuiceAuburn
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  03/29/21 - J.J. PeguesFr/2024, Auburn, 6-2, 300 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  Auburn offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said players of Pegues' ability and short-area burst are typically playing on the defensive line. Bobo complimented the way tight ends coach Brad Bedell has prepared Pegues so far this spring, and the first-year play-caller explained how different the situation is for Pegues this year compared to last year. "He was just the off-the-ball guy last year. He's been off the ball and on the ball for us. This is new stuff for him, but he is athletic and he's over 300 pounds," Bobo said. "He's going to be able to move some people at the point of attack, and he's going to be able to get out and be able to run routes and stretch the field vertically, too. He can do that. The thing for him is just getting him in shape to where he can do it for a whole game. "I've been pleased with J.J., how he's worked. You're right - he's the true definition of an athletic big man." Pegues made one of the highlight-worthy plays of Saturday's open practice when he sent linebacker Zakoby McClain flying on a block. While Harsin pointed out the Tigers weren't "live" in that practice, he added that Pegues showed some of his strengths during Thursday's scrimmage. - Birmingham News

(DS#7 TE) Fr/2024 TE J.J. PeguesAuburn
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  03/29/21 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Auburn quarterback Bo Nix and head coach Bryan Harsin are still getting to know each other during their first spring together, but in the last two weeks both gave nearly identical answers on a very important topic. Nix's development has been one of the primary concerns for Auburn during spring practice, and Harsin and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's backgrounds playing and coaching the quarterback position undoubtedly made the head coach-play caller an attractive pairing.

Nix and Harsin were asked over a series of days about what aspects of the game Nix needs to concentrate on the most, and both the quarterback and his head coach explained there's no shortage of ways Nix can up his game. "Obviously, as a quarterback and as a competitor, really everything. Every part of my game I want to get better," Nix said on March 17. "I want to be consistent, especially from the pocket. Gauging my receivers … getting on the same page as those guys, sticking in the pocket and making throws. I feel like this spring is going to be really good because last year we didn't have one. So this year, there's extra practice time to sharpen some things like feet - having quick feet - and just the little things that play a part in playing quarterback." - Birmingham News


(DS#5 QB) So/2023 QB Bo NixAuburn
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  03/28/21 - Jeremiah WrightFr/2024, Auburn, 6-4, 340 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Auburn defensive tackle Jeremiah Wright sustained a torn ACL during spring practice, he shared on his Snapchat story Friday evening. Wright, a sophomore, sustained the injury during Thursday's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium and underwent X-rays and further tests on his left knee Friday morning. It is unclear when Wright will undergo surgery to repair the ligament or what the timeline will be for his return. It's a difficult blow to Auburn's defensive line, as the 6-foot-5, 338-pounder was making a strong impression on the new defensive staff early on this spring. He was repping with the first-team defense at defensive tackle during Saturday's open practice, while he received second-team reps during the 40-minute viewing window afforded to the media prior to Thursday's scrimmage. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 DT) Fr/2024 DT Jeremiah WrightAuburn
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  03/28/21 - J.J. PeguesFr/2024, Auburn, 6-2, 300 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  Auburn offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has never seen anyone quite like J.J. Pegues. In his 21-year career, Bobo has coached and coached against players who have an impressive combination of size, athleticism and quickness, but all of those players played along the defensive line. They were all guys people said "He can play tight end, he's that' athletic," Bobo said, but none of them ever actually did. Pegues, however, is already a real-life tight end. Pegues can contribute at other positions, as he demonstrated during his freshman season. His versatility allows him to run the ball, catch the ball, and even throw the ball.

He had 14 yards on five carries, and while those aren't huge numbers, several of them were on third-and-short, and he helped the team move the chains. He had one completion on one attempt, finishing with a passer rating of 100. And he made seven catches for 57 yards. "He's the true definition of an athletic big man," Bobo said in his first press conference as an Auburn coach. The numbers alone don't show just what a wonder this 6-foot-3, 308-pound tight end is. Yes, he rushed for 14 yards, but those gains included spin moves and hurdles. Ok, he made seven catches, but he leapt and dove to secure the ball. And some of his best highlights were ones that never show up in the stat sheet - like his ability to destroy an opponent with his blocking. - Birmingham News


(DS#7 TE) Fr/2024 TE J.J. PeguesAuburn
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  03/27/21 - JaVarrius JohnsonrFr/2024, Auburn, 5-09, 160 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  After Auburn's top three pass-catchers from 2020 decided to leave for the NFL, it was apparent the door was open for a less-heralded wide receiver to seize the moment and earn more playing time. It's still early in spring practice, but sophomore wide receiver Ja'Varrius Johnson seems primed to be that player. Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 159-pound player from Trussville, entered the year having played in only one game during his first two seasons with the Tigers but is already making an impression with the new Auburn coaching staff. Johnson handled first-team slot receiver duties during Thursday's practice - fellow sophomores Kobe Hudson and Elijah Canion were lined up out wide - and also fielded a few punts as he works to potentially be the Tigers' punt returner, too.

Johnson has a long way to go before the season opener on Sept. 4 arrives, but head coach Bryan Harsin has been impressed by what he's seen from No. 6 on offense. "I think Ja'Varrius has done a good job. He's been one of the more consistent players day in and day out just as far as his execution, his preparation," Harsin said after Thursday's practice. "He's played faster and he's done it more consistently. His execution today, I think there was a few plays he was in on - I don't know if it was on him necessarily - if he lined up or was misaligned. "We had a few things in there with the group he was in on and several other players at that position where our alignment and assignments need to improve." - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR JaVarrius JohnsonAuburn
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  03/26/21 - Anders CarlsonrJr/2022, Auburn, 6-4, 215 (DS#8 K) + More +

  Before the 2020 season, Auburn kicker Anders Carlson felt he had the ability to be the best kicker in the nation. Looking back, he feels he was very close to accomplishing that goal. "I was proud of the season I had last year," Carlson said. "I had some goals set out and I was right there where I wanted to be. One or two kicks the other way and I think I could have been the top guy in the nation." Carlson finished his junior season with a 90 percent completion rate for field goals, going 20-22, and a 96 percent completion rate for extra point kicks, going 24-25. By the end of the season, Carlson rose in Auburn's history books to fourth in made field goals and sixth in scoring. Additionally, he averaged 62 yards per kickoff with touchbacks on 62 percent of them. He also finished the season with a diploma in hand. Since he graduated in December, Carlson could have joined his brother Daniel in the NFL or easily transferred to a school that isn't going through a coaching change. But he decided he loves Auburn so much he wants to spend all four years here. - Birmingham News

(DS#8 K) rJr/2022 K Anders CarlsonAuburn
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  03/25/21 - Jeremiah WrightFr/2024, Auburn, 6-4, 340 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Auburn's defensive front was always going to look different under new defensive coordinator Derek Mason, but few would have expected that new look, through the first week of spring practices at least, would prominently feature a former offensive lineman. Jeremiah Wright, a sophomore who originally signed with Auburn as an offensive lineman as part of the Tigers' 2020 class, has made an early surge up Auburn's fluid depth chart-or pecking order, as head coach Bryan Harsin has termed it-this spring. Wright was seen working with the first-team defense at defensive tackle in both the Tigers' three- and four-man fronts during Saturday's open practice, lining up between fellow tackle Tyrone Truesdell and defensive end Colby Wooden.

"Jeremiah is a talented dude," Mason said. "He loves ball. I think for him, he feels natural on the defensive side of the ball…. He's getting better every time he hits the grass. Coach (Nick) Eason loves his temperament; he's a work, hard work guy. So, right now, that's where he sits. He's going to stay in that mode until we get through these 15 practices, and then we'll get a chance to evaluate where he is. But right now, I love where he's going." - Birmingham News


(DS#999 DT) Fr/2024 DT Jeremiah WrightAuburn
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  03/23/21 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Cadillac Williams often talks to Tank Bigsby about legacy. Specifically, the legacy of his position at Auburn, where great running backs have been aplenty throughout the years. Williams, himself a former All-America running back at Auburn, reminds Bigsby of the names of those who came before him - running backs like Bo Jackson, Ronnie Brown, Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Ben Tate, Tre Mason and Kerryon Johnson, among others; the list is staggering. Then Williams likes to challenge his protégé to do what it takes to add his name to that list. "Of course, I want to be the next, and I just hold myself to a high accountability," Bigsby said. That's the opportunity facing Bigsby after a breakout freshman campaign at Auburn last season. The former four-star prospect rushed for 834 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games in 2020, averaging 6.04 yards per carry while cementing himself as Auburn's RB1 and taking home SEC Freshman of the Year honors. - Birmingham News

(DS#2 RB) Fr/2024 RB Tank BigsbyAuburn
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  03/20/21 - Christian TuttJr/2021, Auburn, 5-10, 180 (DS#48 CB) + More +

  Auburn nickelback Christian Tutt was the center of plenty of questions this offseason following his apparent departure from the program. After Thursday's Pro Day, Tutt explained the series of events that led to him declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. Tutt said playing in the NFL has always been a dream of his, and as the end of the Tigers' 2020 regular season drew closer he began thinking it could come true sooner rather than later. Tutt, who had been injured against Texas A&M on Dec. 5 and did not play the next week against Mississippi State, found out about Gus Malzahn's firing on Dec. 13 when Malzahn met with the team in the indoor practice facility. Shortly thereafter, Tutt sat in on meetings with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, who Tutt said explained what was going on behind the scenes. Tutt said his conversations with Steele and McGriff kept him ahead of the eight-ball, and after playing for two defensive backs coaches at Auburn he was determined to go elsewhere. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#48 CB) Jr/2021 CB Christian TuttAuburn
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  03/19/21 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Auburn's first A-Day under Bryan Harsin will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m., FBS Schedules announced on Twitter on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+. Ever SEC spring game will be broadcast on that network except Alabama's A-Day, which will be broadcast on ESPN. SEC Network+ is different from SEC Network because it is not a TV channel. Instead, it is a streaming service "the ESPN App on smartphones, tablets and OTT streaming devices and on computers via ESPN.com," according to SECSports.com. A-Day will be the culmination of spring practice, which started Monday. These practices are the first time for the players to get on the field with their new coaching staff. Only one coach, Cadillac Williams, was retained from the former staff. - Birmingham News

(DS#5 QB) So/2023 QB Bo NixAuburn
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  03/17/21 - T.D. MoultryrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 253 (DS#39 OLB) + More +

  Entering spring practice, Auburn was expected to only have two "super seniors" - players who would have graduated in 2020 but will instead utilize the NCAA's extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic. As it turns out, the Tigers will have several more veteran players returning than previously anticipated. Auburn will have seven super seniors on this year's roster in quarterback Grant Loy, wide receiver James Owens Moss, offensive lineman Prince Michael Sammons, defensive linemen Tyrone Truesdell and TD Moultry and defensive backs Malcolm Askew and Devin Guice. An eighth returning senior, linebacker Chandler Wooten, would have exhausted his NCAA eligibility last season but opted out due to coronavirus concerns. Loy, Truesdell and Wooten were the only 2020 seniors whose returns were previously confirmed. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#39 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB T.D. MoultryAuburn
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  03/16/21 - Brandon CouncilrJr/2022, Auburn, 6-3, 325 (DS#30 OG) + More +

  Auburn opened spring practice Monday with a handful of players expected to miss time or be limited in some capacity due to injury. First-year coach Bryan Harsin said that seven Tigers will see their spring season impacted by injuries: offensive lineman Brandon Council, wide receivers Shedrick Jackson and Ze'Vian Capers, defensive backs Marco Domio, Zion Puckett and Ahmari Harvery, and linebacker Desmond Tisdol. Council, who sustained a severe knee injury in October, will be out for the spring while recovering from that injury as well as a shoulder injury, according to Harsin. The former Akron grad transfer started five games along the offensive line, including four at right guard last season before his injury. - Birmingham News

(DS#30 OG) rJr/2022 OG Brandon CouncilAuburn
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