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  01/23/23 - Owen PappoeSr/2023, Auburn + More +

  Former Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe won't play in the upcoming Reese's Senior Bowl due to injury, executive director Jim Nagy confirmed Friday. Pappoe's withdrawal leaves fellow linebackers Etu Leota and Derick Hall as the Tigers' representatives in the annual college football all-star game and NFL draft showcase, set for Feb. 4 at Mobile's Hancock Whitney Stadium. Pappoe's exit was "disappointing," Nagy said. "Owen's not going to be able to come, unfortunately," Nagy said in an appearance on Mobile's SportsTalk 99.5 FM. "I felt like he needed it [to participate in Senior Bowl week]. Everyone knows that Owen can run...But coming down here, I thought he could help himself in coverage and in the interviews. The guys up at Auburn rave about his intelligence, his football acumen and his work ethic. "That was a disappointing one. I know he was dealing with some sort of injury. He just wanted to be 100% full-go for the combine."

Pappoe, a former 5-star recruit, totaled a team-best 91 tackles, along with three tackles for loss and an interception in 12 games. However, he has reportedly been dealing with a shoulder injury in recent weeks. Pappoe's injury won't require surgery, according to reports. He is expected to participate in the NFL Combine and Auburn's Pro Day, leading into the April 27-29 NFL draft. - Birmingham News


Sr/2023 ILB Owen PappoeAuburn
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  01/19/23 - Avery JonesrSr/2024, Auburn + More +

  One of Auburn's most significant struggles during the 2022 season was inconsistency at the center position. The Tigers never quite recovered from losing Brahms to medical retirement a few weeks before the season. Tate Johnson and Council took most of the snaps in place of Brahms, but the absence of an experienced center glared on a team that, at times, was stagnant offensively. Jones started every game last season at East Carolina and 11 of 12 the previous year for the Pirates. Expect him to anchor the Tiger offensive line that wants to improve run blocking and pass protection. - Birmingham News

rSr/2024 C Avery JonesAuburn
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  It's a tradition unlike any other. Auburn announced the date for its 2023 A-Day spring game, and unsurprisingly, it coincides with the Saturday of the Masters Tournament. That has often been the case over the years, including last year, and it will again be the case this spring as the Tigers hold their annual spring game on April 8 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. This year's A-Day game will mark the culmination of the Tigers' first spring under new head coach Hugh Freeze, who was hired in late November and tasked with resurrecting a program that fell on hard time during a less-than-two-year tenure under Bryan Harsin.

Freeze retooled the coaching staff, retaining only Cadillac Williams and Zac Etheridge as assistants, and has overhauled the roster with 17 incoming freshmen and a transfer haul featuring a dozen more players; the Tigers' recruiting class ranks 18th nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings, while its transfer class ranks fourth. Auburn will be allotted 15 practices during the spring, and while an official start date has yet to be announced, the Tigers are likely to return to the field in early March. It will all lead to A-Day on April 8, which typically includes a full, split-squad scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. - Birmingham News


rSo/2026 QB Robby AshfordAuburn
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  01/16/23 - Austin KeysrJr/2025, Auburn + More +

  Auburn added another Southeastern Conference veteran to its 2023 class Saturday night, as former Ole Miss Rebel Austin Keys announced he'd be joining the Tigers. Keys joins former LSU linebacker DeMario Tolan as the second SEC West linebacker to transfer to Auburn this cycle, and he's the fourth SEC defender to join the Tigers, including Kentucky defensive lineman Justin Rogers and Vanderbilt edge rusher Elijah McAllister. Auburn football coach recaps the Tigers' early signing period pickups on Dec. 21. Keys spent three years in Oxford, and had his most productive yet in 2022, logging a career-high 39 tackles to go with 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also forced one fumble. - Opelika-Auburn News

rJr/2025 ILB Austin KeysAuburn
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  Hugh Freeze noted in December that Auburn football would focus on "big men" in the transfer portal. He kept delivering on his promise Thursday. Justin Rogers, a defensive tackle that's spent his career at Kentucky, announced his transfer to the Plains via social media. The Tigers confirmed the signing shortly after. He is Auburn's fourth transfer defensive lineman and 31st new player expected to join the roster for Freeze's first season. "Now it's time for me to open a new chapter," Rogers tweeted with his decision. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Rogers, listed at 6-foot-3, 332-pounds, appeared in all 26 games this fall for the Wildcats the last two seasons, recording 35 total tackles, and 1.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He started four games in 2021 after being a rotational piece as a freshman. On Nov. 21, 2020, Rogers made three tackles against Alabama, tying a career-high. Before reaching Lexington, Rogers was one of the top prospects in the country out of Oak (Mich.) Park. 247Spoorts Composite ranked Rogers as the No. 52 player in the country and the seventh-best defensive tackle. - Birmingham News


Sr/2024 DT Justin RogersAuburn
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  Auburn continued adding to its transfer portal pickups Monday, as former Cincinnati and Hawai'i receiver Nick Mardner announced he'd be playing his final season of college football as a Tigers. Mardner becomes the eighth transfer addition to Auburn's roster, and the fourth of the past three days, joining defensive linemen Mosiah Nasili-Kite and Lawrence Johnson and linebacker DeMario Tolan.

The receiver spent three seasons at Hawai'i - one of which overlapped with Auburn receivers coach Marcus Davis lone year at the school - and he played last season for the Cincinnati Bearcats. In 33 career contests, Mardner has logged 81 receptions for 1,488 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has averaged 17.8 yards per reception. His best season came under Davis, in 2021, when he caught 46 passes for 913 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 19.8 yards per reception that season. - Opelika-Auburn News


rSr/2024 WR Nick MardnerAuburn
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  01/11/23 - Avery JonesrSr/2024, Auburn + More +

  Another day, another transfer portal commitment for Hugh Freeze and Auburn football. Offensive lineman Avery Jones became the sixth signee in the last five days with his announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The East Carolina center had been committed to Illinois and head coach Bret Bielema since Dec. 13, but Jones decided to spend his last year of eligibility along the Plains.

Jones is a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Havelock, North Carolina. He was a four-star out of high school before redshirting at UNC in 2018 and appearing in one game in 2019. With the Pirates, Jones quickly worked into the starting rotation. He started all 12 games he appeared in this past fall, helping the offense produce 5.3 yards per carry. - Birmingham News


rSr/2024 C Avery JonesAuburn
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  Auburn's latest transfer portal addition is a former All-American and 1,000-yard rusher. Former South Florida running back and return specialist Brian Battie committed to Auburn on Monday afternoon after taking a visit to the Plains during the weekend. Battie is the ninth transfer addition for first-year coach Hugh Freeze and the second of the day for Auburn, which added Cincinnati wide receiver transfer Nick Mardner earlier Monday afternoon.

Battie joins an Auburn backfield that returns second-leading rusher Jarquez Hunter but must replace leading rusher Tank Bigsby. The Tigers also return sophomores Damari Alston and Sean Jackson, and they hold a commitment from four-star 2023 back Jeremiah Cobb, who is expected to sign in February. During his three years at USF, Battie ran for 1,842 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.6 yards per attempt. - Birmingham News


rJr/2025 RB Brian BattieAuburn
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  Auburn continued its roster revamp with another big transfer addition Sunday morning. LSU linebacker transfer DeMario Tolan committed to and signed with Auburn, just four after entering his name into the transfer portal and three days after taking a visit to the Plains to meet with Hugh Freeze and staff, providing a needed boost to the team's linebacker room. Tolan, a former four-star prospect out of Orlando, Fla., played in 12 games for LSU this season and finished the year with 10 total tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries.

The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder was a four-star recruit in the 2022 class and rated as the No. 202 overall prospect in the nation coming out of Dr. Phillips High. Auburn previously recruited Tolan out of high school, but the prior coaching staff was unable to land the blue-chip linebacker. After he entered the transfer portal earlier this week, Freeze and the new coaching staff wasted little time in trying to bring Tolan to the Plains. - Birmingham News


Fr/2026 OLB DeMario TolanAuburn
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  A day after snagging one Big Ten defensive tackle, Hugh Freeze and Auburn got another via the transfer portal on Sunday. Lawrence Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, chose the Tigers after visiting the Plains earlier this week. Johnson is Auburn's seventh transfer and eighth defensive lineman addition. Last year's staff brought in just four defensive trench players. Johnson was a three-star prospect out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and played in 46 games over five seasons with Purdue. As a graduate student, Johnson made 29 total tackles with one forced fumble, one pass deflection and 1.5 sacks. Auburn has brought in four players over the weekend, with Nasili-Kite and Johnson joining high school cornerback Tyler Scott and LSU linebacker DeMario Tolan. - Birmingham News

rSr/2024 DT Lawrence JohnsonAuburn
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  Hugh Freeze stayed active in reshaping Auburn football's 2023 roster. After adding another defensive back recruit during the All-American Bowl on NBC, the Tigers found another defensive tackle on Sunday. Mosiah Nasili-Kite, a former All-Big Ten honorable mention with Maryland, will spend his last year of eligibility on the Plains. A three-star recruit from Emerald (Wash.) Ridge, Nasili-Kate signed with Independence (Kansas) Community College out of high school.

He's listed as a 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle and recorded 63 total tackles and five sacks across 23 games for the Terrapins. He flashed at times in 2020 and 2021, stringing together multi-sack performances and two eight-tackle games. Nasili-Kite visited Auburn on Friday after announcing his entry to the transfer portal on Jan. 1. He'll bring a reliable presence to the trenches as many of Auburn's new additions along the defensive line project to be outside rushers. - Birmingham News


rSr/2024 DT Mosiah Nasili-KiteAuburn
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  Two days after committing to Auburn, offensive tackle Gunner Britton is officially a Tiger. Auburn announced Saturday morning that Britton, a transfer from Western Kentucky, has signed with the program. Britton will have one year of eligibility with Auburn, and he will provide some immediate relief at a key position of need for the Tigers as they head into Year 1 under new coach Hugh Freeze.

Britton is a 6-foot-6, 275-pounder originally from Conway, S.C. He spent the last five years with the Hilltoppers, starting 18 games during his career. That includes starts at tackle in all 14 of WKU's games during the 2022 season. Britton entered the transfer portal after the season and was ranked as the No. 5 offensive tackle in the portal, according to 247Sports. His addition gives Auburn two of the top-five tackles in the portal after the team previously picked up a commitment from former Tulsa lineman Dillon Wade, the No. 2 tackle in the portal. - Birmingham News


rSr/2024 OT Gunner BrittonAuburn
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  The USF football program's rebuilding job got harder Friday when standout running back/returner Brian Battie announced his intention to enter the NCAA's transfer portal. Battie, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound Sarasota native, has been one of the Bulls' best players over the past two seasons. He was a consensus All-American in 2021 after returning three kickoffs for a touchdown. Last year, he developed into a more complete offensive player, too. His 1,186 rushing yards are the sixth-most in USF single-season history.

Battie also broke a program record with 1,936 all-purpose yards and tied a USF record with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The news is somewhat surprising, given what Battie has previously said. Immediately after the season-ending loss to UCF, Battie said he was not considering the transfer portal. "I like to finish where I start at," he said then. Instead, he will likely finish elsewhere. - Tampa Tribune


rJr/2025 RB Brian BattieAuburn
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  Auburn's defense will return both of its top cornerbacks next season. Nehemiah Pritchett, who started all 12 games at corner for Auburn in 2022, will officially return to the Plains for one more season, the program announced Monday. Pritchett was a senior this past season but still had a year of eligibility remaining, thanks to the NCAA's additional year granted to athletes during the pandemic. The news of Pritchett's return comes two days after fellow starting corner D.J. James announced his decision to forego the NFL Draft and return to the Plains for another year. Both Pritchett and James received invites to the Senior Bowl in November.

Pritchett, a native of Jackson, has appeared in 42 games over the last four seasons for the Tigers and has not missed a game over the last three seasons. During that stretch, the 6-foot-1, 182-pounder has made 31 starts in Auburn's secondary. A former three-star recruit, Pritchett has 93 career tackles, with 4.5 for a loss and one sack. He has 25 pass breakups, including a team-high tying eight this past season, and two interceptions, as well as a touchdown on a blocked field goal return during the 2021 season. - Birmingham News


rSr/2024 CB Nehemiah PritchettAuburn
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  Kentucky football nose guard Justin Rogers was believed to be considering leaving UK early to enter the NFL Draft this offseason. Instead, he is apparently entering the transfer portal. Rogers, a former five-star recruit from Detroit, Michigan, has filled out the necessary paperwork to enter the portal, according to a report from 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong. Rogers later retweeted Wiltfong's report from his personal Twitter account. The news would mean each of the two highest ranked recruits to sign with UK during the Mark Stoops era according to the 247Sports Composite would have entered the portal since the end of the regular season.

Unlike former five-star offensive tackle recruit Kiyaunta Goodwin, who entered the portal last month after playing primarily on special teams as a freshman, Rogers was a key cog for the Wildcats in 2022. He started every game of the season at nose guard, totaling 35 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack. Nose guard is a position in Kentucky's defense that does not often pile up eye-popping statistics because the scheme calls for that player to free up other defenders by occupying multiple blockers, but Kentucky coaches praised Rogers for his impact late in the season. Of Rogers' 35 tackles, 15 came in a two-week stretch against Vanderbilt and Georgia in November. - Herald Leader


Sr/2024 DT Justin RogersAuburn
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