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  10/23/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  While Nix's unimproved road play in Year 2 could be cause for concern, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn appeared confident Tuesday that Nix will get things corrected with three road games - at Ole Miss, at Mississippi State and at Alabama - remaining on the schedule this year. "We played Georgia and they've got an extremely talented defense," Malzahn said. "That was a challenge. But like I said, up until this point Bo has done a really good job of protecting the football, even going back to last year and the (consecutive passes without an interception) streak and all that. He was trying to make a play. We'll do better moving forward in that situation. I'm very confident we won't make the same mistakes again."

Despite Nix's three interceptions against South Carolina, Malzahn applauded his quarterback's competitiveness in the losing effort, though he believes the Tigers can make things easier on him by being more balanced and not necessarily putting as much on his shoulders. Against the Gamecocks, Nix had the 47 pass attempts and added 15 rushing attempts-meaning he had the ball in his hands for 62 of the team's 83 plays from scrimmage, and that's without accounting for RPO plays in which he made the decision to hand off the ball. "(Balance is) really what we're going to focus on," Malzahn said. "That will help everything." Nix proved to his teammates Saturday that, despite his struggles and turnover problems, he's going to keep fighting until the end. - Birmingham News


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  10/23/20 - K.J. BrittSr/2021, Auburn, 6-0, 243 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  How do you make up for a loss like K.J. Britt? Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't have an answer for that. "That's a tough blow," Malzahn said. Luckily, that's a question Auburn won't have to deal with the whole season. Malzahn announced Tuesday that he expects Britt to return before the end of the year. Heading into the season, Britt was named a first-team All-SEC player, an honor he was also given at the end of the 2019 season. He was one of two Auburn Tigers named to the first team. Just before the season began, he was given another title: team captain. "He's not only just a great player, but he's a great leader," Malzahn said. When Britt hit the field in the season opener, he led the defense with 11 tackles. He also led the defense as he directed players from the middle of the field. Britt continued that performance in the next game against Georgia, making 12 tackles, the third most on the team. He did so despite having to leave the game multiple times because of what he called some "nicks and bruises." Linebacker Owen Pappoe said after the game that Britt's fighting spirit and "heart" made an impact on the rest of the team. - Birmingham News

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  10/23/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Nix tossed three interceptions last week in a loss at South Carolina, and now goes on the road to play the next youngest starter in the SEC West, Ole Miss redshirt sophomore Matt Corral. Corral is coming off a six-interception loss at Arkansas. We already know that Nix has the ability to perform well under pressure, and that's why it was difficult to see him struggle against the Gamecocks. This is going to sound crazy, but he kinda looked like a still-young quarterback whose offense didn't have a spring practice with a new coordinator. Malzahn even said it. "You know, it could be just Game 4 and not going through spring, I don't know, but if you look at the stat sheet, we wanted to be balanced, and for the most part we were," Malzahn said. All true. Nix's three picks were the game. After the brutal loss at Georgia, Nix is playing like this season is a mulligan. There was the boneheaded mistake at the end of the Arkansas game, and then his decision making in the second half against South Carolina once again looked like a player lacking focus. People want to know what's wrong with Nix. He's playing like an underclassman in a season that doesn't count against his eligibility. Every coach in the country was worried about motivating underclassmen going into this season. - Birmingham News

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  10/23/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Bigsby has been a revelation in his first year at Auburn, and his showing against the Gamecocks only added to it. He has been otherworldly when it comes to breaking tackles, and according to Sports Info Solutions he has forced a FBS-leading 9.5 missed tackles per 25 carries. Malzahn credited Bigsby for another hard-fought game, adding that he ran with an attitude in eclipsing 100 rushing yards for the second straight week. That achievement was no small feat by the freshman, and it has quickly pushed him to the front of Auburn's stable of running backs and given Malzahn the confidence that he'll be a factor moving forward.

Bigsby didn't catch a pass against South Carolina after impressing as a receiving threat against Georgia and Arkansas, but that didn't leave teammate Eli Stove any less impressed. "I think he's been doing real good since the Georgia game, really. I've seen a lot of potential in him," Stove said. "I've seen he's a hard runner. He's a competitor, too. We've got to feed him. We've got to feed him and get him in the end zone for sure." Bigsby carried the brunt of the load for Auburn at running back against Georgia and Arkansas, but that doesn't have to be the case going forward. Sophomore D.J. Williams played well in the Arkansas victory and averaged 4.25 yards per carry in limited action against the Gamecocks despite still not being 100 percent per Malzahn. Along with Williams, junior running back Shaun Shivers could be back this week to finally provide some much-needed depth. - Opelika-Auburn News


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  10/21/20 - D.J. WilliamsSo/2023, Auburn, 5-10, 208 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  While freshman running back Tank Bigsby has dazzled with two 100-yard games in a row, sophomore D.J. Williams has quietly been adding another element to the running game. In Auburn's loss to South Carolina, Williams had 17 rushing yards on four carries while also adding 26 receiving yards on two catches. It's the third game Williams has helped in both the receiving and the ground game, and he's done it while injured. Coming into the season, Williams was the second-most experienced running back on the Auburn depth chart, and he was second, behind Shaun Shivers, to hit the field in the season opener against Kentucky. However, both Williams and Shivers were injured before the Georgia game. While Shivers sat out, Williams still hit the field, but on a limited basis. Meanwhile, Bigsby had to take over the No. 1 running back's responsibilities, a role he stepped into smoothly. But even with the injuries, Williams has been able to help the team.

In his first game he played while injured, Williams wasn't able to do much. He made one catch for a loss of four yards. But after just a week to recover, Williams burst back onto the scene. Against Arkansas, Williams picked up 71 yards on eight carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry, and made one catch for a gain of one yard. Williams took one of his carries for 41 yards, helping set up an Auburn field goal. Although Williams' production dropped against South Carolina, his runs showed off his ability to break tackles and forge through traffic. It was a positive sign that he's getting back to full strength. - Birmingham News


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  10/21/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The offseason addition of Chad Morris was supposed to help evolve Auburn's passing offense, but through four games this season the Tigers' passing attack has lagged behind. After a brutal performance against South Carolina, when Bo Nix threw three costly interceptions and completed just 24 of his 47 pass attempts for 272 yards, Auburn's passing offense is among the worst in the SEC an toward the bottom nationally among the 77 FBS teams already playing this season. The Tigers are averaging 217.3 passing yards per game, which is an increase from last season, but ranks 10th in the SEC this year and 51st nationally. The uptick in passing yards is also coming at a bit of a cost, with Auburn's passing efficiency the second-worst in the SEC and 66th nationally at 112.23. That's on pace to be the worst of the Gus Malzahn era (124.47 in 2015). It's something Auburn will need to address - whether it's scaling back the pass-heavy nature of the offense or finding a way for Nix to elevate his game and get the receivers on the same page - if it hopes to find more consistency on offense as the second half of the season approaches. Fortunately for Auburn, its next opponent, Ole Miss, features the SEC's worst pass efficiency defense and third-worst passing defense overall. - Birmingham News

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  10/20/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  It's been more than seven decades since the Gamecocks beat Auburn, and it certainly hadn't happened since South Carolina joined the SEC. Auburn jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter, but quarterback Bo Nix struggled mightily from that point on. Nix threw three interceptions and topped the day off with a unwise scramble on fourth down during Auburn's final drive in the final seconds. South Carolina fans recognized that kind of inept late-game management. The Gamecocks did not have to deal with any of that on Saturday, taking care of the football and taking advantage of Auburn's miscues. - Daily Advertiser

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  10/17/20 - Seth WilliamsJr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 211 (DS#5 WR) + More +

  The Tigers have some offensive issues. Nix had thrown only one interception on the season before his three here. And Nix and receiver Seth Williams looked to have some feisty words on the sidelines in the third quarter. - AP College Football

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  10/17/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Tank Bigsby forced 14 missed tackles against Arkansas. "He's very determined," Shaquanna Bigsby said. "Tank is the type of person, even growing up, if there's something that he loves, he wants to complete it. He wants to go ahead and do it until he masters it - whether it's a sport, whether it's his grades, regardless what it is, if it's something that he cares about and enjoys doing it, he's going to make the best out of it. He's always been that way since a kid." That's a trait he inherited from his parents, both of whom share that same desire to master something and "get the job done" when they set their sights on a goal or task at hand. And Bigsby's goals for himself are grand.

He wants to make it to the NFL, of course, but his desire is to do more than just make a career out of playing football. He wants to be great - and in the conversation with the best running backs to come through Auburn. That includes his current position coach, Cadillac Williams, whose own records - such as the program's career touchdown mark - Bigsby hopes to break before his time on the Plains ends. "I think that desire comes from his heart," Wiggins said. "He just - he's got a desire to play the highest level. When he steps on the field, he's one of the greatest competitors that I've ever been around." - Birmingham News


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  10/17/20 - Zakoby McClainJr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 211 (DS#28 OLB) + More +

  Auburn may have lost two veteran linebackers, but coach Gus Malzahn is comfortable with that position group. After all, they still have two of the best linebackers in the SEC. "Zakoby (McClain) and Owen (Pappoe), those guys - I've said this - they're two of the best in our league, and they played really well the other night," Malzahn said. McClain and Pappoe had to elevate their game coming into the season because senior Chandler Wooten opted out, but they had to step it up to another level against Arkansas because All-SEC linebacker and team captain K.J. Britt injured his hand and had to have surgery. The two of them responded to the adversity by leading the team in tackles.

While McClain led the team with 13 tackles, Pappoe was close behind with 10. Seven of McClain's tackles were solo, and nine of Pappoe's were solo. McClain also had two quarterback hurries, while Pappoe had one sack. Malzahn decided to give them both defensive helmet stickers for their performance instead of choosing between the two. He said they were both "all over the field...it was good to watch." "We're in great shape, I think, with (McClain) and Owen," Malzahn said. "You'll see both guys continue to improve." Ranking the SEC teams 1 through 14 after three games. Without Wooten and Britt to rotate with them, McClain and Pappoe played almost every single snap against Arkansas with a little bit of help from safety Zion Puckett who played linebacker for a game. - Birmingham News


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  10/17/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  For Malzahn, the most impressive part of Bigsby's game is his determination despite still learning what it takes to play college football. "He's still learning the plays, he's learning the schemes and the steps and everything that goes with it. One thing he's doing is he's bringing the wood. He's running angry with great physicality and with great effort," Malzahn said. "He seized that opportunity. I really think you'll see him, after the game slows down a little bit and he actually can read things and slow himself down, I think he's - the sky is the limit. "He has that edge. You see him running, and like I said, he's got the potential to really, you know, keep going. That's what's exciting for me."

Bigsby acknowledged the comparison he's received to running backs coach Cadillac Williams, who was one of the Tigers' true stars at running back from 2001 to 2004. Bigsby said he leaves the comparisons between the two to those watching, although he admitted he is working to break all of his position coach's school records. Bigsby has taken nice strides as a true freshman, with the latest being crossing the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time. He'll look to continue that play Saturday against a South Carolina defense that has only allowed 96 rushing yards per game this year, a task that the true freshman is likely eager to take on. "I am very hard on myself and expect more from myself, but it was real good to have my first 100-yard game in college. I'll continue and hopefully I'll have more to come," Bigsby said. - Opelika-Auburn News


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  10/17/20 - Jordyn PetersSr/2021, Auburn, 6-0, 200 (DS#22 FS) + More +

  4 Punts have been blocked by Auburn S Jordyn Peters during his college career. Peters posted his fourth blocked punt in the Tigers' 30-28 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. With the Razorbacks punting from their 4-yard line, Peters blocked the ball off the foot of George Caratan, and LB Barton Lester recovered in the end zone as Auburn took a 7-0 lead with 4:32 left in the first quarter. Peters' other three blocked punts came during the 2018 season and included one against Arkansas. - Birmingham News

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  10/16/20 - Jaylin SimpsonrFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 171 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Reinforcements could be coming back to Auburn's secondary this week, with two injured cornerbacks expected to return to practice, according to Gus Malzahn. Starting cornerback Jaylin Simpson and junior college transfer Marco Domio are among the injured players Malzahn expects back in the fold this week as No. 15 Auburn (2-1) prepares for this weekend's trip to South Carolina (1-2). The Tigers will face the Gamecocks at 11 a.m. Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium, with the game airing on ESPN.

Auburn's secondary has been beleaguered by a group of injuries early on this season. Simpson sustained a hamstring injury in the season opener against Kentucky, when he made his first career start and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Domio has not yet made his Auburn debut while recovering from an undisclosed injury he sustained during fall camp. Senior defensive back. Jordyn Peters also exited the Arkansas game late in the first quarter with an injury. "If we have our guys healthy, we do feel like we've got quality depth," Malzahn said. "...Hopefully we'll get out guys back healthy." - Birmingham News


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  10/15/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Auburn running back Tank Bigsby was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for his performance against Kentucky, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday. Bigsby received the recognition following an impressive performance in the Tigers' 30-28 victory over Arkansas. The true freshman led the team on the ground with 20 carries for 146 yards, which included three carries for 25 yards on the Tigers' game-winning drive. He also reeled in four catches for 16 yards and had four kick returns for 106 yards. Bigsby's 268 all-purpose yards set a new school record for a freshman. - Opelika-Auburn News

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  10/15/20 - Owen PappoeSo/2023, Auburn, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  With senior linebacker K.J. Britt sidelined due to thumb surgery, all eyes were on Auburn's other linebackers Saturday in their first test without the team's leading tackler. While the performance wasn't perfect, the group showed they were willing to do what was asked of them in order to keep the Tigers in contention. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn had previously named sophomore Owen Pappoe and junior Zakoby McClain as two players who needed to step up in Britt's absence, and against the Razorbacks the duo delivered. McClain was Auburn's leading tackler with 13 tackles to go with two quarterback hurries, while Pappoe followed close behind with 10 tackles and a sack.

Malzahn announced on Sunday that McClain and Pappoe each earned Auburn's defensive helmet stickers for their play against the Razorbacks. For Pappoe, the linebackers' collective play was the product of a mentality in which whoever is on the field has got to deliver. "I honestly think we all stepped up. It wasn't perfect, but due to the players we lost we all stepped up and did the best we could," Pappoe said on Saturday. "(It's) all hands on deck. We have the mentality of next man up. We were talking before the game like, 'This one's for KJ.' We went out there and gave our all … We just have to keep being prepared for that, and I think we'll be alright going down the line." - Opelika-Auburn News


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