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  05/22/20 - Caylin NewtonrSr/2021, Auburn, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  As a freshman in 2017, Newton led Howard to one of the biggest upsets in college football history when the Bison stunned UNLV with a season-opening, 43-40 road victory after entering as 45-point underdogs. He had hoped to capitalize on Howard's 7-4 campaign, but the Bison won just six games total in 2018 and 2019. Newton threw for 5,876 yards, 41 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in 25 games at Howard. Newton will be a preferred walk-on at Auburn, according to al.com. In March, he posted video of himself on Instagram working out as a wide receiver, hinting that he's open to a position change. "Need me to catch? I gotchu," Newton posted. "Need me to run? I gotchu. Need me to throw? I gotchu. I'm ya guy!"

Cecil Newton said in October that his son would consider a school with a strong master's program in sports management or marketing. "He won't play football all his life," he said. "He's got to have something else, too." "I know football's not going to last forever, so I want to be in a situation where I'm going to get the best education," Newton told the Undefeated in October. "While I'm playing football, I want to be able to compete at the highest level and compete for a championship." - Washington Post


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB Caylin NewtonAuburn
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  05/22/20 - Caylin NewtonrSr/2021, Auburn, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Caylin Newton, the younger brother of former Heisman winner Cam Newton, is following in his brother's footsteps to finish off his college career. Newton announced on Twitter on Friday night that he will transfer to Auburn after starting his career at FCS program Howard. Auburn is already at the 85-player scholarship limit for the upcoming season, so Newton -- who entered the transfer portal in October -- will be a preferred walk-on for the Tigers. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. - AL.com

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB Caylin NewtonAuburn
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  05/09/20 - *Noah IgbinogheneJr/2020, Auburn, 5-10, 198 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene was one of three players who joined the Miami Dolphins as first-round selections in the NFL Draft on April 23. Igbinoghene never squared off against the player taken with the 18th choice by Miami, Southern Cal offensive tackle Austin Jackson, but he can vouch for the Dolphins' selection with the No. 5 pick, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Igbinoghene lined up at cornerback against Tagovailoa in only one game, but in that contest, the Crimson Tide QB completed 25-of-32 passes for 324 yards, tied a school single-game record with five touchdown passes and set a school single-game mark for touchdown responsibility by also running for a score in Alabama's 52-21 victory on Nov. 23, 2018.

After playing wide receiver the previous season, Igbinoghene finished second for Auburn with seven tackles in that game. He didn't get his chance to even the score against Tagovailoa last season. A hip injury kept the quarterback out of the 2019 Iron Bowl, which Auburn won 48-45 with Igbinoghene contributing five tackles and a pass breakup. "He didn't play this past year," Igbinoghene said, "but my 2018 year, my first year playing the position, so going against him my first time, I'm not going to lie, I was kind of nervous going into that Iron Bowl game. That was my first Iron Bowl ever playing the corner position. You can't even imagine how I felt. But I felt like I played a pretty good game. "He's a fantastic quarterback. Going to have a tremendous career, so I just can't wait to get to work with him." - Birmingham News


(DS#8 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Noah IgbinogheneAuburn
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  05/07/20 - Deshaun DavisrSr/2019, Auburn, 5-11, 234 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  The Canadian Football League doesn't have a kickoff date for its 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the CFL's teams are working on being ready when that currently unknown date arrives. On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the signing of linebacker Deshaun Davis, a former Vigor High School and Auburn standout. The CFL's original schedule had the first preseason game set for May 24 and the regular-season opener on June 11. Normally, the league's teams would be starting training camps this month.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said last month that the season wouldn't start before July. But he said the league intended to "play a full season or as close as we can come to one. We recognize this may require some creativity, and we are preparing for multiple scenarios." Former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is one of the CFL's top defensive backs for the Roughriders. Davis entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2019 draft. The Bengals waived Davis on Aug. 31, when they reduced their 90-player preseason roster to the regular-season limit of 53. Davis spent the first week of the 2019 season on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad and the final three weeks of the regular season on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. - Birmingham News


(DS#16 ILB) rSr/2019 ILB Deshaun DavisAuburn
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  05/06/20 - Prince Tega WanoghorSr/2020, Auburn, 6-5, 308 (DS#11 OT) + More +

  Prince Tega Wanogho hopes he serves as an example to youngsters in his native Nigeria after reaching the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles selected the former Auburn offensive tackle in the NFL Draft on April 25. "I say it all the time: It's way bigger than me," Wanogho told NBC Sports Philadelphia this week. "This is actually just not for me or my family, I would say my village. That's what it is. This is something I'm doing to help people back home, too, because I know there's so many kids back home in Nigeria who would like the same dream. Especially the fact of me being drafted, they see that right now they know they can do it. That's what I want to present to them someday -- just the chance."

Wanogho came to the United States in 2014 to pursue basketball. But he switched to football at Edgewood Academy in Elmore and made another switch at Auburn from defensive end to offensive tackle. "Whenever you take pride in whatever you do, you're going to find a way," Wanogho said. "And for me, it's not about me starting football early or late, it's just the will to learn, to play, and that's my will right there. I want to play. I want to be able to show people what I can do. People don't understand that, so at the end of the day, it's not all about when you start or where you actually start, it's just the finish. That's what it is. And that's me. That's what I do. I'm the guy who's always going to finish. "I'm not going to lie. I'm still learning. A lot of players in the league, they're still learning. That's something I'm going to do every day." - Birmingham News


(DS#11 OT) rSr/2020 OT Prince Tega WanoghoAuburn
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  05/04/20 - Daniel ThomasSr/2020, Auburn, 5-10, 215 (DS#23 SS) + More +

  When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Auburn's Daniel Thomas in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 14 other safeties had been chosen already by NFL teams. "I seen a lot of safeties go in front of me," Thomas said. "I was kind of bothered by it. But God don't make no mistakes, and like it says in the Bible, the first shall be last and the last shall be first." Thomas told reporters in Jacksonville that he'd be coming to the Jaguars with "a chip on my shoulder." "I'm glad I didn't go first, glad I didn't go second, glad I didn't go third, glad I didn't go fourth," Thomas said. "Glad I went fifth round. That means I've got something to prove, you know? That means I've got more work to do. That means they thought I wasn't good enough."

Thomas said he could play either safety spot for the Jaguars, but he thought he fit better as a strong safety. "I feel like I'm more comfortable closer to the box," Thomas said. "I don't miss tackles in the box. You can go check the film. Anytime I was close to the box, I didn't miss a tackle, so if I'm in there, it's going to be a guaranteed tackle. I'm a sure tackler. I'm very confident in that. It's one of the best parts of my game. I can tackle really well." - Birmingham News


(DS#23 SS) Sr/2020 SS Daniel ThomasAuburn
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  04/25/20 - Derrick BrownSr/2020, Auburn, 6-5, 326 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  After Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and coach Matt Rhule met with Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January, they thought he would make some other NFL team very happy on April 23. "When walked out of the room, we just both shook our heads and said, 'Wow,'" Hurney said on Thursday night after the Panthers picked Brown with the seventh choice in the 85th NFL Draft. "I don't think either one of us thought at that point that we'd have the opportunity to get him." Rhule said: "When I left that meeting with him, I'm not going to say I was emotional, but I was, like, touched by who he was. His spirit comes through. And then you talk to the coaches, you talk to all the people at Auburn, and they can't talk enough about him."

What really got to Rhule was the way that Brown talked about Auburn defensive-line coach Rodney Garner. "He kept talking about his D-line coach and how much his D-line coach meant to him," Rhule said. "And I really believe that one of the ways -- people who are successful in life, they're usually very grateful people. They're appreciative of the people who have been in their lives or appreciative of the opportunities. They don't look at everything as negative; they look at it as positive. And when he talked about his defensive-line coach, here's a guy getting ready to make a bunch of money and he's talking about how much this man's impacted his life. I said, 'That must be a great defensive-line coach -- coach Garner.' Then at the same time, I also said, 'This is someone who really gets it.' It really kind of grabbed me." Brown could have been drafted last year, but he chose to return for his senior season. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 DT) Sr/2020 DT Derrick BrownAuburn
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  04/25/20 - Marlon DavidsonSr/2020, Auburn, 6-3, 303 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  Fourteen years after Marlon Davidson started lifting couches to try to get stronger, his efforts paid off when the Atlanta Falcons called his name. Even at seven, Davidson had known that if he wanted football to be his way out, he had to work at it. The Falcon's recognized that dedication and used their second-round pick to make him the 47th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday. When he received the call, Davidson became the third Auburn player to be picked, behind No. 7 Derrick Brown, who went to the Carolina Panthers, and cornerback Noah Igbinoghene who was picked 27th by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

He's the second Auburn defensive lineman, behind Brown, to be picked and joins six Auburn defensive linemen who have been drafted since 2015. He is the second defensive end since Carl Lawson was picked in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. Davidson was the third defensive end to go in this year's draft. Chase Young went to Washington Redskins with the second pick and Yetur Gross-Matos was picked by the Panthers in the second round. However, the numbers aren't that important to Davidson. "My expectation is to be picked," Davidson said before the draft. "I don't care what round I go. I don't care what pick I'll go long as I go." - Birmingham News


(DS#4 DT) Sr/2020 DT Marlon DavidsonAuburn
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  04/25/20 - Jack DriscollrSr/2020, Auburn, 6-5, 306 (DS#15 OG) + More +

  Jack Driscoll will be heading to Philadelphia to start his NFL career. On the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft, Driscoll's name was called by the Philadelphia Eagles's as the 145th pick of the draft, making him the fourth Auburn Tiger to be picked. Driscoll joins defensive tackle Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers, seventh pick), cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins, 30th pick) and defensive end Marlon Davidson (Atlanta Falcons, 47th pick) as the newest Auburn players in the league. He is the third Auburn offensive linemen to be picked since 2015 and the sixth and since 2010. At the Combine, Driscoll acknowledged he still has a lot of improving to do, but he has already shown he can make great leaps. He went from a 205-pound lineman who was rated a two-star prospect to a 296-pound starter in the SEC West. - Birmingham News

(DS#15 OG) rSr/2020 OG Jack DriscollAuburn
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  04/24/20 - *Noah IgbinogheneJr/2020, Auburn, 5-10, 198 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  When Miami Dolphins general manager called the former Auburn cornerback late Thursday night to deliver the news that the franchise was selecting him late in the first round of the NFL Draft, Igbinoghene couldn't find the words to articulate the feeling. Sitting in his Trussville home, surrounded by his family - his father, Festus, practically jumping with joy behind him - Igbinoghene could only slouch forward as Grier delivered the life-changing news. For as much confidence Igbinoghene had exuded on the field and throughout the pre-draft process - going so far as to assert at the NFL Combine that he was the best cornerback in this draft class - even he seemed surprised when the Dolphins, after trading back four spots late in the first round, selected him with the 30th overall pick in the draft. After all, it was just two years ago that Igbinoghene made the switch from wide receiver to cornerback, and although his stock seemingly rose over the last few months, few envisioned him as a Day 1 prospect when he declared early following his junior season.

Yet the Dolphins, who had three first-round picks on Thursday and used the first two on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (fifth overall) and USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson (18th overall), felt they couldn't pass up on a prospect of Igbinoghene's caliber when they saw him sitting there late on Day 1. "Best player on the board for us," Grier said. "We felt really good about Noah. We got to know him. This is a passing league as everyone says. You can never have enough corners … (head coach) Brian (Flores) came from a really good defensive team when we hired him, and they had a lot of corners. At the end of the day, the way this league is offensively, it's a premium position and the more you have, the better. It breeds competition. (He's a) competitive kid that we really liked in the process." - Birmingham News


(DS#8 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Noah IgbinogheneAuburn
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  04/23/20 - *Noah IgbinogheneJr/2020, Auburn, 5-10, 198 (DS#8 CB) + More +

  After a trade down from the 26th pick in Thursday night's first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins further fortified the secondary with a supreme athlete in Noah Igbinoghene. The football star moonlighted in the long-jump and triple-jump events on the Auburn track team. Auburn Defensive Backs Coach Wesley McGriff knew there was a possibility he wouldn't have Igbinoghene during spring practices. Two-sport athletes are given some leeway with regards to practice time during the overlap between two sports, a leash that Igbinoghene was not at all interested in exercising. "That kid's attitude is phenomenal," McGriff said. "You have to run him out of the building." "Noah came over and got 15 days of spring practice last year, then he's basically been a starting corner in the SEC from the start," said Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele. "He played very well last year, but it was his first year on defense. A lot of it was all new to him, and he progressed each game." - MiamiDolphins.com

(DS#8 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Noah IgbinogheneAuburn
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  04/23/20 - Derrick BrownSr/2020, Auburn, 6-5, 326 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  The Panthers have selected defensive tackle Derrick Brown out of Auburn with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 2019 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Brown has been one of the Panthers expected targets throughout the pre-draft process. In his senior year at Auburn, Brown anchored the defense with 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a pair of fumble recoveries. Brown's performance earned him consensus All-American distinction, as well as first-team All-SEC honors. He was also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (given to the nation's top defensive player) and the Outland Trophy (given to the nation's top interior lineman) in 2019. Additionally, Brown exemplified being a student-athlete at Auburn, as he was awarded the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to the best defensive player who displays the qualities of integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity. And he was the Senior CLASS Award winner in 2019, which is presented to the top student-athlete in the nation. - Panthers.com

(DS#1 DT) Sr/2020 DT Derrick BrownAuburn
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  04/17/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 207 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  The NCAA doubled the amount of time athletics staffs can have with their players, but the moved didn't faze the Auburn football players at all. After allowing four hours a week for team meetings and film review, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee announced Thursday that teams will be able to have eight hours of virtual contact per week. That amount is no different than what they'd be doing if they were at school participating in spring practice, linebacker Chandler Wooten said. At Auburn, even if they weren't in practice, they were talking ball. Unless they're talking to their families, those conversations have been reduced to texts and calls.

Besides, it's not like they have that much else to do soon, center Nick Brahms said. Auburn's classes will end soon and he expects everyone will have more time throughout the day and into the evenings. "I think, you know, if we get more done throughout the week, we might as well," Brahms said. "So, I'd rather be talking ball than playing XBOX." All things considered, Brahms feels the team has gotten a lot accomplished during the four hours they had together each week, especially with the installs. Doing it all over Zoom has been different, Wooten said, but the meetings have been informative. - Birmingham News


(DS#3 QB) So/2023 QB Bo NixAuburn
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  04/13/20 - Bo NixSo/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 207 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  Bo Nix didn't want to spend his spring break like so many of his peers. Auburn's starting quarterback - instead of taking time off or relaxing for a week before what was supposed to be the start of spring practices - wanted to get better, so he booked a trip out to California and headed west for the week. Before the coronavirus pandemic restricted travel and grinded the sports world to a halt, Nix spent some time in Dana Point, Calif., with a trio of quarterbacks - a former pro, a current one and a soon-to-be one - working to hone their skills. There was Joe Burrow, the reigning Heisman winner, national champion and presumptive No. 1 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft.

There was Sam Darnold, the current New York Jets quarterback who was drafted third overall two years ago. There was also Jordan Palmer, the one-time NFL quarterback who has established a post-playing career as one of the most respected private quarterback coaches around. Then, among them all, was Nix, the rising-sophomore at Auburn. "It was just, obviously spring break, wanted to go out there and work with (Palmer) and just get fundamentally sound again," Nix said last week during a Zoom conference call with local reporters. "… Just going out there, obviously you can learn so much from them and you can soak up so much knowledge from them and how they play the game and just how to go about playing quarterback on a level like that." - Birmingham News


(DS#3 QB) So/2023 QB Bo NixAuburn
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  04/09/20 - Prince Tega WanoghorSr/2020, Auburn, 6-5, 308 (DS#11 OT) + More +

  A trio of former Auburn players will be among the 58 prospects who will virtually participate in the upcoming NFL Draft, the league announced Thursday night. While cornerback Noah Igbinoghene revealed earlier this week that he received an invite to attend the draft remotely, he will be joined in that group by defensive tackle Derrick Brown and offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho. The NFL, which will conduct the draft completely virtually April 23-25, has not yet announced how the selected players will virtually participate in the event, but it plans to announce the details ahead of the three-day event that signals the league's marquee offseason production. Wanogho, a three-year starter at left tackle for Auburn, is also projected to hear his name called on the second day of the draft, with most analysts slotting him into the second or third round of the draft. - Birmingham News

(DS#11 OT) rSr/2020 OT Prince Tega WanoghoAuburn
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