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  09/11/21 - Demetris RobertsonrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 185 (DS#36 WR) + More +

  Demetris Robertson scored three touchdowns and Jarquez Hunter rushed for 147 yards as No. 25 Auburn raced past FCS program Alabama State 62-0 on Saturday. After a fast start in Bryan Harsin's first game as head coach last week, Auburn (2-0) was held to just one offensive touchdown and fewer than 200 yards in the first half. But the Tigers erupted for 35 points in the third quarter to pull away with ease. "The second half, we came and did what we wanted to do," Harsin said. "We made the adjustments and executed those in the second half. The first half was a little bit sluggish. … But it was good to see our halftime adjustments actually show up." Robertson, who transferred from SEC rival Georgia this summer, had three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns and added a 36-yard touchdown run on a sweep in the third.

Hunter, a freshman, broke the Auburn record for longest run with a 94-yard touchdown later in the quarter. Auburn had a quiet first half but special teams excelled with a punt block and a field-goal block that was returned 80 yards for a touchdown by Nehemiah Pritchett. It marked the first time the Tigers have blocked two kicks in a game since their famous 2013 Iron Bowl win over Alabama. - Auburn/AP College Football


(DS#36 WR) rSr/2022 WR Demetris RobertsonAuburn
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  09/09/21 - Bo NixJr/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 214 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  All it took was one game for Auburn to enter the national rankings under first-year head coach Bryan Harsin. After starting the season unranked, Auburn debuted at No. 25 in the latest AP top 25 following its 60-10 dismantling of Akron in the team's season opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is one of six SEC teams ranked in this week's AP top 25, joining top-ranked Alabama, No. 2 Georgia (which moved up three spots after its season-opening win against Clemson), No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 13 Florida and No. 20 Ole Miss. LSU, which was ranked in the preseason AP poll, fell out of the top 25 following its loss at UCLA in Week 1. Auburn's entrance into the AP top 25 marks the earliest for the team under a first-year head coach in program history. - Birmingham News

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  09/04/21 - Bo NixJr/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 214 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Bo Nix passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half, and Auburn gave new coach Bryan Harsin a 60-10 cakewalk in his debut against Akron Saturday night in the season opener for both teams. It was a promising beginning even if it came against five-touchdown underdogs, especially for an offense and quarterback that had drawn some criticism the past couple of years. It was the most points for an Auburn coaching debut. "Today was an example of what we're capable of doing if we go out there and play good football," said Harsin, who returned to the office from COVID-19 on Monday. "And that's been the message for a while is just playing good ball, taking care of it, doing things in situational football where we execute." Nix was nearly flawless his first time running the offense of Harsin and coordinator Mike Bobo, going 20-of-22 passing while hitting a couple of wide-open receivers for touchdowns.

He set the Auburn record for highest completion percentage (90.9) in a game with a minimum of 20 attempts. Nix said the reason for that level of execution was easy to explain: The offensive line play. "It's up front and they started running the ball really well early and that opened everything up," Nix said. "And they kind of had their way tonight." Auburn sprinted to a 37-0 halftime lead and scored on its first eight drives, reaching the end zone on seven of them. - Auburn/AP College Football


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  08/30/21 - Owen PappoeJr/2023, Auburn, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  Last week, Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe thought back to one of his earliest experiences with the Tigers. Pappoe earned an offer from Auburn as an eighth grader, and later on he visited the campus to tour what proved to be his home at the next level. Pappoe remembers his guide showing him the captain bricks, which commemorate the team's various captains by displaying their names for years to come. Pappoe said he thought about what it would be like to see his name among those many bricks one day. Now, Pappoe knows that day will be arriving soon. The Opelika-Auburn News' Jordan Hill and Justin Lee discuss Bryan Harsin's absence and all the latest from the end of fall camp.

Pappoe was selected as one of Auburn's two permanent captains for the 2021 season, with the other being fellow linebacker Chandler Wooten. Pappoe's status was a well-earned one given his production over the last two years, and it has the junior eager to accomplish even more this fall. "It was amazing," Pappoe said Thursday of being named a captain. "Just to be selected by my teammates means a lot. It shows me that all of the work I have been putting in for leadership and just handling my business on the field is paying off. It's an amazing feeling. I'm excited and ready to lead." Pappoe helped stablish himself as a grinder for Auburn last season when he and fellow linebacker Zakoby McClain hardly came off the field, which resulted in Pappoe racking up 93 tackles and five games of double-digit tackles. - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#1 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Owen PappoeAuburn
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  08/29/21 - Tony FairrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-1, 330 (DS#62 DT) + More +

  Tony Fair garnered attention before he ever took the field for his first Auburn practice. The UAB grad transfer jumped head-first into the Iron Bowl rivalry when he took to social media this summer and declared that the Tigers were coming to "take the head off the elephant" this season against Alabama. The post drew the ire of Alabama fans, while Fair's new Auburn teammates respected the confidence it exuded. Now Fair is likely to gain even more attention this fall as one of the key newcomers to watch for Auburn, especially after the preseason departure of two-year starting defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell. That unexpected personnel change at the start of fall camp left Auburn with a massive hole in the middle of its defensive line - one that the 6-foot-1, 330-pound Fair figures to fill in Derek Mason's system.

"Tony's driven," Mason said. "Tony's a father. Tony is a grown man. I mean, when I sit down and talk to Tony, it's like talking to a little brother, so to speak. He's older. He's very, very mature. You know, I'm 52. Talking to Tony, it seems like he's 50. He's a really mature young man...Whenever you get maturity in the room - somebody who is quick and powerful and explosive, and you add some maturity to that, I think what you get is a calming force who can challenge guys to get better." A look at what roles Auburn's offseason pickups will play for the Tigers this fall. Fair arrived at Auburn this summer after spending the prior two seasons at UAB. The massive nose tackle played in 18 games for the Blazers and totaled 57 tackles, with eight for a loss and two sacks. - Birmingham News


(DS#62 DT) rSr/2022 DT Tony FairAuburn
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  08/28/21 - Marcus HarrisrSo/2024, Auburn, 6-2, 279 (DS#37 DT) + More +

  Alot of the talk surrounding Auburn's transfer portal additions has focused on the defensive backfield, where the Tigers added instant impact players such as cornerback Ro Torrence, safety Bydarrius Knighten and nickelback Donovan Kaufman. While those three are poised to play important roles this fall, another key transfer addition for Auburn has been showing off his ability up front on the defensive line. Former Kansas defensive end Marcus Harris has received considerable praise this fall as the Montgomery native prepares for his first season at Auburn.

Based on what linebacker Owen Pappoe shared Thursday, the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Harris is in great position to contribute this season. "He's just a dog, man," Pappoe said of Harris. "He has a really good get off, super strong, makes a lot of plays in the backfield. He has a pretty good pass rush skill set to him, too. You can tell that he's hungry and he's ready to make a lot of plays for us." Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason praised Harris back on Aug. 9 and explained he's been as advertised during his time with the Tigers. "He's a young man from Montgomery who is quick, explosive, strong. His motor runs," Mason said. "Marcus was everything we thought he was when he came and transferred from Kansas. He's a young man that loves to play the game. His attention to detail is high, and his football IQ is high. To see a guy who played in a lot of ballgames last year come in and fit into that room and actually start to lead by example, in terms of what he does, you know, that's needed right now." - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#37 DT) rSo/2024 DT Marcus HarrisAuburn
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  08/27/21 - Owen PappoeJr/2023, Auburn, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  The reputation of Auburn's linebacker room has experienced a rebirth in recent years. The Tigers went 14 years without a first-team All-SEC player at the position, but that changed in 2018 with Deshaun Davis' selection. That was part of a renaissance at linebacker for Auburn that included the likes of Davis, Tre' Williams and K.J. Britt, as well as the team's two leading tacklers a year ago, Zakoby McClain and Owen Pappoe.

With McClain and Pappoe back again this fall, and with the return of veteran Chandler Wooten, Auburn is feeling confident about how its linebacker corps stacks up to the competition. "I'm going to take us over anybody," Pappoe said. "I think we have the best linebacker room in the country." That's quite a proclamation from Pappoe, a junior who has been a Day 1 starter since arriving as a five-star freshman in 2019, but it also exudes the type of confidence that can invigorate players when it comes from a team captain. Pappoe this week was elected by teammates as one of Auburn's two permanent captains for the upcoming season, with Wooten chosen as the other. - Birmingham News


(DS#1 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Owen PappoeAuburn
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  08/27/21 - Chandler WootenrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 232 (DS#54 ILB) + More +

  Auburn linebacker Chandler Wooten knew he faced an uphill climb this year when he rejoined the Tigers after opting out of the 2020 season, but through the last few months the senior kept his head down and worked. That attitude and commitment not only allowed Wooten to return to form after a year away from the game, but it earned Wooten the respect of his teammates and an honor that Wooten sees as truly special.

Wooten was named one of Auburn's two permanent captains on Wednesday, which serves as a major milestone as Wooten prepares for another season with the Tigers. Wooten, who opted out last season due to the impending birth of his son, shared what the moment was like when head coach Bryan Harsin called to tell him the news. "It was awesome, man, just to hear those words come out of his mouth - to know my teammates voted me and Owen [Pappoe] as permanent captains," Wooten said Thursday. "It was a true honor and a blessing just because - to go from opted out, to come back and earn the respect of my teammates - it was truly a blessing. It's a great honor and something I don't take lightly." - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#54 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Chandler WootenAuburn
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  08/27/21 - Bo NixJr/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 214 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Bo Nix's first two seasons at Auburn have been dotted with criticism - at times warranted and at others a stretch. Nix, a starter for all 24 of his career games, has heard it all and has always tried to drown it out. But he knows it's there, and it likely always will be, to some extent, regardless of how he performs on the field. "In college, I feel like no matter what side you're on, you could get bad-mouthed and criticized," Nix said. "It goes with the territory. I knew coming to Auburn what I was going to face. I knew it was going to be difficult...So, each and every time, every moment of criticism, you've just got to reflect on where you are and what you're doing." For Nix, the where is simple: He's entering his junior year at Auburn, his third season as the Tigers' starting quarterback - and with a third different offensive coordinator (Mike Bobo), a new head coach (Bryan Harsin) and a considerably different offensive system.

As for what he's doing? The former five-star is aiming to put two seasons of inconsistency behind him and take that next step forward at quarterback. Since being named Auburn's starting quarterback as a true freshman in 2019, beating out Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood over the course of spring and fall practices that year, Nix's time as QB1 has been a rollercoaster ride. He has delivered some indelible highs, like his game-winning touchdown pass against Oregon in his first career game, as well as one last season against Ole Miss. There have also been the frustrating lows, like his three-interception performances in road losses to Florida and South Carolina the last two seasons. His performance has often oscillated between good-to-great and mediocre, as he has completed 58.7 percent of his career passes - yet to eclipse the 60 percent mark in a season - for 4,957 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. - Birmingham News


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  08/26/21 - Owen PappoeJr/2023, Auburn, 6-1, 226 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  A pair of veteran linebackers will serve as Auburn's team captains this season. Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin announced Wednesday morning that junior Owen Pappoe and senior Chandler Wooten were selected as team captains, as chosen by their teammates, calling it "the ultimate honor." Pappoe is heading into his third season as a starter at linebacker for Auburn, and the former five-star recruit is coming off a season in which he was second on the team with 93 tackles, including six for a loss, and tied for the team lead with four sacks. He was one of Auburn's two player representatives at SEC Media Days last month -- with Harsin joking at the time that he brought Pappoe to Hoover because "you don't want that guy upset with you" -- and he also represented the team last Saturday during Auburn's dedication ceremony for its new Football Performance Center that is currently under construction.

"He is, without question, a leader on our football team," Harsin said at SEC Media Days last month. "Guys respect him. He does things right. He works himself to the best of his ability every single day. Does all the things you ask him to do. He's incredible in the weight room and running and some of the testing that we did. So I'm excited about Owen. Owen's a guy that I have tremendous respect for. If anybody is going to represent our program, Owen Pappoe is going to be one of them.... He's a good man and he's going to be a hell of a player for us this year, there's no doubt about it." - Birmingham News


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  08/26/21 - Tank BigsbySo/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 208 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Nine Auburn players picked up preseason All-SEC honors as voted on by the league's coaches. Tank Bigsby, who picked up first-team recognition at running back and a second-team nod in the all-purpose slot, led the group of nine Tigers to land on the preseason coaches All-SEC teams that were announced Tuesday afternoon. Auburn's nine selections are third-most in the conference, behind Alabama's 13 and Georgia's 11. Bigsby was Auburn's lone first-team representative, while center Nick Brahms, linebacker Zakoby McClain, safety Smoke Monday and kicker Anders Carlson were all named to the second-team. - Birmingham News

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  08/23/21 - Roger McCrearySr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 190 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Roger McCreary established himself as the Tigers' top cornerback in 2020, but in the offseason the junior had to choose between staying at Auburn or going pro. McCreary ultimately decided to return to the Tigers, a decision that could pay major dividends for himself and the team. McCreary returns as Auburn's most-experienced cornerback and one of the standouts in a loaded secondary entering 2021.

The offseason has forced the 6-foot, 190-pound Mobile native to make plenty of adjustments and step up his game, but with the season opener now in sight he seems eager to show off his improvements. "The main reason that I decided to come back was because my education. That's what I wanted first. And second, I can always improve my draft stock, so that was another reason, too," McCreary said Wednesday. "I feel like I'm going to be more patient because now I'm the guy who's playing off-man. We don't play it that much, so I feel like, throughout the season and the summer, I have improved better at that." McCreary went into great detail in describing how different Auburn's new defense under Derek Mason is compared to what Kevin Steele called in the past. McCreary explained Auburn's cornerbacks are playing off-man coverages more now than compared to the past, when Steele had the corners press at the line of scrimmage. He explained the keys to the Tigers' off-man scheme are eyes, feet and a player's understanding of the game. He added that playing off gives the defenders more time to diagnose what's coming because they can see everything from the offense. - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#2 CB) Sr/2022 CB Roger McCrearyAuburn
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  08/22/21 - Bo NixJr/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 214 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Auburn will begin the Bryan Harsin era ranked outside the top-25 in the AP poll. The Tigers were unranked in the preseason AP poll, which was released Monday morning, but they were among the top teams outside the top 25 to receives votes. Auburn was fifth among the "others receiving votes" in the poll, placing the Tigers ostensibly ranked 30th in the country heading into the 2021 season. Five SEC teams are ranked in the preseason AP poll, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 13 Florida and No. 16 LSU. Auburn faces four of those teams this season, with the Tide and Bulldogs visiting Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 27 and Oct. 9, respectively, while the program will travel to both Baton Rouge, La., on Oct. 2 and College Station, Texas, on Nov. 6. - Birmingham News

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  08/21/21 - Bydarrius KnightenrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 201 (DS#29 SS) + More +

  Entering the summer and going into fall camp, it was apparent the Auburn Tigers had to find someone to step up and fill the safety spot vacated by Jamien Sherwood. There's still time for the situation to change, but one of the team's offseason additions seems primed to play that role. The Opelika-Auburn News' Jordan Hill and Justin Lee talk about the latest in fall camp and Suni Lee's arrival at Auburn.

Southeast Missouri State transfer Bydarrius Knighten has received positive reviews this fall camp and has been seen by some as a prime candidate to play safety alongside senior Smoke Monday. The early success of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior hasn't gone unnoticed by his teammates and also defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who praised Knighten on Aug. 9 as the Tigers prepared for the second week of camp. "I think it's been by the way of the experience in the room, like, really challenging like everybody. I think, you know, Smoke needed Bydarrius, OK? And Bydarrius, you know man, needed Smoke," Mason said. "Obviously, Bydarrius played at SEMO. He's played a lot of football games, but I think, you know, practicing at this level and playing with somebody like Smoke who's played the game, who's seen it at a high level, who not only talks a big game but plays a big game, too. I think that's been good for Bydarrius." - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#29 SS) rSr/2022 SS Bydarrius KnightenAuburn
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  08/19/21 - Caylin NewtonrSr/2022, Auburn, 5-11, 209 (DS#207 WR) + More +

  Caylin Newton is carving his own path at Auburn. Now, he's spreading his own message and writing his own story. The Auburn receiver and younger brother of Cam Newton posted a lengthy message to Instagram on Wednesday before practice, opening up about his Blount's disease diagnosis and his battles with insecurity and self-doubt. "It takes courage to admit any of your insecurities, whatsoever," he said early in the post, which garnered more than 6,500 likes in just a few hours. Newton is in his second season at Auburn. He transferred to Auburn and moved to wide receiver after a successful three-year career as the quarterback at Howard.

Newton made a name for himself at Howard, where he was named MEAC Rookie of the Year and starred in an epic upset win over UNLV. He graduated in three years from the prestigious university before coming to Auburn as a graduate transfer. He entered last season as a redshirt junior and enters this season as a senior but with a COVID-19 waiver year in pocket. - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#207 WR) rSr/2022 WR Caylin NewtonAuburn
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