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  11/19/22 - Tank BigsbyJr/2024, Auburn + More +

  Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter combined for 229 rushing yards and four total touchdowns as Auburn defeated Western Kentucky 41-17 on Saturday afternoon. After Western Kentucky generated 290 yards and 17 points in the first half, Auburn's defense held the pass-happy Hilltoppers to 105 yards and allowed zero points after halftime. Bigsby and Hunter both scored long rushing touchdowns, and D.J. James returned an interception 25 yards to cap 24 unanswered points for the Tigers in the second half.

Auburn (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) has now won back-to-back games under interim head coach Carnell Williams as it heads into its annual Iron Bowl matchup with rival Alabama. Western Kentucky (7-5, 5-2 Conference USA), which has won four games against SEC opponents since 2012, was unable to carry a strong second quarter of offense into the second half. Hilltoppers quarterback Austin Reed had 290 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. - Auburn/AP College Football


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  NOV 14 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Colby Wooden, DL, Auburn,...Wreaked havoc on the Texas A&M offensive line, ultimately helping seal the game with a strip sack with less than six minutes left that gave Auburn the ball at the Texas A&M 32-yard line and led to the field goal with 3:02 that proved to be the difference. The sack was his sixth of the season and marked his 11th TFL. The forced fumble was his third of the season. Applied a game-high three QB pressures. Was on the field for all but two snaps as Auburn hold its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing for the second straight game and to just 215 total yards. The 10 points and 215 total yards allowed were season bests for the Tigers. - SEC Football

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  11/13/22 - Tank BigsbyJr/2024, Auburn + More +

  Jarquez Hunter and Tank Bigsby each rushed for 121 yards and Auburn held on for a 13-10 victory over Texas A&M Saturday night, in a battle of teams tied for last in their division. Colby Wooden's fourth-quarter strip-sack set up the decisive field goal by freshman Alex McPherson for the Tigers (4-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference), who got their first win in two tries under interim coach Carnell Williams. Auburn and the Aggies (3-7, 1-6) had been bringing up the rear in the Western Division and both had lost five straight. The offensive woes continued, especially for Texas A&M - until the final drive. Freshman Conner Weigman and tailback Amari Daniels quickly moved the Aggies down the field. Weigman completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Preston with 1:33 left and Daniels had a 27-yard run. But Auburn recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to end its losing streak, which had been the final straw in coach Bryan Harsin's tenure. Before that drive, Texas A&M had just 5 total yards in the second half. The Aggies finished with 215 yards and were without leading rusher Devon Achane, who was wearing a boot on his left foot.

McPherson, who made his first career start in place of an injured Anders Carlson, made a 26-yarder with 3:02 left. Quarterback Robby Ashford led a celebration with fans afterward and players emptied a cooler of sports drink on Williams. Weigman, a five-star recruit, made his second start in three games but couldn't duplicate his 338-yard, four-touchdown performance against Mississippi. He was 14-of-36 passing for 121 yards and had 13 consecutive incompletions in the second half. Weigman missed the Florida game with an illness. Ashford only passed for 60 yards and one touchdown, while throwing two interceptions. He ran for 47 yards. - Auburn/AP College Football


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  Auburn right tackle Austin Troxell is out for the season with a knee injury. Interim coach Carnell Williams said Troxell was scheduled to have surgery on Monday for an injury sustained in Saturday's overtime loss to Mississippi State. The sixth-year senior played in 40 games in his Auburn career. "I have a very soft spot for guys who get injured because my career was full of them," said Williams, a former Auburn and NFL running back. "I feel for that young man because he has given a lot to this program. "Man, he's an Auburn man through and through. I'm proud of that young man. I personally hurt for him. I know how he feels, but that young man, he's going to be OK." Brenden Coffey is listed as the starter at right tackle for Saturday night's game against Texas A&M. - AP College Football

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  A sixth Auburn player has decided to leave the team and transfer at the end of the season. Ze'Vian Capers, a former four-star wide receiver who is in his third year on the Plains, announced Tuesday morning that he plans to enter the transfer portal Dec. 5, when the fall transfer window opens. Capers is the first player to announce a decision to transfer in the wake of Bryan Harsin's firing. Capers was rated as the No. 132 overall player in the 2020 class and the 24th-best receiver in the nation coming out of Denmark High in Alpharetta, Ga. The former blue-chip prospect appeared in 23 games during his three seasons at Auburn, but after seeing the field in 10 games each of his first two years, he made an appearance in just three games this season: against Mercer and LSU at home, and on the road against Georgia.

He has just one 16-yard reception this season, which came in the road loss to the Bulldogs. During his time on the Plains, the 6-foot-4, 192-pounder caught 14 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Capers is the 16th former four-star prospect from the last three recruiting cycles to leave the program and the third wide receiver to leave the team in the last week. Landen King and Tar'Varish Dawson Jr. announced their plans to transfer last week. That trio joins defensive lineman Zykeivous Walker, defensive back A.D. Diamond and wide receiver J.J. Evans as players who have made clear this fall their intent to enter the transfer portal at the end of the season. - Birmingham News


Jr/2024 WR ZeVian CapersAuburn
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  Auburn fired coach Bryan Harsin on Monday after less than two seasons, ending a rocky tenure in which the Tigers struggled to compete in the Southeastern Conference. Harsin went 9-12 overall and 3-5 this year. Auburn has lost four straight games while struggling against Power Five opponents, including a 41-27 loss to Arkansas on Oct. 29. Auburn will owe Harsin 70% of his remaining contract - more than $15 million - and half of that must be paid within 30 days. "President (Chris) Roberts made the decision after a thorough review and evaluation of all aspects of the football program," the school said in a brief statement announcing the move. "Auburn will begin an immediate search for a coach that will return the Auburn program to a place where it is consistently competing at the highest levels and representing the winning tradition that is Auburn football," the statement said.

Auburn canceled its weekly football football news conference about 90 minutes before Harsin was scheduled to speak. Harsin was hired away from Boise State in December 2020 and Auburn gave him a six-year, $31.5 million deal. He never came close to replicating his past success and failed to keep up with rivals Georgia and Alabama on the field or on the recruiting trail. Those results were unacceptable to a program that won a national title in 2010 and is accustomed to contending for SEC championships. The Tigers struggled throughout the season, with the normally reliable defense giving up 40-plus points three times while the offensive issues never resolved. The biggest struggles came in the second half, when Auburn failed to score a touchdown against both Missouri and LSU. - AP College Football


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  Another Auburn player has departed the program as the team comes out of its bye week. Reserve cornerback A.D. Diamond was recently removed from the team's official roster, and head coach Bryan Harsin confirmed Wednesday that the Mobile native is no longer part of the team. A 6-foot, 161-pound redshirt freshman, Diamond did not see the field during his time at Auburn. He was a standout at Blount, where he was a two-way star playing defensive back and wide receiver. As a senior he caught 38 passes for 756 yards and added 25 tackles, 21 pass breakups and seven interceptions on the defensive side.

Diamond joins defensive lineman Zykeivous Walker and wide receiver Landen King as players to leave the program since the start of the season. Diamond is the ninth member of Auburn's 18-player 2021 signing class - the first after Harsin took over on the Plains - to leave the program. He joins King, former four-star defensive tackle Lee Hunter (UCF), former four-star safety Ahmari Harvey (Georgia Tech), former four-star quarterback Dematrius Davis (Alabama State), three-star wide receiver Hal Presley (Baylor), defensive lineman Ian Mathews (Missouri) and former junior college cornerbacks Ro Torrence (Arizona State) and Kamal Hadden (Tennessee) as 2021 signees to transfer out of Auburn since Harsin's arrival. - Birmingham News


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  10/27/22 - Landen KingrSo/2026, Auburn + More +

  Three weeks after requesting a redshirt and shutting things down for the remainder of the season, Auburn wide receiver Landen King announced his intent to enter the transfer portal. King took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to announce plans to enter the portal in December when the fall transfer window opens. The NCAA adopted new transfer portal windows in August, giving players 45 days to inform their school of intent to transfer after the sport's championship selections are made. For football this year, that window begins Dec. 4 after the College Football Playoff field is set.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder made the move from tight end to wide receiver in the offseason, and while he showed promise at the new position, he did not crack Auburn's season-opening two-deep depth chart. Still, King appeared in three of Auburn's first four games and made one catch for 24 yards during the team's loss to Penn State. After not seeing the field in Auburn's loss to LSU on Oct. 1, King opted to sit out the remainder of the season and requested a redshirt to preserve a year of eligibility, since he was within the four-game threshold for a redshirt. - Birmingham News


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  Auburn provided two minor roster updates Monday, confirming the departure of a defender from the program and a season-ending injury to a reserve skill player. Defensive lineman Zykeivous Walker is no longer with the program, head coach Bryan Harsin confirmed. Harsin also said Jordon Ingram, a reserve running back, is out for the rest of the year after a lateral meniscus tear in practice. Following Harsin's Monday press conference, Walker confirmed that he was leaving the program and putting his name in the transfer portal. Walker, a four-star defensive lineman from Ellaville, Georgia, logged 20 total tackles in 11 games over three seasons at Auburn. He played in one game this season, against then-No. 2 Georgia, and didn't log a stat. Harsin said Walker left the program following that loss. "We wish him the best of luck," Auburn edge rusher Derick Hall said. "He's a great guy, and I feel like he'll find a good home wherever he goes." - Opelika-Auburn News

Jr/2024 DT Zykeivous WalkerAuburn
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  10/07/22 - Landen KingrSo/2026, Auburn + More +

  Promising second-year wide receiver Landen King will sit out for the remainder of the season; a source confirmed to AL.Com after reports surfaced from WarEagleTV.com on Tuesday evening. King converted to tight end after catching five passes for 59 yards as a freshman tight end. A highlight play for King was his touchdown catch in overtime of last year's Iron Bowl. He came to Auburn as a 3-star tight-end recruit from Texas in the 2021 class. King played in three of Auburn's first five games. His one catch was a 24-yarder against Penn State. The 6-5 220-pound wide receiver didn't play in last week's LSU loss or the season-opening win against Mercer at Jordan-Hare. - Birmingham News

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  10/04/22 - Eku LeotaSr/2023, Auburn + More +

  Auburn will be without one of its top pass-rushers for the remainder of the year. Eku Leota was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a pec injury during Auburn's loss to LSU last weekend, coach Bryan Harsin confirmed Monday. Leota will undergo surgery Tuesday. "Eku's a big loss, and this has nothing to do with anybody behind him; it's just he's an emotional leader, he's one of the smartest football players we have," Harsin said. "I mean, he is a guy that you want on your team - how he prepares, all the things he does, the respect he has of his team." Leota sustained the injury late in the first quarter of Auburn's 21-17 loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium and did not return to the field.

Upon exiting the game, he retreated to the locker room with team trainers, and when he emerged from the tunnel early in the second quarter, he was in street clothes and had his right arm in a sling. He spent the remainder of the game sitting on the training table on Auburn's sideline. The 6-foot-4, 257-pound senior has been Auburn's second-most productive pass rusher this season. He's tied with Colby Wooden for second on the team in sacks, with two, to go along with 17 total tackles, five for a loss and three quarterback hurries. A former transfer from Northwestern, Leota is in his second season on the Plains. He was one of the team's most productive edge rushers last season, when he finished with 23 total tackles, but 10 for a loss and seven sacks, to go along with eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. - Birmingham News


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  09/26/22 - Tate JohnsonJr/2024, Auburn + More +

  Auburn has lost its second center of the season with Tate Johnson slated for surgery on his left elbow. Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said Monday that Johnson is scheduled for surgery on the elbow Thursday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks but could be out for the season. Jalil Irvin replaced him after Johnson went down with the injury against Missouri. Avery Jernigan has also worked at center. Johnson had taken over after sixth-year center Nick Brahms retired from football just ahead of the season opener after attempting to return from knee surgery. Harsin said quarterback T.J. Finley will practice this week after missing the Missouri game with an injury to his right shoulder. Robby Ashford started in a 17-14 overtime win and is listed as the starter on the depth chart going into Saturday night's game against LSU. - AP College Football

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  09/26/22 - Derick HallSr/2023, Auburn + More +

  SEPT 26 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Derick Hall, DE, Auburn,...Tallied a season-and team-high 3.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks, marking his third career game with 2.0+ sacks...Eclipsed the 20.0 TFL mark and 15.0 sack mark for his career...Recorded his first career INT in the first quarter and returned it 19 yards to the Missouri 24-yard line, setting up Auburn's second TD to go up 14-0...Was second on the team with six tackles, including five solo. - SEC Football

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  Cayden Bridges recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Auburn a 17-14 overtime victory over Missouri in an SEC opener on Saturday afternoon. Missouri (2-2) running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the football before a potential game-winning touchdown, and Bridges landed on it to seal the victory for Auburn (3-1). Auburn kicker Anders Carlson hit a 39-yard field goal to give the hosts the lead in overtime. Missouri jumped offsides on Carlson's try from 44 yards out, which was missed. Carlson's overtime field goal was the only scoring after halftime. The two teams combined for 12 consecutive punts in the second half before Auburn running back Tank Bigsby was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Missouri 30-yard line with 1:37 remaining. Missouri kicker Harrison Mevis missed a 26-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation. The visiting Tigers played for the final field goal following a 39-yard pass from Brady Cook to Dominic Lovett in the final minute of the fourth quarter. - AP College Football

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 26. Colby Wooden, rJr, DE, Auburn, 6-4, 284, 1,...In a 24-16 win against visiting San Jose, Wooden was in on two tackles but no sacks against the feisty Spartans, who totaled 329 yards, but only 57 running. Previous week, No. 26: Wooden could have entered the 2022 draft after an excellent 2021 season with 37 stops, second among interior defensive linemen in college football. But he returned because "I don't want to be a loser," referencing a 6-7 season that spiraled down with five straight losses. The Tigers are 1-0 after a 42-16 win against overmatched Mercer, which managed only 271 total yards, 74 on the ground. Auburn and Wooden should face more of a test in the next two weeks against San Jose State and Penn St. - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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