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  One of Auburn's reserve offensive lineman is leaving the program. Senior offensive lineman Prince Michael Sammons entered the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, AL.com has learned. Sammons was a four-star member of the Tigers' 2016 recruiting class. He didn't see any game action for Auburn last season. Sammons becomes the seventh Tigers player to enter the portal in the last 32 days. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT Prince Michael SammonsAuburn
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  05/24/21 - TJ FinleySo/2024, Auburn, 6-5, 242 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Bo Nix is no longer the only player on Auburn's roster with starting experience as an SEC quarterback. Former LSU quarterback TJ Finley committed to the Tigers Monday, choosing Auburn over the other three schools he announced as finalists - Penn State, Houston and Alabama. At Auburn, Finley expects to get a chance to compete with Nix for the Tigers' starting quarterback job. If nothing else though, Auburn has added quality depth to its quarterback room and additional competition for the backup spot behind Nix on the Tigers' quarterback depth chart.

Before Monday, Grant Loy - who threw for 1,137 yards at Bowling Green in 2019 - and freshman Dematrius Davis were the only scholarship QBs on the Tigers roster aside from Nix. While Finley ended the spring as LSU's No. 3 quarterback, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Louisiana native started five games as a freshman last season and threw for 941 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions. - Birmingham News


(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB TJ FinleyAuburn
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  05/24/21 - Dreshun MillerrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-1, 192 (DS#30 CB) + More +

  Miller was a post-National Signing Day pickup for Auburn and stands as another new face in a remade Tigers secondary. Miller made the most of his one season as a Mountaineer by recording 31 tackles, eight pass break-ups and one interception. His role was a crucial one on a West Virginia pass defense that led the country by only allowing 159.6 passing yards per game. A Kennesaw, Georgia native, Miller steps in as another option at cornerback. He'll have to compete to earn playing time among the likes of Roger McCreary, Jaylin Simpson and Eric Reed Jr., but it's easy to see a path toward the junior seeing considerable snaps. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#30 CB) rSr/2022 CB Dreshun MillerAuburn
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  05/24/21 - Eku LeotaJr/2023, Auburn, 6-4, 250 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  The first commitment of the Harsin era at Auburn, Leota joins the Tigers as a proven commodity when it comes to pass rushers. Leota only played in eight games for the Wildcats in 2021 - he did not play against Auburn in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl - but he still managed to be the team's leader in sacks (4) and was fourth in tackles for loss (5.5). The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Leota comes to Auburn with a chance to start right away. While Derick Hall seems to have a firm grasp on one of the starting EDGE positions, the other one appears up for grabs. Leota will undoubtedly be one of several Tigers vying for that role once the team reconvenes in the summer. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Eku LeotaAuburn
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  05/21/21 - Marcus HarrisrSo/2024, Auburn, 6-2, 280 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  The Auburn Tigers have yet added another player to bolster the defensive line. Former Kansas defensive end Marcus Harris committed to the Tigers on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Harris will be a rising sophomore this fall. Harris announced his decision on Twitter. A Montgomery native, Harris redshirted at Kansas in 2019 before breaking out as a playmaker last fall. He started five games and played in eight for the Jayhawks and recorded 27 total tackles, a team-high 7.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Harris went through spring at Kansas and capped things off with 2.5 tackles and one tackle for loss in the Jayhawks' spring scrimmage. Harris was a three-star prospect coming out of Park Crossing, per 247 Sports. He had offers from 22 other schools, including Troy, UAB and Washington State. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 DE) rSo/2024 DE Marcus HarrisAuburn
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  05/21/21 - Donovan KaufmanSo/2024, Auburn, 5-09, 197 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  After confirming last November that Vanderbilt would be without Donovan Kaufman for the rest of the season, Derek Mason provided an answer that made it clear how highly he thinks of the young defensive back's talent level. "It's always gotta be about the next man up … but I think Donovan is a different type of player," Mason said at the time. "As most of you got to see in only a small game sample, he's different in terms of what he brings to the table - defensively, special teams. He's a dude that's an impact player." Now, Mason is set to add that "impact player" to his defense at Auburn.

It's a noteworthy development for the Tigers and their new defensive coordinator. Kaufman, who committed to Auburn Wednesday, becomes the third defensive back transfer the Tigers have landed this offseason and gives the team a potential starter at the safety position next to 2020 All-SEC safety Smoke Monday. Kaufman, who was averaging an SEC-best 27.4 yards per kick return last year before his season-ending medical situation, could potentially help Auburn as a return man as well. "He's a competitive dog," a coach familiar with Kaufman told AL.com. "… He's built different. He is (all about) work, hard work." - Birmingham News


(DS#999 SS) So/2024 SS Donovan KaufmanAuburn
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  05/20/21 - Marco DomioJr/2023, Auburn, 6-1, 180 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Not long after adding a new player to its defensive back group, Auburn is now set to lose a member of that defensive back group as well. Cornerback Marco Domio entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday afternoon, AL.com has learned. The Houston native arrived at Auburn last year as a four-star junior college transfer but was set back by injuries each of the last two years - dealing with an injury this spring after also missing the beginning part of last season due to an injury. His one Auburn start came during the Tigers' Citrus Bowl matchup against Northwestern. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Marco DomioAuburn
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  05/19/21 - Donovan KaufmanSo/2024, Auburn, 5-09, 197 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Auburn has added another defensive back, and it's someone defensive coordinator Derek Mason knows quite well. Former Vanderbilt safety Donvoan Kaufman committed to the Tigers on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Kaufman will have four years of eligibility at Auburn. Kaufman announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter. Kaufman signed with Vanderbilt in the class of 2020 as a three-star recruit per 247 Sports. He impressed in Vanderbilt's first two games last fall by registering 15 tackles and one pass break-up as well as returning five kickoffs for 137 yards. His 10-tackle performance against LSU on Oct. 3 led the Commodores' defense. Kaufman self-identified as testing positive for COVID-19 before Vanderbilt's game against South Carolina on Oct. 10. Mason announced Kaufman would miss the remainder of the season due to a "medical-related issue." - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 SS) So/2024 SS Donovan KaufmanAuburn
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  05/18/21 - Bo NixJr/2023, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  The Auburn Tigers will be playing in primetime when they travel to Penn State this September. ESPN announced Tuesday that Auburn's road game at No. 22 Penn State will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ABC. The game stands as the Tigers' first road trip of 2021 after starting the year at home against Akron on Sept. 4 and against Alabama State on Sept. 11. Auburn enters the fall with first-year head coach Bryan Harsin following a 2020 season in which the Tigers posted a 6-5 record against an all-SEC schedule. Penn State, meanwhile, went 4-5 in head coach James Franklin's first losing season with the Nittany Lions. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#5 QB) Jr/2023 QB Bo NixAuburn
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  05/17/21 - TJ FinleySo/2024, Auburn, 6-5, 242 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  There's a date that looms large in the recruitment of former LSU quarterback TJ Finley - June 3. That's when the SEC's presidents are reportedly set to vote on whether to do away with the league's rule that requires intraconference transfers to sit out a season before being eligible. Although the NCAA passed a one-time transfer waiver this spring, that one hurdle is still in place in the SEC, and the status of that rule will factor into Finley's decision on where to transfer, he told AL.com on Sunday.

"Some SEC schools wanted me to wait on that rule because of course if they bring me in, they expect me to compete and try to play this year and not have to sit out or wait or whatever," Finley said. "That plays a big part in my decision on where I want to go play." Several Power 5 programs have reached out to Finley since he hit the transfer portal May 6, including Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas A&M within the SEC. Penn State and Michigan, both in the Big Ten, are also in the mix for the former three-star prospect who started five games for LSU as a true freshman last season. - Birmingham News


(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB TJ FinleyAuburn
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  05/14/21 - Bydarrius KnightenrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 197 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  The Auburn Tigers have added another experienced defensive back to their roster. Former Southeast Missouri State defensive back Bydarrius Knighten announced his commitment to the Tigers on Friday. The 6-foot, 197-pound Knighten will come to Auburn with one year of eligibility remaining. A native of Tunica, Mississippi, Knighten entered the 2020 season as a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. He recorded 40 tackles - included 27 solo tackles - with one interception and one tackle for loss in eight games last fall. Knighten received first team All-OVC honors and was an honorable mention HERO Sports Sophomore All-American in 2018. He was a second team All-OVC selection the following year. In total, Knighten played in 45 games at SEMO with 262 total tackles, 23 pass break-ups, six interceptions and four tackles for loss. He announced he was entering the transfer portal on April 26. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 FS) rSr/2022 FS Bydarrius KnightenAuburn
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  05/13/21 - Tony FairrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 335 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Auburn's defensive line is getting a massive addition this season, literally. Bryan Harsin's program dipped into the transfer portal this week and picked up a commitment from UAB grad transfer Tony Fair, a 6-foot-3, 335-pounder who will have one year of eligibility remaining. Fair, who announced his decision on his social media channels Wednesday afternoon, picked Auburn from a final three that also included Ole Miss and Purdue.

A native of South Bend, Ind., fair graduated from UAB a week and a half ago before opting to enter the transfer portal last Monday. By Wednesday, a trio of Auburn defensive coaches - including defensive coordinator Derek Mason and defensive line coach Nick Eason - contacted him, and he received an offer from the program in short order. The Tigers quickly rose to the top for Fair, who told AL.com last week that he was "leaning toward Auburn" and was eyeing a decision by the middle of this week. - Birmingham News


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Tony FairAuburn
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  05/12/21 - Tony FairrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 335 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The Auburn Tigers have added some much-needed depth to their defensive line. Former UAB defensive tackle Tony Fair committed to Auburn on Wednesday. Fair is a redshirt senior and will have one year of eligibility with the Tigers. Bryan Harsin speaks with the media after Auburn's A-Day scrimmage. "Man it's been a long journey and I thank every coach for finding interest in me," Fair wrote in part on social media. "… The team I have chosen to finish my last college season with is the Auburn Tigers." The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Fair joins the Tigers after spending the past two seasons with the Blazers. He recorded 21 tackles, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery in nine games in 2020 after a debut season in which he registered 36 tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. - Opelika-Auburn News

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Tony FairAuburn
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  05/10/21 - Tyrone TruesdellrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-2, 326 (DS#11 DT) + More +

  The way Truesdell went about his decision shouldn't come as a surprise, though. He isn't a flashy player, and he has always been a quieter presence on Auburn's defense. Still, his return was a significant one for the Tigers during an offseason that saw a coaching change and the departure of several key players on that side of the ball. "I think it's great that he came back," first-year defensive line coach Nick Eason said this spring. "…Having him here and having his leadership, he's kind of the silent leader. He's not a vocal guy but he just shows up and works. That's one of the things that I admire about him." Truesdell heads into this season as Auburn's most experienced defensive player, having appeared in 44 games over the last four years while making 19 starts at tackle. During that time, he has totaled 67 tackles, including nine for a loss and three sacks, while also recovering a pair of fumbles.

The numbers haven't been gaudy, but they rarely are for a 6-foot-2, 335-pound interior defensive lineman. Still, Truesdell has been a key piece to the puzzle for Auburn up front during his career, often tasked with doing the dirty work inside to try to open things up for those around him - whether it was Bryant, Newkirk, Colby Wooden or Derick Hall last season, or the likes of Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson in 2019. Truesdell's role will again have importance for Auburn this season, as he exited the spring with a firm grip on the starting nose tackle spot in defensive coordinator Derek Mason's 3-4 front. - Birmingham News


(DS#11 DT) rSr/2022 DT Tyrone TruesdellAuburn
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  05/08/21 - TJ FinleySo/2024, Auburn, 6-5, 242 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  LSU quarterback TJ Finley officially entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday morning, a development that came a day after news broke that the Tigers four-man quarterback battle was heading to just three players. The sophomore and Ponchatoula High graduate posted a farewell message on Twitter that said in part that "change is never easy, but is needed for growth." The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Finley had a 2-3 record as a starter last season and completed 80-of-140 passes for 941 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Finley started in five games as a freshman, stepping in for Myles Brennan when he suffered a season-ending abdominal muscle tear against Missouri in the third game of the season. Finley won the job over freshman Max Johnson at the time, but after inconsistent play over his five starts, LSU coach Ed Orgeron started Johnson in the final two games of the season. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#11 QB) So/2024 QB TJ FinleyAuburn
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