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  11/26/20 - Eric WilsonrSr/2022, Auburn, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 OG) + More +

  Auburn dipped back into the grad transfer market to help bolster its offensive line for next season. Eric Wilson, a graduate transfer out of Harvard, announced his commitment to Auburn on Tuesday. Wilson, who graduates from Harvard in May, will enroll at Auburn in the summer and have one year of eligibility remaining. Wilson is just the latest in a line of graduate transfer offensive linemen to come to Auburn in recent years, joining the likes of Brandon Council, Jack Driscoll, Casey Dunn and Wilson Bell.

Driscoll and Dunn proved to be big-time pickups for Auburn along the offensive line, while Council jumped in as a starter this year before a knee injury cut his season short. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Wilson played in 22 games between 2017-19, earning All-Ivy League second-team honors last season. He was named a preseason FCS All-American by Phil Steele this year before the Ivy League canceled its season due to the ongoing pandemic. Wilson, a former three-star prospect, is the 14th player to commit to Auburn for 2021, and his commitment comes just days after the Tigers saw three-star lineman Caleb Johnson flip his commitment to Notre Dame. - Birmingham News


(DS#999 OG) rSr/2022 OG Eric WilsonAuburn
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  11/26/20 - Grant CalcaterrarSr/2022, Auburn, 6-4, 227 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley doesn't have any hard feelings toward his former tight end, who will soon play for Auburn. Former Sooner standout Grant Calcaterra announced he'll be transferring to the SEC program a year after he medically retired from football due to his history with concussions. Calcaterra decided in August to resume his playing career and entered the NCAA transfer portal, leading him to the Tigers. "That's not really a surprise knowing him, the type of competitor he is and player he is," Riley said. "He had some great moments here, some great moments. Was a big-time player for us and will be, in some ways, hard seeing him play in another jersey."

Calcaterra finished his OU career with 637 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He averaged 15.5 yards a catch, hauling in 41 passes over 33 games. Riley confirmed Calcaterra discussed his football future at OU after choosing to come out of retirement from the sport but didn't disclose any details to those conversations. "I'm not going to get too far into them," Riley said. "but I am excited that he's found an opportunity to go play at Auburn. He's one of those guys you want nothing but the best for that kid and he clearly wants to play again." - Norman Transcript


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  11/25/20 - Anthony SchwartzJr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 179 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Seth Williams doesn't think he's ever been as wide open as Anthony Schwartz was on that 54-yard touchdown catch. When he was first asked about it, Williams immediately shook his head 'no' emphatically. After further consideration the Auburn wide receiver said he might have been that open once - but never on that deep of a throw. Schwartz has now done it twice in two games. The catch, which was made in the second quarter against Tennessee, sparked the offense, but it wasn't actually the original play call. Tennessee made a mistake, and Schwartz took advantage. Williams wasn't quite sure what Tennessee was doing on that play.

"Like, they - just to leave him open like that?" Williams said. "I don't know what they was thinking. I don't know what they was thinking with that one." Schwartz, who is Auburn's second-leading receiver behind Williams, has already proved just how dangerous he can be if defensive backs give him even an inch. "You got to keep the top on the coverage at all times because he liable to burn you deep at any moment," Williams said. - Birmingham News


(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR Anthony SchwartzAuburn
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  11/25/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  A trio of Auburn offensive starters are questionable for the Iron Bowl after sustaining injuries during the Tigers' 30-17 win against Tennessee. Running back Tank Bigsby, right tackle Brodarious Hamm and left tackle Alec Jackson all left Saturday's win against the Vols with various injuries, the extent of which were not disclosed by head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn's eighth-year coach did, however, say that all three are currently "questionable" for next weekend's trip to Tuscaloosa to take on top-ranked Alabama. "All three of those guys couldn't really finish the game," Malzahn said. "All three of them, at this point, I'll say will be questionable. That's probably the best way to put it. We'll see as the week goes on as they progress." No. 22 Auburn (5-2) will face No. 1 Alabama (7-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, with the game airing on CBS. Bigsby, who has emerged as Auburn's top running back, left the Tennessee game early on after sustaining a hip injury on the Tigers' opening drive. - Birmingham News

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  11/24/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Although Auburn topped Tennessee on Saturday night, the Tigers suffered a few significant setbacks along the way. The Tigers had some key players leave the victory over the Volunteers early due to injury, including true freshman running back Tank Bigsby along with junior right tackle Brodarious Hamm. Their status going forward will be crucial points of interest for Auburn with the Tigers' Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama coming next Saturday. Bigsby suffered an apparent hip injury early in the first quarter of the Tigers' game with Tennessee and wound up being limited the rest of the game.

After starting the game with a pair of carries, Bigsby only had one more carry in the second quarter before exiting the game for good. Bigsby ended the night with three carries for 24 yards. Malzahn explained during the postgame interviews he wasn't sure what Bigsby's status was going into the Iron Bowl week. "I think he tried to come back in for one play and he had to go back out. We'll have to see," Malzahn said. "We had a few injuries that took people out of the game, so we'll have to see where we're at here in just a little bit." - Opelika-Auburn News


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  11/23/20 - Smoke MondayJr/2022, Auburn, 6-1, 196 (DS#4 FS) + More +

  NOV 23 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Smoke Monday, DB, Auburn,...100-yard interception return with 2:21 left in the third quarter gave Auburn a 20-10 lead en route to a 30-17 victory...also registered four tackles, a PBU and a QB hurry...The 100-yard interception return for touchdown was the third in school history...Was third interception of Monday's career. - SEC Football

(DS#4 FS) Jr/2022 FS Smoke MondayAuburn
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  11/23/20 - Nick BrahmsrJr/2022, Auburn, 6-3, 299 (DS#10 C) + More +

  NOV 23 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Nick Brahms, OL, Auburn,...Graded out at 85 percent with a team season-best nine extra effort plays...Anchored and led an offensive line that lost two starters during the game...Part of Auburn offense that gained 385 yards and had three sustained scoring drives of 12 or more plays (and all 5 or more minutes in duration). - SEC Football

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  11/22/20 - Grant CalcaterrarSr/2022, Auburn, 6-4, 227 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  Grant Calcaterra's football career will continue, just not with Oklahoma. Nearly a year to the day after the tight end medically retired from football due to multiple concussions, Calcaterra announced he will be transferring to Auburn. "A year ago, I would've never pictured my life the way is it now," wrote Calcaterra, who announced his intentions to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Aug. 15, in a tweet. "I don't believe in bad situations, just opportunities for growth. I'm more than grateful for this past year, but even more excited for my future challenges. Thanks again Sooner Nation. #WarEagle." Calcaterra played in three games last year, posting 79 receiving yards via five receptions. His final appearance came in a 45-20 victory over Kansas on Oct. 5. - Norman Transcript

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  11/22/20 - Tank BigsbyFr/2024, Auburn, 6-0, 204 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Auburn true freshman running back Tank Bigsby has been nothing short of impressive since his first start in his second college football game. As a result, Bigsby's name has earned recognition for one of the nation's top awards. Bigsby is one of several college football players who were added to the Maxwell Award watch list, the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday. The award has been given annually to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937; LSU quarterback Joe Burrow taking home the trophy in 2019.

The 6-foot, 204-pound Bigsby arrived in Auburn as a four-star recruit and wasted little time in proving he was well worth the hype. He started in Auburn's second game against Georgia and has not looked back since, rushing for 503 yards and five touchdowns while also reeling 11 receptions for 84 yards. He's also shown himself to be a dangerous return man, taking 13 returns for 306 yards and having a would-be touchdown against Ole Miss that was taken off the board due to a penalty. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spoke highly of Bigsby's play after the Tigers' 48-11 victory over LSU, a game in which Bigsby led the way with 15 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns. - Opelika-Auburn News


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  11/22/20 - Grant CalcaterrarSr/2022, Auburn, 6-4, 227 (DS#12 TE) + More +

  Auburn has emerged as a potential landing spot for a former All-Big 12 tight end. Sources have told AL.com that the Tigers are in the mix with ex-Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra, who retired last year after multiple concussions but announced in August that he plans to return to football. A former four-star recruit, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Calcaterra had 26 catches for 396 yards and six touchdowns during Kyler Murray's Heisman season in 2018 and was selected first-team all-conference. - Birmingham News

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  11/21/20 - Smoke MondayJr/2022, Auburn, 6-1, 196 (DS#4 FS) + More +

  Smoke Monday returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and No. 23 Auburn overcame a slow start to beat Tennessee 30-17 on Saturday night. Auburn (5-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 10-0 to Tennessee (2-5, 2-5) and dealt with injuries to star running back Tank Bigsby and its two starting offensive tackles. The Tigers were playing their first game in 21 days after a scheduled off week and the postponement of a game at Mississippi State. Bo Nix completed 17 of 26 passes for 220 yards, with a 54-yard touchdown to Anthony Schwartz and his first career interception in a home game. Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano started strong, but finished with only 156 yards of passing and the interception return for a touchdown that gave Auburn a two-score lead late in the third quarter. Tennessee had its best offensive outing in weeks, yet struggled after halftime. The Volunteers have been outscored 108-14 in the second half during their five-game losing streak. - Auburn/AP College Football

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  11/14/20 - Colby WoodenrFr/2024, Auburn, 6-3, 268 (DS#4 DT) + More +

  Regardless of where he has lined up, though, Wooden has gotten the job done. Through the Tigers' six games, he has recorded 29 tackles, with seven for a loss - including 1.5 sacks - and three quarterback hurries. His seven stops behind the line of scrimmage not only lead the SEC this season, but they're the most by an Auburn freshman - true or redshirt - in a single season since Carl Lawson had 7.5 in 2013. Lawson reached that mark over 14 games, while Wooden has done it in just six, with at least four remaining on the schedule this season. Wooden's 1.17 tackles for loss per game, so far, are the most by any Auburn player since Dee Ford finished with 1.21 per contest in 2013. "Colby's a great player," sophomore edge-rusher Derick Hall said. "… We knew coming into this year that he had a great opportunity to help us, but like you said, he's the best guy in the SEC-in the country, in my opinion-to get tackles for loss, and just being that key guy to help us contribute as a D-line unit. He's really stepped up to that role." - Birmingham News

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  11/14/20 - K.J. BrittSr/2021, Auburn, 6-0, 243 (DS#3 ILB) + More +

  K.J. Britt plans to head to Mobile in January. The Auburn senior linebacker and team captain formally accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Thursday, the Senior Bowl announced on Twitter. Britt is the first senior in this year's class for Auburn to accept an invitation to the game, which is held annually in Mobile each January. Britt has appeared in only two games this season for Auburn, as he has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his thumb on Oct. 9. In his two games against Kentucky and Georgia, Britt totaled 23 tackles, including one for a loss. The 6-foot, 243-pound linebacker out of Oxford is expected to return late this season, though no target return date has been given by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. For his career, Britt has recorded 119 tackles in 42 games. Last season he earned first-team All-SEC honors after totaling 69 tackles. - Birmingham News

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  11/08/20 - Roger McCrearyJr/2022, Auburn, 6-0, 188 (DS#7 CB) + More +

  McCreary came into the season as a dependable cornerback, but he quickly established himself as one of the best in the league. In addition to his 26 tackles, he has two interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. He's under a lot of pressure, Steele said, but he's taken it upon himself to study and make himself into a smarter player. He understands his own job as well as how offenses try and attack. "So he's kind of taken it to the next level in that regard, and with that his confidence is very, very high," Steele said. "And so when you've got a skill set like he's got and you have high confidence, then you tend to play pretty well." - Birmingham News

(DS#7 CB) Jr/2022 CB Roger McCrearyAuburn
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  11/06/20 - Alec JacksonrJr/2022, Auburn, 6-5, 315 (DS#14 OT) + More +

  Malzahn heaped praise on junior left tackle Alec Jackson, who was tasked with slowing down LSU's B.J. Ojulari. Ojulari was coming off a tremendous showing against South Carolina in which he had four tackles and a career-best three sacks, which netted him SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Against Jackson, however, Ojulari was a non-factor, ultimately ending the game with three tackles while the Auburn offense put up six touchdowns. Malzahn said Jackson did a god job of handling the LSU pass rush on third down and excelled in blocking for Auburn's running backs. He added that Jackson looks more and more confident and that his understanding of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.'s expectations is growing.

Jackson had his struggles to start the year as he rotated in and out at left tackle with fellow junior Austin Troxell. Saturday's performance showed just how far he has come as a key piece on the line. "It means a lot. In the beginning of the season, we struggled a little bit. But as time's gone on, we're getting better and better each game," said Jackson, whose play earned him a helmet sticker from Malzahn on Sunday night. "I think we grew a lot since the Georgia game, every single week. We've got a bye week coming up, so we'll get some guys rested up and ready." Jackson's play was pivotal in protecting Nix's blindside against the Bayou Bengals, but he was just one piece of the puzzle up front for the Tigers. Keiondre Jones was another key player for Auburn, especially given the circumstances he was dealing with. - Opelika-Auburn News


(DS#14 OT) rJr/2022 OT Alec JacksonAuburn
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