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02/15/19 - (DT) - Dontavius Russell, rSr, 6-3, 319
Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Third Day Sleeper: Dontavius Russell, Auburn,...Sleeper doesn't necessarily mean small school or anonymous players. While overshadowed by splashier talents, Russell proved to be Mr. Reliable at Auburn, starting 49 of a possible 52 games over his career and even opting to compete at the Senior Bowl. He isn't going to wow anyone with his agility as a pass rusher - recording just six sacks over his career - but he's a steady run-stuffing presence whose size and strength will appeal to 4-3 and 3-4 disciples, alike and I love his effort in lateral and downfield pursuit. Pro-ready out of the box, Russell should be able to mix into the rotation as a rookie. Better yet, given all of the talent on the defensive line in this draft, his blue collar (rather than blue chip) game likely will have him still on the board well into Day Three, making Russell a potentially terrific value. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/14/19 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
Previewing the 2019 NFL Combine: Second Day (Future) Starter: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn: It was a strenuous season for Stidham, who saw his draft stock plummet this past season due to some shaky performances in big time spots. However, his potential and skill-set are still comparable to some of the higher-rated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, so it wouldn't be surprising if he outplays some of them in the long run. He had a sharp week of practice at the Senior Bowl, showcasing his ability to line up under center and demonstrating fundamentally sound footwork during his three, five and seven-step drops. Any team in need of a quarterback but fails to select one early on could find Stidham to be a handsome consolation prize. - Ric Serritella, NFLDraftScout.com

02/13/19 - (OG) - Calvin Ashley, rFr, 6-5, 322
The news came as not much of a surprise, which might be the most troubling part of all. Auburn's Calvin Ashley, a former 5-star offensive tackle recruit, announced plans to transfer away on Monday. His departure came after two years in which he made little to no impact for the Tigers. Ashley is the third 5-star recruit to transfer away from the Tigers in the last four years, joining running back Roc Thomas (who left for Jacksonville State) in 2016 and defensive end Byron Cowart (Maryland) in 2017. Not counting 2019 signees Owen Pappoe and Bo Nix, three of the seven 5-stars who have signed with Auburn under Gus Malzahn have now left the program for other schools before completing their eligibility. That Ashley was unable to make an impact is especially curious, given the trouble the Tigers had on the offensive line in 2018. You had to figure Ashley could have started at any of the five offensive line positions last season if he had lived up to his potential. - Creg Stephenson, AL.com

02/11/19 - (DT) - Derrick Brown, Jr, 6-4, 325
Derrick Brown had a newborn son and the choice of either pursuing his NFL career or continuing to chase college quarterbacks and his degree. The Auburn defensive tackle opted to return for his senior season despite being projected as a potential first-round draft pick. The decision not only gives him a chance to graduate this year but bolsters a defensive line that figures to remain the Tigers' most talent-rich position, with defensive ends Marlon Davidson and Nick Coe also opting to come back instead of turning pro. "I mean, when you look at the benefit on this side of things ... it's just like, if I don't go this year, I could get hurt. I hope not to," Brown said.

"But my degree in my hands is going to be so much more powerful than what could have happened. "I could have been in the league and I could have been hurt and I could have just been going through certain things. I felt it would have been harder that way. Also, just being able to have my son here when I do graduate in December will be a nice memory I won't ever forget." Kai Brown was born on Dec. 20, eight days before the Tigers' 63-14 romp over Purdue in the Music City Bowl. His birth was a joyful distraction from worrying about the NFL for Brown. Kai was also, of course, another factor to weigh and not just as a provider. A couple of decades from now, Brown would be able to site his own choice in encouraging his son to stay in school. Just like his own parents have done. - AP College Football

12/29/18 - (CB) - *Jamel Dean, rJr, 6-1, 208
CB Jamel Dean ended his college career on a winning note. Hours after Auburn trampled Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl on Friday, Dean announced via social media that he was planning to make himself available for the 2018 NFL Draft. Dean registered 30 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in 12 games for the Tigers this season. He appeared in 26 games over the past two seasons, making 22 starts.

12/05/18 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The junior announced his decision Tuesday but plans to stay for the Tigers' Music City Bowl matchup with Purdue on Dec. 28. Stidham started all 26 games the past two seasons for Auburn after transferring from Baylor. He was a second-team AP All-Southeastern Conference pick in his first year as a starter and ranked ninth nationally in completion percentage. His numbers declined across the board this season as the offense struggled. Stidham passed for 5,579 yards over the past two seasons with 31 touchdowns while throwing 11 interceptions. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Stidham "has tremendous ability and a bright future ahead of him." - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (WR) - Seth Williams, Fr, 6-2, 210
Seth Williams caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, Kam Martin ran for 116 yards and Auburn's defense pitched a shutout in a 53-0 victory over Liberty on Saturday. Auburn (7-4) held a pass-happy Liberty (4-6) offense in check, recording its first FBS shutout in 10 years (34-0 win over Louisiana Monroe in 2008). "That was the goal that coach (Kevin) Steele and the defense had been talking about all week," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn of the shutout. "They did it. That was impressive." Williams, a true freshman, recorded his first career 100-yard game, and Martin passed the century mark for the first time this season. The Tigers offense racked up 531 yards of offense, their highest output against an FBS foe this year. It was also the most points scored since beating Arkansas 56-3 in 2016. Auburn's defense and special teams set the tone early. Jordyn Peters blocked a punt that resulted in a safety and senior linebacker Darrell Williams had a pick-6. Anders Carlson kicked a 53- and 20-yard field goal and the Tigers led 15-0 at end of the first quarter. - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (DE) - Nick Coe, rSo, 6-4, 282
NOV 5 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Nick Coe, DL, Auburn,...Three tackles including 1.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles for loss (minus 14), a forced fumble and two pressures...His strip sack on the last play of the game sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Tigers....All of his tackles were third (4) or fourth (1) down stops...Led all defensive players with 43 production points. - SEC Football

11/05/18 - (WR) - Seth Williams, Fr, 6-2, 210
NOV 5 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn,...True freshman two catches for 22 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, in Auburn's fourth-quarter comeback against #25 Texas A&M ...The game-winning catch came with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter (Auburn trailed by 10 points until 5:14 in the fourth quarter)...First freshman to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Ronney Daniels in 1999 (two at Georgia)...First freshman to score a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter or later to win a game since Kodi Burns in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl (in overtime). - SEC Football

11/03/18 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
Seth Williams caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham with 1:41 left and Auburn rallied to beat No. 25 Texas A&M 28-24 on Saturday. The Tigers (6-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) sputtered early on offense but finished with a 14-point outburst over the final 5:14 and the defense came up with big stops. Stidham delivered big on both final drives. Kellen Mond and the Aggies (5-4, 3-3) pushed the ball into Auburn territory on their final drive, converting a fourth-and-5. Then a holding call pushed them back across midfield and Mond's desperation pass into the end zone was incomplete. Officials put one second back on the clock but Mond was sacked by Nick Coe on the final play. The Tigers, who had plummeted from a No. 8 ranking, had trailed 24-14 before staging the rally. Stidham started the final drive with a 47-yard pass to Ryan Davis, who spun away from defenders and raced downfield. Then came Williams' second touchdown catch in the back left corner of the end zone. - AP College Football

10/22/18 - (DE) - Nick Coe, rSo, 6-4, 282
OCT 22 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN THE WEEK: Nick Coe, DL, Auburn...Recorded five tackles including 3.5 quarterback sacks (minus 16 yards) and 3.5 tackles for loss (minus 16 yards)...Coe's 3.5 sacks were the most by an Auburn player since 2006 (Quentin Groves, 3.0 vs. Florida)...All of his tackles were third (4) or fourth (1) down stops...Led all defensive players with 42 production points...Part of an Auburn defense that held an explosive Ole Miss offense to 25 points less and 103 yards less than their season average entering the game (scored 16 points, came in averaging 41.6; 447 yards of offense, came in averaging 550.9). - SEC Football

10/03/18 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
QB Jarrett Stidham was sacked three times but still managed to go 19-of-33 passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Southern Mississippi. He called the pass protection issues "growing pains." He added: "We're going to have to find a way to get better. We just wanted to come out and execute. I thought we did some things really well and some things that we've obviously got to fix."

10/03/18 - (CB) - Noah Igbinoghene, So, 5-11, 196
CB Noah Igbinoghene has adapted to playing defense after spending his freshman year as a wide receiver. He has broken up four passes and forced a fumble while making 18 tackles for the season. He had five stops and a breakup against Southern Mississippi but is hungry for more. "We still have stuff to fix and things to improve on," he said. "That's what we're going to focus on."

10/03/18 - (RB) - Kam Martin, Jr, 5-10, 193
RB Kam Martin is coming off a season-high 24 carries against Southern Mississippi that produced 90 yards. He also had a 17-year reception. "I knew when my number was called, I had to just make plays, and just keep running the ball hard," said Martin, who had to pick up the slack when JaTarvious Whitlow went out with an ankle injury.

09/30/18 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
Jarrett Stidham threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns and No. 10 Auburn beat Southern Miss 24-13 on Saturday night in a game disrupted for nearly three hours by lightning. Playing behind a shuffled offensive line, Stidham completed 19 of 33 attempts, including touchdowns of 46 yards to Seth Williams and 2 yards to Chandler Cox, while enduring three sacks. The Tigers (4-1) had built a 14-3 lead in the first half before the game was delayed for two hours, 44 minutes at the 4:27 mark of the second quarter as lightning forced players and fans to take shelter. Williams finished with two receptions for 60 yards, including the freshman's first career score. Darius Slayton led Auburn with five catches for 91 yards. "The big thing is consistency," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. "We did hit a couple big plays. We talked about the need for more explosive plays . but it's just the overall consistency." Stidham was forced to work behind a shuffling offensive line. - AP College Football

09/25/18 - (CB) - Noah Igbinoghene, So, 5-11, 196
SEPT 24 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Noah Igbinoghene, KR, Auburn...Had a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown in the third quarter against Arkansas, his first of his career...It was the first kickoff return for touchdown by an Auburn player since 2013...Also recorded two tackles and forced a fumble on defense. - SEC Football

09/11/18 - (WR) - Ryan Davis, Sr, 5-10, 179
WR Ryan Davis made only three receptions as Auburn attempted only three passes in the 63-9 rout of Alabama State, but he had seven the week before in the win over Washington. He could be facing LSU CB Greedy Williams, an excellent cover corner, this week in what could be a key duel in the game. He has 119 receptions in his career, leaving him two short of the No. 6 spot on Auburn's all-time list.

09/11/18 - (SS) - Daniel Thomas, Jr, 5-11, 208
SS Daniel Thomas intercepted two passes in a game for the second time in his career in the rout of Alabama State. Thomas returned his first 29 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. "He's a football player," coach Gus Malzahn said. "Stick his foot in the ground and two impact plays. He scored on the one and the other one led to points." Thomas also has been known to fill in at nickel back in addition to starting at safety.

09/11/18 - (DT) - Dontavius Russell, rSr, 6-3, 319
DT Dontavious Russell is looking for a big season, and this week's game vs. LSU could be the opportunity he is seeking to establish himself as an All-SEC candidate. He had only two tackles in limited time against Alabama State, but he made them pay off with a sack-and-a-half to his credit.

09/06/18 - (K) - Anders Carlson, rFr, 6-4, 210
PK Anders Carlson followed in his older brother Daniel's footsteps with field goals of 32, 28, and 53 yards, critical points in the six-point win over the Huskies. Daniel Carlson finished his career with a school-record 92 field goals in 114 attempts.

09/06/18 - (CB) - Noah Igbinoghene, So, 5-11, 196
CB Noah Igbinoghene made his first career start on defense after spending his freshman campaign last season at wide receiver. He finished with five tackles and was credited with two pass breakups in the win over Washington. "It went way better than I expected," Igbinoghene said.

09/06/18 - (TE) - Sal Cannella, rJr, 6-4, 232
WR Sal Cannella used his 6-5 height to his best advantage in making the first touchdown catch of his career, leaping high in the end zone to outreach a Washington defender for a 10-yard score and quick 6-0 early lead. "I had all the confidence in the world," said Cannella, a junior college transfer who had only three catches all last year. "I told everybody, 'I'm scoring on this. I'm going up and getting this.' That's been my play. Ever since I've been here, that's my play."

09/06/18 - (CB) - *Jamel Dean, rJr, 6-1, 208
CB Jamel Dean played with his right hand heavily taped because of an injury sustained a week earlier in practice, but that didn't prevent the junior from coming up with the first interception of his career in the win over Washington. It stopped the Huskies as they approached midfield on their second possession and led to an Auburn field goal and 9-0 lead.

09/06/18 - (QB) - *Jarrett Stidham, rJr, 6-2, 214
QB Jarrett Stidham wasted little time making an impression on draft scouts, completing 26 of 36 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown in the 21-16 win over No. 6 Washington. He didn't have an interception but was sacked twice. He likely won't have much of an opportunity to build big numbers this week with Auburn enjoying such an advantage across the board over Alabama State, but LSU comes to the Plains on Sept. 15 for a key SEC West Division matchup.

09/06/18 - (QB) - Malik Willis, So, 6-1, 195
QB Malik Willis should see extensive time on the field if things go as expected and Auburn gets a big early lead. The backup to starter Jarrett Stidham, Willis played in seven games as a freshman last year, rushing for 221 yards on 16 carries (13.8 average) and completing six of his seven pass attempts for 45 yards.

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