01/03/18 - (OLB) - *Jeff Holland, Jr, 6-1, 249 Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, tailback Kamryn Pettway and defensive end Jeff Holland are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Holland was one of the Southeastern Conference's top pass rushers with 10 sacks. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - (CB) - *Carlton Davis, Jr, 6-1, 203 CB Carlton Davis, rated as a late-first round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, declared early for the NFL draft. Davis (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) broke up a team-high 11 passes and held Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk to 62 yards on eight catches. He also limited Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley to three receptions for 34 yards. Both of those receivers are probable first-round picks.
NFLDraftScout.com wrote: "Long and athletic, Davis is at his best up close in man-to-man coverage, showing the aggressive hands to latch onto receivers and disrupt their timing, as well as the smooth hip turn, acceleration and quick throttle-down to blanket in coverage. These cover skills, along with a penchant for big hits and reliable open-field tackling likely will result in a first-round selection."
01/03/18 - (RB) - *Kamryn Pettway, rJr, 6-0, 235 Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and tailback Kamryn Pettway are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Both announced their decisions Wednesday on social media. Tailback Kerryon Johnson has also declared his plans to turn pro. Davis is a second-team Associated Press All-American who started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman. He is projected as an early round pick with some mock drafts having him go in the first round. Davis had 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception this season. Coach Gus Malzahn called him "a model of consistency" and said he played an important role in Auburn's defensive success. Pettway played in only five games this season due to injuries and suspension. He ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns after leading the Southeastern Conference in yards per game in 2016. - AP College Football
01/03/18 - (CB) - *Carlton Davis, Jr, 6-1, 203 Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The second-team Associated Press All-American announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, thanking Auburn fans for their support. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Davis started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman. He is projected as an early round pick with some mock drafts having him go in the first round. Davis had 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception this season. Coach Gus Malzahn called him "a model of consistency" and said he played an important role in Auburn's defensive success. Tailback Kerryon Johnson is also turning pro early. The Tigers are also losing senior safeties Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts from the secondary. - AP College Football
01/02/18 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post. Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns. Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved." - AP College Football
01/01/18 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 Auburn's Kerryon Johnson isn't quite ready to call his college career complete. Not long after the No. 7 Tigers lost the Peach Bowl 34-27 to No. 10 Central Florida on Monday, Johnson didn't want to look to the future just yet. He already has drawn plenty of attention in the NFL after being named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, but the junior from Huntsville stopped short of saying he's ready to apply for early entry for the draft. "I've got to think about the positives and negatives and all that stuff," he said. "That's a life choice. There's only a few times that you get a life choice. College is one, and this is another. Just got to take time and do it." Johnson reported no health issues after rushing 22 times for 71 yards. He scored one touchdown, a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter, but otherwise had a quiet afternoon.
There were concerns last week that Johnson wasn't recovered from right shoulder and rib injuries he suffered in the win over Alabama in the regular-season finale. He played in the SEC championship game loss to Georgia in a significant amount of pain, finishing with 44 yards rushing on a season-low 13 carries. Johnson, the powerful back who led the SEC in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards per game, was neutralized by a Central Florida defense that made stopping him its top priority. "I thought Kerryon was fairly close to 100 percent today," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "We didn't do a very good job blocking up front. There's a lot of times that - they had some stunts early on and they got us before we got going. I thought Kerryon had some very good runs, some tough runs, and there wasn't a whole lot of creases like there normally is." - AP College Football
12/31/17 - (CB) - *Carlton Davis, Jr, 6-1, 203 Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis will not play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Central Florida on Monday as he deals with an illness, coach Gus Malzahn said Sunday. Davis missed the final three practices before Malzahn's announcement. "Carlton Davis will not play in our bowl," Malzahn said. "He had an illness earlier in the week that has not gotten better. (Davis) went home (Saturday), just felt like he'd be better off there with the illness he has." Davis was an SEC All-Freshman selection in 2015 and an All-SEC third-team choice a year ago. The junior has a team-high 11 pass breakups to go along with 36 tackles this season for Auburn (10-3), which is bidding to end the perfect season of Central Florida (12-0). - The Sports Xchange
12/27/17 - (RB) - *Kamryn Pettway, rJr, 6-0, 235 Injured Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway didn't travel with the team and won't play in the Peach Bowl. Coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday that Pettway "stayed back (in Alabama) with his family." The seventh-ranked Tigers face No. 10 UCF on Monday. Pettway, who is married and has a daughter, hasn't played in the last five games with a fractured shoulder blade. The junior has only played in five games this season because of injury or suspension. He has run for 305 yards. Last season, Pettway led the Southeastern Conference with a 124.8-yard per game rushing average. He was the first Auburn runner to gain 150-plus yards in four consecutive games since Bo Jackson in 1985, when Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. - AP College Football
12/13/17 - (CB) - *Carlton Davis, Jr, 6-1, 203 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Carlton Davis, Auburn,...On the defensive side, Holland emerged in Carl Lawson's place and became a game-changer for the Tigers. The junior finished among the SEC leaders with 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and 22 quarterback hurries. And on the back end, Davis lived up to his lockdown reputation with a team-best 12 passes defended and one interception. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson, who was named the AP's SEC offensive player of the year Monday, led the conference in rushing yards (1,320), rushing yards per game (120) and total touchdowns (19). The junior is the ninth different Auburn player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (OG) - Braden Smith, Sr, 6-5, 303 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Braden Smith, Auburn,...Smith, who helped pave the way for Kerryon Johnson, started all 13 games at right guard and has now started 40 consecutive games dating back to 2014. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (OLB) - *Jeff Holland, Jr, 6-1, 249 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Jeff Holland, Auburn,...On the defensive side, Holland emerged in Carl Lawson's place and became a game-changer for the Tigers. The junior finished among the SEC leaders with 12 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and 22 quarterback hurries. And on the back end, Davis lived up to his lockdown reputation with a team-best 12 passes defended and one interception. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (K) - Daniel Carlson, rSr, 6-4, 223 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PK Daniel Carlson, Auburn,...Carlson, a Lou Groza Award finalist for the third straight year, is tied for the SEC lead with 21 made field goals, and he also became the SEC's leading scorer earlier this season against Ole Miss. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (OLB) - Tre Williams, Sr, 6-1, 228 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Tre' Williams, Auburn,...Despite battling injuries all year, Williams finished with 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The senior also served as one of the team captains along with Smith and offensive lineman Austin Golson. - Auburn Football
12/13/17 - (QB) - Jarrett Stidham, rSo, 6-2, 214 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn,...Stidham, in his first season with the Tigers, threw for 2,827 yards with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also leads the conference in completion percentage (66.7). - Auburn Football
12/06/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 2017 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson was named the SEC offensive player of the year. The junior running back, who was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, led the conference with 1,320 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns during league play were three more than any other SEC player, and his 15 rushing touchdowns in SEC games tied Cam Newton's record at Auburn. Johnson becomes the fourth Auburn player to win the award, joining the likes of Jason Campbell (2004), Newton (2010) and Tre Mason (2013). - Auburn Football
12/06/17 - (K) - Daniel Carlson, rSr, 6-4, 223 2017 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Daniel Carlson, Auburn,...For Carlson, it was the second year in a row he was chosen as the SEC special teams player of the year. The senior kicker leads the SEC with 117 points and is the co-leader with 21 made field goals. The Lou Groza Award finalist also became the conference's all-time leading scorer earlier this season. His 471 career points is No. 5 all-time nationally. - Auburn Football
12/06/17 - (OG) - Braden Smith, Sr, 6-5, 303 2017 SEC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER (COACHES): Braden Smith, Auburn,...Smith started all 13 games this season for Auburn and has helped pave the way for a rushing attack that is averaging 228.2 yards per game. He was a Midseason All-America selection and was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Tigers' win at Texas A&M. - SEC Football
12/05/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson averaged 120 rushing yards per game, gaining 1,320 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 23 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, helping No. 7 Auburn win the SEC Western Division. - Auburn Football
12/05/17 - (QB) - Jarrett Stidham, rSo, 6-2, 214 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC CO-NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jarrett Stidham, Auburn,...Stidham completed 66.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,827 yards and 17 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He also had four rushing touchdowns. - Auburn Football
11/27/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 Averaging almost 30 offensive touches per game since becoming the featured back in September, Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson (5-11, 212, 4.45, #21) has proven to be a productive workhorse and the MVP of the SEC West champs. He became just the 13th player to rush for 100-plus yards against Alabama during Nick Saban's tenure as head coach, but the punishment of the position caught up with him in the fourth quarter when he exited with a right shoulder injury on his 30th carry of the game. He is a proven tough guy, but his status for the SEC Championship Game is very much up in the air. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/27/17 - (QB) - Jarrett Stidham, rSo, 6-2, 214 NOV 27 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn...Completed 21-of-28 passes for 237 yards while rushing for 51 yards and a TD...Stidham led Auburn to 26 points and 408 yards of total offense, the most points and yards allowed by the nation's top defense all season...Stidham's 75.0% completion percentage tied for the second best in Iron Bowl history (min. 20 attempts)...His 16-yard rushing touchdown with 12:49 in the fourth quarter gave the Tigers' a 12-point lead...Was 7-for-9 on third down for 106 yards (15.1 yds/comp), converting six of the seven completions into first downs...Rushed for another third down conversion in the third quarter. - SEC Football
11/27/17 - (DE) - Nick Coe, rFr, 6-4, 270 NOV 27 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Nick Coe, DL, Auburn...Nick Coe racked up five tackles, including one sack, and had a quarterback hurry in extended action in an Iron Bowl victory...Two of Coe's stops against Alabama came on third down...The freshman has recorded three games with at least five tackles this season; vs. No. 24 Mississippi State, at Arkansas and vs. No. 1 Alabama. - SEC Football
11/25/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 A division title, in-state bragging rights and a trip to the SEC Championship Game were all on the line Saturday when No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn played in the most anticipated Iron Bowl since 2013. It was Gus Malzahn's Tigers who emerged with a 26-14 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium behind the outstanding play of quarterback Jarrett Stidham, tailback Kerryon Johnson and a rugged defense. The Tigers' defense has been dominant in back-to-back matchups with No. 1-ranked teams. Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes for 237 yards. He added 12 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson finished with 30 carries for 104 yards and a score before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He also had three receptions for 21 yards. Auburn wideout Ryan Davis led all receivers with 11 catches for 139 yards. The win wrapped up the SEC West title for Auburn (10-2, 7-1 SEC). The Tigers will take on Georgia in the SEC title game in Atlanta next Saturday. Alabama (11-1, 7-1) still has a shot at a College Football Playoff berth, but it no longer controls its destiny. A big story of the game was third-down success. Alabama converted just three of 11 third-down attempts; Auburn was nine of 17. - The Sports Xchange
11/18/17 - (RB) - *Kerryon Johnson, Jr, 5-11, 212 Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 6 Auburn to a 42-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in nonconference play at Auburn, Ala. Junior Kerryon Johnson rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown as the Tigers (9-2) won their fourth consecutive game. Sophomore Kam Martin rushed for one score and caught another as Auburn overcame a shaky start. The victory leaves Auburn in position to make an upward move in the College Football Playoff rankings next Saturday when it faces top-ranked Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl. Senior receiver Brian Williams scored two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) for the Warhawks (4-6), who pushed the Tigers in the first half before fading. Louisiana-Monroe was outgained 552-333.
Auburn was sluggish for the first 28 minutes before the offensive unit found its flow. The contest was tied late in the first half when Auburn navigated 96 yards on four plays to take a 14-7 lead. Sophomore wideout Darius Slayton ran a fly pattern down the right sideline and got past Warhawks true freshman cornerback Corey Straughter and made the 50-yard scoring catch with 1:27 remaining in the half. The Tigers added to the lead in the third quarter when they traveled 95 yards on 10 plays. Martin capped the excursion with a 1-yard run to make it 21-7 with 9:33 left in the third quarter. - The Sports Xchange