Karlos Dansby named to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s 2023 class

Dansby joins seven other members who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May.

[autotag]Karlos Dansby[/autotag] had a great career as an Auburn Tiger in the early 2000s.

Dansby began his career as a wide receiver, before moving to safety, then ultimately to linebacker, which would lead to a stellar career in the NFL. Due to his success at both Auburn and during his 14-year NFL career, Dansby has been voted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s 2023 class.

In three full seasons at Auburn, Dansby recorded 225 tackles, which included 32.5 behind the line of scrimmage, and 10.5 sacks. His senior season was his most productive. Moving to linebacker, Dansby made 84 stops with 13 going for a loss. He also forced four fumbles during his senior campaign.

Dansby then went on to be drafted 33rd overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2004 NFL Draft, where he would spend eight professional seasons. While in Arizona, he had 776 tackles, with 77 being for loss and 33 sacks.

Dansby also played for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals.

Joining Dansby is former Alabama and New Orleans Saints linebacker Roman Harper, former UAB and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, and Gerald Wallace, who is known for his 18-year stint in the NBA, most notably playing small forward for the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Auburn Morning Rush: Johni Broome reaches points milestone, Tigers miss on recruit

Here is the latest for this edition of the Auburn Morning Rush:

Happy Wednesday, Auburn fans.

Basketball is where this chronicle begins, and it’s a healthy dose of good and bad news. The good news is that forward Johni Broome has reached a career milestone in Auburn’s game against Winthrop, but the bad news is that Auburn won’t be making another addition to its 2023 recruiting class after officially making its first signing a few days ago. Additionally, there’s some Auburn news from the NFL — a former Auburn kicker is performing well and a former Tigers cornerback made the trip back to the Plains for A&M weekend.

Here is the latest for this edition of the Auburn Morning Rush:

Auburn Morning Rush: Malik Willis starts for Titans, Volleyball sweeps Texas A&M

Catch up on a busy weekend with the Auburn Morning Rush

What a weekend it was for the Auburn Tigers.

The football team may have come up just short Saturday night against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but there is undeniably an improved energy around the team since [autotag]Cadillac Williams[/autotag] took over the program.

The football wasn’t the only program with a big game over the weekend. [autotag]Malik Willis[/autotag], a former Tiger, made his second career start for the Tennessee Titins in primetime.

The volleyball team swept the Texas A&M Aggies to clinch their first 20-win season since 2010 and both the men’s and women’s tennis teams ended their fall season.

Read more about these stories in the Monday edition of the Auburn Morning Rush.

Malik Willis in line to start for Tennessee Titans on Sunday

The former Auburn quarterback could make his first NFL start on Saturday as the Titans play the Houston Texans.

A former Auburn Tiger is set to start in his first NFL game on Sunday.

According to a report from NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has battled an illness all week and missed Saturday’s walk-through ahead of the Titans’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday. As a result, it appears that [autotag]Malik Willis[/autotag] will get his first professional start.

Willis was taken 86th overall by the Titans in the 2022 NFL Draft. Willis has appeared in two games this season, completing one pass for six yards. He also has 16 yards on four carries.

Willis spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring to Liberty to finish his college career. In two seasons on the Plains, Willis completed 11-of-14 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for an additional 309 yards and two scores over a span of 15 games.

Willis was a three-star athlete out of Roswell High School as part of the 2017 recruiting class. He was a part of Auburn’s No. 10 ranked recruiting class, which donned the likes of [autotag]T.D. Moultry[/autotag], [autotag]K.J. Britt[/autotag], [autotag]Jarrett Stidham[/autotag], [autotag]Austin Troxell[/autotag], and [autotag]Big Kat Bryant[/autotag].

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Former Auburn wideout hauls in first TD of season

He helped the Giants to a 23-17 victory.

Former Auburn wideout [autotag]Darius Slayton[/autotag] made his school proud on Sunday.

The former Giants wide receiver, who has been in trade talks since the offseason this year, hauled in the Giants’ first touchdown of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The go-route, which was Slayton’s first touchdown catch of the year, helped to propel New York over Jacksonville 23-17.

Slayton’s status with the Giants has been a bit rocky, but he’s emerged as one of quarterback Daniel Jones’ most reliable targets over the past two weeks. Slayton was particularly effective during the team’s game against the Packers in London, where he caught six passes for 79 yards.

His best year came during his rookie year with the Giants where he caught eight touchdowns, but his production has steadily decreased since then — perhaps this season will be the resurgence he and New York have been looking for.

Slayton and the Giants are 6-1 and are next set to play the Seattle Seahawks on the road next Sunday.

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Two Auburn defenders named to Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive All-Riser Team

Owen Pappoe and Nehemiah Pritchett have already boosted their draft stock.

Auburn’s defense has not had the season it was hoping for but [autotag]Owen Pappoe[/autotag] and [autotag]Nehemiah Pritchett[/autotag] have had strong first halves of the season and were named to the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl Midseason defensive All-Riser Team.

Pappoe has started every game for Auburn at linebacker and leads the team with 57 tackles. The senior has also forced two fumbles, broken up a pass, and registered one quarterback hurry.

Pritchett has made 18 tackles and broken up three passes.

The team, which was announced Friday by Jim Nagy, consists of five defensive backs, four defensive linemen, and two linebackers. According to Nagy, each player has risen two or more rounds on their draft board compared to where they started this season.

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Auburn NFL roundup: Cornerbacks shine, offensive prowess lacking

Does your favorite team feature a former Auburn player?

With Week 1 is in the books for Auburn players (the Broncos and the Seahawks play Monday night but don’t feature any on their respective rosters) and there are quite a few storylines for former Tigers playing on football’s biggest stage.

Auburn cornerbacks are making a decent case for “DBU”, though its offensive legacy so far leaves a bit to be desired. Tigers are contributing on special teams as well, however, which can be the difference between a good team and a great one.

Here are a few updates on how Auburn football players have been doing in the NFL after its first week began:

Jamel Dean draws comparison to Pro Bowl cornerback

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans compares the former Auburn star to one of the NFL’s best defensive players of recent memory.

It is always flattering to receive a compliment. It is even better to be compared to one of the NFL’s most dominating players of recent memory.

On the latest episode of the Richard Sherman Podcast, hosted by five-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans stopped by to talk about an array of topics including Tom Brady’s return to the team and to share his thoughts on how he predicts the Bucs season to pan out.

During the podcast, Evans talked about how excited he is to see former Auburn cornerback [autotag]Jamel Dean[/autotag] on the field this season and even compared his athleticism to that of the podcast’s host.

“Dean’s physical at that line, man. He’s really good at the line. He’s kind of like you (Richard Sherman) at the line, a long guy that can run,” Evans said. “His ball skills aren’t as good as yours. He’s faster. He’s super fast, man. Dean had a really good camp.”

It was announced earlier this week that Dean had won the second cornerback job for the Buccaneers defense and that he will be starting opposite another former Tiger, [autotag]Carlton Davis III[/autotag] when they face the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday to open the season.

To watch the full podcast episode with Richard Sherman and Mike Evans, click here.

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Every former Auburn player on an NFL 53-man roster after cut-down day

There are 24 total former Auburn players on NFL rosters as it stands.

NFL cut-down day is always brutal, but fear not, Tigers fans — plenty of former Auburn players survived and will represent the Plains in the NFL every Sunday.

As Auburn Undercover writer Nathan King points out, you may not see some familiar names on this list. Players that could end up on practice squads (like Zakoby McClain) and players that are injured and will be on IR (like Smoke Monday) will not appear on this list — it is only for every Tiger that finds themselves on a final 53-man roster and is not injured or on a team’s practice squad.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at all 24 players on NFL rosters that used to be Auburn Tigers in their college days:

Former Auburn wideout could be traded before season

This former Auburn Tiger may be on the move.

As cut-down day for the NFL approaches on Tuesday, teams are looking to get rid of players any way they can to come to the final 53-man roster before the season begins in two weeks. That includes trades, and one former Auburn player is (once again) up for grabs.

Former Auburn Tiger and current Giants wide receiver [autotag]Darius Slayton[/autotag], who was reportedly on the trade block earlier in the offseason, is once again on the market as preseason comes to an end, as reported by Adam Schefter. Slayton didn’t play in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Bengals, but got very few reps in their last game against the Jets.

Slayton himself seemed to be wary of his status with New York when talking to reporters after the game, seemingly unsure of whether or not he will make the final roster.

“I don’t know. I don’t really stress about it too much,” Slayton said. “At the end of the day, if it’s meant for me to be here, I’ll be here. If it’s not, I won’t.”

Last year, Slayton caught 28 receptions on 56 targets for 339 yards and two touchdowns. At Auburn, Slayton caught 79 balls for 1605 yards and 11 touchdowns across his entire career as a Tiger.

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