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Auburn Players in the NFL 2017

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With the 2017 National Football League season kicking off on Thursday, here’s a quick list of former Auburn Tigers that will be taking the field to begin the new season:


Karlos Dansby played linebacker at Auburn from 2001-2003 and was a two-time All SEC selection. (Photo Credit: Auburn Athletics)

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Bynes- Linebacker

Karlos Dansby- Linebacker

Rudy Ford- Safety


Atlanta Falcons

Josh Harris- Long Snapper


Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton led the 2010 Auburn Tigers to a SEC Championship and National Championship. Newton won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Davey O’Brien Award

Cameron Artis-Payne- Running Back

Cam Newton- Quarterback


Cincinnati Bengals

Carl Lawson- Linebacker

Pat Sims- Defensive Tackle

C.J. Uzomah- Tight End


Cleveland Browns

Shon Coleman- Offensive Lineman

Ricardo Louis- Wide Reciever

Cody Parkey- Placekicker


Greg Robinson played offensive guard for the Tigers from 2012-2013 and was picked #2 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft ( Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Greg Robinson played offensive guard for the Tigers from 2012-2013 and was picked #2 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft 
(Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Lions

Greg Robinson- Offensive Tackle


Green Bay Packers

Montravius Adams- Defensive Tackle

Robert Leff- Offensive Tackle

Jermaine Whitehead- Safety


Houston Texans

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Chad Slade played offensive guard for the Tigers from 2011-2013 and made 49 career starts, which is fourth all-time in Auburn history (Photo Credit: Auburn Athletics)

Jay Prosch- Fullback

Chad Slade-Guard


Indianapolis Colts

Quan Bray- Wide Reciever


Jacksonville Jaguars

Corey Grant- Running Back


Kansas City Chiefs

Dee Ford- Linebacker

Tony Stevens- Wide Reciver

Maurice Swain- Defensive Lineman


Los Angeles Rams

Cassanova McKinzy played linebacker for the Tigers from 2013-2015

Blake Countess- Safety

Alex Kozan- Offensive Lineman

Cassanova McKinzy- Linebacker


Los Angeles Chargers

Trovon Reed- Cornerback


Miami Dolphins

Avery Young- Offensive Tackle


New England Patriots

Jonathan Jones- Defensive Back

Brandon King- Defensive Back


Nick Marshall played quarterback for the Tigers from 2013-2014 and won a SEC Championship with Auburn in 2013 (Photo Credit: Auburn Athletics)

New York Jets

Corey Lemonier- Linebacker

Nick Marshall- Cornerback

Robenson Therezie


Philadelphia Eagles

Gabe Wright- Defensive Tackle


Pittsburgh Steelers

Sammie Coates- Wide Reciever


San Francisco 49ers

Chris Davis- Cornerback


Sen’Derrick Marks played defensive line for the Tigers from 2006-2007

Sen’Derrick Marks- Defensive Lineman


Seattle Seahawks

Neiko Thorpe- Cornerback


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Peyton Barber- Running Back

DaVonte Lambert- Defensive Tackle


Tennessee Titans

Daren Bates- Linebacker

Joshua Holsey played defensive back for the Tigers from 2012-2016 (Photo Credit: Auburn Athletics)

Joshua Holsey played defensive back for the Tigers from 2012-2016
(Photo Credit: Auburn Athletics)

Angelo Blackson- Defensive End


Washington Redskins

Joshua Holsey- Cornerback

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 3 Jonathan Jones

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Only 3 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 3; Jonathan Jones.

The Carrollton, Georgia native went to Carrollton High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2012. Jones was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Tigers. In 2014 and 2015, he earned second team All-SEC honors. Jones had 129 career tackles and seven interceptions in his four years with the Tigers.

Jones was not drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, but signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots. Jones was a member of the Patriots team that went on to win Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons.

War Eagle Jonathan!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 4 Zac Etheridge

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Zac Ethridge Football Heads on Wednesday April 28, 2010 in Auburn Al. Todd Van Emst

Kickoff versus Georgia Southern is now only four days away, and today we are honoring former defensive back/ safety #4 Zac Etheridge. He attended Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama. As a junior he had 65 tackles, seven interceptions, and returned one for a touchdown. As a senior he had 89 tackles, including 65 solo stops, 14 pass breakups, three interceptions, six forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Zac also got five touchdowns. When he began at Auburn in 2007, he started 12/13 games at safety. He tied for second on the team with five pass breakups. He had 65 stops and 32 tackles. During his 2008 season, Zac finished 17th in the SEC in tackles per game. He started all 12 games and finished the season with a team high 75 tackles (including one interception, one pass breakup, and one QB hurry). In 2009, Zac made it onto the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and by this time had started 33 consecutive games before his season-ending neck injury versus Ole Miss. Before that injury he had totaled 52 tackles (36 of which were solo). Nine months later after extensive rehabilitation, Etheridge returned to the starting lineup, where he was part of the memorable season ending with the national title in 2010. He received the James Owen Courage Award from Auburn in 2013. He graduated with a degree in Political Science. He went on to start his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State, then spent two years on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech. More recently, he was hired as a corner-backs coach at Western Carolina, where he will be under fellow Auburn alum, defensive coach Dustin Landry. War Eagle Zac!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 8 Cassanova McKinzy

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Only 8 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 8; Cassanova McKinzy.

The Birmingham, Alabama native went to Woodlawn High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2013.

In 2013, McKinzy led the team in tackles (75), becoming the first underclassman to do so since 2008. McKinzy had a team-high 10 tackles in the SEC Championship Game vs. Missouri. In 2014, McKinzy played in all 13 games and had 91 tackles for the season. 2015 was the final season at Auburn for McKinzy. The 6-foot-3-inch linebacker finished his Auburn career with 263 tackles and named to 3rd team All-SEC by SEC coaches.

McKinzy currently plays in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 9 Anthony Mix

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Anthony Mix

We are only nine days away from the home opener against Georgia Southern, and today we are putting the spotlight on former wide receiver #9 Anthony Mix. He graduated from Baldwin High School in Bay Minette, Alabama. He was the quarterback, wide receiver and defensive end in 2000. He had 448 receiving yards, 178 passing yards, and eight touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for scores. Anthony was ranked one of the top 35 wide receivers in the nation. He was also the center on the high school basketball team. In 2002, he had 13 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown. In 2003, he moved to the tight end position and finished with 21 catches for 235 yards. In 2004, played in all 13 games and had 19 catches for 294 yards. While attending Auburn University, he majored in business information systems. Mix went on to play with the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. War Eagle Anthony!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 13 Craig Sanders

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Only 13 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 13; Craig Sanders.

The Clio, Alabama native went to Ariton High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2010. The defensive end played for Auburn from 2010-2013.

Sanders appeared in 13 games in 2010 and registered his first career sack in the SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina. In 2011, Sanders forced his first career fumble against FAU and appeared in all 13 games. In 2013, Sanders had 22 tackles for the season, including three tackles in the SEC Championship game and two tackles vs. Florida State in the BCS title game. Sanders finished his career with 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

In February of 2016, Craig Sanders joined the Auburn football coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Craig Sanders

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 14 Nick Marshall

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We are almost ready to kick off the 2017 football season. Today we are shining light on former quarterback #14 Nick Marshall. He graduated from Wilcox County high school in Pineview, Georgia. He set a high school record with 103 touchdowns passes. Nick then went on to play at the Garden City Community College where he passed for 3,142 yards, rushed for 1,095 yards and had 18 touchdowns. When he transferred to Auburn and played in the 2013 season, he had 1,976 passing yards, 1,068 rushing yards (averaging 234.2 yards per carry) and 26 touchdowns. He was the only fourth quarterback in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He also received the Pat Sullivan award as Auburn’s offensive MVP. His 2013 game-winning touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis vs. Georgia received an ESPY nomination for best play. In his 2014 season, Nick was a Maxwell Award Semifinalist. He had 4,508 passing yards, 1,866 rushing yards, and 34 career touchdown passes. He was voted the team MVP, and invited to Reese’s Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets. War Eagle Nick!