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!