Mar 25, 2023
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Football Preview: Special Teams
The typical summertime speculation that surrounds a host of position groups never seems to include Auburnís kicking game. That will continue to be the trend in 2019.

The Tigers return kicker Anders Carlson and punter Arryn Siposs this fall.

Carlson returns after his first season of full-time kicking duties having made 15 of 25 field goals, including making 10 of 11 attempts under 40 yards. Seven of Anders 10 missed attempts came beyond 50 yards. He also returns for kickoff duty.

The Australian-born Siposs booted all but one of Auburnís punts in 2018. In 56 punts, he averaged 44.2 yards per kick. He had 10 punts travel 50-plus yards and had 17 downed inside the 20.

Though kickoff returns are diminishing as the game moves forward, Auburn returns Noah Igbinoghene deep. While also making a name for himself in the defensive secondary, Igbinoghene returned a team-leading 11 kicks for an average of 28.3 yards per return in 2018. His longest return was 96 yards, which was for a score.

Lead punter returner Ryan Davis graduated following the 2018 season, so heíll have big shoes to fill. One player some are looking to replace Davis is sophomore Christian Tutt. As a freshman, Tutt had five punt returns for 65 yards, which averages to 13 yards per return. His longest was 32 yards.

Special teams has been a unit head coach Gus Malzahn has always taken pride in. With position coach Larry Porter entering his third season with the Tigers, this is a group fans should have confidence in. The unit will also be a good opportunity for younger players to make their first impacts on the field.

Brandon Miller

Offensive Line