Coming into his true freshman season at Auburn, defensive end Marlon Davidson had a built-in advantage most players in his position don't have. Less than a year before he arrived on the Plains as a four-star recruit out of Greenville, his older brother, Kenneth Carter — a four-year contributor for
An undefeated run through the Big 12 earned the Oklahoma Sooners an invite to the 83rd Sugar Bowl. As for the Auburn Tigers, well, they're off to New Orleans after the College Football Playoff committee decided the program was the best option out of a jumbled mess in the Southeastern Conference.
There are plenty of positives to be found in the job Auburn's coaching staff did in 2016. On defense, the hiring of coordinator Kevin Steele, linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff to replace Will Muschamp, Lance Thomas and Travaris Robinson, respectively, proved