Savage Earns Player of the Week Honors

Aairon Savage is the eighth Auburn player this year to be recognized by the SEC.

Auburn, Ala.--Safety Aairon Savage has been selected by the Southeastern Conference as the league's freshman of the week.

The redshirt from Albany, Ga., tied for the team lead in tackles with six and also had an interception in the Tigers' 23-17 road victory over Ole Miss.

His third quarter pick of Rebel quarterback Brent Schaeffer set up a John Vaughn field goal that gave Auburn a 17-10 lead.

Auburn safeties Eric Brock and Aairon Savage.

Savage missed the previous game with a shoulder injury, but said he felt good in the victory at Oxford. "It felt great to get back out there," he says. "Anybody who is a competitor it hurts to sit on the sidelines and cheer everybody on, but you have to do what you have to do. It felt good to get back out there with the troops."

The defensive back says his 8-1 team, which is ranked sixth nationally, is looking to improve as the Tigers head into November. "We can get better on defense, offense and special teams and that is our goal," he says. "We are never satisified."

Savage is the first Tiger to win the award this year, but Brad Lester (twice) and Blake Field were selected for the award last season. Kenny Irons, Ben Grubbs, Kody Bliss, Matt Clark, Timmy Duckworth, Quentin Groves and King Dunlap are the others to receive weekly awards this season by the SEC.

Auburn returns home this week for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday vs. Arkansas State.

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