SEC Honors Auburn Football Freshman

A newcomer to the Auburn football team is the first Tiger honored this season.

Auburn, Ala.--Onterio McCalebb said last week that one of his personal goals for his first season of college football is to become the SEC Freshman of the Year.

On Saturday night he took a big step forward on the road to postseason honors by rushing for 148 yards on 22 carries in Auburn's 37-13 victory over Louisiana Tech. He also scored Auburn's final touchdown of the night.

On Monday the backup tailback was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after becoming the first Auburn freshman to rush for 100 yards in his collegiate debut game since Bo Jackson did it vs. Wake Forest with 123 yards in 1982. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1985.

McCalebb also returned two kickoffs for 49 yards for the Tigers, who open SEC play with a home game on Saturday vs. Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net South.

Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper said after McCalebb's collegiate debut that he was pleased with the intensity the freshman brought to the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, something he has shown in practice, too.

Luper's starting tailback, senior Ben Tate, ran for 117 yards and finished the night with 2,076 yards. In the process he became the 13th player in Auburn history to rush for 2,000 yards.

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