Chizik Pleased That Savage Can Play in 2010

Former starter Aairon Savage will try to make a comeback as he bounces back from injury problems.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive back Aairon Savage, who missed the past two seasons with injuries, will return to the Auburn football team for the 2010 season, Coach Gene Chizik announced on Thursday.

Savage signed with the Tigers in 2005 out of Westover High School in Albany, Ga. He redshirted that year and became a key member of the defense in 2006.

Savage earned Freshman All-SEC honors after making 53 tackles at safety. He started 11 games and played in one more. He had two sacks, one interception and forced a fumble.

In 2007 he played in just seven games due to injury issues. He started three games that year and made 26 tackles.

Aairon Savage is taking post-graduate classes working on a masters degree in exercise science.

Savage made the move to cornerback for the 2008 season, but was injured in a preseason drill and lost for the season after going through knee surgery for an ACL and MCL problem.

An offseason injury prior to the 2009 season was another major one that kept him on the sidelines for Chizik's first season as head coach of the Tigers.

"We're very happy for Aairon that he has received a sixth year of eligibility," Chizik says. "The last few years have been difficult for him, but Aairon has worked extremely hard and shown a tremendous amount of determination to get to where he is today. We look forward to seeing him in an Auburn uniform this fall."

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