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Auburn rules out Carlton Davis for Peach Bowl

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn says All-American cornerback Carlton Davis will not play in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day. As Malzahn says, Davis has been ruled out due to illness, but the question remains whether or not Davis will be back in an Auburn uniform next year.

Davis reportedly missed three practices for Auburn this week due to the illness, and he is reportedly no longer in Atlanta with the Tigers preparing for the Peach Bowl. The illness is not believed to be related to the concussion Davis had in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.

Carlton Davis will not play in our bowl,” Malzahn said Sunday, per Al.com. “He had an illness earlier in the week that has not gotten better. (Davis) went home (Saturday), just felt like he’d be better off there with the illness he has.”

Davis has not announced a decision on whether or not he will enter the NFL Draft in 2018 or return for another year at Auburn. The writing appears to be on the wall that Davis will be moving on, but for now that is nothing but pure speculation. Davis is expected to be a first-round prospect if he does enter the NFL Draft.

UCF (and Nebraska) head coach Scott Frost joked about the news during a press conference Sunday morning, saying he hoped the list of Auburn players missing the game would continue to grow.

Without Davis, Auburn will most likely bump Javaris Davis into the starting role at cornerback.

AP All-American Team highlighted by Mayfield and Sooners on First Team

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The Oklahoma Sooners will bring three AP First Team All-Americans into the College Football Playoff this year, including Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Mayfield was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press on Monday, and he is joined by fellow Sooners offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews.

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, and Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell were also named to the AP’s First Team to combine to match Oklahoma’s First Team total. Other First Team All-Americans included Heisman finalist and Doak Walker Award winner Bryce Love of Stanford, Biletnikoff Award winner James Washington. Lombardi Award winner Saquon Barkley of Penn State was named to the First Team as an all-purpose player, and the nation’s leading rusher, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State joined Love as a First Team running back.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Baker Mayfield, senior, Oklahoma.

Running backs — Bryce Love, junior, Stanford; Rashaad Penny, senior, San Diego State.

Tackles — Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma; Mike McGlinchey, senior, Notre Dame.

Guards — Quenton Nelson, senior, Notre Dame; Braden Smith, senior, Auburn.

Center — Billy Price, senior, Ohio State.

Tight end — Mark Andrews, junior, Oklahoma.

Receivers — James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State; Anthony Miller, senior, Memphis.

All-purpose player — Saquon Barkley, junior, Penn State.

Kicker — Matt Gay, junior, Utah.

DEFENSE

Ends — Bradley Chubb, senior, North Carolina State; Clelin Ferrell, sophomore, Clemson.

Tackles — Hercules Mata’afa, junior, Washington State; Maurice Hurst, senior, Michigan.

Linebackers — Roquan Smith, junior, Georgia; Josey Jewell, senior, Iowa; T.J. Edwards, junior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks — Josh Jackson, junior, Iowa; Denzel Ward, junior, Ohio State.

Safeties — Minkah Fitzpatrick, junior, Alabama; DeShon Elliott, junior, Texas.

Punter — Michael Dickson, junior, Texas.

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, junior, Louisville.

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, freshman, Wisconsin; Kerryon Johnson, junior, Auburn.

Tackles — Mitch Hyatt, junior, Clemson; Isaiah Wynn, senior, Georgia.

Guards — Cody O’Connell, senior, Washington State; Will Hernandez, senior, UTEP.

Center — Bradley Bozeman, senior, Alabama.

Tight end — Troy Fumagalli, senior, Wisconsin.

Receivers — David Sills V, junior, West Virginia; Michael Gallup, senior, Colorado State.

All-purpose player — Dante Pettis, senior, Washington.

Kicker — Daniel Carlson, senior, Auburn.

DEFENSE

Ends — Sutton Smith, sophomore, Northern Illinois; Nick Bosa, sophomore, Ohio State.

Tackles — Ed Oliver, sophomore, Houston; Christian Wilkins, junior, Clemson.

Linebackers — Malik Jefferson, junior, Texas; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, senior, Oklahoma; Dorian O’Daniel, senior, Clemson.

Cornerbacks — Jalen Davis, senior, Utah State; Carlton Davis, junior, Auburn.

Safeties — Derwin James, junior, Florida State; Justin Reid, junior, Stanford.

Punter — Johnny Townsend, senior, Florida.

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State.

Running backs — Ronald Jones II, junior, Southern California; Devin Singletary, sophomore, Florida Atlantic.

Tackles — David Edwards, sophomore, Wisconsin; Jonah Williams, sophomore, Alabama.

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, junior, Wisconsin; Tyrone Crowder, senior, Clemson.

Center — Frank Ragnow, senior, Arkansas.

Tight end — Jaylen Samuels, senior, North Carolina State.

Receivers — Steve Ishmael, senior, Syracuse; A.J. Brown, sophomore, Mississippi.

All-purpose player — D.J. Reed, junior, Kansas State.

Kicker — Eddy Piniero, junior, Florida.

DEFENSE

Ends — Austin Bryant, junior, Clemson; Mat Boesen, senior, TCU.

Tackles — Vita Vea, junior, Washington; Harrison Phillips, senior, Stanford.

Linebackers — Micah Kiser, senior, Virginia; Tremaine Edmunds, junior, Virginia Tech; Devin Bush, sophomore, Michigan.

Cornerbacks — Andraez Williams, redshirt freshman, LSU; Jack Jones, sophomore, Southern California.

Safeties — Armani Watts, senior, Texas A&M; Quin Blanding, senior, Virginia.

Punter — Mitch Wisnowsky, junior, Utah.

Auburn freshman CB Jeremiah Dinson out for the season

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Auburn’s defensive depth in the secondary just got a bit more shallow. Freshman Jeremiah Dinson will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Monday.

“That’s a tough deal,” Malzahn said on a radio show Monday, according to Al.com. “We won’t have him back this year. That was a tough one. He’s a great kid, an outstanding young man, had done a very good job as a true freshman.”

Dinson was injured in Auburn’s win against Texas A&M over the weekend after being hit by Aggies receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The Texas A&M receiver was initially called for targetting, but officials reversed the call following a mandatory video review of the penalty. Dinson’s right leg was injured on the play and he was carted off the field as a result.

Dinson had 12 tackles in his limited playing time this season. He has been listed as the backup to both starters Carlton Davis and Jonathan Jones. He was also listed as the first backup to nickel Jonathan Ford, demonstrating how much Auburn trusted the freshman of stepping into various roles if needed. Auburn lost Josh Holsey to a torn ACL in mid-September. T.J. Davis underwent surgery for a torn ACL in the spring, but he has yet to return to the field for Auburn this season.