Monday, October 5, 2009

SEC honors Byrum, McCalebb

Two days after No. 17 Auburn earned its first road win of the season, the SEC honored a pair of Tigers players.

The league named K Wes Byrum the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. The junior made 4 of 5 field goals, missing only from 46 yards. He has now made 10 of 11 kicks this year.

RB Onterio McCalebb nabbed SEC Freshman of the Week honors after compiling 204 yards of total offense. McCalebb finished with 51 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards and 91 kickoff return yards on two tries. It marked the second time this season McCalebb brought home the award.

GAMETIME ANNOUNCED: Auburn’s next home game – an Oct. 17 tilt against Kentucky – will be televised at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

It will mark the second time this season the Tigers have played during ESPNU’s 6:30 timeslot – the other time coming during the season opener against Louisiana Tech.

The game will be the first match-up between Auburn and Kentucky since 2005, when the Tigers won 49-27 in Lexington, Ky.

TROTTING ON THE ROAD: Despite a knee injury that could keep him sidelined throughout the year, QB Barrett Trotter traveled with Auburn on Saturday.

By SEC rules, only 70 players may travel with the team. Trotter couldn’t have played on Saturday, but Auburn coach Gene Chizik thought it important to bring the redshirt freshman for the trip.

“Barrett has been great because he’s been able to sit in on all the quarterback meetings and really soak up the offense,” Chizik said. “He’s on the road for that reason. We want to keep him around the offense. And he does some things with some signaling sometimes with him and three or four others. That’s his role.”

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