Thursday, February 4, 2010

Savage back for sixth year

Aairon Savage received a sixth year of eligibility, Auburn announced Thursday, potentially bolstering its safety depth for the 2010 season.

The Albany, Ga. native missed the last two seasons with different season-ending injuries.

“We’re very happy for Aairon that he has received a sixth year of eligibility,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “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.”

Savage spent the entire 2008 season battling back from a season-ending knee injury he suffered early in summer practice.

He returned in time for spring practice, but was limited throughout practices. During summer workouts, he tore his Achilles heel, ending his 2009 season.

Savage was a part-time starter as a freshman and as a sophomore. He has seen more time as a cornerback but has practiced the last two years at safety when he has been healthy.

Even when Savage played, injuries still kept him on the sideline at times. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville moved Savage to cornerback thinking it would help him stay healthy.

Savage has 79 career tackles. He graduated in December 2008.

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