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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

We'll know soon whether or not Casey Mize will be available for the weekend. Auburn can still win the MSU series without him - they proved that by knocking off Arkansas - but having Mize in Starkville certainly would help.

BASKETBALL

I'm pretty sure I covered this yesterday, but if I didn't, Mustapha Heron is not testing the NBA draft and will return to Auburn for his sophomore season. There will be a lot of talent on that court for the Tigers next season.

SOFTBALL

The Tigers faced Alabama State in Montgomery last night in the final non-conference game of the regular season. The game went the way that it should have with Auburn getting a 14-1 victory.

FOOTBALL

Kamryn Pettway was given an opportunity last year in a way that no one could have expected just a year prior. At the end of the 2015 football season, there's no way anyone would have predicted that Pettway would be Auburn's leading rusher, much less that he would run for 1200+ yards in only 9 games. Circumstances saw to it that he was placed in a spot to be the #1 guy, and he seized upon it. For his efforts, he earned the Pat Sullivan Award as the offensive player of the year.

Braden Smith won the Ken Rice award for the best blocking lineman. We're very lucky that Smith decided to return for his final season of eligibility. The NFL OL draft board is pretty thin this year, which could work against him. However, if he has an excellent 2017 season, it could catapult him up the board for teams desperate to pick up a good lineman.