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DERRICK BROWN RETURNING FOR SENIOR SEASON.

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HUGE.

NCAA Football: Music City Bowl-Auburn vs Purdue Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

ALERT. THIS IS CAPS LOCK ENGAGED HUGE NEWS FOR AUBURN.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE DERRICK BROWN IS RETURNING FOR HIS SENIOR YEAR.

AUBURN’S DEFENSIVE LINE WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO STOMACH LOSING BOTH OF ITS STAR DEFENSIVE TACKLES, AND WILL HAVE A TOP FIVE (IF NOT TOP ONE) DEFENSIVE LINE IN THE COUNTRY FOR 2019.

BROWN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE FOR THE NFL AFTER A JUNIOR SEASON DURING WHICH HE ACCUMULATED 48 TACKLES, 10.5 TFLS, AND 4.5 SACKS. HE BATTED DOWN 2 PASSES, FORCED A FUMBLE AND RECOVERED A FUMBLE IN A YEAR THAT SAW HIM EARN ALL-SEC 2ND TEAM HONORS.

IN TERMS OF DRAFT PROSPECTS, BROWN HAS BEEN A CONSENSUS TOP 25 PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY, RANKING NEAR THE TOP OF THE PROSPECT LISTS IN SOME REGARDS, AND BEING A NEAR-CONSENSUS FIRST-ROUND SELECTION IN THE UPCOMING NFL DRAFT.

UNTIL NOW.

BROWN WILL ANCHOR A LINE IN 2019 THAT WILL INCLUDE NICK COE, BIG KAT BRYANT, AND HOPEFULLY MARLON DAVIDSON (WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE TESTING THE NFL DRAFT WATERS). WITH TYRONE TRUESDELL GETTING MORE AND MORE PLAYING TIME, HE COULD COUPLE WITH BROWN IN THE MIDDLE LIKE HE DID A GOOD BIT DURING THE MUSIC CITY BOWL.

WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THIS LATER, INCLUDING A VERY EARLY LOOK AT THE DEPTH CHART ACROSS THE BOARD, BUT FOR NOW... CELEBRATE. THIS IS A HUGE STEP TOWARD IMPROVEMENTS IN 2019. WAR EAGLE!