Report: Auburn to be without 'at least 3 key players' in Citrus Bowl due to opt-outs
Auburn will reportedly be missing at least three key players in Friday’s Citrus Bowl game against Northwestern.
According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, safety Jamien Sherwood, wide receiver Anthony Schwartz and defensive back Christian Tutt are not expected to play in the bowl game. Zenitz reports that the trio has not been participating in bowl practices.
The report states that Sherwood is expected to declare for the NFL Draft. The junior defender is third on the team with 65 tackles. The long-term plans of Schwartz and Tutt are unclear.
Schwartz leads the team in catches with 54 receptions. The junior speedster is second in receiving yards with 636, trailing Seth Williams’ 688 yards (on 42 receptions).
Tutt, a junior, has 31 total tackles, along with a fumble return for a touchdown, a TFL, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is serving as Auburn’s interim head coach for the game before Bryan Harsin takes over.
The Citrus Bowl is played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and set for 1 p.m. ET Friday, airing on ABC.