Auburn’s defense has received another boost of experience entering the 2021 season under new coach Bryan Harsin.

DB Roger McCreary, a full-time starter during the 2020 season, had 45 tackles this past season with three interceptions. The Mobile, Alabama native, who did not play in the Citrus Bowl against Northwestern, also had seven tackles for a loss, and forced a fumble. He announced the news on social media.

“As graduation is an important achievement for my family and me, I have decided to stay at Auburn for my senior season,” he wrote on Instagram. “I will now have the opportunity to improve my talents for the next level, while achieving one of my biggest accomplishments in life.”

In 2019, McCreary saw an expanded role on the defense and produced 36 tackles, an interception and a team-high 12 passes defended.

His news is the latest positive development for the Tigers’ defense, now led by coordinator Derek Mason. Smoke Monday also announced his plans to be back for the 2021 season, and with McCreary returning, along with Nehemiah Pritchett, Jaylin Simpson and Marco Domio expected to be back, Auburn returns its top four cornerbacks from last season.

It’s safe to say the 6-foot, 188-pounder out of Williamson High in Mobile has exceeded expectations as he came in as a 3-star prospect, according to 247Sports.


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