Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe to return for senior season in 2022 | Auburn University sports news






Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe (0) stands on the field during warm-ups ahead of the Tigers’ game against Mississippi State on Nov. 13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.


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BY JORDAN D. HILL

Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe’s time at Auburn is not yet over.

Pappoe announced on Sunday that he is returning to Auburn for his senior season. Pappoe’s decision comes after the junior missed eight games in 2021 with an apparent leg injury.

“I have to finish this thing the right way!” Year 4 OTW [on the way]Pappoe wrote on social media.

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Pappoe entered 2021 after a second season in which he had the second-highest number of tackles for the Tigers, and he started his junior campaign on a similar trajectory. Pappoe made 15 tackles in Auburn’s first three games before injuring himself in the Tigers’ game against Penn State.

Pappoe then missed the next four games before coming back against Ole Miss, a game in which he made five tackles. He recorded three tackles the following week against Texas A&M before missing the last four games of the season.

Pappoe finished 2021 with 23 tackles, three tackles for a loss and two quarterbacks.

Pappoe’s return is important for an Auburn linebacking corps that will have to replace seniors Zakoby McClain and Chandler Wooten, who were the team’s two main tacklers in 2021.

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