Jan. 5, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman will return for his senior season, he announced during a press conference in his hometown of Mobile on Saturday. Coleman had considered leaving for the NFL following his junior season.
Coleman earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league's media and coaches in 2008 after registering 46 tackles, including team highs of six quarterback sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He also had a team-high 13 quarterback hurries, as well as a forced fumble and a pass break-up. He was named the SEC's Defensive Lineman of the Week following Auburn's 14-12 victory over Tennessee Sept. 27 after collecting four tackles including a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Coleman will enter his senior season with 30 career tackles for loss and 14.5 career sacks. He needs one more sack to crack Auburn's all-time top 10 list.