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Auburn in the NFL - Championship Weekend
Jan. 24, 2017

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Sammie Coates (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Coates caught two passes for 34 yards, including a 30-yarder, which tied for the Steeler’s longest offensive play of the game. He also returned two kicks for a 22-yard average with the longer of the two spanning 31 yards. He finished the regular season with 21 receptions for 435 yards (average of 20.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns this season. Coates has six catches this season of at least 40 yards, which is tied for best in the NFL. The second-year man from Leroy, Ala., appeared in six games as a rookie, and has 22 catches for 446 yards and two touchdowns in his young career. Coates became the first Auburn wide receiver drafted since 2007 when the Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons)
Harris served as the Falcons’ long snapper in their win over Green Bay to advance to Super Bowl LI against New England. The Carrolton, Ga., native, now in his fifth season, has served as Atlanta’s long snapper in all 79 games of his NFL career.

Jonathan Jones (DB, New England Patriots)
Recorded three solo tackles, including a monster hit on former Auburn teammate Sammie Coates on a kickoff return, to help New England advance to Super Bowl LI against the Falcons. Jones finished the regular season with 14 tackles, a pass deflection and forced a fumble on the season. The Carrolton, Ga., native made the Patriots’ 53-man roster after going undrafted in 2016. The All-SEC selection tallied 129 tackles in his career at Auburn with seven interceptions.



Brandon King (DB, New England Patriots)
Saw the field but did not record any stats as the Patriots rolled past Pittsburgh to advance to the Super Bowl against Atlanta. King finished the regular season with 10 tackles. King compiled 12 tackles, forced a fumble and appeared on special teams in 13 games as a rookie. The Alabaster, Ala., native was picked up by New England after going undrafted in 2015. King has 22 tackles (17 solo) in his NFL career.

Additionally, former Auburn defensive back Ryan White is a member of Atlanta’s practice squad.

Report compiled by Auburn athletic communications student assistants Wes Costello and Matt Penland.

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